We’ve been sending out updates over our email list, and if you want to get on it you can right here, but we wanted to post an update as well for the wider community.
As you may have seen in the news, Robert Tibbo, the lawyer for Edward Snowden and the refugees, has revealed that he was forced to flee Hong Kong under the protection of Lawyers Without Borders and Canadian consular officials.
The story was in the New York Times, National Post, Der Standard, Paris Match, and a number of other European outlets. There was also a feature report and interview on Radio-Canada, Canada’s french language public broadcaster’.
We put out a video covering these revelations that you can watch here:
If even an internationally recognized human rights lawyer, and Canadian citizen, is not safe in Hong Kong and is forced to flee for simply doing his job, where does that leave his vulnerable clients, asylum seekers, including the Snowden Refugees?
The situation for these refugees is bad, and getting worse. It’s time for Canada to finally process their applications and bring these brave refugees to safety. In the meantime, as you can read in the reports linked above, our non-profit has been paying the living expenses of these refugees for almost two years. You and supporters like you have been incredibly generous, but those living expenses alone add up to over $150,000 CAD over the past two years (Hong Kong is expensive!). We’ve raised a lot, but also had to spend a lot, and now our reserves are running dry.
We’ve been working on this case for years as volunteers, all the money we raise goes to the families or to expenses associated with raising the money, and now we’re in the home stretch. Let’s make sure the last two years of work are not in vain, and that the non-profit has the funds it needs to get these refugees to Canada when their applications are processed.
As always, thank you. We couldn’t have done any of this without your help, and when we bring these refugees to safety you will know that you played a key role in saving their lives, whether you donated or simply shared our content on social media.
On behalf of all of us at For the Refugees, thank you. Your support means the world to these refugee families, and to all of us trying to help them.