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BRD: No Border – No Nation – Refugees Welcome

Freitag, 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.)

Palästina / Gaza: Fluchtursache Krieg

Donnerstag, September 18th, 2014

“Thousands of Gazans fleeing to Europe, hundreds die at sea

‘It’s better to die at sea than to die of despair and frustration in Gaza,’ says resident of Strip.

Haaretz reports: Thousands of Palestinians have left the Gaza Strip for Europe using tunnels, traffickers and boats, testimonies obtained by Haaretz show.

Gazans have been fleeing the Strip since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, but their escape was hardly covered in the media since they have been leaving clandestinely, with the help of paid smugglers.

The sinking of two ships carrying Palestinians from Gaza — one off the coast of Malta last week, and the other off the coast of Egypt — and the drowning of hundreds of passengers have focused attention on the trend.

The Palestinian Embassy in Greece reported yesterday that the ship that sank off the coast of Malta was carrying more than 450 passengers, most of them Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, and that it was rammed intentionally by another ship run by rival smugglers.

The Gaza-based human rights group Adamir has collected the names of more than 400 missing people. “No one knows where they are; the whole Gaza Strip is talking about it. It’s such a painful story, as if it’s not enough what happened in the last war and now another blow comes,” said Adamir director Halil Abu Shamala, noting that most of the passengers were young people but that there were also whole families aboard.

At least 15 Palestinians drowned when another ship sank off the Egyptian coast near Alexandria on Saturday.

Abu Ahmed, who lost his son on that ship, explains how the system operates. “There are a few people who left the Gaza Strip through the Rafah [border] crossing, mainly humanitarian cases. But most of the people leave through the tunnels and reach the Egyptian [side of] Rafah and from there they continue,” he said.

One prominent smuggler leader named Abu Hamada Asuri oversees a network that brings people out of the Gaza Strip to Europe by sea. He lives in Egypt but has representatives in the Strip, some of whom are well-known figures there.

One, who asked that his name not be used, told Haaretz: “This trip costs between $3500 to $4000 dollars a person. People who want to go make arrangements ahead of time to come to the entrance to a tunnel in Palestinian Rafah. It’s a relatively small tunnel; most of the big ones have been blocked by the Egyptians. People crawl dozens of meters and at the end of the tunnel on the Egyptian side of Rafah a minibus or other vehicle waits for them and takes them to Port Said.”

The man said that once they get to Port Said or other locales, they wait in an apartment or other building that has been prepared for them ahead of time. He added that Egyptian security officials are bribed to look the other way and stamp passports with forged stamps.

Haaretz heard testimony that the refugees wait until they get word from the smugglers to proceed to Alexandria, where they board small boats, sometimes dozens per boat. Once they leave Egyptian territorial waters they switch to another boat that in most cases sails to Italy. The trip usually takes about a week.

One refugee who managed to get to the Italian coast told Haaretz that when the boat approaches the shore it issues a distress call and Italian navy and Red Cross ships pick them up. In other cases, the boat approaches the shore and people jump into the water with life jackets, and are rescued by the Coast Guard or the Red Cross.

Most of the refugees say they are Syrians or Palestinians who have arrived from Syria seeking safe haven from the war in that country. The refugees are transferred to special facilities where they wait for a few days. They say the long arm of the smugglers reaches right into those facilities; representatives of the smugglers sign papers releasing them from the facilities, and then onward to their destinations. Some want to leave Italy for another country where they have relatives.

One Gaza resident, who had planned on leaving the Strip in the next few days, told Haaretz he had changed his mind after he heard about the drownings. People hear about how to leave Gaza by word of mouth, he said. “Some people came and told about the good life and the normal conditions and of course …anywhere in Europe is better than here. Whether you get through the whole trip safely depends on what kind of luck you have.”

The Gaza resident said one woman survivor of the ship that sank off the coast of Alexandria said Egyptian smugglers had rammed it and that they saw people were drowning and offered no help. “But I don’t think even such a terrible incident will stop the phenomenon because people are completely desperate and want to leave. They say clearly it’s better to die at sea than die of despair and frustration in Gaza,” the resident said.

The Palestinian Authority yesterday warned Palestinians to be wary of the smugglers. But the government cannot act against those who flee because its security forces don’t have control over the smuggling routes, which are in the hands of influential people who are close to the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip.”

