DOK Leipzig supports
‘For a Thousand Lives:
We have witnessed the despair of refugees in several incredible films at DOK Leipzig. These stories made us feel what it means when you lost everything. Leena Pasanen
Leena Pasanen (Festival Director of DOK Leipzig) already signed the campaigne ‘For a Thousand Lives: Be Human’. Please join the course. Sign here: www.for-a-1000-lives.eu
FOR A THOUSAND LIVES: BE HUMAN is an initiative of the European film community to national Governments and to the E.U. in order to end the shocking deaths of refugees and to handle the humanitarian crisis in accordance with the basic values of the European Union.
More than 5000 cinema Professionals have backed the campaign with their signature already.
- The European Union must offer legal ways for people fleeing war, terror, or political persecution to seek protection in the E.U. by setting up infrastructures in their countries of origin, and in third party countries, where they can apply for asylum. This will stop forcing them to take illegal routes and risk their lives.
- European nations must act in solidarity as we are facing the biggest refugee crisis since WWII. The Dublin convention has obviously led to absurd and unjust burdens for the bordering countries of the E.U. Consequently, immediately repealing the Dublin convention and enforcing a better division of refugees across the various E.U. states is a must.
- The European nations must stop hindering those individuals, groups and organisations that are trying to help and support refugees on arrival and throughout their stay. They should instead embrace them as a valuable resource which can support their activities. These people are doing YOUR job.
- The European Countries must create living conditions for refugees that embrace human rights, personal freedom, dignity and physical safety without restriction, and devote the necessary means to ensure that refugees can work legally, get access to education and build a new life.