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Arkiveringsdatum 220518:

UNHCR 22-05-04:

Internationellt/ UNHCR and TikTok launch campaign in solidarity with refugees till sidans topp

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and TikTok have joined hands today to launch a music campaign promoting solidarity with refugees globally. The campaign begins with #TheWorldNeeds, a UNHCR-initiated global hashtag challenge, to be followed by a series of TikTok LIVE concerts from May 4 to May 7. #TheWorldNeeds calls on creators, artists, and communities to spread a message of global support for refugees calling for safe and legal access to asylum for all.

With the support of Warner Recorded Music, Warner Chappell Music and BMG, Dionne Warwick's iconic track "What The World Needs Now (Is Love)" is the centrepiece of the #TheWorldNeeds global hashtag challenge. UNHCR invites the TikTok community to join the challenge and bring their creativity to life to show their support and solidarity for those forced to flee.

Building on a historic connection, Dionne Warwick was originally part of UNHCR's World Stars Festival in 1968, donating a track to raise funds for UNHCR. Warwick said, "When I supported the World Stars Festival over 50 years ago for UNHCR, there were fewer than 4 million refugees. Now, there are well over 85 million displaced globally. There has never been a more important time to stand in solidarity and show support for people around the world who have been forced to flee from their homes."

Over half a century later, #TheWorldNeeds challenge and live concerts are a virtual equivalent of World Stars for the 21st century, harnessing the power of artists and creators around the world.

Mary Maker, a refugee and UNHCR high profile supporter, opens the challenge on TikTok with her own rendition of the song, and welcomes other creators and artists to join her in expressing support and solidarity for displaced people worldwide.


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Irland/ The 2022 Irish regularisation programme: The long fight of undocumented people till sidans topp

This blog is based on information kindly provided by our member Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, one of the key civil society organisations advocating for the Irish regularisation programme.

At the end of January, the Irish government launched a new regularisation programme that is expected to secure residence status for thousands of undocumented people living in the country.

According to the programme, which will run for six months, residence permits may be granted to people having lived at least four years in Ireland without a residence permit, or at least three years if they have children up to 18 years old. People with pending residence applications and deportation orders can apply. Spouses, children over 18 and de facto partners can be included with the main applicant if they have two years undocumented residence and can prove the relationship. People who have been in the asylum process for at least two years have a separate track to apply.

Those who are granted a permit will have unlimited access to the labour market, without the need of a separate work permit.

This regularisation programme is a significant step forward in the recognition and protection of thousands (some estimates say between 15,000 and 17,000) of undocumented people in Ireland. Its adoption is seen as a historic win for undocumented people after eleven years of campaigning and will change thousands of people's lives for the better.


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Arkiveringsdatum 211210:

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Malta/ Migrants call for decent regularisation mechanism till sidans topp

On 4 October, hundreds of people gathered on the streets of Valletta, Malta's capital city, to call on the government to uphold the rights of migrants living in the islands. The demonstration gathered local activists, including migrants, and civil society organisations, following the case of a migrant worker who was injured at work in a construction site and left by his employer on the side of a road with no assistance. According to the protesters, such cases of abuse and exploitation are the result of Malta's migration policies.

At the centre of the protests are the country's policies on work and residence permits, which, among other things, result in the impossibility of undocumented migrants securing any form of long-lasting status in Malta.

A major issue is that in Malta, many migrants work regularly and pay taxes but don't have residence permits. They are issued a so-called 'yellow book' document which allows a person to work pending deportation. But, this is not a proper permit. And while paying contributions to the country's social security system - often for many years - they do not have access to many of the social benefits that are available to Maltese citizens, including family allowances, retirement pension, unemployment benefits, or COVID-19 related state support.

As for residence permits, one of the main problems concerns the Specific Residence Authorisation (SRA) policy, a temporary regularisation programme established in November 2018, which was discontinued in 2020. The SRA policy responded to the critical situation facing undocumented people in Malta, triggered in part by the discontinuation of a previous regularisation mechanism.

Under this residence policy, migrants would receive a 2-year residence permit which gave access to basic services and welfare benefits, including mainstream education and health care, as well as a permit to access the labour market.


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Arkiveringsdatum 211122:

Free The #Samos2 / Statewatch news 21-11-11:

Grekland/ New campaign against criminalization of migration - Free The #Samos2 till sidans topp

After shipwreck, survivor faces more than 230 years for "boat driving" and father charged with the death of his 6-year-old child

Press release: New campaign against criminalization of migration - Free The #Samos2

As the first asylum seeker ever, N., a young father, is charged with the drowning of his 6-year-old son during a shipwreck. He will be on trial together with his co-passenger Hasan, who is facing life imprisonment for steering the boat - a common practice at Europe's external borders. They will stand trial on May, 18, 2022 in Samos, Greece.

On Monday, November 8, a solidarity network launches a new campaign against the criminalization and incarceration of migrants in Greece. All information can be found on the website: www.freethesamostwo.com

November 5, 2021 - 70 groups and organizations across Europe launch a new campaign to report on the unbelievable peculiarities of this case. In addition, the campaign aims at raising attention on the increasing attempt to criminalize migrants for "boat driving" - a phenomenon that is happening throughout Europe, for example in Greece, Italy, Malta or Spain.

One year ago, N. and Hasan tried to reach Greece from Turkey on a rubber boat together with their families. They had fled Afghanistan and were seeking safety in Europe. Off the Greek island of Samos, the boat got in distress, hit against the cliffs and capsized. All passengers went overboard. Although the Greek Coast Guard was notified about the emergency, it took them several hours to arrive at the scene and then they didn't even carry out a rescue operation. The lifeless body of N.'s son was found ashore the next morning.


