Stop Discrimination Against Desperate Refugees

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Target: Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán

Goal: Stop discrimination against refugees due to selfish economic concerns.

Over 60,000 immigrants are fleeing African and Middle-Eastern countries, primarily Syria and Eritrea, and are seeking refuge in adjacent European countries. Because of this, Hungary has formed a four-meter-high wall along its border with Serbia and has avidly opposed the migrant distribution through the 28 members of the United Nations. In April, the Prime Minister released a survey to all Hungarian adults asking their opinion on the link between immigration and terrorism, one that was reportedly incredibly biased and included a question that asked if citizens supported detaining migrants in camps.

A spokesperson for the UN human rights office, Cecile Pouilly, stated in a briefing in Geneva that, “It is this government’s duty to fight against discrimination and xenophobia, and by linking these two issues they are doing the opposite.” Hungary has clearly shown nothing but hostility towards fleeing immigrants since the beginning of this crisis, in a time where these world citizens need the most support. Syria is in an extremely hostile time of war while Eritrea is recovering from a recent war, and Hungary has erected over 1,000 billboards telling immigrants not to take Hungarian jobs. These people have lost their native homes and lands, and they only want somewhere they can live and thrive in peace. Tell Viktor Orbán to stop this unnecessary discrimination against migrants due to selfish economic concerns.

PETITION LETTER:

To the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán,

The Middle East is in a tense time of conflict today. Syria is in the midst of a civil war, and Iraq and Afghanistan are at a standoff that has already caused thousands of casualties and insurmountable damage. Many areas of these regions have become completely unlivable and have forced the local citizens to leave the homes they have lived in, in some cases, for several generations. Their only hope for the survival of themselves and their loved ones is to flee to adjacent European countries, including Hungary. In response to their desperation, you have erected a four-meter high wall and suggested they be placed in specialty camps.

This horrendous discrimination is not the response that should be had to fellow citizens of the world and the human race who are in a time of need, no matter what the state of your own economy is at this time. You are not being forced to house the entirety of over 60,000 immigrants fleeing to the United Nations’ countries, but only a small fraction that will be divided evenly among the UN. And yet, you still show opposition to even this compromise. I urge you to rewrite a survey on migration for the Hungarian people, remove your billboards forbidding migrants from your jobs, and change your public voice on Middle-Eastern and African migration.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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