• #Libye : preuves de #crimes_de_guerre et de #crimes_contre_l’humanité, selon des experts de l’#ONU

    Parmi les exactions dénoncées par la mission onusienne : des attaques contre des écoles ou des hôpitaux ou encore les violences subies par les migrants.

    Des crimes de guerre et des crimes contre l’humanité ont été commis en Libye depuis 2016, a conclu une #mission d’#enquête d’experts de l’ONU après une enquête sur place, indique l’AFP ce lundi, confirmant des faits dénoncés de longue date.

    La mission souligne que « les civils ont payé un lourd tribut » aux #violences qui déchirent la Libye depuis cinq ans, notamment en raison des attaques contre des écoles ou des hôpitaux. « Les #raids_aériens ont tué des dizaines de familles. La destruction d’infrastructures de santé a eu un impact sur l’#accès_aux_soins et les #mines_antipersonnel laissées par des #mercenaires dans des zones résidentielles ont tué et blessé des civils », souligne le rapport.

    Par ailleurs, les #migrants sont soumis à toutes sortes de violences « dans les #centres_de_détention et du fait des trafiquants », en tentant de trouver un passage vers l’Europe en Libye, a dénoncé l’un des auteurs de l’enquête. « Notre enquête montre que les #agressions contre les migrants sont commises à une large échelle par des acteurs étatiques et non étatiques, avec un haut degré d’organisation et avec les encouragements de l’Etat - autant d’aspects qui laissent à penser qu’il s’agit de crimes contre l’humanité ».

    Les #prisons

    Les experts soulignent aussi la situation dramatique dans les prisons libyennes, où les détenus sont parfois torturés quotidiennement et les familles empêchées de visiter. La #détention_arbitraire dans des #prisons_secrètes et dans des conditions insupportables est utilisée par l’Etat et les #milices contre tous ceux qui sont perçus comme une menace.

    « La violence est utilisée à une telle échelle dans les prisons libyennes et à un tel degré d’organisation que cela peut aussi potentiellement constituer un crime contre l’humanité », a souligné Tracy Robinson.

    Les auteurs du rapport notent que la justice libyenne enquête également sur la plupart des cas évoqués par la mission de l’ONU, mais notent que « le processus pour punir les gens coupables de violations ou de #maltraitances est confronté à des défis importants ».

    La mission composée de trois experts, Mohamed Auajjar, Chaloka Beyani et Tracy Robinson, a rassemblé des centaines de documents, interviewé 150 personnes et menée l’enquête en Libye même, mais aussi en Tunisie et en Italie.

    Cette mission indépendante a toutefois décidé de ne pas publier « la liste des individus et groupes (aussi bien libyens qu’étrangers) qui pourraient être responsables pour les violations, les abus et les crimes commis en Libye depuis 2016 ». « Cette liste confidentielle le restera, jusqu’à ce que se fasse jour le besoin de la publier ou de la partager » avec d’autres instances pouvant demander des comptes aux responsables.

    Le rapport doit être présenté au Conseil des droits de l’homme à Genève - la plus haute instance de l’ONU dans ce domaine - le 7 octobre.

    https://www.liberation.fr/international/afrique/libye-preuves-de-crimes-de-guerre-et-de-crimes-contre-lhumanite-selon-des

    #torture #migrations #rapport

  • Australia signs deal with Nauru to keep asylum seeker detention centre open indefinitely

    Australia will continue its policy of offshore processing of asylum seekers indefinitely, with the home affairs minister signing a new agreement with Nauru to maintain “an enduring form” of offshore processing on the island state.Since 2012 – in the second iteration of the policy – all asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat seeking protection have faced mandatory indefinite detention and processing offshore.

    There are currently about 108 people held by Australia on Nauru as part of its offshore processing regime. Most have been there more than eight years. About 125 people are still held in Papua New Guinea. No one has been sent offshore since 2014.

    However, Nauru is Australia’s only remaining offshore detention centre.PNG’s Manus Island centre was forced to shut down after it was found to be unconstitutional by the PNG supreme court in 2016. Australia was forced to compensate those who had been illegally detained there, and they were forcibly moved out, mostly to Port Moresby.

    But the Nauru detention facility will remain indefinitely.

