Gobal Day of Action for the Rights of Migrants

On todays global day of action the Refugee Protest Camp in Vienna has occupied the 19th century neo-classical Cathedral Votivkirche in the centre of the Austrian Capital searching for sanctuary. Spread the word and join them! See all their demands from 11-24

Right of asylum (or political asylum, Greek: ἄσυλον) is an ancient juridical notion, under which a person persecuted for political opinions or religious beliefs in his or her own country may be protected by another sovereign authority, a foreign country, or Church sanctuaries (as in medieval times). This right has its roots in a longstanding Western tradition—although it was already recognized by the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Hebrews—Descartes went to the Netherlands, Voltaire to England, Hobbes to France (followed by many English nobles during the English Civil War), etc.; each state offered protection to foreign persecuted persons.