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Update: Program and Press Conference - Unite against Colonial Injustice in Germany

Programm und Pressekonferenz: Vereinigt gegen koloniales Unrecht in Deutschland

Unite against Colonial Injustice – CARAVAN-platform on Colonial Injustice with a Pre-tribunal on Colonial Apartheid

Conference, workshops, discussions, exhibition and live band music

Wednesday 9th – Sunday 13th September 2009, in Jena/Thüringen

The Conference will take place in University of Jena (old building) - Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Fürstengraben 1, 07743 Jena

The Caravan Press Conference

with: Dr. Maksud Agaev in Apolda/Jena, Sunny Omwenyeke - Bremen, Mbolo Yufuyi – Berlin (Organisers of the Conference and Members of The VOICE Refugee Forum / The Caravan for the rights of refugees and Migrants in Germany)

Date and Time: Thursday, 10.09.2009, 11:30 h
Place: Umweltbibliothek, Schillergässchen 5, Jena


Colonial Injustice in Germany

Since the so-called asylum compromise in 1993 which marked the beginning of the concerted and unrelenting attack on refugee rights in Germany, countless numbers of refugees have been unjustly deported to countries with neither guarantee of personal security nor human dignity. Those who have managed to defeat or defy the deportation regime that is lubricated by societal and institutional racism and discrimination have remained secluded in isolated Lagers throughout this country with inhuman and unbearable living conditions.

However, in keeping with the long tradition of The VOICE and the Caravan for the rights of refugees and migrants in Germany, refugees all over the country are resisting and refusing to accept such dehumanising conditions. We are courageously standing up for our rights to be treated and respected as normal human beings. Nowhere has this resistance been more evident than in Thuringia since the last several years. From Katzhütte to Gehlberg and Apolda amongst others, refugee activists have taken this struggle not only to the general public but to the authorities as well. Through our struggle against the inhuman conditions that we are subjected to here, we are again showing the direct connection of our presence here to the reasons for our flight from our home countries. We are showing that “we are here because you destroy our countries”.

The Caravan Conference “Unite Against Colonial Injustice” brings together refugee activists and human rights campaigners all over the country to exchange views and experiences of the last couple of years and to consolidate the burgeoning network of refugees in Germany. The 5-day event which will be coordinated by The VOICE will cover a range of topical issues of particular interests to refugees and migrants in Germany.

Among the issues scheduled for discussion are: The Preparation of the Independent Commission on Oury Jalloh, The Residenzpflicht, Intensified Deportation, Police Brutality including strategies of mobilisation, Alliances and Solidarity, etc. Other Activities includes Photo Exhibition and Documentation, Live Performances, Percussion and Films.

Press Contact: Osaren Igbinoba,
The VOICE Refugee Forum Jena
Adresse: Schillergässchen 5, 07745 Jena
Tel. Handy 0049(0) 17624568988,Fax: 03641 / 42 02 70,
E-Mail:, Internet:

Topics:UNITE AGAINST COLONIAL INJUSTICE - The Caravan Conference in Jena, 09. - 13.09.09

Input Text: The VOICE Refugee Forum Network : On Colonial Injustice and the Continuity of Barbarity: The Situation of Human Beings as Refugees and Migrants in Germany

Programme of Events:

Wednesday, 9th September 2009

Place 16:00 h - ca. 17:45 h: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

16:00 Arrival

16:30 Opening of Conference
Presentation of the input text on Colonial Injustice

Place from 18:00 h: Grünes Haus, Schillergässchen 5, Jena

18:00 Break and Dinner

19:00 Photo Documentation on isolation lager and Reports from various Activists

Thursday, 10th September 2009

Place 9:00 h - ca. 18:15 h: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

9:00 Breakfast

10:00 Input/Discussion on Alliances and Solidarity in Lager (Networking within the Caravan/Case of Thüringen, Remscheid and Möhlau)

12:30 Break and Lunch

13:30 Workshop:
We are here because you destroy our countries!
Discussion on alliances; what are the differences between supporting and working together in the Caravan network - What is the limit of the public interest and other alternatives?

15:30 Break and Light Entertainment

16:00 Input/Discussion on Residenzpflicht/Deportation and Air France Deportation Flight - (The Case of Felix Otto and Dr. Maqsud Agaev in Apolda)
How and what could we have done better to stop the deportation of Felix Otto?

