In Esmeraldas, Ecuador to meet with SJR Ecuador staff and visit with refugees who fled the violence of Colombia for refuge in Ecuador.
El Servicio Jesuita a Refugiados Latinoamérica y el Caribe y el Servicio Jesuita a Refugiados y Migrantes – Ecuador,
piden a los Estados latinoamericanos ser más solidarios con los ciudadanos haitianos
Quito, 11 de abril de 2011. El pasado viernes 08 de abril, el Servicio Jesuita a Refugiados y Migrantes de Ecuador, ofreció una rueda de prensa donde se informó a la ciudadanía sobre la situación de los ciudadanos haitianos en el Ecuador y América Latina.
El P. Fernando Ponce León, SJ, director nacional del SJRM, dio la bienvenida a todos los asistentes con el lema de la campaña en contra de la discriminación y xenofobia “Convivir en solidaridad” y envió un mensaje de inclusión y acogida a todas las personas que se encuentran en contextos de Movilidad Humana.
Seguido de esta intervención, Edson Louidor, coordinador de incidencia y comunicación para Latinoamérica y el Caribe (SJR-LAC), informó que en los tres últimos años, América latina y principalmente Suramérica se ha convirtiendo en un nuevo polo de migración para los haitianos. En 2009 había 75.000 haitianos en sur América y desde hace tres años hay presencia mucho más significativa de movimientos migratorios de haitianos en la región y las principales entradas serían por Ecuador y Chile, de esta última, en 2008 entraron 392 haitianos, en 2009 subió a 477, en 2010 ya ascendió a 820 y para enero de 2011 en un solo mes existe la presencia de 125 haitianos, manifestó Louidor.
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Dentro de la actividades conjuntas programadas por los 20 años de la Convención de los Derechos de la Niñez y Adolescencia, el Observatorio de los Derechos de la Niñez y Adolescencia presentarà el dìa jueves 24 de junio a las 11 de la mañana en el Auditorio de Naciones Unidas (Amazonas frente al CC El Jardìn) el libro “NIÑEZ Y MIGRACION FORZADA. Niños en situación de refugio por el conflicto colombiano”.
Comentarán la publicación: Dr. Adrián Bonilla por el Observatorio de los Derechos de la Niñez y Adolescencia, Dra Lorena Escudero, Ministra Secretaría Nacional del Migrante (SENAMI), Señora Cristián Munduate, Representante de UNICEF en el Ecuador y Dra. Patricia Sarzoza, Directora del INFA.
La presencia de ustedes dará mayor realce a este encuentro. El libro será entregado a los asistentes.
(Quito, Ecuador) April 22, 2010 – The World Social Forum on Migration is an event that takes part as component of the World Social Forum, and constitutes a space of democratic debate of ideas, reflection, proposal formulation, experience exchange and social movement articulation. The Forum becomes the meeting point for NGOs, networks and other civil society organizations that oppose the neoliberal scheme and back the recognition of civil, political, economical, social and cultural rights of migrants, IDPs, refugees and stateless people.
The World Social Forum on Migrations (WSFM) is an event that falls in line with the World Social Forums, which is a space for democratic debate of ideas, reflection, formulation of proposals, exchange of experiences and articulation of social movements , networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations that are opposed to neo-liberal globalization and the restriction of granting citizenship and civil rights, political, economic, social and cultural rights of migrants, displaced, refugees and stateless persons.
Ecuador is the site of the fourth edition of WSFM, in Quito from October 8 through 10, 2010. Thus, the social movements and networks on five continents that are part of the WSFM’s International Committee hope that the path traced by the Ecuadorian state towards the realization of their constitutional and legislative developments is reinforced by the process of the IV WSFM.
The organization of the IV World Social Forum on Migration, in Quito, has been delegated to the Migration, Communication and Development Plan, whose role as Technical Secretariat of the Forum is to form a National Preparatory Committee, among civil society organizations in Ecuador, to coordinate actions towards the IV WSFM.
If you wish to participate in the Fourth World Social Forum on Migrations 2010, you register as:
PARTICIPANT: Any person who is interested in the contents of the Forum may participate individually, or if he/she belongs to an organization that has already filled its two seats as delegates.
