We deeply believe in the promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. We take its call to act towards one another in a spirit of solidarity seriously.
We find the process of seeking asylum in Europe to be in stark contrast to those ideals: at the European borders, asylum seekers are denied their human rights through illegal pushbacks, arbitrary detention, restriction of movement in closed camps and degrading living conditions. And now, during a global pandemic, European governments are failing to protect asylum seekers in the “hotspots ”, thus exposing them to serious medical risks.
We believe that this reality is not in accordance with the rights and freedoms that European states are bound to guarantee for everyone within their jurisdiction. Yet, asylum seekers do not have the means to access justice, as legal counselling and representation are limited by practical or administrative barriers.
IHaveRights is our answer to this intolerable reality and intends to reach beyond these limitations.