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18.11.2020

Is a migrant crisis unfolding off West Africa’s Atlantic coast?

A sea journey to Europe once shunned by many migrants for being too dangerous is busy again. Hundreds have drowned this year in the Atlantic Ocean off Senegal on their way to the Canary Islands, a Spanish territory and gateway to Europe.

Language(s): Englisch / English

27.10.2020

Warum das EU-Grenzregime krank macht & wie Migration und Solidarität kriminalisiert werden

In der vierten Folge des Podcasts "The Right to Health" im Rahmen der Berliner Anhörung des Permanent Peoples' Tribunal sprechen Andrea und Frauke von borderline-europe darüber, warum das EU-Grenzregime krank macht und wie Migration und Solidarität in der EU kriminalisiert werden. Der Podcast wurde an dem Tag aufgenommen, an dem das Camp Moria auf Lesbos abbrannte.

Language(s): Deutsch / German

27.10.2020

Schwerwiegende Vorwürfe gegen Frontex

Die EU-Agentur Frontex ist in sogenannte Pushbacks verwickelt. Flüchtlinge, die nach Griechenland wollen, werden illegal in die Türkei zurückgeschickt. Frontex stritt bislang eine Beteiligung an solchen Vorgängen ab.

Language(s): Deutsch / German

22.10.2020

#DefendSolidarity - Pierre-Alain Mannoni

In France, the university professor Pierre-Alain gave three injured women a lift so they could receive medical support. He was arrested and charged with aiding and abetting illegal residence.


All over Europe, organisations and individuals are being discredited, harassed, obstructed and prosecuted because they show solidarity with people on the move.

Video Kathrin Schmidt, Iuventa | Video Sara Mardini | Video Seán Binder | Video Anouk van Gestel


Our report (in German) "Push back Solidarity - How the European Union criminalizes solidarity with protection seeking protection" gives an insight and overview of the increasing criminalization of solidarity within the European Union; its background, forms and effects and numerous cases.

However, state repression is meeting with resistance. Those affected are not intimidated. Repression is followed by new waves of solidarity and fires up the common fight against the racist European border regime.

Let's make solidarity a threat again.

Language(s): Englisch / English

21.10.2020

Kriminalisierung von Solidarität - Interview Radio free FM

"Wirkt auf den ersten Blick widersprüchlich - ist es auch. Julia Winkler von ,,borderline-europe" klagt an: 'In einem Europa, in dem schwerwiegende, systematische Menschenrechtsverletzungen an der Tagesordnung sind, sollen Menschen so auch noch ihrer letzten Unterstützungsstrukturen beraubt werden." Genau zu diesem Thema hat sie einen Bericht veröffentlicht - und uns im Interview spannende Einblicke gegeben!' - Radio free FM

Im Interview mit Radio free FM sprechen wir über unseren Report "Push back Solidarity - Wie die Europäische Union Solidarität mit Schutzsuchenden kriminalisiert", der einen Ein- und Überblick über die zunehmende Kriminalisierung von Solidarität innerhalb der Europäischen Union; ihre Hintergründe, Formen und Auswirkungen und zahlreiche Fälle gibt.


Der Report ist am 08.10.2020 erschienen und kann gegen Spende zzgl. Versandkosten bei uns bestellt werden. Schreibt dafür einfach eine E-Mail mit gewünschter Anzahl und Postadresse an volunteer@borderline-europe.de

Language(s): Deutsch / German

19.10.2020

#DefendSolidarity - Seán Binder

Seán is a trained rescue diver. He was a volunteer on Lesbos for one year. Now he is under investigation in Greece.


All over Europe, organisations and individuals are being discredited, harassed, obstructed and prosecuted because they show solidarity with people on the move.

Video Kathrin Schmidt, Iuventa | Video Sara Mardini | Video Pierre-Alain Mannoni | Video Anouk van Gestel


Our report (in German) "Push back Solidarity - How the European Union criminalizes solidarity with protection seeking protection" gives an insight and overview of the increasing criminalization of solidarity within the European Union; its background, forms and effects and numerous cases.

