Peoples Opening Borders and Together Building Solidarity 

Peoples Opening Borders and Together Building Solidarity 

(Spanish below)

July 14, 2017

We, as organisations involved (as Co-Convenors of) in the Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PPT) on the Violations with Impunity of the Human Rights of Migrant and Refugee Peoples launched in Barcelona on July 8th, greet the Caravana Abriendo Fronteras A Melilla(( , (Caravan Opening Borders) as you journey this week from many points of the Spanish State to Melilla, Morocco. We welcome this initiative and action following up on the Caravan to Greece in 2016.

Such joint action of solidarity is a strong challenge to the ongoing repression and militarization of the EU border regimes. Testimonies heard at the PPT have given us graphic evidence of the massive violations of human rights with impunity being perpetrated at the borders of the EU. These indicate a regime of crimes against humanity being committed with the complicity of EU governments resulting in thousands of deaths and disappeared persons in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas – making this one of the biggest mass graves in history.

As migrant and refugee peoples – our journeys start from the root causes of a neocolonial economic model that drives us from our land and livelihoods or from the wars that continue to ravage our countries and our natural resources. In addition, the borders that exclude us in the EU policy of the externalization of borders also extend within the EU Fortress in sites without rights – in detention centers and camps as well as in the prevailing structural racism and increasing islamaphobia and xenophobia that impact on our daily lives.

But we respond to this situation with an invitation to construct a new solidarity built on peoples’ sovereignty! We add our voices in hope to your action and call for the Opening of the EU Borders Now!

Pueblos abriendo fronteras y construyendo solidaridad

14 de julio de 2017

En tanto que organizaciones que participaron como co-convocantes del Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos (TPP) sobre la violación con impundiad de los derechos humanos de las personas migrantes y refugiadas iaugurado en Barcelona el 8 de julio de 2017, saludamos al Caravana Abriendo Fronteras – A Melilla, (  que se desplaza desde muchos puntos del Estado español hasta Melilla, Marruecos. Saludamos cálidamente esta iniciativa y acción de seguimiento de la Caravana a Grecia en 2016.

Esta acción conjunta de solidaridad constituye un desafío importante frente a la actual represión y militarización de los regímenes fronterizos de la Unión Europea (UE). Los testimonios escuchados en el TPP nos han brindado evidencias sobre las violaciones masivas de los derechos humanos con impunidad perpetradas en las fronteras de la UE. Indican un régimen de crímenes de lesa humanidad cometidos con la complicidad de los gobiernos de la UE que tienen por resultado la muerte y desaparición de miles de personas en las aguas del Mediterraneo, convirtiéndolo en una de las más grandes fosas comunes de la historia.

Como personas migrantes y refugiadas, nuestros viajes parten de las causas profundas de un modelo económico neocolonial que nos aleja de nuestras tierras y medios de subsistencia o de las guerras que continúan asolando nuestros países y nuestros recursos naturales. Además, las fronteras que nos excluyen en la política de la UE de la externalización de las fronteras también se extienden dentro de la Fortaleza de la UE en lugares sin derechos -en los centros de detención y campamentos-, así como en el racismo estructural imperante y el aumento de la islamofobia y la xenofobia. vida diaria.

¡Pero respondemos a esta situación con una invitación a construir una nueva solidaridad construida sobre la soberanía de los pueblos! ¡Sumamos nuestras voces de esperanza a su acción y exigimos la apertura de las fronteras europeas, Ya!

Transnational Migrant Platform-Europe; MDCD (Morrocan Platform in Europe), ( Euro-Mediterraan Centrum Migratie & Ontwikkeling (EMCEMO),Platform of Filipino Migrant Organisations in Europe; Centro Filipino; KASAPI-HELLAS, Greece, Ugnayan Filipino Sweden, Filipino Community Norway, Geneva Forum for Philippine Concerns; Social Development Cooperative-Ghana, Africa Roots Movement, Kromantse Foundation, RESPECT Network Europe, Comitato de los nuevos desaparcidos; France Amerique Latine (FAL/France); Union Syndicale Solidaries (France) y Transnational Institute (TNI).

Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PPT) on the Violations with Impunity of the Human Rights of Migrant and Refugee Peoples

Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PPT)  on the Violations with Impunity of the Human Rights of Migrant and Refugee PeoplesPlace: Aula Magna de la Univesitat de Barcelona (UB), Edifici històric (Pl. Universitat, Gran Via Les Corts Catalanes, 585, Barcelona)
Date: Saturday 8th July 2017
Time: 0900h – 20h

In Europe, those of us who are migrants and refugees from all the regions of the Global South and from Central and Eastern Europe (some of us have lived and worked here for forty years and others arrived more recently) have lived through the various stages of the building of Fortress Europe. We have seen Europe’s policy of exclusion being constructed year after year – a policy that has resulted in a sweeping rollback of people’s human rights; the encampment, forcible detention and deportation; and criminalisation at the militarised southern and eastern borders of Europe. The most visible act is the disappeared persons and the death of thousands of children, brothers and sisters during their journey to reach the borders of southern and eastern Europe: an intolerable crime against humanity. 

