we all have to try harder
– to achieve peace
– to help people in need
– to open up instead of closing ourselves in
– to understand, that in the 21. century, where we all seem to be so globalized and connected, so many of us are left behind
– to realize, that people deserve a life in peace and dignity
– to understand, that we are one race, one blood…one world!
we have to, because if not…would we dare and bear the consequences?
MSF published an open letter to the EU Member States and institutions following the EU-Turkey agreement on refugees.
I fully support MSF’s concern, that this agreement violates the human right of seeking asylum and has huge protection consequences, which can already be seen and have already been documented by e.g. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
As a European citizen from Germany growing up in peaceful lands after the horrors of two World Wars it is unbelievable to see that our decision makers and unfortunately also too many of my fellow citizen seem to have forgotten, that not so long ago the wish of fleeing war and persecution was the wish of our grandparents and parents. I know it is not easy in light of the crises in this world to find solutions and ways for all the people in need! But we have to try! As humans with hearts and minds, we cannot just turn our backs, shift responsibilities and hope that things will just change. Look around you: as long as there is war and conflict, natural catastrophes, economic inequality, and poverty people – children, women and men – will move to a ’safer and better place‘. We cannot just walk away!
„Turkey is entitled to secure its border with Syria, but is obliged to respect the principle of non-refoulement, which prohibits rejecting asylum seekers at borders when that would expose them to the threat of persecution, torture, and threats to life and freedom. Turkey is also obliged to respect international norms on use of lethal force as well as the rights to life and bodily integrity, including the absolute prohibition on subjecting anyone to inhuman and degrading treatment.
The violence against Syrian refugees, and Turkey’s refusal to allow them to cross the border, comes as the European Union has shut its own borders to asylum seekers. In March, the EU concluded a controversial migration deal with Ankara to curb refugee and migration flows to Europe, committing €6 billion in aid to assist Syrians in Turkey, reinvigorating Turkey’s EU membership negotiations, and offering the prospect of visa-free travel for Turkish citizens. The deal provides for Europe to return migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees, including Syrians, who reach Greece by boat, on the grounds that Turkey is a safe country for them. The deal also commits the EU to work with Turkey to create areas inside Syria that will be “more safe.”
“The EU shouldn’t just stand by and watch as Turkey uses live ammunition and rifle butts to stem the refugee flow,” said Simpson. “EU officials should recognize that their red light for refugees to enter the EU gives Turkey a green light to close its border, exacting a heavy price on war-ravaged asylum seekers with nowhere else to go.”