Place from 18:30 h: Grünes Haus, Schillergässchen 5, Jena

18:30 Break and Dinner

19:30 Film: Oury Jalloh, with Actor Maman Salissou Oumarou (Merke / Dessau)
Place: Umweltbibliothek, Schillergässchen 5, 1.Stock

20:30 Presentation of Oury Jalloh Photo Exhibition
Place: Grünowski Bar, Schillergässchen 5, Erdgeschoss

Friday, 11th September 2009

Place 9:00 h - ca. 18:15 h: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

9:00 Breakfast

10:00 The prospects of a viable tribunal and the campaign platform that unite our solidarity and protest against the Colonial Injustice. To stop the criminalisation and the persecutions of the refugees’ struggle

12:30 Break and Lunch

13:30 Current Campaigns
Info on The Mumia Campaign etc

15:00 Workshops and Discussions: Campaign against Deportation and Residential Obligation, Perspectives of alliances

16:00 Break and Light Entertainment

16:30 Continuation of Workshops

Place from 18:30h: Grünes Haus, Schillergässchen 5, Jena

18:30 Break and Dinner

20:00 Live Band Music Performance by Inouss Landozz from Togo/NRW
in Grünowski Garden (Schillergäßchen 5)

Saturday, 12th September 2009

Place from 9:00 h – 17:45 h: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

9:00 Breakfast

10:00 Discussions on independent commission on police brutality and murder of Oury Jalloh and Dominque Komadou

12:30 Break and Lunch

13.30 Caravan reports on the ghettoisation and isolation in refugee lagers in Thueringen.

15:30 Break and Light Entertainment

16:00 Pre -Tribunal: Resources and investigation on the situation of refugees

Place from 18:00 h: Grünes Haus, Schillergässchen 5, Jena

18:00 Break and Dinner

19:00 No Deportation-Campaign - Results and Summary
Campaigns and network of the participants

from 21.00 films on demand

Sunday, 13th September 2009-09

Place 9:00 h: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Short Report and Evaluation of the discussion from the meetings

10:30 Break and Light Entertainment

11:00 Open meeting of the caravan Perspective, Summary

13:00 Break and Lunch

16:00 Conference Family Fotos and Closing

Details and backgrounds on program and participants:


Motivating Photo Exhibitions of Refugee and Migrant Protest Actions
at Grünoskwi Spot and Entertainment, Schillergäschen 5, Jena.

Photo Exhibition by Initiative in Memory of Oury Jalloh, The Plataforma, The VOICE Berlin, Umbruch-Bildarchiv Berlin, Marco del Pra’ and Thomas Kriska
(in Grünowski-Bar from the 6th - 21st September 2009, open at 2pm)

Photo and text documentation of the CARAVAN documentation project on isolation camps in Thüringen


Live Band Concert with Inouss Landozz from Togo/NRW: Author, Singer,
Componist and Percussionist. Friday, 11.8.2009, at 21.00 Uhr. Grünowswki Garden – Schillergässchen 5, Jena.


So far 45 activists from different regions have confirmed their participation. They come from different places and cities, where the Caravan-network in Germany is active: Jena, Apolda, Remscheid, Hamburg, Bremen, Wuppertal, Weimar, Halle-Saale, Marke, Nürnberg, Berlin.

Original background of participating activists: from Iran, Kurdistan, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Syria, Guinea, Cameroon, Palestine, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Turkey, Israel, Sri Lanka, Poland and Germany

Participants could inform us on their interest on discussion about any specific country and on the engagement of the activists.

The Caravan Network Coorganizing Activists and facilitators of the Conference:
Sunny Omwenyeke, Seid Seid - Bremen, Mbolo Yufuyi, Mai Zaidani, - Berlin, Salomon Wantchoucou - Möhlau, Maman Salissou Oumarou – Marke / Dessau, Abdul Al Choli, Araz Ardehali - Wuppertal, Aitak Barani – Frankfurt, Osaren Igbinoba, Dr. Magsud Agaev - Jena, Ralf Lorenzo, - Hamburg, Tawfik Lbebidy – Göttingen, Selam Shanan, Gassen Lbebidy, - Kiel

The Conference input text:
On Colonial Injustice and the Continuity of Barbarity in Germany

The Conference will take place in University of Jena (Old building: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Fürstengraben 1, 07743 Jena

Evening program: Grünes Haus, Schillergässchen 5, Jena

Please confirm your participation at:
Tel. 0049 (0) 176 24568988


Call for people for translation on the congress:

For the Congress it would be good to have some people who can and want to help with translation -- so that everybody can take part and understand.

At the moment we are looking for this languages: Russia, Turkish, French, English, Arabic, Kurdish, Persian

Please contact us if you can/want to help!

Sleeping places

If you need sleeping-places during the congress in Jena, please let us know!

For this it is good to know early:

1) How many people you are (and who wants to stay together in one place)
2) Are there kids with you (how many/Age)
3) Do you need a special sleeping place (for example because of handicap
4) From when to when do you need the sleeping place (arriving/leaving Jena)

Please, if you have sleeping bags and 'Iso-mats' bring them with you –if not please tell us that you need! And if you want a cheep hostel or hotel please tell us, too. (Costs: 6-Bett Zimmer für 15€ / 4-Bett Zimmer für 17€ / 2-Bett Zimmer für 20 € 1-Bett Zimmer für 25€ -- per Person/night)

The VOICE Refugee Forum Jena
Adresse: Schillergässchen 5, 07745 Jena
Tel. Handy 0049(0) 17624568988,Fax: 03641 / 42 02 70,
E-Mail:, Internet:
Programme of Events:

Input text:The VOICE Netzwerk zum Thema Koloniales Unrecht in Deutschland