Target: Minister of the Interior, Bernard Cazeneuve
Goal: Halt the illegal eviction of asylum seekers from camps in France
Recently, an extraordinary number of asylum seekers were evicted from camps in northern France, reportedly due to health concerns. The expulsion of around 700 migrants from these camps France will aggravate the health problems that the authorities say prompted the evictions. Police encircled the makeshift camp in the area near Calais and began to dismantle them, apparently in response to an outbreak of scabies, but this practice causes more health problems than it solves. There is no clear plan as to where the displaced people will find new shelter or appropriate health care. The government must be held responsible for this rash decision.
The French authorities have a long track record of carrying out mass forced evictions without providing alternative shelter for those displaced. The majority of those displaced this time were from Syria, Afghanistan, and Eritrea, most of whom were seeking asylum in France or the United Kingdom. Early reports indicate that the French government will only be able to provide shelter to a small number of minors who were evicted. Leaving displaced people homeless will leave them susceptible to further human rights violations.
Under international law, France is not allowed to carry out forced evictions and must do all it can to protect the human rights of those within its borders. This is especially true when there is an urgent health care situation. The government must improve his human rights record in this regard and halt the forced eviction of asylum seekers. Sign this petition to demand the French government take immediate action.
Dear Minister Bernard Cazeneuve,
The recent forced evictions of asylum seekers in the Calais area are a violation of international human rights laws. These people must be allowed to seek shelter when there is no government program in place to help them find appropriate work and accommodations. This is especially true when there is an urgent health care situation within the evicted community.
Evicting populations to deal with health care crises will only increase the severity of the crisis. Instead, your government can help improve the camps or provide alternative living situations to those seeking a better life. I ask that your government establish regulations to improve the lives of these refugees and not evict them onto the streets where they will face further human rights violations.
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