4 posts tagged netherlands
#hulpTerApel | Tentenkamp in Ter Apel - Nog steeds geen oplossing | Tent camp in Ter Apel - Still no solution
19 mei 2012, english translation below.
Er zijn ondertussen 350 vluchtelingen in het tentenkamp in Ter Apel. Ze komen uit Irak, Somalië, Iran, Azerbeidzjan, Ethiopië, Eritrea en Afghanistan. Het kamp groeit elke dag. Nog steeds zijn de leefomstandigheden miserabel en is een oplossing voor hun problemen ver weg.
Het Rode Kruis had in eerste instantie toegezegd om hulp te bieden. Dit hebben zij vervolgens helaas weer ingetrokken. Vrijwillig hulpverleenster Marianne Bathoorn hierover: “Ik denk dat het gewoon verboden is, van boven af. Dat vind ik absurd. Het Rode Kruis moet gewoon onafhankelijk kunnen reageren op noodsituaties.”
Dinsdag 22 mei is er een debat in de Tweede Kamer. Hopelijk komen zij eindelijk met een oplossing en bieden zij onderdak en een veilige toekomst aan deze mensen.
There are now 350 refugees in the tent camp in Ter Apel. They are originally from Iraq, Somalia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Afghanistan. The camp grows each day. The living conditions are still miserable and a solution to the problems seems far off.
Initially the Red Cross promised help and support. Unfortunately, this was withdrawn. Voluntary social worker Marianne Bathoorn commented: “I just think it was prohibited, “from above”. I find that absurd. The Red Cross has to have the freedom to respond independently to emergencies.”
Tuesday May 22 the 2nd chamber debates the issue. Hopefully they can come up with a solution to offer these people housing and a safe future.
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Please have some attention for this. With different organizations and OCCUPY we have set up a refugee camp for people that are denied access to Europe and can’t return back home. The goverment tries to block humanitarian aid and had officially asked the Red Cross not to provide basic human rights. Dozens of volunteers are helping, against the decisions of the Dutch government and are trying to make this human. WE ARE CALLING FOR ALL REFUGEES IN THE NETHERLANDS AND SURROUNDINGS TO JOIN THIS CAMP – we want to show the international public how inhuman today’s European politics are. WE CALL for all revolution groups within Europe to do the same and unite humanity within this camps.
PLEASE USE YOUR NETWORK TO FORWARD THIS MESSAGE. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
More information you can find on www.helpterapel.nl
HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATED IN SHADOW OF THE HAGUE PEACE COURT
THE NETHERLANDS, Ter Apel | More than 350 refugees, which have been denied access to the Netherlands are camping to protest the Dutch decision they should return to their home countries. That many of the Iraqi’s, Iranians, Somalians and Afghani’s are facing death when they are sent home, doesn’t bother the local politics. In fact, Dutch politics even deny their basic human rights, such as water, food and shelter. Volunteers from all across the country are trying to help, but many are stopped by Dutch police.
They have been camping for 9 days now, and what used to be a small emergency solution grew to a massive protest camp. Refugees and volunteers from all over the Netherlands are flocking together to protest the Dutch policy of immigration (under the rule of Secretary of Immigration, Leers) which clearly violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Human Rights Declaration and the International Treaty of Refugees. That The Netherlands, which houses the International Court of Justice in The Hague gets away with these violations, is a huge thorn in the eye of both the global community and the members of the United Nations.
A van, stuffed with goods by volunteers, has been stopped by the police. “We simply could not deliver the chairs that we were bringing. People are sitting on wet grass soil in one of the rainiest countries of Europe, but the police finds it more important to stop volunteers than to assist the public health and provide for human rights”, one of the volunteers tells. “It is clear that politics are tangled up in their own bureaucracy and can’t see or think clearly anymore.” The red cross, who originally wanted to assist, was officially asked not to help in this situation. The city council also decided to close and block the water provision. Camping beds are forbidden by police.
