31st March in Paris : together against deportations to Sudan

Of course the Exiles are political subjects and will express in the public space ,visions and choices as to a particular situation or as to the society and its future. In any case, as the deportations to Sudan are multiplying and becoming commonplace, a collective of Exiles, Sudanese activists, are calling for mobilization.

Gathering in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Friday 31 March from 15:30 to 18:30.

You can download the text of the call here.

“Together against the expulsion of asylum seekers to Sudan”
Gathering to protest against the deportation of asylum seekers to Sudan
In front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Friday 31 March 2017 from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm

Today the Sudanese are awaiting the execution of their deportation orders, as the French authorities have initiated deportation procedures for an increasing number of asylum seekers from Sudan in recent months without taking into account the situation of War in several parts of the country, notably in Darfur, the Nuba Mountains, the Blue Nile (the Quai d’Orsay strongly discourages French nationals from visiting these areas), nor serious violations of human rights throughout the country. France appears to be unaware that General Omar El Bechir is the only incumbent head of state that is being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. France no longer seems to recall that the provisions of the international conventions which prohibit the return of an asylum seeker to his or her country of origin if this is to endanger his life.

It is important to stress that Sudanese asylum seekers, like all applicants from other countries, do not have sufficient time to prepare their cases or do not receive assistance to understand the procedures.

The complexity of asylum applications and the legal and administrative limits that should not be exceeded. In addition, there are communication problems related to the insufficient number of interpreters in Arabic, but also in the other spoken languages of the country.

The majority of Sudanese asylum seekers arrive in France after a perilous crossing of the Mediterranean and a long and trying journey through several countries with the physical and psychological consequences that one might imagine that these young people who are leaving their country and their families for the first time. When they arrive in France, they are forced to sleep in the streets of the big cities. They lodge their asylum applications in conditions unworthy despite the help and efforts of NGOs.

With this gathering, we call on the French authorities to stop immediately the deportation of Sudanese asylum seekers to their country of origin because they are victims as soon as they return from pressures, threats, “prolonged” interrogations and all sorts of discrimination. Humanitarian and human rights organizations have reported cases of disappearance among those deported to Sudan, but also murders such as that of Mohamed Ahmed Mahmoud on 21st November 2016, the Sudanese services explained his death during the interrogations with the statement that he had thrown himself from the window of the fifth floor.

Stop the deportation of asylum seekers to Sudan !

Gathering organized by Sudanese activists and associations in France
Assembly area :
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
37, Quai d’Orsay 75007 Paris
Metro Line 8 and RER C: Gares des Invalides, near Esplanade des Invalides »

War of the meals in Calais: the State takes on the harassment done by the municipality


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Faced with the “arrêtés” taken by the town hall of Calais to prohibit the distribution of meals to the exiles on the outskirts of Calais, food distributions had started this Monday outside the hangar Paul Dévot, near the center of Calais (see here and here). In addition, an urgent appeal (urgent procedure) was filed Monday night and will be heard today Thursday at the Administrative Court of Lille.

The distributions of Monday and Tuesday evening went well, under the more inquisitive eye the first day, more distant the second, of a CRS van and a car of the municipal police.

Yesterday night, the Paul Dévot hangar was surrounded by CRS vans and police cars, people from the associations approaching were checked, distribution could not take place there, there were police officers saying they had a requisition from the prosecutor (so in principle for identity checks, and it would be interesting to see it and to see how the prosecutor motivates identity checks that are aimed at preventing people from eating).

The distribution took place a little further, in front of the former Calais Labor Office, which was also the place of shelter of the exiles under the Great Cold Plan between 2007 and 2014, and which the town hall of Calais today leaves abandoned like many other buildings it owns.

At the end of the distribution, CRS vans deploy and an identity check is announced with a megaphone (on what legal basis?). Two exiles do not flee, a minor with a broken foot, and an adult who has his arm in a sling and can not run. Both are taken by the BAC (Anti-Crime Brigade – so it is criminal to eat). And volunteers are controlled before being left free to go.

So that’s how it goes in Calais, but also elsewhere, from Calais to La Roya via Paris, all along the corridor of state inhospitality which runs from the Italian border to the British border – and after all over the territory?

