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Statement issued by the People's Summit for a Global Pact of Solidarity with Migrants and Refugees
17.12.18
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"The People's Summit for a Global Pact of Solidarity with Migrants and Refugees... announce our proposal to agree upon an International Pact of Solidarity and Unity of Action for the Full Rights of All Migrants and Refugees, women and men, based on the following considerations..."

See: AGREEMENT ON AN INTERNATIONAL PACT OF SOLIDARITY AND UNITY OF ACTION FOR THE FULL RIGHTS OF ALL MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES (pdf)

"From Morocco to the Mexican border, from North Africa to the fields of southern Spain, from Central America to Bangladesh, all across the planet, we find suffering caused by displacement of human beings with their families, communities, peoples and regions devastated by the relentless exodus of expulsion and dispossession...

This debacle of civilization is reflected today in the enormous tragedy of deaths in the Mediterranean Ocean and deserts of the Sahara and South-eastern border between the United States and Mexico, to name just a few of the hot spots of the state of migration...

In response to the crisis, the most economically-powerful States are holding hostage many countries of the South through economic and political measures, closing ranks to repress migration through militarization of borders, proliferation of walls and detention centres – that resemble concentration camps – the criminalization of migrants for simply being migrants, followed by mass imprisonment and deportation. This anti-migrant offensive represents a strategy of military combat that includes the criminalization of organizations and human rights activists and the induced divides between workers and oppressed peoples...

Presented as a response to the migration crisis, States have seized upon the opportunity to sign the Global Compact for Migration on December 11th in Marrakech. We, the women and men who participated in the People's Summit for a Global Pact of Solidarity with Migrants and Refugees, women and men, have collectively studied and debated its implications on our peoples – migrants and refugees – coming to our own conclusions...

the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) does not represent a change in the anti-migrant policies and current offensive against migrants and
refugees being waged by many States, especially of the North. The GCM is more of the same: migrants as cheap labor, criminalized for simply being migrants...

...we express our public rejection of the Global Compact for Migration and place in the hands of social movements, collectives for the protection of migrants' human rights, progressive States and civil society, our alternative that brings together the spirit, conclusions and recommendations of our Summit.

...we propose a Global Compact of Solidarity for the Rights of Migrants that would establish the primacy of the human rights of people over the profits and interests of States and transnationals, ensuring multilaterally and democracy in the United Nations...

In order to implement this new Compact a united international effort of movements, organizations, collectives and social forces is needed; it is born from below, from our organizations, our communities and our families. We are calling upon all persons and organisations in agreement to oppose the Global Compact to control migration of the States and to support and feed an alternative: the Compact of Solidarity and Unity with a central aim to defend the rights of migrant women and men and refugees of the entire planet."

See: AGREEMENT ON AN INTERNATIONAL PACT OF SOLIDARITY AND UNITY OF ACTION FOR THE FULL RIGHTS OF ALL MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES (pdf)

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