The bishops of the EU ask “the European Union and its member states to support Poland in facing this humanitarian challenge at its borders, as well as other EU countries in the region that could face a similar scenario. Taking advantage and exploiting the desperation of migrants and asylum seekers has serious and harmful human consequences and must be prevented ”. This is what we read in a statement published today by the Commission of the Bishops of the European Union (COMECE), regarding the humanitarian situation of migrants and asylum seekers on the border between Belarus and Poland, echoing what this morning also the president of the European bishops (Ccee), Msgr. Gintaras Linas Grušas, had expressed to SIR, in an interview. “The bishops of the European Union – reads the COMECE statement – are saddened by the loss of life that this tragedy has already caused and pray for the victims and their families. We reiterate that every human being must be treated in a humane way. Migrants and asylum seekers deserve full respect for their dignity and fundamental rights, regardless of their legal status. We must all show our concrete support to those families and individuals who find themselves in conditions of need, migrants or seeking asylum, in particular children, the elderly and other people in a situation of vulnerability ”. In this regard, COMECE echoes the words of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, expressed on several occasions in recent months, which call for “adopting a primarily humanitarian approach to the current crisis”. Comece then expresses gratitude to the Catholic Church in Poland and to other institutions and people of good will for “their material and spiritual support” for migrants. And he sends a strong warning to Europe: “We cannot allow people to die on our borders. All possible efforts should be made to avoid these tragedies, as well as to alleviate the suffering of people who have left their countries due to war, violence or a lack of social and economic prospects ”. In the declaration, the EU bishops also speak of the political situation in Belarus: “Comece shares the concerns and concern of Pope Francis for the people who suffer in Belarus and calls for justice to prevail, encouraging the EU and the international community to promote, through dialogue, a peaceful resolution of the ongoing tensions, while respecting human dignity and the law ”.
Belarus-Poland: Comece to the EU, “exploiting the desperation of migrants has serious and harmful human consequences and must be prevented”