The VOICE Refugee Forum (Community Network)

Unite Against Deportation and Social Exclusion

The VOICE Refugee Forum – A Network of Refugee Community Initiatives in Germany

Greetings and Solidarity from Refugee Political Community Germany to Refugee Protest March in Bavaria

English/French/Deutsch:
Sei realistisch, versuch das Unmögliche! Be realist, look for the impossible! Soyez réaliste, chercher l'impossible! Power to the people - Solidarity meeting from Hamburg by Refugee-Migrants Political community

French/English/Deutsch:
"Nous venons chez vous" - La communauté des réfugiés a besoin de vous!
„Wir kommen zu euch“ - Die Flüchtlings-Community braucht euch!
"We are are coming to you" - The refugee community needs you!
Review on Break Deportation Culture – Deportation is criminal and we fight to stop it!

Hamburg: "We are coming to you" – The refugee community needs you!

The Political MOVEMENT - Appeal to Refugee Communities for Solidarity Network in Germany and Europe
Please join us for a life decided by our quest for a free society, equality and human dignity.

No Refugee is Criminal - Deportation is Collective Crime and Corruption

In Solidarity with North African Deportees and Victims of Deportation from Germany.

Appeal for Refugee Community Network from: Konradsreuth – Bayern

Moneer and Nadja's Struggles and Solidirity with the refugee community in Thuringia: - Statements by Moneer Alkadri und Nadia Ghnim from Syria: Demand for official transfer to Jena and payment of social allowance by State of Thuringia and Flüchtlinge aus dem Camp-Streik untersuchen die Zustände in Suhl

Zu Moneers und Nadias Kämpfen und zur Solidarität mit der Flüchtlingscommunity in Thüringen:
- Statements von Moneer Al Kadri und Nadia Ghnim aus Syrien: Forderung nach offizieller Umverteilung nach Jena und nach Zahlung von Sozialleistungen durch den Staat Thüringen und zur Flüchtlinge aus dem Camp-Streik untersuchen die Zustände in Suhl

Miloud Lahmar Cherif von Beleidigungsvorwurf gegen rassistisch kontrollierende Bundespolizisten freigesprochen

Meine Stellungnahme zu den Anschuldigungen der Bundespolizei
- Miloud Lahmar Cherif, The VOICE Refugee Forum

My statement on the federal police's charges against me on racist control
- Miloud Lahmar Cherif

Petition gegen den Abschiebeterror an der Familie Arsič - Breitenworbis Flüchtlingslager in Thueringen

Erfurt Declaration of Radmila Anić concerning her menace in Serbia
Erfurt: Erklärung von Radmila Anić zu ihrer Bedrohung in Serbien

The VOICE Refugee Forum Germany:
The Refugee: Base on Our History 1994 to 2014
Call for a Coordinated Regional Community Assembly
Reward 2015: The refugee political resources in Germany

O-platz Berlin Bus Tour 2015

English German French
Refugee Manifestation For Freedom and Liberty in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, 16.04.2015
Stop Abuse! Legalize the so Called “tolerated refugees in Germany! Stop Destroying Refugees' Perspectives! With Guests Speakers from Schwäebish Gmünd

Civil Disobedience - Protest Tour Against Residenzplcht
Grassroots movement and resistance of refugee activists from Schwaebisch Gmuend against residenzpflicht imprisonment

Residenzpflicht bedeutet weiterhin Apartheid”
Weiter Protest gegen Erzwingungshaft für Flüchtlingsaktiviste
Ziviler Ungehorsam gegen Strafverfolgung bzgl Residenzpflicht
27.02.2015: Staement
02.03.2015: The VOICE Refugee Forum zur Flüchtlingsdemonstration gegen Residenzpflicht in Schwäbisch Gmünd
07.03.2015: Erklärung
English:
“Residenzpflicht still means Apartheid” - “Lager still means elimination”
25.02.2015: Staement
02.03.2015: The VOICE Refugee Forum on The Refugee Demonstration against Residenzpflicht in Schwaebisch Gmünd - Campaign for Freedom and liberty
07.03.2015: Declaration by Schwäbisch Gmünd Refugee Activists

Videos:
-Keeping Resistance Against Oppression!
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Refugee Tour
Solidarity Call for Civil Disobedience from Refugee Initiative Schwäbisch Gmünd
Wuppertal 23.03., Hamburg und Erfurt 24.03., Kiel 25.03., Bremen 26.03., Berlin 27.03.15,. Konstanz 01.04., Schwäbisch Gmd 06.04.15, Lutherstadt Wittenberg 16.04.2015

Breaking the isolation culture – We are isolated from the refugee communities!

