• Arrestato #Emilio_Scalzo, a Bussoleno, #Val_Susa

    Un mandato di cattura internazionale a cui la polizia italiana dà seguito con una celerità che raramente si vede per reati amministrativi che coinvolgono multinazionali o evasioni fiscali di milioni di euro. Emilio è stato dunque arrestato oggi, a #Bussoleno in modalità sceriffo nei western, con tanto di manette, per strada. L’accusa ? Aver manifestato al confine contro una legge, che impedisce a chi lo desidera di recarsi in un paese diverso dal proprio per cercare un lavoro o per sfuggire ad un regime violento come quello in Afghanistan, una legge che fa si che la ricca Europa non conceda visti a chi arriva da paesi poveri mentre permette la libera cirocolazioni di denaro, spesso illegale, merci e cittadini ricchi. Lo accusano di aver picchiato un gendarme francese..Molto più probabilmente avrà risposto a qualche provocazione della polizia francese che voleva impedire la manifestazione e li avrà mandati a quel paese. Ma lui è più facile da accusare, è grande e grosso, genoroso, è un uomo che non si tira indietro e spesso difende gli altri. E’ uno che parla e che probabilmente si vuole colpire perchè è uno in vista.. Giusto la settimana scorsa in appello altri attivisti di Briancon sono stati considerati innocenti da un’accusa di favoreggiamento all’immigrazione clandestina. Colpire chi difende il diritto a migrare e aiuta chi rischia di morire di freddo in montagna ( dove lo Stato è assente e quando è presente lo fa per chiudere fuori dalla fortezza Europa i più poveri ) non è giustizia, è abuso di potere. Vergognatevi...

    https://www.facebook.com/davide.rostan/posts/10159916292221654

    #criminalisation_de_la_solidarité #asile #migrations #Italie #Val_de_Suse #frontières #solidarité #Emilio

  • Dalla frontiera alpina del Nord-ovest (valle di Susa)

    La situazione alla frontiera nord-ovest in Alta Valle di Susa, dove da mesi #MEDU sta monitorando le condizioni di vita e il rispetto dei diritti umani di uomini, donne e bambini provenienti principalmente dalla rotta balcanica e in transito verso la Francia, è prossima a un collasso programmato che si scarica soprattutto sui più vulnerabili.
    Le principali criticità:
    –Sul versante italiano il sistema di accoglienza si è in pochi mesi ridotto radicalmente. La casa occupata #Chez_Jesuoulx è stata sgomberata il 23 di marzo con procedimenti giudiziari a carico degli attivisti. Il rifugio #Fraternità_Massi ha dovuto sobbarcarsi in toto l’accoglienza con costante sovraffollamento, rischi sanitari e ritmi di lavoro per gli operatori anche di 24 ore. Il finanziamento del progetto di accoglienza, pur approvato, non è mai arrivato. Il risultato è stato che dopo qualche giorno a marzo di apertura 24 ore per tutti, poi l’accoglienza diurna è stata limitata ai più vulnerabili ed infine cancellata. Gli spazi per le famiglie, affittati ai salesiani, troppo onerosi, sono stati definitivamente restituiti. Donne, uomini, bambini, sono costretti a rimanere per strada durante le ore diurne, senza alcun tipo di assistenza e accesso ai servizi essenziali.
    Per converso, in questi mesi è sorto uno spazio aperto a #Claviere che ha svolto il ruolo di presidio solidale in frontiera con cucine ed attenzione medica anche grazie al contributo di #No_Nation_Truck. Il 30 di luglio tale presidio ha cercato di radicarsi con l’occupazione della ex dogana, sgomberata dopo 5 giorni, aprendo la strada a nuovi procedimenti giudiziari.
    Dall’altra parte della frontiera, in Francia, le #Refuge_solidaire ha chiuso i battenti, sfrattato dalle istituzioni, oberato da presenze ormai ingestibili, anche per l’impossibilità di garantire le necessarie misure anti-Covid.
    Le persone in transito sono strette in una morsa da entrambi i lati della frontiera.
    Il clima di criminalizzazione della solidarietà è accompagnato anche da cambiamenti nelle pratiche di controllo da parte delle forze dell’ordine. Dal 20 di luglio al 10 di agosto la polizia è intervenuta un giorno ogni due alle partenze degli autobus a #Oulx per identificare, trasferire alla caserma di #Bardonecchia per schedatura #eurodac e per dissuadere con minacce coloro che erano in partenza. Tre volte è entrata al rifugio Fraternità Massi per portare famiglie a Bardonecchia per identificazione e consegna di fogli di espulsione o per obbligo a presentarsi in questura sotto minaccia di possibile arresto. Non siamo di fronte a prassi irregolari, ma certamente a un cambiamento di atteggiamento che sembrerebbe invalidare quelle prassi concordate a livello inter-istituzionale per cui il rifugio era un luogo neutro, libero da ordinari controlli .
    Di fronte a questo quadro di assenza programmata delle istituzioni, di repressione verso le pratiche di solidarietà, di contrasto agli ingressi e transiti, i flussi crescono e cresceranno sia dai Balcani sia dalla rotta del Mediterraneo centrale. Il compito di stare affianco alle persone in transito ricade su volontari e società civile, esposti per questo al rischio costante di essere denunciati . Il costo di questo atteggiamento pubblico peraltro inefficace quanto crudele, ricade soprattutto sui più vulnerabili, donne, bambini, offesi, quelli che a parole si dichiara sempre pietisticamente di difendere.

    https://mediciperidirittiumani.org/dalla-frontiera-alpina-del-nord-ovest-valle-di-susa
    #Briançon #frontière_sud-alpine #Suse #vallée_de_Suse #Italie #France #frontières #criminalisation #contrôles_frontaliers #asile #migrations #réfugiés #criminalisation_de_la_solidarité #Chez_Jésoulx

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    ajouté à la métaliste sur le Briançonnais :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/733721

    Et plus précisément ici :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/733721#message925945

  • Les hébergeurs de migrants sont acquittés par la cour d’appel de Bruxelles

    « Aujourd’hui, on a gagné pas seulement pour nous mais pour l’ensemble des hébergeurs qui pourront maintenant héberger ’sur leurs deux oreilles’... Un petit peu plus en tout cas », a déclaré mercredi en début d’après-midi la journaliste Myriam Berghe, lors d’un rassemblement à Bruxelles organisé par le collectif citoyen ’#Solidarity_is_not_a_crime'.

    Un peu plus tôt, la cour d’appel de Bruxelles a acquitté Myriam Berghe et trois autres personnes qui avaient hébergé des migrants en 2017. Elles étaient poursuivies pour complicité d’un trafic d’êtres humains.

    « Oui, on a le droit d’héberger. Oui, on a le droit de prêter un téléphone et un ordinateur aux personnes qu’on héberge et on a le droit de leur traduire ce qu’ils nous demandent de traduire », a déclaré Myriam Berghe.

    Le parquet lui reprochait d’avoir prêté de l’argent et son téléphone à un migrant qu’elle avait accueilli, soutenant que cela servait à ce dernier pour aider d’autres migrants à rejoindre la Grande-Bretagne. « C’est une énorme victoire et on a réussi à faire passer le message que, oui, on a hébergé des #passeurs, mais qui sont bien eux-mêmes victimes de #trafic_d'êtres_humains », a-t-elle poursuivi.

    Myriam Berghe et sa consœur, Anouk Van Gestel, ainsi que deux autres « hébergeurs » - tous acquittés - ont toutefois déploré le coût de leur victoire : plusieurs mois de détention préventive pour deux d’entre eux, quatre ans de procédure judiciaire angoissante et des frais de justice et d’avocats auxquels ils doivent faire face.

    Plusieurs dizaines de personnes étaient présentes pour les écouter, mercredi vers 12h00, place Jean Jacobs, aux abords du palais de justice de Bruxelles. Le rassemblement était organisé par le collectif citoyen ’Solidarity is not a crime’, né de la volonté de dénoncer la criminalisation de la migration et de la solidarité aux migrants.

    https://www.rtbf.be/info/belgique/detail_les-hebergeurs-de-migrants-sont-acquittes-par-la-cour-d-appel-de-bruxell
    #délit_de_solidarité #victoire #justice #Belgique #hébergement #asile #migrations #réfugiés #criminalisation_de_la_solidarité

    ping @isskein @karine4

  • Friends of the Traffickers Italy’s Anti-Mafia Directorate and the “Dirty Campaign” to Criminalize Migration

    Afana Dieudonne often says that he is not a superhero. That’s Dieudonne’s way of saying he’s done things he’s not proud of — just like anyone in his situation would, he says, in order to survive. From his home in Cameroon to Tunisia by air, then by car and foot into the desert, across the border into Libya, and onto a rubber boat in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Dieudonne has done a lot of surviving.

    In Libya, Dieudonne remembers when the smugglers managing the safe house would ask him for favors. Dieudonne spoke a little English and didn’t want trouble. He said the smugglers were often high and always armed. Sometimes, when asked, Dieudonne would distribute food and water among the other migrants. Other times, he would inform on those who didn’t follow orders. He remembers the traffickers forcing him to inflict violence on his peers. It was either them or him, he reasoned.

    On September 30, 2014, the smugglers pushed Dieudonne and 91 others out to sea aboard a rubber boat. Buzzing through the pitch-black night, the group watched lights on the Libyan coast fade into darkness. After a day at sea, the overcrowded dinghy began taking on water. Its passengers were rescued by an NGO vessel and transferred to an Italian coast guard ship, where officers picked Dieudonne out of a crowd and led him into a room for questioning.

    At first, Dieudonne remembers the questioning to be quick, almost routine. His name, his age, his nationality. And then the questions turned: The officers said they wanted to know how the trafficking worked in Libya so they could arrest the people involved. They wanted to know who had driven the rubber boat and who had held the navigation compass.

    “So I explained everything to them, and I also showed who the ‘captain’ was — captain in quotes, because there is no captain,” said Dieudonne. The real traffickers stay in Libya, he added. “Even those who find themselves to be captains, they don’t do it by choice.”

    For the smugglers, Dieudonne explained, “we are the customers, and we are the goods.”

    For years, efforts by the Italian government and the European Union to address migration in the central Mediterranean have focused on the people in Libya — interchangeably called facilitators, smugglers, traffickers, or militia members, depending on which agency you’re speaking to — whose livelihoods come from helping others cross irregularly into Europe. People pay them a fare to organize a journey so dangerous it has taken tens of thousands of lives.

    The European effort to dismantle these smuggling networks has been driven by an unlikely actor: the Italian anti-mafia and anti-terrorism directorate, a niche police office in Rome that gained respect in the 1990s and early 2000s for dismantling large parts of the Mafia in Sicily and elsewhere in Italy. According to previously unpublished internal documents, the office — called the Direzione nazionale antimafia e antiterrorismo, or DNAA, in Italian — took a front-and-center role in the management of Europe’s southern sea borders, in direct coordination with the EU border agency Frontex and European military missions operating off the Libyan coast.

    In 2013, under the leadership of a longtime anti-mafia prosecutor named Franco Roberti, the directorate pioneered a strategy that was unique — or at least new for the border officers involved. They would start handling irregular migration to Europe like they had handled the mob. The approach would allow Italian and European police, coast guard agencies, and navies, obliged by international law to rescue stranded refugees at sea, to at least get some arrests and convictions along the way.

    The idea was to arrest low-level operators and use coercion and plea deals to get them to flip on their superiors. That way, the reasoning went, police investigators could work their way up the food chain and eventually dismantle the smuggling rings in Libya. With every boat that disembarked in Italy, police would make a handful of arrests. Anybody found to have played an active role during the crossing, from piloting to holding a compass to distributing water or bailing out a leak, could be arrested under a new legal directive written by Roberti’s anti-mafia directorate. Charges ranged from simple smuggling to transnational criminal conspiracy and — if people asphyxiated below deck or drowned when a boat capsized — even murder. Judicial sources estimate the number of people arrested since 2013 to be in the thousands.

    For the police, prosecutors, and politicians involved, the arrests were an important domestic political win. At the time, public opinion in Italy was turning against migration, and the mugshots of alleged smugglers regularly held space on front pages throughout the country.

    But according to the minutes of closed-door conversations among some of the very same actors directing these cases, which were obtained by The Intercept under Italy’s freedom of information law, most anti-mafia prosecutions only focused on low-level boat drivers, often migrants who had themselves paid for the trip across. Few, if any, smuggling bosses were ever convicted. Documents of over a dozen trials reviewed by The Intercept show prosecutions built on hasty investigations and coercive interrogations.

    In the years that followed, the anti-mafia directorate went to great lengths to keep the arrests coming. According to the internal documents, the office coordinated a series of criminal investigations into the civilian rescue NGOs working to save lives in the Mediterranean, accusing them of hampering police work. It also oversaw efforts to create and train a new coast guard in Libya, with full knowledge that some coast guard officers were colluding with the same smuggling networks that Italian and European leaders were supposed to be fighting.

    Since its inception, the anti-mafia directorate has wielded unparalleled investigative tools and served as a bridge between politicians and the courts. The documents reveal in meticulous detail how the agency, alongside Italian and European officials, capitalized on those powers to crack down on alleged smugglers, most of whom they knew to be desperate people fleeing poverty and violence with limited resources to defend themselves in court.

    Tragedy and Opportunity

    The anti-mafia directorate was born in the early 1990s after a decade of escalating Mafia violence. By then, hundreds of prosecutors, politicians, journalists, and police officers had been shot, blown up, or kidnapped, and many more extorted by organized crime families operating in Italy and beyond.

    In Palermo, the Sicilian capital, prosecutor Giovanni Falcone was a rising star in the Italian judiciary. Falcone had won unprecedented success with an approach to organized crime based on tracking financial flows, seizing assets, and centralizing evidence gathered by prosecutor’s offices across the island.

    But as the Mafia expanded its reach into the rest of Europe, Falcone’s work proved insufficient.

    In September 1990, a Mafia commando drove from Germany to Sicily to gun down a 37-year-old judge. Weeks later, at a police checkpoint in Naples, the Sicilian driver of a truck loaded with weapons, explosives, and drugs was found to be a resident of Germany. A month after the arrests, Falcone traveled to Germany to establish an information-sharing mechanism with authorities there. He brought along a younger colleague from Naples, Franco Roberti.

    “We faced a stone wall,” recalled Roberti, still bitter three decades later. He spoke to us outside a cafe in a plum neighborhood in Naples. Seventy-three years old and speaking with the rasp of a lifelong smoker, Roberti described Italy’s Mafia problem in blunt language. He bemoaned a lack of international cooperation that, he said, continues to this day. “They claimed that there was no need to investigate there,” Roberti said, “that it was up to us to investigate Italians in Germany who were occasional mafiosi.”

    As the prosecutors traveled back to Italy empty-handed, Roberti remembers Falcone telling him that they needed “a centralized national organ able to speak directly to foreign judicial authorities and coordinate investigations in Italy.”

    “That is how the idea of the anti-mafia directorate was born,” Roberti said. The two began building what would become Italy’s first national anti-mafia force.

    At the time, there was tough resistance to the project. Critics argued that Falcone and Roberti were creating “super-prosecutors” who would wield outsize powers over the courts, while also being subject to political pressures from the government in Rome. It was, they argued, a marriage of police and the judiciary, political interests and supposedly apolitical courts — convenient for getting Mafia convictions but dangerous for Italian democracy.

    Still, in January 1992, the project was approved in Parliament. But Falcone would never get to lead it: Months later, a bomb set by the Mafia killed him, his wife, and the three agents escorting them. The attack put to rest any remaining criticism of Falcone’s plan.

