Germany based Nigerian activist, Rex Osa of the Voice Refugee Forum shed light on the harsh treatment Nigerian refugees and asylum seekers face in Germany and the little help the Nigerian Embassy in Germany provides. “Deportation we know is the culture in Germany,” explained Osa. He described the deplorable living conditions of refugees in Germany and the restrictions put on those with the status. “As a refugee in Germany you are not allowed to go outside your district. If you are by chance caught outside you are penalized,” said Osa, who accused the Nigerian Embassy in Germany of being involved in a “deportation scheme.”
another article on the topic at newspaper “der freitag” in german: Der Pass wird passend gemacht
To the Minister of Migration and Integration, Sylvi Listhaug (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to the Norwegian Directorate for Immigration’s Northern Region Office (email@example.com)
The Mayor of Sør-Varanger, Rune Rafaelsen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers (email@example.com)
The municipal newspaper Sør-Varanger Avis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Director of the UNHCR bureau for Europe, Vincent Cochetel (email@example.com)
Halvor Frihagen, Lawyer at Advokatfirma Andersen & Bache-Wiig (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Dear Sir / Madam,
I want to inform you that I am under arrest without having violated any law or committed any crime. This reminds me of the many times I was arrested by the repressive Sudanese regime for my peaceful activism and for defending my rights and the rights of exploited people. But this time I am under arrest for trusting the human rights values and obligations of the Norwegian State.
Every deportation is a crime!
For several weeks, mass deportations of Romanies and other refugees from so-called ’safe countries of origin‘ have been taking place. The fact that these countries are not safe, in particular for Romanies and other minorities, which been proven by Romany organisation as well as other NGOs many times. Even the notification of a violent abduction to other countries that people have fled from is a threat to their very existence. This holds true all the more for the actual execution of such a violent deportation by the German police. Every deportation is a crime and not tolerable.
In the following, we will report on the deportation of December 16 of several Romany families from Erfurt to Belgrade / Serbia. We received these information from those affected themselves and are in contact with them.
“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.
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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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!
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Reference/ Verwendungszweck: Free HIKMET
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Two days ago, on September 1st 2015, 38 people were deported in a chartered flight from Berlin Schönefeld to Serbia. Among them was D. Stanovic a 20-year-old Serbian, who was born and grew up in Germany with his family. Actually, he was supposed to start his apprenticeship for becoming a baker on Tuesday. Instead, he was picked up by police for his deportation early in the morning. D. Stanovic is now with his great-grandmother in Serbia, the only relative he has there. Also he does not speak a single word of Serbian, which means that he will have to learn a new language.
A press release by Arrivo demanding senator of interior affairs Henkel and the authorities he is in charge of to stop the deportation was ignored. Also the 20 activists who went to the airport as soon as they had received the information about the collective deportation, could not intervene any more. The police at the air port did not show any interest in the activists’ concerns and just said that this was one more deportation like it is being done every 6 to 8 weeks. About the Airline which carried out the deportation we still could not get any information. This mass deportation is not a single case and will not be the last one. Behind this there is a whole deportation machine which systematically violates people’s freedom of movement and sends them (back) to places, which they left for good reasons, by force(see also: http://zeit.de/feature/refugees-in-germany-deportation-flights-laws). Joint deportations as the one two days ago are facilitated through Germany’s recent claim that Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegowina were safe countries of origin, which makes it impossible for citizens of these states to be acknowledged as refugees in Germany. Now, it is even planned to further include Kosovo in the list of safe countries of origin. Through this policy Germany is practically hollowing out the right of asylum, while in fact, certain groups as Rroma or homosexual people ARE facing political persecution in those countries. Nevertheless, this policy is part of Germany’s strategy to discourage people from poorer regions to migrate to wealthy Germany. Freedom of movement is everybody’s right! Get organized and get active against all deportations, now!