# Human Rights 4 Refugees - The Hague - May 14, 2016

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Eight days from now we will gather at Carnegie Square between the Peace Palace and the International Cour of Justice. Here is why!

 

MANIFEST

Much has happened since we stood together on February 27th to demand safe passage and to stand up for refugee rights. “Fortress Europe” has become a grim reality. So once again we stand here to call on Dutch and European leaders to fulfill their obligations to guarantee the human rights of refugees, safe passage and humane shelter here in The Netherlands as well as in Greece, Turkey and all member states of the EU.

On March 18th a deal was signed between the EU and Turkey. Our leaders, Mark Rutte and Diederik Samsom, played a crucial role in this disastrous agreement. They are the major architects of a deal that is not only causing unnecessary suffering for the over 50.000 refugees trapped in Greece, but also violates international human rights treaties. And the effect of the deal reaches far beyond the borders of Greece. New European border closings and national laws discriminating against refugees are no longer an exception. With the closing of the southern border with Syria, we are now experiencing not only “Fortress Europe” but also “Fortress Turkey”. Syrians fleeing bombs and terror are trapped, and those attempting to cross have been shot at and in some cases even killed.

The lasting effect of this agreement is uncertain, but the current effect is painfully clear:

• With the blockage of the Balkan route, refugees have been forced to remain in conditions which are inadequate and severely overcrowded with lack of privacy, food and insufficient sanitary conditions. Yet the findings of Amnesty International and volunteers on the ground have fallen on deaf ears.
• There has been a grave lack of information on human rights and inadequate access to the registration and asylum process in Greece. Many asylum seekers are struggling to apply using a Skype-based system with access being near to impossible.
• Volunteers helping refugees - people like you and me - have had their invaluable work obstructed; some have even been detained and arrested by local Greek police and Frontex, the EU border force.
• According to Save the Children an estimated 2.000 unaccompanied children who travelled alone or lost their families are now stranded in Greece without adequate shelter.
• And in our backyard – in France - there are 3.000 unaccompanied minors living in limbo.
• A shocking 10.000 child refugees have just disappeared, children at risk of abduction, violence and sexual exploitation. Mind you, these are children who have fled violence and conflict expecting Europe to be a safe haven.

Doctors without Borders as well as other NGO’s and UN officials have openly denounced the illegality of the agreement. An agreement with a country that by no means can be considered “safe”: according to a recent Amnesty International study Turkey sent back hundreds of Syrians to their war-torn homeland where hospitals and medical centers continue to be targets.
This is an agreement that doesn’t even fulfil its basic goal of saving lives: in the past months over 500 refugees have died in an attempt to cross the Mediterranean.

Europe’s response to this humanitarian crisis is shameful!

In three days Mark Rutte, Diederik Samsom and the rest of the EU leaders determined the fate of hundreds of thousands of refugees. If the EU was able to close this deal in three days then how is it that the EU Emergency Relocation Program - agreed upon by member states in September 2015 – has been unsuccessful? Why is it that refugees seeking asylum still fall prey to smugglers and drown? Our government can no longer turn away from its responsibility. We therefore demand the following:

• Recognize the right of every refugee to request asylum and their right to appeal.
• Provide efficient and proper legal assistance to the 50.000 currently detained in Greece and send asylum agents to help Greek authorities as promised.
• Provide safe, healthy accommodations for all refugees but especially for those with special needs and unaccompanied minors.
• Allow unaccompanied minors to be reunited with their families as stipulated by the European Treaty for Human Rights. Also ensure that current status holders in Europe may request family reunion on a timely basis.
• Accept asylum seekers from Greece under the EU Emergency Relocation Program.
• Allow legal and safe passage for those fleeing war and hunger. Permit refugees to seek asylum by granting humanitarian visa applications, family reunion and asylum requests in foreign embassies.
• Stop the bombing in Syria and demand that Aleppo be included in the cease-fire zone.
#StopTheDeal!

Lee A. Tolman
Diana Kretschmann
Marianne van Leeuwen

25/04/2016

 

# Human Rights 4 Refugees

 

On May 14th 2016, citizens across the world will come together to stand up for human rights for refugees. From Chicago to Brisbane and from Belfast to Athens people are taking the streets to defend human rights. We are the organisers of a special event in The Hague with speakers, music and activities to show our of solidarity with refugees.

On February 27th we stood together in Amsterdam to demand safe passage and to stand up for refugee rights. Much has happened since then. The “Fort Europe” which we so feared has become a grim reality. On March 18th a deal was signed between the EU and Turkey.

