Dossier on Deportation – Update

15. July, 2017 | 14:20

Until now the PDF version of our dossier against deportation was not really what you would call appealing. At least we tried to change that now and updated also the content. Minor inquiries in parliament, our press releases as well as new developments such as the passed custody for the purpose of deportation or the practice of alternative documents replacing the Duldung are to be found in there now. At the end of the dossier you will find a list of all the relevant links for legal advice that appear throughout the dossier. We explicitly want to point out the tipps for doctors’ certificates as well as the information that GEW compiled for teachers for the case that police appears in schools.

Also we call upon you once again: if you know something about deportations and human rights violations that have been enforced in the course of them inform us! As we have written many times already: the Ministry of the Interior is not interested in transparency. To provide at least some monitoring is what we want.

The dossier as web version in German and English. The PDF version also in German and English.

Press Release: Protest against Detention of People seeking Protection in Saxony

15. May, 2017 | 7:43

On Wednesday Saxon Parliament decides on Law regulating Custody

The planned custody for the purpose of deportation appalls a great number of civil society. The consequences of detention and custody for the people affected are widely and well known. The supporters of the call for protest want to demonstrate against the expected approval of the law in front of State Parliament, next Wednesday, 12pm. Even though coalition readjusted the bill, many aspects of the law remain critical and unexplained.

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A “better custody” won’t make human rights violations any better!

9. May, 2017 | 18:10

On May 17th, Saxon Parliament will decide upon the Law on the Enforcement of Custody for the Purpose of Deportation. The coalition of CDU and SPD proposed a change of law, trying to make custody “better” (Drs. 6/6352). Some demands of our appeal, that we published with many other signatories, are included. Almost all critical points of Jesuiten-Flüchtlingsdienst are not to be found (statement here, provided for publication). Because of that and out of the following reasons we and others call for protest in front of Saxon State Parliament on May 17th.

  • Sent ahead: Custody and detention of people who have not committed any crime make sick. In no way we see a necessity for a custody center. The state government does not have to apply the federal law. The objective, to produce high deportation numbers, was reached in 2016 already. In that year, Saxony doubled the number of deportees with 3.377 in comparision to 2015 with 1.725 human beings deported.
  • The proposed change of law claims that particular attention will be paid to the situation and needs of people in need of protection”. There is no definition of what that is supposed to be. People of particular vulnerability, as well as all other people who seek protection, should not find themselves in detentionlike situations. That should be self-explaining.
  • Of course it needs to be appreciated that families and unaccompanied minors will be in separate custody from other people who are obliged to leave the country. But the same needs to be said here: families and minors in custody? This simply cannot be.
  • An advisory board will be established. Two members of parliament, one of a coalition, one of an opposition faction, Saxon Deputy for Foreigners’ Issues, two representatives of one “aid organisation and one “migrants’ organisation”  as well as one representastive of the ministry of the interior will belong to the board. The board’s members are supposed to be informed about accomodation, employment, catering as well as medical care. They have the right to visit the facility. On the one side, the “Blackbox Custody”, that we see coming, is brightened, on the other side, custody is supposed to appear as legitimate. The government still needs to tell what it understands by “aid and migrants’ organisations”. Our demand is: an unrestricted right of the people in custody to receive visitors that applies to lawyers and NGO-employees too. Then, people in custody may transmit their critique directly. Only, a right to receive visitors cannot be found, neither in the law, nor in the purposed change of law.
  • As before, a general reference to the Penal Procedure Code is written in the law. There was a reason for the European Court of Justice to demand that offenders and refugees are supposed to be taken in custody separately. The general reference to the Penal Procedure Code will not satisfy that obligation. Besides that, Jesuiten-Flüchtlingsdienst voiced that the Administration Courts, controling the enforcement of custody, are not prepared for the Penal Procedure Code.
  • There will not be any psychotherapeutic, psychosocial nor social care.
  • Administration of Justice won’t be present in the custody facility. If a right to receive visitors is not established, this would have been the minimum to ensure that refugees are able to make use of their rights.
  • The custody should have been defined as ultima ratio, according to Jesuiten-Flüchtlingsdienst. This is what EU return directive demands.
  • Furthermore, Jesuiten Flüchtlingsdienst went through the timetable of Dresden airport: the winter flight schedule records almost no destinations beyond Europe. The according paragraph, regulating custody, demands the facility to be in the transit zone of an airport or at a place, where one can easily depart from. Scheduled flights cannot be used in Dresden. Only collective flights can be used to enforce deportation.
  • Custody will cost three million Euro. But as it was described: from the government’s perspective, deporting goes excellent. There is no need for custody to produce higher deportation numbers. It is part of the election campaign, serving the governing parties to meet the demands of the political opponent from the far right edge. In a completely unnecessary way, the budget is burdened. But first and foremost, custody is only one thing: it is inhumane.

