There are a few Human Rights Articles that could apply to refugees. I feel Article 5 which states “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” as countries seal off their borders. Canada isn’t any better – we may not be putting up fences but we’re putting up barriers.
Refugees fleeing their countries face similar challenges as Canadian women fleeing violence and who make up a significant portion of the homeless population in Canada. In fact, Canada doesn’t have enough housing for Canadians. 841,141 Canadians use a food bank each month.
How would you feel if you were turned away or refused entry everywhere you turned – in my opinion that is cruel and degrading treatment. Click here to read the full story or an excerpt below.
The latest episode in Europe’s ongoing crisis came as Hungary’s right-wing government declared its southern frontier with Croatia off limits to refugees, blocking entry with a metal fence and razor wire just as it did a month ago on its border with Serbia.
Croatia responded to the move by directing refugees west to Slovenia, the Reuters news agency reported.
Hungary also said it had reinstated border controls on its frontier with Slovenia, effectively suspending Europe’s Schengen system of passport-free travel though it said it was acting within the Schengen rules. Both Slovenia and Hungary are part of the Schengen Area while Croatia is not.
A government spokesman said Budapest had taken the step because “migrants appeared” on the Slovenian side of the border.
Hungary says it is duty-bound to protect the borders of the European Union the refugees, most of them Muslims who Hungary says threaten the prosperity, security and “Christian values” of Europe.
With several other ex-Communist members of the EU, Hungary opposes a plan by the bloc to share out 120,000 refugees among its members.
That is only a small proportion of the 700,000 people expected to reach Europe’s shores by boat and dinghy from North Africa and Turkey this year, many of them fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.