The VOICE Refugee Forum (Community Network)

Unite Against Deportation and Social Exclusion

Nationwide Activists Meeting in Refugee Cities in Germany
Break Deportation Prepar-Tainment Refugees Platform

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

Break the Deportation DNA Chain: "Refugee Black Box – The irrepressible voice and power of the afflicted" - Beyond the Court rooms!

Human rights abuses and persecutions in Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jawaid: The violent role of religion, nepotism and state corruption

The violent role of religion, nepotism and state corruption: Human rights abuses and persecutions in Pakistan

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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A Nigerian In Austria Brutalised By The Police, Now On Crutch

Shocking: A Nigerian In Austria Brutalised By The Police, Now On Crutch. To Lose His €80,000 Flats and His €73.360 Cash To His Bank

Nosa Igbinoba
Photo: Uzoma Ahamefule

“One of my lawyers threatened me that I would see because here is Austria ”
“My current lawyer called me a slave and deceptively offered to buy my flats”
“My two life insurances and bank account were closed without my consent”
“The accident I had was turned against me that I wanted to commit suicide and when I told my lawyer to appeal she said that the decision was final”
“The money my company paid me through my former lawyer for wrongful dismissal after my accident he refused to pay it to me”
“Please help I am losing all I laboured in life”

My heart bleeds and I am in heavy pains. It is so, so sad and unfortunate to see my fellow black man and a Nigerian in the state I saw Nosa Igbinoba toddled like a child as his waist trembled to dance while he moved his legs with extreme difficulty and painfully struggled to support himself with a crutch. As we walked, we stopped intermittently for a rest as he interwove his crutch from right to left and without minding who was watching us on the street his tears rolled uncontrollably as he narrated the good, the bad and the ugly side of his life story in Austria . I fought back to hold my own tears to avoid breaking him down the more, tried as much as I did, but nature still took its course and failed me at the end of our approximately 100 metres walk that took us more than 28 minutes.

"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." - Elie Wiesel. Please take your time to read through the unbelievable story of Nosa.

The genesis of his problem

“I am Nosa Igbinoba, a Nigerian from Edo State , who came to Austria in 1992 and was working as a lorry driver till I had an accident in May 2010. I bought two flats worth of €80,000 in Graz with a loan from ‘Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen’. While I used my €25.000 SUPERFUND (share) investment in the same bank as collateral, we had the agreement that I would be paying €630 every month for 24 years and of which I had already paid 6 ½ years before my accident in 2010.

“Things were also fine between me and my girlfriend who was also my insurance adviser but our relationship nosedived as she became jealous when my two children joined us from Nigeria . Thus, every day new trouble became the experience in our home and I was forced to rent another apartment. Yet the problem persisted as this lady had called over 25 times the police for me and when it became unbearable and was taking dangerous dimension I decided to relocate completely out of Graz to Vienna . I painfully took the decision to leave Graz because she was capable of framing me up and if she had done so nobody would have believed me as a black man and as a Nigerian. As if I knew, on the day we were packing out to Vienna she called the police and lied that I had threatened to kill her and our son. This was the genesis of my sorrows and tears that made my bank, my insurance, the judges and my lawyers to work in cooperation in making sure that I lose all I had worked for.

“I got a lawyer that was supposed to have defended me on this wicked allegation of threat to life but who unfortunately turned out to be more of a begging lawyer. The lawyer begged me to accept that I had threatened to kill my former girlfriend and our son and that if I could do so that I might only get €50 or €100 penalty because the judge was a good judge. I bluntly refused such evil and queried him if he had been a begging lawyer or a lawyer I had hired to defend me. The lawyer picked offence that I had insulted him, went into the court room and told the judge that he was sorry that he would not continue with the case because I had refused to cooperate. He told the court that my case for him was “scheißegal, es interessiert mich nicht mehr” (shit, it does not matter and does not interest me anymore) and that his contract with my case was over because he was sure that I did what my ex-girlfriend accused me of. He packed his documents and left the court room. As no lawyer in Graz accepted to defend me on this case again I went to court alone and defended myself and luckily was discharged and acquitted.

“But surprisingly after one or two weeks I got a letter from the same lawyer that had abandoned me in court demanding €1300. I told him that I would not pay such money because even though that I was not a lawyer but what he had done with me had been a breach of contract. He threatened me that ‘Wie werden sehen, hier ist Österreich’ (We will see, here is Austria ).”

The accident and the manipulations that became the conduit of losing all he has got in life including humiliation, intimidation and brutality

“I loaded my lorry in Vienna going to Salzburg and I was having some loads to offload in St. Pölten. When I got to St. Pölten and parked a colleague who was driving out after offloading was not happy with my parking. He exchanged words with me because he had said that my parking had narrowed the exit. As I watched him struggling to drive out without success, I came down from my lorry to help him drive out. I stood at his front and started to direct him and when he saw that he was almost out he suddenly decided to knock me down, climbed me and speed up for a distance and stopped before I lost consciousness. This happened on May 19th 2010 around 12 am but I was in coma till around 8 pm when I woke up in the hospital. According to people, after he had parked his lorry he went to a nearby coffee bar and announced that he had knocked down a nigger before people rushed out and called the ambulance and the police. But with the situation of things he had claimed that he had not seen me and my lawyer and the court had sustained that by ruling that I had wanted to commit suicide. I told my lawyer to appeal against the judgement but she had painfully told me that it had been over and as such cannot be appealed.