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Arkiveringsdatum 210904:

BVMN 21-08-31:

Europa/ Mapping legal struggles: Toolkit for legal action across the Balkan routes till sidans topp

Today the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) is releasing a new legal toolkit for applicants, volunteers, advocates and litigators. The aim of the guide is to map possible legal complaint mechanisms on human rights violations at borders, at both domestic and European level. The guide is a public resource for both the members of the network and other activists supporting people on the move. It seeks to share experiences, best practice, and propose some concrete actions that can be taken against human rights violations at borders and interiors.

The guide collates legal information and sources, as well as practical experience and knowledge from actual cases, to be shared amongst partners and readers. Of course, litigation in specific cases should be carried out by qualified lawyers, but spreading knowledge and understanding of the existing legal remedies and the law, which are so brutally disregarded at the borders of Fortress Europe, can only contribute to better and more thorough advocacy and a deeper understanding of the scope of the issue. More than that, there are official mechanisms and procedures to be used in establishing responsibility and seeking redress for human rights violations, which do not require extensive legal background and experience.

We want to encourage people on the move, activists and civil society actors to engage in legal procedures and seek justice with the use of legal remedies, even though we are aware of the shortcomings of the legal systems and the grave injustices that remain unanswered even after engaging the highest courts. If nothing else, engaging with the courts and official institutions can expose their inherent contradictions and deficiencies. In practice, people on the move are one of the social groups with the most limited access to justice in Europe. It is extremely hard, impractical and precarious to sue a country from which you have been violently and illegally pushed back. In order to build stronger pathways for applicants seeking justice, this toolkit offers:


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Arkiveringsdatum 210808:

SOS Mediterranee 21-07-23:

Europa/ The care team, a crucial link with rescued people onboard Ocean Viking till sidans topp

Since April 2020 and the announcement of the end of our partnership with Médecins Sans Frontičres (MSF), SOS MEDITERRANEE has been exploring the possibility of partnering with another experienced humanitarian organisation for the provision of care, protection and medical activities complementing our core operation, the search and rescue of people in distress at sea. In the meantime, our team on board the Ocean Viking has included professional staff who have been ensuring comprehensive care of the survivors on board.

On July 19, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and SOS MEDITERRANEE announced that the IFRC was launching an emergency appeal to join our teams onboard the Ocean Viking as of August 2021. In the framework of this upcoming partnership, the IFRC will provide post-rescue support, such as medical care, psychological support, protection activities as well as basic necessities to the people who have been safely brought onboard the Ocean Viking. The team will include at least a medical doctor, a nurse, a midwife and professionals who can provide psychological support and assist those who are particularly vulnerable and in need of extra protection, such as unaccompanied minors and victims of human trafficking. A care and a medical SOS MEDITERRANEE team members will be part of this team.

Before this new partnership starts, we look back at the experience and knowledge gathered by our crew on the provision of care onboard our rescue ship over this past year. Read this interview of Riad, our care team leader currently onboard.


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Arkiveringsdatum 210520:

Amnesty International 21-05-18:

Danmark/ "Syria is not safe" nationwide demonstrations against return of refugees till sidans topp

Thousands of protesters are expected to turn up for demonstrations and protests in 25 cities across Denmark tomorrow to say no to the Danish government's withdrawal of residence permits for Syrian refugees.

Activists and organizations are now joining forces in a joint protest against the Danish government's plans for returns of Syrian refugees. Haifaa Awad, Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, Dansk Flygtningehjælp Ungdom and Amnesty International Denmark convene demonstrations across the country on Wednesday.

The message is clear: The Danish government should immediately stop plans to withdraw Syrian residence permits.

Hundreds of Syrian refugees, including children, have been told by the Danish Immigration Service to return to Syria, assessing that Damascus and the surrounding areas are safe to return to. At least 39 Syrians have received their final assessment in the Refugee Board - and are now in a deportation position.

But Syria is far from a safe country. Although military hostilities have diminished in most of the country, Syrian citizens continue to risk persecution and human rights abuses - including in Damascus and the surrounding area.

"In Damascus, the Assad regime has consolidated its power now, not with bombs, but with horrific human rights violations, extremely arbitrary arrests and extensive torture laboratories. Can our Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen guarantee the lives of Syrian refugees when they cross the border when the UN and the United States cannot? " said activist, Dr Haifaa Awad.

For years, Amnesty International has documented gross and systematic human rights violations by the regime in Syria. The human rights organization is shocked by Denmark's unilateral action:


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Arkiveringsdatum 210504:

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies April 2021

Storbritannien/ CGRS launches free library relevant to asylum and CAT claims till sidans topp

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) at UC Hastings is thrilled to announce the launch of a Technical Assistance (TA) Library, a new system for advocates to access their robust repository of resources relevant to asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture claims. Through the TA Library, advocates who register their cases with CGRS will receive immediate access to a tailored library of pertinent litigation support materials, including practice advisories, country conditions research reports, expert declarations, sample case documents, and unpublished Immigration Judge and Board of Immigration Appeals decisions. The TA Library can be accessed free of charge through CGRS's case intake form online.

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Arkiveringsdatum 210402:

Asylrättscentrum 21-03-23:

Europa/ Internationella organisationer ger förslag för att stärka barns rättigheter till sidans topp

Hur ska en stat göra för att säkra att barns egna asylskäl bedöms och säkerställa barns rättigheter i asylprocessen? Inom European Child Rights Helpdesk (ECRH) samarbetar Asylrättscentrum med andra internationella ideella organisationer för stötta barn på flykt. Organisationerna finns sju olika länder och stöttar både barn som flytt tillsammans med och utan sina familjer, barn som sökt internationellt skydd, som vill återförenas med sina familjer, eller vill ha möjlighet till utbildning eller arbete. Organisationerna stöttar även barn som är offer för människohandel.

