Resolution on Seeking Asylum Is a Human Right

7 May 2015

The 31st Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, meeting 22-24 April 2015 in The Hague, the Netherlands:

Alarmed by the tragic deaths of thousands of asylum seekers every year (most recently 800 people drowning off the coast of Tripoli) in the Mediterranean sea, the most deadly border worldwide;

Appalled by the decisions of the special summit of European leaders held during our Congress, refusing to install a permanent European sea rescue mission and also refusing again to build legal pathways for refugees to come to Europe;

Concerned by European policies attempting to deter migrants from entering Europe, and the policies of other governments persecuting those seeking the human right to asylum;

Calls for  

  • safe pathways for refugees to seek asylum when entering a new country;
  • increased funding for humanitarian assistance for refugees;
  • cessation to the demonization of migrants;
  • integration policies that include migrants as full-fledged members of society; and
  • an end to impunity for crimes against migrants and refugees.