A breath of fresh air, the "Lampedusa Charter"
On the weekend from 31 January to 2 February 2014, a process that began with the shipwrecks that cost 600 people their lives in early October 2013 was completed in an assembly to discuss the final details of a document produced from below, by civil society, migrant support associations and interested individuals from around Europe and beyond, including migrants themselves and citizens of Lampedusa, that calls for a radical overhaul of the EU's migration policies.
It is neither a proposal for a law nor a request aimed at states and governments, its scope is global and it rejects the EU's migration policies as they have been agreed and enacted to date, stressing that "we all inhabit the world as human beings as a shared space and that this common membership [of humanity] must be respected. Differences must be considered richness and a source of new possibilities that must not be instrumentally used to erect barriers".
It is divided in two parts, the first of which stresses the underlying principles to guide all the struggles that will develop from this process; the second part is a response to existing policies in the field of migration and related phenomena including the militarisation of borders, racism, discrimination, exploitation, inequalities, and the internment and deaths of human beings that they produce.
The authors of the Charter are looking for support (see below). Translations into English, French, German and Spanish are forthcoming.
La carta di Lampedusa (in Italian)
and it can be signed here
La Carta di Lampedusa website
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