However, state repression is meeting with resistance. Those affected are not intimidated. Repression is followed by new waves of solidarity and fires up the common fight against the racist European border regime.

Let's make solidarity a threat again.

 

Support Seán: https://www.betterplace.org/de/projects/81284-spende-fuer-gerechtigkeit-an-europas-grenzen-free-nassos-sarah-sean

Language(s): Englisch / English

15.10.2020

#DefendSolidarity - Kathrin Schmidt, Iuventa

Kathrin was head of mission and project manager on the civil search and rescue ship Iuventa. With the Iuventa, the lives of over 14,000 people could be saved. The ship has been confiscated since August 2017 and Kathrin, together with nine other crew members, is under investigation in Italy.


All over Europe, organisations and individuals are being discredited, harassed, obstructed and prosecuted because they show solidarity with people on the move.

Video Sara Mardini | Video Seán Binder | Video Pierre-Alain Mannoni | Video Anouk van Gestel


Our report (in German) "Push back Solidarity - How the European Union criminalizes solidarity with protection seeking protection" gives an insight and overview of the increasing criminalization of solidarity within the European Union; its background, forms and effects and numerous cases.

However, state repression is meeting with resistance. Those affected are not intimidated. Repression is followed by new waves of solidarity and fires up the common fight against the racist European border regime.

Let's make solidarity a threat again.

Language(s): Deutsch / German

14.10.2020

Lesbos: Who started the fire at Europe’s largest refugee camp? - BBC Newsnight

On 8 September 2020, the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos went up in flames. In an extended report, BBC Newsnight investigates the events surrounding the blaze.

Language(s): Englisch / English

12.10.2020

#DefendSolidarity - Anouk van Gestel

Anouk distributed sleeping bags and food to homeless refugees in the Park Maximilien in Brussels; she let some of them take a shower in her apartment and stay overnight at her place. She has been on trial in Belgium for three years.


All over Europe, organisations and individuals are being discredited, harassed, obstructed and prosecuted because they show solidarity with people on the move.

Video Kathrin Schmidt, Iuventa | Video Sara Mardini | Video Seán Binder | Video Pierre-Alain Mannoni


Our report (in German) "Push back Solidarity - How the European Union criminalizes solidarity with protection seeking protection" gives an insight and overview of the increasing criminalization of solidarity within the European Union; its background, forms and effects and numerous cases.

However, state repression is meeting with resistance. Those affected are not intimidated. Repression is followed by new waves of solidarity and fires up the common fight against the racist European border regime.

Let's make solidarity a threat again.

 

Language(s): Englisch / English

12.10.2020

How rescuing drowning migrants became a crime

The Iuventa ran hundreds of missions to save migrants from drowning off the coast of Libya. But after Europe cracked down on migration, its crew found themselves facing prosecution.

Language(s): Englisch / English

08.10.2020

#DefendSolidarity - Sara Mardini

Sara herself fled from Syria to Germany via the Aegean Sea and then returned to Lesbos to volunteer as a lifeguard and translator. Now she is under investigation in Greece.



All over Europe, organisations and individuals are being discredited, harassed, obstructed and prosecuted because they show solidarity with people on the move.

Video Kathrin Schmidt, Iuventa | Video Seán Binder | Video Pierre-Alain Mannoni | Video Anouk van Gestel
 


Our report (in German) "Push back Solidarity - How the European Union criminalizes solidarity with protection seeking protection" gives an insight and overview of the increasing criminalization of solidarity within the European Union; its background, forms and effects and numerous cases.

However, state repression is meeting with resistance. Those affected are not intimidated. Repression is followed by new waves of solidarity and fires up the common fight against the racist European border regime.

Let's make solidarity a threat again.

