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  • Turkey: Rounding up of refugees is “a stain on the EU’s conscience” | Amnesty International Canada
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    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/turkey-rounding-refugees-%E2%80%9C-stain-eu%E2%80%99s-conscience%E2%80%9D (2016-02-13)
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  • The insecurity of being a refugee woman or girl in Lebanon | Amnesty International Canada
    government Some people called me from my husband s phone and said he was with them and asked for money It was very stressful they would call from time to time very early morning or late at night I would have paid them but they would tell me a date and then turn off my husband s phone so I couldn t do anything After a few months I didn t hear from them again I ve been living in Lebanon since 2013 I don t have any qualifications so it was very difficult for me to get employment It was also very difficult for me to even rent a tent At first my daughter son and I were living with my brother and his family My daughter had to get married because we were under pressure I didn t approve of this but circumstances pressured us economically financially and psychologically When we came to Lebanon my children couldn t continue their education My brother wouldn t let my daughter work Since she was a young girl and a stranger young men would harass her verbally even when she was with me or her uncle We couldn t protect her from this sort of harassment She wanted to get a job but my brother refused and he beat her As a reaction to this beating when my brother s wife said that she knew of an old man who wanted to get married my daughter agreed My daughter was 16 years old when she got married to a man 20 years older than her Now she suffers a lot of problems because of this Since I left my house in Syria I lost every sort of freedom and liberty my freedom of opinion I couldn t prevent the marriage because I didn t have any sort of freedom financially or emotionally because of my dependency on other people Now I rent a small place for just my son who is 14 and I The place hardly qualifies for living it only has one lamp and one pipe for water An NGO helped me get a job teaching sewing They pay me 100 a month but it costs me 40 per month for the transport to go to work and the rent costs me 150 a month My daughter lives in Beirut with her husband Her husband was married before and already has children and his elderly mother also lives with them My daughter is now 19 and has a baby She s a child raising a child My daughter hasn t visited me here since her marriage She was going to visit once but she was stopped at a checkpoint and threatened with arrest because her residence permit is invalid A Lebanese man vouched for her so the officer let her go Now she s too scared to travel I can t go to Beirut for the same reason I ve seen photos of her baby though We mainly communicate

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/insecurity-being-refugee-woman-or-girl-lebanon (2016-02-13)
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  • Refugees endangered and dying due to EU’s reliance on fences and gatekeepers | Amnesty International Canada
    Europe s borders have succeeded only in entrenching rights violations and exacerbating the challenges of managing refugee flows in a humane and orderly manner said John Dalhuisen Amnesty International s Director for Europe and Central Asia The EU and its front line member states urgently need to rethink how they ensure safe and legal access to the EU both at its external land borders and in countries of origin and transit This can be accomplished through the increased use of resettlement family reunification and humanitarian visas Fear and Fences as well as a new briefing by Human Rights Watch Europe s Refugee Crisis An Agenda for Action also published today make detailed recommendations calling on the EU and its member states to do much more to tackle the global refugee crisis The heavy toll of Fortress Europe s fences In total EU member states have built more than 235 km of fences at the EU s external borders costing in excess of 175 million Euros including a 175 km fence along the Hungary Serbia border a 30 km fence along the Bulgaria Turkey border which is to be extended by a further 130 km 18 7 km of fences along the borders of the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla with Morocco and a 10 5 km fence in the Evros region along the Greece Turkey border Instead of stopping people from coming these fences have only redirected refugee flows to other land routes or more dangerous sea routes According to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR the number of 2015 arrivals by sea into the EU reached 792 883 in November compared to the 280 000 land and sea arrivals recorded by the EU border management agency Frontex for the entire year in 2014 So far this year 647 581 people have arrived in Greece by sea with 93 of arrivals coming from the world s top 10 refugee producing countries according to UNHCR As of 10 November 512 people have lost their lives in the Aegean this year and nearly 3 500 have died in the Mediterranean as a whole Push backs and other violations at borders People who attempted to cross the Greek Bulgarian and Spanish land borders told Amnesty International how they were pushed back by border authorities without access to asylum procedures or a chance to appeal their return in direct breach of international law Push backs are often accompanied by violence and put people s lives in danger A 31 year old Syrian refugee gave a description of a typical push back from Greece s land border with Turkey in April this year They took us to the river bank and told us to get on our knees It was dark by this time about 8 30pm There were other people there who were being sent back to Turkey One of the police hit me on my back he hit me on my legs and on my head with a wooden stick They took us

