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Stop Refugees Freezing - Brighton Action 15th January 11:30 - 12:30

A shocking humanitarian crisis at the borders of the EU and Belarus is continuing to cause immense suffering to asylum seekers and other migrants, including families with small children, and has led to the death of at least 10 people. Thousands of people - including many fleeing war and conflict - are trapped in the swampy forests along the borders of Belarus and Poland, freezing in sub-zero temperatures, hungry, thirsty and suffering violent pushbacks from both Belarussian soldiers and Polish border guards.

People at the border find themselves between a rock and a hard place. Stranded in what is effectively an exclusion zone they face hunger, freezing temperatures and shocking levels of brutality from Belarussian forces as well as violent pushbacks from Polish forces, including forcing people to cross a fast -flowing river.  Among them are pregnant women, families with small children, and people who are elderly and injured. Many have fled war and persecution in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Iraq. In the absence of safe and legal routes they felt they had no other alternatives to reach safety.

Under EU and International law, everyone seeking asylum at the borders has the right to make an asylum application, which must be processed and considered individually.  NGO’s and Humanitarian organisations must be allowed to reach and deliver life-saving aid to those trapped between the borders.

Brighton & Hove Amnesty are holding a protest and vigil on Saturday 15th January outside the Amnesty Bookshop in Sydney Street, Brighton.  From 11 - 1  we will hand out leaflets and collect signatures on a petition.  Between 11:30 and 12:30 we will also hold a vigil with placards, and members draped in foil blankets.

Please come along and join us.

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