Advocacy

Religious Leaders Send Strong Message as EU Presents Migration Pact

“Solidarity should be the guiding principle governing migration and particularly refugee reception,” the statement says. “We expect the EU to reject the discourse and politics of fear and deterrence, and to adopt a principled stance and compassionate practice based on the fundamental values on which the EU is founded.” The organisations issued the statement in advance …

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The Mayors of Sicily Welcome Refugees: “We need them.”

As the borders to Italy are reopened, several refugee boats have arrived at Sicily and Lampedosa and Italys minister for interior affairs has pleaded to the European Union for support. Many more migrants can be expected. The Maltese government has estimated around 600 000 people trapped in Libya, waiting to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according …

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Armed Conflicts Constraints Efforts to Protect Vulnerable Groups from COVID-19

Continued violent and armed conflict severely constraints the efforts of local, national, and international organizations to protect refugees, displaced people, women, children, the elderly and other vulnerable groups from the spread of the virus.  As countries around the world have closed their borders to isolate COVID-19, criminals are finding new ways to abuse the vulnerability …

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Religious leaders calling for ceasefire

Religions for Peace Echoing Call for Ceasefire 

In response to the Corona-pandemic, UN secretary António Guterres called for a worldwide ceasefire, saying: “Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19. The virus does not care about ethnicity or nationality, faction or faith.  It attacks all, relentlessly. Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world. The most vulnerable — women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the …

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