Saturday, June 02, 2018

Good news: Magsud A. versus the German Deportation Machinery 2:0 for Magsud Victory

Magsud A. versus the German Deportation Machinery 2:0 for Magsud Victory
Disrupt the German Deportation Machinery and the persecution of refugees by the authoritarian state!
Read below on the dubious persecution of refugees in Apolda and the recent struggle of Dr. Magsud Aghayev against the Foreigner’s Office in Apolda and the Bundesamt in Nürnberg
Dr. Magsud Aghayev and his son Rafael got their residence permit back after 3 years (M) and 9 years (R) without permanent residence from the Foreigners’ Office in Apolda!!! This is really great news because their defiance and determination in the face of persecution and intimidation by the state is once again proof that we can resist and win even against the monster.
Both of them arrived in Germany in 2005 as father and son. Rafael, his son, is the father of an 8-year-old boy who lives with his German mother in Apolda. Dr. Magsud and his son were transferred to Apolda after he led the struggle with other refugees to close down the infamous Katzhütte isolation camp in 2008. The struggle of Dr Magsud for the rights of refugees did not end with the closure of the notorious Katzhütte camp nor in Apolda. As Dr. Magsud so often stated „We will fight till the end“.
Dr. Magsud was granted the right to stay in Germany in 2010 by the administrative court of Meiningen without further deportation threat. In 2012, Maqsud's permanent residence permits were withheld and substituted with normal white A4-papers renewal for him and his son without justification with bi-monthly to three months maximum extensions. All the while, Magsud was being intimidated and criminalized, persecuted and threatened with court processes, and by the deportation deal between the Foreigner’s Office and BAMF. This deal was meant to review his positive court decision to enable the nullification of his residence permit granted by the court.
In his struggle he had to face many awkward and funny situations:
As a result of these shenanigans Magsud and Miloud from The VOICE Refugee Forum
went to BAMF Hermsdorf in Thueringen in Febuary 2018, where they were told that the
BAMF Nürnberg was in charge of his case. So Magsud tried to contact Nurnberg but to no avail. A delegation was planned by Magsud to meet with the officials of BAMF in Nürnberg on 2nd March 2018. This was without notification because all attempts to reach them on phone before had failed.
Our delegates from Thueringen informed the officials at the BAMF Nürnberg that we needed an answer to Magsud’s situation and that the visit will not be the end of the protest. The BAMF officials then promised to see to the case but said that the official in charge was actually in Hermsdorf. Yet, they refused to name the official in BAMF in Hermsdorf when asked. They responded that the officials were secret. In the so-called rechtsstaat, the name of a public official suddenly becomes a secret. Bravo!!! Wonder they say shall never end!!!
No official in the office of the Bundesamt directly involved in his case was known by name and there was no official letter or other correspondence. It is important to know that the right to asylum is of political and public interest and for the interest of the refugee community. There must not be any secret about it.
Shortly after Magsud led the delegation of refugees and activists on the 2nd March 2018 to the BAMF in Nürnberg the Foreigner’s Office informed Rafael and Magsud in the middle of March on the success of their struggles against the Foreigner’s Office and the BAMF. They would get back their stay permits with four years extension. We never doubted!
The most fascinating lesson for us all here was Magsud’s self-determination to fight politically. He refused to bow or solicit paternalistic support but instead relied on the time tested solidarity and the overriding common interest that is at the heart of our struggle for justice. He could not afford to succumb to the discriminatory bureaucrazy that intimidated, criminalised and persecuted him without any reason other than to punish him, suppress his voice and silence him for his fight for justice. He refused to take a lawyer for his political protest and his unyielding determination coupled with the ironclad solidarity from fellow refugees amongst others saw the case of BAMF and the Foreigners’ Office collapse like a pack of cards and a hoax that it was.
It is obvious Dr. Magsud has been persecuted because of his political activism in the refugee migrants community, The VOICE and the Caravan, and in the break deportation network in Thueringen. He committed no crime, activism is no crime and we’re all supremely proud of him! He is a worthy example to young and new refugees in Germany and the message is clear: If you do not fight for your right, the so-called rechtsstaat will deny your rights! Basta!!!
After three years of fighting, Magsud and his son Rafael got his residence permit back!
"I will fight till the end" he says, and we reply, “We will fight with you all the way!!!
We are proud of every supporter as we congratulate especially the refugee activists from Bamberg refugee camp who were very motivated to support Magsud A during his delegation meeting in the BAMF in Nuremberg on the 02.03.2018.
More information on the persection and criminalisation of Magsud in
Apolda will be televised by the community!
Find links to protest actions and activities of Magsud Aghavev
The VOICE Refugee Forum
Break Deportation Network
Caravan Refugee/Migrants Network

Friday, March 16, 2018

Biji Berxwedana Afrine Newroz Piroz Be!