    In a statement on Friday, home affairs minister #Karen_Andrews said a new #memorandum_of_understanding with Nauru was a “significant step forwards” for both countries.

    “Australia’s strong and successful border protection policies under #Operation_Sovereign_Borders remain and there is zero chance of settlement in Australia for anyone who arrives illegally by boat,” she said.“Anyone who attempts an illegal maritime journey to Australia will be turned back, or taken to Nauru for processing. They will never settle in Australia.”Nauru president, #Lionel_Aingimea, said the new agreement created an “enduring form” of offshore processing.

    “This takes the regional processing to a new milestone.

    “It is enduring in nature, as such the mechanisms are ready to deal with illegal migrants immediately upon their arrival in Nauru from Australia.”Australia’s offshore processing policy and practices have been consistently criticised by the United Nations, human rights groups, and by refugees themselves.

    The UN has said Australia’s system violates the convention against tortureand the international criminal court’s prosecutor said indefinite detention offshore was “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” and unlawful under international law.

    At least 12 people have died in the camps, including being murdered by guards, through medical neglect and by suicide. Psychiatrists sent to work in the camps have described the conditions as “inherently toxic” and akin to “torture”.In 2016, the Nauru files, published by the Guardian, exposed the Nauru detention centre’s own internal reports of systemic violence, rape, sexual abuse, self-harm and child abuse in offshore detention.

    The decision to extend offshore processing indefinitely has been met with opprobrium from those who were detained there, and refugee advocates who say it is deliberately damaging to those held.

    Myo Win, a human rights activist and Rohingyan refugee from Myanmar, who was formerly detained on Nauru and released in March 2021, said those who remain held within Australia’s regime on Nauru “are just so tired, separated from family, having politics played with their lives, it just makes me so upset”.

    “I am out now and I still cannot live my life on a bridging visa and in lockdown, but it is 10 times better than Nauru. They should not be extending anything, they should be stopping offshore processing now. I am really worried about everyone on Nauru right now, they need to be released.

    ”Jana Favero from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre said the new memorandum of understanding only extended a “failed system”.“An ‘enduring regional processing capability’ in Nauru means: enduring suffering, enduring family separation, enduring uncertainty, enduring harm and Australia’s enduring shame.

    “The #Morrison government must give the men, women and children impacted by the brutality of #offshore processing a safe and permanent home. Prolonging the failure of #offshore_processing on Nauru and #PNG is not only wrong and inhumane but dangerous.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/24/australia-signs-deal-with-nauru-to-keep-asylum-seeker-detention-centre-

    #Australie #Pacific_solution #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Nauru #externalisation #île #détention #emprisonnement

    • Multibillion-dollar strategy with no end in sight: Australia’s ‘enduring’ offshore processing deal with Nauru

      Late last month, Home Affairs Minister #Karen_Andrews and the president of Nauru, #Lionel_Aingimea, quietly announced they had signed a new agreement to establish an “enduring form” of offshore processing for asylum seekers taken to the Pacific island.

      The text of the new agreement has not been made public. This is unsurprising.

      All the publicly available information indicates Australia’s offshore processing strategy is an ongoing human rights — not to mention financial — disaster.

      The deliberate opaqueness is intended to make it difficult to hold the government to account for these human and other costs. This is, of course, all the more reason to subject the new deal with Nauru to intense scrutiny.
      Policies 20 years in the making

      In order to fully understand the new deal — and the ramifications of it — it is necessary to briefly recount 20 years of history.

      In late August 2001, the Howard government impulsively refused to allow asylum seekers rescued at sea by the Tampa freighter to disembark on Australian soil. This began policy-making on the run and led to the Pacific Solution Mark I.

      The governments of Nauru and Papua New Guinea were persuaded to enter into agreements allowing people attempting to reach Australia by boat to be detained in facilities on their territory while their protection claims were considered by Australian officials.

      By the 2007 election, boat arrivals to Australia had dwindled substantially.

      In February 2008, the newly elected Labor government closed down the facilities in Nauru and PNG. Within a year, boat arrivals had increased dramatically, causing the government to rethink its policy.

      After a couple of false starts, it signed new deals with Nauru and PNG in late 2012. An expert panel had described the new arrangements as a “necessary circuit breaker to the current surge in irregular migration to Australia”.