Keep On - Close down Breitenworbis refugee isolation camp in Thüringen


Here is the .Radio report and Interview of Mbolo Yufanyi on the 20yrs. The VOICE Refugee Forum

Deportation is the Last Ring of Slavery Chain - Break the Culture of Deportaion, Isolation, Elimination.
Refugee Political Worshops and Media: 20years of Refugee Resistance in Anniversary of 20years.The VOICE Refugee Forum in Germany

20yrs.The VOICE Refugee Forum:
Faltblatt - Flyers in English / Deutsch / French / Arabic
The Call for Donation:
Everyone 20€ --- Dein Geburtstagsgeschenk für 20 Jahre The VOICE Refugee Forum


Review and invitation: Preparatory meetings on of The VOICE Refugee 20yrs. Anniversary in Jena

Deutsch:
Rückblick und Einladung: Die Vorbereitungstreffen zum 20. Jahrestag von The VOICE Refugee Forum in Jena
20. Jubiläum von The VOICE Refugee Forum - 20 Jahre Widerstand von Flüchtlingen in Deutschland

Brutal Police Murder in Germany
Oury Jalloh -Das War Mord / He Was Murdered in Police Cell 5 Dessau:
Innenansichten vor BGH Urteil - Statement Moctar Bah

Revisionsentscheidung des BGH im Fall Oury Jalloh vom 17.08.2014:
Conakry (Guinea): Visum für Bruder des toten Oury Jallohs trotz Einladung durch den BGH verweigert
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Text in Deutsch:
Pressemitteilung GBA zum Todesfall Oury Jalloh - Gegenvorstellung von Thomas Ndindah gegen den OStA beim BGH Dr. Matthias Krauß
Im Todesfall Oury Jalloh: Thomas Ndindah vs GBA am BGH - Bezug: Ihr Antwortschreiben vom 11. Februar 2014 – AZ 2 APR 308/13-5

Spread the Solidarity - United we speak out for freedom of movement
The VOICE Refugee Forum on Archives of our 10years Anniversary in October, 2004 in Berlin:
As we approach the 20th Anniversary of Refugee Resistance this year in October, we will be spreading the documented texts and impressions from our Archives on Residenzpflicht campaign and the struggles to speak out for freedom of movement

Deportation is Torture and Murder - Stop Police Brutality against Refugees and Activists: - PM The VOICE Refugee Forum - First anniversary of our protest inside and outside of the Nigerian Embassy in 2012

STOP COLONIAL INJUSTICE – STOP DESTROYING OUR COUNTRIES
STOP KILLING REFUGEES – ABOLISH FRONTEX:

FOR THE RIGHTS OF REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS IN GERMANY AND EUROPE

We stand together to reclaim the power of human dignity and solidarity against the state repression of refugees in Germany

Refugee Protest Actions - United Against Colonial Injustice

Mass murder in Lampedusa: Shame on EU! Refugee Protest in Rome, 10.October, 2013

The VOICE Refugee Forum - Guideline to Refugee Protest Strike in Eisenberg Reception Camp

Roma Initiative Thüringen: Report of Action Days July 25th – 27th in Jena and Eisenberg

Panel Roma ( Refugee Tribunal )

Streik der Flüchtlinge in der Thüringer Landesaufnahmestelle in Eisenberg für u.a. Flüchtlinge vom 30.07.2013.
VideoDoc: Erste Streik der Flüchtlinge in der LAST Eisenberg

25 - 27. 07 in Jena: ROMENGO DROM – The WAY OF ROMA PEOPLE
Demonstration in Jena - Stop the Deportation of Roma

Bad Mergentheim and Külsheim Refugees Protest in Stuttgart


Liberation Bus Tour in Bad Mergentheim - Refugee Strike in Stuttgart The VOICE Refugee Forum Network Video Channel

The Lager Watch Group on Eisenhüttenstadt - Stop Deportation Factory!

BREAK ISOLATION!
pdf: ABOLISH ALL LAGERS! - STOP DEPORTATION! Refugees of Eisenhüttenstadt!

