Out of the Mouths of Children - It's simple
July 25, 2019 - Center for Victims of Torture
Everyone deserves to feel safe--a fact so simple, a child understands. That's why seeking asylum is a basic human right. At CVT's St. Paul Healing Center, two-thirds of our clients are asylum seekers who fled their home countries from imminent danger But they're finding it harder to adjust in a climate that's become increasingly hostile to them, persecuted individuals the U.S. traditionally aimed to protect. LEARN MORE Could Canada do more? - FVC
“A government and society which view fleeing children and families as threats; a government which treats children in U.S. custody worse than animals; a government and society who turn their backs on pregnant mothers, babies and families and make them wait in Ciudad Juarez without a thought to the crushing consequences on this challenged city. . . . This government and this society are not well,” Seitz told the crowd.
Canada don't abandon refugees at the Mexican Border
May 30, 2019 - Amnesty International
Canada is seeking to renegotiate the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) in an attempt to restrict the ability of refugee claimants in the United States from seeking protection in Canada.
Urge Canada not to abandon refugees fleeing the United States by rescinding the 'Safe Third Country' agreement. RESCIND, DON'T RENEGOTIATE THE SAFE THIRD COUNTRY AGREEMENT!
Under the STCA, refugee claimants must claim protection in the first country in which they arrive in most cases. The agreement assumes the US is a ‘safe’ country which upholds international human rights and the Refugee Convention. However, there is an exception for those who do not cross at official border crossings, which is why so many people have made the difficult – and often dangerous – decision to cross into Canada irregularly. LEARN MORE
Send a message to Bill Blair,Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction
Short Film – Unite Against Racism
May 16, 2019 - Migrant Rights Network
This (6:58 min) video is a tool to help communities educate themselves about immigration, racism, and the importance of uniting to fight the rise of the right.
Why the climate movement should fight for migrant justice
April 8, 2019 - The Leap
Did you ever notice that the same leaders denying climate change are the ones drumming up fear and hatred against migrants? Check out this short explainer video on why the climate movement must fight for migrant justice to win the world we need. LEARN MORE
The most important things I have: Rohingya refugees on what they value most, in pictures
December 27, 2018 - The Guardian
Share the Journey - You too can make a difference
November 18, 2018 - Development and Peace
It’s time to step up! In solidarity with the 68.5 million children, women, and men who have been forced to flee their homes, help us share the journey.
Every minute, 31 people are forced to leave their homes.
The majority of them live in the poorest countries in the world under extremely difficult conditions.
Armed conflict, climate change, development megaprojects, persecution… The causes of forced displacement are multiple, interwoven and complex.
It is time to step up! Without inclusive and participatory democracies that respect human rights, forced migration will only increase.
Also see where D&P are supporting communities displaced by hunger and violence in the Lake Chad Basin.
...85% of the world’s refugees are being hosted in the poorest countries on the planet. This is certainly the case for Niger and Cameroon, two countries in the Lake Chad Basin - one of the poorest regions in Africa - that have taken in refugees from Nigeria fleeing violence in their villages.
In addition, violence in Nigeria has spilled over the border into both countries, internally displacing many communities. Development and Peace-Caritas Canada and Global Affairs Canada are collaborating to help internally displaced people and refugees in both countries cope with the struggle of having lost their homes and abandoning their farms, which provided their food, as well as supporting host communities, who are sharing their scarce resources. Conditions for families have been made even more difficult due to climate change, which is having adverse impacts on their agricultural activities and livelihoods. READ MORE....
I Welcome Refugees
October 31, 2018 - Amnesty International Canada Learn more about UNHCR Figures (below)
Archbishop Auza Calls for Protection of Children in Conflicts
Let us not forget the needs of the Rohingya!
August 26, 2018 - Development and Peace
As soon as the crisis started, Development and Peace acted quickly to put in place a humanitarian aid response to meet the fundamental needs of Rohingya refugees.
Today, Rohingya refugees are facing the triple threat of the monsoon, a funding deficit for aid and uncertainty about their future.
Your generosity can have an immediate impact! With your help we can address the specific needs of women and girls and support host communities, who are bearing the brunt of this crisis.
We live in a world in desperate need of positive change. I'm hopeful that this is the kind of change that you and I can bring about through our commitment to human rights. And through our commitment to take action based on solid human rights research. In this edition, we are drawing to your attention two important opportunities to take action on disturbing developments in the United States. First, in a report published yesterday we are highlighting four emblematic cases of civilian families in Raqqa, Syria, who were brutally affected by the relentless aerial bombardment from the US-led Coalition. For this report we deployed experts on the ground, gathered evidence and heard those who have witnessed the most horrific forms of human rights violations. We are urging you to send a message to the U.S. Minister of Defence.Our second new action concerns the shameful detention of parents and children in “baby jails” in the U.S. Every day hundreds of families are locked up in three family detention centres in the United States! Here we are asking you to contact the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. - Alex Neve, Amnesty International
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South Sudan’s Bishops Cry Out for Aid, Protection for Civilians - Zenit
Feb 28, 2017
“We are FOR all good things – peace, justice, love, forgiveness, reconciliation, dialogue, the rule of law, good governance – and we are AGAINST evil – violence, killing, rape, torture, looting, corruption, arbitrary detention, tribalism, discrimination, oppression”
“Women at the Heart of Change”: Development and Peace – Caritas Canada Launches its 50th Annual Fundraising Campaign
For almost 50 years, Development and Peace has been striving for global justice and dignity for all. By addressing the root causes of injustice and poverty, we have been working to build a fair and peaceful world.
Posted: January 11, 2017
Are you aware of this Canadian Organization with its mission to help migrant worker who are unjustly treated by those who wish to profit from them and by the government which lack fairness in dealing people as good people for Canada.
We are organizations of migrant workers from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, PEI and Quebec joining forces to create the Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights – Canada (CMWRC).
Launched in October 2015, CMWRC is a unified voice of migrant workers in Canada. Our aim is simple: to re-build the immigration system to ensure basic dignity and fairness for everyone.
Our members represent hundreds of thousands of Canadian-born, and migrant workers. Together we know that we need an economy that works for everyone, not one that forces us to fight each other for scraps.
Update: (January 15, 2017)
After an outpouring of support from all across Canada, the deportation order for migrant activist Gina Bahiwal has been cancelled. Huge thanks to everyone who took the time to write letters of support; grassroots public pressure makes a difference. See Twitter. The petition above is still important and valid.
Praying for Syria, Helping Refugees and Education
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