Monitoring is a core fundamental rights protection tool. Effective and independent monitoring protects people whose fundamental rights may be at risk. It also protects the State and its institutions by providing unbiased and neutral reporting, thus strengthening its accountability and enhancing public trust.
Monitoring fundamental rights compliance is particularly beneficial for actions which occur in locations where the public has, under usual circumstances, no or limited access. The forced return monitoring systems set up under Article 8 (6) of the EU Return Directive (2008/115/EC) illustrates the added value of independent and effective monitoring of immigration law enforcement activities.
Monitoring is not an end in itself. It is part of the wider system for human rights accountability. At the EU external border, as border control is bolstered to address a highly challenging environment, mechanisms to monitor adherence to fundamental rights should be equally enhanced. Monitoring should lead to positive recommendations which help identify and correct possible shortcomings. It should also support victims to access fundamental rights, a legal remedy and justice.
ten points intend to support the Greek Government when discussing the parameters and safeguards for the establishment of an independent national border monitoring mechanism further to the recommendations under the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum.