Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Journalist Temesgen Desalegn has been out of sight for some time in Ethiopia. Disappearance is not unusual in dictatorship. What makes Temesgen’s disappearance special is the fact that he is in the custody of the regime only for exercising his democratic rights; yet they not willing to tell his family of his whereabouts. People like Temesgen have big place in developed world as they hold the state and the market to account. Unfortunately, in countries like Ethiopia being a journalist or a human rights activist in a risky business.
Calling on the government of Ethiopia to come forward and tell us the whereabouts of Temesgen. Where is he? Where is Temesgen?
Thursday, 8 December 2016
In the past couple of years Citizens UK has been working hard along with others to welcome refugees. Following its court victory on Dublin III regulation earlier this year and the campaign for Dubs amendment, more than 300 children were brought to safety in October 2016.
The children that were brought to safety were accorded huge welcome by community leaders gathered from across Britain. The following video was taken on their arrival.
Now that the demolition of Calais is over and those children stranded in Calais camp are dispersed to different camps across France, the transfer is halted.
That is why Citizens UK is calling the Home Secretary to honor her promise and restart the transfer.
On 13th December from 6-7pm, Citizens will gather in Westminster to demand the Home Secretary to restart the transfer and bring in 1000 refugees by Christmas. Candles will be lighted and Christmas Carols sung. Join us!
I still recall sitting in a room with colleagues from Citizens UK to talk about the worsening refugee crisis; talking about what we coul...