Klick HERE for the Press Release which was published few days ago.
Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/154353396
International Women Space got to know Viviana when she was still living the emergency shelter (Lager) at the Wiesenstraße, in Wedding, Berlin. On te 29th of January we went to the Notunterkunft to have a coffee with Viviana and see how she was. The moment we met, Viviana was already showing signs of stress. No wonder, she was one of the few women living in a shared space of a former Basketball Hall with 200 men having only her bed as a place of her own.
Deutsch: Unsere Video-Reportage über die Sicherheitskontrollen in Chemnitz (Sachsen), die die Non-Citizens durchlaufen müssen.
English: Our video report about security checkpoint in Chemnitz (Saxony) which Non-citizens have to pass through it.
Sit-in at Checkpoint Charlie: Stop the war on migrants
Saturday, February 6th, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichstr. 43–45 Subway: U 6 Kochstraße, U 2 Stadtmitte Bus: M 29 Kochstraße
Conference: Saturday, February 6th, 6 – 9 p.m. Mehringhof Versammlungssaal, Gneisenaustr. 2a
Organizers: Voix des Migrants, URBB (Union des Réfugié-es de Berlin-Brandenbourg), Refugee Community Berlin, ae act (afrique-europe-interact), Watch The Med Alarm Phone, Corasol
(deutsch unten) Continue reading
English Version Below / versión española abajo
Syrian woman expelled from Berlin refugee camp for defending human rights
Mujer siria expulsada de un campamento para refugiados en Berlín por exigir derechos
Syrische Frau wurde aus Notunterkunft in Berlin hinausgeworfen, weil sie ihre Menschrechte einforderte
Vivian ist eine junge Frau aus Syrien. Sie ist vor dem Bürgerkrieg, der in ihrem Land tobt, und vor den Folgen, wie Arbeitslosigkeit, Hunger und sozialem Chaos geflohen. Alleine ist sie die Route aus dem Mittleren Osten nach Deutschland angetreten. Jedoch ist ihre Geschichte in Deutschland nicht von Zuflucht sondern (symbolischer) Gewalt, Erniedrigung, Frauenfeindlichkeit und Missbrauch geprägt. Die folgenden Ereignisse sind ihre Beschreibungen.
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 (email@example.com) and to the Norwegian Directorate for Immigration’s Northern Region Office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Mayor of Sør-Varanger, Rune Rafaelsen (email@example.com)
The Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The municipal newspaper Sør-Varanger Avis (email@example.com)
The Director of the UNHCR bureau for Europe, Vincent Cochetel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Halvor Frihagen, Lawyer at Advokatfirma Andersen & Bache-Wiig (email@example.com)
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.
We women from the International Women Space won’t accept to be used by the AFD, Pegida, Bärgida, Bürgerwehr or by any other white supremacist troop of racists!
The recent incidents in Köln during the new years’ eve are unacceptable. Women were sexually assaulted. The police watched and did nothing. Refugees or foreigners in general are being blamed for it as if in Germany there were no previous cases of sexualized violence against women, as if german men were harmless beings. Now take the way refugee women are living in the Lagers and see how much attention the same media, the same authorities give when there is a report of abuse. This is a clear case of explicit racism. White men can get away with the same crimes the men who acted in Köln are being accused of. Refugee women can be – and they are – harassed daily in the Notunterkünfte, Lager and the Patriarchy responds to it with a heavy silence. It makes no sense at all to make a big case out of what happened in Köln and other german cities when the reasons behind such a commotion are nothing but racist propaganda against refugees. No women will be ever safe in a society, which selects cases to be concerned with. All women must feel safe or no one is.
There is much being spoken about integration, but the discussion is still permeated by racism and sexism. If we follow how the debate about what happened in Köln is being conducted, we see that there is no mention of the sexualized violence women of colour or the refugee women are going through. It is as if these women don’t deserve the same or any attention the white women victims deserve. So, we want to remind the public that when refugee women live in houses where they cannot even lock their rooms from inside, when they are living in small towns, being the stranger in the village, vulnerable to racist abuses and attacks, they are potential victims of sexualized violence. We must unite against the right wing extremist demagogic speech. It is outrageous to see men with a carrier in propagating hate now offering themselves as defenders of women’s rights. To see politians from all parties considering closing borders and some openly advocating faster deportations in the name of protecting women is at least disgraceful.
We say: not in our name!
Unterstützungs-Aufruf / Call for support:
„NoBorder-Train-Kitchen Idomeni” 3. Dezember 2015
Infotelephon: 0030 – 69466-50046
Liebe Freund_innen und Genoss_innen,
es ist mittlerweile gut 4 Wochen her, seit wir uns an Euch mit der Bitte um Eure Unterstützung gewendet hatten. Ursprünglich um nach Slovenien zu fahren – um dort gespendetes Material (Zelte,Decken,Schlafsäcke etc ) an geflüchtete Menschen zu verteilen und eine mobile VolXküche zu errichten.
Die Reaktion auf unseren Aufruf war überwältigend. Schon nach kurzer Zeit hatten wir soviel Material gespendet bekommen das die Sammelstellen