Call for action in European local democracy week concerning Lampedusa

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Our Vice President dr. Vera John-Mikolakjewski in her capacity as Vice President of Committee on Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges of the INGO’s of the Council of Europe asks your attention for the Local democracy week and Lampedusa, calling for a review of international treaties on the rights of refugees. They invite the European Union and Council of Europe Member States to follow a true cooperation policy and to fight efficiently against the criminal activity of traffickers and smugglers. We urge you, dear colleagues, to relay such call to parliamentarians, national and local governments of the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe.

Committee on Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges

Dear Colleagues,

How can we celebrate the European Democracy Week, while many of those who want to join our democracies die every day so close to our shores ? It took so many deaths till finally European peoples and governments are moved !

Driven by poverty, political, racial, tribal or religious persecution, thousands of men, women and children take the greatest risks to try to survive or live better.

Many of our NGOs are committed with migrants and survivors of disasters, in Lampedusa on other shores. The Council of Europe cannot stand by and do nothing to prevent such tragedies .

We demand respect for the European Convention on Human Rights and the Charter of Fundamental Rights so that the interceptions thrown by Frontex, the ” European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders”, go along with measures of effective rescue, consistent with human rights and the rights of refugees. Physical strength, in case of shipwreck, must not be the only criterion of admission on our soil !

We call for a review of international treaties on the rights of refugees

We invite the European Union and Council of Europe Member States to follow a true cooperation policy and to fight efficiently against the criminal activity of traffickers and smugglers.

We urge you, dear colleagues, to relay such call to parliamentarians, national and local governments of the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe.

You will find it also on our website following this link
http://democracy-cingos.weebly.com/index.html

With our best regards,

Anne-Marie CHAVANON

President

Israel MENSAH

Vice-President

Vera John MIKOLAJEWSKI

Vice-President

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