 

Unterstützt Sara: https://www.betterplace.org/de/projects/81284-spende-fuer-gerechtigkeit-an-europas-grenzen-free-nassos-sarah-sean

Language(s): Englisch / English

08.10.2020

“Like parcels to be sorted”, migrants’ and refugees’ treatment under the new EU Pact

To sum up the more than 500 pages of documentation, the New EU Pact on Asylum and Migration dehumanises migrants and refugees, treating them like parcels to be sorted and preventing them from moving across Europe. This Pact raises several human rights concerns, some of which are highlighted below.

https://euromedrights.org/publication/like-parcels-to-be-sorted-migrants...

Language(s): Englisch / English

07.10.2020

Kriminalisierung von Helfer*innen - Interview Radio Z

In einem Vorgang von bislang ungekanntem Ausmaß wird in der Europäischen Union systematisch Straf-, Zivil- oder Verwaltungsrecht eingesetzt, um Solidarität mit Schutzsuchenden zu unterbinden.

Im Interview mit Radio Z spricht Julia von borderline-europe über unseren Report "Push back Solidarity - Wie die Europäische Union Solidarität mit Schutzsuchenden kriminalisiert", der einen Ein- und Überblick über die zunehmende Kriminalisierung von Solidarität innerhalb der Europäischen Union; ihre Hintergründe, Formen und Auswirkungen und zahlreiche Fälle gibt.


Der Report ist am 08.10.2020 erschienen und kann gegen Spende zzgl. Versandkosten bei uns bestellt werden. Schreibt dafür einfach eine E-Mail mit gewünschter Anzahl und Postadresse an volunteer@borderline-europe.de

Language(s): Deutsch / German

17.09.2020

Solidarity with Pierre-Alain Mannoni

Solidarity with Pierre-Alain Mannoni

++ Appeal trial on 23 September 2020: Attorney General demands a 5-month suspended sentence; court decision to be taken on October 28 ++

"It was what I had to do. I had 4 years to think about it". Article in French here.

Yesterday, Wednesday September 23, Pierre-Alain Mannoni's fifth trial began in Lyon. In yesterday's opening trial, the Attorney General demanded a 5-month suspended sentence for the 49-year-old and criticized his own initiative: "Why [should] one not trust the rule of law?"

The answer is simple: If the state systematically criminalizes solidarity and violates the rights of people on the move, it loses its credibility.



"I would do it again anytime” - When giving a lift to three injured Eritrean women to the next train station in 2016, 49-year old professor Pierre-Alain Mannoni was arrested and accused of “unlawful assistance to illegal entry”.

If convicted, the father of two faces up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to 15.000€.


  • In October 2016, Pierre-Alain Mannoni saw three young injured women from Eritrea at the side of the road in the Roya Valley near the French-Italian border. He offered to take them to the near-by train station so they could reach the next hospital and receive medical assistance. On his way to the station, the 49-year-old was arrested and accused of "aiding and abetting illegal residence".
  • In the following trial, the 49-year old professor was initally acquitted but the prosecution appealed against this decision.
  • On appeal, Mannoni was sentenced to a suspended prison term of 3 months.
  • Believing in the rightfulness of his behaviour, Mannoni went to the Constitutional Court, which ruled in his favour: according to the principle of "fraternité" ("fraternity") enshrined in the French Constitution, everyone must be able to help another person, regardless of their residence status.
  • Mannoni's conviction was subsequently overturned and a new trial was scheduled.
  • On 23 September 2020, the fifth trial in four years took place.

“I did it for the people, I did it for myself, but I also did it for my daughter, to show her what is the right thing to do.”

Despite of the proceedings brought against him, Mannoni is neither deterred nor intimidated. He would always help refugees in need again. Mannoni is another example of the growing systematic criminalisation of solidarity in the EU - standing up for the rights and dignity of migrants is impeded, prevented, and punished.

“The reason for this is racism “, says Mannoni.


Read more information about the case: https://www.borderline-europe.de/unsere-arbeit/solidarit%C3%A4t-mit-pierre-alain-mannoni?l=en
 

 

Language(s): Deutsch / German

17.09.2020

Online press conference: "What happens after #Moria?"