      This was the Pacific Solution Mark II. In contrast to the first iteration, it provided for boat arrivals taken to Nauru and PNG to have protection claims considered under the laws and procedures of the host country.

      Moreover, the processing facilities were supposedly run by the host countries, though in reality, the Australian government outsourced this to private companies.

      Despite the new arrangements, the boat arrivals continued. And on July 19, 2013, the Rudd government took a hardline stance, announcing any boat arrivals after that date would have “have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees”.
      New draconian changes to the system

      The 1,056 individuals who had been transferred to Nauru or PNG before July 19, 2013 were brought to Australia to be processed.

      PNG agreed that asylum seekers arriving after this date could resettle there, if they were recognised as refugees.

      Nauru made a more equivocal commitment and has thus far only granted 20-year visas to those it recognises as refugees.

      The Coalition then won the September 2013 federal election and implemented the military-led Operation Sovereign Borders policy. This involves turning back boat arrivals to transit countries (like Indonesia), or to their countries of origin.

      The cumulative count of interceptions since then stands at 38 boats carrying 873 people. The most recent interception was in January 2020.

      It should be noted these figures do not include the large number of interceptions undertaken at Australia’s request by transit countries and countries of origin.

      What this means is the mere existence of the offshore processing system — even in the more draconian form in place after July 2013 — has not deterred people from attempting to reach Australia by boat.

      Rather, the attempts have continued, but the interception activities of Australia and other countries have prevented them from succeeding.

      No new asylum seekers in Nauru or PNG since 2014

      Australia acknowledges it has obligations under the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees — and other human rights treaties — to refrain from returning people to places where they face the risk of serious harm.

      As a result, those intercepted at sea are given on-water screening interviews for the purpose of identifying those with prima facie protection claims.

      Those individuals are supposed to be taken to Nauru or PNG instead of being turned back or handed back. Concerningly, of the 873 people intercepted since 2013, only two have passed these screenings: both in 2014.

      This means no asylum seekers have been taken to either Nauru or PNG since 2014. Since then, Australia has spent years trying to find resettlement options in third countries for recognised refugees in Nauru and PNG, such as in Cambodia and the US.

      As of April 30, 131 asylum seekers were still in PNG and 109 were in Nauru.

      A boon to the Nauruan government

      Australia has spent billions on Pacific Solution Mark II with no end in sight.

      As well as underwriting all the infrastructure and operational costs of the processing facilities, Australia made it worthwhile for Nauru and PNG to participate in the arrangements.

      For one thing, it promised to ensure spillover benefits for the local economies by, for example, requiring contractors to hire local staff. In fact, in 2019–20, the processing facility in Nauru employed 15% of the country’s entire workforce.

      And from the beginning, Nauru has required every transferee to hold a regional processing centre visa. This is a temporary visa which must be renewed every three months by the Australian government.

      The visa fee each time is A$3,000, so that’s A$12,000 per transferee per year that Australia is required to pay the Nauruan government.

      Where a transferee is found to be a person in need of protection, that visa converts automatically into a temporary settlement visa, which must be renewed every six months. The temporary settlement visa fee is A$3,000 per month — again paid by the Australian government.

      In 2019-20, direct and indirect revenue from the processing facility made up 58% of total Nauruan government revenue. It is no wonder Nauru is on board with making an “enduring form” of offshore processing available to Australia.

      ‘Not to use it, but to be willing to use it’

      In 2016, the PNG Supreme Court ruled the detention of asylum seekers in the offshore processing facility was unconstitutional. Australia and PNG then agreed to close the PNG facility in late 2017 and residents were moved to alternative accommodation. Australia is underwriting the costs.

      Australia decided, however, to maintain a processing facility in Nauru. Senator Jim Molan asked Home Affairs Secretary Michael Pezzullo about this in Senate Estimates in February 2018, saying:

      So it’s more appropriate to say that we are not maintaining Nauru as an offshore processing centre; we are maintaining a relationship with the Nauru government.

      Pezzullo responded,

      the whole purpose is, as you would well recall, in fact not to have to use those facilities. But, as in all deterrents, you need to have an asset that is credible so that you are deterring future eventualities. So the whole point of it is actually not to use it but to be willing to use it.

      This is how we ended up where we are now, with a new deal with the Nauru government for an “enduring” — that is indefinitely maintained — offshore processing capability, at great cost to the Australian people.

