Stop Confiscating Food from Refugees

Target: Emmanuel Macron, President of France

Goal: Ensure police respect human rights of refugees and migrants in France.

French police have been accused of confiscating basic items from refugees and migrants. According to Human Rights Watch, police routinely seize everything from food and water, to sleeping bags and even clothing. On top of this, police have also been accused of unnecessarily pepper spraying refugees and migrants–even those who are sleeping rough.

“Police forces use pepper spray against migrants who are sleeping, or disrupt food distribution, against the food of the migrants,” Human Rights Watch’s France director Bénédicte Jeannerod said. “This is a use of force which is unjustified. It is disproportionate and constitutes a violation of human rights and the protections that these people have a right to.”

Many of the refugees and migrants have been targeted in and around the city of Calais, which was once home to a sprawling camp known as “The Jungle.” The migrant camp was forcibly demolished by French authorities in late 2016, dispersing thousands of possible refugees including unaccompanied children.

If you believe refugees and migrants should be entitled to basic human rights, please sign our petition calling for the French government to commit to protecting these vulnerable people– not abusing them.


Dear President Macron,

France prides itself on being a nation of freedom and dignity, but there’s no dignity in stripping the poorest of the poor of their few possessions. This is exactly what French police in and around Calais have been accused of. According to Human Rights Watch, police regularly seize food, water, sleeping gear and even clothing from vulnerable refugees and migrants. If these allegations are accurate, these actions would represent an attack on innocent people seeking a safe haven. As Human Rights Watch’s France director has stated, “This is a use of force which is unjustified. It is disproportionate and constitutes a violation of human rights and the protections that these people have a right to.”

We therefore urge you to investigate these allegations and commit to ending any such practice. Furthermore, your government should commit to defending human rights and protecting refugees and migrants from abuse.


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  1. Jamie Ballard says:

    those refugees didn’t ask to be refugees did they!!! we need to help them out now!!!

    • They are fleeing horrible situations in their own countries. Yes, we should be helping them out, not robbing them of their basic necessities and acting like savages toward them. It’s scary how cruel people can be in so-called civilized countries. And the police – shame on them!

  2. These are economic migrants who destroy our culture and economy. There are young men in full strength to fight in their own country.french pay shelters, food, medecine, etc while we have a lot of poverty in france already. Lets take care of our people.they’ll have to leave in an unwelcoming country which is a very good thing. Plus they bring their diseases in europe and contaminate us. Keep the police do their work!

    • I am horrified at your cold-heartedness.

      • Dawn Pettinger says:

        What a vile creature E. Your not very intelligent , your grammar is appalling, and you certainly don’t have any culture..
        But for the grace of God, you could have been a migrant, let’s see how you would like being driven out of your own country you moron. The migrants are human beings, unlike you, E..

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