Head of Government Name & Address
Dear [Name of head of government],
The organisations that have signed this letter represent people in [Insert name of country] and other countries in Europe who share one concern – a determination to stop the inhumanities being perpetrated by some European states on people arriving at their borders, in flagrant breach of the state’s obligations under international law.
In the attached Collective Demand for Action, we set out a simple call to restore the humanity that all state institutions should demonstrate when dealing with their fellow human beings. People are asking to be treated with respect and dignity. Far too often, they are being physically abused, verbally insulted, and, in some cases deliberately placed in danger by the very institutions which should be protecting them. As one of our colleagues puts it, this is ‘Deterrence by Death’.
This must stop.
This letter marks the start of what we intend to be an extended campaign of demands with a single theme. Everybody must be treated with humanity, respect, dignity, and in accordance with the law.
We look forward to learning how you will ensure that the representatives of [Insert name of state] will adopt this rule of common decency.
List of initiating organisations that have already endorsed this Cover Letter:
- ActionAid International,
- Christian Aid,
- Detention Forum,
- Dignity in Europe (European Citizens’ Initiative),
- Forum réfugiés,
- Handicap International – Humanity & Inclusion,
- International Centre for Eritrean Refugees and Asylum-Seekers (ICERAS),
- Médecins du Monde International Network,
- No to Hassockfield,
- Norwegian Church Aid,
- Refugee Council (UK),
- Refugee Support Europe,
- Solidarités International,
- SOS Méditerranée,
- Stop Border Violence (European Citizens’ Initiative),
- Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER),
- United Against Inhumanity (UAI).