“Then in hospital and in pains, my company knowing very well that I could not come to work quickly they sacked me. As they sacked me, they also refused to pay me my benefits until I had to take them to ‘Arbeiterkammer’ (the Chamber of Labour). When my lawyer got to know that I had taken my company to the Chamber of Labour he told me to withdraw the case from them and give it to him since I had got a ‘Rechtschutzversicherung’ (legal protection insurance) and that he was now my lawyer that he could handle the case in such a way that I would get paid more unlike how it would be under the Chamber of Labour. I took his advice but could not do anything at that time because I was still lying in the hospital. I was at the hospital for about 5 – 6 months but immediately I came out I took the case and handed it over to him thinking that he wanted to help me. He actually took the company to court and they paid about €3200 or €3300 which I cannot say exactly now until I check my records but he seized the money and refused to pay me. When I contacted him to know why he had refused to pay me my money he told me that I still had to balance him some money because he had been the one handling my accident case, I asked him; did my legal protection insurance not pay you? He did not say anything. I went to my legal protection insurance to know what had happened. When I got there they told me that they had paid him every bill he had brought to them and I now requested for copies which they gave to me. When I got home I checked the total amount of money they had paid him and found out that it was nearly €23.000 or €24.000 but yet he was still demanding about €3000 from me. I reported him to “Rechtsanwaltskammer” (Bar Association) October last year and left him for another lawyer. And since then, each time I call the Bar Association to know if they have collected my money, they always tell me that they are still investigating. This my present lawyer added to my troubles after probably having discussed with him and perhaps with my former lawyer who had abandoned me in court but had threatened me that if I did not pay him that I would see that here was Austria .”

At this point he paused and suddenly burst into tears as I tried to calm him down. After few moments he started again.

“Under such heavy pains in the hospital I lost my sister. Crying bitterly that I could not see the corpse of my sister because I was helplessly lying on the hospital bed, another tragedy struck, that was, my father died. The loads were too heavy and unbearable and as if that was not enough my children were thrown out from the house under winter cold. While all these things were happening, I was still lying on the hospital bed and bills that I never knew before my accident kept on coming. I did not know anybody here in Vienna to turn to for help. A woman I thought that was helping me in sorting out these bills did not actually help me in this direction as my financial crises worsened as a result of bills that probably could have been avoided if I had negotiated with the authorities and also some bills that I am not supposed to pay but only needed to explain things to them, they have all now formed forces that may lead me to jail.

“The first thing I did while in the hospital as soon as I was able to make calls was to call my bank and we agreed that my monthly credit in the bank would be suspended for 1 year. When I came out from the hospital I went to them and told them that I would start the payment of my monthly credit again on February 20th, 2011 which they agreed and I left. But surprisingly after a few days, I got a bank statement showing that my old bank account had been closed and a new one opened for me for the same credit. I called the man in charge and told him that the new arrangement was unacceptable for me because my life insurance had been attached to the credit he had just closed. In the new arrangement the money had now been increased with about €30.000 more without any explanation. He had tried to persuade me to accept the new offer which I refused and took the issue to my lawyer who now took the case to court.

“And because the bank had now closed my account the disengagement money my company was supposed to pay me as ordered by the court for wrongful dismissal was paid through my lawyer’s account which he refused to pay me. Because of this I took another lawyer who now started where her colleagues had stopped and finished me.

“[…] in one of the courts cases with my bank, the judge brought out a letter which claimed that they had informed him about their intention and showed me and asked if I had received such letter from my bank. I took a look at the letter and told him that I had not. The judge said ‘yoyo’ that I could easily say that. I told the judge that he should ask the bank to bring the registered number of such letter they claimed that they had sent to me because if the police was sending somebody a penalty bill of only €35 they usually would register it; how much more a bill of almost €90.000? The judge now asked my lawyer to ask me if I was ready to pay about €88,962.98 the bank was requesting from me or he would order for the forceful auctioning of my flats and the seizure of my collateral. I told my lawyer that I was not the slave of the bank to work for them till I die. Shockingly even though I was not too surprised at the response of my supposed to be lawyer to my statement but I had never expected such assertion from her in an official court sitting. When I said that I was not their slave she replied immediately and said “of course you are their slave. What did you think you were before?” She went ahead and told me to take the offer from the judge as she was ready to pay me €78.000 for the apartment. After the court I went to her office and asked her to pay me the money she had offered in the court and take the apartment. She told me that she had been of course not serious as she had only used that in court.