LIBERATION BUS TOUR – FINALER AKTIONSTAG IN STUTTGART

08.6. Demo for Lampedusa in HH. District Office Hamburg-Mitte prevents the construction of tents with the help of police force

Bundesweite Kampagne und Netzwerk Bericht über Aktivitäten und Unterstützungsaufruf

Refugees gestoppt auf dem Weg zu Blockupy / Refugees stopped on their way to Blockupy.

Everywhere in these isolation-camps people lack their basic human rights - Break Isolation Strike Tour in Niedersachsen

"Lampedusa in Hamburg":
Bezirksamt Hamburg Mitte verhindert mit Polizeikräften Zeltaufbau für obdachlose Flüchtlinge

Video Refugee Testimony: More than 20 years in Isolation Camp Brandenburg - Germany

Miloud L. Cherif - Video Collection on Campaign for Civil disobedience against "Residenzpflicht" Refugee Movement Restriction
English: Take Urgent Action! FAX- Campaign against Residenzpflicht and political persecution of Miloud L. Cherif
Deutsch: Fax-Kampagne gegen Residenzpflicht und die politische Verfolgung von Miloud L. Cherif

Aktion am Hauptbahnhof Erfurt; 22.5. um 15 Uhr Residenzpflicht abschaffen – Rassistische Polizeikontrollen stoppen! Freiheit für Miloud L Cherif und alle anderen!

Video Collection of Refugee Testimony and Appeals from Liberation Bus

Break Isolation - Refugee Strike in Germany
26.April till 08.June 2013
New Videos and Reports on Refugee Refugee Liberation Bus Tour in Baden Württemberg and Schwaben Bayern 26th of April till 8th of June in Stuttgart.

Niedersachsen Refugee Liberation Bus Tour (16 – 22 of May 2013) Break Isolation Refugee Strike

Aufruf zur öffentlichen Prozessbeobachtung im Asylverfahren von Salomon Wantchoucou

2nd Declaration and Call for serious conversations "Lampedusa in Hamburg"
„Lampedusa in Berlin, Hamburg and Bielefeld”

The Criminality of the European Authorities - Interview with Affo Tchassei
„Wir sind hier und gehen nicht zurück“
Protest im UNCHR Berlin
„We are here and we don’t go back!” - “Nous somme ici et nous ne retournerons pas!”

Break Isolation Strike in Refugee Lagers - camps

PRENZLAU: Protest against racist attacks of Refugees

Refugee Liberation Bus Tour in Baden Württemberg and Schwaben Bayern
Schließt euch uns an und unterstützt die Refugee Liberation Bus Tour in Baden-Württemberg und Bayern!

Join us to support the Refugee Liberation Bus Tour in Baden-Württemberg and Bayern

Update News:
Polizei schikaniert die Refugees Liberation Bus Tour: Offene Protestnote an die Grün-Rote Landesregierung von Baden-Württemberg

Demonstration - Samstag, 18. Mai 2013, 16 Uhr, Willy Brandt-Platz:
für ein Ende rassistischer Polizeigewalt und gegen institutionellen Rassismus
In Erinnerung an Christy Schwundeck – Getötet durch die Polizei in Frankfurt/Main

OUR RIGHTS TO EXIST AS FREE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CRIMINALIZED BEFORE OUR NAMES ARE KNOWN: WE WILL FIGHT BACK UNTIL WHEN WE TAKE BACK THE POWER OF SOLIDARITY TO BREAK OPEN THE PRISON GATES FOR THE VICTIMS OF RACIST PERSECUTION IN GERMANY.

Action in Thüringen

On the Move! “Break Isolation Strike”
Refugee liberation strike action in Heidenheim Baden Württemberg 29th April 2013
Refugee Demonstration and liberation Bus Tour 2013 Refugees Liberation Bus Tour Video reports by Crosspoint

"Enough is enough" - refugees in Wolfsburg raise their voice
Bericht vom Demonstration am 27.04.2013 in Wolfsburg Break Isolation Solidarity Act - “Genug ist genug”

Polizei kriminalisiert Treffen in Thüringer Flüchtlingsheimen und belagert das Grünowski

BREAK ISOLATION and Solidarity Act in Thueringen: Jena, Greiz, Gerstungen, Waltershausen und Erfurt

Unterstützt die Faxkampagne - Offener Brief der Frauen aus dem Isolationslager Breitenworbis

Thousands of balloons - World Wide Roma Day

Am 8. April war der internationale Tag der Roma, um für die Rechte der Roma zu kämpfen und auf die Situation der Roma aufmerksam zu machen! - Gegen die Ausgrenzung und Isolation von Flüchtlingen in Lagern - Solidarität mit der "Break Isolation" Bewegung!

