Media releases since December 2019
Media release - Swiss asylum and refugee policy is often the subject of heated debate. The people at the centre of the debate hardly get a chance to speak. The First Swiss Refugee Parliament wants to change that. On June 6, the first Swiss Refugee Parliament will take place in Bern. Jeyani Thiyagaraja from Basel (picture from February 2021), participant in a project for refugees by terre des hommes switzerland, is involved in the Health Commission of the Refugee Parliament. In the video, she tells us what concerns she will take with her to Bern.
Media release - Weapons from Germany and Switzerland are used in police operations in Brazil. This often results in serious human rights violations against children and young people. An independent study by terre des hommes Switzerland and terre des hommes Germany looks into seven exemplary cases of lethal gun violence and uncovers serious deficiencies in the control of state arms stocks in Brazil. Together with the Brazilian Instituto Sou da Paz, the two terre des hommes organisations demand an immediate stop to the export of war material to Brazil.
Media Release - The Corona crisis is exacerbating social tensions worldwide. The prospects of young people have darkened considerably. There is a need for a Swiss foreign policy that supports the development prospects of young people in the global south. This is what the two women at the helm of terre des hommes switzerland write in their joint foreword to the Annual Report 2020 of terre des hommes switzerland.
Media release - In its online campaign for International Women's Day 2021, terre des hommes schweiz is focusing on the work of LifeLine. The South African partner organisation supports and accompanies girls and women who have survived sexual violence. In a major media interview, Gabriela Wichser, Head of Programmes at terre des hommes schweiz, explains the connection between gender-based violence, poverty and the Corona crisis, which increases inequality between the North and the South.
Media release - On 5 March, the Federal Council is expected to adopt its message on the popular initiative of the "Alliance against Arms Exports to Countries at Civil War", in short the corrective initiative. terre des hommes switzerland demands stronger democratic control of the Swiss arms trade and risk analyses also for export countries in which a cruel drama involving armed violence is taking place on a daily basis.
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.