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We hope that this will answer all your questions concerning the Refugee Conference in two weeks in Hanover! If you have any questions, information or feedback, write a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org !
Final information for everybody interested in participating in Refugee Conference 2015:
1.) Questions to the participants and review of the situation
2.) Important information / Preparation
1.) Please let us know, how many people are coming from your city, if possible, before August, 14th. In your announcement, please also let us know, what kind of sleeping facilities you prefer (single-rooms or if a big room is possible, too), if you bring kids with you (for the calculation of the child care needed) and what languages you can speak/understand.
Review of the situation concerning…
…translators: Up to now we have translators to Arabic, to French, to Portuguese, to Farsi and to some other languages, each to English or German. If you can bring any translators of yourself, feel free!
…sleeping places: We can offer a limited number of single apartments for families/women and a larger number of group-facilities.
Nevertheless, if you have any contacts to people in Hanover, also ask them for possibilities to sleep. Please bring sleeping bags and camping mats with you!
…child care: Child care is organised by a qualified group of social workers and is available during all meeting-times.
…food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be prepared at Kornstraße.
2.) Important information / Preparation
– Arrival is possible on friday starting at 2pm, we recommend to arrive before 6 pm 18.00, as at 7pm the first meeting will take place (see timetable below).
IMPORTANT: If you have any problems during your journey (e.g. with residential obligation (so called “Residenzpflicht”), racial profiling or other police controls), we have a lawyer to provide legal support. We will soon send around an emergency number.
– On friday we plan to start the conference with an introduction of participants. If you want, please prepare a short introduction (app. 10 minutes) for your your group/city.
– We plan to arrange an info point to collect information of all cities and organisations participating. If you have any info material, flyers,… please bring them with you (maybe 100-200 copies).
– A large part of saturday´s program will be used for workshops. You can see the different topics planned in the timetable below. If you have any interest to plan, prepare and moderate a workshop for one topic, please let us know! The only topics that are already assigned are “Preventing deportations” and “Women Space”.
– Starting at 2pm: Arrival at Kornstraße possible / Registration at the Info Point
– 6pm: Dinner
– 7pm: Presentation/introduction of the different groups
– app. 9pm: Concert of S.P. Music, band of Refugee Protest Camp Hanover, and other musicians
– Starting at 8.30am: Breakfast in UJZ Korn.
– 10am-10.30am: Presentation of the different groups (summary of friday for all newcomers)
– 10.30-11.15: Rex Osa (tbc) on „Refugee Rights“
– 11.15pm-12.00: „The Importance of self-organisation of Refugee Women“
Introduction of different organisations: „The Crocodile – Refugee Women against FGM“, „Women in exile“,…
– 12 – 1pm: Sebastian Rose from „Flüchtlingsrat Niedersachsen“ on „Legal conditions of Refugees (Dublin, right to stay,…) in the context of the new asylum law“
– 1pm-2pm: Mona Balsters from „Refugee Bureau Kargah“ on „Problems and possibilities of refugees in their legal situation“
– 2pm-3pm: Lunch break
– 3pm-7pm: Workshop period //
Different topics of the workshops:
– Dublin (in the context of the new asylum law restrictions)
– deportations (Dublin and home country)
– situation in the home countries
– women space
– human beings or papers?: basis of existence of undocumented migrants
– police violence (a.) Frontex, b.) police in germany
– (permission to) work: perspective of people during waiting period
– Starting at 8.30am: Breakfast in UJZ Korn
– 10am-2pm: Presentation to the plenary of the conclusions/strategies/results of the workshops (each max. 30 minutes)
– 2pm-3pm: Lunch break
– 3pm-app. 5pm: Final plenary: summary, conclusion, feedback, how to go on.
– 5pm: Departure
Solidarity with the people facing racist police violence!
With rage and consternation we noticed the press articles about racist police violence and torture by federal police (Bundespolizei) at main station Hannover. We are as well in rage about how it is dealt with these attacks: NDR (Press) says the main prosecutor (Oberstaatsanwalt) speaks about “an alarming and unique accusation”.
Although the incidents which have been made public so far are unbelievable, they are neither unique nor surprising. Oury Jalloh was burnt in an arrest cell in Dessau 2005. After 10 years of police preventing the evaluation in the preliminary procedure and in court the authorities involved still speak of him burning himself although a examination said, its not possible. Laye Conde drowned the same year in the police station in Bremen due to forced application of water and nauseant into his stomach. Aamir Ageeb choked during his deportation in a plain -which was carried out even though his suicidal tendency was known – because police officers pushed his head on his chest for minutes. 16 year old Halim Dener was shot in his back while putting a poster for PKK on a wall in Hannover. The list is long…
Seminar: Refugees protest camp, Hannover
Saturday 31th January, at 16.00h, New Yorck (Bethanien)
On 24th May 2014 dozens of Sudanese refugees occupied Weißekreuzplatz, in Hannover and they established the “Refugees protest camp – Hannover” as a sign of refugees’ struggles and resistance against asylum policy in Germany.
They raised their voice to protest against the asylum policy in Germany as well as they are rejecting collaboration between the German and the Sudanese government.
How is the situation in Sudan? What about the suffering of refugees in Niedersachsen as an example of refugees in Germany?
Up to now about seven months have past. What are the demands of them? How is their situation now? How did the authorities in Niedersachsen and in Hannover treat them? What are the difficulties and challenges? What are their plans for the future? What kind of support are they looking for?
You are very welcome and invited to come and join us in our Seminar to listen to and exchange with representatives from refugee protest camp, Hannover!
When: Saturday 31.01.2015, at 16.00h,
Where: New Yorck, Bethanien (Mariannenplatz 2a, U1/U8 Kottbusser Tor)