      Little has been made public about this new arrangement. We do know in December 2020, the incoming minister for immigration, Alex Hawke, was told the government was undertaking “a major procurement” for “enduring capability services”.

      We also know a budget of A$731.2 million has been appropriated for regional processing in 2021-22.

      Of this, $187 million is for service provider fees and host government costs in PNG. Almost all of the remainder goes to Nauru, to ensure that, beyond hosting its current population of 109 transferees, it “stands ready to receive new arrivals”.

      https://theconversation.com/multibillion-dollar-strategy-with-no-end-in-sight-australias-enduri
      #new_deal

  • Sur l’#île grecque de #Kos, la #détention des demandeurs d’asile est quasi systématique

    Depuis la fin 2019, presque tous les nouveaux arrivants sont mis en détention dans le seul centre de rétention de la mer Egée. Les ONG craignent que cette pratique ne soit étendue aux autres îles, où de nouveaux camps fermés sont en construction.

    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/07/24/sur-l-ile-grecque-de-kos-la-detention-des-demandeurs-d-asile-est-quasi-syste
    #asile #migrations #réfugiés #centres_fermés #Grèce #îles

  • Kurdish refugee sues Australian government for alleged unlawful imprisonment in #Melbourne hotels

    Mostafa ‘Moz’ Azimitabar seeks damages for detention over 14 months in case that could carry implications for hundreds of asylum seekers

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/30/kurdish-refugee-sues-australian-government-for-alleged-unlawful-impriso

    Ajouté à la métaliste sur #migrations et #tourisme :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/770799
    #hôtel #Australie #détention

  • RAPPORT NATIONAL 2020 SUR LES CENTRES ET LOCAUX DE RÉTENTION : LA RÉTENTION EN PÉRIODE DE COVID-19

    Dans le rapport 2020, les associations Forum réfugiés-Cosi, France Terre d’Asile, Groupe SOS Solidarités – Assfam, La Cimade, et Solidarité Mayotte mettent en avant les problématiques habituelles rencontrées en rétention et exacerbées par la crise sanitaire. Publié le 6 juillet 2021, le rapport, qui embrasse la situation dans les CRA et LRA de métropole et d’outre-mer, offre deux angles d’approche : national et local.

    Malgré la crise sanitaire et les confinements, les centres de rétention administrative n’ont pas cessé de fonctionner en 2020, témoignant de la volonté de l’État de poursuivre la politique d’éloignement en privilégiant le recours à la rétention, y compris en contexte épidémique et en l’absence d’éloignement possible.

    Dès le 19 mars 2020, dans une lettre ouverte adressée au ministre de l’Intérieur, nos associations, constatant l’absence puis l’insuffisance des protocoles sanitaires, ont demandé la fermeture temporaire des centres et locaux de rétention administrative, la suspension des décisions de placement en rétention et la libération des personnes retenues. Par la suite, les juridictions ont été saisies en ce sens.

    Ces demandes n’ont pas été entendues, si bien que des personnes retenues se sont retrouvées exposées au virus, les foyers de contamination se multipliant dans ces lieux de privation de liberté. De plus, des personnes atteintes de pathologies graves, physiques et psychiques, ont continué d’être enfermées, malgré le risque de développer une forme grave de la Covid-19.

    Des placements sans perspective d’éloignement

    En 2019, avec l’allongement de la durée maximale de rétention à 90 jours, les associations faisaient le constat d’un allongement de la durée moyenne d’enfermement, pourtant peu efficace et disproportionné au regard du but poursuivi. En 2020, cette durée moyenne s’est encore allongée, alors même que la fermeture des frontières limitait fortement, voire rendait impossible pour certaines destinations, l’éloignement des personnes enfermées.

    Sanctionnant ces privations de liberté illégales, uniquement lors du premier confinement, les juges ont massivement libéré les personnes placées en CRA. Ces décisions n’ont néanmoins pas infléchi la politique du gouvernement, qui a enfermé plus de 27 000 personnes en rétention malgré le contexte sanitaire.