    The anti-mafia directorate went on to become one of Italy’s most important institutions, the national authority over all matters concerning organized crime and the agency responsible for partially freeing the country from its century-old crucible. In the decades after Falcone’s death, the directorate did what many in Italy thought impossible, dismantling large parts of the five main Italian crime families and almost halving the Mafia-related murder rate.

    And yet, by the time Roberti took control in 2013, it had been years since the last high-profile Mafia prosecution, and the organization’s influence was waning. At the same time, Italy was facing unprecedented numbers of migrants arriving by boat. Roberti had an idea: The anti-mafia directorate would start working on what he saw as a different kind of mafia. The organization set its sights on Libya.

    “We thought we had to do something more coordinated to combat this trafficking,” Roberti remembered, “so I put everyone around a table.”

    “The main objective was to save lives, seize ships, and capture smugglers,” Roberti said. “Which we did.”

    Our Sea

    Dieudonne made it to the Libyan port city of Zuwara in August 2014. One more step across the Mediterranean, and he’d be in Europe. The smugglers he paid to get him across the sea took all of his possessions and put him in an abandoned building that served as a safe house to wait for his turn.

    Dieudonne told his story from a small office in Bari, Italy, where he runs a cooperative that helps recent arrivals access local education. Dieudonne is fiery and charismatic. He is constantly moving: speaking, texting, calling, gesticulating. Every time he makes a point, he raps his knuckles on the table in a one-two pattern. Dieudonne insisted that we publish his real name. Others who made the journey more recently — still pending decisions on their residence permits or refugee status — were less willing to speak openly.

    Dieudonne remembers the safe house in Zuwara as a string of constant violence. The smugglers would come once a day to leave food. Every day, they would ask who hadn’t followed their orders. Those inside the abandoned building knew they were less likely to be discovered by police or rival smugglers, but at the same time, they were not free to leave.

    “They’ve put a guy in the refrigerator in front of all of us, to show how the next one who misbehaves will be treated,” Dieudonne remembered, indignant. He witnessed torture, shootings, rape. “The first time you see it, it hurts you. The second time it hurts you less. The third time,” he said with a shrug, “it becomes normal. Because that’s the only way to survive.”

    “That’s why arresting the person who pilots a boat and treating them like a trafficker makes me laugh,” Dieudonne said. Others who have made the journey to Italy report having been forced to drive at gunpoint. “You only do it to be sure you don’t die there,” he said.

    Two years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s government, much of Libya’s northwest coast had become a staging ground for smugglers who organized sea crossings to Europe in large wooden fishing boats. When those ships — overcrowded, underpowered, and piloted by amateurs — inevitably capsized, the deaths were counted by the hundreds.

    In October 2013, two shipwrecks off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa took over 400 lives, sparking public outcry across Europe. In response, the Italian state mobilized two plans, one public and the other private.

    “There was a big shock when the Lampedusa tragedy happened,” remembered Italian Sen. Emma Bonino, then the country’s foreign minister. The prime minister “called an emergency meeting, and we decided to immediately launch this rescue program,” Bonino said. “Someone wanted to call the program ‘safe seas.’ I said no, not safe, because it’s sure we’ll have other tragedies. So let’s call it Mare Nostrum.”

    Mare Nostrum — “our sea” in Latin — was a rescue mission in international waters off the coast of Libya that ran for one year and rescued more than 150,000 people. The operation also brought Italian ships, airplanes, and submarines closer than ever to Libyan shores. Roberti, just two months into his job as head of the anti-mafia directorate, saw an opportunity to extend the country’s judicial reach and inflict a lethal blow to smuggling rings in Libya.

    Five days after the start of Mare Nostrum, Roberti launched the private plan: a series of coordination meetings among the highest echelons of the Italian police, navy, coast guard, and judiciary. Under Roberti, these meetings would run for four years and eventually involve representatives from Frontex, Europol, an EU military operation, and even Libya.

    The minutes of five of these meetings, which were presented by Roberti in a committee of the Italian Parliament and obtained by The Intercept, give an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the events on Europe’s southern borders since the Lampedusa shipwrecks.

    In the first meeting, held in October 2013, Roberti told participants that the anti-mafia offices in the Sicilian city of Catania had developed an innovative way to deal with migrant smuggling. By treating Libyan smugglers like they had treated the Italian Mafia, prosecutors could claim jurisdiction over international waters far beyond Italy’s borders. That, Roberti said, meant they could lawfully board and seize vessels on the high seas, conduct investigations there, and use the evidence in court.

    The Italian authorities have long recognized that, per international maritime law, they are obligated to rescue people fleeing Libya on overcrowded boats and transport them to a place of safety. As the number of people attempting the crossing increased, many Italian prosecutors and coast guard officials came to believe that smugglers were relying on these rescues to make their business model work; therefore, the anti-mafia reasoning went, anyone who acted as crew or made a distress call on a boat carrying migrants could be considered complicit in Libyan trafficking and subject to Italian jurisdiction. This new approach drew heavily from legal doctrines developed in the United States during the 1980s aimed at stopping drug smuggling.

    European leaders were scrambling to find a solution to what they saw as a looming migration crisis. Italian officials thought they had the answer and publicly justified their decisions as a way to prevent future drownings.

    But according to the minutes of the 2013 anti-mafia meeting, the new strategy predated the Lampedusa shipwrecks by at least a week. Sicilian prosecutors had already written the plan to crack down on migration across the Mediterranean but lacked both the tools and public will to put it into action. Following the Lampedusa tragedy and the creation of Mare Nostrum, they suddenly had both.

    State of Necessity

    In the international waters off the coast of Libya, Dieudonne and 91 others were rescued by a European NGO called Migrant Offshore Aid Station. They spent two days aboard MOAS’s ship before being transferred to an Italian coast guard ship, Nave Dattilo, to be taken to Europe.

    Aboard the Dattilo, coast guard officers asked Dieudonne why he had left his home in Cameroon. He remembers them showing him a photograph of the rubber boat taken from the air. “They asked me who was driving, the roles and everything,” he remembered. “Then they asked me if I could tell him how the trafficking in Libya works, and then, they said, they would give me residence documents.”

    Dieudonne said that he was reluctant to cooperate at first. He didn’t want to accuse any of his peers, but he was also concerned that he could become a suspect. After all, he had helped the driver at points throughout the voyage.

    “I thought that if I didn’t cooperate, they might hurt me,” Dieudonne said. “Not physically hurt, but they could consider me dishonest, like someone who was part of the trafficking.”

    To this day, Dieudonne says he can’t understand why Italy would punish people for fleeing poverty and political violence in West Africa. He rattled off a list of events from the last year alone: draught, famine, corruption, armed gunmen, attacks on schools. “And you try to convict someone for managing to escape that situation?”

    The coast guard ship disembarked in Vibo Valentia, a city in the Italian region of Calabria. During disembarkation, a local police officer explained to a journalist that they had arrested five people. The journalist asked how the police had identified the accused.

    “A lot has been done by the coast guard, who picked [the migrants] up two days ago and managed to spot [the alleged smugglers],” the officer explained. “Then we have witness statements and videos.”

    Cases like these, where arrests are made on the basis of photo or video evidence and statements by witnesses like Dieudonne, are common, said Gigi Modica, a judge in Sicily who has heard many immigration and asylum cases. “It’s usually the same story. They take three or four people, no more. They ask them two questions: who was driving the boat, and who was holding the compass,” Modica explained. “That’s it — they get the names and don’t care about the rest.”

    Modica was one of the first judges in Italy to acquit people charged for driving rubber boats — known as “scafisti,” or boat drivers, in Italian — on the grounds that they had been forced to do so. These “state of necessity” rulings have since become increasingly common. Modica rattled off a list of irregularities he’s seen in such cases: systemic racism, witness statements that migrants later say they didn’t make, interrogations with no translator or lawyer, and in some cases, people who report being encouraged by police to sign documents renouncing their right to apply for asylum.

    “So often these alleged smugglers — scafisti — are normal people who were compelled to pilot a boat by smugglers in Libya,” Modica said.

    Documents of over a dozen trials reviewed by The Intercept show prosecutions largely built on testimony from migrants who are promised a residence permit in exchange for their collaboration. At sea, witnesses are interviewed by the police hours after their rescue, often still in a state of shock after surviving a shipwreck.

    In many cases, identical statements, typos included, are attributed to several witnesses and copied and pasted across different police reports. Sometimes, these reports have been enough to secure decadeslong sentences. Other times, under cross-examination in court, witnesses have contradicted the statements recorded by police or denied giving any testimony at all.

    As early as 2015, attendees of the anti-mafia meetings were discussing problems with these prosecutions. In a meeting that February, Giovanni Salvi, then the prosecutor of Catania, acknowledged that smugglers often abandoned migrant boats in international waters. Still, Italian police were steaming ahead with the prosecutions of those left on board.

    These prosecutions were so important that in some cases, the Italian coast guard decided to delay rescue when boats were in distress in order to “allow for the arrival of institutional ships that can conduct arrests,” a coast guard commander explained at the meeting.

    When asked about the commander’s comments, the Italian coast guard said that “on no occasion” has the agency ever delayed a rescue operation. Delaying rescue for any reason goes against international and Italian law, and according to various human rights lawyers in Europe, could give rise to criminal liability.

    NGOs in the Crosshairs

    Italy canceled Mare Nostrum after one year, citing budget constraints and a lack of European collaboration. In its wake, the EU set up two new operations, one via Frontex and the other a military effort called Operation Sophia. These operations focused not on humanitarian rescue but on border security and people smuggling from Libya. Beginning in 2015, representatives from Frontex and Operation Sophia were included in the anti-mafia directorate meetings, where Italian prosecutors ensured that both abided by the new investigative strategy.

    Key to these investigations were photos from the rescues, like the aerial image that Dieudonne remembers the Italian coast guard showing him, which gave police another way to identify who piloted the boats and helped navigate.

    In the absence of government rescue ships, a fleet of civilian NGO vessels began taking on a large number of rescues in the international waters off the coast of Libya. These ships, while coordinated by the Italian coast guard rescue center in Rome, made evidence-gathering difficult for prosecutors and judicial police. According to the anti-mafia meeting minutes, some NGOs, including MOAS, routinely gave photos to Italian police and Frontex. Others refused, arguing that providing evidence for investigations into the people they saved would undermine their efficacy and neutrality.

    In the years following Mare Nostrum, the NGO fleet would come to account for more than one-third of all rescues in the central Mediterranean, according to estimates by Operation Sophia. A leaked status report from the operation noted that because NGOs did not collect information from rescued migrants for police, “information essential to enhance the understanding of the smuggling business model is not acquired.”

    In a subsequent anti-mafia meeting, six prosecutors echoed this concern. NGO rescues meant that police couldn’t interview migrants at sea, they said, and cases were getting thrown out for lack of evidence. A coast guard admiral explained the importance of conducting interviews just after a rescue, when “a moment of empathy has been established.”

    “It is not possible to carry out this task if the rescue intervention is carried out by ships of the NGOs,” the admiral told the group.

    The NGOs were causing problems for the DNAA strategy. At the meetings, Italian prosecutors and representatives from the coast guard, navy, and Interior Ministry discussed what they could do to rein in the humanitarian organizations. At the same time, various prosecutors were separately fixing their investigative sights on the NGOs themselves.

    In late 2016, an internal report from Frontex — later published in full by The Intercept — accused an NGO vessel of directly receiving migrants from Libyan smugglers, attributing the information to “Italian authorities.” The claim was contradicted by video evidence and the ship’s crew.

    Months later, Carmelo Zuccaro, the prosecutor of Catania, made public that he was investigating rescue NGOs. “Together with Frontex and the navy, we are trying to monitor all these NGOs that have shown that they have great financial resources,” Zuccaro told an Italian newspaper. The claim went viral in Italian and European media. “Friends of the traffickers” and “migrant taxi service” became common slurs used toward humanitarian NGOs by anti-immigration politicians and the Italian far right.

    Zuccaro would eventually walk back his claims, telling a parliamentary committee that he was working off a hypothesis at the time and had no evidence to back it up.

    In an interview with a German newspaper in February 2017, the director of Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri, refrained from explicitly criticizing the work of rescue NGOs but did say they were hampering police investigations in the Mediterranean. As aid organizations assumed a larger percentage of rescues, Leggeri said, “it is becoming more difficult for the European security authorities to find out more about the smuggling networks through interviews with migrants.”

    “That smear campaign was very, very deep,” remembered Bonino, the former foreign minister. Referring to Marco Minniti, Italy’s interior minister at the time, she added, “I was trying to push Minniti not to be so obsessed with people coming, but to make a policy of integration in Italy. But he only focused on Libya and smuggling and criminalizing NGOs with the help of prosecutors.”

    Bonino explained that the action against NGOs was part of a larger plan to change European policy in the central Mediterranean. The first step was the shift away from humanitarian rescue and toward border security and smuggling. The second step “was blaming the NGOs or arresting them, a sort of dirty campaign against them,” she said. “The results of which after so many years have been no convictions, no penalties, no trials.”

    Finally, the third step was to build a new coast guard in Libya to do what the Europeans couldn’t, per international law: intercept people at sea and bring them back to Libya, the country from which they had just fled.

    At first, leaders at Frontex were cautious. “From Frontex’s point of view, we look at Libya with concern; there is no stable state there,” Leggeri said in the 2017 interview. “We are now helping to train 60 officers for a possible future Libyan coast guard. But this is at best a beginning.”

    Bonino saw this effort differently. “They started providing support for their so-called coast guard,” she said, “which were the same traffickers changing coats.”
    Rescued migrants disembarking from a Libyan coast guard ship in the town of Khoms, a town 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of the capital on October 1, 2019.

    Same Uniforms, Same Ships

    Safe on land in Italy, Dieudonne was never called to testify in court. He hopes that none of his peers ended up in prison but said he would gladly testify against the traffickers if called. Aboard the coast guard ship, he remembers, “I gave the police contact information for the traffickers, I gave them names.”

    The smuggling operations in Libya happened out in the open, but Italian police could only go as far as international waters. Leaked documents from Operation Sophia describe years of efforts by European officials to get Libyan police to arrest smugglers. Behind closed doors, top Italian and EU officials admitted that these same smugglers were intertwined with the new Libyan coast guard that Europe was creating and that working with them would likely go against international law.

    As early as 2015, multiple officials at the anti-mafia meetings noted that some smugglers were uncomfortably close to members of the Libyan government. “Militias use the same uniforms and the same ships as the Libyan coast guard that the Italian navy itself is training,” Rear Adm. Enrico Credendino, then in charge of Operation Sophia, said in 2017. The head of the Libyan coast guard and the Libyan minister of defense, both allies of the Italian government, Credendino added, “have close relationships with some militia bosses.”

    One of the Libyan coast guard officers playing both sides was Abd al-Rahman Milad, also known as Bija. In 2019, the Italian newspaper Avvenire revealed that Bija participated in a May 2017 meeting in Sicily, alongside Italian border police and intelligence officials, that was aimed at stemming migration from Libya. A month later, he was condemned by the U.N. Security Council for his role as a top member of a powerful trafficking militia in the coastal town of Zawiya, and for, as the U.N. put it, “sinking migrant boats using firearms.”

    According to leaked documents from Operation Sophia, coast guard officers under Bija’s command were trained by the EU between 2016 and 2018.

    While the Italian government was prosecuting supposed smugglers in Italy, they were also working with people they knew to be smugglers in Libya. Minniti, Italy’s then-interior minister, justified the deals his government was making in Libya by saying that the prospect of mass migration from Africa made him “fear for the well-being of Italian democracy.”

    In one of the 2017 anti-mafia meetings, a representative of the Interior Ministry, Vittorio Pisani, outlined in clear terms a plan that provided for the direct coordination of the new Libyan coast guard. They would create “an operation room in Libya for the exchange of information with the Interior Ministry,” Pisani explained, “mainly on the position of NGO ships and their rescue operations, in order to employ the Libyan coast guard in its national waters.”

