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ECCHR has been examining the scope for legal intervention against the practice of push-backs in the EU and has been helping affected persons with individual legal proceedings

Beyond Borderline: Refugee and Migrant Exclusion in Europe

Kilometers of barbed wire exclusion fences, thousands of high-tech patrols at sea, in the air and on land, push-back agreements with neighboring countries: the European Union goes to great lengths to exclude people fleeing from war, persecution and hardship in their home countries. To justify their actions leaders in Brussels and the EU member states claim the push-backs are politically necessary and permitted under law.

Every other week another boat carrying migrants and refugees capsizes or sinks off the coast of Italy or Malta. Witnesses frequent report instances of abuse at the borders between Turkey and Greece. There is a steady climb in the number of people who lose their lives while trying to cross the Moroccan-Spanish border. All of these events serve as evidence of the terrible failure of the EU’s asylum and refugee policies.

Illegal push-backs or forced returns at EU borders represent a flagrant violation of fundamental human rights and refugee laws. In the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla on the northern coast of Africa, refugees and migrants are repeatedly subjected to brutal violence from border guards. Anyone attempting to enter these Spanish cities – and therefore reach EU territory – are immediately deported to Morocco without any examination of their right to asylum. During this process, injuries and even deaths are common. Stripped of their rights, it is almost impossible for victims to take any form of legal redress.

Over the past year ECCHR has been examining the scope for legal intervention against the practice of push-backs in the EU and has been helping affected persons with individual legal proceedings.


Guaranteeing human rights worldwide is one of today’s most important challenges. Even now, at the start of the 21st century, systematic violations of human rights occur in every region of the world. Across the globe, genocide, torture, deportation, oppression, as well as limitations of social, economic and cultural rights transpire due to ethnical, political, religious or gender discrimination.

Governments and public authorities have actively committed or tolerated these crimes and denied people their most basic rights. Moreover human rights are often violated or ignored through ruthless corporate business practices for the sake of economic gain. Those responsible are rarely called to account. The need to prosecute those responsible for atrocities was first recognized by the International Military Tribunals of Nuremberg and Tokyo. There it was avowed that the impunity of responsible persons abets new crimes. Legal institutions must defend human rights and uphold this litigation.

In recent years some of the most important and innovative human right cases have been initiated in Europe.

Criminal charges against the former Chilean president Augusto Pinochet, the architects of the Argentinean military junta in Spain, Zakir Almatow, the Uzbek Minister of the Interior, as well as the former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, were all filed in Germany.

These initiatives highlight the need for the independent coordination of human rights litigation, strategic juridical development and critical reflection.

Furthermore, cases involving the American Central Intelligence Agency’s « extraordinary rendition » program, which involves the movement of suspects across international boarders, exemplify the necessity for cooperation and advocacy on a European and international level between human rights organizations.

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) is an independent, non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting civil and human rights throughout Europe. It was founded in 2007 by a small group of renowned human rights lawyers, in order to protect and enforce the rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as other declarations of human rights and national constitutions, by juridical means. ECCHR engages in innovative strategic litigation, using European, international, and national law to enforce human rights and to hold state and non-state actors accountable for egregious abuses.

[Come Together]: Mo 09.03.15 19H, Berlin : Invitation to our meeting in preparation of political action week « You can’t evict a movement » « No to the tightening of Asylum laws! »

Invitation to our meeting in preparation of political action week

« You can’t evict a movement »

« No to the tightening of Asylum laws! »

After last autumn’s successful extension of the list of “safe countries of origin” in order to deny asylum seekers from the balkans, the german government is planning to further toughen laws for granting asylum in the spring of 2015.

In fact, it almost seems as if Germany’s lawmakers were directly responding to the racist demands of recent PEGIDA marches, seeing as the tightening of deportation rules is the focus of this new bill.

Faster, tougher, and more « consequent » – these concepts are to form the foundation of Germany’s future deportation practices regarding refugees whose asylum applications are deemed « clearly unfounded », or who entered Germany by means of a « safe third country ».

Moreover, people who are arbitrarily determined to be flight risks (Anm. d. Ü.: Flucht, nicht Flug) are to be incarcerated, while the list of possible clues regarding a probable risk of flight has been expanded so widely that basically any refugee entering Germany could be treated as guilty in this regard. Critics of this bill have repeatedly described the new rules regarding custody-pending-deportation as a vast « imprisonment program » waiting to happen.

On the other hand, as federal minister of the interior de Maiziere loves  to emphasize, those refugees already living in Germany who are deemed to have « undertaken significant efforts to integrate into German society » even without legal resident status, are to enjoy a further strengthening of their « legal position ». Small comfort, seeing as it should be a matter of course that those living here in cramped homes for asylum seekers for a number of years (or even decades) should finally receive permanent residency status.

To in turn treat all those who did not happen to enter Germany by air or those who are commonly classified as mere « economic refugees » – as
unwelcome guests

We invite all interested parties to our next meeting

on the 9th of March at 7 pm

at the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (Franz-Mehring- Platz 1, Close to Ostbahnhof) Semiarraum 2

in order to discuss possible actions and how we can support each other over the next few months.

Say NO to these inhumane and racist plans of Germany’s federal government. Say NO to the proposed bill on « repurposing the right to stay and termination of residency ».

This bill has to be opposed – by any means necessary!

[Women in Exile] 07.03.2015, 14H, Potsdam Hbf: „No lager for Women! Abolish all Lagers!” Demonstration and Protest-action in front of the state parliament building




„No lager for Women! Abolish all Lagers!”

Saturday 07. march 2015, 14°°, Potsdam hbf / main station

Demonstration and Protest-action in front of the state parliament


(Please check for details on our web blog: or call us: 0176-32920586)

As we celebrate the International Women’s Day 2015 let us look closely on how the state of Brandenburg government as well as the Germany Federal government is treating us:

For the last couple of years we have been asking them again and again to give at least women and children the opportunity to move out from the lagers. Nevertheless, what we are seeing is money being allocated to local authorities to upgrade existing isolated lagers and more lagers being added to the already existing ones.

We dont see any changes in our living conditions: the asylum seekers are still only allocated 6 square meters per person. Still we are often marginalized with housing in remote areas and are therefore more exposed to racist attacks. Still the possibilities to live in private apartments like everybody else are rarely given to us.

And with a change of construction law, the construction of camps in industrial areas is now allowed.

Refugee women suffer the most from that. Because usually the women are the ones who feel responsible to organize everyday life for the whole family under such inhumane living conditions.

That is why we are renewing our call
“No Lager for Women!” “Abolish all Lagers!”

• We demand from the federal government: Step back from your backward policies of the 90s which try to keep refugees from entering Germany or force them to leave again!

• We demand from the state authorities: Give directives to the districts to accommodate refugees in flats – first of all for women and children!

• We demand from the local authorities: Integrate refugees in your districts by giving them the choice to live in flats wherever they want!

To all refugee women:
Let us together demand a humane life for all!

To all women‘s organizations, feminist organizations, all anti-racist and human rights organizations:
Support us and our demands! come numerous and together with asylum seekers from your neighborhood!


[March For Freedom 2014] Claudio’s Video: 26.06.2014 Demonstration in Brussels

Refugees Migrants Sans Papiers from Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, gathered together in Brussels at the arrival of the March for Freedom from Strasbourg to Brussels begun on May 18th. Different political languages, backgrounds and trajectories met in this action week 22 to 28 of June. basis for a challenge to the order of a criminal European border regime.