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/refugees-endangered-and-dying-due-eu%E2%80%99s-reliance-fences-and-gatekeepers (2016-02-13)
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  • G20 Summit: Rich countries must pull a U-turn on shameful refugee response | Amnesty International Canada
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    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/g20-summit-rich-countries-must-pull-u-turn-shameful-refugee-response (2016-02-13)
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  • EU-Balkans Summit must avert a looming refugee disaster as winter nears | Amnesty International Canada
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    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/eu-balkans-summit-must-avert-looming-refugee-disaster-winter-nears (2016-02-13)
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  • Hundreds of refugees and asylum-seekers stranded in dire conditions overnight on Croatia/Slovenia border | Amnesty International Canada
    Illegal Detention and Torture Europe Human Rights Migration Control Bringing the Arms Trade Treaty into Force Strategic Arms Controls Working Against the Death Penalty Treatment of Prisoners Setting and Upholding Standards Freedom of Expression and Assembly in Vietnam and Cambodia Individuals at Risk Focus on Asia Pacific Human Rights Defenders in the Americas North Korea Prison Camps Pakistan Attacks on Journalists Use of Blasphemy Laws Training and Capacity Building Get Involved Take Action Now Online Actions Petition Library Urgent Action Network Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Media Awards Multimedia Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers stranded in dire conditions overnight on Croatia Slovenia border Media advisories October 19 2015 Croatian and Slovenian authorities must urgently come up with effective solutions as hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers who were stranded overnight between the two countries border checkpoints are soon to be joined by thousands more Amnesty International urged today An Amnesty International research team on the scene interviewed multiple refugees who described how Croatian police had ushered around 1 800 people on a 12km trudge from Čakovec train station to the border crossing at Trnovec at around 2 30am after Slovenian authorities had blocked the train from entering Slovenia Hundreds of children including babies as young as a month old were among the group who walked or were carried in the rain They reached the border crossing around two hours later only to find it blocked by a fence and Slovenian police Croatian police promptly erected a temporary fence behind the group effectively trapping them between the two countries with no shelter or humanitarian assistance It is simply unacceptable for Croatia Slovenia and other countries along the route to wash their hands of any responsibility towards refugees and asylum seekers while the systems in place to

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/hundreds-refugees-and-asylum-seekers-stranded-dire-conditions-overnight-croatiaslovenia-border (2016-02-13)
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  • Turkey: Merkel must ensure rights of refugees not cut out of EU-Turkey deal | Amnesty International Canada
    Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Media Awards Multimedia Turkey Merkel must ensure rights of refugees not cut out of EU Turkey deal News releases October 16 2015 Released 00 01 GMT on Saturday 17 October 2015 European leaders desperate attempts to enlist Turkey as Europe s gatekeeper are ignoring the manifest failures of the Turkish authorities to respect the rights of refugees and migrants said Amnesty International today ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel s visit to Istanbul tomorrow Talks between Angela Merkel and her Turkish counterparts Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday are set to cover the refugee crisis among other issues Talks between the EU and Turkey on migration management risk putting the rights of refugees a distant second behind border control measures designed to prevent refugees from reaching the EU said Andrew Gardner Amnesty International s Turkey researcher The EU should indeed be doing more to help Turkey meet the challenges of hosting more than two million refugees and recent talk of a three billion euro offer is a step in the right direction However a deal premised on keeping refugees in Turkey fundamentally ignores both the challenges they face there and the obvious need for the EU to offer protection to a greater share of the world s burgeoning refugee population The meeting follows the publication on 6 October of a draft EU Turkey Action Plan intended to boost EU support for refugees living in Turkey and secure Turkey s assistance in combatting irregular migration from Turkey to the EU Hundreds of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers not just Syrians are struggling to make ends meet Non Syrian refugees in particular face severe obstacles in accessing asylum and securing livelihoods Yezidi refugees fleeing the armed group that calls itself the Islamic State in Iraq have been asked to wait for more than five years just to register as asylum seekers The EU should be looking at ways in which it can offer safe and legal routes to refugees to reach Europe but the current plan fails to

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/turkey-merkel-must-ensure-rights-refugees-not-cut-out-eu-turkey-deal (2016-02-13)
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  • Hungary: EU must formally warn Hungary over refugee crisis violations | Amnesty International Canada
    News releases October 07 2015 Released 00 01 BST Thursday 8 September 2015 The Hungarian government has invested more than 1OO million euros on razor wire fencing and border controls to keep refugees and migrants out triple the amount it spends yearly on receiving asylum seekers Amnesty International revealed in a new briefing published today The briefing Fenced Out outlines how Hungary s draconian measures to control its borders have repeatedly violated international law As EU ministers gather in Luxembourg today for high level meetings to discuss the crisis Amnesty International is calling on the EU to hold Hungary to account for its human rights failures and to protect people on the move by creating safer legal routes before winter hits Hungary is a few razor wire coils away from completely sealing off its borders with Croatia and Serbia Even those that do manage to squeeze through the key hole are almost certain to be returned to Balkan countries of transit said John Dalhuisen Amnesty International Director for Europe and Central Asia Hungary is effectively transforming itself into a refugee protection free zone with blatant disregard for its human rights obligations and the obvious need to work with other EU and Balkan countries to find collective humane solutions to the current crisis said John Dalhuisen The combination of building razor wire fences and criminalizing those who do break through and enter the country irregularly as well as the rush to return them to Balkan transit countries is designed to isolate Hungary from the global and European refugee crisis This comes at the wholesale expense of the respect for human rights Amnesty International is calling on the EU member States and institutions to prevent further escalation of human rights violations in Hungary by activating the preventive mechanism foreseen under Article 7 1 of the Treaty of the European Union The mechanism allows the European Council to issue a warning to member states where there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the respect for the rule of law and human rights The EU has the power to trigger formal discussions with Hungary over its appalling treatment of refugees and migrants and send a clear message that enough is enough to those States that disregard EU and international law The EU should do this before it is too late said Iverna McGowan Acting Director of Amnesty International s European Institutions Office Scrutiny of the human rights situation in Hungary has repeatedly fallen through the cracks with member states and institutions endlessly passing the buck on who is ultimately responsible for upholding human rights in the EU This gap must be urgently bridged with a stronger response to human rights violations by EU member States and institutions alike Amnesty International drew on testimony and observations compiled from extensive in country research in September Researchers examined the police treatment of refugees and migrants reception conditions as well as the application of new restrictions on access to asylum in the country The Hungarian

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/hungary-eu-must-formally-warn-hungary-over-refugee-crisis-violations (2016-02-13)
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