Som en del av samarbetet har ett dokument tagits fram; Putting children's rights at the heart of decision-making in cases involving children on the move: gathering momentum in Europe, där organisationerna delar sina erfarenheter och beskriver utvecklingen för barn på flykt i sina respektive länder. I dokumentet identifieras fyra grundstenar för att säkerställa ett administrativt och rättsligt system där barn som befinner sig på flykt har tillgång till sina rättigheter och rekommendationer. ECRH presenterar även en gemensam agenda för förändring och ger rekommendationer om hur EU kan spela en viktig roll för att säkra barns rättigheter.

Grundstenar för att bygga ett hållbart och rättvist system

+ En tydlig väg till administrativa och rättsliga förfaranden: Barn på flykt måste få information och stöd för att kunna hävda sina rättigheter till stöd och få sina egna asylskäl prövade.

+ Tillgång till korrekt juridisk hjälp och representation: Barn på flykt, oavsett om de är ensamkommande eller inom familjer, måste ha tillgång till kvalificerat juridiskt stöd. Advokater som företräder barn måste ha relevanta kvalifikationer.

+ Möjligheten att göra anspråk på sina rättigheter som barn enligt barnkonventionen: Alla barn på flykt bör kunna göra anspråk på hela utbudet av sina rättigheter enligt barnkonventionen, inklusive tillgång till boende, utbildning och hälso- och sjukvård.


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Arkiveringsdatum 210314:

Red Cross EU Office 21-03-03:

Europa/ Protecting the humanitarian space to access and support migrants till sidans topp

The European Union (EU) and Member States are increasingly relying on humanitarian actors to address the consequences of current policy choices on the vulnerability of migrants. However, the space for civil society actors to provide them with support in accordance with humanitarian principles has been significantly compromised in recent years.

National Red Cross Societies in the EU would like to remind Member States of their commitments to ensure that staff and volunteers in different countries are able to deliver humanitarian assistance to all migrants based solely on needs, and to support their access to services as well as their obligations in this regard. With the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, Member States have reaffirmed their responsibility to uphold migrants' access to essential services, regardless of their status. When they are unable to do so, Member States need to facilitate the work of humanitarian actors. Despite this, National Red Cross Societies increasingly experience challenges to act in accordance with their fundamental principles when delivering services and supporting all migrants in accessing the necessary support to ensure their safety, dignity, protection and well-being.


National Red Cross Societies in the EU thus make the following recommendations to the EU and Member States to secure a conducive environment for humanitarian actors to address migrants' vulnerabilities and needs, as well as mitigate the risks they face.

1. Guarantee that all migrants, irrespective of status, have safe and effective access to assistance and protection, including when delivered by humanitarian actors.

2. Amend legislation that hampers or criminalises providing humanitarian assistance to migrants.

3. Make sure the EU budget enables a needs-based and principled migration response.

4. Closely cooperate with civil society in developing, implementing and evaluating migration policies and programmes.

5. Ensure adequate protection of personal data.

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Arkiveringsdatum 210226:

Statewatch 21-02-11:

Tyskland/ Opposition to ongoing deportations to Afghanistan till sidans topp

96 organizations and initiatives in Germany have condemned the government's ongoing deportations to Afghanistan, a country still at war and in the midst of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Having restarted its monthly deportations to Afghanistan in December last year, Germany will continue with them in 2021. Deportations to a country which in 2020 was classified for the second time in a row by the Institute for Economics & Peace in its Global Peace Index 2020 as the most dangerous country in the world. [1]

On 31 January, the Federal Foreign Office designated Afghanistan as an area with a particularly high risk of infection and, as a consequence, tightened its travel and security warnings even further, as Afghanistan is particularly hard hit by COVID-19 and the health system cannot withstand the strain. [2]

In September 2020 the Higher Administrative Court of Bremen [3] and in December 2020 the Administrative Court of Baden-Württemberg [4] also determined that even healthy, single men without a social network in Afghanistan may not be deported there. The courts ruled that due to the worsening economic situation caused by the pandemic, they would not be able to cover their most elementary needs foreseeably.

Regardless of this, Germany is planning the next deportation flight to Afghanistan on 9 February, in which experience has shown that many federal states will participate again. While in Germany on the one hand every life is fought for, on the other hand people are deported to a COVID-19 high-risk and war zone and the life-threatening situation there is knowingly accepted.


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Arkiveringsdatum 210208:

Book Aid International 21-02-02:

Grekland/ Books change lives in Greece's refugee camps till sidans topp

ECHO is a mobile library based in Athens, Greece. Founded in the summer of 2016, its mission is to provide people seeking asylum with books, learning resources and a shared community space whilst they live in the camps.

Since 2017 we've sent over 2,000 books, including 326 books in 2020, to support ECHO with their mission and help reach those who need books more than ever.

We spoke to one of the coordinators of ECHO, Becka, about the library, the people who use it and the ways it impacts the many lives it reaches.

"The educational services within the camps are extremely limited, the WiFi is patchy or non-existent and these camps are not safe places. There is no neutral community space, nowhere you can just relax that's warm and comfortable, like a library. If we wanted to set up permanent library spaces it would be extremely challenging, so we bring in our lending library service once a week. Even though it's just once a week and it's an outside space, which isn't ideal, we have a rug for children and we have spaces for adults so people come to us to relax and learn.

There's very little to look forward to in these camps, and one of the very few things you can actually do is sit and read a book, either for study or for the sake of exploring a different world.

With the pandemic affecting our access to the camps, it's clear that people notice when we're not there. Covid-19 has exacerbated a situation which was already very bad.

Getting the desired books for the camps is a constant source of stress. Thanks to Book Aid International, English books are fortunately one of our less stressful things. These are one of our most used resources because they support people who are learning English. Greek is a very challenging language, and not everyone living in the camps will settle in Greece for life.


