9 Mar 2017 | 

Over 160 organisasjoner går sammen og ber EU-lederne ta ansvar og vise solidaritet med mennesker på flukt

Flere enn 160 menneskerettighets- og sivilsamfunnsorganisasjoner, deriblant Antirasistisk Senter, har signert et felles brev til EUs statsledere og ministre der vi oppfordrer dem til å ta ansvar, følge europeiske verdier, respektere menneskerettighetene og å vise solidaritet i diskusjonen om migrasjon og flyktninger.

Maria Wasvik


Maria Wasvik


Flere enn 160 menneskerettighets- og sivilsamfunnsorganisasjoner, deriblant Antirasistisk Senter, har signert et felles brev til EUs statsledere og ministre der vi oppfordrer dem til å ta ansvar, følge europeiske verdier, respektere menneskerettighetene og å vise solidaritet i diskusjonen om migrasjon og flyktninger.

Uttalelsen kommer i forkant av denne ukens EU-toppmøte 9. – 10. mars, der flere nye avtaler og retningslinjer som tar sikte på å begrense migrasjonen skal opp til diskusjon blant medlemslandene.

Les hele brevet og se signaturene nedenfor:


Dear Heads of state and government ,

We are civil society organisations, which are supported, collectively, by hundreds of thousands of people across Europe, working with those less fortunate to alleviate poverty, provide essential aid and defend people’s rights.

With xenophobic populism on the rise across Europe and the globe, this is an appeal for leadership to uphold the rights and values that have been founding principles of the European Union for 60 years. Together, we need to prevent legitimate concerns about migration management from being hijacked and used to derail the European project.

On a daily basis, we witness widespread solidarity with people who are fleeing brutal wars, persecution, human rights violations, instability, and extreme poverty. Throughout Europe and the world, we see people welcome refugees and migrants into their communities, open up their homes and donate money, materials and time to help. Only this week, many of them travelled to Brussels to call on you to uphold your commitments to relocate asylum seekers from Greece and “Bring Them Here”. We also hear people expressing their concerns about the future, asking their governments to show leadership and respond to the arrival of large numbers of people.

We take pride in the European commitment to international law and human rights and we look to you to foster and promote this commitment at home and abroad. Yet when increasing numbers of people in need arrived in the summer of 2015, Europe failed to come together and respond with humanity, dignity, and solidarity. To this day, European nations are unwilling to respond in in line with their obligations under international and European law, defaulting to responses that keep people far away and out of sight.

We hear you repeating your commitment to European values – respect for human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality, the rule of law and human rights. But we expect to see them in your actions, too. Too many leaders have been preoccupied with stopping people from reaching Europe, at the risk of reducing access to protection for those who need it the most.

You have the responsibility to manage migration in a fair manner that addresses the legitimate concerns of citizens. It must be principled and based on facts, not on populist rhetoric. Strength doesn’t mean turning away those most in need. Strength is about showing a way forward that upholds values.

Further, if the EU and its member states want to remain credible international actors, they cannot expect countries like Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon to host millions of refugees, while simultaneously pushing migrants and refugees back at EU borders, stranding thousands in inhumane living conditions on the Greek islands, or pushing them back into an uncontrolled conflict zone like Libya. Your decisions have life and death consequences, and if you continue to lower standards, countries around the globe will follow suit.

Instead of countering the rise of xenophobic populists, Europe’s response has too often been to copy their recipes. But an approach based on deterrence and border closures cannot override an effective long-term policy. We expect statesmanship that stands up for humanity and dignity and that addresses people’s fears, instead of fuelling them. We expect sustainable, long-term migration policies that guarantee respect for people’s rights rather than pushing them into danger. These include expanding safe and regular pathways to Europe, such as humanitarian and other visas, increasing resettlement spaces and improving access to family reunification schemes, as well as improving worker mobility across skill levels. Other global concerns such as conflict and instability, poverty, inequality and climate change must remain at the top of the European agenda.

You and your governments must assess the impact of your policies on the human rights and living conditions of women, men and children on the move, as well as Europe’s long standing commitment to uphold these rights and improve the lives of people everywhere.

On the brink of the European Union’s 60th anniversary we ask you to show solidarity, respect for humanity and dignity, and responsibility. We ask you to be truly inspiring leaders for the future. Our commitment to the European Union’s core values cannot falter. Only a Europe that really stands by its values can be a strong and credible leader in a world shaken by increasing populism and so-called alternative facts.

European history is full of people who were forced to flee their homes due to war and persecution. The work European nations have done to develop and protect the rights of people over the last 70 years cannot be lost. Only a Europe that defends the rights of everyone, without exception, is a Europe we can be proud of.




