QARN ‘Excessive fees: leave to remain in the UK’ leaflet: In these times of online meetings, here’s a suggested format for considering the important issues raised in this leaflet. Gloucestershire AM has recently had a good experience of this. Having originally planned a whole ‘faith in action’ day on refuge and asylum issues, we had to alter it to a zoom event instead. Continue reading “Idea for a Zoom reading meeting”
Policies that show generosity towards asylum seekers make some European politicians very nervous, which is why some of what we have seen in Europe in the last few days is so remarkable. The deportation of asylum seekers is being suspended (Germany), immigration detainees are being released (Italy), homeless people are being housed (France), and some are being given temporary asylum (Portugal).
But rather than protect people from Covid-19, some governments are using the crisis for other purposes. We are seeing the right to claim asylum under European and international law being suspended (Greece), and the granting of new powers for a prime minister to rule by decree indefinitely (Hungary).
Open letter signed by χχ Organisations, Initiatives……
- The President of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou
- The President of the Hellenic Parliament, Constantine An. Tassoula
- The Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mistotaki
- The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli
- The President of the European Council, Charles Michel
- The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen
- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi
- The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet
- The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Dunja Mijatović
- The Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom
“Protect our laws and humanity!” Open Letter by 256 Organizations
- Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Kyriakos Mitsotakis
- President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli
- President of the European Council, Charles Michel
- President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen
Athens, 6 March 2020 – The undersigned organisations are deeply concerned about recent developments at the Evros border and the Aegean islands where people are stranded at the borders of Europe, instrumentalized for political purposes, and subject to violations of their rights. We are also deeply concerned about the way the authorities of Greece and the European Union are handling new arrivals. Equally alarming are the extreme actions by security forces against refugees and by civilians against staff of human rights and humanitarian organizations. We would also like to point out that the climate of panic and rhetoric of ‘asymmetric threat’ –also promoted by the authorities– does not reflect reality and seriously affects not only vulnerable refugees- but also our society and the rule of law as a whole. Continue reading “People stranded at the borders of Europe”
UNHCR statement on the situation at the Turkey-EU border 02 March 2020 | Español | Français | عربي
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is appealing for calm and an easing of tensions on Turkey’s borders with the European Union in light of the present increased movements of people there – including refugees and asylum-seekers.
UNHCR is monitoring developments in Turkey and in Greece and is offering its support. As in all such situations it is important that the authorities refrain from any measures that might increase the suffering of vulnerable people. Continue reading “Refugees are not weapons”
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says less than five percent of refugees in urgent need of resettlement last year were moved to safety. The agency has repeated a call for governments around the world to offer more resettlement opportunities. Continue reading “United Nations urges greater commitment to refugee resettlement”
2019/1 QARN Minute: We agree to support the work of the campaign End Deportations- Stop Charter Flights, and ask Sheila to write to them expressing our support, and to put a link on our website. On our own website we will also highlight the moral injustice of using terrorism legislation against peaceful protest. QARN has taken on Removals/Deportations as a specific concern.
QARN Meeting of 19 January 2019 Continue reading “Stanstead 15”