Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, many of our community members saw their human rights baffled. From being pushed around and beaten up at several borders to being denied the possibility of continuing their studies or being welcomed in some European countries; we have heard and witnessed horrible stories.
Still today, many students are not given an equal right to pursue their studies in some countries. Many community members who are not students and who are seeking refuge in some of the bordering countries of Ukraine are being denied an equal right to safety.
Our Coalition has been actively advocating to various European governments and universities to allow students to be students. Some of our students were forced to apply for asylum to become refugees when this is not what they want. They want to pursue their studies as international students, not refugees. This is why, for example, in Switzerland, our team has been pushing very hard and working with human rights and immigration lawyers to ensure that they obtain an S permit which will allow them to continue their studies as international students, not refugees.
That being said, many of our community members who do not have a safe country to go to are denied refuge in some European countries, which is not right! Furthermore, the treatment and living conditions of many of our community members who fled the war in Ukraine in simply inhumane. This is why our Coalition has hired a team of international human rights lawyers to ensure that the right of community members are respected and that vulnerable Black people have access to legal aid.
We will keep you all updated.