Update: The VOICE Refugee Forum – A Network of Refugee Community Initiatives in Germany
In Solidarity with Refugee Community Network
Break Deportation Culture – Deportation is criminal and we fight to stop it!
European asylum structures and processes ensure that every refugee is criminalized (for some, even before arriving in Europe). This criminalization is promptly and meticulously processed, and is manifested in various forms of societal and institutional discrimination and racism that ends with deportation. Deportation is criminal. It is criminal not only because of the obvious denial of the deportee’s right to freedom of movement and the right to decide his or her abode, but also because the physical and financial cost as well as the long-lasting psychological effects are not reckoned with and provided for by the deportation machinery and its advocates. In the worst cases, some die in the process of being deported while others are either dumped in countries where their lives are in danger or where they are actually killed by the forces they initially fled from. For some years now, the German authorities have been dubiously collaborating with foreign Embassies like the Nigerian Embassy in Berlin to issue Travel certificates to nationals from other African countries that are then deported to Nigeria with no guarantee of safety whatsoever. Although this scandal has been exposed, there is no doubt that both parties are continuing with this devious practice.
The right to asylum and the protection from persecution that is the hallmark of the Geneva Convention is being rendered meaningless in Germany as the continued destruction of refugee rights assumes top priority for the state. Yet politicians, racist groups, misguided and ignorant individuals continue to blame refugees for all the problems in the German society to justify and stabilize the deportation culture and the social exclusion of refugees.
Artificial Safe Countries
In the last weeks and months, many Rromany families have been deported to the so-called ’safe countries of origin’ of the Balkan region. Majority of these states like Albania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegowina, Kosovo, Mazedonia and Montenegro are countries where discrimination, threats of and actual persecution make up the horrible daily lives of Rromanies. In none of these countries is there a guarantee of safety and security for the Roma but that is of no interest to the German government and their partners in the EU. Further deportations have been announced including deportation to Afghanistan that has recently commenced, but branded as voluntary returns. There are plans to intensify deportation as the dubious bilateral agreement with North African countries paves the way for the deportation of refugees from that region just as more countries are set to be declared „safe“. These are artificial safe countries. These countries are only safe on the paper on which German INTERESTS is boldly emblazoned and not for people who have fled to seek security and dignity for their lives.
Refugees who refuse to sign the deceitful documents for voluntary repatriation of the foreigners’ office (Ausländerbehörde) live in the perpetual fear of being deported without notice to countries where some of them face death threats. This is a perpetual psychological torture that is deliberately designed by the German government to break the human will of refugees in this country. It is unconscionable. It is criminal and it must stop!
Politicians of the ruling parties are zealously advocating for the deportation of thousands of refugees on a daily basis while the pro fascist parties have gone as far as calling for authorization for the police to shoot refugees at sight at the national borders. Spanish guards have shot and killed innocent refugees at their borders in Melilla and Ceuta since 2005 in addition to countless other horrible abuses but these hardly ever make any headlines. This is what has now been advocated in Germany, the heart of this very developed and civilized Europe where democracy and freedom overflows so much so that they want to export them to the so called under-developed countries.
Let us unite to end the deportation and social exclusion of refugees in Germany!
In these desperate times of aggressive attack on asylum rights geared to accelerate its total abolition and complemented by the increased right wing terror, violence and mass mobilisations against refugees in Germany, we want to offer a common opposition and a platform of solidarity against these crimes by the German state. It is not enough to engage in these prevalent superficial and unreflective “Refugees Welcome” initiatives where most ‘benevolent’ participants expect the ‘poor refugees’ to be grateful for being camped in tents and sport halls while being bombarded with second hand clothes and shoes.
Refugee Power Matters - For Self-determination and Freedom!
For over 20 years now, refugee voice have been consistent in bringing to the fore the pertinent issues of freedom and equality, human rights and dignity for everyone as well as our principled stand against societal and institutional racism and discrimination. But we have only been able to do this because of our ability at self-organisation, self-determination and consistency with our principled positions.
This is why we have to continue with our self-organisation - Let’s organize ourselves in every refugee camp into political communities anywhere we are!
Let us unite in solidarity with the relatives of those who died or disappeared on their way to Europe. Let us unite our solidarity against any form of repressions of refugees in the camps, in the streets of Germany and Europe in general. The more united, the stronger we are!!!
We know that the reasons of our escape and flights from our countries are connected to the global exploitation and destruction of our home countries through wars and their so-called international treaties from the global dominance of the reach nations' capitalist hegemony.
We are here because they destroyed our countries.