Pressemitteilung von Miloud Lahmar Cherif zur Situation seiner Familie in Deutschland

Break Isolation Conference and Solidarity Act 2013
*April 2013 in 7 Regionen Deutschlands – Göttingen 08-09.04., Essen - NRW 09.04., Berlin and Prenzlau 08-13.04., Frankfurt 10-11.04. (Kundgebung im Containerlager Oberursel 11.04.), Hamburg 13.04., Bielefeld 16.04., Trier 20.40 Jena / Thueringen , 22-26.04.

English:
We are at a crucial turning point to make refugee isolation lager HISTORY in Germany.

Break Isolation Conference and Solidarity Act 2013 - Input by The VOICE Refugee Forum

Deutsch:
Break Isolation Conference und Solidarity Act 2013 - Input von The VOICE Refugee Forum

Thousands of balloons - 8. April 2013 for World Wide Roma Movement
Gegen die Ausgrenzung und Isolation von Flüchtlingen in Lagern - Solidarität mit der "Break Isolation" Bewegung!

Refugee Workshop in Berlin Protestcamp

Choucha Camp Refugee Protest in Tunisia - Sit-in migrants de Choucha Tunis - Break the isolation! Solidarity with Fighting Refugees Camp in Choucha / Tunisia

Interviews in English and French:

Break Isolation of Refugees - Karawane Festival Speech by Osaren in Jena: Chant down the babylon Germany

We are protesting to close down all Refugee Isolation Lagers in Thueringen:
Refugee lager Camp Protest
Join the ongoing Campaign to Close down:
Isolationslager Breitenworbis
Greiz
Gerstungen isolation
Successfully Closed down refugee lagers in recent years
2012 Isolationslager Zella Mehlis
2011 Ghetto Sömmerda/Gangloffsömmern
2010 Isolationslager Katzhütte!
2009 Isolationslager Gehlberg
2009 Ghetto: Flüchtlingsunterkunft in Apolda - Stobraer straße in Thüringen
2007 Flüchtlingsheims Freienbessingen

Sachsen-Anhalt
Campaign to Close down:
Isolationslager Bitterfeld
Flüchtlingsisolationsheim Marke
Vockerode
Successfully Closed down refugee lager in Sachsen-Anhalt
2012 Isolationslager Möhlau

2011 Ein Überblick: Isolation der Flüchtlingslager in der Nachbarschaft zu brechen - Die Agenda von The VOICE Refugee Forum
An Overview of „The VOICE“ Agenda – Break the Refugee Isolation Camps in the Neighbourhoods
2003 Stop all deportations! Close all detention and deportation centers for refugees and migrants!

Asylbewerber Asylbewerber
Abschiebung Abschiebung
Residenzpflicht Residenzpflicht
Frontex Frontex
Refugee Embassy Refugee Embassy
Colonial Injustice Colonial Injustice
Police Brutality Police Brutality
Isolationslager Isolationslager
BAMF - Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge BAMF - Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge

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Dossier zu den Morden an Sakine, Fidan und Leyla Morde an den kurdischen Frauenrechtsaktivistinnen Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan und Leyla Şaylemez, die sich am 9. Januar 2013 im Zentrum von Paris ereigneten

Video: Dessau 7.01.2013 - Oury Jalloh Demonstration

Verbrannt in Polizeizelle Nummer fünf Busse nach Dessau (7.1.) zur Erinnerungsdemo für Oury Jalloh

: Abschiebung und Pressekonferenz - Refugee Camp Vienna
Refugee Protest Camps:
Vienna Austria
Berlin Germany

Break Isolation Berlin – Statement of the Refugee Protest Camp at Oranienplatz Berlin
Enough is enough. It's time for resistance!

