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Stop the suffering and dying of people on Europe's borders!
Czech Republic, action created 20.4.2015
Each year, millions of people around the world are forced to leave their homes due to armed conflict, persecution or poverty. Only a small portion of them seek refuge and opportunity for a better life in the European Union. These individuals are met with the EU's growing determination not to let these people within their borders. For this purpose, the last few years saw the building of walls, both visible and invisible, that have increased the risk of those desperate enough to embark on a perilous journey to Europe.
Hundreds of people die each year while attempting to reach Europe's shores. Countless others are forcibly repatriated back to their countries of origin. Some are even left in neighboring countries that do not respect their rights.
However, there are ways to save these lives.
We call on the European leaders to stop increasing the death toll associated with building of a "European Fortress."
We urge the European leaders to protect the lives and human rights of individuals arriving at European borders.
• EU countries to strengthen their rescue operations in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas
• Safe and legal routes to Europe for those who are fleeing war or persecution - these people are forced to use alternative routes especially because using primary channels will increase their risk.
• Assurance that once they arrive on European territory, these people will have access to proceedings based on international acts of protection.
• EU countries to cease their cooperation with third party countries that have low levels of human rights protections, especially when it comes to reducing the migration flows into the EU.
"When the ship sank, I could not find my friends. 'Where are they?' I asked. Then I found Omar. I tried to help others, but I could not. Omar and I helped each other, but it was hard to swim continuously for hours on end. All that these people were looking for their friends and families in the water."
Mohammed (21), a refugee from Syria, describes his dramatic experiences to Amnesty International on May 2014. He describes how, on October 11, 2013, the ship he was on with 400 other people, sank 70 miles from the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa.