E-launch of "Tearing Down the Walls"
Date: 26 November 2020
Time: 8:30 – 10am (Guatemala Ciudad) 9:30 - 11:00am (New York) • 2:30 – 4pm (Dublin) • 3:30 – 5pm (Geneva) • 4:30 – 6pm (Johannesburg)
As the world has been largely paralyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the highly vulnerable situations in which the overwhelming majority of migrants and refugees find themselves have been further aggravated. Some migrants have been trapped in countries of transit without any means to access the most basic levels of food, water or health as shelters and institutions had to close. Others have been detained in overcrowded centres, left without information and without protection against the spread of the virus.
Millions of families depending on the remittances sent by their migrant relatives have been forced to survive without this essential financial support due to the economic crisis, lock-downs and other measures. The lack of access to safe water and adequate housing in camps have rendered millions of refugees unable to comply with the most basic protection measures against COVID-19.
Nevertheless, the pandemic is only a magnifying glass of structural problems that migrants, and people forced to move more generally, face. Among these structural issues, there are many prejudices and “myths”, xenophobia and racism, often linked and fuelled by States policies that disregard human rights obligations that these very States have committed to comply with.
In this context, Franciscans International, with the support of Misean Cara, is launching its new publication on migration that aims at challenging some of these myths and prejudices. "Tearing Down the Walls" uses international human rights standards and States commitments to provide people working with migrants and refugees on the ground with arguments to promote their rights and dignity.