New Videos Refugee Protest camps: Solidarity from Vienna and Berlin
Endorse the International Statement of Solidaritya from Refugee Protest in Vienn
Wien Press: Votiv-Lager war angemeldet - War Räumung des Protest-Camps illegal? Flüchtlingscamp vor der Votivkirche

Video: Police Vandalism in Wien - Refugee Protest Camp evicted! Polizeiliche Räumung des Refugee Protest Camp in Wien
Video:Refugees on Hunger Strike / Refugees im Hungerstreik

Reboot FM about the : Refugee Tribunal in Berlin (June 13-16.2013)

PM The VOICE Refugee Forum on Oury Jalloh: Magdeburger Strafgerichtskammer verhindert Aufklärung - (k)ein Ende einer Farce

Austine and the Residenzpflicht

"October 12. 2012. On the way from Schwäbisch Gmund (Baden Württenberg) to Berlin, to take part to the Refugee Protest March Demonstration of October 13, Austine, Charles, Chima, Egbo, Henry and Obinna are target of a police racial profiling control in Hof's Station.

Rex Osa’s Testimony by Affidavit for The INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS TRIBUNAL IN MANILA Quezon City, Philippines
The VOICE- Protocol 11.11.12 in Berlin: O&A with Alassane Dicko and Rex Osa on Beyond the borders Conference in Berlin

CARAVAN for the Rights of Refugees and Migrants
Strengthening the unity of refugee struggles against colonial injustice in Germany

Stärkt die Einheit der Flüchtlingskämpfe gegen koloniales Unrecht in Deutschland - Abschlusserklärung des Break Isolation Camp

3Sat mediathek Report: Für mehr Menschenwürde
Flüchtlingsproteste in Deutschland: Die Proteste von Asylbewerbern in Deutschland nehmen zu, insbesondere seit sich ein Asylbewerber in Würzburg Anfang 2012 das Leben genommen hat und zwei iranische Flüchtlinge sich die Münder zugenäht hatten und in Hungerstreik getreten waren. Inzwischen hat sich in acht deutschen Städten eine Protestbewegung von Flüchtlingen...?
Break Isolation Protestmarsch und Protest der Flüchtlinge für die unverzügliche Schließung des Isolationslagers in Breitenworbis, Mühlhauser Straße 35 am 29.08.2012 auf 3Sat mediathek

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An Overview of „The VOICE“ Agenda – Break the Refugee Isolation Camps in the Neighbourhoods

Break the Racist Isolation of Refugees and support our Resistance!

Show solidarity with our resistance against state racist persecution!

Since 1994, we have accomplished much in our active struggle through empowering grassroots resources of refugee self organization in the struggle for freedom, justice and human dignity in Germany. We believe the only way to fight against the state persecution of refugees in Europe, led by the German government, is to self-organise ourselves and expose the deplorable, miserable and inhuman treatment we are subjected to by individually and collectively speaking about our daily experiences here in Germany and resisting the oppression.

The VOICE Refugee Forum has consistently remained a unique ressource in refugee efforts to strengthen the autonomous structure of the oppressed through sustainable community network of refugees and non-refugee volunteers and activists, who have been inspired by our irrepressible commitment to our daily work and struggle against institutionalized discrimination and societal racism at all levels. The VOICE Refugee Forum has led much of the support in the refugee communities through our consistent role as committed activists and at the same time, promoting grassroots empowerment with vast representation of diverse voices of self organized community structures, to advocate for the respect of our human rights and human dignity in Germany.

The Plans

Since the July 2010 Caravan Festival, we have intensified our online documentation of the inhumane isolation and ghettoization of refugee lives by the German government with daily and weekly reports of repression of refugees in countless Lagers throughout Germany. We continue our demands for justice, human dignity, freedom of speech and freedom of association. This documentation is based on regular contact of The VOICE activists with refugee communities in the Lagers.

Intensive networking in conjunction with Caravan activists already exists in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Rheinland-Pfalz, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Bremen, Thuringen, Bayern, Hamburg and Baden Wurttemberg, as we are undertaking regular visits to the Lagers to empower the refugee communities through delegation tours and political exchange and solidarity. As we intend to publish the full pack of documentation later next year, we need your support and further contributions to strengthen the refugee community initiatives. We call for a nationwide support and solidarity for the refugee community networking initiative and activities. Pro-refugee and antiracists activists are also invited to contribute in solidarity with the struggles of The VOICE Refugee Forum. This documentation will serve as the background to the planned International Tribunal on Refugee situation in Germany by the Caravan for the Rights of Refugees and Migrants.

