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- (Deutsch) 15.11.13 Erklärung der Hamburger Rechtsanwältinnen und Rechtsanwälte zu der politischen Forderung der Gruppe Lampedusa in Hamburg
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Refugee Strike Berlin
The VOICE Refugee Forum
The last Wednesday-demonstration „Lampedusa in Hamburg – We are here to stay!“ will take place on the 27.11.2013. Instead, the group „Lampedusa in Hamburg“ calls for demonstrations through the city center on all four Advent-Saturdays!
30.11 | 07.12. | 14.12. | 21.12.
always at 12 PM at the Protest-Tent (Steindamm 2, Hamburg main station)
The recent news coverage of the group „Lampedusa in Hamburg“ has been dominated by the events at the St. Pauli church. We want to make clear that the church is only ONE of the sleeping places for members of the group and that the PR work by the church does not represent the opinion of the group.
It is correct, that some members of the group sleeping in the church have applied for a right to stay on humanitarian reasons – most were forced to do this unwillingly by the racist controls executed in October. But the clear majority of the group places absolutely no trust in the offer made by the senate of Hamburg. The „solution“ with the Duldung is unacceptable for us.
We can imagine, what the senate likes about the new position of us refugees: From subjects that self-confidently demand their vested rights we have been transformed into harmless applicants that blindly hope for the good will of the sovereign. Not another word on the fact that exactly this senate kicked us out onto the street in the cold April, that the senate ignored our suffering and the danger to our lives for months and then put even more pressure on us with the racist controls.
As a reminder: The senate’s offer consisted of:
being able to make individual applications for a residence permit on humanitarian grounds
being granted a „Duldung“ for the time of the procedure
being cared for by the state
in case the applications are rejected, to rely on not being deported until the objection has gone through all courts („guarantee for the procedure“)
We and our lawyers reply to this:
the senate emphasised several times that the most of the applications will be rejected sooner or later. Senator Neumann publicly declared this on his homepage recently
a „Duldung“ is not a perspective for our life, no guarantee for anything. We know that people with a „Duldung“ are forced to live in German Lagers for years and that the constant fear of being deported any moment slowly makes them go crazy. We finally want to arrive somewhere and have security for our lives!
We want to work and not rely on help from the state!
Even if we are allowed to stay until all legal procedures concerning our applications come to an end – what happens after that?
The offer made by the senate does not consider in any way that we are recognized as refugees of war in Europe already, who were forced to flee by a NATO-war in which Germany also participated. The inhuman living conditions we and many other refugees were confronted with in Italy are the consequence of the failure of the European system of protection for refugees. The situation in Italy is not considered by the senate. But especially against this backround, Hamburg can and must assume responsibility by using the given legal possibilities to grant a residence permit. The §23 is such a political possibility for the senate of Hamburg and we reconfirm our demand for a collective group-solution on the basis of this paragraph.
It is attemted to sweep the lasting inhuman situation of the group „Lampedusa in Hamburg“ under the carpet and the senate presents a trap as a solution for a humanitarian catastophy. Under such circumstances, the transition back to the daily routine has to be disturbed. This is why we call upon everyone to persistantly show the senate over and over again, that the only acceptable solution is the collective residence permit for our group!
Join our demonstrations and show your solidarity! Together we can fight for a change of the inhuman and life-threatening isolationist policies in Hamburg and Europe.
(Deutsch) 15.11.13 Erklärung der Hamburger Rechtsanwältinnen und Rechtsanwälte zu der politischen Forderung der Gruppe Lampedusa in Hamburg
Below you find a press release by the group “Lampedusa in Hamburg” for todays demonstration. Thank you to all the countless people who showed their solidarity today! Lampedusa in Hamburg – Here to stay!
Hamburg, 02.11.2013. Today the group “Lampedusa in Hamburg” calls for a nationwide demonstration according to the motto “Solidarity with Lampedusa in Hamburg – We demand a right to stay according to § 23 Residence Act!”. Several thousand people are expected to join the demonstration, including refugee activists and participants from nearly all federal states of Germany.
The group “Lampedusa in Hamburg” demands:
That the senate acknowledges that the members of the group “Lampedusa in Hamburg”, all being recognized refugees of war from Libya, are not provided with appropriate protection in Italy, which is a consequence of the failure of the Dublin II-System. The senate has to assume responsibility and has to seriously examine the possibilities of granting a right of residence, i.e. according to § 23 Residence Act.
The consideration of the groups’s proposal to form a commission which could realize the development of a future procedure.
A comment by Asuquo Udo, one of the speakers of “Lampedusa in Hamburg”:
“In contrast to what had been published in the press lately, the group has not split up. Under the overpowering pressure and threats some may accept the offer made by the senate, but the group still remains strong and united. Ill advice that aims at splitting the group will not be accepted.
After long discussions we, the group “Lampedusa in Hamburg”, see that there are many hidden dangers in the offer made by the senate. We insist that we cannot submit ourselves to a process which gives us no legal assurance about a perspective to stay or a work permit and rejects our legitimate reasons for a right to stay. Much is said about the rule of law, but laws are always interpreted to our disadvantage. The § 23 Residence Act examplarily offers a solution to our existential suffering.
We remain prepared to approach the situation in a constructive manner and think that a further dialogue with the senate is necessary. This is why we propose the formation of a comission that could realize the concrete development of a future procedure.”
Recently there has been a lot of wrong information about the members of the group “Lampedusa in Hamburg” accommodated in the St. Pauli Church. It is not true that everyone sleeping in the church has accepted the offer made by the senate. The group “Lampedusa in Hamburg” has information that not more than one third of the refugees in the church have signalled the willingness to accept a “Duldung”.
The group has definitely not split up. The group structures are still functioning, even though there is a lot of pressure on the group. Asuquo Udo, one of the speakers of “Lampedusa in Hamburg”, comments on this:
Two years after the war in Libya destroyed our lives we have still not reached the end of our flight. We are denied every possibility to lead are normal life again. In such a traumatic situation everyone has to take decisions about his own future. After long discussions we see that there are many hidden dangers in the offer made by the senate, which makes a further dialogue with the senate necessary. The struggle of the group “Lampedusa in Hamburg” continues, we stand together and demand our rights!