DELEGATE: In order to participate as a delegate a person must represent an organization or social movement of immigrants or refugees, an organization that develops projects related to immigration or refuge, or an organization that has any link with migration flows.
The register fee for an organization allows a maximum of two delegates; if an organization wishes to register a third member, it must be done as participants.
OBSERVER: The Charter of the WSF principles establishes that political party representations and military organizations are not allowed to participate. Political leaders, representatives of political organizations or government officials may participate as observers.
Colombia has one of the highest internally displaced populations in the world. In 2009 alone, 280,000 civilians were newly displaced in addition to over 4 million already displaced. Victims of forced displacement leave their homes and families to escape violence, intimidation, and rape from both legal and illegal armed groups. Vulnerable groups such as Afro-Colombians, indigenous communities and women face the greatest consequences of the armed conflict.
In 2004, the Colombian Constitutional Court declared a State of Unconstitutional Affairs and ordered the Colombian government to address the needs and rights of the displaced population. Despite the Constitutional Court’s demands, Colombia’s displacement crisis continues and the Colombian government has yet to implement these orders. The resolution led by Representative Hank Johnson (GA) and 22 other co-sponsors calls on the Government of Colombia to fully implement the Constitutional Court’s orders.
Ms. Sascha Thompson, Rep. Johnson’s aide, stated at a recent WOLA event that “many internally displaced Colombian leaders, who have been brave enough to organize their communities to speak out about their rights and to demand the Colombian authorities to meet its obligations to protect them and restore their lands, have become constant targets of threats against their lives, harassment, additional human rights violations, and extra violence.” These leaders and their families need your help.
Many indigenous groups in Colombia are on the verge of extinction. Afro-Colombians’ livelihoods are threatened by the armed conflict and invasive government policies. The precarious condition of women is exacerbated by gender based violence. Vulnerable populations in Colombia are disproportionately affected by the consequences of the armed conflict and their human rights must be protected.
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Under an innovative new program, United Nations-supported mobile teams have traversed difficult terrain in an isolated region of northern Ecuador for the past year to register 26,000 Colombian refugees.
“Registration is a vital step in the process towards being formally recognized as a refugee,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters today in Geneva.
The mobile registration scheme is considered a model for Latin America, where most refugees usually have to travel to towns and cities to be registered.
Mobile teams – comprising officials from the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry and UNHCR staff –reached out to people living in remote areas, shrinking the time it takes for a Government decision on asylum claims from several months to just one day. Read the rest of this entry »
Ecuador has started to register refugees from Colombia, a process that should allow many who have fled the conflict in Colombia to stay safely in Ecuador, BBC News reports.
Ecuador has the highest number of refugees in Latin America – a consequence of the ongoing conflict in Colombia between guerrillas, paramilitary squads and the state.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Colombia has one of the world’s largest internally displaced populations, estimated at more than three million.
Another 500,000 to 750,000 have fled to other countries, according to the Refugee Council USA, a U.S.-based coalition of NGOs. (Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is a member of RCUSA)
Ecuador is a preferred destination both for its geographical proximity to the troubled southern Colombian regions of Putumayo and Narino and for the relatively easy migration process.
Read the full story here.
(UNITED NATIONS) – As the number of people driven from their homes to escape violence across Colombia topped three million in 2009, the United Nations refugee agency said today that more and more of the forcibly displaced are seeking safety on scraps of land that no one else wants.
A stretch of beach on the outskirts of Cartagena is one such site, where some 118 families have created a settlement accommodating a new family every week, noted the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
When these families arrived, the Villa Gloria district on the Caribbean coast had no electricity or other municipal services because city authorities said it was prone to flooding and land ownership was unclear.
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On Universal Children’s Day, November 20, Jesuit Refugee Service expresses extreme concern about the continuing widespread, systematic and habitual use, recruitment, and exploitation of children in the Colombian armed conflict.
Although the exact magnitude and geographical extension of child recruitment is unknown, as many as 11,000 Colombian children are deployed either as combatants, or in support roles, in the war. Being forcibly compelled to risk one’s life and/or commit atrocious acts while being exposed to physical illnesses and injuries, sexual violence and torture, can only be described as inhumane. This recruitment and use of children by illegal armed groups is a crime against humanity, according to the JRS Latin America and Caribbean regional office.