    Un quart des placements en rétention en 2020 concernaient des personnes sortant de prison à l’issue de leur peine, ce qui revêt un caractère abusif dès lors que l’éloignement à bref délai n’est pas possible. En plus de l’absence de perspectives d’éloignement et d’une incertitude encore plus prononcée que les années précédentes quant à l’issue de la rétention, le contexte sanitaire a engendré des atteintes et des restrictions de droits de la part de l’administration, telles que la limitation ou l’interdiction des visites aux personnes enfermées, ou le recours systématique au mode dégradé d’accès à la justice que constituent les visioaudiences.

    Les conséquences parfois graves sur la santé physique et mentale des personnes enfermées se sont trouvées amplifiées en 2020 avec des angoisses et un sentiment d’incompréhension provoqués par ce contexte sanitaire et juridique particulier. Par suite, on a constaté davantage de mouvements de contestation tels que les grèves de la faim, ou de gestes désespérés comme les tentatives de suicide ou les actes d’automutilation.

    https://vimeo.com/571526227

    https://www.lacimade.org/rapport-national-2020-sur-les-centres-et-locaux-de-retention-la-retention-

    Pour télécharger le rapport :
    https://www.lacimade.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/RA_CRA_2020_web.pdf
    #France #rétention #asile #migrations #réfugiés #détention_administrative #CRA #2020
    #rapport #La_Cimade

  • #Border_Profiteers. Corporations profiting from borders, detentions and deportations - Berlin edition

    This brochure has gathered a list of corporations that profit from deportations, from managing detention centers, from building fences, selling ships, drones or planes patrolling the Mediterranean, subcontracted security guards, providing data collection, border surveillance software, id control mechanisms, racist policy consultation, prison construction and any other form of oppression that limits peoples freedom of movement and right to stay.

    The external borders of Europe are not in Berlin, but the border regime is all around us. This regime consists of more than just the state. In capitalism, many forms of border oppression are subcontracted to corporations. Borders are very profitable. Therefore this market is dominated by huge multinational corporations. And since keywords of the European borders are militarisation and surveillance, the list of corporate border profiteers is full of the usual suspects that also profit from war, prisons and privacy infringement.

    The goal of this booklet is to promote action in Berlin and Brandenburg. Hence the focus is very much on companies that have an office in Berlin or action possibilities based on local struggles.

    List of Border Profiteers

    1. DEPORTATION COLLABORATORS
    #Lufthansa#Eurowings
    #Privilege_Style
    #Corendon_Airlines
    #Turyol / #Jalem_Tur
    #Enter_Air

    2. BORDER MILITARISATION
    #Airbus#Hensholdt
    #Otokar#Koç_Holding
    #Thales

    3. DETENTION INDUSTRY
    #European_Homecare
    #Pulsm#Morten_Group
    #Markgraf
    #Baukontor_Lange

    4. SURVEILLANCE SOFTWARE
    #Sopra_Steria
    #Cevision

    5. PRIVATE GUARDS
    #City_Schutz
    #Securitas
    #L&S_Sicherheit
    #Secura_Protect

    6. BORDER CONSULTANCY
    #McKinsey

    Quelques captures d’écran :

    https://noborderassembly.blackblogs.org/2021/04/14/new-brochure-border-profiteers

    Pour télécharger la brochure :
    https://noborderassembly.blackblogs.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/1214/2021/04/Border-Profiteers-berlin.pdf

    #profit #business #complexe_militaro-industriel #frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #renvois #Allemagne #compagnies_aériennes #sécurité #détention_administrative #rétention #consultants #militarisation_des_frontières #renvois #expulsions #charter #Frontex

  • UK to block #visas for countries refusing to take back asylum seekers

    Bill would give home secretary power to take action against citizens of countries deemed not to be cooperating.

    The UK will block visas for visitors from countries the home secretary believes are refusing to cooperate in taking back rejected asylum seekers or offenders.

    In proposed legislation published on Tuesday, #Priti_Patel and future home secretaries would have the power to suspend or delay the processing of applications from countries that do no “cooperate with the UK government in relation to the removal from the United Kingdom of nationals of that country who require leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom but do not have it”.

    The clause in the nationality and borders bill also allows for the home secretary to impose additional financial requirements for visa applications – that is, an increase in fees – if countries do not cooperate.

    The proposals mirror US legislation that allows officials to withdraw visa routes from countries that refuse to take back undocumented migrants. It is understood that countries such as Iraq, Iran, Eritrea and Sudan are reluctant to cooperate with the UK on such matters.