Mass detention after protest in Donauwörth on 14/03/2018

[>> deutsch]
In the early morning of March 14, 2018, a deportation was successfully prevented in the Donauwörth reception centre. Afterwards, a large police operation was carried out in the afternoon. Those residents who were in their rooms were locked in, both entrance and exit doors of the reception centre had been locked as well. Room searches and identity checks were carried out. 29 people were arrested.On the one hand, the police operation in the afternoon of 14 March 2018 has been triggered by the deportation, which was prevented in the morning between 3:00 am and 4:00 am, when approximately 100 people left their rooms in the reception centre and demanded that the deportation be stopped. On the other, there a strike against the 80-cent jobs and the German courses in the reception centre has been going on in the last few months. The refugee activists demand the recognition of their asylum claims, or that they may leave Germany if they do not obtain a right to stay.
The German bureaucracy prevents people from leaving the country and keeps them imprisoned for several years, while forcing them to be inactive through work bans and education bans.
While preventing the deportation in the early morning, no violence, resistance or the like emanated from the refugees. People joined the corridor collectively and demanded to stop the deportation of one person. Despite the legal protest, the names of the activists were recorded, some of them were taken away by police in the afternoon. More than 100 police officers were on duty.
This operation follows a tactics of criminalisation and intimidation on the part of the police, aimed at refugee activists who are fighting for their right to stay.
According to current information, 28 persons are in custody, 1 activist is in detention awaiting trial (“Untersuchungshaft”). They are accused of trespassing and “ringleadership”. 

Video: Police at EA, 14.03
Video: Festnahme

Friday, January 05, 2018

The dramatic stopping of the investigations and 13th memorial anniversary of the murder of our brother OURY JALLOH

Berlin, 05.01.2018
 Press Release of PEACE (Peer Exchange of African Communities for Empowerment) Network and The VOICE Refugee Forum Network in Germany to the dramatic stopping of the investigations and 13th memorial anniversary of the murder of our brother OURY JALLOH.

“We stated from the beginning of our calls and campaigns since 2005 that Oury Jalloh was murdered but very few believed us. Now the mainstream talks of murder while we suffer from scars inflicted on us by the state and the society, in the span of 13 years” (Mbolo Yufanyi from The VOICE Refugee Forum and PEACE International)

"Oury Jalloh Struggle Lives On ! – Demonstration on 07.01.2018 in Dessau"
On the 7th of January 2018, it will be 13 years since Oury Jalloh, a brother from Sierra Leone was brutally murdered at the hands of the German police in the city of Dessau, Germany. For 13 years, The VOICE Network and the African/Black Community has stood besides the Initiative in remembrance of Oury Jalloh and supported its call for “TRUTH, JUSTICE and REPARATIONS”, especially to our brother’s family. Almost 13 years have gone and the German state and Police have responded with “LIES, INJUSTICE and continuous BRUTALITY”.
The Chief Attorney Heike Geyer from Halle announced in her press release of 12 October 2017, that she had after careful examination of the available evidence [...] “closed the investigation of the death of Oury Jalloh" because allegedly there is not sufficient evidence and new knowledge to his death was not to be expected, since "a multitude of possibilities are conceivable" and consequently a suicide cannot be ruled out.
We should remember that on the day of the murder of OURY JALLOH on January 7, 2005, a hypothesis was already established and documented before the beginning of the crime investigation: "Now I'm going to the basement, where a black African denizen in a detention cell has lit himself." These were the words of the first investigators from Stendal who later destroyed more that 1 hr of video evidence that they collected from the cell where our brother was murdered.
From the different fire investigations and reports independently organised and sponsored by the Initiative in Remembrance of Oury Jalloh and also following recent reports from National media, it could not have been possible for our brother to commit suicide
The majority of the experts in the fields of fire protection, medicine and chemistry came to the conclusion that the condition of the cell and the body after the fire can not be explained without the use of small amounts of accelerators such as light gasoline, according to Monitor. In addition, the theory of self-burning is as good as to rule out: “Oury Jalloh was at the beginning of fire probably completely incapacitated or even already dead", quoting Süddeutsche newspaper from 16.11.2017
Following the chronology of the German history especially with respect to Africa in particular but also Europe, we are not surprised of the heinous crime carried out by the German police and covered up by their justice system. There is an African Proverb that says, "When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him."
This continuous colonial reality, reflected through organized killing of (to be) Migrants in the Mediterranean, the deportation practices, the investigations against relatives of the victims of NSU or the rise of the AfD and other right-wing entities in Germany and Europe, the criminalization of refugees especially Africans, make it more important than ever for African/Black people to come together to challenge and fight these evils of the 21th Century.
Remembering and fighting for justice for Oury Jalloh, Layé Kondé, Mariama Sarr, Christy Schwundeck, Dominique Kuomadio (the list goes on) and all the others is a matter of self-defense.
The more united we are in challenging and defending ourselves and values against these monsters of the 21th Century, the more we expose the cracks of a world order and systems that have failed us and Humanity in general and will destroy us and Humanity if we do not stop them.
Black Nation Germany: Auf zur Oury Jalloh Demo am 07.01.2018 in Dessau
Pressemitteilung des Zentralrates der afrikanischen Gemeinde in Deutschland
Solidarität mit der „Initiative zum Gedenken an Oury Jalloh“ gegen rassistische Bewegungen“
Aufruf zur Demo am 07.01.2018 in Dessau
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Dr. Mbolo Yufanyi
+49 (0) 1708788124.