Our world is undergoing a crisis. As Covid-19 sweeps the globe, all of us are in search of safety for ourselves and our loved ones. Meanwhile, on the borders of Europe, many people are also in desperate need of safety from war and persecution. How much more difficult is their plight now, in the face of the current global pandemic ? Since 1993, Clowns Without Borders has met millions of children in areas in crisis all over the world, but never before have we seen a human rights crisis like the one happening at the border of Greece today. The European Union was founded to prevent conflict, but has started a war against people fleeing from persecution. People are fleeing to Europe for a chance to be safe and survive, but instead they are met with teargas, violence, armed police and closed borders. It’s inhumane and a catastrophe.In a world that often feels hard to understand, it’s international human rights law that must be our compass through hardship and seemingly impossible situations. These laws are very clear. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that every child has the right to live, that governments must make sure that children survive and develop in the best way possible. It also states that children who flee from their home country should get the help and protection they need. Further, the right to seek asylum is set in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and is one of the most important obligations of international law. All the countries in the EU have signed these documents, and promised to follow the guidelines.Elected politicians and international actors are now abandoning these obligations. This a betrayal of [...]
Clowns Without Borders International gathers clowns, acrobats and musicians who donate their time and travel the world to perform for people in need of laughter. Our vision is a free and open-minded world of play, laughter and dreams, where all people have the opportunity to develop and express themselves free from cultural boundaries and feel hope even in vulnerable situations. Therefore, our priority is to bring joy with respect for and awareness of local cultural values. Our aim is to defend human rights, especially children's rights by promoting peacebuilding and resilience through laughter. Do you want to learn more about the social impact of our projects all around the world ? Our international teams ? Our governance ? Our partners ? Our indicators and evaluation methods ? Take a look at our 2018 Social Impact Report by clicking here.