In any case, we will always be there.

Paul Signac: Breakfast.

Alert: deportation to Sudan happened today


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As we have previously alerted, the expulsion of Mohammed Moussa to Sudan was expected to take place this morning.

“Despite the mobilization of 4 passengers and 1 steward, the flight #QR042 took off. Mohamed was drugged. (..)” from the Twitter account of La Chappelle Debout collective.

He was on the Qatar Airways flight to Doha from 9:25 am to Charles de Gaulle airport, terminal 1.

A call to gather on site from 7 am to noon:


Here is the testimony he gave to the collective La Chapelle Debout for it to be published:


“Are you sending me away to die? Give me my freedom “

Today we spoke with Mohamed Moussa who has been locked up for 43 days at the Mesnil Amelot and can be expelled via Doha with the company Qatar Airways by the flight of 9:25 this Thursday, March 16, 2017, one day before the end of his detention.

Stop the deportation of Mohamed Moussa and those of all others.

*rough translation*

“I was a trader. I was selling food between northern Darfur and the south where I come from (Nyala) to Sudan.

I was selling sugar, oil, flour, tea, tomato sauce and even coca and pepsi. Sometimes I also sold clothes like pants when there were some. Twice a month I used public transport to make the shuttle between the North and the South.
I had inherited a small nest egg to do this buisness. He came partly from the inheritance after the death of his father, who was also a merchant and owned a small supermarket.

I am 30 years old and am the elder of a family of 5. There are my brother Amjad, 26 years old, and I have three sisters: Majda (24), Mahla (22) and Maissa years).

My father died killed by the war and the Janjaweed by Chiria.

You must know that Mohamed is Zaghawa. This ethnic group represents 6% of the Sudanese population and is targeted and persecuted by the Sudanese government [1].

It is with this same government that France and the European Union sign “cooperation agreements” in which some give money or make “debt relief” when the others undertake to control their nationals well And their borders.

“One day when I was returning to see my sick mother, I was caught by a militia who took me to a depot next to a railway line near Nyala. From there, I was transferred to a prison 15 km from the city where I stayed for 10 months. I do not want to remember or talk about what happened there. That part of my life was very hard, black. We were in 2012.

“Following my uncle’s intervention, militiamen amongst those who locked me up came to see me and told me they would let me go on the express condition that I leave my Darfur land. So I went to Al Fashir and then I went to Libya.

There, after doing various odd jobs, I worked as a farm worker in a field for a boss who hosted me from 2013 to 2015. Despite the war I could have stayed there if I had not had a job, Other problems. Twice members of militias and armed gangs came to rackle the farm, I was threatened because I had no money, insult, and mistreat. I was threatened with death: “We’ll kill you dirty stranger,” they said. Several times I went to see my boss who answered: “that’s how I can do nothing.”

In September 2016, I took a small boat.

I paid 1,000 Lybian dinars. I traveled in the hold as I had not paid a lot of money. We were 110 people piled up for 11am, after which we were accosted by another larger boat in which we stayed two days before arriving in Italy.

I managed not to leave my fingerprints in Italy.

I arrived in Paris last October and spent 5 days at La Chapelle to sleep in the street. In front of the Camp. I wanted to rest but it was not possible. Several people advised me there to go to Calais because it was simpler for the procedures, faster and there were organizations that helped the exiles.

On 31/01, I had two euros left in my pocket and I was hungry.

I “went shopping” and sat in a public park to eat.

The police came to see him and they asked for my papers.

I did not understand anything [Mohamed does not speak French and very little English]. They took me to the police station and there they gave me a paper. I refused to sign because I did not understand what was written [it was an obligation to leave the French territory].

From the police station I was taken to a second center “Paris Charles de Gaulle”.

This is where I wanted to apply for asylum but I was told it was too late. [2]

In all I went five times before the judge. I had different translators every time but very often I did not understand what they were saying because we did not speak the same Arabic.

In court I was accused of not having applied for asylum on my arrival. I said, however, that I could not do it without knowing where to go and knowing neither the language nor the institutions.