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Arkiveringsdatum 201111:

Save the Children / Reliefweb 20-10- 27:

Internationellt/ Still Unprotected: Humanitarian Funding for Child protection till sidans topp

Child Protection measures, such as the assistance for child-victims, the reunification of unaccompanied children with their parents, or the reintegration of child soldiers, are chronically underfunded during conflicts and other crises, a new report titled Still Unprotected: Humanitarian Funding for Child protection shows.

Funding must more than double to assist children who either have been or are at risk of abuse, neglected, exploitation, or violence, the organisations warn.

Children living in humanitarian crises face an increased risk of abuse. While the threats of harm are increasing, the established systems in place to protect them are breaking down. Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts, vulnerable families suffer multiple hardships. Schools are closed and families have been pushed to the brink of poverty, sometimes having been denied the opportunity to protect and provide for their children.

The report provides an in-depth analysis of 19 Humanitarian Response Plans and Refugee Response Plans from 2019. Only 2% of the overall funding requested through humanitarian appeals was for child protection interventions. Less than half of that amount was received for humanitarian actors to give lifesaving protection assistance to children.

*"Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the number of children who need protection has only increased. Children are among the most vulnerable during crises, yet our analysis shows just how chronically underfunded Child Protection is. This is costing children's lives every day, as children are recruited, abused or fall victim to traffickers because the right mechanisms to protect them are not in place," *said Audrey Bollier, Coordinator for the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.


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Europa/ New report maps measures supporting undocumented during the pandemic till sidans topp

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in our daily lives. However, different communities have been impacted in different ways. For undocumented people, one of the most marginalised communities in Europe, the pandemic and the lockdown measures have exacerbated pre-existing conditions of social exclusion and deprivation.

Some public authorities, at the national, regional and local levels, have adopted different measures, often temporary, to support undocumented people during these difficult times. These measures include regularisation, access to health care, financial assistance and more.

Click below to find out more in our non-exhaustive selection of such measures adopted between March and August 2020, inside and outside the European Union.

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Arkiveringsdatum 200831:

Amnesty International 20-08-19:

Internationellt/ Refugee-led organizations need support to continue their vital work till sidans topp

Around the world, refugee-led organizations are taking critical action to prevent the catastrophic impacts of COVID-19 for refugees and host communities.

Despite doing this vital work, refugee-led organizations are desperately underfunded, and face bureaucratic hurdles and other impediments to gain recognition and access sustainable resources.

To address this resource gap, Asylum Access has convened a global coalition of refugee-led organizations and supporters from non-government organizations, universities, social enterprise, and private foundations to launch a campaign called "Refugees Lead," drawing attention to the role of refugees as essential responders. The "Refugees Lead" campaign is hosted by NeedsList, an online platform where individuals and institutions can directly support grassroots refugee-led organizations, and is supported by campaign partners Amnesty International, Basmeh & Zeitooneh, Independent Diplomat, Local Engagement Refugee Research Network, Open Society Foundations, Oxfam International, St Andrew's Refugee Services (StARS), Young Africans for Integral Development (YARID) and Xavier Project.

"As refugee leaders from around the world, we are at the forefront of responding to our community's needs. During COVID-19, groups have worked tirelessly to ensure that our communities receive information, humanitarian aid and other types of much needed support. With direct funding and support we could do so much more," said Robert Hakiza, Executive Director, Young African Refugees for Integration Development (YARID).

The "Refugees Lead" campaign launches on World Humanitarian Day, which, this year, honors real life heroes.

"This year World Humanitarian Day honors 'real-life heroes'. It couldn't be more fitting with refugee leaders at the forefront of supporting their communities," said Sana Mustafa, Associate Director of Partnerships and Engagement, Asylum Access.


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The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants August 2020:

Storbritannien/ Channel crossings - 100 groups demand safe and legal routes now till sidans topp

100 civil society groups, Windrush survivors and religious organisations have come together to demand safe and legal routes now, in response to the government's dangerous rhetoric surrounding recent Channel crossings. The fact is that people seeking protection in the UK can only do so once they reach UK soil. The lack of safe and legal routes by which to reach the UK means that people are pushed into the hands of people smugglers and forced to take dangerous journeys to claim asylum here.

In its response to Channel crossings, the government has so far sought to abdicate all responsibility. We've been here before - if the Home Office is truly serious about learning the lessons of Windrush, they need to listen to expert advice from people who have been through the immigration system, and those who work with them. If they don't, further tragedy at the UK's borders seems unavoidable.

Read the full text of our letter and list of signatories below, and click here to write to your MP urging them to take action.

Dear Priti Patel MP,

We are writing to you regarding the ongoing Channel crossings and the UK government's response, particularly considering your stated commitment to implementing the Windrush Lessons Learned Review Recommendations.

The small number of people seeking entry to the UK in this way are doing so because there are simply no safe and legal routes of entry to the UK. The majority have family or loved ones in the UK, are at risk of exploitation by people traffickers and smugglers and are fleeing war or persecution. Like you, we would like to see an end to Channel crossings which take place in this way. We do not want anyone to have to risk their lives trying to enter the UK.


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Arkiveringsdatum 200805:

FRA 20-07-28:

Europa/ Civic space - experiences of organisations in 2019 till sidans topp

Verbal threats, physical attacks and lack of funding are some of the main challenges for civil society organisations working on human rights in the European Union. Moreover, almost half say that the situation in their country has deteriorated in the last year. These findings come from the second annual consultation, carried out by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) among civil society organisations across the EU.

The 'Civic space - experiences of organisations in 2019' paper draws on views from 205 civil society organisations from FRA's Fundamental Rights Platform. It shows the main obstacles they face in their work:

+ Almost half of national and local civil society organisations say that the situation in their country has deteriorated.

+ More than half say they faced verbal and online threats and attacks, including hate speech, as well as negative media reports about them.

