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France: http://care4calais.org/ is helping refugees, who are living in squalid conditions, hoping to get to U.K. and are not well-treated by either country.

Croatia: has relocated or accepted less than 10% of the number of refugees and asylum seekers it had committed to: https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/europe-and-central-asia/croatia/

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Belgium

Restrictions on refugee rights –

https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/europe-and-central-asia/belgium/

England:

Allow refugee families to be reunited: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/home-secretary-reunite-refugee-families

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You are warmly invited to our July Meeting where the focus will be:

Fun(damental Human Rights)
in the Sun!

Thursday 12th July 2018 at 7:30pm

at Peace Hub, 41 Bull St, Birmingham, B4 6AF

With everyone enjoying the good weather, we’ll be planning actions to engage people with human rights this summer.  Bring your ideas & enthusiasm!

Everyone is welcome to join us – we look forward to seeing you there.

If it’s you first time, why not drop us an email at amnestybrum@gmail.com so that we know to look out for you and to be extra friendly!  If you’d  like to join us for a friendly chat beforehand we’ll be having  a pre-meeting from 7:00 on the ground floor of the Peace Hub,

Please note that there are stairs up to the meeting room.  If you have any accessibility needs, please let us know at amnestybrum@gmail.com and we will make sure we can meet your needs.

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An alternative look at how the competing countries stand.

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Java Lounge Colmore Row, Birmingham city centre, from 6pm Tuesday (26th June).

For our planned online blog project to highlight human rights in participating nations in the World Cup.

If you’re coming, feel free to being a laptop or tablet with you if you have one.

See you there!

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Human rights and civil liberties are under serious threat in areas of life in the U.K., notably for attitudes towards those from other countries. Brexit is heightening concerns about the Hostile Environment and its impact on individuals, couples, families and children, which includes those from other EU countries (EU27).

  • Threats to the Human Rights Act in a post-Brexit Britain (Liberty, [2017])
  • Immigration, asylum seekers, migrants: the whole raft of policies, procedures and actions covered by the Hostile Environment on immigration under Theresa May as Home Secretary and now Prime Minister; indefinite immigration detention; extortionate charges for leave to remain status and renewals and treatment

(Malik, 2018; The3Million, 2018; Liberty, 2018 a; Liberty 2018 b)

  • Arms sales to countries which abuse human rights

Suggested action:

Write to your MP and call for an end to the Hostile Environment policies, such as the involvement of landlords, health service workers and others in immigration checks. Call for an end to money-making from those with vulnerable status through exorbitant immigration charges including health surcharges. Call for the cruel policy of immigration detention to end, particularly the use of detention with no fixed time limit. Urge that EU27 citizens living in the U.K. continue to have the rights under which the came here, above and beyond the limited and misleading notion of ‘settled status’. Call for a full review of the Home Office and immigration services and all other agencies involved.

Write to the Home Secretary, Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid, at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA, with the same requests.

References

Liberty ([2017]) Save our Human Rights Act. Available at: https://www.libertyhumanrights.org.uk/campaigning/save-our-human-rights-act-0 (Accessed 13 June 2018)

Liberty (2018 a) End indefinite detention. Available at: https://www.libertyhumanrights.org.uk/end-indefinite-detention (Accessed 13 June 2018)

Liberty (2018 b) A guide to the Hostile Environment. Available at: https://www.libertyhumanrights.org.uk/sites/default/files/HE%20web.pdf (Accessed 13 June 2018)

Malik, N. (2018) ‘I felt a nausea of fury’ – how I faced the cruelty of Britain’s immigration system. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/05/immigrant-home-office-british-citizenship-hostile-environment (Accessed 13 June 2018)

the3Million (2018) The ‘Hostile Environment’ (and why the3million opposes settled status). Available at: https://www.the3million.org.uk/hostile-environment (Accessed 13 June 2018)

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Amnesty overview:

Torture, arbitrary arrests, persecution of LGBTI people.

  • The authorities continued to renew the state of emergency and used it to justify imposing arbitrary restrictions on freedom of movement. Torture and other ill-treatment of detainees continued in an environment of impunity. Police carried out arbitrary arrests and house raids without judicial warrants. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people were arrested and prosecuted for consensual same-sex sexual relations. Prosecutions of peaceful protesters increased in several regions.

Amnesty International (2018 a)

Suggested action:

(Amnesty International (2018 b)

References

Amnesty International (2018 a) Tunisia – overview. Available.at: https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa/tunisia/ (Accessed 13 June 2018)

Amnesty International (2018 b) Tunisia – the struggle for accountability for past human rights violations must continue. Available at: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2018/05/tunisia-the-struggle-for-accountability-for-past-human-rights-violations-must-continue/ (Accessed 13 June 2018)

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