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Christian Aid Ireland reject 'discriminatory' executive order

30 January 2017 - Christian Aid Ireland today rejected US President Trump’s Executive order to halt all refugee admissions and bar people temporarily from seven Muslim-majority countries as discriminatory and wrong. 

Head of Advocacy and Policy Sorley McCaughey said: 'Six decades ago the international community came together to establish international laws to avoid repeating the horrors experienced by millions of people during the first two world wars.

'President Trump is now effectively ripping up the principle that every person, irrespective of their faith or nationality, has the right to seek protection and sanctuary.

'This order will have negative consequences not only for those attempting to flee persecution and violence in their home countries, but also those who have already secured the right to live, work and study in the United States legally,' Mr McCaughey said.

'The President of the United States has a unique platform to lead by example and to encourage world leaders to protect refugees. Instead we are seeing the normalisation of an increasingly hostile rhetoric towards people who have already experienced unimaginable suffering', said Mr McCaughey. 

'Instead of acting to protect vulnerable people and mitigate against forces of hostility and hatred, President Trump’s order contributes to an international atmosphere of distrust and suspicion, and emboldens those who seek to discriminate against vulnerable people based on their religion and nationality,' Mr McCaughey concluded.

Christian Aid Ireland believes in the rights of refugees of all backgrounds to seek asylum, and be safely resettled.

We work through our local partners around the world to support refugee communities displaced by conflict. 

In Ireland and Europe, we advocate for long-term practical solutions to global displacement, including the resettlement and relocation of refugees, as well as greater investment in tackling violence and building peace worldwide. 


For more information contact Meabh Smith, Head of Communications, on 01 496 7040 or email mjsmith@christian-aid.org

  1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

  2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, and sustainably. Our strategy document ‘From Inspiration to Impact’ outlines how we set about this task.

  3. Christian Aid Ireland, with the support of Irish Aid, funds partners in Colombia working on peace building, human rights and accountability.

  4. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org

  5. Follow Christian Aid Ireland on Twitter: twitter.com/christianaidirl

  6. For more information about the work of Christian Aid, visit www.christianaid.ie

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