The VOICE Refugee Forum has further plans for conferences, seminars, congresses, exhibitions, delegation tours, rallies, demonstrations, camps, festivals and cultural initiatives with refugee communities on regional and nationwide level. Information material, brochures, posters, films and video materials are needed for the realization of Refugee community agenda till 2013. Information on our activities since the the last several years can be obtained from our homepage that is regularly updated with online publication on refugee struggles in Germany.(http://www.thevoiceforum.org)

Government Hypocrisy and Irrefutable Contradiction

Without exception, the German constitution states very clearly that human dignity is inviolable. But how is this interpreted by German politicians and authorities at both the state and federal levels with respect to innocent refugees? They impose the archaic and racist Residenzplicht coupled with all the institutionalized discrimination that is the hallmark of the Asylbeweberleistungsgezetz on us. They confine us to our local districts making us instant and perpetual criminals the moment we dare exercise our natural rights to freedom of movement. This shameful and horribly racist law is shamelessly defended by the authorities here in Germany in the name of “law and order”. The Residenzpflicht has become their weapon of first choice to stigmatize us as criminals who do not deserve to live in this country. Since the Caravan Congress of 2000, The VOICE with the Caravan network has led the campaign against this racist law and some of our members have been imprisoned as a result of their civil disobedience against the law. Yet, freedom of movement have remained a serious challenge. It remains a daunting challenge to our efforts to Break the Silence and Isolation despite the obvious state efforts to gloss over its inhumanity and cruelty, with cosmetic, superficial and deceptive changes. The substantive issue of our right to freedom of movement is not addressed. Let it be known that we are not and we cannot be deceived by such lip service and hypocrisy, irrespective of the surrogates through whom they want to "humanize" their inhumanity. We call for the abolition of the Residenzpflicht and that is NON NEGOTIABLE.

In a country where the constitution guarantees human dignity, the politicians confine us as refugees to crowded rooms with walls that are carpeted by fungus (Schimmel). They expose us and our little children to such health disasters in the hope that if they cannot forcefully or dubiously deport us, they can at least slowly destroy us, while it appears invisible, with long illness that may result from such exposure to health hazards. Alternatively, if we don't like it, we will eventually be forced out willingly or unwillingly. This is why they continue to surreptitiously execute the policy of confining us to crowded rooms in the Lager even where there are countless research showing that it is cheaper for refugees to live in individual apartments than such a dehumanizing Lager. Where they cannot in good conscience place their dogs or cats, they deliberately force us to live in. Can there be any explanation for this? Only these heartless politicians can rationalize and justify this inhumanity and persecution. But we challenge them to practice what they preach and show us that they still have a human heart. We are sick and tired of this blatant hypocrisy and the obviously irrefutable contradiction in their practices at our human cost.

And yet, they are surprised…

Yes, they are surprised to see refugees refusing to accept being brutally violated and dehumanized. They are surprised to see refugees protesting in various Lagers all around the country against the inhuman treatment that we suffer. They are surprised that instead of being "grateful" for being given a place where we are abused and violated, we are bold and daring to publicly speak about our horrible experiences in the Lagers and against the societal racism that we face. They may be surprised but they forgot that we did not become refugees here for keeping dumb against the violent and brutal dictatorships and the dubious systems that they sponsor in our countries. Most of us have been turned into refugees by our refusal to be quiet against those dictatorships and systems. The persecution that we suffered there passes for phase one while we are now being treated to phase two of the persecution by the German authorities. And yet, they are surprised that we are not "quiet" as they expect us to be? Against such persecution? Something is definitely wrong. And it is not with refugees. Something is wrong with the politicians, the authorities and the oppressive system they perpetuate against innocent refugees.

Self Liberation of the Oppressed instead of the state racist persecution of the refugees in Germany

It is high time for the abolition of lagers and all discriminating racist laws against refugees and migrants because every human being deserve the right to human dignity and dream for a better world not characterized by trauma and insecurity. The culture of lager and the basis of all racist laws that offends the fundamental human rights and the unjust criminalization of refugees, arbitrary use of decree and state dimension of racial profiling has to be abolished. Refugees are confined like prisoners. We can not leave the local district without permission that are often refused at the discretion of the foreign officers. Also the separation of families and communities by deportation, lager isolation and movement restriction amongst other scandalous forms of persecutions and criminalization of refugees projects the inevitable need to protest colonial injustice executed by the German state. Much could be done to stop the institutional racism of lager to drastically reduce suicide and murder, trauma and psycho torture, institutional racism and sexual attacks on refugees. We call the immediate closure of all Lagers in Germany and demand the decentralization of refugees in standard accommodation! Resistance against the state policies of forced isolation. Abolition of unjust controls and "Residenzpflicht" and daily repression of refugees. An end to violation of the basic rights to education and medical attention.