Let us remember the people we left in our home countries where the puppet regimes that are beholden to Western interest continue to oppress them. Let us denounce the exploitation of our resources by the European countries that are, in collaborating with dictators and their partnerships in the corruption of the refugee countries while at the same time oppressing us here in Europe!
Our self-determination and the political autonomy in refugee community networking are major references that are highly treasured. They are crucial to our continued efforts to maintain independent refugee community platforms.
We call on all refugees to rise up to the challenge to uphold these principles by showing commitment to self-organisation and self-determination.
We call on supporters and non-refugees to support the refocusing of our strategies on the way forward by uniting to empower the struggles of the refugee communities beyond the symbolic and philanthropic to genuine solidarity.
Our primary aims and objectives are to unite in solidarity with one another without discrimination of any form, racism and sexism from the state, any other agencies or from the refugee communities. We want to promote socio - cultural and political exchange through regular meetings, discussions and events on the situation in our home countries and our situation in Germany. By organizing related events and activities in your tents, camps, regions and beyond, you and we BREAK the state sponsored ISOLATION and DEPORTATION of refugees in Germany.
22 years on the MOVE of The VOICE Refugee Forum as a Network of refugee Communities has taught us that UNITY is STRENGTH through an independent refugee political platform and self-determination in the refugee community with refugee activists and for refugees. Through our Community Networking, no refugee shall be left behind!
Let us unite against deportation and deportation prisons, isolation and social exclusion in tents, sport halls, lagers and refugee containers! Without the community of the oppressed, there cannot be real struggle!
For contact in Bremen call 0176-22394162. For all others use the contact details below:
Come to our weekly refugee meetings in Jena - Thueringen: Every Thursday at 6pm in our office (Schillergäßchen 5), Email: email@example.com, https://thevoiceforum.org/
The VOICE Refugee Forum – A Network of Refugee Community Initiatives in Germany:
The VOICE Refugee Forum is an independent network of political refugee activists. Founded in 1994 in a former camp in Mühlhausen in Thüringen as exile organisation (The VOICE Africa Forum), The VOICE nowadays supports and promotes the empowerment of refugees and the self-organisation of refugee groups nationwide .
The VOICE Refugee Forum in its history has run various public protests and campaigns for freedom of political prisoners in our home countries, against environmental degradation and exploitation by Western multinational corporations. We have been organizing in protest against criminalisation, racial profiling, police brutality (campaign for Oury Jalloh), discriminatory laws and social exclusion and we defend ourselves against institutional and societal racism. Central to our political activity have always been the protest against deportation, for the abolition of Residenzpflicht and for the closure of refugee isolation camps in Germany. Our forms of action include protest rallies, vigils, demonstrations, internet activism and public events as the Caravan nationwide tours 1998 – 2007, the Caravan Refugee Congress 2000, the Caravan Festival on Colonial Injustice 2010 (both in Jena) and the Caravan Break Isolation - Refugee Camp 2012 (Erfurt) - examples which also show the close cooperation of The VOICE with the network of the Caravan for the rights of Refugees and Migrants
Our main goals remain the struggle for equality, justice and human dignity for every refugee in Germany. With a strong affirmation that “We are here because you destroy our countries” we seek to collaborate with groups and initiatives on the basis of solidarity and justice, and we reject any form of paternalism, co-optation and continued colonial injustice. Our emphasis is rooted in the principles of grassroots mobilisation and empowerment and inbuilding refugee political communities and networks. We remain opposed to the deadly migration politics by the European and other Western powers, and their brutal border regime and racist practices of oppression and exploitation. Therefore our work is always located in the context of resistance against colonial injustice.
The VOICE Refugee Forum Jena, Schillergässchen 5, 07745 Jena,
E-Mail: thevoicerefugeeforum(at)gmx.de ,
E-mail: the_voice_berlin(at)emdash.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thueringen, Jena Tel: +49-(0)17624568988,
Baden Württemberg, Stuggart. Tel: +49-(0)17627873832,
Berlin: Tel: +49-(0)1708788124,
Sachsen Anhalt, Wittenberg. Tel: +4917699321843
Bremen, Tel: +4917622394162
Hamburg: +49 174 3935675
Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel. Tel: +49 1768148420 North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal. Tel: +49176634934230
The VOICE Refugee Forum is an independent community network of refugee political activists who are fighting for the respect of our human rights, equality, freedom and human dignity, for the basic existence of life, in human dignity and for Freedom of Movement.
Appeal to Refugee Communities for Solidarity Network in Germany and Europe For a life decided by our quest for a free society, equality and human dignity. https://thevoiceforum.org/node/4099