Media releases since December 2019
Media release - The signs point to war in the decades-long conflict between Morocco and the Sahrawi liberation movement Frente Polisario. Human rights activist Laila Fahkouri has been staying in the Sahrawi refugee camps in the Algerian desert since March. The situation is particularly gruelling for young people, she tells terre des hommes schweiz. Condemned to do nothing, they are prone to take up arms themselves.
Media release - People whose asylum applications have been rejected often live in precarious conditions. The Swiss emergency aid system is not working, criticises terre des hommes schweiz. The development organisation has commissioned a study to examine the situation in the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft in particular. It will be presented at a panel event with a prominent panel and live video streaming.
Media release - There is always the risk that war material produced in Switzerland will be used in human rights violations in other countries. For example in Brazil, where arms and police violence in the poor quarters is increasing. terre des hommes schweiz is calling for greater democratic control over Swiss arms exports in the light of the latest SECO figures on war material exports. The development organisation, which is committed to the Corrective Action and War Business Initiative, has commissioned a study on this issue.
The latest SECO figures on war material exports show Despite the Corona crisis, the export business of the Swiss arms industry is flourishing. To ensure effective control of arms exports, terre des hommes schweiz is participating in the alliance of the corrective initiative and is taking a clear stand on the Federal Council's indirect counter-proposal.
A call for solidarity with young people in the Global South, a successful year 2019 marked by civil society upheavals worldwide and a balanced annual financial statement. While terre des hommes schweiz provides extraordinary corona aid for young people in Africa and Latin America, the ordinary general assembly of the Swiss development organisation shows: 60 years after its foundation in Basel, terre des hommes schweiz remains on course.
terre des hommes schweiz is very pleased about the clear yes to the draft law on the extended anti-racism penal norm. For 60 years now, terre des hommes schweiz has been committed to the human rights and development of young people in a North-South context, supporting and strengthening them as change agents for a fairer world.