Støjberg faces criticism from Council of Europe over proposed asylum laws

The measures were criticised as being “vicious and misinformed”

The EU's trying to lay down the law by criticising Støjberg's (photo: iStock) The EU’s trying to lay down the law by criticising Støjberg’s (photo: iStock)
January 15th, 2016 11:37 am| by Shifa Rahaman
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Yet another voice is joining the din condemning Inger Støjberg’s proposed asylum-tightening measures.

The proposals, which were first debated in Parliament on Wednesday, include clauses to confiscate refugees’ valuables and measures aimed at delaying family reunification.

They have, in recent weeks, garnered immense censure both at home and abroad – however, the government has so far turned a deaf ear.


Vicious and misinformed
The latest criticism came in the form of a letter from Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, in which he expressed his “deep concerns” about the proposed measures to Støjberg herself.

Speaking to DR, he condemned the measures in the sharpest terms.

To take away refugee valuables is vicious and misinformed,” he stated.

Not the first time and probably not the last
This is far from the first time the government’s asylum measures have been criticised by other countries.

A week ago, Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said they were uncalled for and called them a “troubling response to humanitarian needs“.

“The government’s proposals are aimed openly at sending a signal to make it less attractive for people to seek asylum in Denmark, and it is a deeply troubling response to humanitarian needs,” said Grandi according to the UN Human Rights Council’s website.