Moria represents the fact the decisive achievement of European civilization – that states subject themselves to rights and duties – is at stake. Lawyers from three European countries explain their experiences, a refugee from Moria concretely reports on the consequences of failures of national and EU-law; Karl Kopp from Pro Asyl will place this in the context of the European asylum reform of recent years.

Joint press conference on 17.09.2020 of RAV and AED-EDL, in cooperation with borderilne-europe, refugee council Berlin and Europe Must Act! in English language focusing on the current situation in Moria and EU preparations for a ›Moria 2.0‹.

  • Raed Alabd, Afghan refugee from Moria, will report on his current survival struggle.
  • Greek lawyer Elli Kriona represents many refugees from Moria legally. She explains the Greek and EU legal background and clarifies the causes of the failure of European asylum policy on the background of the EU-Turkey deal. Due to her practice she has precise information on the situations of the refugees in Moria.
  • Italian lawyer Lucia Gennari, who accompanied refugees on ships to enable them to safe entries into EU harbors; she also represents many refugees from the Italian hot spots. Lucia Gennari also explains the Italian experiences with the failure of the European asylum system, especially with the hot-spot (non)-system.
  • German lawyer Berenice Böhlo, legally representing many refugees arriving from Greece to Germany, comments on the misguided German discussion on indisputable human rights-based requirements, binding legal and procedural guarantees within the European asylum system. Demands of the European lawyer associations will be presented.
  • For years, Karl Kopp of Pro Asyl deals with the survival of refugees in Europe and explains why – from a civil society perspective – only a fundamental reform of the European asylum system can guarantee for a humane procedural legal process.

Language(s): Englisch / English

30.07.2020

Ausstellung: "Warum #LeaveNoOneBehind?"

"Warum #LeaveNoOneBehind?" ist eine Ausstellung von borderline-europe über die Zustände auf den griechischen Inseln und die europäische Abschreckungspolitik.

Mit der Ausstellung wollen wir anhand von Fotos und Informationen zeigen, was hinter dem Hashtag #LeaveNoOneBehind steht und welche Möglichkeiten für Privatpersonen bestehen, aktiv zu werden. In vier Themenblöcken erklären wir hierbei unter anderem, wie die Hotspot Regelung der Europäischen Union und der sogenannte EU-Türkei-Deal zur Entstehung der Lager geführt haben, welche politischen Anreize hinter der räumlichen, sozialen und teilweise auch legalen Abschottung der Lager stehen und was Bürger*innen tun können, um den Druck auf politische Entscheidungsträger*innen zu erhöhen.

Hier findet ihr einen kleinen Eindruck unserer letzten Ausstellung am Leopoldplatz.

Language(s): Deutsch / German

06.06.2020

The Externalisation of the EU borders in the Balkans

The externalisation of the EU borders in the Balkans: Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina

At the event we take a closer look at the situation of refugees and migrants in Serbia and Bosnia&Herzegovina, the political circumstances in the respective countries and the consequences of the EU’s externalization politics there.

Join us on June 6 at 7pm!

 

Language(s): Englisch / English

06.05.2020

Interview series #RaisedVoices: People on the move & Corona

In Europa werden weitreichende Maßnahmen ergriffen, um die Ausbreitung des Corona-Virus einzudämmen. Dabei geben die Regierenden vor, den Schutz der Gesundheit an oberste Stelle zu setzen. Gleichzeitig schließen Malta und Italien unter dem Vorwand von Corona ihre Häfen, während wieder täglich unzählige Menschen im Mittelmeer sterben. Für diejenigen, die auf den griechischen Inseln, der sogenannten Balkanroute oder in Asylunterkünften festsitzen, sind die Bedingungen weiterhin inakzeptabel bis katastrophal.