    And with that, the third step of the plan was set in motion. At the end of the meeting, Roberti suggested that the group invite representatives from the Libyan police to their next meeting. In an interview with The Intercept, Roberti confirmed that Libyan representatives attended at least two anti-mafia meetings and that he himself met Bija at a meeting in Libya, one month after the U.N. Security Council report was published. The following year, the Security Council committee on Libya sanctioned Bija, freezing his assets and banning him from international travel.

    “We needed to have the participation of Libyan institutions. But they did nothing, because they were taking money from the traffickers,” Roberti told us from the cafe in Naples. “They themselves were the traffickers.”
    A Place of Safety

    Roberti retired from the anti-mafia directorate in 2017. He said that under his leadership, the organization was able to create a basis for handling migration throughout Europe. Still, Roberti admits that his expansion of the DNAA into migration issues has had mixed results. Like his trip to Germany in the ’90s with Giovanni Falcone, Roberti said the anti-mafia strategy faltered because of a lack of collaboration: with the NGOs, with other European governments, and with Libya.

    “On a European level, the cooperation does not work,” Roberti said. Regarding Libya, he added, “We tried — I believe it was right, the agreements [the government] made. But it turned out to be a failure in the end.”

    The DNAA has since expanded its operations. Between 2017 and 2019, the Italian government passed two bills that put the anti-mafia directorate in charge of virtually all illegal immigration matters. Since 2017, five Sicilian prosecutors, all of whom attended at least one anti-mafia coordination meeting, have initiated 15 separate legal proceedings against humanitarian NGO workers. So far there have been no convictions: Three cases have been thrown out in court, and the rest are ongoing.

    Earlier this month, news broke that Sicilian prosecutors had wiretapped journalists and human rights lawyers as part of one of these investigations, listening in on legally protected conversations with sources and clients. The Italian justice ministry has opened an investigation into the incident, which could amount to criminal behavior, according to Italian legal experts. The prosecutor who approved the wiretaps attended at least one DNAA coordination meeting, where investigations against NGOs were discussed at length.

    As the DNAA has extended its reach, key actors from the anti-mafia coordination meetings have risen through the ranks of Italian and European institutions. One prosecutor, Federico Cafiero de Raho, now runs the anti-mafia directorate. Salvi, the former prosecutor of Catania, is the equivalent of Italy’s attorney general. Pisani, the former Interior Ministry representative, is deputy head of the Italian intelligence services. And Roberti is a member of the European Parliament.

    Cafiero de Raho stands by the investigations and arrests that the anti-mafia directorate has made over the years. He said the coordination meetings were an essential tool for prosecutors and police during difficult times.

    When asked about his specific comments during the meetings — particularly statements that humanitarian NGOs needed to be regulated and multiple admissions that members of the new Libyan coast guard were involved in smuggling activities — Cafiero de Raho said that his remarks should be placed in context, a time when Italy and the EU were working to build a coast guard in a part of Libya that was largely ruled by local militias. He said his ultimate goal was what, in the DNAA coordination meetings, he called the “extrajudicial solution”: attempts to prove the existence of crimes against humanity in Libya so that “the United Nation sends troops to Libya to dismantle migrants camps set up by traffickers … and retake control of that territory.”

    A spokesperson for the EU’s foreign policy arm, which ran Operation Sophia, refused to directly address evidence that leaders of the European military operation knew that parts of the new Libyan coast guard were also involved in smuggling activities, only noting that Bija himself wasn’t trained by the EU. A Frontex spokesperson stated that the agency “was not involved in the selection of officers to be trained.”

    In 2019, the European migration strategy changed again. Now, the vast majority of departures are intercepted by the Libyan coast guard and brought back to Libya. In March of that year, Operation Sophia removed all of its ships from the rescue area and has since focused on using aerial patrols to direct and coordinate the Libyan coast guard. Human rights lawyers in Europe have filed six legal actions against Italy and the EU as a result, calling the practice refoulement by proxy: facilitating the return of migrants to dangerous circumstances in violation of international law.

    Indeed, throughout four years of coordination meetings, Italy and the EU were admitting privately that returning people to Libya would be illegal. “Fundamental human rights violations in Libya make it impossible to push migrants back to the Libyan coast,” Pisani explained in 2015. Two years later, he outlined the beginnings of a plan that would do exactly that.

    The Result of Mere Chance

    Dieudonne knows he was lucky. The line that separates suspect and victim can be entirely up to police officers’ first impressions in the minutes or hours following a rescue. According to police reports used in prosecutions, physical attributes like having “a clearer skin tone” or behavior aboard the ship, including scrutinizing police movements “with strange interest,” were enough to rouse suspicion.

    In a 2019 ruling that acquitted seven alleged smugglers after three years of pretrial detention, judges wrote that “the selection of the suspects on one side, and the witnesses on the other, with the only exception of the driver, has almost been the result of mere chance.”

    Carrying out work for their Libyan captors has cost other migrants in Italy lengthy prison sentences. In September 2019, a 22-year-old Guinean nicknamed Suarez was arrested upon his arrival to Italy. Four witnesses told police he had collaborated with prison guards in Zawiya, at the immigrant detention center managed by the infamous Bija.

    “Suarez was also a prisoner, who then took on a job,” one of the witnesses told the court. Handing out meals or taking care of security is what those who can’t afford to pay their ransom often do in order to get out, explained another. “Unfortunately, you would have to be there to understand the situation,” the first witness said. Suarez was sentenced to 20 years in prison, recently reduced to 12 years on appeal.

    Dieudonne remembered his journey at sea vividly, but with surprising cool. When the boat began taking on water, he tried to help. “One must give help where it is needed.” At his office in Bari, Dieudonne bent over and moved his arms in a low scooping motion, like he was bailing water out of a boat.

    “Should they condemn me too?” he asked. He finds it ironic that it was the Libyans who eventually arrested Bija on human trafficking charges this past October. The Italians and Europeans, he said with a laugh, were too busy working with the corrupt coast guard commander. (In April, Bija was released from prison after a Libyan court absolved him of all charges. He was promoted within the coast guard and put back on the job.)

    Dieudonne thinks often about the people he identified aboard the coast guard ship in the middle of the sea. “I told the police the truth. But if that collaboration ends with the conviction of an innocent person, it’s not good,” he said. “Because I know that person did nothing. On the contrary, he saved our lives by driving that raft.”

    https://theintercept.com/2021/04/30/italy-anti-mafia-migrant-rescue-smuggling

    #Méditerranée #Italie #Libye #ONG #criminalisation_de_la_solidarité #solidarité #secours #mer_Méditerranée #asile #migrations #réfugiés #violence #passeurs #Méditerranée_centrale #anti-mafia #anti-terrorisme #Direzione_nazionale_antimafia_e_antiterrorismo #DNAA #Frontex #Franco_Roberti #justice #politique #Zuwara #torture #viol #Mare_Nostrum #Europol #eaux_internationales #droit_de_la_mer #droit_maritime #juridiction_italienne #arrestations #Gigi_Modica #scafista #scafisti #état_de_nécessité #Giovanni_Salvi #NGO #Operation_Sophia #MOAS #DNA #Carmelo_Zuccaro #Zuccaro #Fabrice_Leggeri #Leggeri #Marco_Minniti #Minniti #campagne #gardes-côtes_libyens #milices #Enrico_Credendino #Abd_al-Rahman_Milad #Bija ##Abdurhaman_al-Milad #Al_Bija #Zawiya #Vittorio_Pisani #Federico_Cafiero_de_Raho #solution_extrajudiciaire #pull-back #refoulement_by_proxy #refoulement #push-back #Suarez

    ping @karine4 @isskein @rhoumour

  • Italian prosecutor presses charges against the #Iuventa crew

    The Prosecutor of #Trapani officially charged 21 individuals and 3 organisations of aiding and abetting illegal immigration. All the accusations are related to operations conducted between 2016 and 2017. This is a political declaration of intent to criminalise solidarity, and it has a deadly consequence: people die, when they could be saved.

    The story
    As the EU transformed the Mediterranean sea into the deadliest border in the world, the rescue ship Iuventa, operated in a joint effort by more than 200 volunteers at sea, and supported by thousands on shore, started search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean in July 2016. Their lifesaving efforts were forcibly stopped when, on the 2nd of August 2017, the ship was seized by the Italian prosecutor and ten people were put under investigation.

    More than three years after the seizure of the rescue ship Iuventa by Italian authorities, the Prosecutor of Trapani has declared the investigation against the Iuventa crew closed. The crew members who stand accused of aiding and abetting illegal immigration are facing up to 20 years in prison. Yet the legal fight is far from over.

    The legal case

    This day marks the beginning of the trial against the Iuventa crew despite initial accusation theories already having been publicly proven unfounded. The main so-called “eyewitness” who collected evidence against the Iuventa crew publicly revoked his testimony. He then stated to the press that he had been promised a job within the Italian right party Lega Nord in exchange for his witness statement. Furthermore, through a detailed reconstruction of events, renowned team of scientists „Forensic Architecture“, disproved the theses of the prosecution in a public analysis of Iuventa operations.

    “Saving lives is never a crime. We will prove that all the operations of the Iuventa crew were absolutely lawful. While the EU turned away from the Mediterranean transforming it into a mass grave for Europe’s undesirables, the crew of the Iuventa headed to sea as volunteers, in order to protect the fundamental rights to life and to seek asylum, as required by international law and before that by human solidarity”
    —> Francesca Cancellaro, lawyer of the group

    The crew
    While the EU turned away from the Mediterranean, paying militias to bring people back to places of abuse, and transforming the Mediterranean into a mass grave for Europe’s undesirables, the crew of the Iuventa headed to sea as volunteers, moved by an urge of
    solidarity.

    “Aslong as governments break their own laws, international conventions and maritime law, all accusations are like a joke to me. It would be funny if this joke didn’t mean death, distress and misery for the people on the move”
    —> Dariush, captain onboard the Iuventa

    “Although we stand accused, it is us who accuse European authorities of refusing safe passage and of letting people drown.”
    —> Sascha Girke, the former Head of Mission onboard the Iuventa

    https://iuventa10.org/2021/03/04/italian-prosecutor-presses-charges-against-the-iuventa-crew
    #Italie #condamnation #Iuventa #sauvetage #mer #Méditerranée #sauvetages_en_mer #migrations #justice (well...) #mer_Méditerranée #frontières #réfugiés #ONG #solidarité #criminalisation_de_la_solidarité

    • Message du team de la Iuventa :

      Cher(e)s ami(e)s, partisan(e)s et camarades,

      Après plus de 3 ans d’enquête, le procureur de Trapani (Sicile) a officiellement inculpé 21 individus et 3 organisations pour aide et encouragement à l’immigration illégale. Toutes ces accusations sont liées à des opérations conduites entre 2016 et 2017. Parmi ces individus sont des membres d’équipage de la Iuventa.

      Il s’agit ici d’une déclaration d’intention à criminaliser la migration et la solidarité - et les conséquences en sont fatales : des personnes meurent, alors qu’elles peuvent être sauvées !

      Nous nous battrons ! Il s’agit d’une affaire politique. Il ne s’agit pas de nous, mais de la politique meurtrière d’exclusion de l’UE et rien de moins que du droit à la vie que l’UE refuse systématiquement aux personnes.

      Nous avons besoin de votre soutien plus que jamais ! Le déroulement et l’issue de cette affaire dépendront énormément des médias et de l’opinion publique.

      Vous pouvez nous soutenir :

      En vous abonnant à nos réseaux sociaux et en publiant le contenu
      En transférant notre Communiqué de Presse à votre journaliste fiable (Ci-joint les version en Allemand, Anglais et Italien)
      En continuant à suivre nos chaînes pour plus d’informations - la lutte vient de commencer !

      Pour plus d’informations sur l’affaire et l’histoire de la Iuventa, vous pouvez visiter et partager notre site https://iuventa10.org

      Salutations solidaires !
      Iuventa Crew

      Message reçu via la mailing-list Migreurop, le 3 mars 2021

  • La Grèce bâillonne la parole dans les camps de migrants

    Signe d’un durcissement du discours à l’égard des #ONG qui accueillent les réfugiés, un #décret impose une #clause_de_confidentialité aux humanitaires.

    Un bâton dans les roues, en plein rebond de la vague migratoire. Le gouvernement grec a émis un décret resserrant un peu plus l’étau sur les #humanitaires qui accueillent les migrants. Publié au journal officiel local le 30 novembre, il empêche « toutes les personnes » qui travaillent dans les camps de réfugiés de révéler toute « information, document ou données » sur leurs résidents.

    Le document menace directement les ONG de poursuites légales si elles ne respectent pas cette clause de confidentialité, suffisamment vague pour dépasser le règlement européen sur la protection des données.

    Un moyen de réduire les humanitaires « au silence », selon Manos Moschopoulos, de la fondation Open Society. « Une partie du rôle des ONG est d’assister aux opérations d’accueil des migrants pour remplir les vides laissés par les autorités sur le terrain. Et une autre partie de leur rôle est d’obliger le gouvernement à rendre des comptes en cas de manquements. Cette nouvelle règle les empêche de pouvoir le faire. »

    Une simple file indienne de distribution de nourriture qui prend trop de temps ne pourrait pas être dénoncée. « Ça empêche tout lien entre le camp et l’extérieur, s’inquiète Manos Moschopoulos. Alors que ce sont ces liens avec la population qui permettent de s’insérer, de donner des habits ou de la nourriture. »

    Sur place, à Lesbos, principale porte d’entrée des embarcations en Mer Égée, une volontaire (qui requiert l’anonymat) s’inquiète d’un texte « jamais vu ». « Je ne sais même pas si c’est légal, explique-t-elle, apprenant tout juste la nouvelle. Plus rien ne m’étonne. Ça fait des mois qu’on fait tout pour nous empêcher de faire notre boulot. »

    L’exécutif grec en campagne contre les ONG

    Ce n’est pas la première fois qu’Athènes prend les humanitaires en grippe. Cette nouvelle règle pour les #camps s’inscrit dans un contexte d’efforts constants du gouvernement pour limiter l’implication des civils dans l’accueil des réfugiés. Dernier épisode en date, le ministre grec des migrations Notis Mitarachi a accusé, mardi, des ONG d’acheter des visas turcs pour faciliter le passage de migrants somaliens, nombreux à échouer sur les côtes grecques en novembre.

