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Keep the borders open for Refugees!

IFIR & number Organizations send an urgent letter to the European Union and European Parliament

The death of refugees on the borders of Europe and in the Mediterranean Sea is a tragedy.  That is a direct consequence of the policy of closing the borders to people whose livelihoods and place of residence has been turned into a battlefield of civil war, unrest and insecurity.

The disaster facing refugees has placed a tremendous responsibility upon all European governments but also upon democracy, human rights, civil rules and regulations.  It is also a great disgrace to European Governments.

The European Union’s reaction so far has shown no practical response towards saving the lives of these human beings. The death toll is increasing.  The influx of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa is increasing too.  European countries and the West talk about human rights but they have not provided a realistic solution to prevent the waves of death among the refugees. European countries and America have ignored the fact that they are one of the main reasons for the catastrophes that have led to the refugee exodus in the Middle East. The majority of the refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya are victims of direct political, military involvement of the US and European countries. It is due to their support of these inhuman, repressive, and militia systems in the Middle East which are covered with the dress of democracy. However, they are nothing more than nationalist, Islamist and murderous groups. The system that is run by these groups are taking no responsibility towards the livelihoods of the citizens and in reality they have turned the society into a hell of confrontation and conflict between different religious, nationalist and Islamic groups such as ISIS. The reality is that they have turned the society politically and economically into an insecure and unsafe society and has left no chance for a decent life for their citizens. This chaos is a product of the inhuman policies of the ruling political parties.  Therefore, from the position of responsibility upon the death of refugees and catastrophes that move our human conscience every day, we are sending you this letter, as you are holding a meeting on 14 September about the refugee crisis.  We are asking you to deal with this matter from your political and human responsibility and take steps to achieve the following:

1/ Open the borders to refugees to rescue and protect them from disasters, racist and fascist aggressions.

2/ Prevent the wave of asylum and destitution as this phenomenon depends primarily on putting an end to the fighting and military involvement of the US and West on the one hand and Russia, China and other forces and regimes supporting the two main fronts on the other hand. The European countries and west must give up the policy of supporting the repressive regimes which resulted in social unrest and insecurity.

3/ Condemn the countries supported the ISIS especially Turkish and Saudi regimes. They should be held responsible for their financial and military support to ISIS and should be questioned too.

4/ Activate the UNHCR, in countries currently encountering war and political turmoil, in order to come to the rescue of the refugees and to put pressure on governments to grant them asylum and support them.

5/ Swift steps need to be taken to provide, all the people who are displaced and destitute regardless of race and religion due to the war against ISIS, Al-Qaida, and other militia groups, with food, clothes, medical support, and accommodation.

6/ Provide decent and convenient facilities to all refugees to enable them integrate as quickly as possible in their new communities and to take advantage of all social and economic facilities equally.

7/ Support all organizations and associations striving for a secular and progressive system in the Middle East and North Africa.

8/ European governments must share responsibility towards meeting the needs of the refugees.

The name of the organizations:

International Federation of Iraqi Refugees-IFIR

Kurdish and Middle Eastern Woman’s Organization

Green Homeland Organization

Intemationella Kamp for kvinnors rattigheter Sweden

International Federation of Iraqi Refugees-Canada

International Federation of Iraqi Refugees- Switzerland

Kurdistan Human Rights Association

Azmun Organization For Community Development

Shar Organization for Human Development

Future Organization

Worker-communist Party of Kurdistan- Abroad Organisation

Iraqi Women’s organization in Helsinki

Worker-communist Party of Iraq- Abroad Organisation

Council of Iraqi refugees in Helsinki

International federation of Iraqi refugees Kurdistan Branch

Iraqi Union of Unemployment in Finland

Peoples development Organization-PDO

Center to defend children rights in Kurdistan

Kurdistan construction workers Organization

Kurdistan Secular centre

Federation of Workers’ Council and Unions in Iraq

Iraqi Refugees organization in Norway



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