At the end of February, on the 22nd, if I remember correctly, the prison police came with 4 Sudanese people. I do not know why they came to see me. The police did not explain.

The Sudanese have told me that they are part of a humanitarian organization that helps exiles. They looked odd that’s why I was suspicious and mostly silent.

Because of my attitude they ended the discussion and I was brought back to my cell [3]

They already wanted to expel me on February 24 but they could not because there was no paper from the embassy.

If I return to Sudan, the militia will kill me. I can not go home!

Moreover, my tribe is perceived as an opponent of the regime.

Do you send me back to die? Give me my freedom and let me begin my steps. Imprisoned I can not do anything. I am Darfuri and threatened with death!

How do you want me to take steps when I need time to understand how to do, know and know where to go ?!

I point out that the attitude of the police is incorrect and that at no time did I have a translator who spoke my language, my rights were violated.

I did not find the justice I hoped for in France. Pity.

[1] http://www.refworld.org/docid/54f04…

[2] This is the Mesnil Amelot detention center.

[3] Normally, migrants are presented to the embassies on which they depend. They must recognize the national and issue a consular pass so that they can be expelled.
We note the novelty since here the police and the administration work but in hand with the embassy. Everything is good to deport.
We add that, while access to the ARC is easily accessible to the Sudanese government, it is not the same for citizens, doctors or lawyers, and even state-approved associations In fact, they are very strictly controlled and especially limited in their prerogatives.

Like a restart


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For the people who knew Calais before the creation of the slum under the pressure of the public authorities in March – April 2015, the scene looks familiar. The truck loading dock, under a roof, of the Paul Dévot hangar was one of the places where meals were distributed until the public authorities conceded a place on Moscow street in 2009. Then again, after the evacuation of the place set up for the distribution of meals occupied by the exiles on 2 July 2014. The other place of distribution was a vacant lot on the Moselle quay, which is no longer practicable since there is a building under construction.

It was at the hangar Paul Dévot that the associations decided to organize the distribution of meals last night, in response to the municipal “arretes” prohibiting them in different sectors of the city. People from all walks of life in solidarity with the exiles have come, beyond the divergences which have been strong in the last two years, into a unit at least provisionally found.

To older people in Calais, the situation may be reminiscent of the period following the closure of the Sangatte Center in the autumn of 2002, when it was necessary to re-establish solidarity under the police harassment that meets the basic needs , to eat, to wash, to dress. In the absence of even a shelter, failing to have access to his fundamental rights.

Salomon Koninck: Philosopher with open book.

Death during an attempt to cross


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An Afghan exile died following an attempt to cross this Saturday. He had jumped off a truck that was going in the wrong direction, and lost consciousness while trying to go back to the Grande-Synthe refugee camp near Dunkirk.


This is the second death at the border since the beginning of the year. On January 21, Johnsina died crushed on the highway near Calais.

CNCDH questions the Prime Minister


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The National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH) is an independent authority whose role is to advise the parliament and the government on matters of fundamental rights and civil liberties. It mainly expresses its positions through opinions and reports.

When the president of this institution goes outside this framework to address directly the Prime Minister, it is to mark the gravity of the situation.

She did so with a letter dated 24 February and made public by the CNCDH, underlining the gravity of the abandonment situation in which exiles are left, many of whom are minors, as well as the harassment, intimidation and prosecution of persons in solidarity, both in Calais and on the Franco-Italian border.

In the letter, she therefore asks the Prime Minister to review the political choices that have led to this situation.

You can read the letter from the President of the CNCDH to the Prime Minister here (both in French):



Alert: risk of deportation to Sudan


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Mr M. was arrested in Calais on 31 January. An Obligation to Leave the French Territory was issued against him with Sudan as country of destination. He was transferred to the detention center in Mesnil Amelot, near Roissy – Charles de Gaulle airport, where he is currently locked up.

Although he has not yet been presented to the Sudanese consular authorities for identification and to issue the necessary pass for his deportation, a flight was scheduled for his deportation on Thursday Aircraft of Qatar Airways, which generally participates in expulsions to Sudan. March 16 is his penultimate day of detention, the maximum duration of which is 45 days, and he should otherwise be released the next day.

