EU leaders must live up to their commitments to European values in responding to migration and stop copying xenophobic populist recipes, more than 160 NGOs said today in a joint statement. The organizations are calling for strong leadership to uphold the rights and values that have been the founding principles of the European Union for 60 years.
This week, European leaders meet in Brussels to discuss, amongst other things, progress on the EU-Turkey deal, the reform of the European asylum system, solidarity and responsibility sharing, and cooperation with countries of origin and transit. As humanitarian and human rights organisations working in Europe, we are gravely concerned that European policies are trying more and more to push people out of Europe, making it even harder to seek asylum, and leaving it to Member States of first entry, like Greece, to shoulder all the responsibility.
SOS Children’s Villages is joining 77 other organisation in urging the European Commission and EU member states to step up protections of migrant and refugee children.
In a joint statement to be released at the European Forum on the Rights of the Child, which begins Tuesday in Brussels, SOS Children’s Villages and its partners are calling for seven action points to protect children in migration:
To the Members of the European Parliament,
The Afghanistan donor conference that took place on October 4 and 5 2016 brought together representatives from 75 countries and 26 international organizations. €13.6 billion was pledged – amongst other priorities – to “end violence and a political process towards lasting peace and reconciliation.”
The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, this 19th September, has been called to tackle one of the greatest global challenges of our age: to protect and assist millions of people on the move in search of safety and dignity.
More than 20 million men, women and children have been forced across international borders by conflict, violence and persecution.
Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)
Sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) violates universally recognized international legal norms and standards and has always been unacceptable behavior and prohibited conduct for humanitarian workers. It brings harm to those whom the UN and humanitarian agencies are mandated to protect, and jeopardizes the reputation of these agencies and their ability to provide protection.
The European Union and its Member States must urgently scale up their responses to the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe as winter approaches before more lives get lost, five major humanitarian organisations said today.
As another high-level EU migration meeting convenes on October 8, the organisations – CARE International, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Welthungerhilfe, International Catholic Migration Committee (ICMC), and World Vision – called for a common and comprehensive approach that addresses root causes of displacement and prioritizes human rights.
Responding to the needs of people on the move since 1951, ICMC serves and protects uprooted people; refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and migrants; regardless of faith, race, ethnicity or nationality. ICMC responds to the challenges of people on the move with expertise and action; focusing on protection and durable solutions.
35 member aid group calls for a peaceful solution to the Syria conflict
Coalition of 36 international aid agencies calls on global donors to respond
International aid agencies working in six countries to help people affected by the Syrian crisis today calls on the international community to dig deep and be generous in responding to the UN’s new Syria and refugee appeals.
Long-term vision and committed funding urgently needed from international community as flow of Syrian refugees continues
The number of Syrian refugees will pass the two million mark within the next nine weeks*, a coalition of 19 aid agencies working in six countries directly affected by the Syrian crisis, warned today.
Marking the UN’s World Refugee Day, the coalition said it was deeply concerned about the alarming escalation of refugee numbers, which is being fuelled by the relentless fighting in Syria.
A group of 21 international aid agencies working in six countries directly affected by the Syrian crisis calls on the international community to dig deep and be generous in responding to the UN’s new Syria and refugee response appeals, being launched today.
While the priority must be to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, the need for humanitarian aid keeps spiralling as the conflict escalates and threatens stability in neighbouring countries, the members of the Syria INGO Regional Forum (SIRF) said today.
With no end in sight to egregious violence and human rights abuse in Syria, Amnesty International, Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) are calling on EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers to act now to help refugees fleeing Syria.
Refugees from Syria in neighbouring countries
Background: Since August 2012, ICMC, with funding from BPRM, has been conducting a comprehensive outreach to vulnerable Syrian refugees in northern Jordan (Al-Mafraq, Ramtha, Irbid and Zarqa, Amman). To date a total of 925 Syrian households have been interviewed, collecting data on the family overview, health conditions, economic situation, the situation of children, housing conditions and gaps in assistance.
Gender Based Violence (GBV) takes many forms, including physical, verbal, and sexual abuse as well as deprivation techniques (financial, legal, psychological) designed to control and disempower the victims. The perpetrators can be spouses, parents, siblings, and members of the refugee community, employers, or authority figures, such as police or soldiers.
GENEVA, 18 March 2011-Amid urgent calls for the protection of those fleeing violence in Libya, ICMC bolsters key partnerships and rapidly deploys six refugee protection experts to UNHCR emergency resettlement operations in Egypt and Tunisia, assisting efforts to find solutions for the increasing number of refugees in the region.
"The speed and scale with which the humanitarian crisis has unfolded has proven extremely challenging to the mechanisms in place in the region for dealing with the large number of people now needing protection", explains Linda Besharaty, …
ISLAMABAD, 24 August 2010-As flood waters continue to cover acres of land in Pakistan, ICMC makes an urgent appeal to donors to support the organisation's front-line response to the medical needs of thousands of families in flood-affected areas.
An estimated 18 million people have been affected by Pakistan's most recent natural disaster, and the sheer scale of the catastrophe has been described by United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon as "almost defying comprehension." "This is far more than a disaster for Pakistan alone," he said earlier this week, …
Violence has forced millions of Iraqi children, women and men to flee their homes and seek refuge both inside and beyond their country's borders.
ISLAMABAD, 17 February 2010-Following days of torrential rains, ICMC and the Strengthening Participatory Organization reach out to families affected by massive landslides that caused four Northern Pakistani villages to slide into a nearby lake, causing serious damage to hundreds of homes and businesses.
According to initial assessments, some 249 families lost their homes and valuable assets in the large-scale landslide. Local authorities assisted survivors in reaching immediate safety, yet most remained in dire need of food supplies and shelter.
Having worked with families …
Among displaced Iraqis today, many-if not most-face a dizzying array of social, economic and psychological difficulties as they grapple with the loss of their former lives, homes, jobs and communities and, in all too many cases, loved ones.