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A mobilization is taking place in the south-east as answer to the risk of deportation to Sudan of two migrants currently in a detention center in Nîmes, which converges with the one for the people prosecuted for their solidarity, and also in support of an Afghan exile who is likely to be sent back to Afghanistan via Norway.

So let us not forget the petition “Solidarity with solidarity people”:

https://www.change.org/p/solidarit%C3%A9-avec-les-solidaires

and the one in support of Hashim, who may be deported to Afghanistan:

https://www.change.org/p/office-fran%C3%A7ais-de-l-immigration-et-de-l-int%C3%A9gration-ofii-soutenir-hashim-en-proc%C3%A9dure-dublin

The collective Cévennes sans Frontières gives the latest updates on the situation and publishes a text recalling at the global context in which the expulsions to Sudan are, already happened or not.

https://cevennessansfrontieres.noblogs.org/

« Risk of deportation to Sudan for people detained in Nîmes CRA

Two people detained at the Nîmes Detention Center are facing the threat of expulsion to Sudan in the next few days.

For one, an appointment was taken with the Embassy of Sudan on Wednesday, 4th January in order to obtain the official permission to be deported.
The other is awaiting the results of his final appeal, due to the fact that the interview made last week with OFPRA  by video conference did not proceed in good conditions and his asylum application was therefore rejected (the person concerned has hearing problems and was thus unable to answer the questions that were asked him).

A rally will take place in Alès on Wednesday (January 4th) at 6.30 pm in front of the court (place Henri Barbusse) to denounce the repression of people in solidarity with migrants, and it will also be the occasion to denounce these odious deportations. Come one,
come all!

For more information about this situation please do not hesitate to contact us at: cevennessansfrontieres@riseup.net

Stay vigilant! Solidarity and determination!

“Below (here you can read the original in French) a text for you to share it as much as possible in your networks:

« Risk of deportation to Sudan for people detained in Nîmes CRA

Two people from Darfur are currently detained at the Administrative Detention Center (CRA) in Nîmes, by decision of the prefectures of Var and Vaucluse. They both received an Obligation to Leave the French Territory (OQTF), with their country of origin as destination. This means that once the last administrative appeals possible will be filed and lost, which is likely to be the case at the beginning of January, they could be taken on a flight to Sudan.

As a reminder, Darfur is the scene of a bloody conflict since 2003, when rebels took up arms against the power of Khartoum. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir then launched a violent counter-insurgency that continues to kill people until today. He, in fact, is sought since 2009 by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. According to the UN, about 300,000 people were killed in these conflicts, and 2.5 million were displaced.

While expulsions to countries at war and dictatorships are not yet a common practice, they tend to become widespread. Several agreements have recently been signed between the European Union and so-called countries of origin or transit in order to allow this kind of expulsions and to strengthen at the source the confinement of migrants.

Thus, it is irrelevant whether these countries don’t respect the International Human Rights Conventions, commit war crimes, or exercise dictatorial repression of their populations. The priority for the EU is to stop illegal immigration beyond its borders in order to avoid too many asylum applications on its territory, and to integrate the relevant partners in the control of migration routes.

Indeed, the agreements concluded between the EU and Turkey in March 2016 resulted in the blocking of part of the migratory roads from the near East, the development of bigger camps or detention centers to marginalize migrants, the financing of security measures, and the deportation of exiles who have arrived in Greece who have now only to wait patiently for their forced return to Turkey.

The agreements signed between Italy and Sudan in May 2016 are part of the Karthoum process in order to ensure a more efficient management of migratory flows. Its application concerns the countries of the Horn of Africa and the most important Mediterranean transit countries (Libya, Egypt and Tunisia). The 48 people arrested in August 2016 at the Franco-Italian border who were deported to Karthoum, and many of them imprisoned in the jails of the Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir as soon as they arrived, could testify how it works.

The readmission agreement signed on 5 October between Afghanistan and the European Union aims to systematize and facilitate deportations to Afghanistan. Its implementation began with a flight from Germany taking 34 people on board and another joint flight from Norway and Sweden (22 people). The EU aims to send 80,000 people to Afghanistan.

In France, in particular since the dismantling of the Calais Jungle, several people have been treated with similar measures, with destinations such as Sudan (one person was deported on 2 December from the Vincennes CRA, another is in jail in Fresnes waiting for the trial for opposing to his expulsion), Eritrea (three people threatened and imprisoned at the CRA of Mesnil Amelot on 26 November), and Afghanistan (a person hosted in the Cévennes region, risks to be “Dublined” to Norway and to be then sent back to Afghanistan).

About ten years ago, the Rabat process, which was discussed with the countries of the Maghreb and West Africa, started the idea of setting up a common policy aimed at preventing the exiles from reaching Europe. A few years later, and still today, it is concretized in Morocco by a series of repressive measures: destruction of self-organized camps around the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, raids, arbitrary detentions …

The signing of these agreements this year and their concrete implementation don’t seem to arouse at the moment any relevant protests able to significantly oppose them. Nevertheless, fighting against the wide-spreading and the trivialization of expulsions, especially towards countries at war, is a priority. And even if the means to oppose deportations are still difficult to put in place on a large scale, it is now more than ever time to tackle this task and to strongly denounce this deadly policy.

 

si-yuan-echassierSi-Yuan : Wading bird.

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