The supporters of that call are:

Afghanische Kulturgruppe Dresden
AG Asylsuchende Sächsische Schweiz Osterzgebirge e.V.
AKuBiZ e.V. Pirna
Arbeitskreis Ausländer und Asyl Freiberg e.V.
Asylum Seekers’ Movement
Ausländerbeauftragter der Evangelisch-Lutherischen Landeskirche Sachsens
Bon Courage e.V.
Gefangenen Gewerkschaft / Bundesweite Organisation
Initiativkreis Menschen.Würdig e.V.
Kontakgruppe Asyl e.V. Dresden
Linksjugend [‘solid] Dresden
Netzwerk Asyl, Migration, Flucht Dresden
Non-Citizen Council
Peperoncini e.V.
Refugee Law Clinic Leipzig e.V.
Romano Sumnal e.V.
Rote Hilfe e.V.
Sächsischer Flüchtlingsrat e.V.
Zendegi (Leben) – Keine Abschiebungen nach Afghanistan

Support PRO ASYL’s petition addressing the Members of German Bundestag!

28. April, 2017 | 7:21

Families need to be together. Refugees should not be separated from their relatives for years!

Yesterday, the Great Coalition postponed the opposition’s request regarding the reimplementastion of family reunification for beneficiaries of subsidiarian protection. The governing factions do not even want to bother with the issue. PRO ASYL at the same time started a petition that demands the reimplementation of family reunification. PRO ASYL’s petition can be signed here.

 

The artist Nino Khundadze on her workshop “School for Everyone”

14. April, 2017 | 11:29

Art is everywhere and in everything. It is part of our everyday life and it speaks a language we all understand. Art has no beginning or end, there is no such thing as a border letting you say art starts here: after this line, in this frame, on that canvas, on that paper, in that photo…

Everything around is art, but somehow, many people miss it, that’s where we, who notice, called artists, start to colour, paint, draw and document things, so it becomes more noticeable, to stop you and help you to see.

This is all what this workshop is going to be about. We will take usual, random pieces of rock, gathered in the street, paint them our way, using acrylic colours and technics that I will show you, place our artprint, then using wire that we will use to connect everyone’s art pieces and transform it into one whole piece.

As the theme for contest is a school of future, without borders, we together will give shape to this wonderful idea.

Think about it, school is not about books and studying only, it is more about communication and sharing, growing together and helping each other… And we by sharing our time and uniting our abilities can give shape to “that idea of school”. A shape that can show the observer that just from random rocks and wire, something beautiful and meaningful can be made of just by taking time to communicate… Doing so, a simple message can be passed that even a rock or anything, that comes on your way, can be transformed into something nice and can brighten up someone’s grey day and help understand. That each and every one of us, each and every thing that exists, is a beautiful piece of art in a huge mosaic, in a great art work…

The workshop will take place on May 27th in Stadtmuseum Dresden in the room of the museum educators. All participants of the drawing competition School for Everyone may join!

