Call to action from Soli Cafe
24. March. 2016
The implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement, currently happening in Greece and Bulgaria, has gone ahead with scant regard for human rights and dignity. It breaches the Geneva convention for refugees, the European Convention on Human Rights and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, according to human rights lawyers and charities.
Automatic deportations of immigrants are illegal. Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia director has stated that «Turkey is not a safe country for refugees and migrants, and any return process predicated on its being so will be flawed, illegal and immoral». Human Rights Watch’s executive director said the EU’s deal with Turkey represents «a disturbing disregard for international law covering the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants».
Many of us have already witnessed breaches of national and international law, committed against people moving across borders. We’ve been fighting against this for months and years. But now there is a whole new dimension of violations. Even the diplomatic and reticent UNHCR has noticed and partly withdrawn its cooperation with European states.
All of the groups supporting refugees on their flight, especially in Greece, have to decide how to react to these developments. We will do so most effectively by acting together. We have to find a way to keep supporting refugees and to apply pressure on the European governments to break the deal with Turkey and to improve the situation of all people searching for a safe future.
This is an appeal to all refugee-supporting groups, to all independent volunteers, to all media and to every European civilian, to no longer tolerate the breaking of laws and the maltreatment of migrants by European authorities.
Do not look away from what is going on. Fight against it, fight together and fight purposefully.
-Here’s a Facebook platform for volunteers, working with refugees on the ground, to find ways to fight for freedom of movement : https://www.facebook.com/groups/974732812562764/
-A mailing list and announcement page for radical action against borders: https://actionsagainstborders.wordpress.com/