BRD: No Border – No Nation – Refugees Welcome

Dezember 19th, 2014

“NO BORDER ABSCHLUSSPRÄSENTATION

Buch- und Musikpräsentation des Projekts mit jungen Flüchtlingen
Donnerstag | 08. Januar 2015 | 18:00 Uhr

 

Ausgangspunkt des Projekts „No Border“ war die Einschätzung, dass sich die Situation von Flüchtlingen weiter verschärfen wird. Zum einen durch die rigide Asylpolitik Deutschlands zum anderen durch Rassismus und Ausländerfeindlichkeit bis tief in die Mitte der Gesellschaft. Wolgast, Berlin – Hellersdorf und Duisburg waren die ersten Anzeichen von einer ähnlichen Pogromstimmung wie Anfang der 90iger Jahre.
Dieser Politik und Stimmung wollen wir mit dem Buch No Border etwas entgegen setzen und für Solidarität, Respekt und Toleranz werben und Rassismus und Rechtsradikalismus bekämpfen. Das Projekt will die Flüchtlingsjugendlichen aus der Isolation holen und ein wenig von Willkommensgefühl herstellen.
Ayla, Victor, Richard, Achmed und EviN, Jugendliche mit Flüchtlingsgeschichte, haben mit der Autorin Pamela Granderath biographische Texte geschrieben, die Einblicke in Vergangenes und Gegenwärtiges gewähren. So wird das Leben und die Zukunftswünsche eines Heranwachsenden in Ghana beschrieben, eine unglaubliche Flucht von Afghanistan nach Deutschland in Worte gefasst, der umständliche Weg durch deutsche Behörden formuliert und der Jahre dauernde Kampf um eine ständige Aufenthaltsgenehmigung dokumentiert. Zum Teil satirisch, mal fordernd oder schonungslos berichten die Jugendlichen über ihr Leben als Zuwanderer_innen und zeigen, dass Freiheit, eine Familie oder ein Pass wichtiger sein können, als materielle Sicherheiten.
Informative, aufklärerische Sachtexte widmen sich Themen über die europäische und deutsche Asylpolitik, Frontex, Rassismus, außerparlamentarischem Widerstand und künstlerische Interventionen gegen Abschiebung und Rassismus. Diese Beiträge sind das Ergebnis von Workshops mit Jugendlichen, in denen sich inhaltlich mit den Themen auseinandergesetzt wurde.
Des Weiteren finden sich im Buch als QR-Code drei Songs, in denen die Jugendlichen unter der Leitung des Musikers und Komponisten Michio Woirgardt ihre Texte in Songs verarbeiteten und sie professionell aufgenommen haben.
Bildnerisch und fotographisch wird No Border, durch vier Arbeiten von Student_innen, die im Rahmen des vom Flüchtlingsrat NRW initiierten Projekts „Nirgendwo ist hier“ entstanden sind, dargestellt.
Mit No Border wollen wir deutlich Position beziehen. Flüchtlinge haben ein Recht auf ein Leben im privilegierten Europa oder Deutschland und wir treten für eine Welt ohne Grenzen ein.
No Border – No Nation – Refugees Welcome

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Veranstalter: SJD – die Falken Düsseldorf, zakk & STAY! gefördert vom Programm "Jugend ins Zentrum" der Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren im Rahmen des Bundesprogramms „Kultur macht stark“

 

(Quelle: zakk.)

USA: Schluss mit der Straflosigkeit!

Dezember 19th, 2014

“December 17, 2014 | The Brussels Tribunal

Stop Torture! Accountability: YES – Impunity: NO

On 9 December 2014, the US Senate released its CIA torture report. The investigation confirmed what globally has been known for many years: the US Central Intelligence Agency and US-outsourced national authorities in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere have been involved in an extensive range of torture applications.

Compelling evidence has become available, especially since 2001, the beginning of the Afghanistan war, through investigations by the European Parliament and national judicial authorities, as well as two major reports presented by Swiss Senator Dick Marty in 2006 and 2007 to the Council of Europe, on secret CIA detention centres in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere.  

