Geschokt door de recente dood van 71 mensen die in een vrachtwagen waren achtergelaten langs een Oostenrijkse snelweg roepen Oostenrijkse filmmakers, Europese collega’s op een petitie te tekenen om de nationale regeringen en de E.U. aan te sporen snel een einde te maken aan de crisis rondom de huidige vluchtelingenproblematiek. Filmmakers laat je stem horen en kom in actie! Teken de petitie op www.for-a-1000-lives.eu. Lees onderstaand de tekst van de oproep in het Engels.
Every day, people fleeing war, terror, political persecution and misery are drowning in the sea, suffocating in the back of a truck or tumbling to their death in ports or train stations in their desperate attempts to reach Europe. According to Amnesty International, more than 23.000 people have lost their lives that way since 2000. These deaths are a direct consequence of E.U. immigration policies. The guilt doesn’t just lie with the traffickers; Europe cannot deny its share of responsibility.
To make matters worse, those who reach Europe often find themselves in degrading living conditions and are subjected to inhumane treatment. The E.U. is spending up to twenty times more money on border control, than on welcoming centres for refugees.
The past tragedies have already led to a change in attitude for many people as can be witnessed in countless acts of personal compassion as well as public demonstrations of solidarity. Sadly, most official politicians seem to be all too slow in accepting the existence of a humanitarian crisis and finding life-sustaining solutions.
We, the undersigned professionals of the European film industry want these deaths to stop. We want to remind you that the European Union was founded “on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities (…) in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.” (Article 2, Treaty on European Union 2008)
We appeal to our governments and the E.U. to take immediate action to place these values at the core of their asylum politics:
- The European Union must offer legal ways for people fleeing war, terror, or political persecution to seek protection in the E.U. by setting up infrastructures in their countries of origin, and in third party countries, where they can apply for asylum. This will stop forcing them to take illegal routes and risk their lives.
- European nations must act in solidarity as we are facing the biggest refugee crisis since WWII. The Dublin convention has obviously led to absurd and unjust burdens for the bordering countries of the E.U. Consequently, immediately repealing the Dublin convention and enforcing a better division of refugees across the various E.U. states is a must.
- The European nations must stop hindering those individuals, groups and organisations that are trying to help and support refugees on arrival and throughout their stay. They should instead embrace them as a valuable resource which can support their activities. These people are doing YOUR job.
- The European Countries must create living conditions for refugees that embrace human rights, personal freedom, dignity and physical safety without restriction, and devote the necessary means to ensure that refugees can work legally, get access to education and build a new life.
Europe must act now. Let’s not risk another life.