    « L’agenda politique prime sur la politique migratoire, décrypte Michael Maietta, ancien responsable humanitaire et spécialiste des questions de solidarité. Nous sommes dans une période de l’année où les flux qui passent par la Grèce et les Balkans sont très forts. Le gouvernement veut rassurer son électorat et montrer qu’il maîtrise ses frontières. »

    Cet automne, les autorités grecques ont multiplié les attaques contre les #organisations_humanitaires accusées d’« espionnage » et de complicité avec les passeurs. Plusieurs d’entre elles dénoncent la récurrence des refoulements illégaux de réfugiés vers les côtes turques. Si Athènes a toujours nié l’existence de telles pratiques, l’agence européenne Frontex, qui dispose de 600 agents pour aider les garde-côtes de la péninsule, a ouvert une enquête interne sur ces allégations.

    https://www.la-croix.com/Monde/Grece-baillonne-parole-camps-migrants-2020-12-09-1201129173

    #asile #migrations #réfugiés #camps_de_réfugiés #silence #confidentialité #solidarité #criminalisation_de_la_solidarité

    ping @karine4 @isskein

  • Communiqué du comité de soutien aux 3+4+2 +2 …

    DEUX SOLIDAIRES POURSUIVIS PAR LA JUSTICE

    Le 19 novembre, à #Montgenèvre, deux solidaires ont été interpellés lors d’une maraude de l’#unité_mobile_de_mise_à_l'abri (#UMMA), organisée par #Medecins_Du_Monde et #Tous_Migrants alors qu’ils étaient en train de porter assistance à une famille composée de deux enfants mineurs, de 10 et 14
    ans, d’une femme enceinte d’environ huit mois et de son mari.
    Placés en garde à vue pendant 24 h, pendant que la famille se faisait refouler pour la deuxième fois en ITALIE, ils sont ressortis avec une convocation devant le tribunal de Gap le 4 décembre.
    Ils sont poursuivi pour« aide à l’entrée, la circulation ou le séjour irrégulier d’étrangers en situation irrégulière en leur faisant franchir la frontière pédestrement » pour une maraude pourtant effectuée en France dans le cadre du protocole d’intervention de l’UMMA.
    Cette situation n’est malheureusement plus surprenante à la frontière Franco italienne où depuis 5 ans la chasse à l’homme de couleur (ou racisé) et les refoulements illégaux font le quotidien.
    Les violences policières sont avérées (https://www.bastamag.net/police-racket-violence-surmineur-
    detournement-de-fonds-publics-refugies-proces-PAF-Montgenevre) les #courses_poursuites meurtrières. (https://www.liberation.fr/france/2019/05/08/sur-les-traces-de-blessing-matthewmigrante-
    nigeriane-noyee-dans-la-durance_1725483 )
    Ces réalités sont bien loin d’être anecdotiques , nous comptons aujourd’hui cinq personnes exilées décédées « accidentellement » sur les chemins rejoignant le #Briançonnais. plusieurs centaines d’autres ayant nécessité un passage par le service des urgences tant leur état inspirait de l’inquiétude, une multitude présentant des blessures ou traumatismes parfois irréversibles directement liés au passage de la frontière.
    Le lundi 16 novembre, Madame la Préfete a annoncé en conférence de presse à la #Police_Aux_Frontières (#PAF) de Montgenèvre l’augmentation des effectifs de la PAF et de la gendarmerie mobile ainsi que l’arrivée de militaires des forces sentinelles afin de lutter contre le terrorisme, nous dit-on. Nous constatons depuis, le déploiement d’un arsenal technologique (drone et jumelles thermique). Le 19 Novembre 2020, ce dispositif a permis le refoulement de 2 familles dont une femme enceinte plusieurs mineurs ainsi que l’arrestation et la mise en garde à vue de 2 maraudeurs solidaires.
    Cette situation intervient dans un contexte répressif plus global.
    En France, dans la Roya et à la frontière espagnole, à Calais , à Paris la situation est similaire. , la chasse aux exilé-es constante engendre souvent la mise en danger de la vie de ces personnes qui
    n’ont d’autre choix que de fuir leur pays
    En Europe, la frontière bosnio-croate est depuis des années un véritable enfer pour quiconque n’a pas les bons papiers pour tenter la traversé. Humiliation et torture policière sont le lot quotidien des personnes empruntant ces chemins comme en attestent les témoignages qu’ils nous laissent (https://asile.ch/2020/02/24/rts-situation-en-bosnie-herzegovine )
    La méditerranée, elle, continue d’être un cimetière dont on ne compte même plus les naufrages.
    Les images récentes des violences policières sur les exilés a Paris témoignent d’un harcèlement quotidien des personnes sans papiers partout sur le territoire Francais.
    C’est dans ce contexte de violences policières avérées que le gouvernement est en train de faire passer la loi sécurité globale, ce qui renforce notre inquiétude quand au sort réservé aux exilé-es et à toutes celles et ceux qui s’opposent a ces politiques inhumaines

    Nous appelons à un rassemblement devant le tribunal de Gap le 4 decembre 2020 à 8 h30 contre ces politiques mortifères invisibilisées et en soutien aux maraudeurs inculpés.

    Nous conseillons également à notre ministre de l’intérieur Mr Gerard Darmanin d’ engager un dialogue avec les associations concernées avant que ne se produisent de nouveaux drames

    Rendez vous...le 4 décembre 2020 8 h 30 devant le tribunal de GAP

    Reçu par email, le 25.22.2020

    #Hautes-Alpes #frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #criminalité #Briançon #frontière_sud-alpine #criminalisation_de_la_solidarité #solidarité #sauvetage #maraudes #maraudes_solidaires

    ajouté à la métaliste sur les Hautes-Alpes :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/733721

  • Greece files against 33 NGO members for assisting human traffickers

    Greek authorities have prepared a case file against 33 foreign nationals, members of four non-governmental organizations dealing with refugee issues on the island of Lesvos. The case file against the specific NGOs reportedly includes the offenses of forming and joining a criminal organization, espionage, violation of state secrets, as well as viol

    The case file reportedly includes the offenses of forming and joining a criminal organization, espionage, violation of state secrets, as well as violations of the Immigration Code against a total of 35 foreigners.

    Thirty-three of them are members of four non-governmental organisations (NGOs) whose names have not been disclosed, while two are third-country nationals working on migration issues.

    The NGOs have reportedly their headquarters abroad.

    Their action is estimated to date from the beginning of last June and consisted, according to the indictment, of providing substantial assistance to organized illegal migrant trafficking networks.

    Citing a press release by the Lesvos Police directorate, local news website stonisi, writes that “under the pretext of humanitarian action, those involved provided refugees in Turkey information about landing coordinates and weather conditions via closed groups and internet applications.”

    The information included:

    – gathering places on the Turkish coast and departure time for voyage to Lesvos.
    - coordinates (longitude and latitude) of specific refugee flows and their direction at a specific time and place
    - number of third-country nationals onboard of boats and the prevailing situation during the voyage
    - final destination (landing place on the coast),
    – details for the accommodation at Moria refugees center on Lesvos.”

    The Police announcement said also that “in addition, through the extensive use of a specific telephone connection application, related to the activation of rescue operations, they hampered the operational work of the Greek Coast Guard vessels, at a time when migratory flows were evolving.”

    The network was involved in at least 32 cases of refugees and migrants transfer.

    The investigation continues “in order to determine the full extent of the illegal activity of the criminal organization and its connections.

    The investigation was carried out in collaboration with the National Intelligence Service, with the assistance of the Counter-Terrorism Service as well as the Directorates for Information Management and Analysis, Attica Aliens Dept and Crime Department.

    https://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2020/09/28/greece-ngo-members-human-traffickers-lesvos-turkey
    #criminalisation #ONG #criminalisation_de_la_solidarité #solidarité #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Lesbos #Grèce

    ping @isskein @karine4

    • Greek police accuse 33 people of helping migrant smuggling

      The Greek government, the same government that is practicing illegal pushbacks on an industrial scale, putting families and children in inflatable life rafts, drifting in the Aegean Sea, in direct violation of international laws and human rights, are once again targeting non-government organizations and volunteers.

      Greek authorities have prepared a case file against 33 foreign nationals, members of four NGOs dealing with refugee issues on the island of Lesvos. The case file against the specific NGOs reportedly includes the offenses of forming and joining a criminal organization, espionage, violation of state secrets, as well as human trafficking.

      We have seen this same approach several times before, trying to criminalize NGOs, aid workers and those who dare stand up against the injustice done by this disgraceful government. Make no mistake, they are trying to scare people to silence, anyone standing up against and highlighting their inhuman treatment of vulnerable people seeking safety, is a treat, and needs to be eliminated.

      Organizations on the ground might be scared to report on how bad the situation really is, to speak up, in fear of being kicked out of the camp they work in, or licenses revoked, so they stay quiet, fall in line and keep their mouths shut. By being quiet, they fail the very people they came to help and protect, and are no longer a part of the solution, but a part of the problem. Organizations working inside the new camp on Lesvos is strangely quiet, they should have been screaming from the rooftops, but they stay quiet. Knowing how the conditions are in this camp and many others, proves my point perfectly.

      Aegean Boat Report will not be intimidated to keep quiet, or look the other way when vulnerable people’s rights are being violated, and will continue to put the spotlight towards injustice. I will not go quite into the Night!

      https://aegeanboatreport.com/2020/09/29/greece-files-against-33-ngo-members-for-assisting-human-trafficker

    • Operation points to NGO smuggling role

      A clandestine operation staged by the Greek National Intelligence Service (EYP) and the Hellenic Police (ELAS) in August, involving two undocumented migrants who worked as undercover agents, was what led authorities to the conclusion that members of four nongovernmental organizations active on the island of Lesvos engaged in people smuggling, Kathimerini understands.

      According to classified documents seen by Kathimerini, a total of 35 members of the four NGOs facilitated the movement of illegal immigrants and refugees from Turkey to Lesvos using “illegal methods and procedures.”

      They are nationals of Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Norway and Bulgaria, and two of the NGOs under investigation are based in Berlin, according to the documents.

      The operation code-named Alcmene – after the mother of the mythological hero Hercules – was completed on August 12 at the height of the Greek-Turkish standoff as warships from both countries patrolled the eastern Aegean.

      It essentially entailed “directed smuggling” overseen by Greek authorities, with the two migrants recruited by EYP arriving in Izmir, Turkey, and then boarding a boat with undocumented migrants destined for Lesvos.

      The two agent migrants subsequently detailed what happened during the transfer, shedding light on how the NGOs allegedly operate. The conclusions from the descriptions and information provided by the two migrants will be evaluated in a criminal investigation launched by a Greek prosecutor.

      The classified ELAS documents revealed that the four NGOs make use of the AlarmPhone application – an emergency telephone number used by refugees and migrants crossing the sea from the coast of Turkey to the Greek islands. The app is also used by migrants traveling from Libya to Malta and Italy.

      The migrants call the number and inform the NGOs about their exact location. The NGO volunteers then undertake to contact the Hellenic Coast Guard and ask its staff to collect the boat with the migrants. If there is no immediate response, they publish the issue on social networks as a form of pressure. This app is not secret but accessible through the website www.alarmphone.org and Twitter.

      The probe was launched in May and was initially into six NGOs, though no evidence was found incriminating two of the groups so the investigation was narrowed down to the four.

      https://www.ekathimerini.com/257683/article/ekathimerini/news/operation-points-to-ngo-smuggling-role

    • Βαριές κατηγορίες σε βάρος των ΜΚΟ αλλά χωρίς στοιχεία

      Περισσότερες και σαφέστερες εξηγήσεις θα πρέπει να δώσει ο κ. Πέτσας αν θέλει να καταφέρει τη δημιουργία εντυπώσεων ενάντια στην αλληλεγγύη προς μετανάστες και πρόσφυγες, αφού καμία από τις πολύ βαριές κατηγορίες που έχουν αραδιαστεί κατά τεσσάρων οργανώσεων δεν στοιχειοθετείται επαρκώς.

      Περισσότερα ερωτήματα παρά απαντήσεις προκύπτουν από τις χθεσινές αναφορές του κυβερνητικού εκπροσώπου Στέλιου Πέτσα στην υπόθεση των 35 μελών τεσσάρων ξένων οργανώσεων, που κατηγορούνται από την ΕΛ.ΑΣ. για διευκόλυνση παράτυπης εισόδου προσφύγων και μεταναστών και για κατασκοπία.

      Τουλάχιστον οι δύο οργανώσεις, η WatchTheMed, που λειτουργεί το τηλεφωνικό δίκτυο ενημέρωσης για κίνδυνο στη θάλασσα AlarmPhone, και η γερμανική Mare Liberum, που διατηρεί δύο σκάφη στο Αιγαίο, είναι γνωστές για τη συνεισφορά τους σε επιχειρήσεις διάσωσης και για τη δημοσιοποίηση παράνομων επιχειρήσεων αποτροπής και επαναπροώθησης του Λιμενικού.

      « Σε αντίθεση με τους διακηρυγμένους στόχους τους, μεθόδευσαν παράνομη διακίνηση μεταναστών [...] Προς τον σκοπό αυτό γνωστοποιούσαν τις θέσεις των σκαφών του Λιμενικού και του Πολεμικού Ναυτικού μας που βρίσκονταν στην περιοχή και εμπλέκονται -κατ’ επέκταση- σε κατασκοπία σε βάρος της χώρας μας » ανέφερε ο κυβερνητικός εκπρόσωπος. Ωστόσο η κατηγορία της ΕΛ.ΑΣ. δεν αναφέρεται σε διακίνηση, αλλά σε διευκόλυνση εισόδου, κάτι πολύ διαφορετικό, καθώς μάλιστα η διευκόλυνση εισόδου δεν έχει κίνητρο το κέρδος.

      Οσο για την κατηγορία της κατασκοπίας, τα στοιχεία που δίνει ο κ. Πέτσας και η αστυνομία παραμένουν τελείως ασαφή. Είναι απόρρητες οι θέσεις των σκαφών του Λιμενικού και του Πολεμικού Ναυτικού ; Και σε ποιους γνωστοποιούνταν τα στοιχεία, ώστε να στοιχειοθετηθεί κατασκοπία ; Παρόμοιες κατηγορίες, συμπεριλαμβανομένης της κατασκοπίας, είχαν φορτώσει οι αρχές σε Ισπανούς διασώστες που επιχειρούσαν στη Λέσβο το καλοκαίρι του 2016, για να ακολουθήσει η πανηγυρική αθώωσή τους από την ελληνική δικαιοσύνη.

      Σύμφωνα με δημοσιεύματα της « Καθημερινής της Κυριακής » και του « Πρώτου Θέματος », τα στοιχεία προήλθαν από άρση του τηλεφωνικού απορρήτου και από έρευνα συνεργατών της ΕΥΠ, που ταξίδεψαν στην Τουρκία τις παραμονές του Δεκαπενταύγουστου και προσποιήθηκαν ότι είναι πρόσφυγες που θέλουν να ταξιδέψουν στην Ελλάδα. Σύμφωνα με διαβαθμισμένο έγγραφο της ΕΛ.ΑΣ. που επικαλείται η « Καθημερινή », οι κατηγορούμενοι υποστηρίζουν για την εκπλήρωση του παράνομου σκοπού τους την τηλεφωνική γραμμή του Alarm Phone, στην οποία καλούν ο πρόσφυγες από τη βάρκα για να ειδοποιήσουν για κίνδυνο. Η οργάνωση ενημερώνει στη συνέχεια τις ελληνικές αρχές προκειμένου να προχωρήσουν σε διάσωση. Σε περίπτωση άρνησης του Λιμενικού, όπως δυστυχώς έχει καταγγελθεί το τελευταίο διάστημα, οι οργανώσεις δημοσιοποιούν την υπόθεση στον Τύπο για να ασκηθεί πίεση.

      Αλλά αυτή η δράση των οργανώσεων είναι δημόσια και αξιέπαινη. Κατακριτέα και αξιόποινη μπορεί να τη θεωρεί μόνο όποιος πιστεύει ότι δεν είναι απόλυτη προτεραιότητα η διάσωση ανθρώπων που αντιμετωπίζουν κίνδυνο. Αλλά όποιος το πιστεύει αυτό έρχεται σε αντίθεση με το Διεθνές Δίκαιο της Θάλασσας και βρίσκεται με το πλευρό της παρανομίας.
      Η κατηγορία

      Σύμφωνα με το δημοσίευμα, τα μέλη των οργανώσεων κατηγορούνται και επειδή επικοινωνούσαν με πρόσφυγες που δεν κατάφεραν να φτάσουν στην Ελλάδα, οι οποίοι τους έδιναν βίντεο και φωτογραφίες από επιχειρήσεις του Λιμενικού, των οποίων είχαν πέσει θύμα. Αλλά από πού προκύπτει ότι συνιστά αδίκημα η δημοσιοποίηση μιας παράνομης δραστηριότητας που θέτει σε κίνδυνο ανθρώπους ; Τι είδους μυστικές επιχειρήσεις πραγματοποιεί το Λιμενικό στο Αιγαίο και γιατί ενοχλείται από τη δημοσιοποίησή τους ;

      Μιλώντας στο « Πρώτο Θέμα » ο υφυπουργός Προστασίας του Πολίτη, Λευτέρης Οικονόμου, που αναφέρεται ως συντονιστής της επιχείρησης, έκανε λόγο για πολύμηνη και πολυεπίπεδη έρευνα και για σημαντική επιτυχία. Αλλά όσα έχουν γίνει μέχρι τώρα γνωστά δεν το δείχνουν. Σημείωσε επίσης ότι « οι υπηρεσίες ασφαλείας και οι Ενοπλες Δυνάμεις έχουν εντολή από τον πρωθυπουργό και από την κυβέρνηση να εκτελέσουν χωρίς αναστολές και δυστοκίες την αποστολή τους, θωρακίζοντας από άκρη σε άκρη την Ελλάδα απέναντι σε κάθε τύπου επιβουλή » και ιδίως σε βάρος της εθνικής ασφάλειας.

