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  • Renewed diplomacy must not Ignore justice for war crimes in Syria | Amnesty International Canada
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    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/renewed-diplomacy-must-not-ignore-justice-for-war-crimes-in-syria (2016-02-13)
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  • Turkey must not force shipwrecked refugees and asylum seekers to return to Syria and Iraq | Amnesty International Canada
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    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/turkey-must-not-force-shipwrecked-refugees-and-asylum-seekers-to-return-to-syria (2016-02-13)
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  • EU summit: Refugees need safe access to protection, not more barriers | Amnesty International Canada
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    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/eu-summit-refugees-need-safe-access-to-protection-not-more-barriers (2016-02-13)
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  • Volunteers help refugees survive while Europe’s leaders still search for solutions | Amnesty International Canada
    was this Syrian family a father with a small girl She tried to open the door of my car I thought she must be after the food so I asked her father what they need You have the same car as us he responded but ours exploded back in Syria Her mother died in it And then I understood what the little girl was looking for Konstantinos a volunteer looks away as he shares this story with me Locals on the Greek island of Kos call him The Hardcore One because he juggles two jobs with daily deliveries of food supplies and support for refugees Konstantinos and another volunteer in his car Kos Greece September 2015 Treating refugees as people More than 200 000 mainly refugees and some who are migrants have risked their lives to reach the Greek islands so far in 2015 They face hellish conditions as the local authorities are either unwilling or incapable of providing basics like food water toilets or housing Locals and tourists have stepped up to plug the gap It simply is an overwhelming task says Giorgos a teacher who helps prepare and distribute more than 1 000 portions of food daily It s not just feeding people says Dionysia another activist and local theatre director It s treating them as people Biljiana aged 36 and originally from Belgrade Serbia volunteers with her partner We also experienced famine and bombings back home she explains We can t just sit back when this is happening in front of us Tourists have joined forces with locals including Dr Greta Tullman a German academic She shows me a hand written list of supplies to buy when she goes home she s already brought several boxes By the late afternoon the food is ready and an elaborate distribution also of clothes nappies and other essentials takes place across the island in the absence of a central reception centre Don t even give the migrants water Later in my hotel lobby a woman shouts If we carry on like this there will be no food for our own kids She is pleased that the local mayor has told people not to offer refugees even a glass of water suggesting this will encourage more people to come Now I understand what Christina another activist and nursery teacher had told me earlier A mother started crying a father a middle aged man bowed down to me and prayed to God in gratitude for what Because I gave them a bottle of water When riot police attacked the refugees we were crying she continues Refugees with blood all over them came to us to console us They said they ve been through worse it was very moving Finally long past midnight the activists start going home for a much needed rest Solidarity is not charity a deeply exhausted Giorgos tells me It s re humanizing a dehumanizing situation ElizaGoroya Hot meals while registering for asylum in Berlin By the time refugees

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/volunteers-help-refugees-survive-while-europe%E2%80%99s-leaders-still-search-for-solutions (2016-02-13)
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  • New satellite images show Hungary’s rush to keep refugees out of Europe | Amnesty International Canada
    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 New satellite images show Hungary s rush to keep refugees out of Europe Satellite Photo Roezke Border Crossing DigitalGlobe for Amnesty International News releases September 18 2015 New satellite images obtained by Amnesty International give a chilling new perspective on Hungary s frenzied efforts to repel refugees and asylum seekers this week The organization said they serve as a warning to Croatia Slovenia and other countries currently considering closing their borders to thousands of people seeking protection The shocking scenes from the ground this week at the Horgoš Röszke border crossing have shown the human toll of Hungary s irresponsible actions These images give a deeper sense of the speed and scale of Hungary s operation to seal its borders which culminated in a dire situation for refugees and asylum seekers left in limbo said Tirana Hassan Amnesty International s Crisis Response Director One pair of images from 13 and 15 September starkly illustrate how sealing the border crossing near Horgoš in Serbia and Röszke in Hungary on 15 September quickly resulted in a bottleneck of trapped people seeking entry to Hungary and the European Union Within two days a stretch of open motorway was suddenly bisected by a razor wire fence which Hungarian authorities have been erecting along the country s entire southern border with Serbia The satellite images show masses of people beginning to camp out in the open on the Serbian side In the days after these images were taken numbers swelled even further Other images show how before the border closed reception points just inside the Hungarian side of the border were bustling with activity on 13 September with lots of people and queues of buses visible By 15 September they lay empty with refugees and asylum seekers forced to mass outside the fence and seek safe haven in other countries Amnesty International is releasing the satellite imagery just hours after Croatian authorities announced the closure of seven out of eight border crossings with Serbia after thousands of refugees and asylum seekers blocked from entering Hungary began streaming into Croatia yesterday Croatia and Hungary are member states of the European Union while Serbia is not This sudden mass movement of people into Croatia was directly prompted by the Hungarian authorities border closure on 15 September Hundreds of Hungarian soldiers riot police dogs and helicopters have been patrolling the completed razor wire fence and new laws came into force to jail anyone who attempts

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/new-satellite-images-show-hungary%E2%80%99s-rush-to-keep-refugees-out-of-europe (2016-02-13)
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  • Hungary: Children separated from families by police amid border chaos | Amnesty International Canada
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    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-updates/hungary-children-separated-from-families-by-police-amid-border-chaos (2016-02-13)
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  • Serbia/Hungary: Refugees stuck in ‘no-man’s land’ on border amid appalling humanitarian failure | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Serbia Hungary Refugees stuck in no man s land on border amid appalling humanitarian failure News releases September 16 2015 More than 1 000 people including many families fleeing conflict in Syria Afghanistan and Iraq remain stuck in abysmal and rapidly deteriorating conditions along a Serbian motorway after Hungarian authorities closed the border crossing yesterday Amnesty International said today from Horgoš on the Serbian side Humanitarian organizations including the UN Refugee Agency have been virtually absent so far and the Serbian authorities only response has been to send a handful of police to the border area Hundreds of refugees are sleeping rough on a closed motorway with only ad hoc aid from volunteers and severely restricted access to food running water or toilets The refugees we ve spoken to have described the uncertainty and indignation they feel stuck in limbo with a complete lack of information They are effectively stuck in a no man s land on the Serbian border and the Hungarian border fence said Tirana Hassan Director of Crisis Response at Amnesty International from Horgoš Even more refugees are streaming in today as the situation rapidly deteriorates The Serbian authorities and the European Union knew this was going to happen and yet failed to respond adequately meaning hundreds of the most vulnerable people are now stuck between razor wire and the abyss of not knowing what comes next Amnesty International s delegation spoke to an Afghan woman who has two young children including an eight year old son with cancer Since the Hungarian border was sealed they have been sleeping rough and they have very few possessions her baby daughter doesn t even have shoes Their most precious belonging is her son s medical report Since the area near the border crossing is open countryside along a motorway there is no shelter or food and severely limited toilets and running water The refugees are doing all they can to keep the situation under control but conditions are extremely dire a makeshift sign in Arabic and English implored people not to pollute the surroundings of the camp by your excrements sic Any

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/serbiahungary-refugees-stuck-in-%E2%80%98no-man%E2%80%99s-land%E2%80%99-on-border-amid-appalling (2016-02-13)
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  • Hungary: Refugees blocked by forces, criminalized by laws | Amnesty International Canada
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    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/hungary-refugees-blocked-by-forces-criminalized-by-laws (2016-02-13)
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