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 Case Against Fortress Europe - Estrella del Pais

The Caravan Festival - In memory of victims of the fortress Europe
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Information in English
Caravan Conference in NRW - Situation of migrant workers in Europe by Estrella del Pais of Migrante Europe in Armsterdam
http://thevoiceforum.org/node/520

Following speech was held during the ILPS (International Legaue of Peoples’ Struggle ) European Coordination Conference in November 26-27 2005, in Frankfurt, Germany. Under the topic civil and political rights which covered „anti-terrorist legislation, workers, migrants and refugee rights a member of „migrante europe“ (the european branch of the interenational philipino migrant organisation) made this contribution:

A Case Against Fortress Europe

By: Estrella del Pais

The horrific scenes of the fire at a detention center at Schiphol airport on October 28 were beamed on television and broadcasted on radio across the Netherlands. Television viewers and listeners watched and listened with concern as the news reported of around 300 detainees in that prison. Next day, the news broke out that 11 detainees were trapped in their cells. 11 helpless detainees were burned alive in the fire.

Undocumented Filipino migrant workers in Amsterdam were among those who were very worried and anxious about the identities of the dead. Many phoned the office of MIGRANTE-Europe asking if there were any Filipinos among the victims. They know that a few undocumented Filipinos have been detained there before deportation because they were accused of being illegal immigrants. The office made inquiries from the marechaussee, the Red Cross to find out if there were any Filipinos among them. They took a sigh of relief when no Filipino was among the victims but sad that there were 11 dead migrants. The victims included 2 from Ukraine, 2 from Turkey, 1 from Bulgaria, 1 from Romania, 1 from Libya, 1 from Georgia, 2 from Surinam, 1 from the Dominican Republic.

The burned detention center was one of those used by the authorities to detain rejected asylum seekers (those rejected upon entry at the airport or those scheduled to be deported after categorized as out-of-procedure cases), to detain the so-called illegal immigrants ( the economic migrants), and drug-related offenders.

After the fire, the Dutch government thru Mrs. Verdonk, minister for foreigner relations and integration engaged in a cover-up of the controversial issues around the fire namely: the accusation of criminal negligence because the detention center did not have a central, automatic button to open prison cell doors in case of fire; and more
damning for the government is the exposure of its inhumane, repressive policies on asylum seekers and so-called illegal immigrants. Among the victims for example was a Bulgarian who was detained because he forgot to carry his passport when required to show one by a police agent. Two young Ukrainians, a young man who visited his Ukrainian wife residing in Holland and a young woman also on visit without visum were among those
who were burned to death in their detention cells.
Later, the detainees who survived the fire were dispersed in smaller prisons. Their lawyers could not even talk to them. The lawyers could not get access to their clients.

Fortress Europe

In 1957, the Treaty of Rome set up the European Economic Community (EEC). Since then the treaties and institutions of Europe have aimed not only at the free movement of capital and the elimination of trade barriers but also the free movement of people. The Treaty of Rome contained a provision on the free movement of workers. Migrant workers were to have full social and family rights.

In 1986, the Single Europe Act was passed and Article 7a states:

“The internal market shall comprise as area without internal frontiers in which the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital is ensured in accordance with the provisions of this Treaty.”
However, two different sets of immigration rights started to evolve since the 1970’s – one set for migrants from the European member countries and another set for Third World nationals who have settled in Europe. The rights of migrants from European member countries differred vastly from Third World migrants. The former enjoy the freedom to look for work in any European member country while retaining full social and family rights. The latter do not have the same freedom. A French national who finds a job in The Netherlands will have full social protection and the right to family reunification but a migrant with a Turkish nationality already settled in Germany loses all these rights should he decide to move from there to The Netherlands.

In 1985, the Schengen Agreement was signed between France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg. It said border controls were to be abolished between them. In pursuance of the Schengen Agreement the Schengen Convention was signed in 1990. It took effect in 1995 with two more countries, Portugal and Spain joining it. Border controls were taken down between the Schengen countries. Since then more European countries have joined the Convention.

In 1992, the Maasticht Treaty was signed. It is officially the Treaty of
the European Union.

Internal frontiers started to disappear. However, external borders of the European Union were being fortified. West European states were now more concerned about enforcement of their external borders. They pressured southern states to enforce immigration controls. There was absence of immigration controls before in Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

In Portugal an Alien’s Law was passed in 1992. It established detention centers for migrants and introduced visa requirements. In Spain, an Alien’s Act was passed in 1995. It introduced a labor permit scheme. One after another, EU countries adopted their own Alien’s Law. The basic theme is to curb immigration, to control immigration including asylum seeking. Third world migrants and non-European Union migrants are to be excluded , prevented to enter the European Union. Fortress Europe was ushered in.

In 1987, the first list of 50 countries whose nationals would require visa came out, later expanded to 73 countries in 1993. The list now includes all Third World countries and refugee producing countries.

In 1990, the Schengen Convention provided for police and judicial cooperation and information gathering. It strengthened the Europol and the building of the Schengen Information System (SIS). “The SIS is a massive system which has been condemmed by Amnesty International and the UNHCR, designed to increase internal controls on migration: it has more than 30,000 terminals and contains large amount of personal information including fingerprints. Almost 90 per cent of those registered on the SIS are the so called unwanted immigrants, including many asylum seekers.” [1]

Fortress Europe is best described by Francis Webber in his book /Crimes of Arrival/. He says:

“In Dover, the police uses sniffer dogs to seek people in containers. In Germany the police uses helicopters, patrol boats and three kinds of heat seeking equipment to detect illegal immigrants along its border with Poland.

