Thursday, December 03, 2015

STAR Human Rights Day Candlelit Vigil for Refugees


This International Human Rights Day, students across the UK are coming together to hold candlelit vigils for refugees.

On Thursday 10th December, from Leeds and Liverpool to London, and from Surrey to Reading, and Cambridge to to Cardiff, STAR groups will be gathering in memory of the men, women and children who have fled war, torture and persecution, and lost their lives on the way to safety, and in solidarity with refugees in camps and in Europe who will be suffering this winter, and who we must make sure are not forgotten by the public and by politicians.

Join us! Go to your nearest vigil, share a picture of your candle using #STARvigil – whether you’re at a vigil or remembering refugees elsewhere -, and follow the vigils with #STARvigil.

Facts about the refugee crisis:

• The world is facing the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War.
• 86% of refugees live in developing countries.
• In 2015, 900,000 people, fleeing war, torture and persecution have risked their lives to seek safety in Europe.
• Over 3,500 people, and more than 1,000 children, have died on the journey.
• With over 4 million people having now fled Syria and 19.5 million refugees worldwide, many more people remain in danger.
• With no coordinated approach across Europe, 1000s have found closed borders and little support, and face the winter living in tents or worse.

In spite of all this, the UK has offered to resettle only 20,000 Syrians by 2020, and has refused to help anyone who has already reached Europe.

More must be done to help refugees.

STAR are calling on the Prime Minister to take our fair share of refugees arriving in Europe, increase resettlement places, extend family reunion schemes, and support the search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean.

Find out more about our campaigning here.

Posted by STAR team on 03/12/2015 at 05:11 PM