      Δεν είναι σαφές αν αναφέρεται σε κάτι άλλο ή στο ταξίδι των ανθρώπων που θέλουν να ζητήσουν διεθνή προστασία σύμφωνα με το δικαίωμα που τους δίνει το διεθνές δίκαιο. Αν πρόκειται γι’ αυτό, είναι σαφές ότι η κυβέρνηση βαδίζει πιστά στα χνάρια της αδιέξοδης και αποτυχημένης πολιτικής που εφάρμοσε ο ακροδεξιός Σαλβίνι στην Ιταλία.

      Για απόπειρα ποινικοποίησης της αλληλεγγύης κατηγορεί την κυβέρνηση η WatchTheMed, όπως και για προσπάθεια να βγάλει από τη μέση τις ενοχλητικές μαρτυρίες οι οποίες αποκαλύπτουν τα εγκλήματα που διαπράττουν οι ελληνικές αρχές στο Αιγαίο, όπως πιστοποιούνται και από τους αρμόδιους διεθνείς οργανισμούς και μεγάλες διεθνείς οργανώσεις. « Κάθε πρόσφυγας που επαναπροωθείται, κάθε άνθρωπος που βρίσκεται σε μη αξιόπλοη βάρκα, κάθε παιδί που δεν σώζεται ενώ βρίσκεται σε κίνδυνο, είναι αρκετός λόγος για να ξεσηκωθούμε και να υψώσουμε τις φωνές μας. Δεν θα σιωπήσουμε !” υπογραμμίζει.
      « Mare Liberum »

      Ελεύθερο να αποπλεύσει από τη Σκάλα Λουτρών και να συνεχίσει τη δράση του στο Αιγαίο είναι το σκάφος « Mare Liberum », στο οποίο έκαναν έφοδο στις 5 Σεπτεμβρίου οι ελληνικές αρχές και κατάσχεσαν έγγραφα και υπολογιστές. Το σκάφος είναι εγκλωβισμένο μήνες στη Λέσβο μετά από απόφαση του γερμανικού υπουργείου Μεταφορών να αφαιρέσει τα πιστοποιητικά ασφαλείας του πλοίου.

      Το δικαστήριο του Αμβούργου δικαίωσε την οργάνωση και έκρινε παράνομη την απόφαση του υπουργείου, κρίνοντας ότι δεν απαιτούνται άλλα πιστοποιητικά από αυτά που ισχύουν για τα σκάφη αναψυχής, όπως είναι δηλωμένο το « Mare Liberum ».

      To γερμανικό κράτος μπορεί να προσφύγει στο Ανώτατο Διοικητικό Δικαστήριο του Αμβούργου, ωστόσο αυτό θα απαιτήσει χρόνο. Σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες, το « Mare Liberum » είναι έτοιμο να συνεχίσει την ανθρωπιστική του δράση στο Αιγαίο παρακολουθώντας το ταξίδι των προσφύγων και τον τρόπο δράσης του Λιμενικού.

      https://www.efsyn.gr/ellada/astynomiko/262954_baries-katigories-se-baros-ton-mko-alla-horis-stoiheia?__cf_chl_captcha

  • #Briançon : « L’expulsion de Refuges solidaires est une vraie catastrophe pour le territoire et une erreur politique »

    Le nouveau maire a décidé de mettre l’association d’aide aux migrants à la porte de ses locaux. Dans la ville, la mobilisation citoyenne s’organise

    #Arnaud_Murgia, élu maire de Briançon en juin, avait promis de « redresser » sa ville. Il vient, au-delà même de ce qu’il affichait dans son programme, de s’attaquer brutalement aux structures associatives clefs du mouvement citoyen d’accueil des migrants qui transitent en nombre par la vallée haut-alpine depuis quatre ans, après avoir traversé la montagne à pied depuis l’Italie voisine.

    A 35 ans, Arnaud Murgia, ex-président départemental des Républicains et toujours conseiller départemental, a également pris la tête de la communauté de communes du Briançonnais (CCB) cet été. C’est en tant que président de la CCB qu’il a décidé de mettre l’association Refuges solidaires à la porte des locaux dont elle disposait par convention depuis sa création en juillet 2017. Par un courrier daté du 26 août, il a annoncé à Refuges solidaires qu’il ne renouvellerait pas la convention, arrivée à son terme. Et « mis en demeure » l’association de « libérer » le bâtiment situé près de la gare de Briançon pour « graves négligences dans la gestion des locaux et de leurs occupants ». Ultimatum au 28 octobre. Il a renouvelé sa mise en demeure par un courrier le 11 septembre, ajoutant à ses griefs l’alerte Covid pesant sur le refuge, qui l’oblige à ne plus accueillir de nouveaux migrants jusqu’au 19 septembre en vertu d’un arrêté préfectoral.
    « Autoritarisme mêlé d’idées xénophobes »

    Un peu abasourdis, les responsables de Refuges solidaires n’avaient pas révélé l’information, dans l’attente d’une rencontre avec le maire qui leur aurait peut être permis une négociation. Peine perdue : Arnaud Murgia les a enfin reçus lundi, pour la première fois depuis son élection, mais il n’a fait que réitérer son ultimatum. Refuges solidaires s’est donc résolu à monter publiquement au créneau. « M. Murgia a dégainé sans discuter, avec une méconnaissance totale de ce que nous faisons, gronde Philippe Wyon, l’un des administrateurs. Cette fin de non-recevoir est un refus de prise en compte de l’accueil humanitaire des exilés, autant que de la paix sociale que nous apportons aux Briançonnais. C’est irresponsable ! » La coordinatrice du refuge, Pauline Rey, s’insurge : « Il vient casser une dynamique qui a parfaitement marché depuis trois ans : nous avons accueilli, nourri, soigné, réconforté près de 11 000 personnes. Il est illusoire d’imaginer que sans nous, le flux d’exilés va se tarir ! D’autant qu’il est reparti à la hausse, avec 350 personnes sur le seul mois d’août, avec de plus en plus de familles, notamment iraniennes et afghanes, avec des bébés parfois… Cet hiver, où iront-ils ? »

    Il faut avoir vu les bénévoles, au cœur des nuits d’hiver, prendre en charge avec une énergie et une efficacité admirables les naufragés de la montagne épuisés, frigorifiés, gelés parfois, pour comprendre ce qu’elle redoute. Les migrants, après avoir emprunté de sentiers d’altitude pour échapper à la police, arrivent à grand-peine à Briançon ou sont redescendus parfois par les maraudeurs montagnards ou ceux de Médecins du monde qui les secourent après leur passage de la frontière. L’association Tous migrants, qui soutient ces maraudeurs, est elle aussi dans le collimateur d’Arnaud Murgia : il lui a sèchement signifié qu’il récupérerait les deux préfabriqués où elle entrepose le matériel de secours en montagne le 30 décembre, là encore sans la moindre discussion. L’un des porte-parole de Tous migrants, Michel Rousseau, fustige « une forme d’autoritarisme mêlée d’idées xénophobes : le maire désigne les exilés comme des indésirables et associe nos associations au désordre. Ses décisions vont en réalité semer la zizanie, puisque nous évitons aux exilés d’utiliser des moyens problématiques pour s’abriter et se nourrir. Ce mouvement a permis aux Briançonnais de donner le meilleur d’eux-mêmes. C’est une expérience très riche pour le territoire, nous n’avons pas l’intention que cela s’arrête ».

    La conseillère municipale d’opposition Aurélie Poyau (liste citoyenne, d’union de la gauche et écologistes), adjointe au maire sortant, l’assure : « Il va y avoir une mobilisation citoyenne, j’en suis persuadée. J’ose aussi espérer que des élus communautaires demanderont des discussions entre collectivités, associations, ONG et Etat pour que des décisions éclairées soient prises, afin de pérenniser l’accueil digne de ces personnes de passage chez nous. Depuis la création du refuge, il n’y a pas eu le moindre problème entre elles et la population. L’expulsion de Refuges solidaires est une vraie catastrophe pour le territoire et une erreur politique. »
    « Peine profonde »

    Ce mardi, au refuge, en application de l’arrêté préfectoral pris après la découverte de trois cas positif au Covid, Hamed, migrant algérien, se réveille après sa troisième nuit passée dans un duvet, sur des palettes de bois devant le bâtiment et confie : « Il faut essayer de ne pas fermer ce lieu, c’est très important, on a de bons repas, on reprend de l’énergie. C’est rare, ce genre d’endroit. » Y., jeune Iranien, est lui bien plus frais : arrivé la veille après vingt heures de marche dans la montagne, il a passé la nuit chez un couple de sexagénaires de Briançon qui ont répondu à l’appel d’urgence de Refuges solidaires. Il montre fièrement la photo rayonnante prise avec eux au petit-déjeuner. Nathalie, bénévole fidèle du refuge, soupire : « J’ai une peine profonde, je ne comprends pas la décision du maire, ni un tel manque d’humanité. Nous faisons le maximum sur le sanitaire, en collaboration avec l’hôpital, avec MDM, il n’y a jamais eu de problème ici. Hier, j’ai dû refuser l’entrée à onze jeunes, dont un blessé. Même si une partie a trouvé refuge chez des habitants solidaires, cela m’a été très douloureux. »

    Arnaud Murgia nous a pour sa part annoncé ce mardi soir qu’il ne souhaitait pas « s’exprimer publiquement, en accord avec les associations, pour ne pas créer de polémiques qui pénaliseraient une issue amiable »… Issue dont il n’a pourtant pas esquissé le moindre contour la veille face aux solidaires.

    https://www.liberation.fr/france/2020/09/16/briancon-l-expulsion-de-refuges-solidaires-est-une-vraie-catastrophe-pour

    #refuge_solidaire #expulsion #asile #migrations #réfugiés #solidarité #Hautes-Alpes #frontière_sud-alpine #criminalisation_de_la_solidarité #Refuges_solidaires #mise_en_demeure #Murgia

    –—

    Ajouté à la métaliste sur le Briançonnais :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/733721

    ping @isskein @karine4 @_kg_

    • A Briançon, le nouveau maire LR veut fermer le refuge solidaire des migrants

      Depuis trois ans, ce lieu emblématique accueille de façon inconditionnelle et temporaire les personnes exilées franchissant la frontière franco-italienne par la montagne. Mais l’élection d’un nouveau maire Les Républicains, Arnaud Murgia, risque de tout changer.

      Briançon (Hautes-Alpes).– La nouvelle est tombée lundi, tel un coup de massue, après un rendez-vous très attendu avec la nouvelle municipalité. « Le maire nous a confirmé que nous allions devoir fermer, sans nous proposer aucune alternative », soupire Philippe, l’un des référents du refuge solidaire de Briançon. En 2017, l’association Refuges solidaires avait récupéré un ancien bâtiment inoccupé pour en faire un lieu unique à Briançon, tout près du col de Montgenèvre et de la gare, qui permet d’offrir une pause précieuse aux exilés dans leur parcours migratoire.

      Fin août, l’équipe du refuge découvrait avec effarement, dans un courrier signé de la main du président de la communauté de communes du Briançonnais, qui n’est autre qu’Arnaud Murgia, également maire de Briançon (Les Républicains), que la convention leur mettant les lieux à disposition ne serait pas renouvelée.

      Philippe avait pourtant pris les devants en juillet en adressant un courrier à Arnaud Murgia, en vue d’une rencontre et d’une éventuelle visite du refuge. « La seule réponse que nous avons eue a été ce courrier recommandé mettant fin à la convention », déplore-t-il, plein de lassitude.

      Contacté, le maire n’a pas souhaité s’exprimer mais évoque une question de sécurité dans son courrier, la jauge de 15 personnes accueillies n’étant pas respectée. « Il est en discussion avec les associations concernées afin de gérer au mieux cet épineux problème, et cela dans le plus grand respect des personnes en situation difficile », a indiqué son cabinet.

      Interrogée sur l’accueil d’urgence des exilés à l’avenir, la préfecture des Hautes-Alpes préfère ne pas « commenter la décision d’une collectivité portant sur l’affectation d’un bâtiment dont elle a la gestion ». « Dans les Hautes-Alpes comme pour tout point d’entrée sur le territoire national, les services de l’État et les forces de sécurité intérieure s’assurent que toute personne souhaitant entrer en France bénéficie du droit de séjourner sur notre territoire. »

      Sur le parking de la MJC de Briançon, mercredi dernier, Pauline se disait déjà inquiète. « Sur le plan humain, il ne peut pas laisser les gens à la rue comme ça, lâche-t-elle, en référence au maire. Il a une responsabilité ! » Cette ancienne bénévole de l’association, désormais salariée, se souvient des prémices du refuge.

      « Je revois les exilés dormir à même le sol devant la MJC. On a investi ces locaux inoccupés parce qu’il y avait un réel besoin d’accueil d’urgence sur la ville. » Trois ans plus tard et avec un total de 10 000 personnes accueillies, le besoin n’a jamais été aussi fort. L’équipe évoque même une « courbe exponentielle » depuis le mois de juin, graphique à l’appui. 106 personnes en juin, 216 en juillet, 355 en août.

      Une quarantaine de personnes est hébergée au refuge ce jour-là, pour une durée moyenne de deux à trois jours. La façade des locaux laisse apparaître le graffiti d’un poing levé en l’air qui arrache des fils barbelés. Pauline s’engouffre dans les locaux et passe par la salle commune, dont les murs sont décorés de dessins, drapeaux et mots de remerciement.

      De grands thermos trônent sur une table près du cabinet médical (tenu en partenariat avec Médecins du monde) et les exilés vont et viennent pour se servir un thé chaud. À droite, un bureau sert à Céline, la deuxième salariée chargée de l’accueil des migrants à leur arrivée.

      Prénom, nationalité, date d’arrivée, problèmes médicaux… « Nous avons des fiches confidentielles, que nous détruisons au bout d’un moment et qui nous servent à faire des statistiques anonymes que nous rendons publiques », précise Céline, tout en demandant à deux exilés de patienter dans un anglais courant. Durant leur séjour, la jeune femme leur vient en aide pour trouver les billets de train les moins chers ou pour leur procurer des recharges téléphoniques.

      « Depuis plusieurs mois, le profil des exilés a beaucoup changé, note Philippe. On a 90 % d’Afghans et d’Iraniens, alors que notre public était auparavant composé de jeunes hommes originaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest. » Désormais, ce sont aussi des familles, avec des enfants en bas âge, qui viennent chercher refuge en France en passant par la dangereuse route des Balkans.

      Dehors, dans la cour, deux petites filles jouent à se courir après, riant aux éclats. Selon Céline, l’aînée n’avait que huit mois quand ses parents sont partis. La deuxième est née sur la route.

