By INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS ALLIANCE (IMA)-EUROPE
6 September 2015
We, members and friends of IMA-Europe:
Stand in solidarity with the thousands of refugees fleeing from war and persecution from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and elsewhere to countries which they believe can provide safety to them and their families. We feel their pain and suffering, share their dream of a brighter future and hope to be reunited with their love ones.
Affirm the inviolable right of refugees to life, protection and care .
Declare that Refugee Rights are Human Rights.
Deplore the inhuman and militarized European Union (EU) border control adding more pain and suffering to refugees; death by drowning and suffocation of thousands on the way to Europe. We deplore racist attacks on refugees in the streets and in the media and by some politicians.
Note with joy the welcoming hands of the people in various countries in Europe like Iceland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, UK, Hungary, Sweden, Greece and other countries which give hope to the refugees and which affirms the best of their values and traditions.
Condemn the US-NATO and its allies for unleashing wars , “regime change”, instigating civil conflicts, the flow of weapons to the conflict areas, as in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Africa, causing millions to flee from death and destruction. There is wisdom and truth in the statement of a young Syrian refugee who said “ Stop the war. We do not like to come to Europe. Stop the war. Just that.” We are concerned that some unscrupulous groups will make use of the crisis for financial gains.
Consider the “Refugee Crisis” as a justice issue. It calls for identifying the root cause of the crisis and holding accountable those responsible for this massive flow of refugees, the deaths while fleeing and those who shut the doors on the refugees.
1) Save lives, Open Borders to the refugees
2) Stop the criminalization of refugees; imprisonment and deportation of failed asylum seekers
3) Uphold the right of refugees to life, protection and care
4) Adhere to international laws, agreements and covenants on the protection and care of refugees
5) End the wars, stop bombings and flow of weapons to conflict areas.
International Migrants Alliance (IMA)- Europe Chapter,
Luz Miriam Jaramillo