“You have to help steer in the right direction,” Secretary of Immigration Leers says, “helping illegal immigrants to human rights is not the right direction”. In public statements he states clearly that this way they want to discourage political, economical or even humanitarian refugees to seek for more human alternatives. That thousands and thousands have to sleep on the streets without the basic human right on housing or even water or medical care being met, while a record of empty buildings are locked down and empty for years, doesn’t come to their hearts. Police rather forcefully evicts mothers, fathers and family that try to make use of empty space.
Dozens of volunteers from around the country have picked up on the idea through the social media. They are printing flyers, collecting foods, medicines, tents and goods in almost every city and try to provide the camp as much as they can. “It’s amazing,” someone says, “it’s like we are all working for this goal of humanity and this feeling gives us energy to go on. The Dutch people and the public’s opinion is also very clear on this. We need to help them. They have no other option.”
Artists are also joining the call and are organizing a love and unity festival on Saturday at the camp site in the North of Netherlands to draw more attention to this human cooperation. A team of lawyers just made a call to bundle the complaints refugees or citizens have on immigration policies, and the UNHRC has also visited the camp today. Minutes after that visite, the Dutch police issued a new order to forbid field beds that are used in humanitarian aid.
Now a nationwide call is launched to refugees and volunteers in a dozen of languages, to all humanitarian organizations and volunteers to join in this collective strive. Though the politics continue as usual, a refugee camp within the borders of Europe, denying the very basic human rights. might actually finally showing publicly how disconnected today’s European politics are from humanity.
Join on in the help and the support. Main focus now is transport, medicines and blankets.
[ website: www.helpterapel.nl | Twitter: #helpterapel | Facebook: Occupy Ter Apel ]
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One year ago in Spain, resignation was transformed into indignation and we took to the streets when nobody expected it. The message was clear, “We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers”.
The unprecedented success of a democratic demonstration without any support from political parties, unions and the media inspired a group of brave people to sit at a square in the center of Madrid to decide what to do.
From this starting point we gathered at the squares all over the country and abroad to talk about what we know and what we don´t, about what we feel, about how the crisis is a scam, about what the power is hiding from us and we discovered, day after day, assembly after assembly, a capability to think critically and constructively that we thought we didn´t have. But we have it, and we have woken up.
This year has been a massive learning experience for millions of people, from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street. We learnt how to get informed and inform others. We stopped evictions and marched from Madrid to Brussels to raise our claims. We created our own media and networks. We experienced the work that is necessary to reach a consensus in horizontal assemblies without leaders where everybody could participate democratically, but also how powerful and wise these consensus were.
We felt the power inside us once we broke the chains of fear that the system constantly tries to introduce in our will. We broke the chains and nothing has been the same since then.
Along the way we have met incredible people; shared experiences, wishes and fears. Now we know we are not alone in this unfair world and there are many people willing to fight for a change.
After one year we want to meet again, show our support to the ideals of the movement and share our time in the square one more time. There is still a lot to do.
Come and join us! DAM Square, May 15th 2012 at 19.00
A movement that bundles common complaints and transforms anger to peaceful and creative action. A movement that collects people that care for their city, their environment and the people that live in it, a movement that is open to the suggestions of all of the inhabitants on what the common view of this group is and tries to build, create, share and do together, voluntarily. For each other.
A movement of people that believes in human rights and tries to protect them with action, free culture and education, hand-in-hand together with the whole community. It are those many common goals that connect us. Justice and truth and human rights for every single human being. True and honest happiness within the streets.
Mister Judge, Mister Mayor, thank you for giving the world the opportunity to go on and explore these universal realisations. We believe this is the beginning of a very constructive way where truth and humanity are the primary choices. We believe you and everyone else are part of this transformation.
In a multicultural city like Rotterdam, reflecting what is also soon to be an example for the whole world, we respect and love the openness and the heart which is found within every inhabitant. This community blossoms when it truly cares for all, without exception. And finds it’s human and natural balance within this world.
We would love to grow towards such a world. In every single community on the globe, with every human being, in every single culture. We believe we can finally bridge the last differences worldwide.
We - with this movement kindly offer our help to keep co-creating these visions as a human collective. We believe that every constructive step towards unity is a step closer to ourselves. We hope we may welcome you as a part of this all…