Cities around the world call for respect for human rights at the border between Greece and Turkey

In view of the conflict that has been occurring over the last few days between the Greek-Turkish border and Greek coastal region, the President of the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Mohamed Boudra, and Ada Colau, the spokesperson for cities at the UN since November, sent a letter to the UN calling for human rights and international treaties to be respected.

05/03/2020 20:07 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

A letter sent to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, made it clear that the conflict was not being managed properly and that the fundamental principles included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Geneva Convention, regulating international humanitarian law for protecting victims of armed conflicts were being violated.

Cities, what is more, are offering to find a way out of this situation that prioritises life to guarantee and safeguard the rights of everyone fleeing from areas of conflict, as well as volunteers and professionals from the world of journalism in the face of the racist assaults that have been occurring.

The UCLG, a worldwide network of cities made up of over 250,000 local, metropolitan and regional governments, from 140 countries from all over the world, is a benchmark organisation for dialogue with other international institutions.

Barcelona, a welcoming city

The Mayor of Barcelona explained that cities were aiming to be part of the solution and that they were used to working together and collaborating. She highlighted Barcelona’s role, which, despite its lack of jurisdiction and specific resources, had been helping to incorporate thousands of asylum seekers into the city.

The Care Service for Immigrants, Emigrants and Refufees (SAIER) recently presented an assessment of 2019, during which over twenty thousand people, including immigrants and asylum seekers, were attended to.

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