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1st Mar 2007 | Green MEP Gives Refugees A New Future With ERAD
European Refugee Advocacy Organisation (ERAD) - a dynamic new organisation representing the interests of refugees across Europe.

Refugees and asylum seekers across Europe were given an extra boost of hope last night when Green Euro MP, Jean Lambert, launched a dynamic new organisation representing the interests of refugees across Europe, the European Refugee Advocacy Organisation (ERAD).
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Press Release | 27 February 2007
Refugees launch European network to advocate for their rights
Press are welcome to the launch, Wednesday 28th February 2007, 18.30 at Member Salon, European Parliament, ASP building, Rue Wiertz, Brussels.
Today, after four years of hard work, representatives of twelve refugee community organisations in Europe will launch the European Refugee Advocacy Organisation (ERAD) in the European Parliament, at a reception hosted by Jean Lambert MEP and addressed by Angela Martini from the European Commission.
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"Advocacy can play a significant role in enabling refugees and asylum seekers to secure their rights and represent their interests."

Hence the need to set up ERAD. Our motto is self-advocacy as encapsulated in this African proverb:

"give a man a fish, you feed him for a day but show him how to fish and you feed him for life".

The conception of ERAD dates back to November 2003 in Gent, Belgium at a three day conference which was jointly organised under the auspices of the European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE).

"ERAD has an important and distinctive role to play in ensuring that the voices of asylum seekers and refugees are directly represented and heard in the most effective way at European level. There is in my view, real need for the perspectives to be represented and heard and ERAD will meet this important need."
Jean Lambert, MEP, Green Party


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