Child, LGBTQ refugees deported to Afghan, Ukrainian war zones


This video from Britain says about itself:

Children Deported to Afghanistan, BBC 2015 Documentary

Deported to Afghanistan. Over the past ten years, thousands of unaccompanied children have fled to the UK from war-torn Afghanistan, but when they turn 18 …

On 21 December 2017, the Dutch parliament voted on some motions about refugees.

First, the motion by Socialist Party (SP) MPs Ms Sadet Karabulut and Mr Jasper van Dijk, against forcibly deporting Afghan children to Afghanistan, where a war is going on. Apart from the SP, some other parties like the Party for the Animals (PvdD) voted for this.

That was unfortunately not enough. A majority voted against. That included the two most xenophobic parties: Geert Wilders‘ PVV and Thierry Baudet‘s FvD. That included also the MPs of the new Dutch four party coalition government, with its just one MP majority: VVD, CDA, D66 and Christian Union. The right-wing VVD and CDA parties are scared of losing votes to PVV and FvD. D66 and Christian Union used to be less anti-refugee than CDA and D66, but now go along with them because of the government coalition.

Then came the motion by Van Ojik and Kuiken of the GroenLinks party, against forcibly deporting LGBTQ refugees to Ukraine, where there is a war as well and violent homophobia, including by people with high level government jobs.

Exactly the same parties (SP, PvdD, etc.) voted for this motion as voted for the Afghanistan motion. Exactly the same parties voted against. One might expect that from the religious fundamentalist Christian Union. But it is somewhat unexpected for D66 who claim they support LGBTQ rights.

Finally, a motion by Van Ojik of the GroenLinks party, to designate refugees from Iraq (also a country at war, dangerous for returning any refugees to) who have converted from Islam to another religion as an especially at risk group, who should have special guarantees against deportation. Again, roughly the same parties voted for and against.

Not completely the same: this time, the fundamentalist protestant SGP party voted in favour, as they favour converting to Christianity.

That the Islamophobic PVV party voted no is not so surprising if one knows that this party basically hates all foreigners, including from mainly Christian countries like Romania and Poland. However, the PVV in the past claimed to love ex-Muslims. There was a committee in the Netherlands calling itself a committee of ex-Muslims. Its most prominent member Ehsan Jami was not an ex-Muslim. His father was atheist, his mother Christian. The other members of that short-lived committee were not ex-Muslims either: a man who had never been a Muslim, and a Muslim woman who wanted to stay Muslim but considered reforms were needed.

Geert Wilders’ Islamophobic party then employed Jami as a parliamentary aide.

As a reaction to the Ehsan Jami committee of ‘ex-Muslims’ who had never been Muslims, another Dutch committee of ex-Muslims was founded. This time by people who had really grown up as Muslims, but later did not consider themselves as such. And who rejected Jami and PVV Islamophobia. That other, real, ex-Muslim committee did a press conference in a Dutch Moroccan mosque; disproving the propaganda by Jami and the PVV that supposedly all Muslims virulently hate and want to kill ex-Muslims.

So, Wilders’ PVV proclaimed their platonic love for ex-Muslims. In practice, they want to deport them to war zones in Iraq.

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  15. Ondanks alles is het niet gelukt. Vanochtend in alle vroegte zijn Maksim (14), Denis (10) en Arina (5) samen met hun ouders opgehaald uit Detentiecentrum Zeist en worden zij op het vliegtuig naar Oekraïne gezet. Op dat moment stonden er nog tientallen mensen bij de poort te waken. Drie in Nederland geboren en getogen kinderen zijn weggestuurd naar een voor hen vreemd land.

    Aan jullie heeft het niet gelegen. We hebben samen bijna 7.000 mails aan staatssecretaris Mark Harbers gestuurd. Bijna 10.000 mensen tekenden een petitie van de middelbare school van Maksim. Meer dan 2.000 Culemborgers deden woensdag mee aan een lawaaidemonstratie. Gistermiddag hebben klasgenoten gepicknickt bij het detentiecentrum in Zeist en aansluitend was er de hele nacht een wake.

    Het heeft niet mogen baten. Regels en procedures hebben het gewonnen van menselijkheid. Harbers heeft zijn discretionaire bevoegdheid niet gebruikt om dit gezin thuis te houden. Maar we voelen ons ook strijdbaar. Want als er geen kinderpardon komt, dan blijven dit soort drama’s zich voltrekken.

    Dan blijven we Nederlandse kinderen uit hun bed trekken en zonder knuffel of afscheid van vriendjes op het vliegtuig zetten. Daarom willen we samen met jullie alles doen om een kinderpardon voor elkaar te krijgen voor de andere 400 Nederlandse kinderen die hier langer dan vijf jaar wonen. We gaan nog meer acties organiseren, nog meer lokale gemeenten aanspreken, nog meer druk uitoefenen op het kabinet.

    HELP ONS MEE: DONEER VOOR VERVOLGACTIES

    Ondanks alles zijn er ook hele kleine lichtpuntjes. Door de uitzetting van Maksim, Denis en Arina zijn er weer drie nieuwe kinderpardongemeenten bijgekomen: de gemeenteraden van Helmond, Terneuzen en Schiedam hebben moties aangenomen waarin ze de staatssecretaris oproepen een kinderpardon te regelen. Daarmee zijn er nu al 42 kinderpardongemeenten. Wij willen dat aantal flink verhogen, zodat de druk op het kabinet verder wordt opgevoerd. Help ons mee om dit mogelijk te maken.

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