Over the past two years, the Swiss Office for Migration has steadily intensified its crackdown against Eritrean asylum seekers, even though there has been no evidence that the human rights situation in the country of origin had really improved.
We, an association of private individuals and organisations from Swiss civil society, as well as numerous members of the Eritrean community based in Switzerland are therefore of the opinion that these legislative changes are politically motivated.
However, the right to asylum is granted in various international treaties and must not be subject to political opportunism.
We are therefore jointly demonstrating so that the right to asylum for Eritrean refugees in Switzerland shall continue to be respected.
Where? On the square in front of the Federal Palace in Bern.
We cordially invite you to talk to both Eritreans and Swiss about their reasons for participating in the rally, to later attend the petition handover in front of the Federal Parace and finally to attend the press conference from 11.45 a.m. onwards.
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See the press release Swiss refugee protest
The press release and a detailed dossier in German and French explaining the reasons from launching the petition are attached to this e-mail. Under point 6 of the press dossier, you will find the contact details of the persons from the petition committee who will be happy to answer your questions even in the run-up to the demonstration.
See the Swiss refugee protest
Gathering. Participants unfamiliar with the location will be welcomed at Bern train station by members of our security team and then be escorted to the Federal Palace.
Start of the rally. Speeches will be given by representatives of the Eritrean community, the church, the Swiss refugee agencies as well as by a member of the Parliament.
Handing over of the petition
by members of the citizens committee to the Justice Minister and the Parliament.
End of the rally.