 

(Quelle: War in Context.org)

Südsudan: Todesmutige Hilfe

Mittwoch, Juni 25th, 2014

Update From South Sudan – April 21, 2014

‘”We are deeply saddened by the new escalation of violence in South Sudan. A few days ago armed protestors forced their way into the UNMISS base in Bor, Jonglei State. They opened fire on the 5100 internally displaced persons, primarily women and children, who had been sheltering there. The Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) team on the ground courageously were able to directly protect five women and nine children in the sudden chaos of the attack. On three separate occasions men with guns approached the NP team who were sheltering together with the women and children in a tukul (mud hut). The men with guns demanded the NP team leave the women and children to be killed. The peacekeepers saved the lives of those women and children by refusing to leave them and repeatedly clarifying their role and identities as humanitarian workers. When the attack ended, the team then worked tirelessly into the night collecting the wounded, verifying deaths and working together with partner organizations to organize medical evacuations to Juba.

The NP team in Juba has been working together with health actors to receive the evacuation flights as they arrive in Juba and providing protection support for the most vulnerable. At the time of writing, the team in Juba is at the airstrip receiving a wounded one year old child whose mother was killed in the Bor attack. In Bentiu over the past several days, the Nonviolent Peaceforce team has been doing civilian extractions, whenever there is enough of a safety window to move out of the base. They move out to where civilians are reported to be in hiding and then they are collecting these civilians to bring them into the safety of the UNMISS base. The fighting in the area has been fierce, on an extraction mission to collect ten civilians, the NP team saw more than 100 bodies on the short journey from the base to the town.

NP call upon all parties to exercise restraint, to respect international humanitarian law and to adhere to the Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) agreement signed on January 23, 2014. Section 3 of the CoH provides detailed and specific language about the protection of civilians which was agreed upon by both parties.” Tiffany Easthom, Nonviolent Peaceforce Country Director in South Sudan.

Date Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014″

 

(Quelle: Nonviolent Peaceforce.)

Zentralafrikanische Republik: Drohende Hungersnot

Dienstag, April 8th, 2014

“1.6 Million People Urgently Need Food In The Central African Republic

By Countercurrents
8 April, 2014
Countercurrents.org

Photo: ©AFP/Sia Kambou
Displacement of families is affecting nutrition and employment

In the Central African Republic (CAR), overall, 1.6 million people are in need of urgent food assistance. As of late March, some 625 000 individuals were displaced due to conflict in the country. Unprecedented crisis in the country is devastating the economy and people’s ability to secure basic necessities. An assessment report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) paint a grim picture.
The number of people now in need of urgent food is more than double the level estimated just over a year ago, in February 2013, said the report.
However, as of March 2014, only about one-third of the required funding is secured, necessitating incomplete food baskets and half ration distributions.
The two UN agencies in their report released this week warned that the country needed a long and expensive humanitarian operation over at least the next 18 months to stem the growing toll, and pave the way to rebuild livelihoods.
The UN agencies issued the report as they took action to help displaced and other conflict-affected families gain immediate access to food and cash while also preparing for a crucial planting season, which will help families produce food and income for the long term.
The report said widespread conflict since December 2012 has caused the destruction of livelihoods, loss of food and cash crops, livestock and crucial productive assets across the country.
The report (“Special Report, FAO/WFP Markets and Food Security Assessment Mission to the Central African Republic ”, April 7, 2014) said:
1. The country’s vital agricultural sector contracted by nearly 37 percent in 2013 and business-persons once managing most of the trade and transport activities have left the country. Agriculture, the backbone of the economy providing some 57 percent of GDP, was the hardest-hit of all sectors. This, coupled with a shortage of adequate vehicles, is severely affecting internal commerce, the availability of food and the import-export market.
2. Prices of most agricultural commodities are currently lower than their pre-crisis levels due to a depressed local demand which more than compensated for the sharply reduced supply. By contrast, prices of meat and fish are well above their levels of early 2013.
3. In 2013 the GDP of the country was 28.3 percent less than in 2012.
4. Imports from neighboring countries declined by 25.7 percent in 2013 and the movement of locally produced food commodities from surplus producing areas to deficit areas was severely restricted.
5. Commerce and transport sectors are currently a fraction of their pre-crisis levels. The onset of the rainy season is expected to disrupt the already inadequate road transportation network, limiting the window of opportunity for humanitarian interventions. Pre-positioning of agricultural inputs and food stocks is also becoming a huge challenge.
6. Prospects for the 2014 cropping season, beginning from March/April, are grim given the level of insecurity and lack of agricultural inputs.
A humanitarian system-wide Level 3 emergency response, whose immediate objective is saving lives and protecting livelihoods, was declared on December 11, 2013 in CAR.
Since early 2013, the people of the country have been facing serious challenges in accessing food due to reduced supplies, trade disruption and loss of purchasing power. Unemployment is rampant in all sectors, both formal and informal, and civil servants have not been paid for several months. Unprecedented civil conflict and insecurity have severely affected economic activity and devastated livelihoods in the African country.
There has been a drastic loss of dietary diversity, and a sharply reduced intake of animal proteins, which raises serious concerns for family nutrition and health, especially among children.

