On 02/09, about 60 refugees detained in Germanys largest deportation prison in Büren went on hunger strike in order to demand their liberation.
Below you will find a letter concerning the reasons for the hunger strike that was read out during a demonstration against the prison which took place on that day. Please spread the information, as those on hunger strike in Büren will need our support.
Further information in German you can find at: http://buerendemo.twoday.net/
20. August 2007
Noel Asanga Fon
Ladies and Gentlemen, dear Comrades in combat. It's with mixed feelings that we prisoners of circumstances here in Büren are welcoming your ceaseless efforts in a struggle against the fundamental violation of human rights and freedom. We are comforted as we know there still exist people of good faith and humanitarian organisations in Germany and the world at large who care of victims whose rights are violated. Mixed in the sense that the circumstances under which we are detained are intolerable in 21^st century Europe.
We salute your efforts, people of good faith, human rights ambassadors, humanitarian organisations, press and media, the old and the young, who have mobilised themselves from all corners of the globe to manifest their grievances against gross violation of human dignity.
We know this is not going to be an easy struggle but eventually victory will be ours. Never in the history of Mankind has the cry of the masses gone in vain. Politicians have and will always give reasons to the rule of democracy, 'power to the people' 'the force of masses'.
There is great emergency for politicians of the 21^st century to recognise the necessity and importance for the respect of human dignity. And to exercise their duties without discrimination and prejudice.
We call for total respect of the fundamental rights of mankind as a whole, against the discrimination by the colour of the skin, faith, race or political and religious conviction. Political interest should under no circumstances jeopardise the integrity of the fundamental rights of mankind.
We prisoners of circumstances; victims of violence, war, plaques and disasters come from different angles of the universe, are prejudiced and held in captivity in Büren detention camp and other concentration prisons of human abuse in Germany. We are vulnerable and without any defence under the discriminatory racist laws mandated against us. Yet we have good people like you out there to advocate on our behalves.
We say thanks once more !
Büren prison is a multipurpose business arena. It has similarities to the nazist concentration camps. The idea behind this prison is criminal and for wicked agenda. It is a mini industrial complex, where prisoners work and make money to private pockets. Prisoners work for less than 50 Cents an hour, for a firma Löer and Schäfer, who pays about 20 Euros an hour for the services rendered to the prison authorities. There exists a provision store in Büren for prisoners, prices are 2 times or more higher than of Aldi, Penny Markt, Plus etc. A bottle of water costs 85 Cents. I have sent a shopping list ?Einkaufs-Shop Mewes JVA Büren?. You people can compare the prices yourselves.
Again the prisoners are given alarming bills to pay for their staying in prison. Some amount up to 14.000, 00. A German civil servant will not earn or save this money annually or in his life time, and what about a prisoner who earns just 50 Cent an hour or has no income?
Deportation Prison Büren an idea behind it is to promote and experiment the pro-nazist ideology on immigrants and why not later pass onto the Germans?
I call for German awareness!
To detain a victim of circumstances for a period of 3 months renewable up to 18 months is a racist practice and aims to eliminate the victim, not physically but psychologically and spiritually. Büren prison is a sect !
We have cases getting to 12 months awaiting deportation. Some are sick and insane.
The nutrition is poor, bread remains a large proportion of our daily menu and many prisoners suffer from constipation and other diet related sickness. When a prisoner dares to complain, the response will be? Do you have a better meal in your homeland? Prisoners are scared of the prison dispensary, because there is alleged conspiracy of ill treatment of immigrants and suspicion of body organ transaction and misappropriate treatment given to immigrants to destroy them mentally.
The prison doors are apparently locked throughout, less than 3 hours is accorded for both sport and sunbath. This is below recommended standard.
Prisoners are dressed in rags, representing caricatures or comedians to the amusement of prison authorities. Prisoners are forced to sign documents without understanding the content and implication behind such suspicious documents. Any resistance against such order and you will find yourself in the keller.
There exists a court within the prison buildings where verdicts are pre-prepared to the hearings of the persecuted. The persecuted has nothing to say in front of these judicial monsters, who smile at the desperation of the victim, as he receives his over 3 months extended sentence with tears. Nobody knows exactly when he will be released or deported. The action and decision is always sudden to the confusion and desperation of the victim who remains helpless and knows not what awaits him ahead. More so, victims are deported to a land which is not their homeland.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the suffering in Büren prison is enormous and every aspect here is abusive, unlawful and internationally unconstitutional.
Dear comrades in combat, we want to make our voices heard. Germany as a signatory of the international convention for the fundamental protection of human right and freedom is violating the same convention that paved a save passage for German refugees during post war Germany to seek protection and asylum without restriction, all over the world from 1948 to 1990 precisely. The fall of the Berlin wall in 1990 also marked an end of the cold war in Europe and western Europe especially registered increasing socio-political stability.
War, political instability, violence, plagues remained an Afro-Asian, Latino-American and Eastern Communist European problem.
Hence there were no more German refugees, so Büren saw its days in 1994 to prevent world refugees to benefit from the same privileges, German war and political refugees had benefited for almost 2 decades. Eurodac Regulation 2003 is also an egoistic political mechanism.
Comrades, today, 02/09/2007, will mark another historical page to the liberation of mankind. Our fight for equality and freedom is real and remains a prime issue throughout the world.
Our fight against illegal detention and deportation of victims of circumstances is legitimate and unless it doesn?t go as far to the total and complete liberation of mankind caught in any prejudice, discrimination and bias, in all legal and civil society, our effort will be meaningless.
We declare today, the Day of our Liberation and the total and complete liberation of Mankind, we call for a total and complete closure of all deportation chambers and prisons of human abuse in Germany and the world as a whole.
We challenge the racist laws mandated upon immigrants and asylum seekers in Germany. We call for the total respect and the obligation of the German government to protect the rights of people within and outside German territory without discrimination and prejudice.
Unless ! this demands, which are not negotiable, are met with present effect, we are declaring ourselves sacrificial lambs for freedom.
In effect we announce today the long awaited prisoner hunger strike, our civil disobedience, for the immediate release of all victims of circumstances, not charged with any criminal offence, in all German deportation camps.
Dear fellow comrades, we wish you all farewell back to your various destinations, as you enhance and propagate our suffering.
We are paying a price for freedom.
May God bless the world.
Long live F. R. Germany
Long live freedom.
Long live A.A.C.D.I.D ((action against corrupt detention and illegal
Done in Büren 20/08/2007
Noel Asanga Fon