Migrants’ rights are Human Rights!
Inspirated by Hannan
Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, 15 October 2017
Human mobility has been increasing rapidly. Internal and international migrants, refugees and asylum- seekers, students, business travelers and tourists move every day all around the world. Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees (we use ‘migrants’ here to cover all these groups) constitute a significant and growing proportion of the population in EU Members States. Among them migrants with disabilities are more affected and face more barriers to overcome due to their lack of knowledge of the local language, of cultural norms and access to social activities.
As the most vulnerable of migrants, people with disabilities need special protection of their rights, taking into account their complex physical and psychological needs. Only in this way will they be able to deal with the traumatic situation they face. Not knowing the language of the country where they find themselves, migrants with disabilities have limited access to information, and are also unaware of local risks and resources available to deal with them.
Based on practical experiences of migrants with disabilities, Disabled Peoples’ International Europe demands that host countries:
Tribute to Hannan
Hannan passed away on Friday October 30rd at 10:00 a.m. after a long disease at the hospital Delafontaine de St Denis (93).
Hannan supported us more than we supported him, his engagement was plenty of competencies, talent, kindness and determination. He was a professional working for people with disabilities, and discovered the real struggles they suffer when he became disabled. He fighted against discrimination, supported the weakests, people with disabilities, migrants and refugees, and proved that the future is linked to those of the poorests because it's them who change the world.
Hannan had no children but left many orphans, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends. Everyone who met him not refuse him anything, wherever he went and whatever he asked for, he obtained with smiles; medical support, social apartment in Paris, training courses to learn French, social income and the French nationality. His biggest regret was to have not find a paid job.
With our deep condolence to his family and friends worldwide.
As people with disabilities we want to work with all stakeholders to build inclusive societies with no one left behind. We and our organizations have important expertise derived from our lived experience to make a key contribution in building an inclusive approach to national and international human rights based approach to migration.
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