    The change is one of many in the bill, described as “the biggest overhaul of the UK’s asylum system in decades” by Patel, which includes measures such as:

    - Asylum seekers deemed to have arrived in the UK illegally will no longer have the same entitlements as those who arrive in the country via legal routes. Even if their claim is successful, they will be granted temporary refugee status and face the prospect of being indefinitely liable for removal.

    - Asylum seekers will be able to be removed from the UK while their asylum claim or appeal is pending, which opens the door to offshore asylum processing.

    - For those deemed to have arrived illegally, access to benefits and family reunion rights could be limited.

    – The appeals and judicial process will be changed to speed up the removal of those whose claims are refused.

    - The home secretary will be able to offer protection to vulnerable people in “immediate danger and at risk in their home country” in exceptional circumstances. It is thought this will be used to help a small number of people.

    – The system will be made “much harder for people to be granted refugee status based on unsubstantiated claims” and will include “rigorous age assessments” to stop adults pretending to be children. The government is considering the use of bone scanners to determine age.

    - Life sentences will be brought in as a maximum penalty for people-smugglers.

    - Foreign criminals who breach deportation orders and return to the UK could be jailed for up to five years instead of the current six months.

    – A new one-stop legal process is proposed so that asylum, human rights claims and any other protection matters are made and considered together before appeal hearings.

    Campaigners have dubbed the proposed legislation the “anti-refugee bill”, claiming it will penalise those who need help the most.

    Analysis of Home Office data by the Refugee Council suggests 9,000 people who would be accepted as refugees under current rules – those confirmed to have fled war or persecution following official checks – may no longer be given safety in the UK due to their means of arrival under the changes.

    The charity’s chief executive, Enver Solomon, said that for decades people had taken “extraordinary measures to flee oppression”, but had gone on to become “law-abiding citizens playing by the rules and paying their taxes as proud Britons”.

    Steve Valdez-Symonds, refugee and migrants rights programme director at Amnesty International UK, branded the bill “legislative vandalism”, claimed it could “fatally undermine the right to asylum” and accused Patel of a “shameful dereliction of duty”, adding: “This reckless and deeply unjust bill is set to bring shame on Britain’s international reputation.”

    Sonya Sceats, chief executive of Freedom from Torture, described the plans as “dripping with cruelty” and an “affront to the caring people in this country who want a kinder, fairer approach to refugees”.

    More than 250 organisations – including the Refugee Council, the British Red Cross, Freedom from Torture, Refugee Action and Asylum Matters – have joined to form the coalition Together with Refugees to call for a more effective, fair and humane approach to asylum in the UK.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jul/06/uk-to-block-visas-from-countries-refusing-to-take-back-undocumented-mig

    #asile #migrations #réfugiés #chantage #visas #UK #Angleterre

    La loi comprend aussi une disposition concernant l’#externalisation des #procédures_d'asile :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/918427

    Une des dispositions rappelle la loi de l’#excision_territoriale (#Australie) :

    Asylum seekers deemed to have arrived in the UK illegally will no longer have the same entitlements as those who arrive in the country via legal routes. Even if their claim is successful, they will be granted temporary refugee status and face the prospect of being indefinitely liable for removal.

    voir :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/901628#message901630
    https://seenthis.net/messages/416996
    #modèle_australien

    #offshore_asylum_processing
    #Irak #Iran #Erythrée #Sudan #réfugiés_irakiens #réfugiés_iraniens #réfugiés_soudanais #réfugiés_érythréens #réfugiés_soudanais #regroupement_familial #aide_sociale #procédure_d'asile #recours #mineurs #âge #tests_osseux #criminels_étrangers #rétention #détention_administrative #anti-refugee_bill

    ping @isskein @karine4

  • CRA - Centre de Rétention Administrative

    En 2012, à #Toulouse - Cornebarrieu, Meybeck participe à la campagne « #Ouvrez_les_portes » organisée par Migreurop et Alternative Européenne, campagne visant à obtenir l’accès des journalistes et de la société civile aux centres de rétention pour lesquels nous n’avons pratiquement aucune information, ni sur ce qui s’y passe, ni comment sont traités les migrants, ni sur le respect de leurs droits.

