21 Sep 2015 humanity+ media
Bitnation Refugee Emergency Response (BRER) is a Humanitarian Aid Project of Bitnation to facilitate and provide Emergency Services and Humanitarian Aid to refugees during the European Refugee Crisis of September 2015. Our objective is to utilize Blockchain technology to authenticate and validate identification through a Blockchain Emergency ID (BE-ID), provide dispute resolution as needed, and otherwise provide and locate needed services to refugees, including but not limited to, Bitnation Bitcoin Visa Debit Cards (BVDC).
Bitnation seeks to ease the burden of Receiving States during this crisis by assisting in providing secure transactions and transitional tools required to meet the current needs of refugees, and provide economic and political solutions to refugees within the Receiving State with secure, established Open Source Blockchain technology.
Bitnation seeks peaceful, diplomatic co-operation with Receiving States to help avert this crisis by extending Humanitarian Aid to the Stateless and refugees within Receiving States in harmony with the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, the 1951 Refugee Convention, the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. It has also sought to establish relations with the UNHCR, OHCHR and UNPO to determine methods of collaborative co-operation and to assist in maintaining the Public International Order and to protect refugees as our capacity allows.
Bitnation offers three services to fulfill these objectives:
The Blockchain Emergency ID
The Blockchain Emergency ID is a rudimentary emergency ID, based on the blockchain technology, for individuals who cannot obtain other documents of identification. The use is to cryptographically prove your existence, and family relations, recorded on the Horizonblockchain, a distributed public ledger (like an international public notary, of sort).
It works like a mini ‘web-of-trust’ where family members have to verify being each others family members. Proving family relations can make it more easy to reunite with your children, parents, or ciblings who may be in different locations.
The ID form generates a QR code (the image) which you should save on your cellphone. All the information on the form is readable through that QR code.
Bitcoin Visa Debit Cards
Offers refugees and others who have been neglected by the nations an opportunity to apply for a Bitcoin Visa debit card. Funders can deposit bitcoin and refugees then withdraw cash or use the card to pay for goods without needing to go to a bank. Courtesy of BitNation.
Support Bitnation Refugee Response
Donate to support the Bitnation Refugee Emergency Response (BRER) Humanitarian Aid Project in Europe by giving refugees and the Stateless a Bitnation Bitcoin Visa DebitCards (BVDC).
The current refugee crisis has left many without a home, identification, and more — opening a bank account is impossible, sending money to family scattered around Europe is difficult and expensive, and procuring daily goods is also difficult.
With the Bitnation Bitcoin Visa Debit Cards (BVDC), refugees will be able to withdraw money from ATMs, shop in regular stores and buy things online. It works like a regular Visa debit card, the only difference being that it’s charged by Bitcoin, which does not need a bank account to setup.
What happens if Bitnation receives more Bitcoin than people requesting cards?
Since the Bitnation Refugee Emergency Response (BRER) is a Humanitarian Aid Project, the additional Bitcoins will be automatically credited to Bitnation Bitcoin Visa DebitCards (BVDC) cardholders, so they can use those donations for their own living expenses throughout the refugee crisis.
Learn more about Bitnation and the BRER in this excellent article from The Cointelegraph.