To confront this situation we requested the Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PPT) to open a specific Session in 2017 and 2018. 
The PPT accepted and the process will be launched in Barcelona on Saturday 8th July 2017, with members of the Tribunal, testimonials of migrant and refugees as well as experts.

During the different Hearings, the the Tribunal will:

  • Receive and document rigorously the testimonies of the communities of migrants and refugees including their proposals to advance a rights-based approach and an alternative framework.
  • Listen and make visible the cases of violations of the rights of migrants and refugees.
  • Analyse jointly the root causes (including trade and investment agreements, global extractivism as well as the global production chain) of the forced displacement of migrants and refugees.
  • Determine the responsibilities of governments, including the European Union and other official European bodies.
  • Focus the role of transnational corporations in the global labour chain, as well as in the border regimes, and in detention and in deportation.

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Migrant and Refugee movements and organisations act in solidarity during and beyond the G20

Migrant and Refugee movements and organisations act in solidarity during and beyond the G20

From Berlin and Barcelona to Hamburg, July 5, 2017

The Transnational Migrant Platform Europe (TMP-E) stands in solidarity with the NoG20 coalition. In the current context of multi-faceted crisis (economic, social, political and ecological) the rights of migrants and refugees have become central in the current political agenda. Also during the G20.

As migrant and refugee organisations and networks, we are taking a strong protagonist role in the defense of our human rights and reclaiming this framework in relation to all the dimensions of our daily realities as migrants and refugees, including especially the impacts and challenges faced by children, youth and women. We have demonstrated our capacity to self-organize not only by risking our lives to cross seas, mountains and deserts, but also by providing analysis and solutions on what forces us to flee our countries of origin – the corporate extractivist economic model, dispossession of livelihood and impoverishment as well as war and climate change. We are also in the forefront of challenging the current rise of racism, islamaphobia and xenophobia and all forms of discrimination.

This week (7-8 July) the Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PPT) in Barcelona will be launched identifying the “chain” of co-responsibility in the entire migration and refugee journey that involves the systematic and widespread violation of human rights with impunity that demand urgent action and access to justice. This PPT session is the latest chapter of a decades long initiative from social movements and civil society organisations that believe in peoples sovereignty and their own capacity to develop new forms of law from below. When the current legal frameworks are incapable or unwilling to ensure justice, the peoples have the responsibility and capacity to develop new proposals.

On July 3rd-4th, migrant-rights organizations along with social movement allies from around the world have convened in Berlin for the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights (PGA).  During two days, they have reflected on the state of the violations of migrant rights in the different global regions, shared experiences of organizing and strategized for a collective platform at the global level as governments plan to negotiate a Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and regular Migration in 2018.

This shows the current urgency and relevance of the migrant and refugee agenda and the need for coordinated action to make sure that the demands and proposals from migrant and refugees movements and platforms are acknowledged and implemented.

In the last years we have witnessed new forms of action and solidarity. During the massive migrant and refugee movement through the Balkans and continuing in the current context, solidarity networks have acted to facilitate entry to the EU and to address their basic needs. Campaigns are ongoing to end the externalization and militarization of borders, and the criminalization of migrants and refugees.

Solidarity Caravans have also emerged as an effective form of action to make visible the migrant and refugee struggles. Last year in Greece the Caravan Abriendo Fronteras (Opening Borders) successfully reached new constituencies, attracting renewed attention to the situation of migrant and refugees. Now in 2017 (july 19-22) a new Caravan  is organized from the Spanish state to Melilla. Meanwhile, preparations are already underway by civil society organisations for the holding of PGA 2018 in Marrakech, Morocco.

As active participant in some of these initiatives, we in the TMP-E acknowledge the importance of exposing the form of Global Governance that the G20 is proposing – one that entrenches the idea of nation-state ruling in conjunction with private and corporate interest, in particular those of transnational corporations.

We very much welcome the activities of public protest being organised in Hamburg during these days. We want to assure you that our work in Barcelona, Berlin and elsewhere goes in the same direction – towards ensuring peoples sovereignty and solidarity above all. We are with you in the inter-/transnational convergence of struggles, protests and resistance in this historical moment.

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Jille Belisario