      « Récemment, je suis tombée sur une famille afghane avec un garçon âgé de trois ans lors d’une maraude au col de Montgenèvre. Quand j’ai félicité l’enfant parce qu’il marchait vite, presque aussi vite que moi, il m’a répondu : “Ben oui, sinon la police va nous arrêter” », raconte Stéphanie Besson, coprésidente de l’association Tous migrants, qui vient de fêter ses cinq ans.

      L’auteure de Trouver refuge : histoires vécues par-delà les frontières n’a retrouvé le sourire que lorsqu’elle l’a aperçu, dans la cour devant le refuge, en train de s’amuser sur un mini-tracteur. « Il a retrouvé toute son innocence l’espace d’un instant. C’est pour ça que ce lieu est essentiel : la population qui passe par la montagne aujourd’hui est bien plus vulnérable. »

      Vers 16 heures, Pauline s’enfonce dans les couloirs en direction du réfectoire, où des biologistes vêtus d’une blouse blanche, dont le visage est encombré d’une charlotte et d’un masque, testent les résidents à tour de rôle. Un migrant a été positif au Covid-19 quelques jours plus tôt et la préfecture, dans un arrêté, a exigé la fermeture du refuge pour la journée du 10 septembre.

      Deux longues rangées de tables occupent la pièce, avec, d’un côté, un espace cuisine aménagé, de l’autre, une porte de secours donnant sur l’école Oronce fine. Là aussi, les murs ont servi de cimaises à de nombreux exilés souhaitant laisser une trace de leur passage au refuge. Dans un coin de la salle, des dizaines de matelas forment une pile et prennent la place des tables et des chaises, le soir venu, lorsque l’affluence est trop importante.

      « On a dû aménager deux dortoirs en plus de ceux du premier étage pour répondre aux besoins actuels », souligne Pauline, qui préfère ne laisser entrer personne d’autre que les exilés dans les chambres pour respecter leur intimité. Vers 17 heures, Samia se lève de sa chaise et commence à couper des concombres qu’elle laisse tomber dans un grand saladier.

      Cela fait trois ans que cette trentenaire a pris la route avec sa sœur depuis l’Afghanistan. « Au départ, on était avec notre frère, mais il a été arrêté en Turquie et renvoyé chez nous. On a décidé de poursuivre notre chemin malgré tout », chuchote-t-elle, ajoutant que c’est particulièrement dur et dangereux pour les femmes seules. Son regard semble triste et contraste avec son sourire.

      Évoquant des problèmes personnels mais aussi la présence des talibans, les sœurs expliquent avoir dû quitter leur pays dans l’espoir d’une vie meilleure en Europe. « Le refuge est une vraie chance pour nous. On a pu se reposer, dormir en toute sécurité et manger à notre faim. Chaque jour, je remercie les personnes qui s’en occupent », confie-t-elle en dari, l’un des dialectes afghans.

      Samia ne peut s’empêcher de comparer avec la Croatie, où de nombreux exilés décrivent les violences subies de la part de la police. « Ils ont frappé une des femmes qui était avec nous, ont cassé nos téléphones et ont brûlé une partie de nos affaires », raconte-t-elle.

      Ici, depuis des années, la police n’approche pas du refuge ni même de la gare, respectant dans une sorte d’accord informel la tranquillité des lieux et des exilés. « Je n’avais encore jamais vu de policiers aux alentours mais, récemment, deux agents de la PAF [police aux frontières] ont raccompagné une petite fille qui s’était perdue et ont filmé l’intérieur du refuge avec leur smartphone », assure Céline.

      À 18 heures, le repas est servi. Les parents convoquent les enfants, qui rappliquent en courant et s’installent sur une chaise. La fumée de la bolognaise s’échappe des assiettes, tandis qu’un joli brouhaha s’empare de la pièce. « Le dîner est servi tôt car on tient compte des exilés qui prennent le train du soir pour Paris, à 20 heures », explique Pauline.

      Paul*, 25 ans, en fait partie. C’est la deuxième fois qu’il vient au refuge, mais il a fait trois fois le tour de la ville de nuit pour pouvoir le retrouver. « J’avais une photo de la façade mais impossible de me rappeler l’emplacement », sourit-il. L’Ivoirien aspire à « une vie tranquille » qui lui permettrait de réaliser tous « les projets qu’il a en tête ».

      Le lendemain, une affiche collée à la porte d’entrée du refuge indique qu’un arrêté préfectoral impose la fermeture des lieux pour la journée. Aucun nouvel arrivant ne peut entrer.

      Pour Stéphanie Besson, la fermeture définitive du refuge aurait de lourdes conséquences sur les migrants et l’image de la ville. « Briançon est un exemple de fraternité. La responsabilité de ceux qui mettront fin à ce jeu de la fraternité avec des mesures politiques sera immense. »

      Parmi les bénévoles de Tous migrants, des professeurs, des agriculteurs, des banquiers et des retraités … « On a des soutiens partout, en France comme à l’étranger. Mais il ne faut pas croire qu’on tire une satisfaction de nos actions. Faire des maraudes une routine me brise, c’est une honte pour la France », poursuit cette accompagnatrice en montagne.

      Si elle se dit inquiète pour les cinq années à venir, c’est surtout pour l’énergie que les acteurs du tissu associatif vont devoir dépenser pour continuer à défendre les droits des exilés. L’association vient d’apprendre que le local qui sert à entreposer le matériel des maraudeurs, mis à disposition par la ville, va leur être retiré pour permettre l’extension de la cour de l’école Oronce fine.

      Contactée, l’inspectrice de l’Éducation nationale n’a pas confirmé ce projet d’agrandissement de l’établissement. « On a aussi une crainte pour la “maisonnette”, qui appartient à la ville, et qui loge les demandeurs d’asile sans hébergement », souffle Stéphanie.

      « Tout s’enchaîne, ça n’arrête pas depuis un mois », lâche Agnès Antoine, bénévole à Tous migrants. Cela fait plusieurs années que la militante accueille des exilés chez elle, souvent après leur passage au refuge solidaire, en plus de ses trois grands enfants.

      Depuis trois ans, Agnès héberge un adolescent guinéen inscrit au lycée, en passe d’obtenir son titre de séjour. « Il a 18 ans aujourd’hui et a obtenu les félicitations au dernier trimestre », lance-t-elle fièrement, ajoutant que c’est aussi cela qui l’encourage à poursuivre son engagement.

      Pour elle, Arnaud Murgia est dans un positionnement politique clair : « le rejet des exilés » et « la fermeture des frontières » pour empêcher tout passage par le col de Montgenèvre. « C’est illusoire ! Les migrants sont et seront toujours là, ils emprunteront des parcours plus dangereux pour y arriver et se retrouveront à la rue sans le refuge, qui remplit un rôle social indéniable. »

      Dans la vallée de Serre Chevalier, à l’abri des regards, un projet de tourisme solidaire est porté par le collectif d’architectes Quatorze. Il faut longer la rivière Guisane, au milieu des chalets touristiques de cette station et des montagnes, pour apercevoir la maison Bessoulie, au village du Bez. À l’intérieur, Laure et David s’activent pour tenir les délais, entre démolition, récup’ et réaménagement des lieux.

      « L’idée est de créer un refuge pour de l’accueil à moyen et long terme, où des exilés pourraient se former tout en côtoyant des touristes », développe Laure. Au rez-de-chaussée de cette ancienne auberge de jeunesse, une cuisine et une grande salle commune sont rénovées. Ici, divers ateliers (cuisine du monde, low tech, découverte des routes de l’exil) seront proposés.

      À l’étage, un autre espace commun est aménagé. « Il y a aussi la salle de bains et le futur studio du volontaire en service civique. » Un premier dortoir pour deux prend forme, près des chambres réservées aux saisonniers. « On va repeindre le lambris et mettre du parquet flottant », indique la jeune architecte.

      Deux autres dortoirs, l’un pour trois, l’autre pour quatre, sont prévus au deuxième étage, pour une capacité d’accueil de neuf personnes exilées. À chaque fois, un espace de travail est prévu pour elles. « Elles seront accompagnées par un gestionnaire présent à l’année, chargé de les suivre dans leur formation et leur insertion. »

      « C’est un projet qui donne du sens à notre travail », poursuit David en passant une main dans sa longue barbe. Peu sensible aux questions migratoires au départ, il découvre ces problématiques sur le tas. « On a une conscience architecturale et on compte tout faire pour offrir les meilleures conditions d’accueil aux exilés qui viendront. » Reste à déterminer les critères de sélection pour le public qui sera accueilli à la maison Bessoulie à compter de janvier 2021.

      Pour l’heure, le maire de la commune, comme le voisinage, ignore la finalité du projet. « Il est ami avec Arnaud Murgia, alors ça nous inquiète. Comme il y a une station là-bas, il pourrait être tenté de “protéger” le tourisme classique », confie Philippe, du refuge solidaire. Mais le bâtiment appartient à la Fédération unie des auberges de jeunesse (Fuaj) et non à la ville, ce qui est déjà une petite victoire pour les acteurs locaux. « Le moyen et long terme est un échelon manquant sur le territoire, on encourage donc tous cette démarche », relève Stéphanie Besson.

      Aurélie Poyau, élue de l’opposition, veut croire que le maire de Briançon saura prendre la meilleure décision pour ne pas entacher l’image de la ville. « En trois ans, il n’y a jamais eu aucun problème lié à la présence des migrants. Arnaud Murgia n’a pas la connaissance de cet accueil propre à la solidarité montagnarde, de son histoire. Il doit s’intéresser à cet élan », note-t-elle.

      Son optimisme reste relatif. Deux jours plus tôt, l’élue a pris connaissance d’un courrier adressé par la ville aux commerçants du marché de Briançon leur rappelant que la mendicité était interdite. « Personne ne mendie. On sait que ça vise les bénévoles des associations d’aide aux migrants, qui récupèrent des invendus en fin de marché. Mais c’est du don, et voilà comment on joue sur les peurs avec le poids des mots ! »

      Vendredi, avant la réunion avec le maire, un arrêté préfectoral est déjà venu prolonger la fermeture du refuge jusqu’au 19 septembre, après que deux nouvelles personnes ont été testées positives au Covid-19. Une décision que respecte Philippe, même s’il ne lâchera rien par la suite, au risque d’aller jusqu’à l’expulsion. Est-elle évitable ?

      « Évidemment, les cas Covid sont un argument de plus pour le maire, qui mélange tout. Mais nous lui avons signifié que nous n’arrêterons pas d’accueillir les personnes exilées de passage dans le Briançonnais, même après le délai de deux mois qu’il nous a imposé pour quitter les lieux », prévient Philippe. « On va organiser une riposte juridique et faire pression sur l’État pour qu’il prenne ses responsabilités », conclut Agnès.

      https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/france/160920/briancon-le-nouveau-maire-lr-veut-fermer-le-refuge-solidaire-des-migrants?

      @sinehebdo : c’est l’article que tu as signalé, mais avec tout le texte, j’efface donc ton signalement pour ne pas avoir de doublons

    • Lettre d’information Tous Migrants. Septembre 2020

      Edito :

      Aylan. Moria. Qu’avons-nous fait en cinq ans ?

      Un petit garçon en exil, échoué mort sur une plage de la rive nord de la Méditerranée. Le plus grand camp de migrants en Europe ravagé par les flammes, laissant 12.000 personnes vulnérables sans abri.

      Cinq ans presque jour pour jour sont passés entre ces deux « occasions », terribles, données à nos dirigeants, et à nous, citoyens européens, de réveiller l’Europe endormie et indigne de ses principes fondateurs. De mettre partout en acte la fraternité et la solidarité, en mer, en montagne, aux frontières, dans nos territoires. Et pourtant, si l’on en juge par la situation dans le Briançonnais, la fraternité et la solidarité ne semblent jamais avoir été aussi menacées qu’à présent...

      Dénoncer, informer, alerter, protéger. Il y a cinq ans, le 5 septembre 2015, se mettait en route le mouvement Tous Migrants. C’était une première manifestation place de l’Europe à Briançon, sous la bannière Pas en notre nom. Il n’y avait pas encore d’exilés dans nos montagnes (10.000 depuis sont passés par nos chemins), mais des morts par centaines en Méditerranée... Que de chemin parcouru depuis 2015, des dizaines d’initiatives par an ont été menées par des centaines de bénévoles, des relais médiatiques dans le monde entier, que de rencontres riches avec les exilés, les solidaires, les journalistes, les autres associations...

      Mais hormis quelques avancées juridiques fortes de symboles - tels la consécration du principe de fraternité par le Conseil Constitutionnel, ou l’innocentement de Pierre, maraudeur solidaire -, force est de constater que la situation des droits fondamentaux des exilés n’a guère progressé. L’actualité internationale, nationale et locale nous en livre chaque jour la preuve glaçante, de Lesbos à Malte, de Calais à Gap et Briançon. Triste ironie du sort, cinq ans après la naissance de Tous Migrants, presque jour pour jour, le nouveau maire à peine élu à Briançon s’est mis en tête de faire fermer le lieu d’accueil d’urgence et d’entraver les maraudes... Quelles drôles d’idées. Comme des relents d’Histoire.

      Comment, dès lors, ne pas se sentir des Sisyphe*, consumés de l’intérieur par un sentiment tout à la fois d’injustice, d’impuissance, voire d’absurdité ? En se rappelant simplement qu’en cinq ans, la mobilisation citoyenne n’a pas faibli. Que Tous Migrants a reçu l’année dernière la mention spéciale du Prix des Droits de l’Homme. Que nous sommes nombreux à rester indignés.

      Alors, tant qu’il y aura des hommes et des femmes qui passeront la frontière franco-italienne, au péril de leur vie à cause de lois illégitimes, nous poursuivrons le combat. Pour eux, pour leurs enfants... pour les nôtres.

      Marie Dorléans, cofondatrice de Tous Migrants

      Reçue via mail, le 16.09.2020

    • Briançon bientôt comme #Vintimille ?

      Le nombre de migrants à la rue à Vintimille représente une situation inhabituelle ces dernières années. Elle résulte, en grande partie, de la fermeture fin juillet d’un camp humanitaire situé en périphérie de la ville et géré par la Croix-Rouge italienne. Cette fermeture décrétée par la préfecture d’Imperia a été un coup dur pour les migrants qui pouvaient, depuis 2016, y faire étape. Les différents bâtiments de ce camp de transit pouvaient accueillir quelque 300 personnes - mais en avait accueillis jusqu’à 750 au plus fort de la crise migratoire. Des sanitaires, des lits, un accès aux soins ainsi qu’à une aide juridique pour ceux qui souhaitaient déposer une demande d’asile en Italie : autant de services qui font désormais partie du passé.

      « On ne comprend pas », lâche simplement Maurizio Marmo. « Depuis deux ans, les choses s’étaient calmées dans la ville. Il n’y avait pas de polémique, pas de controverse. Personne ne réclamait la fermeture de ce camp. Maintenant, voilà le résultat. Tout le monde est perdant, la ville comme les migrants. »

      https://seenthis.net/messages/876523

    • Aide aux migrants : les bénévoles de Briançon inquiets pour leurs locaux

      C’est un non-renouvellement de convention qui inquiète les bénévoles venant en aide aux migrants dans le Briançonnais. Celui de l’occupation de deux préfabriqués, situés derrière le Refuge solidaire, par l’association Tous migrants. Ceux-ci servent à entreposer du matériel pour les maraudeurs – des personnes qui apportent leur aide aux réfugiés passant la frontière italo-française à pied dans les montagnes – et à préparer leurs missions.

      La Ville de Briançon, propriétaire des locaux, n’a pas souhaité renouveler cette convention, provoquant l’ire de certains maraudeurs.


      https://twitter.com/nos_pas/status/1298504847273197569

      Le maire de Briançon Arnaud Murgia se défend, lui, de vouloir engager des travaux d’agrandissement de la cour de l’école Oronce-Fine. “La Ville de Briançon a acquis le terrain attenant à la caserne de CRS voilà déjà plusieurs années afin de réaliser l’agrandissement et la remise à neuf de la cour de l’école municipale d’Oronce-Fine”, fait-il savoir par son cabinet.

