Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 338

Making asylum fingerprinting rights compliant

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 ottobre 2015

fingerprintingThe swift identification and registration of asylum seekers is an important measure to ensure their protection. Under EU law, registration procedures also include taking fingerprints. To help authorities ensure fingerprinting practices do not violate fundamental rights, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has produced a 10-point checklist for rights compliance in its latest Focus paper.
Under EU rules, all asylum seekers and irregular migrants caught crossing borders unauthorised must provide fingerprints for Eurodac, the EU’s large-scale fingerprinting database set up for the smooth running of the Dublin system – a mechanism established to determine the Member State responsible for examining asylum applications.Member States are obliged to take fingerprints, but there are limitations on how to enforce such obligation so as not to violate fundamental rights. FRA’s Focus paper, ‘Fundamental rights implications of the obligation to provide fingerprints for Eurodac’, contains a checklist to assist authorities and officers who have to take fingerprints for Eurodac to comply with fundamental rights.Elements in the checklist include:providing easy-to-understand information about why fingerprints are being taken;
training on identifying victims of torture, human trafficking, sexual or gender-based violence, or other serious crime;
giving effective opportunities to comply with fingerprinting requirements without resorting to force;
refraining from arbitrary deprivation of liberty and from using physical or psychological force to obtain fingerprints;
paying special attention to vulnerable people such as children.
The paper also examines the impact of refusing to give fingerprints on the principle of of not sending migrants back to life-threatening situations (non-refoulement), the right to liberty and security, and the protection from disproportionate use of force.
FRA is also working on the wider fundamental rights implications of inserting, storing and using biometric data in large-scale information technologies systems focusing on the EU’s three large-scale systems: Eurodac, SIS II (Schengen Information System) and VIS (Visa Information System). (photo: fingerprinting)

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