“As we speak now, the court has ordered that either I pay the €88,962.98 as claimed by the bank before Tuesday next week (24/07/2012) or I lose the flats and my €25.000 cash share investment to the bank. The €620 that I was paying monthly for 6 ½ years which also totalled up to €48,360.00 will also go. They will also put me into prison because of accumulated and some questionable bills they have hindered me from paying and they will make sure also as their slave that cannot get any help from anybody that I pay them any allegedly amount as breach of contract just simply because the bank wanted to change my initial contract that had included a life insurance after I came out from hospital and I refused. And for that reason, all that I have laboured all my life must vanish.

“While in the hospital, one of the bills that came was a €800 penalty I had got for wrong parking. I went to the concerned authority when I came out from the hospital and we agreed that I should be paying €100 every month till the bill was over which I did not fail. But startlingly, on May 22nd, 2012 a group of policemen came to my house. When I heard a knock on my door around 11 pm on this day, I was wondering who that could be at that hour because I did not have any appointment with anybody. As I opened my door I saw these hefty policemen numbering about 7. They told me that I was under arrest. I asked them for what reason? They said for ‘Strafe’ (penalty). I asked; how much was the penalty? They said that they did not know. I asked again which penalty? They also said that they did not know but that I would get to know when I get to their station. At this point I now know that they were in my house for something else. So I told them to wait at the door because I had never heard this kind of thing before. I turned my back and was trying to make a call, they rushed in immediately and twisted my left and right hand at my back, kicked me down and started to beat me. Oh my brother! They brutalised me, they dealt with me and it was really very painful especially with my accident wound on my leg that was yet to heal properly but they did not show any mercy as they were heating it and boxing me in front of my children for doing nothing than being a black man and a Nigerian. It was too humiliating and inhuman. As they were manhandling me in my house they called more policemen as one could count up to 20 of them downstairs.

“When we got to their station they brought the bill which happened to be the €800 bill of which I had already paid €400. I now told them that this bill was a bill that I had an agreement of paying €100 monthly, so why must I be brutalised and treated like a common criminal because of it. They said that they were instructed that it was either I pay the money or I go to prison.

“For over one week I could not stand up with my legs and could not sleep well because of pains. The doctor’s reports are here to show the cruelty they meted on me. I cannot sue them because which court will I take them to? Which lawyer will defend me? Where will I get money to pay such lawyer since they decided without my consent to stop my monthly legal protection insurance? This people are making fun of me.

“My lawyer has been my greatest problem. In one of the court cases, I had told her that it should not hold because my doctor’s report that was supposed to be part of my evidence in that court sitting was not ready. She said okay. But after consultation with a friend I decided to go to the court that day to see if they had planned to hold the court at my back. When I got to the court, luckily for me I met the judge in charge of the case and inquired to know if my case would still hold. He told me that the case was already over and I checked my time, it was around 2:56 pm, I looked for a clock around and it was almost the same time with my watch, I left in pains gazing their next line of action. Two weeks later I got a letter from my lawyer saying that the court had been held as scheduled, had closed by 3:05 pm and had lasted for 30 minutes. I took the letter and went to her. I told her that she sent me an invitation to the court sitting which I had told her that it should not hold. She said but the court held. I then told her that if the court had ended by 3:05 pm as stated that would mean it had lasted for only 5 minutes. She said no that it had lasted for 30 minutes. I then told her that the court had not been held because the invitation she had sent to me indicated that the court had been scheduled to start by 3 pm and that I had been there shortly before 3 pm and had met the judge, and if she still insisted that the court had lasted for 30 minutes there was no way it could have ended 3:05pm. She became very angry and told me that the court had been held and whatever that I was saying did not interest her. This person is supposed to be my lawyer. I have lost hope.

“I am appealing to everybody with a human heart to help me. They have made eventually everything about my life complicated that I am even myself confused. The lawyers that are supposed to defend me are making sure that I lose every case. I did not work while in Nigeria and all that I have laboured for all these years, I am just helplessly watching as it slips to destruction without any reasonable reason. I did not have any pending bill to pay except the €650 monthly credit before my accident, but since this past one to two years, whether wrong or right, I have over €14.000 accumulated bills to pay.”

How cruel could this world be? Under 2 years, Nosa Igbinoba might sadly end up losing all he had laboured all these years including his €73.360 cash that summed up from his €25.000 share investment and the €620 monthly payment for 6 ½ years and perhaps still go to jail for a fault of not his. Can you help Nosa in any form? It could be advice, financial, legal or even moral support. A Nigerian concerned UK based lawyer has volunteered to take the case to the European Court . Would you like to be part of the legal team irrespective of your base? I appeal to the general public especially Nigerian communities in Austria to please get in contact with Nosa and advise him properly and also help him and go to some offices and sort out some of these bills because they are still increasing every day. Remember, solidarity against injustice is a moral imperative to all because silence in the face of evil is itself evil. Edit to suit your column sites and help him to publicise his ordeal.

You can reach Nosa Igbinoba on:
Phone +436645495714
Mail: nosaigbinoba317@yahoo.com

Uzoma Ahamefule
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