+ One in five say they experienced a physical attack, targeting either one of their employees/volunteers or their office building.

+ The majority has difficulties accessing or participating in public consultations, mainly due to short deadlines or lack of feedback from the authorities.

+ Many face challenges arising from regulatory frameworks, such as provisions on freedom of expression, assembly and data protection.

+ Availability of, and access to funding is a problem for most civil society organisations. The proposed EU Justice, Rights and Values Fund could assist their finances.

Civil society is an essential component of the democratic system. The quantity, quality and intensity of obstacles affecting civil society's ability to carry out their work provide an indication of a country's general state of fundamental rights, democracy and rule of law.

This second annual consultation shows that many of the human rights organisations that FRA cooperates with continue to face challenges in their daily work.


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Arkiveringsdatum 200715:

Statewatch 20-06-29:

Europa/ NGOs and individuals call for the revocation of Libya's search and rescue zone till sidans topp

The civil liberties organisation Statewatch has today delivered an open letter with hundreds of signatories to Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of International Maritime Organization (IMO), calling on him to revoke the Libyan maritime search and rescue (SAR) zone in order to prevent the so-called Libyan Coast Guard undertaking 'pull-backs' of migrants to Libya, where they face violence, abuse and mistreatment.

The letter, drafted by Statewatch and Osservatorio Solidarietā demands that the Libyan SAR zone, which was declared in December 2017 and has been operative since mid-2018, be struck off from international records for five key reasons:

+ the country cannot be considered a safe port in which to disembark people, a requirement of international law;

+ the Libyan Coast Guard and the Libyan Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre do not have the requisite capabilities to conduct operations of their own accord, often relying on the technical assets of the EU and/or its member states, in particular Malta and Libya, to coordinate operations;

+ the Libyan Coast Guard's membership includes persons identified as being or having links with human traffickers and its missions frequently involve ill-treatment of those 'rescued';

+ the IMO's declaratory procedure, which allows states to claim a SAR zone unless other state parties object, has been used to undermine fundamental principles such as the right to life and the duty to assist in rescues at sea, with EU member states relinquishing their duties in pursuit of immigration policy goals;

+ the existence of a Libyan SAR zone is being used to criminalise NGOs in order to prevent them undertaking rescues in Libyan waters and bringing people to genuine ports of safety in the EU.


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Arkiveringsdatum 200523:

Europarådet / ECRE 20-05-08:

Europa/ Guidelines on protecting NGO work in support of refugees and other migrants till sidans topp

On 4 May 2020, the Expert Council on NGO Law published updated guidelines to ensure that laws, policies and practices in relation to human trafficking and the treatment of refugees do not encroach on the legitimate activities of NGOs.

The updated guidelines follow the Expert Council's study 'Using criminal law to restrict the work of NGOs supporting refugees and other migrants in council of Europe member states'. The guidelines state that laws, policies, and practices should not prohibit or prevent NGOs from helping refugees or other migrants in distress at sea or on land; monitoring the treatment of refugees at border crossings or reception centres; providing food, shelter, medical treatment or legal advice to those in need. Moreover, NGOs should not be prevented from submitting or initiating proceedings under national or international mechanisms with respect to the rights and treatment of refugees.

The guidelines also outlined good practice, suggesting that policies should allow for NGOs to monitor the treatment of refugees, including cases where individuals are deprived of their liberty; facilitate NGOs to provide legal advice and assistance to refugees; and ensure NGO staff and members are protected from harassment, intimidation, and threats of prosecution as a result of assistance that they may have provided.

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Amnesty International 20-05-13:

Frankrike/ Acquittal of farmer who helped asylum seekers - solidarity is not a crime till sidans topp

Responding to the final decision of the Appeal Court of Lyon to acquit Cédric Herrou, a farmer charged with "facilitation of irregular entry" just for helping and hosting asylum seekers in France, Rym Khadhraoui Amnesty International's Researcher, said:

"The case against Cédric Herrou is emblematic of how acts of solidarity have become criminalized across Europe, therefore the significance of today's decision will be felt far beyond this courtroom.

"It is not only a victory for justice but also for common sense. Cédric Herrou did nothing wrong, acted in solidarity with people abandoned in dire conditions by European states.

"Whilst it is a relief that Cédric Herrou's ordeal is now over, he should never have been charged in the first place.

"In the wake of today's decision and 2018's ruling by France's Constitutional Council that humanitarian activities should not be criminalized, French law should be amended to ensure only smuggling, which entails a material benefit, is regarded as an offence."


Cédric Herrou was first convicted in 2017 by the lower criminal court of Nice for facilitating the irregular circulation, stay and entry of refugees and migrants in Valley Roya, at the French-Italian border.

His case triggered a change in French law, following a review by the Constitutional Council of the offence of facilitation in 2018. Although the law now includes a humanitarian exemption, this exemption does not apply to cases of "facilitation of irregular entry" and does not require material benefit for prosecution. Solidarity acts are still criminalized and French legislation is still at odds with international law, as it punishes acts of solidarity.


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Arkiveringsdatum 200521:

Refugees International 20-05-07:

Europa/ Call for the EU to protect displaced people during the COVID-19 crisis till sidans topp

To the 27 European Member States

Copy to the European Council, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the relevant EU agencies, namely Frontex, EASO and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency

An emergency which knows no borders: Europe must lead by example and 'leave no one behind'

The past months have seen Europe and the world face unprecedented circumstances following the outbreak of the Corona virus. This public health emergency has shown that we are all in this together - disease does not discriminate between borders, nationalities, or status and only an inclusive response which 'leaves no one behind', will allow us to stop its spread and recover together.

Some states have moved to include all individuals without discrimination in their public health responses, paused evictions from state accommodation for asylum seekers, or have granted residence to all immigrants and asylum seekers with pending residency permits.

