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803 evictions of refugees in Northern France since August: a new report

A new report by Help Refugees, L’Auberge des Migrants, Human Rights Observers and Refugee Info Bus reveals that there were at least 803 forced evictions of displaced people in Calais and Grande-Synthe, near Dunkirk, between 1 August 2018 and 1 June 2019, creating abject living conditions and forcing people to seek even more dangerous routes to reach the UK.

These evictions take place on a daily basis in Calais, in which displaced people are forced out of their living sites, subjected to police violence and, if they’re not present, the destruction of their belongings. They affect all displaced people in Calais, including unaccompanied children as young as 10 years old. The relentless and repetitive nature of the evictions appear to deliberately exhaust the communities.

Forced Evictions in Calais & Grand-Synthe report

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Forced evictions only serve to add to the accumulated trauma of refugees and migrants, creating further hostility rather than offer a dignified solution. This has led to a deterioration of both the physical and mental health of those affected.

This report proves the current policy focused on preventing any ‘fixation points’ of migrant communities to be a failure. Indeed, despite 803 evictions between August 2018 and June 2019, there are still over 1,000 displaced people present in the area, of which 255 are unaccompanied minors and 277 are people in family units.

You can read the full report here.

Our collective of associations coming together to witness, analyse, document, report and denounce such human rights breaches shows that the abuses of our governments is not in the name of their citizens.

Hundreds of police officers conducting degrading, inhumane, expensive and wholly ineffective actions is not a solution to the migrant crisis at our border. The vast sums of British citizen’s money assured by the UK government for ‘securitisation’ of the border could be more effectively used to provide dignified accommodation, access to legal asylum channels, uniting children with their families and providing safe travel and homes for lost, missing and unaccompanied children currently forced to sleep out on the streets by a potent mix of our government’s choice of inaction and intentional hostility to refugees – people in need of our help.

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Jo Cox’s sister writes open letter to British MPs: #SaveIdlib #onemillionkids

On the third anniversary of Jo Cox’s death, her sister Kim Leadbeater is asking senior political figures across the UK to take a break from Brexit to focus on one of the issues that mattered most to her: the humanitarian emergency in Syria.

One million children are currently trapped in Idlib province, facing Russian and regime airstrikes and horrific barrel bombs. Over 350 civilians have been killed in the last six weeks alone. The silence from British politicians is deafening.

The letter is co-signed by Alison McGovern MP and Tom Tugendhat MP. Jo Cox campaigned passionately for the protection of civilians caught in the conflict, and we want to honour her by putting aside our differences over Brexit for one day to focus on our shared humanity. You can read the full letter at the bottom of this page.

Write to your MP with our simple template – it takes 30 seconds. #onemillionkids #SaveIdlib

What you can do:

Write to your MP and demand that they do everything they can to protect those trapped in Idlib. You can use our template – it only takes 30 seconds.

On Sunday 16th June 2019, we’re asking leaders and leadership candidates to take a break from Brexit and tell us what they plan to do to protect the estimated one million children trapped in Idlib.

The UK is an incredibly powerful country with a seat at the UN Security Council. But the inaction on Syria is costing the lives of the most vulnerable. That’s why we want the head of every political party, or aspiring leader, to answer one straightforward question: if you are Prime Minister what will you do to save the million children trapped under bombs in Idlib?

If you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #onemillionkids and ask party leaders and candidates what their plan is to resolve the crisis and protect these children.

We’re also asking Sunday newspapers to find prominent space for more coverage of the conflict on this day, and broadcasters to feature the story on the morning news shows.

Despite our preoccupation with Brexit, the UK remains a compassionate country which understands that the indiscriminate targeting of children is wrong.

This day is an opportunity for politicians on all sides to demonstrate their commitment to our shared humanity and the principles that Jo Cox lived for.


If you can spare 30 seconds, please consider using our template to write to your MP and ask them to #SaveIdlib. All you have to do is put your address & details in. Kim Leadbeater #SaveIdlib LetterKim Leadbeater #SaveIdlib Letter

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Join our call to protect one million children in Idlib #SaveIdlib

On the third anniversary of Jo Cox’s death, we’re asking senior political figures across the UK to take a break from Brexit to focus on one of the issues that mattered most to her: the humanitarian emergency in Syria.

One million children are currently trapped in Idlib province, facing Russian and regime airstrikes and horrific barrel bombs. Over 350 civilians have been killed in the last six weeks alone. The silence from British politicians is deafening.

Jo Cox campaigned passionately for the protection of civilians caught in the conflict, and we want to honour her by putting aside our differences over Brexit for one day to focus on our shared humanity.

What you can do:

Write to your MP and demand that they do everything they can to protect those trapped in Idlib. You can use our template – it only takes 30 seconds.

On Sunday 16th June 2019, we’re asking leaders and leadership candidates to take a break from Brexit and tell us what they plan to do to protect the estimated one million children trapped in Idlib.

The UK is an incredibly powerful country with a seat at the UN Security Council. But the inaction on Syria is costing the lives of the most vulnerable. That’s why we want the head of every political party, or aspiring leader, to answer one straightforward question: if you are Prime Minister what will you do to save the million children trapped under bombs in Idlib?

If you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #onemillionkids and ask party leaders and candidates what their plan is to resolve the crisis and protect these children.

We’re also asking Sunday newspapers to find prominent space for more coverage of the conflict on this day, and broadcasters to feature the story on the morning news shows.

Despite our preoccupation with Brexit, the UK remains a compassionate country which understands that the indiscriminate targeting of children is wrong.

This day is an opportunity for politicians on all sides to demonstrate their commitment to our shared humanity and the principles that Jo Cox lived for.


If you can spare 30 seconds, please consider using our template to write to your MP and ask them to #SaveIdlib. All you have to do is put your address & details in. 

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Join the demo and demand a legal route to safety for child refugees

Join us on the 18th June near Parliament to call on our Government to resettle at least 10,000 child refugees from Europe and conflict regions over the next 10 years.

Councils across the country have already pledged places for 1,170 child refugees if the government commits to resettle 10,000 children. As part of Refugee Week, this demo will celebrate the 1,170 places pledged and call on the Government to begin filling these places by opening a new legal resettlement route.

 

Safe Passage and Help Refugees child refugees demo

We’ll be joined by Lord Alf Dubs and Safe Passage

Current routes to safety in the UK for children are due to close in 2020. But today, there are more child refugees in Europe than at any point since World War Two. Many are sleeping rough on the streets, whilst others have their lives on hold waiting in refugee camps. They’re vulnerable to trafficking, abuse and risking their lives in order to reach safety.

Without a new resettlement commitment there will be no legal route to Britain for those seeking sanctuary and no hope for these children.

80 years after the Kindertransport saved 10,000 child refugees from Nazi Europe in a matter of months, together we can show that the UK still has the capacity to welcome refugee children.

Join Lord Dubs, recently arrived refugees and Council leaders to demand that our Government lives up to the legacy of the Kindertransport.

If Britain could help 10,000 child refugees 80 years ago, we can do the same today. It’s #OurTurn


Timings

1.15: Arrive near Parliament (see below)

1.45: Speeches from Lord Alf Dubs, Council Leaders and recently arrived refugees

2.45: Event closes

Location

Exact location TBC – sign up to receive updates in advance of the demo

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