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The yearly EU Anti-Trafficking Day on the  18th of October and enables policymakers and the general public to reflect on the response to trafficking in human beings in Europe.  In an effort to raise awareness on this pertinent issue, we are inviting you to partake in a social media campaign which endeavours to raise awareness on sex and labour trafficking.

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KISA asks for effective measures and safe routes to face the refugee crisis

Campaign aiming to inform the public about the unprecedented refugee crisis, according to the United Nations the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

KISA calls on the EU for taking on its responsibilities and adopts policies and measures, including the access to safe routes for migrants and refugees to Europe, in order to effectively tackle this unprecedented humanitarian crisis and begins to treat these people based on the values and principles of its establishment, such as respect for human life and dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights.

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Hunger strike of stateless Kurds from Syria

Two Kurdish refugees from Syria (Ajanib), decided to go on a hunger strike, having first  exhausted all the means they had at their disposal to persuade the Ministry of Interior (MoI), to re- examine its original decision and to grant them the recognized refugee status.

The hunger strike, as a form of struggle, aims, on the one hand, to inform the public about the refusal of the  MoI to grant them the recognized refugee status and, on the other, to press  the Cypriot state to meet its responsibilities as it continues to refuse to fulfill its obligations, despite the fact that these people meet all the statutory requirements for granting the specific status.

The hunger strikers are stateless and reside in the territory of the Republic for more than seven (7) years and the state refuses to grant them the recognized refugee status.

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Used in Europe: Human trafficking and labour exploitation is present on our continent

Contrary to the belief of many Europeans, labour exploitation and human trafficking is not confined to the Global South. It is happening all over Europe too. Picking fruit and vegetables, constructing buildings, manufacturing clothes, performing domestic work… “Used in Europe” is a European campaign to raise awareness on the issue of human trafficking and labour exploitation in Europe. Greater public awareness and increased knowledge of the facts are key to step up pressure on governments and businesses to prevent the suffering and human rights violations linked to everyday products and services in Europe.

The campaign “Used in Europe” is an initiative of La Strada International and is supported by 28 anti-trafficking NGOs all over Europe, among which KISA – Action for Equality, Support, Antiracism.

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Recognized refugees demand access to their right to citizenship!

The economic crisis has led the majority of refugees to unemployment, poverty, racist discrimination and social exclusion. In their majority, they live in abject destitution and no longer have access to the necessary resources for housing and food.

Exactly due to the despair in which they have been driven to, as well as their reaction to a policy that aims to enforce them to leave Cyprus, the refugees’ communities have been mobilized since late September 2013 to mid January 2014 demanding equal treatment and equal rights for all people, without any discrimination and exclusion, and most importantly their right to naturalization (the right to receive the Cypriot citizenship). In early June 2014, they set up a new protest camp demanding resettlement from Cyprus.

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