At the same time, however, the health crisis has mostly given rise to concerning attempts to use Covid-19 as a pretext to suspend human rights of displaced individuals. At the European Union's external sea borders, while pushbacks continue we've seen the suspension of search and rescue operations and 'closing' of ports of arrival, and at external land borders we've witnessed the withholding of reception conditions and access to asylum. Similarly, at Schengen borders the practices of illegal pushbacks and arbitrary detention continue to unfold.


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Refugee Studies Centre 20-04-30:

Strengthening refugee-led humanitarian response during the COVID-19 pandemic till sidans topp

This seminar series focuses on refugee-led assistance and protection in the context of Covid-19. It features panels of individuals whose work is shaping how we understand and support refugee-led responses during crisis. Their accomplishments - whether as practitioners, policy influencers, funders, or community responders - challenge conventional top-down approaches to humanitarian assistance. These approaches are increasingly important in the current context, in which traditional humanitarian capacity has been stretched and forced to adapt. Refugee-led organisations are on the frontline of the response, in both refugee camps and cities.

The series will explore how refugees are responding to the current crisis, reflect on how they can be supported by external actors, and consider the prospects for creating lasting forms of participatory humanitarian governance. The majority of panelists are refugees.

Series conveners: Alexander Betts and Andonis Marden (Refugee Studies Centre), Shaza Al Rihawi, Anila Noor, Najeeba Wazefadost, and Mustafa Alio (Global Refugee-Led Network)

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Human Rights Watch 20-04-14:

Grekland/ Free unaccompanied migrant children till sidans topp

New campaign to shelter children, end detention amid COVID-19

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis should free hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children detained in unhygienic police cells and detention centers in Greece, Human Rights Watch said today in opening a campaign to free the children. Their release from abusive detention conditions would better protect them from infection amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The campaign to #FreeTheKids, which starts on April 14, 2020, urges people to press Prime Minister Mitsotakis to immediately release unaccompanied migrant children who are in detention, and to transfer them to safe, child-friendly facilities. Human Rights Watch is initiating this campaign after years of research and advocacy on Greece's practice of locking up children who are in Greece without a parent or relative in police cells and detention centers, urging successive governments to end these serious rights abuses.

"Keeping children locked up in filthy police cells was always wrong, but now it also exposes them to the risk of COVID-19 infection," said Eva Cossé, Greece researcher at Human Rights Watch. "The Greek government has a duty to end this abusive practice and make sure these vulnerable kids get the care and protection they need."

According to the National Center for Social Solidarity, a government body, as of March 31, 331 children were in police custody awaiting transfer to a shelter, a sharp increase from January, when 180 unaccompanied children were behind bars.

Infectious diseases like COVID-19 pose a serious risk to populations in closed institutions such as jails and immigration detention centers. These institutions have often been found to provide inadequate health care even under normal circumstances. In many detention centers, overcrowding, shared bathrooms, and poor hygiene make it virtually impossible to put in place basic measures to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak.


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Refugee Rights Europe 20-03-04:

Europa/ Call to action: States should commit to the relocation of unaccompanied till sidans topp

We call on the governments of European Union (EU) Member States to immediately commit to the emergency relocation of unaccompanied children from the Greek islands to other European countries, giving precedence to existing family links and the best interests of the child. Action is all the more urgent in light of the escalating violence on Lesbos and as increased arrivals to the islands could lead to further deterioration of the dangerous conditions in the camps.

Over 1,800 unaccompanied children live in the EU hotspots - Reception and Identification Centers - on the Greek islands. Children are deprived of access to their most basic rights such as shelter, water, food, medical and psychosocial care, as well as education. If each EU Member State relocated just 70 unaccompanied children, these children would no longer be homeless and living in inhumane conditions on the Greek islands.

In October 2019, Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis sent a letter to all other European Union governments asking them to share responsibility by voluntarily relocating 2,500 unaccompanied children from Greece. On November 6, 2019, he informed the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs that only one country responded.

However, several EU Member States have proven that where there's a will, there's a way. France recently committed to accepting 400 asylum seekers. Mayors in Germany have expressed their willingness to relocate individuals from the islands, along with Finland and Ireland, while Serbia and Greece have recently initiated discussion on the transfer for 100 unaccompanied children, providing a basis for further solidarity.


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Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung December 2019:

Europa/ Solidarity Cities in Europe till sidans topp

Stefanie Kron, Wenke Christoph mfl

Across Europe, urban solidarity movements are gaining momentum. Under the label of 'Welcoming Cities', 'Cities of Refuge' or 'Solidarity Cities', civil society groups, local politicians and city administrations are defying the growing restrictions of border regimes and migration policies on the European and national level. At the same time, these movements develop specific municipal policies for the protection or social inclusion of people with precarious status. Finally, they act as discursive counterweights to the rise of right-wing parties across Europe who are pushing for the fortification of borders and the criminalisation of migrants.

The 'Sanctuary City' concept has existed in North America since the 1980s, when hundreds of thousands of refugees from the war-torn countries of Central America sought protection from persecution in the USA and Canada. The US governmentunder Ronald Reagan granted asylum to only a handful of these war refugees, leading to increased pressure from religious organisations and migrant initiatives on local politicians and authorities to protect refugees from deportation and to improve their legal status. San Francisco was the first city to pass a 'City of Sanctuary' resolution in 1985, followed by a decree in 1989 which prohibited municipal authorities and police from cooperating with national authorities in the identification, persecution, incarceration and deportation of non-status migrants (Bauder 2016: 176, Lippert/Rehaag 2013). This Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy spread quickly across North America. To date, over 500 American and Canadian cities and municipalities, as well as some US states, have joined the Sanctuary movement.