We persevere, the resistance continues… and it is bearing positive results

The reports from Caravan Festival in Jena in June 2010 confirmed the rise in resistance in various cities and regions:

From Sachsen-Anhalt, there are numerous reports on the struggles of the Flüchtlingsinitiative Möhlau-Wittenberg to close down the isolated camp in Möhlau (Landkreis Wittenberg).
The protest generated a strong public concern and solidarity of different groups of anti-racist movement beyond regional level that mounted pressure on the local administration to declare for a change. Although the authorities are trying to delay the process, some refugees families already moved to private apartments while others would be shared to other lagers. Refugees in Wittenberg are watching how they were been treated in the local government.

In Thüringen, The VOICE Refugee Forum, the caravan and other supporting groups also achieved success after two years protest of refugees in Katzhütte isolation lager, most infamous for its extremely unhealthy living conditions. There are still quite a number of isolation lagers in Germany with similar conditions as in Katzhütte. Activists of The VOICE and solidarity groups are formulating strategies after the Katzhütte success to close lagers one after the other to see the end of all existing horrible isolation lagers. The Katzhütte solidarity protest action led to the success to close down the isolation lager in Gehlberg in 2009 even before the closure of Katzhütte in 2010, including the recent closure of Apolda - Stobraerstraße in Thüringen in 2010 by the protest of the former refugee activists from Katzhütte who are living the new refugee camp in Apolda.

In Remscheid in North Rhine-Westphalia, refugees from a camp also embarked on a protest against isolation, deportation and extreme despotism of the authorities. They started to rise up after one of their friends in Bergfriederweg, the musician Mohammad Selah (Sillah) died in January 2007. The city administration of Remscheid refused to give him the needed medical care. The refugees were confronted with a police raid later in the same year 2007. The refugees did not accept the horrors that were posed on them. They held public actions and press conferences. They formulated their first open letter in Remscheid. Since then many things have changed in Remscheid, but still there is a lot to do.

Bavaria refugees protested the unjust handling of refugees and the lager isolation. Refugees went on hunger strike and long lasting food boycotting in 2010. More than 400 refugees from more than 10 camps participated. The strike started in far remote camps in Niederbayern and generated impressive participation in Regensburg, Passau and Augsburg. The strike was an important impulse for the organization of refugees and their friends in Bavaria. The echo in the media was enormous, especially with the hunger strike that made the affected refugees visible as actors in the refugee political debate in Bavaria.

At the same time with the CARAVAN festival 2010 held in Jena the refugees in Meinersen, Lower Saxony started with their protests. The refugees went to the streets to protest the isolation lager and the atrocities of the administration. There is an intensive fight which is bringing light to a very dark side of the authorities from that district. In March 2011, Shambhu Lama a refugee from Nepal committed suicide. The information leaking to the public show, that the employees of the foreigners office of Gifhorn did their best to destroy Shambhu Lama life. Joshua, Shambhu Lama’s one-year old son is still alive and grows up without knowing his father. Joshua’s mother, Nadine Tannenberg have accused the administration of being responsible for Lama’s death and she joined to the struggle for the future of those who are still alive and are not born.

The Caravan Festival in Jena inspired the mobilisation for self organisation of refugees in Baden-Württemberg. Starting with the refugee initiative in Biberach, activist of the Voice visited more than 20 lagers in Baden-Württemberg, some refugees were already determined and self organised like Hardheim and Schwäbisch-Gmünd but the structure was dependent on the same system that implemented the repressive reforms rather than a proper political positioning that gives no room to compromise. The Stuttgart conference for refugees "Refugees have a Voice" of March 12, 2011 organised by The Voice Refugee Forum was part of this mobilisation that has seen more of communities building up in lagers like Mannheim, Konstanz, Witthoh etc. Our target now is to keep constant exchanges between refugees through regional meeting of delegates to present situation reports of their various lagers.

Other success stories from our experience with the refugee activists range from supporting lager closures since 1995 till 2005 in Saalfeld, Kuhnhausen, Bischofroda in Wartburgkreis, Tambach- Dietharz, Jena Forst, Freienbessingen and Markersdorf in Thüringen, including Parchim in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with the active support of the Caravan network and antiracist activists in Germany. Lets not forget The VOICE initiative to close the abandoned lager of refugees in the short time of protest during the antiracist border camp in Zittau in 2001 and the closure of the Posseck refugee lager in 2008 in Sachsen.

