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[Corasol] 10-17.04.2015, Berlin: call for a long-term protest with performance, workshops, discussins and concert

Call for participation

In order to resist the upcoming restriction of residence law in this
country that will be decided in the Bundestag on 8th of May,
we’re calling for a long-term protest daily 2 pm to 7 pm between the
10th and the 17th of April at Brandenburger Tor/Pariser Platz.

We’d love to organise for a cultural and political program that helps
to make the protest more visible. If you want to make a contribution,
please contact us!

We’re lancing this call but the action is for everyone to make out of it what we can and want, so let’s cooperate to live up the place and make the week of action against residence restriction colourful and a space for organizing and learning! It would be really great to have different performances, workshops, discussions and concerts throughout the protest week.

Please get in touch and hope to see you there,

[Alliance Come_Together] 10th – 17th April 2015, Berlin: daily demonstration against stricter asylum law

Stop the impending aggravation of the asylum laws!

Daily Demonstration 10th till 17th of April 2015 Pariser Platz 2-7pm

After the extension of the list contained within the so-called “regulation of safe countries of origin” in autumn 2014, another aggravation of the residence act is being planned now, which has the potential to transform nearly every asylum seeker into a criminal. While Pegida is holding racist demonstrations, the parliament nearly fulfils some of there demands with this upcoming law.

In future, deportations shall be carried out harder and more consequently. Criteria for imprisonment are extremely extended. Additionally, the possibilities of imposing entry- and residence-bans are to be widened. Especially „tolerated“ people and refugees subject to the Dublin-procedure are facing these extensive repressions.

We oppose the law draft, slated to be implemented in June 2015.
Through this daily demonstration we want to make this subject more visible! The tigtening of the law calls for more than an usual demonstration. By means of daily presence, workshops, cultural programm and information for pedestrians we want to reveal that this law will make life for refugees even worse than it already is!

For our action to be succesful we need you!

Join us!

Take shifts,

offer workshops,

make a concert,

play theatre,


Say no to the new law draft by the federal government for the “re-definition of the right to stay and the termination of stay”!

Flight is not a crime!

For a community in solidarity without exclusion!

Information about the daily demonstrations and the exact programm:

If you want to contribute something to the programm, contact:

Information on the law and the whole action week:

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!

[come_together]: Thursday 05.03.2015 15h, Berlin: Demonstration against stricter asylum law

Stop the impending tightening of the Right to Stay!


Thursday 5th of March 2015 3pm

Brandenburger Tor (Platz des 18. März)

On the 6th of March 2015, the first reading of the draft of the awkwardly titled law: « for the redefinition of the right of residence and the termination of residence » will take place in the German parliament. Despite its title, this law doesn’t have much to do with the right of residence. Especially « tolerated » people and refugees subject to the Dublin-procedure are facing extensive state repression, for example

  • Imprisonment
  • Re-Entrance Bans
  • Prohibition of work.

While Pegida is holding racist demonstrations nationwide, the parliament nearly fulfils some of there demands with this upcoming law.

Refugees are Criminalized
All refugees with a supposedly « risk to flee » can be imprisoned. That concerns all refugees subject to the Dublin-procedure; Every refugee, who entered without visa; Everyone, who owns faked or no identity documents; And those who don’t help to clarify their identity. However, for many refugees an unclear identity is there only protection against deportation.

Entrance ban for the Schengen area
An additional repression instrument is the proposed extension of entrance bans for the Schengen area. The entrance ban is to apply to anyone who

  • who didn’t leave the country by the set departure deadline — meaning all « tolerated » people
  • who « has entered Germany in order to draw public benefits ».

This includes refugees subject to the Dublin-procedure and everyone who has been accepted as beeing eligible to protection in another European country. Also people whose reasons for asylum are not believed, are banned from reentering. Whole states are declared as being « safe » and it is often assumed that refugees don’t have « real » reasons for fleeing. In this cases there asylum claims are rejected as « obviously unfounded ».

Works ban 
Especially for those whose asylum claims are considered as « obviously unfounded » the daily life is being complicated even further. Besides already existing laws like the duty to live in a « camp » and the Asylum seekers benefits law, they are imposed with a general work ban.

Political activity ban for rejected asylum seekers?
Political commitment by refugees is indirectly put on a same level as « criminal » acts. Both can be used as reasons for an expulsion. As a consequence this could mean a political activity ban for rejected asylum seekers.
In conclusion, it can be assumed that with this law all future refugees in Germany can be locked away. It can be further be assumed that the number of deportations will increase. The fundamental right for asylum and the right for a « fair » access to an asylum procedure is further more abolished. Starting with their entrance to Germany refugees are being criminalized. There is not the slitest chance for a « fair » procedure. The de facto ban for refugees to be politically active is an attack on all politically active people in Germany and the freedom of speech in general. Especially the formulation that in case of « risk to flee » refugees can be imprisoned, takes the whole law ad absurdum. Talking about « risk to flee » when it comes to refugees can only be seen as utter mockery put into the so called law on Residence.

We call on everyone to stand up against these unjust and racist law!

No tightening of asylum law! For humane asylum policies!

No more work prohibitions, entrance bans, or pre-deportation detention. Remove these and all other similar instruments from the arsenal of deportation mechanisms!

For a right of residency for those who have been classified as ,tolerated’ over a period of years! This must apply to everyone, without exceptions!

Freedom of movement is everybodys right!

More Information:

[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! »