Wir haben mit Menschen auf Lesbos, Samos und in Thessaloniki über die Situation vor Ort gesprochen. #LeaveNoOneBehind
 

  • 7 - Yusuf ist ein junger Mensch aus Syrien, der gemeinsam mit seiner Familie seit fast 1,5 Jahren in einem Camp auf der Insel Samos festhängt (in English).
    Das Gespräch zum Nachlesen findest du hier.

    07_video_Yusuf.mov

  • 6 - Natasha, Legal Centre Lesvos - Das Legal Centre Lesvos ist eine NGO auf Lesbos, die Rechtshilfe und -beratung für Geflüchtete anbietet (in English).
    Das Gespräch zum Nachlesen findest du hier.

    06_video_Natasha.mov


     

  • 5 - Alexandra & Oceane, Mobile Info Team Greece - Das Mobile Info Team ist eine unabhängige und wesentliche Anlauf- & Beratungsstelle für Geflüchtete in Griechenland (in English).
    Das Gespräch zum Nachlesen findest du hier.

    01_video_MobileInfoTeam.mov

  • 4 - Dariush, Kapitän & Binnenschiffer, Teil von iuventa10 und derzeit auf dem Menschenrechtsbeobachtungschiff Mare Liberum, das im Hafen von Lesbos liegt.
    Das Gespräch zum Nachlesen findest du hier.

    03_video_Dariush.mov

  • 3 - Fabiola Velasquez, The Earth Medicine - Physical Rehabilitation Lesbos - Fabiola ist Physiotherapeutin und Gründerin des Projekts "The Eart Medicine - Physical Rehabilitation" für Geflüchtete auf Lesbos (in English).
    Das Gespräch zum Nachlesen findest du hier.

    04_video_fabiola.mov



     

  • 2 - Michael Trammer, Foto- und Videojournalist - Im Februar und März 2020 verbrachte er vier Wochen auf Lesbos und produzierte eine multimediale Reportage über die Situation vor Ort.
    Das Gespräch zum Nachlesen findest du hier.

    02_video_MichaelTammer.mov

  • 1 - Masi, Moria Corona Awareness Team - Masi sitzt seit knapp 14 Monaten in Moria fest. Er ist Teil des Moria Corona Awareness Teams (in English).
    Das Gespräch zum Nachlesen findest du hier.

    05_video_Masi.mov

Language(s): Deutsch / German

28.04.2020

Quo Vadis Seenotrettung – Wie geht es weiter auf dem Mittelmeer?

Europa schottet sich in der Corona-Krise immer weiter ab. Routinemäßig werden in Seenot geratene Geflüchtete von Europa’s Regierungen ignoriert und ihrem Schicksal überlassen. Seit Jahren missachtet die Politik die Forderungen aus der Zivilgesellschaft nach einer humanen Migrationspolitik Europa’s. Aber auch in Zukunft werden viele Menschen aus den unerträglichen Lagern in Libyen über das Mittelmeer fliehen. Gleichzeitig stellt die aktuelle Krise die zivilen Seenotretter vor neue Herausforderungen. Wie verändert Corona die Arbeit der Seenotretter? Wie meistern sie diese Herausforderungen? Darüber unterhalten wir uns mit Marie von Manteuffel, Flucht- und Migrationsexpertin im Berliner Büro von "Ärzte ohne Grenzen” und Mattea Weihe, Mitarbeiterin im Advocacy-Team und langjähriges Crew-Mitglied von Sea-Watch.

Language(s): Deutsch / German

31.03.2020

Podcast: Greece - Refugees Tell Their Stories

These are the personal testimonies of refugees from Moria Refugee Camp on the Greek Island of Lesvos and in Athens. These interviews were recorded in January and February and are the second of a three-part collaboration with Are You Syrious concerning the situation for refugees and communities in Greece. Much has transpired in Greece and in the world since we spoke, but their stories remain current and are in many ways timeless examples of what many of our parents, grandparents and neighbors endured before settling in our communities. As the Coronavirus bears down on the most vulnerable people it’s critical that we make space to hear and share their stories rather than reducing them to numbers, faceless victims, and political talking points.

Language(s): Englisch / English

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