Nevertheless, it is also important to note that. . .

These protests and resistance also lead to the aggressive persecutions of the refugee activists by the authorities. On the other hand, it led the authorities to suspend bringing African refugees to Thüringen for seven years until the recent arrival of tens of Somalians in late 2010. We have succeeded in stopping the deportations of some activists who had become targets of the authorities through solidarity with other antiracist activists who fought against their deportation. We will need much of your support to stop the further persecution of refugees in Germany.

We are uniting to attack and to confront the racist propaganda of Europeans to humanize their colonial logics of repressions, oppressions, discriminations, persecutions and the exclusions of the refugees and migrants in Europe.

We call on all engaged with the refugee struggle for freedom and human dignity in Germany to unite in solidarity for together, we shall overcome.

Online Reports and Videos on the protests events:
Break Isolation! Alle Flüchtlingslager schließen – Residenzpflicht abschaffen
http://thevoiceforum.org/node/2294
Call Demonstration in Erfurt 22.10.2011
Controlled Life in Isolation http://breakisolation.blogsport.de/2011/09/23/call-english/
Germany: "No More Refugee lager-camp in Sömmerda district" - Break the Isolation in your Neighbourhoods http://thevoiceforum.org/node/2262

The Caravan for the Rights of Refugees and Migrants in Germany

The VOICE Refugee Forum,
Schillergässchen 5, 07745 Jena
Jena Coordination Office:
Tel: 0049 (0) 3641 9278815
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Gegründet: 1994, Arbeitsweise: Kampagnen,Aktionen, Vernetzung.
Publikationen: E-Newsletter

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Refugee - Campaigns and Networking in English & Deutsch

About us - Newsletter here.

Donation und Spende:
Donation for refugee community campaign to end the deportation and social exclusion in Germany

Für finanzielle Autonomie – keine Anträgem aber ein Beitrag von allen, die Teil der Bewegung sind oder mit ihr sympathisieren
Mit Deiner solidarischen Spende beweist du die Kraft der Einheit in der Bewegung

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Wir sind dankbar für jede Spende (steuerabzugsfähig, Spendenquittung auf Wunsch) Belohnung 2015: Die politischen Ressourcen der Flüchtlinge in Deutschland

Radiosendung anlässlich des 20 Geburstags von The Voice Refugee Forum (Oktober 2014 reboot.fm angehört werden (Sprachen: englisch und deutsch).

break deportation

Deutsch: Abschiebung ist Folter und Mord - Schluss mit Polizeigewalt gegen Flüchtlinge und Aktivisten
PM The VOICE Refugee Forum - Erstes Jubiläum des Protestes in und vor der nigerianischen Botschaft vom 15.10.2012

Mbolo Yufanyis Gerichtsverhandlung / Court Hearings in Berlin

Mbolo Yufanyi speaks on Deportation Chain - Resistance against Rascism and colonial injustice

Abschlusserklärung des Flüchtlingstribunals 2013 in Berlin

Prozessbericht zu Mbolo Yafanyis Gerichtstermin vor dem Amtsgericht Tiergarten am 26.9.13

„Flüchtlingsfrauen sagen: Es reicht!von der Flüchtlingsfrauenkonferenz zum Tribunal in Berlin“
Radio Broadcast from April 26, 2013
The Voices #11 - Refugee Woman Conference UND Artikel aus der Presse

Der Film über das KARAWANE Festival gegen koloniales Unrecht in Jena erscheint bald.

Osaren-Karawane-Festival-Jena-2010 Unite Against Colonial Injustice

Filmtrailer "Residenzpflicht"
:
The Caravan *for the rights of refugees and migrants

Break Isolation *Refugee Summercamp Erfurt
Links:
International Refugee Tribunal 2013
Refugee Protest Camp Oranienplatz Berlin
*asylstrikeberlin

Materials:
*Kalender 2013
*Zeitung der KARAWANE
Reboot FM 88 Berlin: *RADIO Broadcast Manifestation of The VOICE Refugee Forum and Plataforma
Campaign:
*REFUGEE (NIGERIA) EMBASSY GERMANY Residenzpflicht -*apartheid.net

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