Thanks to Catherine Wren who has listed the following addresses and links for you to use when deciding who to write your letter to.
First Minister for Scotland - Nicola Sturgeon - email@example.com
International Development Minister - Humza Yousaf - firstname.lastname@example.org
First Minister for Wales - email@example.com
UN Refugee Agency - address the email to Antonio Gutteres the UN High Commissioner - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeremy Corbyn - Labour Leader - email@example.com
The email address for the UNHCR in France is firstname.lastname@example.org or postal address of 46/48 rue Lauriston, 75116 Paris, France - please write in French!
Peter Sutherland - Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Migration - @PDSutherlandUN (Twitter) or http://petersutherland.co.uk/contact-us/
Your local Member of the European Parliament can be found here: http://www.europarl.org.uk/en/your-meps/printable.html
The President of the European Parliament is Martin Schulz:http://www.europarl.europa.eu/the-…/…/president/html/contact
The Secretary-General of the European Parliment: email@example.com
How to make a complaint to the EU Ombudsman: http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/…/atyou…/whocanhelpyou.faces…
Commissioner for Human Rights for the Council of Europe,Nils Muižnieks - firstname.lastname@example.org
or postal address:
EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Write to your local mp too but please make the above a priority.
Ros Bayes via FB, invites you to copy and paste this letter and edit accordingly so you can send it to:
your MP; your MEP; your local paper etc, etc.
I am writing to draw to your attention the plight of some four thousand refugees in the camp which has become known as The Jungle in Calais, at least three hundred and fifty of whom have travelled from Syria. Others come from Iraq, Eritrea and Sudan, and are fleeing horrors which we can hardly begin to imagine. There are also others, especially women and children, in smaller camps around the area.
These people have no access to legal advice and no ability to travel anywhere in search of advice about their asylum applications. They are living in fear. Yesterday, those refugees who were unfortunate enough to have camped outside the main refugee camp suffered the terrible indignity of seeing their makeshift homes bulldozed, with the loss of all their meagre worldly possessions, including the few family photographs they had managed to keep, and paperwork relating to asylum applications on which they had been working for many months. Such inhumanity leaves me horrified and must surely be a flagrant breach of international law relating to the treatment of refugees. Those whose homes were bulldozed cited fear as their reason for living outside the main camp, but now they have been forced, with batons and tear gas, to go into the place they fear.
You may have heard the interview on The World at One on 22nd September with the UN’s Special Representative on International Migration, Peter Sutherland. Following a personal visit to the camp at Calais he was able to confirm that the vast majority of people there are genuine refugees and are living in appalling, unsanitary conditions because of an unwillingness on the part of the British and French governments to begin to establish their status and process their asylum applications.
You may be aware that while politicians of different parties and nationalities find it possible to ignore the plight of these suffering people, ordinary citizens from all over the UK have risen up and organised a massive relief operation, so much so that the charities working in Calais have been overwhelmed by the amount of aid that is arriving daily. Many of us are asking how it is that our governments, in our name, can be forcing people who have had to flee from unimaginable terrors to live in such conditions of such unspeakable inhumanity. How many more deaths will it take before genuine sanctuary is granted to these people and they no longer take their lives into their own hands in search of safety? I’m sure if white British people were dying in these numbers on a railway line, efforts would be made to address the ghastly situation that led them to take such risks. I do not want to live in a society which regards white British lives as of more value than Middle Eastern or African lives.
Please will you ensure that my concerns are passed on to those EU ministers and national leaders who are currently meeting to try to resolve the refugee crisis. Kindly make it clear to them that citizens of the UK are appalled that people are being forced to live in near-starvation and squalor in conditions where an outbreak of cholera can only be a matter of time, here in the richest corner of Western Europe.
We cannot as a nation ignore the terrible suffering on our doorstep. If we keep these people out in an attempt to preserve our society from outside influence, we risk finding ourselves part of an inhumane, uncaring society that is hardly worth preserving.