Appeal: For a Europe of Hope and Humanity
HRH Margrethe II
Queen of Denmark
HRH Carl XVI Gustaf
King of Sweden
Hon. Sir Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Denmark
Hon. Sir Stefan LöfvénPrime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden
Across Europe, national governments, aid organizations and tens of thousands of European citizens are committed to ensure a dignified reception to children, women, men who are fleeing untenable situations of war and violence in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, as in Libya and other African countries. The fundamental human rights of these people are threatened and in many cases their very life is at risk.
The lack of safe routes, forces them to travel thousands of kilometers risking their life and health, often being blackmailed by unscrupulous smugglers. They have reached the borders of the European Union, hoping in many cases to be able to finally reunite with other family members or their communities. For this reason, several hundreds of them, coming from Germany, are passing through the Danish border, largely decided to go to Sweden or Norway.
These people are in desperate and immediate need of humanitarian assistance. We ought to accept them with dignity and help them reach other families willing to receive them. Your countries have done much in the distant and recent past to ensure the full enjoyment of the right of asylum to those in need. For us signatories, the memorable act of kindness of the Danish civic society, to harbour 8000 Jewish Danish people by sending them to Sweden during the darkest times of European history, sets an ultimate example of solidarity.
We ask You today to follow the example of the courageous civic society of Europe, that has proved itself willing to support these people through their journey to safety. We ask You today to hear the voices of Europe that say, "welcome". We ask You to bear in Mind, that after the atrocities of WWII the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was a founding stone for the Europe, Europeans aim to achieve.
We ask You today to share again extraordinary efforts with all the other European countries and to contribute in demonstrating that our Continent is a place where basic human rights are guaranteed for all in freedom and democracy.
We ask You to open Your doors to these children, women, men seeking protection and asylum, to guarantee freedom of movement and the necessary assistance to all refugees who are presenting themselves to Your borders, and to make sure no police abuse occurs against them.
Martina Renner Mitglied des deutschen Bundestages, DIE LINKE)
Katja Kipping (Parteivorsitzende. Die Linke)
Katja Maurer (medico international. Frankfurt, Germany)
Karl Kopp Board member of ECRE (European Council on Refugees and Exiles)& PRO ASYL
Filippo Miraglia Arci Vice President
Gabriella Stramaccioni Libera Director
Armando Zappolini CNCA National Coordination of Hosting Communities
Eleonora Forenza, MEP Gue/Ngl "Altra Europa"
Erasmo Palazzotto Italian MP Sel, vice president of Parliamentarian Commission for Foreign Affairs
Nicola Fratoiann Italian MP, National coordinator of Sel
Luca Casarini Member of the National presidency of Sel
Gabi Zimmer MEP, Chair of Confederal Group GUE/NGL
Paloma López Bermejo GUE-NGL MEP, Izquierda Unida -Izquierda Plural
Thomas Pringle Independent TD (MP)
Nessa Childers, Independent MEP Seamus Healy Workers and Unemployed TD (MP)
Soy David Acereda Concejal del Ayuntamiento de Cartes (Cantabria) por Cartes Sí Puede. Militante de Anticapitalistas.
Thomas HÄNDEL MEP Chair, Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - EMPL
Luke 'Ming' Flanagan Independent MEP
David Barredo Posada Concejal en Torrelavega Cantabria, Agrupacion Torrelavega Puede
Niccolò Milanese President of European Alternatives
Lorenzo Marsili Director of European Alternatives
Daphne Buellesbach Director European Alternatives Berlin
Sandro Chignola Professor University of Padua
Sandro Mezzadra, Professor University of Bologna and visiting professor Humboldt Universität Berlin
Ugo Mattei, Professor University of Turin and UC Hastings College of Law
Devi Sacchetto Professor University of Padua
Lynn Boylan , Sinn Fein MEP
Liadh Ni Riada, Sinn Fein MEPs
Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein MEPs
Martina Anderson Sinn Fein MEPs
Joan Collins United Left TDs
Clare Daly, United Left TDs
Mick Wallace independent TD
James Heffernanx independent TD
John Halligan independent TD
Maureen O'Sullivan independent TD
Paul Murphy, Anti-Austerity Alliance TDs
Ruth Coppinger Anti-Austerity Alliance TDs
Joe Higgins Anti-Austerity Alliance TDs
Bruna Giacomini University of Padua
Luca Basso University of Padua
Giangiorgio Pasqualotto University of Padua
Adone Brandalise University of Padua
Catherine Murphy Social Democrats TD