The US Senate report makes it clear that cruel, degrading and inhumane treatment of captives by the CIA and its collaborators have been carried out on a continuous basis. Such treatment cannot be justified in any manner, even if the US Government reservations with which it signed the UN torture convention in 1994 were to be taken into account.

CIA personnel and others willfully participated in following executive orders and directives thereby violating the UN torture convention and the Geneva Convention III. In this way they have committed serious crimes for which they must be held accountable.

The UN Special Representative on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson QC has reminded us that “torture is a crime of universal jurisdiction”.

The U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Raad al-Hussein, said it is “crystal clear” under international law that the United States, which ratified the U.N. Convention Against Torture in 1994, now has an obligation to ensure accountability. He further added: “If they order, enable or commit torture, recognized as a serious international crime, they cannot simply be granted impunity because of political expediency”.

US President Obama must be aware that not holding the perpetrators accountable is a victory for impunity and will have far-reaching implications for global security.

We, signatories from all parts of the world, therefore urge the US Government and its Attorney General, to start a judicial process with a sense of urgency in compliance with principles of equality before the law. If they fail to do so, other international bodies, such as the International Criminal Court, will have the obligation under international law to assure that justice is done.

You can read about and sign the petition in the following languages: English, Swedish, Spanish, Dutch, French, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Persian, Arabic.

You can sign the petition (instructions in German) here. “

 

(Quelle: Global Policy Forum.)

Afrika / USA: Total Banane!

Dezember 12th, 2014

“US human trials of GM banana for Africa widely condemned

Open letter supported by more than 120 organizations from around the world

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) has sent the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation a letter protesting about the human trials on a GM beta-carotene-enriched banana. This GM banana has never, as far as we know, been through basic toxicity testing in animals. This is in spite of the fact that GM plants can produce unexpected new toxins or allergens.

The GM banana isn’t even needed, as non-GM beta-carotene-enriched bananas have existed and been consumed for centuries.

The developers of the GM banana have been accused of pirating the genes from these naturally nutritious bananas to engineer their own variety.

The new open letter with signatories can be viewed here (…).”

 

(Quelle: GMWatch.)

BRD: Wider die Islamfeindlichkeit (BUCHTIPP)

Dezember 12th, 2014

“Arznei gegen die Pegida: Aufklärung!

Kulturrat stellt Buch “Islam ∙ Kultur ∙ Politik” kostenlos im Internet zum Lesen bereit

Pressemitteilung

Berlin, den 12.12.2014. Die Kundgebungen der rechtspopulistischen “Patriotischen Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes” (Pegida) müssen alle Demokraten alarmieren. Gegen die tumbe Islamfeindlichkeit hilft als Arznei nur Aufklärung. Der Deutsche Kulturrat stellt deshalb das Buch “Islam ∙ Kultur ∙ Politik” kostenlos im Internet zum Lesen bereit.

Namhafte Autorinnen und Autoren aus Wissenschaft, Kultur, Politik, Verbänden, Medien und Kirchen setzen sich in den Buch mit dem Spannungsfeld von Islam, Kultur und Politik auseinander.

Themen sind u.a.:

• Wie die Angst vor dem Islam die Demokratie gefährdet
• Der Islam aus Sicht des Verfassungsschutzes
• Islamfeindlichkeit in Deutschland
• Aufklärung und Islam
• Scharia und Grundgesetz: Ein Widerspruch?
• Der unheimlich Nahe (Osten)

Autorinnen und Autoren u.a.: Katajun Amirpur, Reinhard Baumgarten, Almut Sh. Bruckstein Çoruh, Rauf Ceylan, Ekin Deligöz, Ali Dere, Heinz Fromm, Olaf Hahn, Sonja Haug, Gabriele Hermani, Ismail Kaplan, Aiman A. Mazyek, Omir Nouripour, Heribert Prantl, Regina Ammicht Quinn, Annette Schavan, Michael Schindhelm, Wolfgang Schmidbauer, Claus Schönig, Nurhan Soykan, Jörn Thielmann, Ismail Tipi, Serkan Tören, Stefan Weber, Olaf Zimmermann

Islam ∙ Kultur ∙ Politik
Herausgeber: Olaf Zimmermann + Theo Geißler
Aus Politik & Kultur 11
404 Seiten 18,80 Euro
ISBN: 978-3-934868-31-1

Das Buch kann hier kostenlos als pdf-Datei abgerufen werden!

