The Sahara - EUrope´s new deadly external border

Today Agadez in Niger is considered the virtual externalised border of the European Union. European financial aid, technical devices, military check points and drone surveillance in the desert are the main pillars of an externalised EU border. In preparation of the 2005 EU enlargement, asylum law was harmonised, and Frontex was founded as a European border control agency. The Rabat Process (2006) and the Khartoum Process (2014) gave birth to the new virtual EU borders in North Africa and the Sahara. Third countries became Europe’s door keepers and the border control was externalised. To counter the underreported death toll in the Sahara in consequence of the externalised EU borders, borderline-europe is networking with other activists in Europe and Africa. This documentation aims to inform about current developments and human rights violations along Europe´s externalised border in North African states. It is based on workshops and conferences over the course of the years 2017 and 2018 that were organised in cooperation with Bildungswerk Berlin of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

Language(s): Englisch / English
Publisher: borderline-europe and Bildungswerk Berlin der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

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Resistance by residents and right-wing extremists in the Roman quarter of Torre Maura against the arrival of Roma to shelters

Violent riots on Tuesday, 2 April, when 70 Roma were to be accommodated in a shelter on the outskirts of Torre Maura in Rome.
Language(s): Deutsch / German

Open letter: More than 250 organisations call on Angela Merkel to act

Offener Brief mit drei konkreten Forderungen aus der Zivilgesellschaft: Angesichts des Sterbens auf dem Mittelmeer und der katastrophalen Lage in Libyen wenden sich mehr als 250 zivilgesellschaftliche Organisationen in einem offenen Brief an die Bundeskanzlerin. PRO ASYL, Ärzte ohne Grenzen (MSF), Amnesty International, Sea-Watch, Seebrücke, Diakonie, Caritas, der Paritätische, Brot für die Welt, der Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund und die vielen weiteren unterzeichnenden Organisationen kritisieren: »Wir sind erschüttert angesichts der gegenwärtigen europäischen Politik, die immer stärker auf Abschottung und Abschreckung setzt – und dabei tausendfaches Sterben billigend in Kauf nimmt. Die Pflicht zur Seenotrettung ist Völkerrecht und das Recht auf Leben nicht verhandelbar.«
Language(s): Deutsch / German

Lesbos: Overview arrivals of refugees 2018

Since the EU-Turkey Agreement came into force three years ago, the tense situation on the five Greek hotspot islands Lesbos, Samos, Chios, Leros and Kos has developed into a permanent situation in which people live in overcrowded camps and are often stuck for years. Only very few are brought back to Turkey, new boats continue to reach the Greek coast regularly. Read here an overview report about the arrivals of refugees on Lesbos 2018 and their situation on the ground.
Language(s): Deutsch / German