What you can do:

Call on the Minister of the Interior to call for an end to the expulsion:


Write a message or telephone the prefect of Pas-de-Calais, Fabien Sudry, who decided the deportation, to ask him to cancel it:

Contact form: http://pas-de-calais.gouv.fr/Contactez-nous


E-mail: fabien.sudry@pas-de-calais.pref.gouv.fr

The company Qatar Airways, from which are reserved the flights for the deportation. You can call its Paris office or go there to explain your point of view on their participation in these expulsions.


Qatar Airways, Paris Agency, 19 rue de Ponthieu, 75008 Paris, France, 01 43 12 84 40

You can also contact them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qatarairways

To argue, you can build on the findings of Amnesty International (both in French, but several articles and researches about Sudan can be found on the English website as well):



Alert: an expulsion to Norway may become a deportation to Afghanistan


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Fahrad was an interpreter for a UN mission in Afghanistan. For this, like other people who have worked for international agencies or NGOs, he is threatened by the Taliban. However, his asylum  application in Norway was rejected.

He then passed by Germany, France, willing to go to the United Kingdom, and was arrested in Calais. From there, it is the European regulatory machinery that plays: he is detained and sent back to the European country where he applied for asylum, Norway. And the Norwegian authorities, who have denied him asylum, are going to expel him to Afghanistan, where he is in danger, as they have done in other occasions.

On Streetvox, a tribune of Fahrad in which he explains its story and the stakes of its expulsion (in French):


Supplemented by a tribune of Marion Beaufils, lawyer of the Cimade, who restates the context:


The flight planned for the expulsion of Fahrad is at 11:15 am,  Monday, March 13, at terminal 1 of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. A call to rally was made:



UPDATE: he was let out of the plane and wasn t deported. He his still in detention, and still at risks of being deported.

Public Baths – round three


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Since the showers set up by the Secours Catholique in Calais have been the object of harassment both by the town hall and the state (see here, here and here), the citizens concerned are found Every Saturday morning at Place d’Armes, in the city center, to shower in public, since it is not possible for exiles, under penalty of arrest, to shower in a private place (see here and here) .

Since then, the town council has issued an anti-assembly decree concerning the distribution of meals in the industrial zone of the Dunes. As the meal distributions were moved outside the perimeter concerned by the decree, a new decree was taken concerning this new place, as well as the Place d’Armes where the public baths are held. “. To the question of showers, to the question of meals, added that of the freedom of expression.

Last saturday morning, in Place d’Armes, people in their bathrobes strode around the market and around, distributing leaflets and talking to the people present, before going up Rue Royale and gathering in front of the town hall, all under The eyes of municipal police officers.

As long as the showers of the exiles are harassed, the actions “Public baths!” will continue.


“Public bath:

Go out in a bathrobe and dress in the streets of Calais to protest against the fact that men and women are prevented from having access to this act of elementary hygiene which is to wash!

Since it is inappropriate to wash in a private space,
Perhaps it is better to wash in public space?

Freedom of expression :
In response to our gathering last week, the Mayor extends her order to Place d’Armes to make sure that we do not dare to gather again, that we come back in rank and remain silent.
We will never be silent!
Since the mayor wishes to muzzle us, let us express our disagreement and the inalienable attachment to our freedom of expression!

Renoir: Bay of Moulin Huet, Guernsey.

Deportation to Sudan of an Eritrean man


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Hamid, Eritrean migrant arrested in Calais and transferred to the detention center in Oissel near Rouen (see here and here), was deported to Sudan on Tuesday. He had been declared Sudanese during a visit of representatives of the Sudanese authorities in the station of the border police in the hours that followed his arrest, and from the moment where a pass had been issued by the Embassy of the Sudan, he was, locked in detention, unable to prove that it was Eritrean. But once arrived in Sudan, it can very easily be identified as Eritrean and sent back to Eritrea, which is one of the worst dictatorships on the planet.

This is a testament to the trivialization of the deportations to Sudan and the close cooperation between the French and Sudanese authorities to make them easier.