GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Tour de France has unveiled details of the two legs in Switzerland this summer, the UNHCR is pushing for support for its migrant children hot spots as part of a 6-step plan, police in Geneva are seeking a man who used a gun to rob two city banks and the Kempinski Hotel.
Cycle racing, Swiss flatlands and mountain passes
The Tour de France cycling race will pass through Switzerland 18-20 July, with the organizers providing details Monday:
Moirans-en-Montagne (start of stage 16); Berne (finish of stage 16 and start of stage 17); Finhaut-Emosson (finish of stage 17).
APB: Geneva police hunting holdup man
Geneva police have issued an all points bulletin for a man they are hunting who held up two banks and one of Geneva’s five-star hotels between August 2015 and March 2016. His description: age 35, height 185-190, thin with a long, thin face, wearing thick prescription glasses at the time of the armed robberies.
Anyone with information is asked to phone police at +41 22 427 7380 or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNHCR offered governments recipe for migrant crisis
The UNHCR, ahead of the Turkey-European Union this week, offered a six-point plan for managing the migrants crisis. Tuesday, the EU and Turkey were in what the BBC describes as a deadlock, “discussing an offer by Turkey to do more to stop illegal migration in return for more EU aid and accelerated membership talks for Turkey”.
Details of the UNHCR 6 steps:
“The situation is quickly deteriorating with around 30,000 people now in Greece, about a third of whom are in Idomeni just near the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Although the Greek authorities and military have ramped up their response, thousands are sleeping in the open without adequate reception, services, aid or information. With tensions mounting, the situation could escalate quickly into a full-blown crisis. UNHCR is supporting the Greek Government’s efforts by deploying staff, helping coordinate the response and providing emergency shelter, technical support and information to refugees and migrants.
High Commissioner Grandi has proposed a plan to EU Member States to manage and stabilize the refugee situation. The plan includes six key points, intended as broad guidance:
1) Implement fully the so-called “hot spot” approach and relocation of asylum seekers out of Greece and Italy and, at the same time, return individuals who don’t qualify for refugee protection, including under existing readmission agreements.
2) Step up support to Greece to handle the humanitarian emergency, including for refugee status determination, relocation, and return or readmission.
3) Ensure compliance with all the EU laws and directives on asylum among Member States.
4) Make available more safe, legal ways for refugees to travel to Europe under managed programmes – for example humanitarian admission programmes, private sponsorships, family reunion, student scholarships and labour mobility schemes so that refugees do not resort to smugglers and traffickers to find safety.
5) Safe-guard individuals at risk, including systems to protect unaccompanied and separated children, measures to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence, enhancing search and rescue operations at sea, saving lives by cracking down on smuggling, and countering xenophobia and racism targeted at refugees and migrants.
6) Develop Europe-wide systems of responsibility for asylum-seekers, including the creation of registration centres in main countries of arrival, and setting up a system for asylum requests to be distributed in an equitable way across EU Member States.
UNHCR’s proposals make clear that equitable sharing of responsibility is key to bringing about a managed and orderly solution, and that EU Member States would need to agree a system of percentages of asylum-seekers for each Member State to take.”