For Syrian refugees, ‘no room at the inn’

This video from Greece says about itself:

Syrian refugee families suffer in Greece

9 April 2013

The plight of Syrian refugees in Greece as reflected through their stories. How they arrived in Greece, under what circumstances were imprisoned, what they expected and what they found at last.

The 29-year old Syrian woman named Jihan recounts the sufferings of her family, in the small room they share to live in Athens.

Video by Christos Stamos.

Quoting from British daily News Line, in an earlier post on this blog:

THE fact that the UK ruling coalition is involved up to its neck in organising the war in Syria, and is also keeping it going, is well known. It has permitted hundreds of Islamists to go from the UK to fight the Assad regime and still insists that it is in favour of regime change – that is, the carnage continuing.

Only a ‘no’ vote in the UK House of Commons stopped Cameron and Hague sending British troops into Syria as part of an Anglo-American invasion force.

That vote, in fact, reinforced the opposition of the US public to the war and prevented Obama from going to war.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

No room at the inn‘: Britain condemned for turning its back on Syria’s refugees

Aid agencies join Labour in demanding Coalition show support for victims of civil war as policy defies UN appeal and distances Britain from 16 leading nations

Andrew Grice

Wednesday 25 December 2013

The Government has been accused of adopting a “no room at the inn” policy after rejecting a United Nations appeal to allow refugees fleeing the crisis in Syria to live in Britain.

Ministers have decided not to join 16 nations, including the United States, France and Germany, which have pledged to allow a total of more than 10,000 refugees from the bloody three-year civil war to move to their countries.

Aid agencies are describing the UK Government’s approach as “there’s no room at the inn”. Now the Labour Opposition is calling for ministers to accept between 400 and 500 Syrian refugees – including torture victims, people with family connections in Britain, and women and girls at high risk.

Yvette Cooper, the shadow Home Secretary, told The Independent today: “We should be rightly proud of our humanitarian aid effort and the generosity of the British people. But we should also do our part, alongside other countries within the UN’s programme, to provide a safe haven for some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees fleeing this murderous conflict.

“The British Government cannot turn its back on these people. It is our moral duty to respond to the UN’s call for help for Syrian refugees – just as our country has helped those fleeing persecution for hundreds of years.”

The Refugee Council said only about 0.1 per cent of Syrians fleeing the violence had found safety in the UK. It is urging people to ask their MPs to tell David Cameron “that we must play our part in providing a safe haven for the most vulnerable fleeing the war”.

Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said: “It is not only financial, economic, and technical support to these [neighbouring] states which is needed.

“It also includes receiving through resettlement, humanitarian admission, family reunification or similar mechanisms, refugees who are today in the neighbouring countries but who can find a solution outside the region.”

Australia has pledged to take 500 Syrians for permanent resettlement and Sweden 400, while Germany will allow 5,000 temporary “humanitarian admissions” for two years and France 500. The US has not set an upper limit.

The UNHCR hopes other countries will follow suit through the flexible use of family reunification rules, waiving some visa requirements and allowing Syrians to enter for work, study, family or humanitarian purposes.

Home Secretary Theresa May agreed to admit a few hundred Syrian refugees yesterday amid allegations that Britain is snubbing a bigger UN-backed scheme: here.

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15 thoughts on “For Syrian refugees, ‘no room at the inn’

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  2. 1) Syria talks: mission impossible?
    2) Turkey in troubles also over Syria
    3) Aachen, Germany, public debate: hope for Syria?


    1) What’s new in the Syrian war in the run-up for negotiations in Geneva

    a. Chemical arms deal reinstating Assad as an interlocutor of the west acknowledging that
    he will not be toppled any soon by military means.

    b. US-Iran rapprochement.

    c. Military advances by the Assad side.

    d. Weakening of the popular support base of the insurgency as it falls under Jihadi

    e. Marginalisation of pro-western military forces.

    f. Radical opposition of Saudis to a settlement with Iran expressed in continued support
    for Jihadism.

    g. Assad’s reinforced refusal of any democratic reform or any power sharing compromise
    with Russian backing.


    2) Turkey in turmoil over Syria

    Turkey is the prime foreign player in the Syrian arena. It is much more important than
    Saudi Arabia let alone Qatar.

