Refugee Conference in Stuttgart - Statement on Refugee Self Organization
in Lagers by Rex Osa "Refugees have a Voice"
For years, Refugees have been actively involved in the struggles against
injustices imposed on them by the European Government with Germany taking
the Lead. In Baden Wurttemberg, little is yet to be seen about refugees
been active in the struggle. Just in the past months, refugees in Baden
Wurttemberg realized and acknowledged the strength in networking
especially against the lager system. In the course to further strengthen
the mobilization for Refugees' self-Organization, a conference with title
"Refugees have a Voice" is planned for March 12, 2011 in Stuttgart, Baden
Refugees are responsible for the general preparation and organization of
this Conference. Speakers are chosen from our sphere and Refugee Activist
from other German States are invited to share their long years of
experiences in the struggle through exchanges and join us to formulate
better strategies to strengthen the ongoing protest actions in Baden
Wurttemberg. The core objective of the Conference will be stressed on
building Refugee Communities with priorities in acknowledging that we are
the best persons to tell our own stories from why we are here and what we
are confronted with in the system. Because without us as practical
victims, compromise will continually be celebrated while the main problems
of discrimination, racism and stigmatization propagated through a
beautiful face seasonal antiracist activism remains the daily order.
Reasons for Our struggles
Although individual or specific situation in Lagers may seem different in
Nature all over Germany, the Situations of every refugee boils down to the
German Apartheid concept of isolation, exclusion and total control of
those seen as unwanted in this society. The values of the so called
unwanted guests are identified with being accommodated in Lagers located
either at the edge of the Community or in the middle of nowhere, striped
off all rights to privacy and choice, restricted from exercising the right
to move freely and availability of limited medical attention, just to name
a few among other repressive mechanisms.
The State projects Refugees as enemies of the Society who must be left
defenseless while a crusade of systematic destruction goes on unabated.
Their daily lives are complemented with instrumental hatred,
discrimination, total control and institutionalized racism. The lager as
the central instrument of the repression is nothing short from Segregation
Ghettos beautifully made by name of Asylum homes. The Lager mentality is
reminiscent of the old times of slavery, colonialism and nationalism, a
strategy to keep the so called bad eggs far from the normal Society to
facilitate identification, control and deportation. Continuous repressive
cultures are imposed on us, to frighten, traumatize and psychologically
destroy us in other to sustain the German culture of dominance and
The whole repression has even brain-washed many of us who are now made to
see the different available ways to survive as the only possibility. We do
not even know who to trust anymore. i.e. the Good or Bad amongst the
Social workers, the Police or otherwise. In many cases, the social workers
become the major horror to the Victimized Refugees. The German Asylum
politics is a contradiction to the UN Convention on refugee protection
creating well meditated loop holes for their administrative Districts and
departments to enforce arbitrary decrees.
Enough is enough from institutionalized lies and mockery. Knowing the
truth of what it is costing to run the whole mechanism of control is a
right to every German. It costs the state far more to deport, fortify
boarder Regimes and enforce the repressive forces than it cost to allow us
the freedom guaranteed by international standards.
By self organization, the deeds of the state would be made known to the
Society, Refugees will be able to keep the Authorities' on serious check,
Refugees will be able to know their rights to resist any form of
repression and institutionalized lies and mockery, Refugees would have the
guts to always ask the Question "Why" which commits officials to lying in
defense of their practices of injustice.
Community networking in Lagers is intended to redirect Refugees' attention
to the lager as the central base for all the repression, analyze the need
for us refugees to believe in our potentials and bridge the gap between
the repression we face in this so-called "democratic Germany" and our
basic reason of flight because, "we are here because you destroyed our
We demand the Closure of all Lagers
We demand the abolition of racial Segregating Laws
We demand freedom and dignity for all including Refugees.
Flüchtlingsinitiative in Biberach
Email: Refugeenews firstname.lastname@example.org
The VOICE Refugee Forum, Baden Wurttemberg
The VOICE Refugee Forum Jena
Adresse: Schillergässchen 5, 07745 Jena
Tel. Handy 0049(0) 17624568988,
Fax: 03641 / 42 02 70,
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