"First and foremost, we need to see violence stop. At the same time, we need to help save lives and rebuild livelihoods," said Arif Husain, Chief Economist at WFP.
The rainy season from this month poses a severe challenge to the already inadequate road network, threatening to make many places inaccessible by road and hindering pre-positioning of food stocks and agricultural inputs.
FAO’s two-pronged approach to improve food security in the CAR includes providing essential agricultural inputs such as seeds and tools to about 75 000 households in time for the planting period starting in April, and a comprehensive plan to help over 400 farmer groups and women’s associations recover their livelihoods and build resilience.
WFP is assisting 1.25 million women, children and men in the country. The UN agency provides food assistance to internally displaced people, nutrition support to malnourished children, pregnant women, nursing mothers and individuals with HIV/AIDS and emergency school meals for children.
But due to fund shortage vulnerable and displaced people were receiving half-rations with fewer types of food.
So far, FAO has distributed 12.5 tonnes of seeds. The UN agency is planning to distribute about 1 800 tonnes of seeds in mid-April to nearly 76 000 households. WFP plans to distribute food rations to the same beneficiaries to reduce the risk that vulnerable families will consume seeds for food or feed instead of planting them.
The 2014 lean season started at least two months earlier, exacerbating the strain on coping mechanisms of vulnerable groups.”

 

(Quelle: Countercurrents.org)

EU / Griechenland: Wiege der Zivilisation…

Montag, März 24th, 2014

“Refugees describe dire conditions in migrant detention centres
GlobalPost documentary shows footage recorded inside Corinth camp

By EnetEnglish.gr, 13:46 Friday 21 February 2014

 

Granted political asylum in December, Farhad, detained for 14 months at the detention centre in Corinth, said detainees were packed scores to a room and often beaten by police. In protest at the appalling conditions, he and others sowed their mouths together and went on hunger strike

Police officers patrol a migrant detention centre at Amygdaleza, outside Athens, 30 April 2012

Police officers patrol a migrant detention centre at Amygdaleza, outside Athens, 30 April 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Former detainees have spoken out about the appalling conditions inside the government’s migrant detention centres, in a short documentary that offers a rare glimpse into what the government calls migrant pre-removal facilities.

In the video, produced for GlobalPost, a Afghan man named Farhad, detained for 14 months at the detention centre in Corinth, said detainees were packed scores to a room and often beaten by police. In protest at the appalling conditions, he and others sowed their mouths together and went on hunger strike.

“We didn't have any choice so we started a hunger strike, we sewed up our mouth and we stopped eating and drinking. Anyone will do whatever it takes to get his freedom. Some people have tried to commit suicide to get free, others went crazy in there,” he told Anna Giralt Gris, who made the documentary.

“In general you are afraid there, terrified,” he told the GlobalPost. “When the police would attack us in there they didn’t care who is who, anyone in front of them could become a victim. We were frightened and everyone was hiding under the beds.”

Farhad, who was just 17 when he made it to Greece, was granted political asylum in December.

Another Afghan asylum seeker, Abbas, said he didn’t see daylight for six months at a detention centre at Aspropyrgos, outside Athens. 

Some 6,500 migrants are currently held in migrant detention centres in Greece, which are co-funded by the European Union as part of an effort to limit immigration.

The European Court of Human Rights, the EU’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and NGOs have repeatedly called conditions in these centres inhuman and degrading.

GlobalPost, EnetEnglish “

 

(Quelle: EnetEnglish.)

BRD / EU: Die Toten vor Lampedusa sind unvermeidlich. Wofür? (HINWEIS)

Donnerstag, März 6th, 2014

“Die Toten vor Lampedusa sind unvermeidlich. Wofür?

