Forcing children to take their fingerprints is unworthy European ethics
Tue, 20/03/2018 - 16:11

Caritas Europa opposes European Institutions' idea of allowing national authorities to use coercion to obtain fingerprints and facial images of childrenin the context of the revision of EURODAC that stores data of migrants.  Coercion of children in any manner or form in the context of migration related procedures, violates children’s rights, which EU Member States committed to respect and uphold.

Therefore, Caritas Europa has decided to join 22 other Civil Society and UN organisations in a common call on the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission to exempt all children, no matter their age, from all forms of coercion in the EURODAC Regulation, in full compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Read the joint call here

The 23 signatories are: 
UNHCR, UNICEF, OHCHR Regional Office for Europe, IOM, Save the Children, Missing Children Europe, Terre des Hommes, World Vision, Caritas Europe, Danish Refugee Council, International Commission of Jurists, PICUM, Child Focus, Act Alliance, CIRE, CNCD-11.11.11, Flemish Refugee Action, Kopin, The Smile of the Child, CIRE, European Evangelical Alliance, Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, Astra

For more information, please contact

Leila Bodeux
Migration Officer
Tel: +32 2 235 26 55
Mob: +32 478 585 409