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ResearchGate August 2019

Europa/ Subversive humanitarianism till sidans topp

Robin Vandevoordt, University of Antwerp

Across Europe, hundreds of thousands of volunteers have brought food, clothes, medicines, and numerous others forms of support to newly arrived refugees. While humanitarian action has always been subversive, I argue that the recent wave of civil actions has pushed its subversive effects one step further.

Whereas more modest forms of humanitarian action tend to misrecognise recipients' social and political subjectivities, their more subversive counterparts can be better understood as enacting a particularistic form of solidarity that emphasises precisely those subjectivities.

To explore the potential for political innovation in these civil initiatives, I argue that it can be useful to do so through the lens of "subversive humanitarianism". More concretely, I suggest the following seven dimensions with which the subversive character of any humanitarian action can be compared across time and space: acts of civil disobedience; the reconstitution of social subjects; contending symbolic spaces; the creation of social spaces and personal bonds; assuming equality; putting minds into motion; and the transformation of individuals' life-worlds. I support the argument by drawing upon the recent wave of empirical studies on civil initiatives across the continent as well as my own ethnographic data on the Brussels-based Plateforme Citoyenne de Soutien aux Réfugiés.

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American Bar Association 19-07-25:

USA/ New online platform connects lawyers with immigrant children facing deportation till sidans topp

A new online platform operated by the American Bar Association and developed by a Florida technology company will match volunteer lawyers with immigrant children facing deportation in several states.

The website - Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation - offers help to immigrant children, 14,000 of whom are held in federal detention on any given day.

The platform was developed by legal technology company SavvySuit and will be operated by the ABA's Children's Immigration Law Academy (CILA), which trains and supports lawyers representing children in immigration proceedings. The ABA's South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) and Catholic Charities New Orleans also are participating in the pilot project, which is funded by the Vera Institute of Justice.

"Until children in deportation proceedings have the right to appointed counsel at public expense, pro bono attorneys are a key support to the legal service organizations that provide this critical representation," ABA President Bob Carlson said.

Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation provides a way for pro bono lawyers across the nation to search for cases posted by civil legal aid providers to address legal relief for unaccompanied children who have crossed into the United States from Mexico. Attorneys can search for cases by geographic location, case type and posting organization. Cases will be provided by legal aid and pro bono programs nationwide and include mentoring support.

The website and its data engine are based on the same technology as Florida Pro Bono Matters, which SavvySuit developed for The Florida Bar Foundation to match volunteer lawyers with civil cases in that state.

Lawyers can find more information at www.cilacademy.org/pro-bono.


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ScienceDirect June 2019:

Storbritannien/ Civic mobilisation around detention: Motivations and experiences till sidans topp

Anna Lindley


While there is a burgeoning literature critically mapping the spatial logics of immigration detention around the world, there is relatively little systematic research on geographies of resistance, particularly the role of 'outsiders' - members of the public with relatively secure status. This article considers how people mobilise around immigration detention in the UK to challenge the status quo. Drawing on qualitative interviews and survey research, it offers in a fine-grained analysis of what nourishes civic mobilization, considering the concerns and positionalities of volunteers. It examines their experiences of taking action, visiting detention centres or campaigning for change, highlighting rewards and challenges. Probing divergences as well as convergences in people's approaches to the issue, a picture is built up of a vibrant detention movement working across multiple spaces and scales against government efforts to isolate, contain and exclude 'unwanted' migrants. How this civic mobilization challenges moral distance and political closure offers a fresh insight to the geography of detention and study of pro-migrant mobilisation.

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Amnesty International 19-08-19:

Schweiz/ Judgment day for pensioner convicted for showing compassion till sidans topp

Ahead of tomorrow's appeal against the conviction of Anni Lanz, a 73-year-old woman convicted and fined with 800 Swiss francs ($820 US) for giving a rough-sleeping frost-bitten Afghan asylum seeker a lift over the Italian border into Switzerland, Amnesty International's Senior Campaigner on Migration, Maria Serrano, said:

"Anni Lanz has done nothing wrong and committed no crime. By driving across the border to help a young and traumatized man who had been forced to sleep rough in sub-zero temperatures, she showed compassion, not criminality.

"The conviction against Anni should be overturned and legislation in Switzerland amended so it no longer punishes good Samaritans for acts of solidarity.

"Dragging her before the court on absurd charges makes a mockery of justice. Efforts by individuals and NGOs to help people seeking safety should be lauded and defended, not criminalised."


Anni Lanz was charged with facilitating irregular entry into Switzerland, after she gave a lift to an Afghan asylum seeker she found sleeping outside a train station in freezing conditions in Italy, near the Swiss border. She had originally met the man in a removal centre in Basel.

He was suffering from serious psychological problems following the reported death of his wife and child and was desperate to stay with his sister in Switzerland. Despite medical reports provided to Swiss authorities recommending that he be allowed to stay with his sister, Swiss authorities had returned him to Italy.

After hearing that he did not have a place in the reception centre in Italy and was sleeping in the streets in temperatures of minus 10 degrees, Anni went to pick him up. Article 116 of the Federal Aliens Law in Switzerland criminalizes the facilitation of irregular entry, stay and circulation.


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EU-kommissionen 19-07-25:

Ungern/ EU takes Hungary to Court for criminalising support of asylum seekers till sidans topp

Today, the European Commission decided to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice of the EU concerning legislation that criminalises activities in support of asylum applications and further restricts the right to request asylum. The Commission has also decided to send a letter of formal notice to Hungary concerning the non-provision of food to persons awaiting return who are detained in the Hungarian transit zones at the border with Serbia. Another decision taken today concerns the referral of Hungary to the Court of Justice of the EU for excluding non-EU nationals with long-term resident status from exercising the veterinary profession.