1 Fundación Atabal
2 A Proposito di Altri Mondi Onlus
6 ACT Alliance EU
7 Action Against Hunger
8 ActionAid Italy
9 ADP Amici dei Popoli
10 African Media Association Malta
11 Agir Ensemble pour les Droits de l’Homme
12 AI.BI. Amici dei Bambini
14 Albanian Human Rights Group (AHRG)
15 AMERA International
16 Amnesty International
17 Anna Lindh National Network in Finland
18 AOI – Associazione Organizzazioni Italiane cooperazione e solidarietà internazionale
19 Arsis
20 ASGi – Associazione Studi Giuridici Immigrazione
21 Asociacion en Prevencion y Asistencia de la Violencia     APAV
22 Asociación pro derechos humanos de España (APDHE)
23 ASPEm Onlus
24 Associació Salut i Família
25 Association Européenne pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme
26 Associaton for Integration and Migration (SIMI)
27 Associazione K_Alma
28 ASTI – Association de Soutien aux Travailleurs Immigrés
29 Austrian Red Cross
30 Care International
31 CARITAS – Luxembourg
32 Caritas Europa
33 CEFA Onlus
36 Centar za integraciju mladih
37 Centro per la Formazione alla Solidarietà Internazionale
38 Cercle de Coopération
43 CIRÉ (coordination et initiatives pour réfugiés et étrangers)
44 CISV Onlus
45 Civic Committee for Human Rights from Croatia (CCHR)
47 CODE – Coordination des ONG pour les droits de l’enfant
49 Comitato Collaborazione Medica CCM
50 Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ)
51 Concord Italia
52 CONCORD Sweden
53 Consejo de la Juventud de España
54 Consortium of Migrants Assisting Organizations in the Czech Republic
55 Consorzio Ong Piemontesi COP
56 Coordinamento Italiano NGO Internazionali
57 Cordaid
58 COSPE Onlus
59 CrEA Onlus
60 CVM Comunità Volontari per il Mondo
61 Danish Refugee Council
62 Detention Action
63 Diaconia – Center of Relief and Development
64 DNK – German National Committee for International Youth Work
65 Doras
66 Dorcas Aid International
67 Dutch Council for Refugees
68 Dutch League for Human Rights (DLHR)
71 EuroMed Rights
72 European Evangelical Alliance
73 European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation ENGSO Youth
74 European Youth Forum
75 Federación de Asociaciones para la Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos España
77 Finnish League for Human Rights (FLHR)
78 Finnish Lutheran Overseas Mission
79 Finnish Refugee Council
81 FOCSIV – Federazione Organismi Cristiani Servizio Internazionale Volontario
82 Fondazione Fontana
83 Generation 2.0 for Rights ,Equality and Diversity
84 GVC
85 Habitat for Humanity International, Europe, Middle East and Africa
86 Handicap International
87 Hellenic League for Human Rights (HLHR)
88 Human Rights Watch
89 International Aid Services
90 International Association For Refugees
91 International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims
92 International Rescue Committee
93 International Young Naturefriends – IYNF
96 Islamic Relief UK
97 JRS
98 JRS Belgium
99 KISA – Action for Equality, Support, Antiracism
100 Kopin
101 La Strada International
102 Lafede.cat- Federació catalana
103 Latin American Wome’s Rights Service (LAWRS) – UK
104 Latvian Human Rights Committee (LHRC)
105 Le Monde des Possibles ASBL
106 Legambiente
107 LIDU – Lega italiana dei Diritti dell’Uomo
108 Ligue des Droits de l’homme en Belgique (LDH)
109 Ligue suisse des droits de l’homme (LSDH)
110 Link2007 – Cooperazione in rete
111 LVIA
112 Macedonian Young Lawyers Association
114 Marche solidali – coordinamento organizzazioni marchigiane di cooperazione e solidarietà internazionale
115 Menedek – Hungarian Association for Migrants
116 Migrant Rights Centre Ireland
117 Missing Children Europe
118 Movimento Shalom onlus
119 Naga
120 Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre
121 Norwegian Centre against Racism
122 One Third Sweden
123 ONG para el Desarrollo
124 Osservatorio AIDS
125 Overseas
126 Oxfam
127 Pax for Peace
129 Platform Kinderen op de vlucht – Plate-forme Mineurs en exil
130 Polish Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
131 Polish Migration Forum
132 Polish Society of Anti-Discrimination Law (PSAL)
133 Pro asyl
134 PRO.DO.C.S.
135 ProgettoMondo Mlal
136 Rainbow for Africa
137 Red Acoge
138 Save the Children
139 Secours Islamique France
140 SKOP – The National Platform of Maltese Development NGOs
141 SONIA per un Mondo Nuovo e Giusto
142 SPARK15
143 stichting LOS (National Support Organisation for the Undocumented)
144 Stichting Vluchteling
145 Swedish Refugee Advice Centre
146 Terra Nuova
147 Terre des Hommes
148 The Finnish NGDO Platform to the EU Kehys
149 The Migrants’ Rights Network
150 Trócaire
152 United Protestant Church in Belgium
153 Welthungerhilfe
154 WeWorld
155 with the support of CONCORD Europe
156 World Vision





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