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Torture and other Abuses: Turkey, the War in Syria, and the Role of Germany

“Turkish political prisoner and torture victim, in Germany now, faces life in prison if he returns to Turkey, but Germany considers him a terrorist not entitled to asylum based on a Turkish conviction related to torture — torture that bars Germany from deporting him.

Turgay Ulu Statement

Turgay Ulu

On the topic of torture the nation of Turkey could teach some gruesome techniques to ISIS, the terrorist movement executing a savage reign across Syria and beyond (reportedly with Turkish government support).

That reality of brutality in Turkey – another problematic American ally – is a fact known all too well by Turgay Ulu, a Turkish journalist who endured a 15-year imprisonment in Turkey, where he was tortured. During Ulu’s long imprisonment, Turkish authorities justified his conviction on their claim that they had evidence against him –- evidence authorities obtained from two other victims of torture.

“I was tortured with electroshocks,” Ulu said during an interview earlier this year in Berlin, Germany where he is a leading figure in a movement for refugee rights. Ulu’s long imprisonment in Turkey led many, including Amnesty International, to consider him a political prisoner. Ulu was released from a Turkish prison in 2011 and he immediately fled to Europe.”

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http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/12/01/torture-and-other-abuses-makes-turkey-american-as-apple-pie/


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Flughafen Tempelhof – Chronik eines Lagers für zur Flucht gezwungene Menschen

Invitation of the initiative No Lager Neukölln/Tempelhof to Social Café Meeting in Lunte here, available in English, Farsi, French, and German:

Flyer Cafe Lunte_Weisekiezini_English, Farsi, French, German

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8. Woche (7. Dezember 2015 – 13. Dezember 2015)
Nachdem die Presse nach langem Ausschluss endlich Zutritt zu den Hangars des ehemaligen Tempelhofer Flughafens bekommen hat, wird die dortige Situation auch in der ARD und im ZDF thematisiert. In der Sendung vom 8. Dezember 2015 berichtet Frontal 21 über die Lager im ehemaligen Flughafen Tempelhof. (http://www.zdf.de/ZDFmediathek/beitrag/video/2622342/Fluechtlingskinder-ohne-Perspektive?setTime=5.231#/beitrag/video/2622342/Fluechtlingskinder-ohne-Perspektive) Zwar fanden die Journalist_innen einen „Zustand, den keiner lange Aushält“ vor, doch wisse „das [.] auch der Leiter der Notunterkunft Michael Elias“. Immerhin wird ein Zusammenhang zwischen den Zuständen und der „Massenschlägerei“, die ein sehr breites mediales Echo gefunden hatte, hergestellt. Elias führt dieses Ereignis auf eine kleinere Auseinandersetzung bei der Essensausgabe zurück, woraufhin „junge Männer“ ihren Frust abgelassen hätten. Im Widerspruch zu Äußerungen von Bewohner_innen (siehe 6. Woche) verlegt Elias die Ursache in die „jungen Männer“. Die schlimmen Zustände werden in diesem Beitrag eher leise angeprangert. Elias schiebt die Schuld auf die staatlichen Behörden und die Kamera folgt verständnisvoll.

Am 10. Dezember 2015 berichtet die ARD in der 20-Uhr-Tagesschau und in einem Text auf ihrer Internetpräsenz über die Lager. (https://www.tagesschau.de/inland/reportage-fluechtlinge-117.html) „Ein bisschen Adventsstimmung, für mehr ist kein Platz“ – im Video ist der Ton deutlich schärfer als bei Frontal 21. Mit den Worten von Bewohner_innen wird über einen „furchtbaren Ort“ berichtet. Der wohlorganisierte Pressetermin stößt auf Skepsis:
„Zwischen den Zeltreihen in Hangar 1 liegen Matten mit Spielzeug ausgebreitet. Ein Mann vom Kinderzirkus Cabuwazi lässt kleine Jungen auf Gymnastikbällen balancieren. Ziemlich beeindruckend – doch ist das alles nur für den Pressetermin inszeniert? Wenige Tage zuvor saßen die Flüchtlinge noch beschäftigungslos in den Hangars herum.“

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FREE HIKMET!!! NO DEPORTATIONS! Donations for Legal Costs Needed!

Alle bleiben Freiheit für Hikmet Roma

Hikmet bleibt!

On October 9, 2015, our brother and friend HikmetPrizreni was arrested and he is threatened with deportation!

On that day Hikmet, accompanied by his brother Kefaet, went on an official visit to the Immigration Authority. The Clerk asked Kefaet to wait outside and secretly called the police. Hikmet was then arrested by the police on the basis of an invalid/void arrest warrant. In lightning speed, Hikmet was before the Judge and then taken to detention prison awaiting trial.

Because Hikmet’s status was ‘toleration’ (Duldung) he is now threatened with deportation to Kosovo. A country Hikmet does not know, and in which he, and as Roma, faces discrimination and violence.

Hikmet is also known to many as the artist Prince-H. He thrilled audiences with his energy and musical talent and often performed at cultural events and concerts for human rights. We know him as a creative, humorous, non-conformist who put his art in the service of living peacefully together, without discrimination or exclusion of other cultures.