      Une inquiétude qui peut s’ajouter à celle des bénévoles du Refuge solidaire. Car la convention liant l’association gérant le lieu d’hébergement temporaire de la rue Pasteur, signée avec la communauté de communes du Briançonnais (présidée par Arnaud Murgia), est caduque depuis le mois de juin dernier.

      https://www.ledauphine.com/politique/2020/08/28/hautes-alpes-briancon-aide-aux-migrants-les-benevoles-inquiets-pour-leur

      #solidarité_montagnarde

    • Refuge solidaire : lettre ouverte d’un citoyen au maire de Briançon

      « Pensez-vous que les soldats africains avaient le droit de mourir pour sauver nos ascendants et que les jeunes migrants africains, descendants des premiers, auraient le devoir de mourir parce que la gratitude n’est pas un bien d’héritage ? »
      C’est l’une des questions que pose au maire de Briançon un citoyen ayant séjourné à Briançon cet été. Une lettre pétrie d’esprit et d’humanité à lire ICI (https://tousmigrants.weebly.com/uploads/7/3/4/6/73468541/lettre_ouverte_au_maire_de_briancon.pdf) :

      Qui est l’auteur ?

      Habitant de Leyr, petit village de Meurthe-et-Moselle, Léon a hébergé avec sa compagne un jeune migrant venu du Mali. On le voit en photo sur la lettre, devant la tombe d’un soldat originaire de sa région et qui porte son nom. Avec ce jeune exilé, un collectif de citoyens a installé dans le village une stèle à la mémoire des soldats africains morts pour la France mais aussi une deuxième plaque à la mémoire des jeunes migrants disparus en mer en tentant de rejoindre notre pays.

      https://tousmigrants.weebly.com/sinformer/refuge-solidaire-lettre-ouverte-dun-citoyen-au-maire-de-brianco

    • Nouvelles...

      Depuis une semaine maintenant, nous avons pu ouvrir une ligne de communication avec la Communauté de Communes du Briançonnais via la création d’une commission composée d’élus et de représentants du Refuge.

      Suite à cette négociation, nous avons obtenus un engagement écrit du Président de la Communauté de Communes sur le fait qu’il n’y aura pas d’expulsion avant six mois.
      Ainsi, nous allons pouvoir rester dans les locaux tout l’hiver.

      Nous préparons déjà le printemps en étudiant plusieurs solutions de replis pérennes grâce à l’aide d’ONG et de partenaires.

      Email du Conseil d’aministration du Refuge solidaire, 20.10.2020

    • REFUGE SOLIDAIRE DE BRIANCON - Une mobilisation fructueuse

      Vous avez été près de 40 000 à signer la pétition « Pour que le Briançonnais reste un territoire solidaire avec les exilés » et nous vous en remercions vivement.

      Grâce à chacune de vos voix, devant cette mobilisation massive, le maire de Briançon et président de la communauté de communes du Briançonnais est revenu sur sa décision de faire évacuer le Refuge Solidaire au 28 octobre 2020.
      Suite à la création d’une commission composée d’élus et de représentants du Refuge, il s’est engagé par écrit à renoncer à toute expulsion avant six mois et a fait remplir la cuve à fioul de la chaudière. Les locaux continueront donc d’accueillir des exilés tout l’hiver.
      C’est une première victoire de la mobilisation !
      En vue du printemps, des solutions de repli pérennes, avec l’aide d’ONG et de partenaires, sont à l’étude.

      Le local maraudes - où est entreposé le matériel de secours en montagne aux exilés franchissant la frontière - reste quant à lui toujours menacé de fermeture en décembre 2020. Tous Migrants et Médecins du Monde viennent d’adresser au maire de Briançon un courrier commun demandant le maintien de ce lieu.

      Nous ne manquerons pas de vous tenir informés des futures avancées et des actions à venir sur le thème « Briançon Ville Refuge », avec en projet une grande fête de l’hospitalité.

      Merci encore pour votre précieux soutien.

      Solidairement,

      L’équipe Tous Migrants

      Reçu via la mailing-list Tous Migrants, le 23.10.2020

    • Comme nous vous l’indiquions dans notre dernière lettre du 23 octobre 2020 (https://mailchi.mp/2503c7e27ddc/22cytn8udh-3869114), la mobilisation pour la défense du Refuge Solidaire de Briançon a porté ses fruits. Vous avez été près de 40 000 à signer la pétition « Pour que le Briançonnais reste un territoire solidaire avec les exilés » (https://www.change.org/p/pour-que-le-brian%C3%A7onnais-reste-un-territoire-solidaire-avec-les-exil%C3. Devant cette mobilisation massive, le maire de Briançon et président de la communauté de communes du Briançonnais est revenu sur sa décision de faire évacuer le Refuge Solidaire au 28 octobre 2020. Il s’est engagé par écrit à renoncer à toute expulsion avant six mois et a fait remplir la cuve à fioul de la chaudière. Les locaux continueront donc d’accueillir des exilés tout l’hiver.
      C’est une première victoire de la mobilisation !
      En vue du printemps, des solutions de repli pérennes, avec l’aide d’ONG et de partenaires, sont à l’étude.

      Reçu via la mailing-list Migreurop, le 30.11.2020

  • Trois Belges accusées de trafic d’êtres humains après avoir aidé des migrants - Belgique - LeVif.be
    http://www.levif.be/actualite/belgique/trois-belges-accusees-de-trafic-d-etres-humains-apres-avoir-aide-des-migrants/article-normal-847207.html

    Le 20 octobre 2017 dernier, des agents de la police fédérale débarquent chez trois femmes, dont deux journalistes (Myriam Berghe et Anouk Van Gestel) pour une perquisition matinale. Elles apprennent qu’elles sont poursuivies pour « trafic d’êtres humains » sur 95 personnes, dont 12 mineurs, et considérées comme membres d’une « organisation criminelle ».

    Ces personnes hébergeaient depuis quelques mois des migrants chez elles dans le cadre de l’appel de solidarité lancé par les différentes plateformes citoyennes. Zakia, la troisième femme poursuivie n’a pas de lien avec les deux journalistes selon le magazine Politis. Elle a aidé, elle aussi, à plusieurs reprises des migrants du parc Maximilien à Bruxelles.

    #solidarité #criminalisation_de_la_solidarité #migration #violence_d'état

  • Attivarsi ovunque contro le frontiere assassine

    Guido Viale, presidente dell’#Osservatorio_solidarietà della #Carta_di_Milano, ha aperto i lavori della conferenza Solidarietà attraverso i confini, il 25 marzo a Fa’ la cosa giusta, illustrando semplicemente che la viva voce dei tanti protagonisti presenti avrebbe dato il senso dell’iniziativa oggi ancora più importante dopo il sequestro della nave di Proactivia Openarms operato in dispregio delle leggi italiane e internazionali come atto intimidatorio contro chi nel pieno rispetto delle leggi e dei Diritti umani è impegnato per salvare vite umane che i governi della Fortezza Europa, Italia in testa, vorrebbero si concludessero senza clamore in fondo al mare nostrum. Dopo una sintetica illustrazione di Daniela Padoan delle attività dell’Osservatorio solidarietà e una poesia di Ahmed, letta da Denise Rogers, una ragazza argentina che ha dato voce ai tanti migranti morti, si sono susseguite le testimonianze da Ventimiglia, Bolzano, Lesbo, Atene, Como formando un quadro tragico della situazione ma dimostrando anche che c’è un’Europa della solidarietà e dei diritti che lotta contro leggi e governi custodi implacabili di frontiere assassine.

    https://ecoinformazioni.wordpress.com/2018/03/25/attivarsi-ovunque-contro-le-frntiere-assassine

    #solidarité #mer #terre #Méditerranée #Alpes #frontière_sud-alpine #criminalisation_de_la_solidarité #délit_de_solidarité #sauvetage

    J’aimerais ici reprendre les propos de Charles Heller, qui ont été publié dans une interview dans Libé :

    Ceux qui ont imposé le contrôle des frontières de l’espace européen utilisent le terme de #integrated_border_management, la « #gestion_intégrée_des_frontières » : il ne suffit pas de contrôler la limite de la frontière territoriale, il faut contrôler avant, sur et après la frontière. La violence du contrôle s’exerce sur toute la trajectoire des migrants. De la même manière, les pratiques de solidarité, plus ou moins politisées, s’exercent sur l’ensemble de leur trajectoire. On pourrait imaginer une « #solidarité_intégrée », qui n’est pas chapeautée par une organisation mais qui de fait opère, petit bout par petit bout, sur les trajectoires.

    https://www.pacte-grenoble.fr/sites/pacte/files/files/liberation_20171215_15-12-2017-extrait.pdf
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    • Crimes of solidarity. Migration and containment through rescue

      ‘Solidarity is not a crime.’ This is a slogan that has circulated widely across Europe in response to legal prosecutions and municipal decrees, which, especially in Italy and France, have been intended to act against citizens who provide logistical and humanitarian support to transiting migrants. Such criminalisation of individual acts of solidarity and coordinated platforms of refugee support is undertaken both in the name of national and European laws, in opposition to the facilitation of irregular entries, and through arbitrary police measures. In Calais on the French coast, for example, locals have been prohibited from allowing migrants to take showers in their homes or to recharge their mobile phones, while in the Roya Valley at the Italian-French border, many locals have been placed on trial, including the now famous ploughman Cedric Herrou. Responding to accusations that he has been one of the main facilitators along the French-Italian underground migrant route, Herrou has replied that ‘it is the State that is acting illegally, not me’, referring to the French State’s own human rights violations. 1

      ‘Crimes of solidarity’, to use the expression employed by activists and human rights organisations, are defined and prosecuted according to the 2002 EU Directive which prevents and penalises ‘the facilitation of unauthorised entry, transit and residence’ of migrants. In both Italy and France there are national laws that criminalise the facilitation and the support of ‘irregular’ migration; what in France activists call ‘délit de solidarité’. Notably, citizens who help migrants to cross national borders are prosecuted in Italy under the same law that punishes smugglers who take money from migrants. In France, the ‘humanitarian clause’, which exempts from sanctions citizens who support migrants whose life, dignity and physical integrity is at risk, is often disregarded. Nonetheless, the expression ‘crimes of solidarity’ should not lead us to overstate the legal dimension of what is at stake in this. Indeed, the ‘crime’ that is posited here goes well beyond the legal boundaries of European law, as well as national ones, and acquires an ethical and political dimension. In particular, the criminalisation of individuals and groups who are facilitating the crossing of migrants, without making a profit from doing so, opens up the critical question of exactly ‘who is a smuggler?’ today. Significantly, the very definition of ‘smuggling’ in European and international documents is a fairly slippery one, as the boundaries between supporting migrants for one’s own financial benefit or for ‘humanitarian’ reasons are consistently blurred. 2

      In a 1979 interview, Michel Foucault stressed the potential strategic role that might be played by ‘rights’ to ‘mark out for a government its limit’. 3 In this way, Foucault gestured towards an extralegal conceptualisation and use of rights as actual limits to be set against governments. In the case of crimes of solidarity, we are confronted less, however, with the mobilisation of rights as limits to states’ action than with what Foucault calls ‘infra-legal illegalisms’; 4 namely, with practices of an active refusal of states’ arbitrary measures that are taken in the name of migration containment, regardless of whether or not the latter are legally grounded or in violation of the law.

      NGOs and independent organisations that undertake search and rescue activities to save migrants in the Mediterranean have also been under attack, accused of collaborating with smuggling networks, of constituting a pull-factor for migrants, and of ferrying them to Europe. Three years after the end of the military-humanitarian operation Mare Nostrum, which was deployed by the Italian Navy to save migrant lives at sea, the Mediterranean has become the site of a sort of naval battle in which the obligation to rescue migrants in distress is no longer the priority. The fight against smugglers and traffickers has taken central stage, and the figure of the shipwrecked refugee has consequently vanished little by little. Today, the war on smugglers is presented as the primary goal and, at the same time, as a strategy to protect migrants from ‘traffickers’. The criminalisation of NGOs, like Doctors without Borders, Save the Children and SOS Mediterranee, and of independent actors, including Sea-Eye, Sea-Watch, Jugend-Rettet and Arms Pro-Activa, who conduct search and rescue operations, started with the simultaneous implementation of the Libyan mobile sea-barrier, which charges the Libyan Coast Guard with responsibility for intercepting migrant vessels and bringing them back to Libya. As a consequence of this agreement, being rescued means being captured and contained.

      Following the signing of a new bilateral agreement between Libya and Italy in March 2017, in July, the Italian government put pressure on one of the three Libyan governments (the one led by Fayez al-Serraj) demanding better cooperation in intercepting and returning migrants who head to Europe by sea. In order to accelerate this process, Italy sent two Navy ships into Libyan national waters, with the purpose of ‘strengthening Libyan sovereignty by helping the country to keep control of its national waters’. 5

      Far from being a smooth negotiation, however, the Libyan government led by General Khalifa Haftar threatened to shoot in the direction of the Italian ships if they were to violate Libya’s sovereignty by entering their national territory. 6

      Overall, the ‘migration deal’ has been made by the EU and Italy in the context of different asymmetric relationships: on the one hand, with a ‘rogue state’ such as Libya, characterised by a fragmented sovereignty, and on the other, with non-state actors, and more precisely with the same smugglers that Europe has supposedly declared war on. Indeed, as various journalistic investigations have proved, Italy has paid Libyan militias and smuggling networks to block migrants’ departures temporarily in exchange for fewer controls on other smuggling channels, specifically those involving drugs and weapons. In this way, smugglers have been incorporated into a politics of migration containment. Governing migration through and with smugglers has become fully part of the EU’s political agenda. As such, a critical appraisal of the criminalisation of migrant smuggling requires undoing the existing narrative of a war on smugglers, as well as challenging those analyses that simply posit smugglers as the straightforward enemies of society.

      The naval battle in the Mediterranean has not been an exclusive affair of Italy and Libya. On the contrary, it is within this type of geopolitical context that the escalating criminalisation of sea rescue is more broadly taking place. 7 On July 31, at the request of the European Commission, the Italian Home Office released a ‘Code of Conduct’ that NGOs have been asked to sign if they want to continue search and rescue activities. Given that the code of conduct imposes on NGOs the obligation to have armed judicial police on board, 8 some organisations, including Doctors without Borders, Sea Watch and Jugend Rettet, have refused to sign, arguing that through the enforcement of the Code of Conduct, and under pressure from the European Commission, Italy has turned towards a militarisation of humanitarianism and of independent actors. As a consequence of the refusal to sign, their ships have been prevented from docking in Italian ports and the rescuers of the Jugend Rettet are currently on trial, accused of collaborating with Libyan smugglers. On August 11, Libya traced new virtual restrictive sea borders for NGOs, declaring that search and rescue ships will not be allowed to get closer than one hundred miles from the Libyan coast. The humanitarian scene of rescue has been shrunk.

      In such a political context, two interrelated aspects emerging from the multiplication of attacks against refugee support activities and against search and rescue operations are worth considering. The first concerns a need to unpack what is now meant by the very expression ‘crime of solidarity’ within the framework of this shift towards the priority of fighting smugglers over saving migrants. This requires an engagement with the biopolitical predicaments that sustain a debate centered on the question of to what extent, and up to which point, rescuing migrants at sea is deemed legitimate. The second, related point concerns the modes of containment through rescue that are currently at work in the Mediterranean. One consequence of this is that the reframing of the debate around migrant deaths at sea has lowered the level of critique of a contemporary politics of migration more generally: the fight against smugglers has become the unquestioned and unyielding point of agreement, supported across more or less the entire European political arena.

