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15/12/2010

Dear colleagues, dear professor,

I take the chance to mention people who maybe are detained in an Italian prison in this moment or hiding in a cave at the north-African coast. They call them “illegal”, because they are not welcome in the countries where they seek shelter and a solid income.

About 4 years ago I came in touch with African refugees in a so-called open centre at Malta. The Africans who were frustrated by there situation in the small island state showed themselves as great hosts. Less than one and a half years later I conducted my bachelor’s thesis about the boat refugees in the Mediterranean. I wrote the thesis by heart, because the fate of the refugees is cruel and it gets time for a change of it.

Just recently I have received an appeal from Pro Asyl an umbrella organisation of German refugee aid. Pro Asyl explains the case of two deserters who fled Africa and came to Germany. Without plausible reasons and under the mockery of their judge they were repelled. […]

Unfortunately it is business as usual to force refugee boats to return or detain their passengers. They stay detained for months or years or instantly get repelled despite being threatened by torture or prison again. This is a grave violation of the non-refoulement principle. It says according to the Geneva Convention on Refugees, article 33 (1):

“None of the signing states will repell a refugee in any way to territories where his/her life or freedom is under threat, because of his/her race, religion, nationality, the membership to a certain social group or because of his/her political opinion.”

This means, the policies of Germany, Italy, France, Spain and so on causes that people who need help are repelled at the borders. With all consequences that later cannot even be kept track of.

I appeal on you to make clear to our responsible politicians that they get your vote only if they do not agitate against migrants and asylum seekers respectively. Gather information e.g. at www.proasyl.de and phone your deputies. Follow me and urge parliament and government to end the practice of deportations.

I conclude with the following statement of Reggae musician Tiken Jah Fakoly from Ivory Coast:

“You close your borders whereas you yourselves come to our countries as naturally as if you would go to the toilet! You come, whenever you want, ask for a visa and the next day you get it. They do not ask you too many questions. I don’t find this just and I hope that the youth in the Western world will awake!”

5-minutes-speech hold at the University of applied sciences Eberswalde, Germany

Human Cargo Deportation to Greece Report 2012 – to your attention

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