Der Vortrag von Arian Schiffer Nasserie am 24.03.2014 beschäftigt sich mit den Fluchtursachen, der europäischen Flüchtlingspolitik und der öffentlich-medialen Besprechung der unübersehbaren Opfer am Beispiel von Lampedusa. Die nachfolgenden Thesen sollen im Vortrag begründet und bewiesen werden:

• Die toten Flüchtlinge sind – auch wenn es niemand so sagen will – für die ökonomischen Interessen der führenden Staaten und ihrer Unternehmen unvermeidlich. Sie sind als Teil der zivilen Opfer des EU-Projekts notwendig!

• Die Grenztoten sind nicht Opfer „gewissenloser Schleuserbanden“, die der Innenminister nun pressewirksam verantwortlich machen will, sondern sie sind die Folge einer effizienten Abriegelung der europäischen Außengrenzen, für die Deutschland entschlossen einsteht.

• Die Toten sind nicht Opfer „unserer aller“ Gleichgültigkeit und Ignoranz gegenüber dem Leid der Flüchtenden, wie dies Presse und Bundespräsident glauben machen wollen, sondern sie sind Produkte der ökonomischen, politischen und militärischen Erfolgsstrategie eines Staates, dem – allem Elend zum Trotz – die uneingeschränkte Loyalität der vierten Gewalt gilt.

• Die Toten bezeugen nicht das „Scheitern der europäischen Flüchtlingspolitik“, sondern sie sind Ausdruck erfolgreicher Grenzsicherung.

• Auch wenn es niemand so sagen will: Die nun öffentlich zur Schau gestellte Betroffenheit dient nicht den toten Flüchtlingen – wie sollte sie auch! Scham und Trauer gelten dem Ansehen des europäischen Staatenbündnisses, seiner Parteigänger und seiner Werte.

Der Vortrag selbst ist Teil einer Vortragsreihe mit dem Titel

An den Grenzen des Rechtsstaats
Flucht und Flüchtlingspolitik in der Diskussion

Weitere Themen und Termine:

07. 4. Die soziale und rechtliche Lage der Flüchtlinge (Heinz Drucks)
28. 4. Menschenrechte für Flüchtlinge: Anspruch und Wirklichkeit (Wolf-Dieter Just)
12. 5. Universalismus und Nationalismus des Menschenrechts (Matthias Schnath)
19. 5. Traumatisierung von Flüchtlingen: Politisierung und Instrumentalisierung (Cinur Ghaderi)
16. 6. Die vierte Gewalt im migrationspolitischen Diskurs – Eine Presseanalyse (Esther Almstadt)
23. 6. Bürger gegen Flüchtlingsheime – öffentlich-rechtliche Erklärungsmuster (Suitbert Cechura)

Gründe zur Auseinandersetzung gibt es genug:

• Die Zerstörung der menschlichen Lebensgrundlagen an der Peripherie Europas;
• die Toten an den Außengrenzen der EU;
• die Verschärfung der Flüchtlingsabwehr durch Frontex, Eurosur und Küstenwache,
• die auf Abschreckung und Abwehr zielende Asylverfahrenspraxis und ihre Folgen;
• das öffentliche Mitgefühl für die unvermeidlichen Opfer,
• die konstruktiv-kritische Berichterstattung der Presse über „das Flüchtlingsproblem“;
• der Aufstieg rechtsextremer und faschistischer Parteien in den europäischen Parlamenten;
• die Proteste und Übergriffe von Bundesbürgern gegen Flüchtlinge und „Sozialtouristen“;
• die Proteste von Flüchtlings- und Menschenrechtsgruppen gegen „Fremdenfeindlichkeit“;

… geben Anlass zur öffentlichen, sachlichen und kontroversen Diskussion über Flucht und Flüchtlingspolitik in der Bundesrepublik und der EU. Im Rahmen einer Vortragsreihe der Evangelischen Fachhochschule RWL wird das Themenfeld daher wissenschaftlich fachübergreifend beleuchtet und mit Interessierten aus Hochschule und Region diskutiert.

Jeweils montags zwischen 18 und 20 Uhr in Raum 119 der Evangelischen Fachhochschule Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe; Immanuel-Kantstr. 18-20, 44803 Bochum;
Tel.: 0234-36901-0; Fax: 0234-36901-100; E-Mail: efh@efh-bochum.de “

 

(Quelle: Evangelische Fachhochschule Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe)