Recent police attacks on distributions

In the last weeks the police have started to include attacks on support infrastructure in their campaign of violence and intimidation against people on the move in this city. Volunteers and supporters in Calais have been reporting police attacks during food distributions, traffic stops and fines when going out in association vehicles to do distributions, threats to seize vehicles, poisoning of water supplies, and the destruction of donations. This is in addition to the police violence which takes place daily in the jungles, at the parkings, and in the streets for which volunteers are not often present.

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Water containers contaminated with CS gas

These incidents are part of a larger strategy aimed at eliminating solidarity towards people on the move from the streets of Calais. Ever since the explosion of support which helped construct the Jungle in 2015 the local government has targeted the groups and individuals trying to offer resources to undocumented people in Calais. After the evictions of the Jungle, the local government attempted to ban the distribution of food in Calais as well as people gathering in public space, a ban which was overturned by a court in Lille and is currently being appealed by the government, and by arresting anyone who attempts to protest the violence of the border (see post from June 26th). However, despite this ban the associations have continued cooking and distributing food throughout this time. Now, it seems like a decision has been taken to use the police in an extralegal way to disrupt the distributions in the hopes of discouraging the associations and make people too afraid to attend.

For years the state’s strategy has been to make life as hard as possible for people on the move in Calais with the hopes that they will give up and leave. Providing practical and material support to those on the move as well as speaking out against the state’s program of violence and intimidation is part of the struggle against the government’s desire to eliminate migrants and refugees from Calais’ streets. Defending the spaces where meaningful solidarity and support can exist in the city for those on the move is one part of challenging the border.

One way to challenge the violence of the police is to try to intervene. An easy way to do this is to film the police. Though it may seem to have a limited effect, continually exposing the violence of the police to public scrutiny can help challenge their impunity. As well as filming the police, it is also worth collecting other information about them; for example the officer’s numbers, the number of the CRS company involved, and testimonies from witnesses. Of course the police will try to hide their identities (in the recent weeks CRS have been hiding the registrations of their vans with black tape), but this can also be documented as used against them.

As migrants experience these violations on a daily basis there is especially a need for volunteers and activists to stay with them after the food distribution vans have left, because this is the time which the police attack the most. In the mornings people who stay in the jungle are woken up with tear gas and in the nights they are chased and beaten with batons.

The Cabane Juridique can help with legal assistance for making complaints against the police (legalshelterviolences@gmx.com)

Even though resisting police violence and the state’s attacks on solidarity may seem difficult, it is only through struggling together to defend the spaces and structures of support that the idea of a society based on openness, not borders, can remain.

A brief and incomplete time-line of police attacks on supporters:

Thursday, July 13
– A distribution van was gassed by police at the evening food distribution.

Saturday, July 15
– The morning distribution was hindered by police, and the CRS threatened to confiscate vehicles.

– In the evening, the police attacked and sprayed gas at the evening distribution at Verrotières.

– In the night, again at rue des Verrotières, a distribution vehicle with its rear doors open was gassed, along with the food that was inside. Many volunteers were also teargassed.

Sunday, July 16
– In the morning, at the Auchan Drive breakfast distibution, exiles and volunteers were gassed massively, food also. Some CRS policemen destroyed bags of pastries and bread by trampling them, and tried to confiscate the tea thermos flasks. The exiles dispersed, and the volunteers decided to move away, but to remain present in the field. They sat in a circle to picnic, sing songs and clap their hands, surrounded by police officers determined to force them to leave.

– This afternoon at 2.00pm, at the hospital distribution, again new police barriers.

Wednesday, July 19
– Police came at 9AM in the jungle at Verrotières to take people belongings; plastic, sleeping bags, tents, and anything with which they could shelter.

Tuesday, July 25
– The afternoon food distribution in the city center was disrupted by police. They were following the distribution van through the streets and once, stopped prevented food from being given out before everyone was fed. Afterwards seven people were arrested after refusing to show ID.

Protest at De Gaulle and Churchill statue unveiling in Calais

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On Sunday 25th June, the mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, brought 1000 tourists from Britain to Calais in an attempt to “reinforce the historic links between Great Britain and Calais”. In actual fact, this was a shameless endeavour to mask the reality of the situation in Calais.

3000 British people applied for the subsidised trip and 1000 people were selected to participate. The tourists were treated to a guided shopping tour of the city, and were then taken to the inauguration of two new statues, one of Charles De Gaulle, and the other of Winston Churchill. With great aplomb, in the presence of a gaggle of government bureaucrats including the Minister of Public Action and Accounts, the President of the Region, the Ambassador of Great Britain and the granddaughter of Winston Churchill, the new statues were unveiled to the sound of applause and the patter of rain.

Bouchart’s aim with this spectacle was to create a sanitised image of Calais. A town reaching out, proud of its historical righteousness, and encouraging more visitors (as long as they have the right citizenship status and money to spend). This is an utter facade but not without irony. The significance of these two figures, De Gaulle and Churchill, used as symbols of Calais is fitting. Not because of their heroic status for nationalists and those who see the history of empire and colonialism through rose tinted spectacles but because of their status as mass-murdering racists. Churchill had an outspoken hatred of the subjects of the British Empire, considering them sub-human. In Britain he was equally ruthless, in the face of organised resistance he deployed gun boats and tanks onto the streets. De Gaulle led a post-war authoritarian government so unpopular that it was nearly overthrown in 1968. He is also considered an architect of the colonial war in Algeria which devastated the country. What better figures to represent the state backed apartheid in Calais? The town where those without papers are denied access to donated food and clothes, where people on the move are denied entrance to libraries, swimming pools and other municipal facilities, where the police, supported by neo-nazi gangs, have embarked on a program of violence and harassment, and where at least 46 people have died trying to cross the border since the beginning of 2015.

To maintain this spectacle, any protest or criticism of the situation in Calais is ruthlessly shut down by the state and this is precisely what happened. Two protestors approached the mob of British tourists with signs saying “Open your hearts, welcome refugees” and “Calais doesn’t want your £, we need your solidarity”. After a short time standing outside the town hall holding these signs, the two were approached by the Deputy Mayor, Phillipe Mignonet, who ripped the signs from their hands. Shortly after this, several police officers arrived and began harassing the two sign holders, arresting one for not having ID. After one hour of identity verification the arrested protestor returned to attend the inauguration speech, closely watched by security agents.

This suppression of dissent shows the lengths that Calais officials will stoop to cover up the apartheid at work in Calais. The two protestors who raised their voices on that day, against the continual appropriation of De Gaulle’s legacy by the Calais town hall, are not the first, and they will not be the last.

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Second flight in four days for an Afghan man + suicide attemps – today June 23th

// Quick update : the plane left without him!! He is back in detention center, where he is supposed to be released tomorrow as it 45th day in detention is coming. He is not doing well but he has support from other detainees and is at least, not deported.

At airport the police beated him. There was around 8 people distributing flyers to passengers to explain them the situation. At boarding there was lots of police plus the Prefecture (which one, we don’t know, if somebody has clue please let us know). The pilot decided to leave quickly, while the man was locked up and masked at the end of the plane. He started to scream and passengers started to stand up in solidarity, making it impossible for the pilot to leave in safety who had to come back and leave the guy in France! //

Today June 23th, the afghan man, who had a deportation stopped last tuesday due to solidarity actions and his resistance in the plane, is having a second flight scheduled for 4.20pm today with Turkish Airlines, from Paris-CDG.

At time of writing, 11.50am, there was still no flights timetable of today in the cabins, which means that the concerned person just heard about it. In desesperation and in order to stop his deportation, the person hurted himself. It is really possible that he will be under sedation in order to force him to be calm at the airport and during all the time of the plane.

Another man who has a deportation today tried to commit suicide. We don’t know him neither his situation now. If his deportation is kept on going, he will probably be under sedation also.

Folks in Paris are trying to mobilize to distribute flyers at the airport Charles-de-Gaule to inform passengers of the current situation. Get in touch with La Chapelle Debout if you can go there.

You can take action :

Contact Turkish Airlines to make pressure on this company collaborating in deportations:

with @TurkishAirlines / #turkishairlines
Turkish Airlines, 8 Place de l’Opera 75009 Paris, France, 01 56 69 44 20
To challenge the government
sec.immigration@interieur.gouv.fr, 01 49 27 49 27
premier-ministre@pm.gouv.fr
Contact the Prefecture of Pas-de-Calais who is responsible for the detention and deportation of those people and can therefore cancel their decision :
By telephone : (+33) (0) 3.21.21.20.00
By fax : (+33) (0)3.21.55.30.30
Other useful contacts :
Minister of Interior Mr. Gerard Collomb

Director of the Cabinet of Mr. Collomb

stephane.fratacci@interieur.gouv.fr

Secretaire after of Prime Minister for Gender equality

(If you know the contacts of the new members in charge of the ministerial cabinets please write to us and we’ll add it)

 

Borders kill!

Detention centers kill!

Deportations kill!

Freedom for all!

URGENT!! IMMINENT DEPORTATIONS FROM FRANCE TO AFGHANISTAN // DEPORTATIONS IMMINENTES DE LA FRANCE VERS L’AFGHANISTAN (20 et 21 juin)

UPDATE JUNE 21TH // MISE A JOUR 21 JUIN
Two deportations halted this week! The man that was bring in the plane yesterday wednesday was put out as well.
Les deux déportations qui avaient lieu cette semaine ont été arrêtées! La personne concernée hier mercredi a été mise hors de l’avion qui a decollé sans celle-ci!
UPDATE JUNE 20TH 8pm // MISE A JOUR 20 juin 20h
The deportation didn’t happen today!! The person was bring at the airport, bring in the plane, but due to solidarity actions and clear refusal and screamings from the person concerned, he was put out of the plane and bring back to the Mesnil-Amelot detention center.
La déportation n’a pas eu lieu aujourd’hui! La personne fut amenée à l’aéroport, amenée dans l’avion, mais grâce aux actions solidaires et au clair refus de la personne concernée, l’équipage a décidé de le mettre hors de l’avion et la personne fut ramenée au centre de détention Mesnil-Amelot.
UPDATE JUNE 19TH 12h // MISE A JOUR 19 juin 12h
Two flights have been cancelled, and one has been changed to take place earlier!
First deportation scheduled for TOMORROW (this flight was supposed to take place on Saturday and has been moved up).
La Chapelle Debout collective is calling for a meeting tomorrow June 20th at 2pm at Charles-de-Gaule airport (Terminal 1) to stop those deportations. Read their communique.
Contact the Prefecture of Pas-de-Calais who is responsible for the detention and deportation of those people and can therefore cancel their decision :
By telephone : (+33) (0) 3.21.21.20.00
By fax : (+33) (0)3.21.55.30.30
Other useful contacts :
Minister of Interior Mr. Gerard Collomb

Director of the Cabinet of Mr. Collomb

stephane.fratacci@interieur.gouv.fr

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Deux vols ont été annulés et un autre a été devancé!
La première expulsion aura lieu DEMAIN plutôt que samedi prochain (le vol a été devancé).
Le collectif la Chapelle Debout appelle à un rendez-vous demain le 20 juin à 14h à l’aéroport Charles-de-Gaule (Terminal 1) pour faire annuler les déportations. Voici leur communiqué sur Facebook.
Contactez la Préfecture du Pas-de-Calais qui est responsable de ces placements en détention et de ces déportations et qui peut donc annuler leur décision :
par téléphone : 03.21.21.20.00
par fax : 03.21.55.30.30
sur le formulaire de la préfecture : http://www.pas-de-calais.gouv.fr/Contactez-nous
Autres contacts utiles :
Ministre de l’Intérieur Mr. Gerard Collomb
Directeur du Cabinet de Mr. Collomb
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Four Afghan men are facing deportation directly to Afghanistan, something hasn ‘t happened in France since 2009. All of them have been arrested at the train station of Calais on May 10th, and transfered to the Mesnil-Amelot detention center near Paris.

Four flights have been scheduled for these men, starting in 3 days with 2 police escoarts for each of them :

1 on Tuesday June 20th from Paris Roissy-CDG to Kabul at 16:20 on Turkish Airlines (Terminal 1)
1 on Wednesday June 21th from Paris Roissy-CDG to Kabul at 16:20 on Turkish Airlines (Terminal 1)  flight canceled
1 on Friday June 23th from Paris Roissy-CDG to Kabul at 16:20 on Turkish Airlines (Terminal 1)
1 on Saturday June 24th from Paris Roissy-CDG to Kabul at 16:20 on Turkish Airlines (Terminal 1) flight canceled

Since the signing of an agreement between EU and Afghanistan on October 4-5th 2016 faciliting the forced return of Afghan people to Afghanistan, some countries (e.g. Germany, Sweden, and Norway) have started mass deportations to this country, seen as unsafe in the eyes of the international community. Now France is joining (something that hasn’t happened since 2009);  at least 80 Afghan people are detained in detention centers, with at least 17 at Mesnil-Amelot and 4 at risk of deportations. Two flights have been canceled last week.

For further information, see an article shared by La Cimade.

You can take action:

Contact Turkish Airlines to make pressure on this company collaborating in deportations:

with @TurkishAirlines / #turkishairlines
Turkish Airlines, 8 Place de l’Opera 75009 Paris, France, 01 56 69 44 20
To challenge the government
sec.immigration@interieur.gouv.fr, 01 49 27 49 27
premier-ministre@pm.gouv.fr
Contact the Prefecture of Pas-de-Calais who is responsible for the detention and deportation of those people and can therefore cancel their decision :
By telephone : (+33) (0) 3.21.21.20.00
By fax : (+33) (0)3.21.55.30.30
Other useful contacts :
Minister of Interior Mr. Gerard Collomb

Director of the Cabinet of Mr. Collomb

stephane.fratacci@interieur.gouv.fr

Secretaire after of Prime Minister for Gender equality

(If you know the contacts of the new members in charge of the ministerial cabinets please write to us and we’ll add it)

Stop all deportation flights! Freedom of movement and settlement for all!

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4 hommes afghans font face à un risque d’expulsion directe vers l’Afghanistan, une pratique horrible qui n’était pas arrivée depuis 2009 en France. Ils ont tous été arretés à la Gare de Calais le 10 mai 2017 et transférés au centre de retention administrative Mesnil-Amelot près de Paris.

4 vols sont prévus pour chacun d’entre eux avec deux escortes de police pour chacun :

1 le mardi 20 juin de Paris Roissy-CDG vers Kabul a 16h20 avec Turkish Airlines (Terminal 1)
1 le mercredi 21 juin de Paris Roissy-CDG vers Kabul a 16h20 avec Turkish Airlines (Terminal 1) vol annulé
1 le vendredi 23 juin de Paris Roissy-CDG vers Kabul a 16h20 avec Turkish Airlines (Terminal 1)
1 le samedi 24 juin de Paris Roissy-CDG vers Kabul a 16h20 avec Turkish Airlines (Terminal 1) vol annulé

Depuis la signature d’un accord entre l’Union européenne et l’Afghanistan les 4-5 octobre derniers facilitant le retour forcé de personnes afghanes vers l’Afghanistan, certains pays de l’UE se sont précipités de déporter plusieurs centaines d’Afghan-e-s. C’est le cas de l’Allemagne, la Suède et la Norvège. Désormais la France se joint à la pratique (chose qui n’était pas arrivée depuis 2009), où au moins 80 personnes afghanes sont enfermées dans des CRA, dont 17 au Mesnil-Amelot et 4 risquant l’expulsion. 2 vols ont été annulés la semaine dernière.

Contactez Turkish Airlines qui collabore aux expulsions pour faire la pression sur eux :
Turkish Airlines, 8 Place de l’Opera 75009 Paris, France, 01 56 69 44 20

Pour faire pression sur le gouvernement :
sec.immigration@interieur.gouv.fr, 01 49 27 49 27
premier-ministre@pm.gouv.fr

Contactez la Préfecture du Pas-de-Calais qui est responsable de ces placements en détention et de ces déportations et qui peut donc annuler leur décision :
par téléphone : 03.21.21.20.00
par fax : 03.21.55.30.30
sur le formulaire de la préfecture : http://www.pas-de-calais.gouv.fr/Contactez-nous
Autres contacts utiles :
Ministre de l’Intérieur Mr. Gerard Collomb
Directeur du Cabinet de Mr. Collomb
Secretaire apres du Premier Ministre pour l’Egalite Femme-Homme
(Si vous connaissez les contacts des nouvelles personnes à charge des cabinets ministériels merci de nous écrire et nous allons l’ajouter)

Pas une seule expulsion de plus! Liberté de circulation et d’installation pour tou-te-s!

16/6 Expose: Guerre aux frontieres, une bataille coloniale // 16/6 Fight against borders, a colonial battle – expose

Vendredi 16 juin 19h30 a’ l auberge de jeunesse de Calais l’expose’ mis-en-scene – guerre aux frontieres, une bataille coloniale.

De toute part l’idée est ressassée, plus ou moins ouvertement, que les frontières sont trop perméables et pas suffisamment contrôlées, que si des personnes meurent, ce sont les passeurs les responsables… Par ailleurs il est communément admis que nous vivons dans une Europe ouverte, multiculturelle et respectueuse des droits de l’homme.

Lors de cette soirée nous voulons vous exposer une toute autre réalité : celle des frontières extérieures, toujours plus dangereuses et meurtrières, celle de politiques nationales et européennes qui perpétuent la domination coloniale et impérialiste à travers le contrôle des migrations.

Comment se sont construites les nations et les frontières ?
Qu’est ce que l’externalisation des frontières ?
À quoi sert réellement le UNHCR ?
Comment les frontières sont­ elles militarisées ?
Qu’est­ce que cette guerre et comment se construit­elle ?
Comment les politiques anti­ migratoires s’inscrivent dans une logique coloniale?

Un exposé créé par des personnes de Grenoble, en lutte contre les frontières et en solidarité avec les personnes migrantes confrontiere@riseup.net

ENGLISH:
Friday, June 16th, 7:30 pm at the Calais youth hostel. The “expose’ mis-en scene” – fight against borders, a colonial battle.

From all sides the idea is re-examined, more or less openly, that the borders are too permeable and not controlled enough, that if people die, the responsible are the smugglers … On the other hand it is commonly admitted that we live in a Europe that is open, multicultural and respectful of human rights.

During this evening we want to expose to you a completely different reality: that of borders more and more dangerous and deadly, of national and European policies which perpetuate domination, colonial and imperialist control of migration.

How were nations and borders built?
How do they get externalized?
What is the real purpose of the Office of the UNHCR?
How are borders militarized?
What is this war and how is it built?
How are anti-migrations policies part of the colonial logic?

A presentation created by people from Grenoble, fighting against borders and in solidarity with migrants confrontiere@riseup.net

La France expulse vers l’Afghanistan // Risk of Deportations to Afghanistan

La France expulse vers l’Afghanistan malgré une situation explosive (ecrit par La Cimade)

Quelques mois après la signature en catimini d’un accord informel entre l’Union Européenne et l’Afghanistan facilitant le retour forcé des Afghans déboutés du droit d’asile, les expulsions commencent à se multiplier dans plusieurs pays européens. C’est le cas de l’Allemagne, de la Norvège et désormais de la France où six personnes afghanes enfermées au centre de rétention du Mesnil-Amelot sont directement menacées à ce jour. La Cimade dénonce ces renvois forcés vers un pays où la situation sécuritaire est déplorable.

En amont d’une grande conférence de donateurs organisée à Bruxelles pour l’Afghanistan les 4 et 5 octobre derniers, l’Union européenne a annoncé en toute discrétion qu’elle avait signé un accord avec ce pays afin de faciliter le retour forcé de personnes afghanes déboutées du droit d’asile dans ses pays membres. Ce texte d’envergure internationale a échappé au processus démocratique n’ayant même pas été soumis à l’attention des parlementaires européens. La même méthode avait été employée pour la déclaration commune « UE-Turquie » du 18 mars 2016 dont l’objectif était de stopper les arrivées en Grèce.

Ainsi, l’UE et ses États membres souhaitent établir une coopération durable avec l’Afghanistan afin d’organiser rapidement le renvoi de plusieurs dizaines de milliers de personnes afghanes en situation irrégulière. Plus de 80 000 seraient potentiellement concernées actuellement dont des personnes fragilisées telles que des mineurs isolés. Parmi les contreparties de cet accord, l’UE s’engage à construire un terminal à l’aéroport de Kaboul spécifiquement dédié aux expulsions.

Il est édifiant de voir que ce texte ne fait aucune mention de la situation politique et de l’instabilité chronique, notamment sécuritaire qui règne en Afghanistan actuellement et depuis des années. Les programmes de réintégration des personnes expulsées n’évoquent que les enjeux économiques pour consolider le marché du travail, comme si l’exil des nationaux afghans était purement économique. Ils constituent actuellement le troisième principal groupe de demandeurs d’asile dans l’Union européenne après les Syriens et les Irakiens. En France, ils obtiennent un taux de protection proche de 80 % en reconnaissance des violences généralisées qui ravagent une grande partie du pays. Les récents attentats de Kaboul viennent rappeler que l’Afghanistan est tout sauf un « pays sûr ».

Pourtant, suite à la signature de ce « dialogue commun », plusieurs pays européens en ont profité pour accélérer ou reprendre des renvois forcés de ressortissants afghans. Depuis décembre 2016, l’Allemagne a expulsé plus d’une centaine d’Afghans vers Kaboul, dont plusieurs vivaient depuis des années en Allemagne et y avaient leur famille, et ce, malgré de nombreuses mobilisations. Il aura fallu un attentat sanglant dans le quartier des ambassades la semaine dernière coûtant la vie à plus de 150 personnes, pour qu’elle annule temporairement les expulsions vers l’Afghanistan. La France, qui n’avait pas renvoyé de ressortissants afghans depuis des années a finalement commencé à en expulser en 2016.

Le 29 décembre 2016, une personne a d’abord subi 41 jours d’enfermement en centre de rétention à Metz puis au Mesnil-Amelot où elle avait été transférée la veille de son expulsion. Une autre a été libérée par un juge in extremis, avant un vol pour la capitale afghane, tandis qu’une troisième personne y a été expulsée après avoir d’abord été remise aux autorités norvégiennes qui ont procédé au renvoi vers Kaboul.

Depuis début 2017, cette politique s’accélère. Le nombre d’Afghans enfermés en rétention s’élève à 80[1]. Dix-sept d’entre eux actuellement au centre de rétention du Mesnil-Amelot et six sont sur le point d’être renvoyées de force à Kaboul. Un premier vol est programmé pour ce vendredi 9 juin et les suivants s’échelonnent jusqu’au 24 juin.

Parallèlement, des renvois sont à nouveau exécutés via la Norvège dans le cadre des accords de Dublin. Ainsi, un homme hébergé au CAO de Marvejols a été réadmis au mois de mai vers ce pays européen qui l’a expulsé à Kaboul le 3 juin.

L’accélération des expulsions directes vers Kaboul ou via des pays européens est donc la conséquence de cet arrangement entre l’UE et l’Afghanistan. Il ne prévoit aucune garantie, même minimale, quant au respect des droits des personnes visées. Il instaure même la possibilité pour l’UE d’exécuter les renvois sur la base de laissez-passer européens, en se passant de l’accord des autorités afghanes quand ces dernières ne donnent pas suite à une demande de laissez-passer consulaire dans un délai de quatre semaines. Deux des 17 personnes enfermées au Mesnil-Amelot risquent d’être expulsées dans les tout prochains jours selon ce procédé.

Pour endiguer les migrants et réfugiés le plus en amont possible et augmenter le nombre des personnes expulsées, l’Union Européenne continue de marchander avec des pays dont la situation sécuritaire et politique est particulièrement préoccupante. La Cimade dénonce vivement cette logique incompatible avec le respect des droits fondamentaux et demande à la France d’arrêter immédiatement tout renvoi forcé vers l’Afghanistan.

[1] Pour les seuls CRA de Bordeaux, Rennes, Toulouse et du Mesnil-Amelot, du 1er janvier au 31 mai 2017 ; la préfecture du Pas-de-Calais est à elle seule responsable de 50% de ces placements en rétention.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION:

France is deporting to Afghanistan despite an explosive situation

A few months after the signature of a secret and informal agreement between the EU and Afghanistan making it easier to forcibly remove Afghans denied the right of asylum in the EU, deportations are starting to multiply in several European countries. It is the case of Germany, Norway and, now, France where six people from Afghanistan, detained in the Mesnil-Amelot detention centre are immanently facing expulsion now. La Cimade denounces these forced removals to a country where the situation is far from safe.

During a big conference of donors organized in Brussels for Afghanistan on October 4th-5th 2016, the EU had discretely announced that they had signed an agreement with Afghanistan to facilitate the forcible removal of Afghans denied the right of asylum in EU member states. This internationally significant text was taken outside a democratic process and has not even been brought to the attention of Europeans parliamentarians. The same method was employed for the EU-Turkey agreement on March 18th, 2016, the objective of which was to stop migrants coming to Greece (from Turkey).

In this way, the EU and it members states want to establish a long-term cooperation with Afghanistan in order to quickly organize the deportations of tens of thousands of Afghans in an irregular situation. More than 80,000 people are currently potentially concerned, including vulnerable people such as unaccompanied minors. Among the details of this agreement, the EU is committing to build a terminal at the Kabul airport specifically dedicated to deportations.

This is edifying, to see that this text makes no mention at all of the political situation and chronical instability (especially safety) in Afghanistan today and for years. Reintegration programs for people deported are only evoke economical issues, like the consolidation of the labour market, as if though the reasons that people were leaving the Afghanistan were only economical. They currently constitute the third largest group of asylum seekers in the EU, after Syrians and Iraqis. In France, 80% are getting (humanitarian) protection, in recognition of the widespread violence across the country. Recent attacks in Kabul are a reminder that Afghanistan is everything but a  “safe country.”

Nevertheless, following the signing of this “common dialogue,” some European countries have taken advantage of it to accelerate or resume deportations to Afghanistan. Since December 2016, Germany has deported more than a hundred Afghans to Kabul, many of them were living in Germany for many years and had their families there — this happened despite many protests. It took a bloody attack in the embassies district last week in Kabul, where 150 people died, to temporarily suspend the deportations. France, who had not deported Afghani citizens for many years, had finally started to deport them in 2016.

On December 29th 2016, one person who was first detained for 41 days at the detention center in Metz and then transferred to Mesnil-Amelot the day before their deportation. Another one was released by a judge in extremis just before a flight to Kabul, while another one was deported by first being sent to Norway, where the authorities proceeded to deport them to Kabul.

Since the beginning of 2017, this policy is accelerating. The number of Afghans in detention centres has risen to 80[1]. Seventeen of them are actually at the Mesnil-Amelot detention centre and 6 are facing deportation to Kabul soon. One flight was booked for June 9th – [it has been cancelled, another one is scheduled for June 10th], and the other ones are continuing until June 24th.

At the same time, forced removals are again carried out via Norway, under the scope of the Dublin agreements. Thus, a man who housed at the CAO in Marvejols was in May deported to Norway, which deported him to Kabul on June 3th.

The acceleration of deportations directly to Kabul, or via European countries, is therefore a consequence of this agreement between the EU and Afghanistan. There is no guaranty, even a minimal one, of respecting the rights of the persons concerned. The agreement even makes it possible for the EU to carry out deportations without the agreement of Afghani authorities, when the Afghan consulate does not give a leave-for-readmission during four weeks. Two of the 17 people detained at Mesnil-Amelot are facing deportations in the next few days under this procedure.

To stem migrants and refugees at the earliest possible stage and to increase the number of people deported, the European Union continues to bargain with countries where the safety and political situation is particularly alarming. La Cimade strongly denounces this logic, which is incompatible with respect for fundamental rights and calls on France to stop immediately all deportations to Afghanistan.

[1] Only for the CRA of Bordeaux, Rennes, Toulouse and Mesnil-Amelot, from January 1st to May 31th 2017; the Prefecture of Pas-de-Calais is responsible by itself of 50% of those placements in detention.

Rassemblement contre tous les fascismes // Demonstration against all kinds of fascism

Suite à l’annonce de la venue du borgne à calais ce samedi 27 mai. Nous appelons à un rassemblement!!!
Rendez vous dans le parc saint pierre à calais, le square près du musée de la guerre. Soyez nombreux face à tous ces fachos.
Pas de fachos dans nos quartiers, pas de quartier pour les fachos!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/177628362763622/

Following the announcement of Jean-Marie Le Pen’s coming to Calais, we are calling out for a demonstration !

Being the head of the old-fashioned far right violent movements, this scumbag is coming to Calais to rally around the flag all the fascists that are currently trying to invade our streets, hoping to make the streets their racist bullying ground. The organisation we are speaking about is one of the most active anti-abortion, homophobic and catholic integrists group in France that is now networking with other fascists groups to form a radical and violent racist movement.

Let’s stop them now and smash them up!!

Meeting 1pm at Parc Saint Pierre at the square of War Museum in Calais on the 27th of May.

https://www.facebook.com/events/177628362763622/