+++ Demonstration “Stop Deportations to Afghanistan” in Leipzig on Saturday, 25th of March, 2pm+++

24. March, 2017 | 7:15

—Press Release of Afghan Refugees from Leipzig—

Stoppt Abschiebungen nach Afghanistan“ is a self-organized demonstration by Afghan migrants and refugees against the deal between Germany and Afghanistan to send back Afghans and against the deportations to Afghanistan. It will take place Saturday, 25/03/2017 at 2 pm at Willy-Brandt-Platz, Leipzig.

“We are against these deportations and the deal between Germany and Afghanistan which make these deportations even much easier.” said Farhad one of the organizers. “You cannot find any place in Afghanistan and say this place is safe from Taliban, IS devotees, the U.S and Nato’s armies, air strikes and military drones or suicide attacks.” he continued.

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Drawing Competition has started! – School for Everyone!

11. March, 2017 | 13:59

Today our drawing competition as part of the campaign “School for everyone” started. How could a school look like where borders do not play a role anymore? Many kids and teenagers do not have a chance to attend school in Germany. They live in the so-called “first-reception-centers” and lose a lot of time just by waiting and feeling bored until the authorities decide on their destiny. They are refused from attending school. The only reason why they have to live in the reception centers and do not have to go to school: they are from the “wrong” country. Even though they and their parents had good reasons to escape their states are labeled as safe. But this is not so easy to say. At least their parents’ requests for asylum should be fairly checked and decided upon. Though this is just not happening. As a result they stay in the reception centers and often just wait for the police to come and deport them to their countries of origin. This is their future and in future, borders play a huge role. 256 kids and teenagers wait in such first reception centers. 134 of them have been staying there for even longer than three months.

We ask you how a school could look like in which all kids can dream of a future where they can do what they want to. How could a school look like where it does not matter where somebody comes from – a school without borders? What should change, which subjects should be taught and how are they organized? Are school classes from first to fourth grade and from fifth to tenth still a good idea if people are coming and going continually? Are school books still needed when there are so many different languages and internet is existent at schools? How could understanding work when there are so many different languages? Does nowadays education not only mean to know but maybe to understand too? More information about the drawing competition of DGB Youth Saxony, GEW Saxony here.

Information on the whole campaign “School for Everyone”: http://kampagne-schule-fuer-alle.de/

 

 

 

 

Press Release: Right to Move and Right to Stay instead of Relentless Hardness

15. February, 2017 | 7:42

State Government publishes numbers on deportations of 2016

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On the occassion of the published numbers on deportations of 2016 by the Ministry of the Interior, Saxon Refugee Council starts with a dossier in German and English on its website. 20 family separations in 2016 compared to four separations in 2015 show how coarsely Saxony deports people. The critical and public supervision of Saxon deportation practice is our objective.

 

3.377 people were deported by the Saxon Ministry of the Interior in 2016. In comparision with 2015 the number has doubled. In 2016, Saxon Refugee Council and other NGOs were forced to document the violation of one human right after the other, following the relentless pace of the foreigners’ departments.

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About us

15. July, 2016 | 15:38

Since 1991, the Sächsischer Flüchtlingsrat e. V. is engaged for the protection of displaced people and for humane living conditions in Saxony. It takes sides for the legitimate interests of refugees and safeguards the public control in the realization of the asylum procedure law and the asylum seekers act in Saxony. Further fields of work are the documentation and the publication of human rights violations in this area.

The Sächsischer Flüchtlingsrat e. V. offers informational material about the recent development in asylum policy, has an advisory function and refers to the informational service of PRO ASYL and other nationwide refugee councils. It initiates and accompanies the cooperation with other groups for local, regional and national activities.

The association’s memorandum was adopted the 28th February 1995 (Foundation date: 14th September 1991).
You can become a supporting member of our association. The minimum amount per year is 24,00 Euro. You can get further information (in German) in the contribution rules.

Please fill in the declaration of membership and send it to:

Sächsischer Flüchtlingsrat e.V.
Dammweg 5
01097 Dresden