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Do Syrian children have to wait their own Winton? Statement on the demonstration for acceptance of Syrian refugees

We are calling on the Czech government to reconsider its position on the adoption of Syrian refugees, and permanently relocate at least 15 Syrian children patients and their relatives into the country. It would be a very minimal gesture of solidarity of our country, which completely ignoring the current refugee crisis in the world and in the European Union.

Around 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of the civil war in March 2011 and sought refuge Syria and neighboring countries. 

More than 3 million people have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Only about 150,000 Syrians applied for international protection in the European Union. In addition, the European Union Member States pledged to resettle a further 33 000 people, of whom the vast majority was accepted by Germany.

In this light, one of the largest refugee crisis since the end of World War II, we are calling on the Czech government to reconsider its position on the adoption of Syrian refugees, and permanently relocate at least 15 Syrian children patients and their relatives into the country. It would be a very minimal gesture of solidarity of our country, which completely ignoring the current refugee crisis in the world and in the European Union. The state, which itself produced hundreds of thousands of refugees between 1948 and 1989. The state, which in nine years received less asylum applications than Germany in just a month of September 2014, and over the past five years less asylum applications than Hungary also in a single month of September 2014.

We reject indifference to human suffering outside our borders. We reject alibism [hypocrisy] of the Czech government with a proposal for a state referendum. We reject its excuses to security risks. We reject the arguments to stabilize the refugees in their place of current residence. We reject the perverse sort of logic that a support of hundreds or thousands is just an unnecessary drop in the ocean of millions of Syrian refugees.

Let us show solidarity with those who suffer!

Public protest will be held in parallel in Prague and Brno on 18. 12. 2014, when the world celebrates International Migrants Day.

Time and place of events:

Prague
Demonstration in front of the Office of the Government
with performance against the rejection of Syrian refugees "Strength without frontiers"
18. 12. 2014 16 to 17 hours,
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4, Prague 1 - Malá Strana

Brno
Demonstration of the Moravian Square (front of the cinema Scala)
18. 12. 2014 16 to 17 hours

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