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Spain: WE WANT TO WELCOME – NOW!

Monday 26 June 2017, by siawi3

Source: Women-In-Black-Spain

WE WANT TO WELCOME – NOW!

Women in Black join the campaign _“Queremos Acoger Ya!”_ (We Want to
Welcome Now). World Refugee Day is commemorated on 20 June. June 15 is
the day against the _Centros de_ _Internamiento de Extranjeros (CIEs)._
(Centers for Detention of Foreigners).

Sixty-five million people flee from their countries because of armed
conflict, violence, persecution and violation of rights. No funds are
set aside to help these people. We spend it to impede their entry,
tightening laws of asylum, buying off third counties with illegal
agreements to detain those who seek refuge, countries that are unsafe in
terms of human rights. Last year Europe spent 15.000 million Euros on
border barriers.

In 2015 Europe reached an agreement to redistribute, within two years,
120,000 refugees from Italy, Greece, Turkey or Lebanon. The government
of Spain committed to take in 17,337 refugees. The period to comply
with this obligations ends in September and as of now we have welcomed
only some 1,300 persons.

In addition to this, 1,260,000 displaced persons, who were not fleeing
only from wars, sought refuge in Europe in 2016. Of these, 15,700 asked
for protection in Spain. In that year, almost 7,000 people died in the
Mediterranean, many of whom were minors. Instead of offering them
protection in our country, 25 persons are repatriated every day. Last
year more than 10 million Euros were spent to maintain the CIEs despite
their demonstrated inefficacy.

Women in Black against War join hundreds of organizations and
collectives to demand that the government of Spain welcome and provide
protection to the refugees. If the government does not fulfill its
commitments, the citizens have the moral obligation to act.

♀We want a Europe that receives refugees with full guarantees and
respect for their dignity and for their human rights. We ask that their
legal and welfare needs be covered.

♀We want to see established legal and safe avenues, as well as opening
of humanitarian corridors, to help refugees seek asylum before leaving
their country of origin in the embassies and consulates of the country
where they wish to go, through a humanitarian passport or resettlement
and regrouping of families. We ask that people not be sent to countries
that are unsafe and that agreements with these countries concerning
border control and return be suspended.

♀We ask for urgent measures to welcome people who are especially
vulnerable such as children, adolescents, women and LGBT persons. We
demand actions to impede dangerous crossings or routes on which women
and young girls suffer assaults, violations, humiliation, kidnapping and
prostitution.

♀We want special protection for defenders of human rights, as well as
for persons who reject the use of weapons, conscientious objectors and
deserters.

♀We want an end to the commerce in armaments, so that weapons do not
turn up in countries experiencing armed conflict or those in which there
is clear violation of the people’s human rights.

♀We want the government of Spain to comply with international law and
acquired obligations.

ENOUGH EXCUSES, NO MORE BARRIERS, WE WANT TO WELCOME – NOW!

YOU CAN FOLLOW THE SITUATION OF REFUGEES IN SPAIN AT HTTP://VENIDYA.ORG/
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Translation: Trisha Novak, USA

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[1] http://venidya.org/