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SUPPORT our Call for
Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on
Violations with Impunity of the Human Rights of Migrant and Refugee Peoples' in London
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We are inviting you in the capacity of the co-convenors for the London Hearing of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal  on the Violations with Impunity of the Human Rights of Migrant and Refugee Peoples.

The purpose of this request is to ask whether your organisation could register its support for the London hearing by agreeing to support our Call to hold a Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal onViolations with Impunity of the Human Rights of Migrant and Refugee Peoples' in London .

The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) structure grew from the precedent of the Russell Tribunal on Vietnam (1966-67) and Latin America (1973-76). It is based in Rome, at the Fondazione Lelio e Lisli Basso, Via dellaDoganaVecchia 5. Please visit the website of Permanent Peoples' Tribunal for more information.

The session of the PPT on the violation of the rights of migrants and refugees was launched in Barcelona on 8thJuly 2017.  The call for action disseminated by Transnational Migrant Platform in Europe and Transnational Institute focuses its reasons on the necessity “to give visibility to the people of migrant persons as an inviolable subject of rights; to identify and judge the “chain” of co-responsibility along the migratory route leading to the violation of migrant people’s human rights; and to urgetly provide and foster adequate measures for access to justice”.

Since then three further hearings have taken place, in Palermo, Italy in December 2017, Paris, France in January 2018 and Barcelona in June 2018. The three sessions represent the first step of the program recommended in the concluding decisions of the opening Session of the Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) held in Barcelona (July, 7-8 2017). The record of these hearings can be seen on the website of the Transnational Migrant Platform in Europe and the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal, sentences Palermo - Paris and program Barcelona.

In the framework of the Session of the Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) held in Barcelona (July, 7-8 2017) on the violation of the rights of migrants and refugees, organisations in London called for a hearing in London. The hearing will focus on the violation of rights to livelihood and the facilitation of the exploitation of migrants and refugees as workers, in the chain of labour. The indictment, prepared by civil society organisations in the UK is available here. The Defendant is the UK government, in its own right and representing other EU governments. The indictment sets out government policies which channel many migrants and refugees into precarious or illegal employment in which they have no protection and/ or deny them the possibility of a decent livelihood and other rights taken for granted by others. The panel will consider an indictment which sets out charges against UK authorities for violating the rights of migrants and refugees. 

Supporting  the call does not entail and financial obligations - though if you are in a position to consider a donation towards the costs of organising the London hearing  –  please do let us know – that would be very much appreciated!  By sponsoring the London Hearing you will be registering your support for an inquiry into the violation of the rights of migrants and refugees, as set out in the indictment. 

As a supporter we hope that you will agree to disseminate information about the London hearing to groups and individuals in your network.  You will be notified of the decisions of the steering group as it makes the necessary preparations for the hearing. Should you wish to nominate a representative to attend steering groups discussions they would be most welcome.

As a supporter/endorse the name of your organisation would be included in the list of supporters/endorsers published on our website and other social media accounts. Broad support and solidarity at this time is very important and needed.

 The current list of convenors:

Corporate Watch
Commission for Filipino Migrant Workers – Europe (CFMW)
Global Justice Now (GJN)
Institute of Race Relations (IRR)
Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Links Network
Lewisham Refugee Migrant Network (LRMN)
Monsoon Book Club
RESPECT Network Europe
Statewatch
Transnational Institute (TNI)
Transnational Migrant Platform-Europe (TMP-E)
UNITE the Union
Waling-Waling (Supporting Migrant Workers Rights Campaign)
War on Want

As co-convenors for the steering group we would be pleased to respond to any query you might have about the project.  We could also provide you with a representative of the steering group to meet with you or speak at any meeting of your organisation about the plans for the London PPT Hearing.

We hope you will be able to Sign On to this Call for Support to the London PPT Hearing –this will be highly appreciated.

For more information please e-mail us at pptlondon@transnationalmigrantplatform.net

In solidarity for the rights of migrants and refugees!

Don Flynn and Margaret Healy

 

The hearing in London will taken place in late October. It will convene before a panel of international judges. The panel will consider and indictment which sets out charges against UK authorities for violating the rights of migrants and refugees. The co-convenors will shortly be sending out a call for evidence relating to the charges set out in the indictment. The purpose of this request is to ask whether your organisation could register its support for the London hearing by agreeing to join our list of sponsoring organisations.

As co-convenors  we would be pleased to respond to any query you might have about the project. We could also provide you will a representative of the steering group to meet with you or speak at any meeting of your organisation about the plans for the London hearing. More information will follow soon…