We need your help! The cost of the competent lawyer are high. Hikmet needs in this situation a good legal advice and this costs money. Any help and any small amount is important! Please share this Donation call, asking friends and acquaintances. Many thanks!

 

Recipient/Spendenkonto: Roma Center
Account No./Kontonummer:170399, Bank No./Bankleitzahl: 26050001
Reference/ Verwendungszweck: Free HIKMET

 

New Article:Free Hikmet!

http://www.alle-bleiben.info/freiheit-und-bleiberecht-fuer-hikmet-kampf-um-sein-bleiberecht-geht-weiter-und-brauchen-dafuer-eure-unterstuetzung-sowohl-politisch-als-auch-finanziell/

 


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Refugee School and University Strike Berlin against Racism, 19th of November 2015

Whether Pegida or State – burning homes are the fruits of their sowing

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Over 3000 students from schools and universities took to the streets to protest against racism and fascism in Germany. The rally was initially led by people from Afghanistan who in alliance with the students protested for asylum rights. The students were convinced that it was very important for them to be on the streets and participate in the rally rather than to spend the day in the class room. One student who had grown up in Zambia and Ethiopia expressed that he had not witnessed such levels of racism in these African countries. Even though he had not experienced racism directly in Germany, he said that it was very important for him to be politically involved and protest against racism. The students used social media to organise and were happy with the successful turnout. The rally was also joined by anti-gentrification protestors. Songs in several languages streamed from the protest vans. The students chanted ‘Refugees are Welcome Here’ and ‘Antifacista’ demo chants. There were several speeches in German and the demonstration and the four hour long march ended in Mehringdamm.

Credits to: KIEKE MA FILM BERLIN Unzensiert aus Berlin für die Welt


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FREE HIKMET! Fight for Hikmet’s right to live in Germany

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alle bleiben! uploaded a new video: “FREIHEIT und Bleiberecht für HIKMET

Am 09.10.2015 wurde unser Bruder und Freund Hikmet Prizreni verhaftet und ihm droht die Abschiebung!

Als Hikmet seinen Bruder Kefaet zu einem Amtsbesuch begleitete, bat ihn die Sachbearbeiterin kurz vor der Tür zu warten und verständigte insgeheim die Polizei. Hikmet wurde daraufhin wegen eines nichtigen Haftbefehls von den Polizeibeamten abgeführt. In einem Blitzverfahren wurde Hikmet dem Haftrichter vorgeführt , und befindet zur in Untersuchungshaft.

Da er lediglich in diesem Land geduldet ist, droht ihm nun die Abschiebung in den Kosovo. Ein Land welches er nicht kennt und in dem er als Roma Diskriminierungen und Gewalt ausgesetzt ist. Hikmet vielen auch bekannt als Künstler Prince-H, engagiert sich mit seiner Musik und Tatkraft und tritt auf kulturellen und menschenrechtlichen Veranstaltungen auf. Wir kennen ihn als humorvollen Querdenker, der zum friedlichen Miteinander, ohne Diskriminierung und Ausgrenzung anderer Kulturen aufruft!

Hinter jeder Abschiebung steckt auch immer ein Mensch! In diesem Fall ist es Hikmet Prizreni. Lassen Sie uns gemeinsam gegen die Abschiebung von Hikmet die Stimme erheben, und fordern daher FREIHEIT und Bleiberecht Für HIKMET P. aka Prince-H !!!!

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Refugee Guide Berlin


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The Refugee Guide Berlin is out!

The Sleeping Place Orga Group has just created a print and digital version of the Refugee Guide Berlin in English.

Refugee Guide Berlin

Refugee Guide Oplatz

About:

This booklet is made for you – refugees living in Berlin, with or without papers, especially for those, who have just arrived and need some orientation. It will help you to get information on all aspects of life, no matter where you are from or what status you have. We have often witnessed how difficult life can be for refugees in Germany. Racism, ignorance and the indifference of German authorities have meant that many refugees who came here to find shelter from war, poverty and persecution are completely on their own and are often faced with homelessness and poverty.

NO ONE FLEES WITHOUT REASON

Yet, for all those, who are concerned: you are not alone! We regard every human being as equal regardless of constructions like nationality or the passport you have. Hence, everybody should have the same rights, access to work and accommodation. We disagree with the existing state, in which refugees are forced to live packed into camps, having no control about their wellbeing and being permanently threatened by deportation.

What is the difference between refugees and ‘normal’ citizens besides the fact that the former had to flee from their homes? There is none. Many out there agree with us and show solidarity with refugees in many different ways: political action, accommodation support, medical help, food, legal assistance, to name only some. This booklet aims at providing you with information about the different kinds of support and possibilities of self-organization you can get to live your life in Berlin in dignity and a more independent way.

Link: FINAL_RefugeeGuideBerlin-WEB

Booklet versions in French, Arabic, German and Italian will soon follow. If you want to obtain print versions or if you can offer any help with translations, contact schlafplatzorga@gmail.com

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