Court referral for criminalising activities in support of asylum and residence applications

In July 2018, the Commission sent a letter of formal notice to Hungary concerning the so-called "Stop Soros" legislation - which criminalises activities that support asylum and residence applications and further restricts the right to request asylum. In view of the unsatisfactory response, the Commission followed-up with a reasoned opinion in January 2019. After analysing the Hungarian authorities' reply, the Commission considered that the majority of the concerns raised have still not been addressed and has decided to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice of the EU. Specifically, the Commission finds that Hungarian legislation is incompatible with EU law in the following respects:

Criminalisation of support to asylum applicants: The Hungarian legislation curtails asylum applicants' right to communicate with and be assisted by relevant national, international and non-governmental organisations by criminalising support to asylum applications. This is in violation of the Asylum Procedures Directive and the Reception Conditions Directive.


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Amnesy International 19-07-02:

USA/ Authorities are misusing justice to harass migrant human rights defenders till sidans topp

Since 2018, the US government has conducted an unlawful and discriminatory campaign of intimidation, threats, harassment, and criminal investigations against people who defend the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers on the US-Mexico border, Amnesty International said in a new report released today.

'Saving lives is not a crime': Politically motivated legal harassment of migrant human rights defenders by the USA reveals how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have increasingly misused the criminal justice system to deter activists, lawyers, journalists, and humanitarian volunteers from challenging - or simply documenting - the systematic human rights violations that US authorities have committed against migrants and asylum seekers.

"The Trump administration's targeting of human rights defenders through discriminatory misuse of the criminal justice system sets it on a slippery slope toward authoritarianism. The US government is disgracing itself by threatening and even prosecuting its own citizens for their vital work to save the lives of people in a desperate situation at the border," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International..

The US government has inappropriately investigated human rights defenders for alleged crimes including human smuggling, based on their humanitarian and human rights-related activities, and their expression of political or other opinions. While the most sweeping investigations targeted human rights defenders supporting a large caravan of migrants and asylum seekers in November 2018, authorities have continued to target those and other defenders since then, including simply for helping asylum seekers to know their rights and request protection at an official port of entry.


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Watch the Med 19-06-22:

Europa/ From Palermo to Naples: For the right to mobility and the right to rescue! till sidans topp

Joint Statement

Humanitarian rescue NGOs, civil society organisations, and activist groups, including Sea-Watch, Alarm Phone, Mediterranea, Seebrücke, Aita Mari, Jugend Rettet, Borderline Europe, Inura, Open Arms, and Welcome to Europe, as well as representatives of several European cities and municipalities, including Naples and Barcelona, have come together to work toward a collective European and Mediterranean initiative. Our movement was born in Palermo in 2018 and in the spirit of the Charter of Palermo, with its central demand for the right of mobility. Our slogan is: "From the Sea to the Cities!"

After our meetings in Palermo and Barcelona, we were hosted by the Municipality of Naples on 20-21 June 2019. Naples is a city that has declared its port a safe harbour in light of the restrictive and anti-migrant measures of the current Italian government, especially its interior minister. Over the past two days we have strengthened the collaboration between humanitarian rescue NGOs, civil society organisations, activist groups and city administrators. Our main aim is to join together in the struggle against the mass dying in the Mediterranean Sea. Those rescued at sea must be brought to safe harbours and be allowed to live freely and in dignity in European cities.

We declare our solidarity with the 43 survivors, including unaccompanied minors, who were rescued by Sea-Watch 3 but who are still today, 10 days after their rescue, stuck on the rescue boat. We condemn the refusal to allow Sea-Watch 3 and its guests to land at a safe harbour. Together with the survivors we demand from the Italian government as well as the European institutions and community to immediate guarantee their disembarkation.

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ECRE 19-05-24:

Europa/ ECRE working paper: Refugee-led organisations (RLOs) in Europe till sidans topp

Policy contributions, opportunities and challenges

This working paper is examining the role that Refugee-Led Organisations (RLOs) can play in contributing to finding policy and practical solutions to refugee issues. Based on a literature review and interview with different stakeholders, including policy-makers and RLO representatives from different EU Member States, it analyses why RLOs are not practically involved in the development, evaluation and discussion of asylum and integration policies/practices at the EU level and how the major challenges they face can be addressed.

ECRE Working Papers present research and analysis on asylum and migration. Their purpose is to stimulate debate by showcasing emerging ideas. Working Papers are commissioned by ECRE; the views they contain are those of their authors and do not necessarily represent ECRE's positions.

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Amnesty International 19-06-05:

Frankrike/ Police harassing and even using violence against people helping refugees till sidans topp

French authorities have harassed, intimidated and even violently assaulted people offering humanitarian aid and other support to migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in northern France in a deliberate attempt to curtail acts of solidarity, a new report by Amnesty International has found.

"Targeting solidarity: Criminalization and harassment of people defending migrant and refugee rights in northern France" reveals how people helping refugees and migrants in Calais and Grand-Synthe are targeted by the police and the court system.

"Providing food to the hungry and warmth to the homeless have become increasingly risky activities in northern France, as the authorities regularly target people offering help to migrants and refugees," said Lisa Maracani, Amnesty International's Human Rights Defenders Researcher.

"Migrants and refugees did not simply disappear with the demolition of the 'Jungle' camp in 2016 and more than a thousand men, women and children are still living precarious lives in the area. The role of human rights defenders who offer them support is crucial."

Two-and-a-half years after the destruction of the so-called 'Jungle' camp, more than 1,200 refugees and migrants, including unaccompanied children, are living in tents and informal camps around Calais and Grande-Synthe. They have no regular access to food, water, sanitation, shelter or legal assistance and are subject to evictions, harassment, and violence at the hands of the police.

One Afghan man told Amnesty International that he was beaten on his back with a baton by police during a forced eviction, and another described how a police officer had urinated on his tent. An Iranian man told Amnesty International: "I left my country looking for safety, but here I face police abuse...The police come every day to take my tent and clothes."


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