    Erdogan’s precipitated choice to topple Assad at any cost was product of a grandiose
    overestimation of his clout and the power of political Islam of the AKP and Brotherhood
    brand. His Syrian miscalculation is about to backfire and trigger on its turn the
    collapse of his very model:


    3) Is there hope for Syria?

    On the meaning of the Geneva negotiations


    Haytham Manna, National Co-ordination Body for Democratic Change (spokesman abroad);

    Salih Müslim, Head Kurdish PYD (Party of Democratic Union);

    Salah-Aldin Siedo, author and Islamic scholar from Syria;

    Huda Zein, docent university Cologne, Member »Association of Syrian Women«;

    Wilhelm Langthaler, co-founder Initiative for a political Solution in Syria;

    Leo Gabriel, social anthropologist and member of the international council of the World
    Social Forum.

    The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood has been invited as well with response pending.


  3. Support an all sides’ civil society conference in Vienna

    International Peace Initiative for Syria

    Every day it becomes clearer that the Syrian war cannot be won by anybody with a positive outcome for the Syrian people. With its internal divisions on every side the civil war has reached the state of an unprecedented bloodshed increased by external interventions. Its continuation will only wreak havoc and spread destruction on all levels of society.

    Among its main victims there are the democratic rights of the Syrian people, who originally tried to claim these rights by launching a peaceful popular mass protest movement. However their efforts have gradually been thwarted by an increasing influence of sectarian tendencies as well as a growing regional and global involvement.

    Together with many people inside Syria and across the world our initiative for Peace in Syria continues to insist (see initial call ) that the only viable solution is a political settlement with a ceasefire paving the way to a transitional government, based on a power sharing agreement between the socio-political, confessional and ethnical blocs maintaining a common State. We are conscious that this is not the ideal solution for any side, and therefore it will be difficult for all sides to accept. Yet a political solution is the only way out, because the continuation of the war will be even worse.


  4. Is there hope for Syria?

    On the meaning of the Geneva negotiations

    January 17, Aachen, Germany

    Hassan al Hachimi, Political Secretary of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood

    Zuhat Kobani, European Spokesman Kurdish PYD (Party of Democratic Union, member of the National Co-ordination Body for Democratic Change – NCB)

    Samir Aita, Co-founder of the Syrian Democratic Forum

    Salah-Aldin Siedo, author and Islamic scholar from Syria

    Huda Zein, docent university Cologne, Democratic and Women’s activist from Idlib

    Wilhelm Langthaler, co-founder Initiative for a political Solution in Syria

    Leo Gabriel, social anthropologist and member of the international council of the World Social Forum


    Erhard Crome, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

    Syria seems stuck in a never-ending civil war involving all regional and global players. Sectarianism is increasing while the original democratic demands of the popular revolt are more and more moving into the background.

    The stalemate on the battlefield shows that there is no military solution to the conflict. Therefore many view the Geneva talks as last and only hope – but they are plagued by not getting off the ground.

    Although the Kurds tried to keep themselves outside defending their rights they are more and more drawn into the vortex especially by the armed conflicts with the Jihadis.

    Under which conditions negotiations eventually can take place and also yield results? Which role does the Kurdish question play? In which way we can contribute to support the democratic rights of the Syrian people and its Kurdish component? Is the threat of a western military intervention eventually averted?


    Kurd Akad e.V.[registered association], Initiativ e.V., Netzwerk Kurdischer Akademiker Aachen [Network of Kurdish Academicians]

    In co-operation with:

    Rosa Luxemburg Foundation NRW, Andrej Hunko MP Die Linke, Eine Welt Forum Aachen,
    Tamil Youth Organisation, YXK [General Federation of Students from Kurdistan Aachen], Initiative Peace in Syria, daily Junge Welt
    Anti-imperialist Camp


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    Jeunes partis combattre en Syrie


    Samedi huit février, des parents ont commencé un rassemblement pacifique hebdomadaire devant l’église Notre-Dame du Finistère à la rue Neuve de Bruxelles, afin que le gouvernement belge se décide à ramener leurs enfants partis combattre en Syrie.

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