Saturday, May 16, 2015

Rescue Refugees and Migrants Stranded at Sea

from Amnesty International

MAY 15, 2015

"Thousands of refugees and migrants are at risk of death in seas around Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia after authorities have pushed back boats or refused to let them land.

1) Please write immediately in English, Bahasa, Malay, Thai or your language calling on these countries to:
Co-ordinate search and rescue operations to locate and assist boats in distress;

Photo by Michael P. Nash

Allow all boats carrying refugees and migrants to land safely in the nearest country and not push them back, threaten or otherwise intimidate them;
Provide for the immediate humanitarian needs of refugees and migrants including food, water, shelter and health care;

Ensure that people claiming asylum are able to access refugee status determination procedures;

Respect the principle of non-refoulement, by ensuring that people are not transferred to any place, including their country of origin, where their lives or freedoms are at risk;

Ensure that individuals are not criminalized, detained or otherwise punished solely for their method of arrival in the country.

2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.

3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact!
EITHER send a short email to with "UA 108/15" in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent;
OR fill out our short online form to let us know how you took action.

Get updates on Amnesty's work to protect human rights worldwide."

In the Light,

Daniel Wilcox

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