Statement of H.E Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie – CAPP Secretary General At The special conference on Migration and Refugees Istanbul 4- 6 Nov 2016

Excellency Mr. president;

Distinguished delegates;

Ladies and gentlemen;

 

I have the honor to express, in my name and on behalf of the Council of African Political Parties (CAPP) our thanks and gratitude for the kind invitation of ICAPP to participate in this important meeting our thanks are due to our Turkish host for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to us.

The generosity of the Turkish people is not only demonstrated in hosting this event but also hosting millions of refugees from Syria providing them with necessary moral and material support. This effort should be recognized and highly appreciated by the international community.

In fact, the issue of refugees and migrants was and is still a challenge to the international community who tried to come up with a number of conventions like 1951 UN Refugees Convention and the African Refugees convention of 1969 among others. The international community set up specialized agencies such as UNHCR with a mandate to provide protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees, UNFPA to allow people to live in peace and dignity at home and to migrate on choice rather than by necessity.

Public awareness of the problem of refugees and migrants has risen so dramatically during the last decade. The social media played a central role by focusing on the consequences rather than the causes. CAPP is equally concerned by the root causes and the consequences. For CAPP refugees and migrants are not figures, they are human beings who voluntary or involuntary leave their countries to seek refuge in another country hoping for better life and safety. Reasons differ, and if we take Africa, we can say that Africa has known that phenomenon at large scale during the struggle against the colonization. Liberation wars caused large movements of population through Africa.

The second large movement was triggered by the cold war where the superpowers used proxy wars and regime change policies to secure their interests and create zones of influence at the expense of the African populations. Also the struggle for power led to civil wars in many African countries with devastating consequences for the population.

Without being fond of blame game, we can say that the failure of a number of regimes in Africa to meet the aspirations of their people in terms of social justice, development, good governance and freedom of expression created strong resentment which led to civil strife with long periods of instability and uncertainty and a negative impact on the development process.

It is worth mentioning that many parts of Africa suffered long periods of drought. The scarcity of resources caused huge pressure on these limited resources. That was so clear in areas where nomads and farmers were living on the same territory. Such conflicts could degenerate into a political crisis where everyone in that crisis is a victim.

These crises open the door for some charity Organizations to step in response of the humanitarian problem by providing aid to the refugees and displaced but in many cases, that is only a pretext to conceal their agenda. An example of such organization is the so called charity organization Arche de Z0é which abducted 103 children from the refugees camp in Chad. Six members of the organization were charged by the Government of Chad for child abduction and sentenced to 8 years.

CAPP is alarmed at the death toll of potential refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean (30,000 drowned since 2000), victims of human trafficking and organized crimes and at the mounting level of xenophobia and hate speech in some countries in the wake of the influx of refugees and migrants.

Many refugees and migrants were attracted by what they believed to be the cradle of human rights and the model of welfare state. Their dream becomes a nightmare when they are in Europe and America denied the minimum of their rights as human beings. The extreme right portrayed migrants and refugees as intruders who take the jobs of their fellow citizens, as potential terrorist and as an eminent threat to their identity and cultural values. The hate speech contradicts the principles of solidarity generosity and human dignity.

  • The Israeli occupation of Palestine is there to remind us of how the law of force not the force of law could expel the entire population from their homes denying them the right to return. The tragedy of Palestinian refugees is an example of the hypocrisy and injustice, and double standards in dealing with the international affairs.
  • CAPP is keen to underline its solidarity with ICAPP and COPPPPAL and is ready to launch a trilateral cooperation where the three bodies can exchange information and good practices in this area.
  • As a forum of political parties, CAPP is deeply rooted in the African soil and very close to the grass roots .Its slogan is prevention is better than cure. That is why CAPP counts on being proactive by reading the alarm signs, collecting information, analyzing it and taking necessary measures to avoid disputes. Members of CAPP are legislators who are supposed to be the guarantors of the rule of law, good governance, freedom of expression and social justice.
  • Another area where CAPP is fully engaged is the poverty alleviation .The economic and political empowerment of women and youth is at the center of its activities .Its Economic Council (underway) is the branch by which CAPP can help Africa mobilize its human and natural capital to make poverty and unemployment history.
  • CAPP is ready to work with its partners at regional and international level to address this issue in such a way that the dignity of the refugee or the migrant is observed, we believe that if you want to go fast go alone if you want to go far go together.

 

 

Thank you

 

 

 

CAPP participation at the special conference on Migration and Refugees Istanbul – 4 – 6 Nov 2016

Upon invitation from ICAPP, Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie the secretary General of CAPP delivered a speech in the second plenary session of the above conference (speech attached) as well as Istanbul Statement on migration and refugees.

The Secretary General met with several head of delegations with whom he discussed issues of common interest and potential cooperation.