      The criminalisation of NGOs, accused of ferrying migrants to Europe, should be read in partial continuity with the attack against other forms of support given to migrants in many European countries. The use of the term ‘solidarity’ is helpful in this context insofar as it helps to highlight both actions undertaken by citizens in support of refugees and, more importantly, the transversal alliances between migrants and non-migrants. In fact, acting in solidarity entails supporting migrant struggles – for example, as struggles for movement or struggles to stay in a certain place – more than it does acting in order to save or bring help to them. 9 As Chandra Mohanty argues, practices of solidarity are predicated upon the recognition of ‘common differences’, 10 and in this sense they entail a certain shared political space and the awareness of being governed by the same mechanisms of precaritisation and exploitation. 11 In other words, solidarity does not at all imply a simple politics of identity, but requires building transversal alliances and networks in support of certain struggles. The reduction of migrants to bodies to be fished out of the water, simultaneous with the vanishing of the figure of the refugee, preemptively denies the possibility of establishing a common ground in struggling for freedom of movement and equal access to mobility.

      Despite the many continuities and similarities between the criminalisation of refugee support activities on the mainland and at sea, if we shift the attention to the Mediterranean Sea, what is specifically at stake here is a biopolitics of rescuing or ‘letting drown’. Under attack in the Mediterranean scene of rescue and drowning are what could be termed crimes of humanitarianism; or, that is, crimes of rescue. Humanitarianism as such, precisely in its acts of taking migrants out of the sea through independent search and rescue operations that exercise an active refusal of the geographical restrictions imposed by nation states, has become an uncomfortable and unbearable mode of intervention in the Mediterranean.
      Geographies of ungrievability

      The criminalisation of alliances and initiatives in support of migrants’ transit should not lead us to imagine a stark opposition between ‘good humanitarians’, on the one side, and bad military actors or national authorities, on the other. On the contrary, it is important to keep in mind the many entanglements between military and humanitarian measures, as well as the role played by military actors, such as the Navy, in performing tasks like rescuing migrants at sea that could fall under the category of what Cuttitta terms ‘military-humanitarianism’. 12 Moreover, the Code of Conduct enforced by the Italian government actually strengthens the divide between ‘good’ NGOs and ‘treacherous’ humanitarian actors. Thus, far from building a cohesive front, the obligation to sign the Code of Conduct produced a split among those NGOs involved in search and rescue operations.

      In the meantime, the figure of the refugee at sea has arguably faded away: sea rescue operations are in fact currently deployed with the twofold task of not letting migrants drown and of fighting smugglers, which de facto entails undermining the only effective channels of sea passage for migrants across the Mediterranean. From a military-humanitarian approach that, under Mare Nostrum, considered refugees at sea as shipwrecked lives, the unconditionality of rescue is now subjected to the aim of dismantling the migrants’ logistics of crossing. At the same time, the migrant drowning at sea is ultimately not seen any longer as a refugee, i.e. as a subject of rights who is seeking protection, but as a life to be rescued in the technical sense of being fished out of the sea. In other words, the migrant at sea is the subject who eventually needs to be rescued, but not thereby placed into safety by granting them protection and refuge in Europe. What happens ‘after landing’ is something not considered within the framework of a biopolitics of rescuing and of letting drown. 13 Indeed, the latter is not only about saving (or not saving) migrants at sea, but also, in a more proactive way, about aiming at human targets. In manhunting, Gregoire Chamayou explains, ‘the combat zone tends to be reduced to the body of the enemy’. 14 Yet who is the human target of migrant hunts in the Mediterranean? It is not only the migrant in distress at sea, who in fact is rescued and captured at the same time; rather, migrants and smugglers are both considered the ‘prey’ of contemporary military-humanitarianism.

      Public debate in Europe about the criminalisation of NGOs and sea rescue is characterised by a polarisation between those who posit the non-negotiable obligation to rescue migrants and those who want to limit rescue operations in the name of regaining control over migrant arrivals, stemming the flows and keeping them in Libya. What remains outside the order of this discourse is the shrinking and disappearing figure of the refugee, who is superseded by the figure of the migrant to be taken out of the sea.

      Relatedly, the exclusive focus on the Mediterranean Sea itself contributes to strengthening geographies of ungrievability. By this I mean those produced hierarchies of migrant deaths that are essentially dependent on their more or less consistent geographic distance from Europe’s spotlight and, at the same time, on the assumption of shipwrecked migrants as the most embodied refugee subjectivities. More precisely, the recent multiplication of bilateral agreements between EU member states and African countries has moved back deadly frontiers from the Mediterranean Sea to the Libyan and Niger desert. As a consequence, migrants who do not die at sea but who manage to arrive in Libya are kept in Libyan prisons.
      Containment through rescue

      On 12 August 2017, Doctors without Borders decided to stop search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean after Libya enforced its sea-barrier by forbidding NGOs to go closer than about one hundred miles from the Libyan coast, and threatening to shoot at those ships that sought to violate the ban. In the space of two days, even Save the Children and the independent German organisation Sea-Eye declared that they would also suspend search and rescue activities. The NGOs’ Mediterranean exit has been presented by humanitarian actors as a refusal to be coopted into the EU-Libyan enforcement of a sea barrier against migrants. Yet, in truth, both the Italian government and the EU have been rather obviously pleased by the humanitarians’ withdrawal from the Mediterranean scene of drown and rescue.

      Should we therefore understand the ongoing criminalisation of NGOs as the attempt to fully block migrant flows? Does it indicate a return from the staging of a ‘good scene of rescue’ back to an overt militarisation of the Mediterranean? The problem is that such an analytical angle risks, first, corroborating the misleading opposition between military intervention and humanitarianism in the field of migration governmentality. Second, it re-instantiates the image of a Fortress Europe, while disregarding the huge ‘migration industry’ that is flourishing both in Libya, with the smuggling-and-detention market, and on the Northern shore of the Mediterranean. 15 With the empty space left by the NGOs at sea, the biopolitics of rescuing or letting drown has been reshaped by new modes of containment through rescue: migrants who manage to leave the Libyan coast are ‘rescued’ – that is, intercepted and blocked – by the Libyan Coast Guard and taken back to Libya. Yet containment should not be confused with detention nor with a total blockage of migrants’ movements and departures. Rather, by ‘containment’ I refer to the substantial disruptions and decelerations of migrant movements, as well as to the effects of more or less temporary spatial confinement. Modes of containment through rescue were already in place, to some extent, when migrants used to be ‘ferried’ to Italy in a smoother way, by the Navy or by NGOs. Indeed, from the moment of rescue onward, migrants were transferred and channelled into the Hotspot System, where many were denied international protection and, thus, rendered ‘illegal’ and constructed as deportable subjects. 16 The distinction between intercepting vessels sailing to Europe and saving migrants in distress has become blurred: with the enforcement of the Libyan sea barrier, rescue and capture can hardly be separated any longer. In this sense, visibility can be a trap: if images taken by drones or radars are sent to Italian authorities before migrants enter international waters, the Italian Coast Guard has to inform Libyan authorities who are in charge of rescuing migrants and thus taking them back to Libya.

      This entails a spatial rerouting of military-humanitarianism, in which migrants are paradoxically rescued to Libya. Rather than vanishing from the Mediterranean scene, the politics of rescue, conceived in terms of not letting people die, has been reshaped as a technique of capture. At the same time, the geographic orientation of humanitarianism has been inverted: migrants are ‘saved’ and dropped in Libya. Despite the fact that various journalistic investigations and UN reports have shown that after being intercepted, rescued and taken back to Libya, migrants are kept in detention in abysmal conditions and are blackmailed by smugglers, 17 the public discussion remains substantially polarised around the questions of deaths at sea. Should migrants be saved unconditionally? Or, should rescue be secondary to measures against smugglers and balanced against the risk of ‘migrant invasion’? A hierarchy of the spaces of death and confinement is in part determined by the criterion of geographical proximity, which contributes to the sidelining of mechanisms of exploitation and of a politics of letting die that takes place beyond the geopolitical borders of Europe. The biopolitical hold over migrants becomes apparent at sea: practices of solidarity are transformed into a relationship between rescuers and drowned. 18

      The criminalisation of refugee support activities cannot be separated from the increasing criminalisation of refugees as such: not only those who are labelled and declared illegal as ‘economic migrants’, but also those people who are accorded the status of refugees. Both are targets of restrictive and racialised measures of control. The migrant at sea is presented as part of a continuum of ‘tricky subjectivities’ 19 – which include the smuggler, the potential terrorist and the refugee – and as both a ‘risky subject’ and a ‘subject at risk’ at the same time. 20 In this regard, it is noticeable that the criminalisation of refugees as such has been achieved precisely through the major role played by the figure of the smuggler. In the EU’s declared fight against smuggling networks, migrants at sea are seen not only as shipwrecked lives to be rescued but also as potential fake refugees, as concealed terrorists or as traffickers. At the same time, the fight against smugglers has been used to enact a further shift in the criminalisation of refugees, which goes beyond the alleged dangerousness of migrants. Indeed, in the name of the war against the ‘illegal’ smuggling economy, as a shared priority of both left- and right-wing political parties in Europe, the strategy of letting migrants drown comes, in the end, to be justified. As Doctors without Borders have pointed out, ‘by declaring Libya a safe country, European governments are ultimately pushing forward the humanitarianisation of what appears at the threshold of the inhuman.’ 21

      The migrant at sea, who is the subject of humanitarianism par excellence, is no longer an individual to be saved at all costs, but rather the object of thorny calculations about the tolerated number of migrant arrivals and the migrant-money exchange with Libya. Who is (in) danger(ous)? The legal prosecutions and the political condemnation of ‘crimes of rescue’ and of ‘crimes of solidarity’ bring to the fore the undesirability of refugees as refugees. This does not depend so much on a logic of social dangerousness as such, but, rather, on the practices of spatial disobedience that they enact, against the restrictions imposed by the European Union. Thus, it is precisely the irreducibility of migrants to lives to be rescued that makes the refugee the main figure of a continuum of tricky subjectivities in a time of economic crisis. Yet, a critical engagement with the biopolitics of rescuing and drowning cannot stick to a North-South gaze on Mediterranean migrations. In order not to fall into a Eurocentric (or EU-centric) perspective on asylum, analyses of crimes of solidarity should also be articulated through an inquiry into the Libyan economy of migration and the modes of commodification of migrant bodies, considering what Brett Neilson calls ‘migration as a currency’; 22 that is, as an entity of exchange and as a source of value extraction.

      Crimes of solidarity put in place critical infrastructures to support migrants’ acts of spatial disobedience. These infra-legal crimes shed light on the inadequacy of human rights claims and of the legal framework in a time of hyper-visible and escalating border violence. Crimes of solidarity consist of individual and collective active refusals of states’ interventions, which are specifically carried out at the very edges of the law. In this way, crimes of solidarity manage to undo the biopolitics of rescuing and letting drown by acting beyond the existing scripts of ‘crisis’ and ‘security’. Rather than being ‘rescued’ from the sea or ‘saved’ from smugglers, migrants are supported in their unbearable practices of freedom, unsettling the contemporary hierarchies of lives and populations.
      Notes

      See the interview with Herrou in l’Humanité, accessed 30 September 2017, https://www.humanite.fr/cedric-herrou-cest-letat-qui-est-dans-lillegalite-pas-moi-629732. ^

      Economic profit is an essential dimension of ‘smuggling’, as it is defined by the United Nations Conventions against Transnational Organised Crime (2000). However, it is not in the 2002 EU Council Directive defining the facilitation of unauthorised entry, transit and residence. ^

      Michel Foucault, ‘There can’t be societies without uprisings’, trans. Farès Sassine, in Foucault and the Making of Subjects, ed. Laura Cremonesi, Orazio Irrera, Daniele Lorenzini and Martina Tazzioli (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), 40. ^

      See Michel Foucault, The Punitive Society: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1972-1973, trans. Graham Burchell (Houndmills and New York: Palgrave, 2015). ^

      See ‘Il governo vara la missione navale, prima nave italiana in Libia’, La Stampa, 18 July 2017, http://www.ilsecoloxix.it/p/italia/2017/07/28/ASBvqlaI-parlamento_missione_italiana.shtml. ^

      See, for example, the report in Al Arabiya, 3 August 2017, http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2017/08/03/Haftar-instructs-bombing-Italian-warships-requested-by-Fayez-al-S ^

      See Liz Fekete, ‘Europe: crimes of solidarity’, Race & Class 50:4 (2009), 83 – 97; and Eric Fassin, ‘Le procès politique de la solidarité (3/4): les ONG en Méditerranée’ (2017), Mediapart, accessed 30 September 2017, https://blogs.mediapart.fr/eric-fassin/blog/170817/le-proces-politique-de-la-solidarite-34-les-ong-en-mediterranee ^

      The Code of Conduct can be found at: http://www.interno.gov.it/sites/default/files/allegati/codice_condotta_ong.pdf; see also the transcript by Euronews, 3 August 2017, http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/03/text-of-italys-code-of-conduct-for-ngos-involved-in-migrant-rescue ^

      Sandro Mezzadra and Mario Neumann, ‘Al di la dell’opposizione tra interesse e identità. Per una politica di classe all’altezza dei tempi’ (2017), Euronomade, accessed September 30 2017, http://www.euronomade.info/?p=9402 ^

      Chandra Mohanty, “‘Under western eyes’’ revisited: feminist solidarity through anticapitalist struggles’, in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 28:2 (2003), 499-–535. ^

      As Foucault puts it, ‘In the end, we are all governed, and in this sense we all act in solidarity’. Michel Foucault, ‘Face aux gouvernement, les droits de l’homme’, in Dits et Ecrits II (Paris: Gallimard, 2000), 1526. ^

      P. Cuttitta, ‘From the Cap Anamur to Mare Nostrum: Humanitarianism and migration controls at the EU’s Maritime borders’, in The Common European Asylum System and Human Rights: Enhancing Protection in Times of Emergency, ed. Claudio Matera and Amanda Taylor (The Hague: Asser Institute, 2014), 21–-38. See also Martina Tazzioli, ‘The desultory politics of mobility and the humanitarian-military border in the Mediterranean: Mare Nostrum beyond the sea’, REMHU: Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana 23:44 (2015), 61-–82. ^

      See Lucia Ciabarri and Barbara Pinelli, eds, Dopo l’Approdo: Un racconto per immagini e parole sui richiedenti asilo in Italia (Firenze: Editpress, 2016). ^

      Gregoire Chamayou, ‘The Manhunt Doctrine’, Radical Philosophy 169 (2011), 3. ^

      As a matter of fact, the vessels of the EU naval operation EU Navfor Med and the vessels of the Frontex operation ‘Triton’ were increased in number a few days after the pull-out of the NGOs. ^

      Nicholas De Genova, ‘Spectacles of migrant “illegality”: the scene of exclusion, the obscene of inclusion’, Ethnic and Racial Studies 36:7 (2013), 1180-–1198. ^

      See, for instance, the UN Report on Libya (2017), accessed 30 September 2017,http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/N1711623.pdf. ^

      Tugba Basaran, ‘The saved and the drowned: Governing indifference in the name of security’, Security Dialogue 46:3 (2015), 205 – 220. ^

      Glenda Garelli and Martina Tazzioli, ‘The Biopolitical Warfare on Migrants: EU Naval Force and NATO Operations of migration government in the Mediterranean’, in Critical Military Studies, forthcoming 2017. ^

      Claudia Aradau, ‘The perverse politics of four-letter words: risk and pity in the securitisation of human trafficking’, Millennium 33:2 (2004), 251-–277. ^

      Interview with Doctors without Borders, Rome, 21 August 2017. ^

      Brett Neilson, ‘The Currency of Migration’, in South Atlantic Quarterly, forthcoming 2018.

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