Our political leaders Mark Rutte and Diederik Samson played a crucial part in this agreement. They are the major architects of a deal that has cost not only vulnerable lives but also our human dignity, causing unnecessary suffering for the over 50.000 refugees trapped in Greece.

So once again we stand up to call on Dutch and European leaders to fulfil their obligations to guarantee the human rights of refugees, safe passage and humane shelter both here in The Netherlands as well as in Greece, Turkey and all member states of the EU.

On May 14th 2016, we stand up for human rights for refugees and make our voices heard!

To be able to do this, we need your support.


 

Program May 14

 

​14:00 Opening at Vredespaleis/ International Court of Justice

Reading manifest

14:15 Speeches and music

15:30 March for Refugee Rights

16:00 Program continues on Lange Voorhout

Posting of manifest and letters of participants on the "Wall of Humanity"

Dance for Solidarity

16:30 Finish


 

How you can help: join us, share, donate!​ 

 

1. You can join the crowd in The Hague at 14h and show that you care.

2. You can share our event and invite your friends, family and colleagues:

https://www.facebook.com/events/602975903183338/

3. Or you can donate!

This manifestation for human rights is a citizen initiative. We are volunteers who dedicate our time and efforts because we feel the strong need to do so. All speakers and musicians will let their hearts speak. Yet we need a modest budget to organise this day well.

Help us in making a difference!


 

What do we need?

We need a professional stage and sound for our speakers and musicians; banners and buttons to create visibility, and two mobile fences to create a "Wal of Humanity"on which we can post our manifest and on which the participants will hang their wishes for peace, freedom and human rights for refugees. We have estimated that the total of our costs will be 750 euros.

We hope to see you all at the Vredespaleis/International Court of Justice! If you can’t make it, please share the event and/or show your solidarity with a small donation. If your generosity exceeds the amount that is necessary to cover our budget, we will find a good cause to donate the surplus (to be announced).

Thank you. Together anything is possible!


 

Organisers # Human Rights 4 Refugees The Hague

 

Diana Kretschmann

Lee A. Tolman

Marianne van Leeuwen

and volunteering crew

Donaties

€ 25
26/04/2016
Jeffrey Wagemakers
Goed initiatief! (Mensen)rechten zijn niet rechts of links. Veel succes.
€ 100
28/04/2016
Denise
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 25
29/04/2016
Ronald van Schaik
No comments.
€ 50
29/04/2016
Iain Bruinvis
Geweldig goede actie! Heel veel succes!
€ 50
29/04/2016
Karin Schuitema
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 25
29/04/2016
Karin Offermans
No comments.
€ 50
29/04/2016
Samantha Brossette
No comments.
€ 20
30/04/2016
Kees Klok
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 25
30/04/2016
ang capo
Bravi
€ 25
01/05/2016
Mark
Tot de 14de!
€ 25
02/05/2016
Anoniem
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 10
02/05/2016
Anita van Nuenen
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 50
03/05/2016
Anoniem
Make IT happen!
€ 25
03/05/2016
Anoniem
Succes met de organisatie!
€ 10
11/05/2016
Khadija Gerekens
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 15
11/05/2016
Jozee Kat
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 5
11/05/2016
Saskia de Nijs
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 50
11/05/2016
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 25
11/05/2016
Kim
Goed dat jullie dit organiseren! Ik zal er zijn. Veel succes!
€ 10
11/05/2016
Anoniem
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 10
12/05/2016
Maarten Vonder
Tot zaterdag!
€ 20
12/05/2016
Eindhoven o Trelloteros
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
Donaties
€ 25
Jeffrey Wagemakers
Goed initiatief! (Mensen)rechten zijn niet rechts of links. Veel succes.
€ 100
Denise
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 25
Ronald van Schaik
No comments.
€ 50
Iain Bruinvis
Geweldig goede actie! Heel veel succes!
€ 50
Karin Schuitema
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 25
Karin Offermans
No comments.
€ 50
Samantha Brossette
No comments.
€ 20
Kees Klok
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 25
ang capo
Bravi
€ 25
Mark
Tot de 14de!
€ 25
Anoniem
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 10
Anita van Nuenen
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 50
Anoniem
Make IT happen!
€ 25
Anoniem
Succes met de organisatie!
€ 10
Khadija Gerekens
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 15
Jozee Kat
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 5
Saskia de Nijs
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 50
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 25
Kim
Goed dat jullie dit organiseren! Ik zal er zijn. Veel succes!
€ 10
Anoniem
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.
€ 10
Maarten Vonder
Tot zaterdag!
€ 20
Eindhoven o Trelloteros
Geen commentaar achtergelaten.