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No-Stress-Tour 2016, first edition

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No Stress Tour Poster

Summer is the time when lots of things are happening in Germany, also in and around Berlin.  People profit of the sun, they become more active and open up. This offers opportunities, particular for refugees, to think of new strategies to build up a better communal life.
For this reason CISPM and Afrique Europe Interact, international networks for emancipation and integration of refugees, are planning a project called „No Stress Tour“, which should take place this summer from July until October.
The aim of the project is to bring refugees and other inhabitants of the city closer to each other and to provide support with regard to the current complex asylum policy.

Despite the willingness of refugees, to open up to other residents and the willingness of other citizens to reach out to refugees, we noted that there are still barriers, based on anxious informations. „Refugees are rapist, suicide assassins or simply undesirables and Germans are historically radical racists“

– this opinion, which is based on individual cases and is used for the electoral game influences the public opinion, causing despotism on one side and stress among others . As the „No Stress Tour“ is primarily organized and planned by persons which are themselves refugees and European citizens, they will also directly or indirectly profit from the benefits the project offers.
Because of its flexibility, the „No Stress Tour“ facilitates the exchange between refugees and other inhabitants of the districts and sensitizes people on issues such as the controversial asylum policy, with special focus on the emancipation of women and children.
To achieve our goal, we will organise weekends full of activities in various refugee camps from July to October, which will be carried out in two camps each month in or around Berlin and Bielefeld.

Invited are in particular refugees, citizens of the concerning districts, doctors and lawyers for refugees, mayors, socially active groups and people with migration background.
The various activities are adressed to all the persons directly concerned.

To the citizens of the districts, to all refugees and particular to all woman and children.
Planned weekend schedule for the „No Stress Tour“:

 Friday:
· soccer: mixed: Neighbours of the Heime/ Refugees
· Exchange concerning ‘Stress’ with families, women and children (with a psycholgist)

 Saturday:
· volleyball: mixed: Women/Men
· Exchange with families, women and children (With an Imam)

 Sunday:
· Music workshops (choir)
· space for children to play
· concert – performances of 5 different groups of artists

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Besides the fact that we want to bring the citizens closer to refugees and at the same time to show refugees that there are people supporting them in their rights, we also want to conscientize and enforce women who particularly live in a difficult situation facing special troubles being women, as well as we want to conscientize children in their right to education.
Due to the participation of the refugees themselves and locals, we expect this poject to be very promising.
But of course the activities which will take place directly in the camps throughout the hole
weekend require financial support.
We hope to establish a good atmosphere between all inhabitants in order to continue and to improve the project in the next years.

Contact us:
no.stress.tour.2016@gmail.com
Facebook:  No Stress Tour

Be part of our Team:
Each Sunday, 16:00-18:00h,
Seminarraum next to Café Kotti, Adalbertstr. 4 (U8 Kottbusser Tor)
Organinised by: The No-Stress Team and supporters

Support us : 

Borderline-europe e.V ;  Bank : Gls Gemeinschaftsbank;  Purpuse : No Stress Tour

IBAN: DE54 4306 0967 4005 7941 02 ;

BIC: GENODEM1GLS

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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.

http://www.ecchr.de/Migration.html

PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS WITH LEGAL INSTRUMENTS

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.
ECCHR

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.

http://www.ecchr.de/about.html

[ Freedom Not Frontex – March For Freedom 2014] 27.07.2014 Statement : Geraud

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« I’m Geraud,
and to discuss cultural policies and economic and social issues that are relevant in a crisp relations of African countries and the countries of Europe is for me a very shocking and deeply moving subject. Listening to all these testimonies of survivors of this system, it is very easy to show that Europe is cruel. Being a machine of deportation it should rather be ashamed instead of boasting itself of its globalization and its industries. If we look more closely in the analysis, Germany attracts my attention. It pretends to have broken with his old habits, however, it is clear that the same gene flow in the veins of these leaders. Graphic study shows that the German system is a refugee killing machine more than other countries in Europe. My personal spirit shows that being refugees in Germany is grazing madness or death. Currently for me it is time to say these truths and European leaders should be aware of the most bloody situations of African countries and the Third World because if refugees leave Africa is because of the dirty hand of European policies that are present in almost all African institutions. African politicians are puppets in power which are at the pleasure of Europe in exchange for military protection in the long term. Under the pretext that the big fish eat small fish. Europe wants to be a professor of democracy, then it is time to take responsibility. In almost 16 countries in Africa are currently civil wars, with bad media coverage, however there is not one industrialize country in Africa which manufactures weapons, without European license. Weapons to the world that are used in wars in Africa are manufactured by the European and in particular by the German companies Heckler & Koch and Fritz Werner. This weapons are in circulation and are used to violate human’s rights. How did this arms managed to be in rebel hands and the hands of the policy, while they are in a prey situation in war. Then my analysis goes into raw materials such as gold, oil and cocoa. Europe knows that the economic future of the world rests on the seas and oceans through the first transport of raw materials. In the case of cocoa, more than half of the world’s cocoa is consumed by Europeans and we know very well that much of this cocoa come from Cote d’Ivoire. So that the raw material can reach Europe youth and children are trafficked from Mali to Côte d’Ivoire and are exploited in cocoa fields. So European must know that for children to eat chocolate other children must have been subjected to trafficking and exploited through slavery, having been used as child labor in cocoa fields. For me, it is madness to imagine that Europeans have equalized the stupidity.
I would take another example which is food waste. More than half of the food production in Europe going in the trash either in industry in fisheries, in supermarkets, and even in our fridges, we are wasting quite forgetting that there are people somewhere dying of hunger. For evidence you just have to look at recent images of Somalia, children with big stomachs and flies in their eyes, the result of half a century of suffering. I cannot display all the object of my study here, but a few points I cited as example are enough to attract the attention of misinforming citizens of Europe, leaders of institutions and even the UN so they know that the refugee is the result of all these bad conduct policy towards Africa and the Third World. They must take their responsibilities, they should protect people before protecting the borders because it is about human life. These are people fleeing insecurity to go elsewhere to ask security. They must regulate all undocumented and all refugees without delay. Give them the right to work, to health and integrity. Because no one is illegal, the borders are and remain imaginary, since the partition of Africa in 1885 at the Berlin conference. Your mistakes will always catch you. Currently in connection with the march for freedom the message I want to pass is the fact that we the livings we do not allow that such an atrocity never can be again. I’m talking about people who have suffered, who have been beaten and died. For me to express myself here it’s as to witness to the death for life.
Long live freedom. »

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http://freedomnotfrontex.noblogs.org/post/category/statements/page/2/

[Freedom Not Frontex – March For Freedom 2014] 13.06.2014 Statement: Tresor

« It is you who tied your history to ours, by interfering in our different African societies, destabilizing us, dividing us and plunderedus. Today, we are in Europe, face it: we want freedom and equality of rights as refugees! »

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http://freedomnotfrontex.noblogs.org/post/2014/06/13/statment-tresor/