I am in the process of writing the petition for the campaign. Please read what I have so far and tell me what you think. I have never done this before and would really appreciate any advice you can offer.
We, the undersigned, urge the leaders of Greece and the EU to respond to the current asylum crisis in Greece. The current rate of asylum recognition in Greece is less than 1%, the lowest in Europe. Several countries (Holland, Norway, Sweden and Germany) have already suspended the return of asylum seekers (under the Dublin agreement) to Greece because it is unable to process asylum applications properly, fairly and in compliance with European law.
The vast majority of asylum seekers to Greece are from the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan. We must recognise our part, as Europeans, in creating the wars that people are fleeing from and act with responsibility and decency towards them.
We also urge you to investigate and rectify the appalling conditions that asylum seekers are forced to endure here. We have reports of physical abuse by the police and coast guards, of people being held in sub-standard conditions with limited or no access to decent sanitation, health care and lawyers and of unaccompanied minors being held in detention.
Europe holds itself up as an example of decency and fairness around the world. We cannot allow this to be happening within our borders. The current situation is an affront to all of us who believe in human rights.
We call on you
1: To investigate fully the process of asylum application in Greece and to ensure that the authorities fulfill their obligations towards asylum recognition.
2: To ensure that asylum seekers are treated with respect and dignity and have full access to legal services to ensure that their applications are processed properly.
3: To ensure that reception centres are properly managed and maintained and that there a sufficient places to reflect the numbers of those arriving here.
4: To ensure special attention to cases involving children and other vulnerable people.
5: To properly assist Greece in fulfilling its obligations towards asylum seekers including financial assistance if necessary and experts in this field from other states.
Is there anything I have missed/needs to be added ?
Is this the right tone/style ?
I am hoping this will be seen as OUR campaign not just deviousdiva having a moan, so please feel free to suggest changes. I won’t be offended. As I said, I’ve never done this before so any help is much appreciated.