On 18/06/2008 the EU Parliament passed a law against illegal migrants to Europe that shall make the authorities (the ministries of interior and migration) entitled to detain illegal migrants for a period up to 18 consecutive months, not only that but also a re-entry ban for at least five years.
All the human rights activists and organizations were shocked when they listened to this new law that has been passed by the majority of EU parliamentary members and condemned it, furthermore, the new law extends to minors and this is a shame, European Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Jacques Barrot said in statement it was important to have common standards and that the measure would be implemented with full respect for human rights conventions.
Without any doubt migration is one of the human rights, the big curse right now that the countries searching all the time for security not for the human being, may be the Europeans voted for this law to digest the huge numbers of Eastern Europe migrants after adopting all the European states in the EU.
Frankly speaking, most of the migrants from south, especially from MENA region and Africa, however this is as a result of keeping the mutual interests in between the politicians from north and south with regardless to the people and to the youth who represents the majority of illegal migrants, and if we review the chart of this new Mediterranean Union, we shall find the security factor to protect southern Europe represent at least 50% of this chart, why we don’t replace the word of security by the word of humanity.
Moreover, this law will allow to authorities in Europe to detain illegal migrants for at least 18 months in prisons, why instead of thinking in detention, they did not think of rehabilitation or reform programs for illegal migrants? Because, after this reform program they can legally refine who is meritorious to stay in Europe as a legal migrant and who is not, and the cost shall be the same or lower than the same if we made a simple feasibility study in that regard, then they can assume and allege that they implement the human rights.
Historically, most of Western Europe states have a bad track record in colonizing the states of south for hundreds of years and leaching their wealth through this terrible colonization, therefore the relationship between north and south was unequal and in the favour of Europe all the time, so if some migrants from south tried to migrate to north (Europe) for just having the fundamental rights of life that shall never represent a simple part of their stolen rights for hundreds of year if we shall make our estimations in this time being based on the rate of inflation.
Really, our regimes unfortunately wasted our rights, because they didn’t sue till now the colonizers from Europe to claim them seriously for our stolen wealth and treasures, and unfortunately also they were satisfied by those week partnership programs.
Frankly speaking, I’m very much interested in the Israeli experience, because of adhering their rights and fighting for it until get it made, because I remember very well how they could exploit both political and media tools in the matter of the holocaust in their favour and getting the fair compensations accordingly from the states who committed that.
Hope my regimes in south may think in that way to restore our rights from Europe, finally this law may affect negatively on the intercultural dialogue, because, how can I build bridges with your side and you expel me, what type of dialogue could take place between us and you all the time thinking that I’m inferior than you.
We respect dialogue, but when dialogue based on mutual respect and equity, not based on the interest of only one side against the other.
Therefore, we kindly request again from the European Parliament to rethink again of this law and replace it by my proposed reform program.
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