NGOs to Government: Grant emergency visas to Gazans with NZ family-links

UnionAID has joined a group of NGOs, community organisations, and church groups calling on the government to grant emergency humanitarian visas to Palestinians in Gaza who have family members in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Read the letter here.

The NGOs have signed an open letter addressed to PM Chris Luxon, Minister of Immigration Erica Stanford, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters stating the situation is urgent. 

The open letter follows the calls from the Palestinian community in New Zealand for these visas, and lists the devastating human toll of the situation in Gaza, as well as the severe and rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis, as reasons for the government to facilitate the evacuation of these family members immediately.

The open letter highlights New Zealand’s humanitarian response to Ukrainian and Afghan families as a precedent for creating resettlement pathways for Palestinian families in Gaza, and calls for diplomatic assistance to facilitate their evacuation as well as robust resettlement support once in NZ.

Organisations who have signed the open letter

  1. Palestinian Youth Aotearoa
  2. Justice for Palestine
  3. Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa
  4. World Vision NZ
  5. Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand
  6. TearFund NZ
  7. Save the Children NZ
  8. Greenpeace Aotearoa
  9. Christian World Service
  10. ActionStation
  11. HOST International Aotearoa New Zealand
  12. The Refugee Alliance
  13. ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum 
  14. JustCommunity
  15. Asylum Seeker Support Trust
  16. Sakinah Community Trust
  17. Sh’ma Koleinu | Alternative Jewish Voices
  18. Aotearoa Christians for Peace in Palestine
  19. Sudanese Society in New Zealand
  20. UNESCO Chair on Dance and Social Inclusion, University of Auckland
  21. Waikato Arab Social Club
  22. New Zealand Arab Association
  23. UnionAID
  24. Migrant Action Trust
  25. Mahi Mihinare | Anglican Action
  26. Anglican Advocacy
  27. Common Grace Aotearoa
  28. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand
  29. Dayenu: New Zealand Jews Against Occupation
  30. English Language Partners NZ 
  31. Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies, University of Auckland
  32. National Tertiary Network to Support Refugee Background Students
  33. Te Ao o Rongomaraeroa | National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago
  34. Kā Rakahau o Te Ao Tūroa | Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago

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