সিরিয়াতে কি হচ্ছে
by Zia Hassan
গত দুই বছরে ধরে সিরিয়ায় যে রক্তক্ষয়ী গৃহযুদ্ধ চলছে তার এক পক্ষে আছে, সিরিয়ার বিগত ৪০ বছরের ধরে শাসনকারী আলাওয়াইটস গোত্রের নেতৃত্বে বাথ পার্টি এবং তাদের সমমনারা , অন্য দিকে আছে সিরিয়ার বিদ্রোহীরা, যাদের মধ্যে রয়েছে সিরিয়ার ৬০% জনগোষ্ঠীর সুন্নি জনগোষ্ঠী এবং তাদের সম মনারা| Continue reading
One of the eight Pakistanis deported from the Servite Monastery in Vienna speaks about his interrogation at the Islamabad airport, his nights in the forest and his fear of the murderers of his brothers. Continue reading
Trayvon Martin and Limon Hossain: Innocence on Trial
by Tibra Ali for AlalODulal.org
I recently came across a chalked message on the sidewalk that summed up the media circus and the whole trial in one pithy remark: “Only in America does an innocent victim like Trayvon Martin have to stand trial for his own murder.” But the first thing that popped into my mind was how the “Only in America...” part is actually incorrect.
In the morning of Sunday, July 28, the arrest was announced of some of the refugees who have been protesting for their rights for over half a year. Immediately, organized supporters protested. Starting Sunday, there were several attempts to prevent the planned inhumane deportations of refugees to Pakistan. The police took action against the peaceful protesters in full gear and with violence. They were dragged, pushed against the wall, and personally insulted.
The political context is clear: [Center-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) Minister of the Interior Johanna] Mikl-Leitner wants to buy a few votes from the [far-right] FPÖ with the blood of the refugees. The [socialist] SPÖ is also part of this brutal government. Deportations to Pakistan end up in a country for which the Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning. It’s too dangerous for Austrians to visit, but it’s not a problem for Mikl-Leitner & Co to send refugees there, for example, ones who have been persecuted by the Taliban. With this brutal step, whose way had been paved by a number of falsehoods, the government is trying to divert attention from its policy of social devastation. The only certainty now is that the lawyers and the representatives of the refugees are given inaccurate information or none at all.
At least three of the eight prisoners have been deported. It may be that a battle has been lost. One that has caused many casualties, because the future of the refugees is unknown. There’s blood on the hands of Mikl-Leitner and the entire federal government. But the fight against the terror of the inhumane asylum policy in Austria is not over yet. The protests continue, in Vienna and probably in the coming days throughout Austria.
This evening’s march goes from the Rossauerlände police station to the Ministry of the Interior.
The demonstration has been registered with the police.
Please come, as many people as possible, and spread the word!
No human being is illegal!
(This is a translation from https://www.facebook.com/events/429403040505733/)
Today, the 29th of July 2013, along with eight others, Ali Nawab was deported from Austria to Qatar and then to Pakistan, where he faces the threat of death from both the Taliban and the Secret Police. I hope we will hear from him in good health soon.
Photos from various sources. For more information on the case, see Refugee Protest Camp Vienna on Facebook.
The fear has come true for the Vienna Refugee Protest. Yesterday eight men were taken by the police, and later today, together with some refugees who have been seeking asylum in Germany, they are to be deported to Pakistan. (Update, 11 PM July 29: they seem all to have been sent via Air Berlin to Pakistan today through Qatar.)
Please take 30 seconds to sign this petition http://www.change.org/de/Petitionen/stop-the-deportation-of-the-refugee-activists-stop-der-abschiebung-der-refugeeaktivisten?utm_campaign=petition_created&utm_medium=email&utm_source=guides and share it among your friends.
For background information on the protest, please see my other posts on Occupy Duniyahttp://asylstrikeberlin.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/heute-29-7-stopp-deportationen-nach-pakistan-nicht-von-wien-nicht-von-berlin-und-nirgendwo/ and https://www.facebook.com/RefugeeCampVienna. Finally, there are these two translations of recent messages, one from the movement, the other from the Cardinal of Vienna.
Vienna, 29 July 2013: A mass contingent of police has brutally stormed the protest against the deportation of eight refugees from the Servite Monastery. Even Lennart Binder, a lawyer representing six of the refugees, was forcibly detained from about 8 to 8:30 by the police, preventing him from having much time to talk to them, with the insinuation that he had also participated in the rally.
Since the arrest of the eight Pakistanis, the protests there increased more and more, and they continued at the airport beginning at 10:00. Assumption: the morning Air Berlin flight to Lahore.
In the morning, as representatives of the Ombudsman and the Human Rights Advisory Board left the detention prison, it seemed that there were negotiations for the release of Pakistani refugees. Then Interior Minister Mikl-Leitner announced that they would be repatriated. Before the Rossauerlände police station, about 40 refugees and supporters were dragged away, many of them charged because the demo had been registered for a later time. At least one of the peaceful protesters were injured in the back when carried away by the police.
The Vienna Refugee Protest calls for a humane asylum system in Austria and an end to deportation. A demonstration has been registered for July 29, 2013 at 3:00 from the Rossauerlände police station to the Ministry of the Interior.
The Viennese Cardinal asks that the arrested refugees not be deported from the Servite Monastery: “I am very worried for their lives.”
VIENNA (28 7 2013). With dismay, and an appeal to the authorities, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has responded to the arrest of refugees from Servite Monastery. Cardinal Schönborn, who is currently at the World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, said, “We have repeatedly and strongly indicated in recent months that the human rights assessment of Pakistan as a safe place to send asylum seekers is not correct. I’m very concerned about the lives of refugees who are now to be forcibly returned there.”
Cardinal Schönborn is therefore calling on the politicians and authorities to refrain from deporting the refugees, and set them free again: “The rule of law and humanity cannot contradict each other.”
The cardinal continued: “I was shocked by the circumstances under which the action was performed: on a Sunday, the holy day of the Christians, and during Ramadan, the holy month of Muslims, when they are particularly weakened by their fast. After all that Pope Francis has said in recent weeks and months about our duty towards all those in need — and is reaffirming these days before the youth of the world — and especially after his solidarity visit to Lampedusa, this is a disappointing, sad day.”
Cardinal Schönborn concluded, “I ask the question, what role the upcoming elections have played in this action. And why is this action taking place at a time when I, who have fought for humane treatment of the refugees in the monastery, am 10,000 kilometers away in Rio de Janeiro?”
(Photo: Mustafa Naqvi, July 28, 2013)