Das gedruckte Buch ist beziehbar über jede Buchhandlung (…)”

 

(Quelle: Deutscher Kulturrat.)

Österreich: Let’s ban the bombs!

Dezember 11th, 2014

“Austria pledges to work for a ban on nuclear weapons

Austria pledges to work for a ban on nuclear weapons
Humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons must initiate treaty process in 2015

December 9, 2014

After 44 states called for a prohibition on nuclear weapons at a conference in Vienna on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons, Austria delivered the “Austrian pledge” in which it committed to work to “fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons” and pledged “to cooperate with all stakeholders to achieve this goal”.

“All states committed to nuclear disarmament must join the Austrian pledge to work towards a treaty to ban nuclear weapons”, said Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

“Next year is the 70 year anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and that will be a fitting time for negotiations to start on a treaty banning nuclear weapons”, Fihn added.

States that expressed support for a ban treaty at the Vienna Conference include: Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burundi, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea Bissau, Holy See, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Philippines, Qatar, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Timor Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

These announcements were given at a two-day international conference convened in Vienna to examine the consequences of nuclear weapon use, whether intentional or accidental.

Survivors of the nuclear bombings in Japan and of nuclear testing in Australia, Kazakhstan, the Marshall Islands, and the United States, gave powerful testimonies of the horrific effects of nuclear weapons. Their evidence complemented other presentations presenting data and research.

“The consequences of any nuclear weapon use would be devastating, long-lasting, and unacceptable. Governments simply cannot listen to this evidence and hear these human stories without acting”, said Akira Kawasaki, from Japanese NGO Peaceboat. “The only solution is to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons and we need to start now,” Kawasaki added.

For decades, discussions on nuclear weapons have been dominated by the few nuclear-armed states – states that continue to stockpile and maintain over 16,000 warheads. The humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons has prompted a fundamental change in this conversation, with non-nuclear armed states leading the way in a discussion on the actual effects of the weapons.

Unlike the other weapons of mass destruction – chemical and biological – nuclear weapons are not yet prohibited by an international legal treaty. Discussions in Vienna illustrated that the international community is determined to address this. In a statement to the conference, Pope Francis called for nuclear weapons to be “banned once and for all”.

The host of the previous conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, Mexico, called for the commencement of a diplomatic process, and South Africa said it was considering its role in future meetings.

“Anyone in Vienna can tell that something new is happening on nuclear weapons. We have had three conferences examining their humanitarian impact, and now with the Austrian pledge we have everything we need for a diplomatic process to start”, said Thomas Nash of UK NGO Article 36.”

 

(Quelle: ICAN.)

USA: Noch 136 Gefangene in Guantanomo

Dezember 11th, 2014

“Six men released from Guantánamo: 136 Remain

 

 

We are excited to announce that there were six men released to Uruguay last weekend. After 9 months of negotiations, President José Mujica and the Obama administration agreed on that Abu Wa’el Dhiab (Syria), Ahmed Adnan Ahjam (Syria), Ali Hussein al-Shaaban (Syria), Abdelhadi Faraj (Syria), Mohammed Taha Mattan (Palestine), Abdul Bin Mohammed Abis Ourgy (Tunisia) will resettle there as refugees. We will continue to keep them in our prayers and thoughts as they transition out of cells of Guantanamo into the fresh air of freedom. For more information on the release, click here.

These releases bring us one step closer to shuddering the prison. However, 136 people remain. 68 have been cleared for release. 58 are “forever” detainees. 10 detainees are in the Military Commission system.”

 

(Quelle: Witness Against Torture)