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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