Vast amounts of money and time are devoted to improving the technology of control. Western Europe’s junior partners, particularly Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland which have been recruited as buffer states and act increasingly as the frontline of immigration control are being equipped with automated travel document scanners, UV-IR lamps, security laminate verifiers, etc. Biometric controls are being developed which
could do away with the need for passports. Digital fingerprinting and electronic scanning of the iris of the eye are being explored.

…these…. smacks of a European police state in which refugees are described as disorderly movements and measures designed to combat them.”

Allow me now to address the issue of the criminalization of refugees.

Within the EU, refugees are being criminalized by deliberate policy of EU governments. The category “immigrant” and “refugee” were associated with “drug smugglers”and “terrorists” as early as 1975 by the Trevi Group which formulated policies on terrorism, drugs and illegal immigration. This negtive linkage was continued at the EU summit in
Tampere, Finland which approved common policing plans to deal with asylum, illegal immigration and Europewide crime.

Various EU governments have painted asylum seekers as abusive, fraudulent and bogus refugees. They have concocted a clever ploy of isolating refugees and providing a basis for the rejection of their asylum applications by labeling them as economic migrants. This in turn has emboldened the media which considered asylum seekers as fair game.
They attack refugees as linked to organized crime , to cheating on social security, to shoplifting, to cheating on train and metro tickets and other rackets.

Although I am now 24 years away form the time I was myself a political refugee, looking back to that year I set foot on Dutch soil as an asylum seeker I could say that those years were more welcoming than now under Fortress Europe.

In 1982, the Philippines was still under martial law under a fascist government led by the former dictator Marcos. I was among those who was unable to go back home because of the certainty of political persecution. I chose to seek asylum in the Netherlands. I had to travel with a false passport. There was no other way. In the end I got a refugee status.

“However it is angering to know that in Britain in 1999, 450 people were imprisoned in ordinary prisons with criminal convictions for travelling on forged papers. Most of them were picked up at Heathrow on their way to claim asylum in US or Canada, a claim that their criminal records would cause to be ruled out. They were advised by their olicitors to plead guilty to shorten their sentences.”[2]

It is angering to think that under present EU policy, I could have been arrested and detained in prison, branded a criminal for carrying a false passport; that I would have been categorized a criminal rather than a refugee; that I would have been persecuted rather than protected by the very country where I have asked for protection.

Moreover, under repressive and restrictive EU policies on asylum, deportations are on the increase and sometimes involved considerable violence against asylum seekers. “In May 1999 Aamir Mohammed Ageeb, a Sudanese asylum seeker, died when border police in Frankfurt airport put shackles on his hands and feet and forced a motor-bike helmet onto his head.”[3]

Frances Webber in his book /Crimes of Arrival/ says:

“Deportations of rejected asylum seekers have involved the use of sedatives injections, straitjackets, stretchers, face masks, handcuffs, leg irons, surgical tape. Face masks were introduced in the Netherlands after surgical tape wound round the head and face of a Romanian deportee resulted in his suffering a brain damage. After the death of Kola
Bankole in Germany, while being sedated for deportation, the Nigerian embassy accused the German authorities of responsibility for 25 such deaths.”

In Belgium, the Belgian police was found guilty in 2003 of assault, battery and negligence in connection with the death of Semira Adamu, an asylum seeker from Nigeria. In 1998, she was hauled onto a plane bound for Lagos with her ankles shackled. Her face was pressed against a pillow. She lost consciousness and later died.

Recently, a preferred choice of deportation is chartered deportation.
This is done to avoid distressing passengers of regular commercial flights caused by the legitimate protests of to-be-deported asylum seekers. A member of /Karavan/, a grassroots network of refugees and their advocates in Germany to promote the rights of refugees and migrants has spoken of the harrowing experience of chartered deportations. Such report has also been corroborated by a speaker at the memorial for the illegal migrants who died at the Schiphol fire held in an Amsterdam church in November 2005. He spoke of an incident in the Netherlands where police took asylum seekers in the middle of the night , heavily guarded by police by a ratio of three policemen to one refugee
(he spoke of sighting some 300 policemen guarding a handful of asylum seekers at Schiphol airport), then hauled onto a plane containing asylum seekers deported from other EU states.

Such has also been documented. “The entry into force of the Schengen agreement resulted in the first joint deportation where the French, the Dutch and German authorities chartered a plane to deport 44 Zaireans.”[4]

According to Teresa Feyter, writer of the book /Open Borders, /“ EU policies on asylum seekers and so called illegal immigrants have led to great difficulties and even death. UNITED, a refugee support organization in Amsterdam has documented over 1000 deaths related to governments’s policies between 1995-98. Stowaways risk being killed and
thrown overboard if they are discovered, partly to avoid carrier’s liability fines. Or they maybe locked into containers in appalling temperatures and without food and water and unable to make themselves heard. They maybe sprayed with pesticides and crushed by moving cargoes.
Sometimes they die before they are discovered. Many drown in overloaded boats; at least 1000 people are said to have drowned since 1988 crossing North Africa to Spain. And another 547crossing the Adriatic to reach Italy. Others drown swimming the river Oder between Poland and Germany.”

Allow me to end my talk by narrating to you the story of two African youths seeking a way out of their lost continent. In August 1999 two stowaways aged 15 and 16, from Guinea were found dead in the landing gear of a plane when they arrived in Brussels. A note was found with one of them which said:

“Excellencies, gentlemen – members and those responsible in Europe, it is your solidarity and generosity that we appeal for your help in Africa. If you see that we have sacrificed ourselves and lost our lives, it is because we suffer too much in Africa and need your help to struggle against poverty and war….. Please excuse us very much for
daring to write this letter”.

But they would not know anymore that Fortress Europe has no room for young idealistic people like them. They would not know anymore that Fortress Europe is not for asylum seekers and migrant workers. They would not know anymore that neither is it for the working people but that Fortress Europe is a Europe for capital!

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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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