    https://www.desrondsdanslo.com/CRA.html

    #rétention #détention_administrative #CRA #centre_de_rétention_administrative #France #Cornebarrieu #open_access_now #migrations #asile #réfugiés #renvois #expulsions
    #livre #BD #bande_dessinée

  • Authorities in Lithuania are considering building a wall with Belarus

    Authorities in Lithuania are now considering building a wall with Belarus. Ingrida Simonyte, the Lithuanian prime minister, has accused the Belarusian government of orchestrating what her country views as a migrant crisis.

    https://twitter.com/VCapici/status/1409246090768101377

    #Lituanie #murs #frontières #Biélorussie #migrations #réfugiés #asile #barrières #barrières_frontalières

    –—

    voir :
    A la frontière entre la #Lituanie et le #Bélarus, Loukachenko se fait maître passeur
    https://seenthis.net/messages/919781

    • Lithuania Reports 116 More Border Arrests Of Migrants Crossing From Belarus

      Lithuanian authorities reported 116 more arrests of migrants crossing the border from Belarus, a surge in crossings that Lithuania says Minsk is purposely organizing in retaliation for European Union sanctions.

      The Lithuanian State Border Security Service said on July 3 that border guards also fired tear gas and warning shots as one group of migrants were being detained.

      The latest figures bring the number of migrants detained over the past two days to 179, the service said; in all 938 people have been arrested crossing from Belarus this year, 12 times as many in all of last year.

      Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said late on July 2 that the government had declared a state of emergency, and he accused Lukashenka seeking “to weaponize migration to weaken our resolve for sanctions.”

      Vilnius contends that the migrants, most of whom are Iraqi, are moved to the border with Lithuania, where Belarusian border guards turn a blind eye as they cross into the European Union member state.

      Lithuania has been one of the loudest critics of Belarus’s strongman leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka since last August’s dispute presidential election. The 66-year-old Lukashenka claimed victory, setting off months of unprecedented protests.

      The opposition says that election was rigged, and the West has refused to recognize the results of the vote.

      The Baltic state has offered refuge to Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who supporters say was the real winner of the election.

      Vilnius has also become a center for Belarusians in exile, and the two countries have expelled a number of diplomats as ties have worsened in recent weeks.

      The EU’s border guard service, Frontex, has sent teams to Lithuania to help deal with the influx of migrants.

      https://www.rferl.org/a/lithuania-migrants-arrests-belarus/31339043.html

    • La Lituanie se dit débordée face à l’afflux de migrants venus de Biélorussie

      La Lituanie s’est déclarée, vendredi, en #état_d'urgence, face à la hausse des arrivées de migrants depuis la Biélorussie voisine. Plus de 150 personnes ont traversé la frontière ces dernières 24 heures. L’agence de garde-frontières européenne, #Frontex, a dépêché une équipe pour venir en aide au pays balte.

      Une équipe de six gardes-frontières de l’agence européenne Frontex a commencé à travailler vendredi 2 juillet en Lituanie pour aider le pays balte à faire face à l’arrivée de migrants. Depuis plusieurs semaines, des dizaines de personnes en provenance de la Biélorussie voisine, passent la frontière ouest du pays pour entrer en Lituanie.

      Le nombre de gardes-frontières de Frontex devant être déployés à la frontière biélorusse devrait passer à 30 dans le courant du mois.

      Les garde-frontières lituaniens ont indiqué avoir arrêté quelque 150 migrants ces dernières 24 heures - près du double du nombre d’arrestations sur l’ensemble de 2020. Face à cet afflux, le gouvernement a déclaré l’état d’urgence vendredi.

      Cela porte le nombre total de traversées illégales de frontières par des migrants cette année à plus de 800, la plupart venant du Moyen-Orient. Sur l’ensemble de 2020, 81 traversées illégales de la frontière avaient été enregistrées – et 37 en 2019.

      La plupart des migrants sont originaires d’Irak, mais il y en a aussi de plus en plus de Syrie, de Gambie, de Guinée et d’Inde, selon le site EUobserver (https://euobserver.com/world/152305).

      « La situation commence à se détériorer »

      « La situation est tendue et a tendance à se détériorer », a déclaré le ministre lituanien des Affaires étrangères Gabrielius Landsbergis à l’AFP.

      Il y a deux semaines, l’armée lituanienne a mis en place un #camp_d’urgence de plusieurs tentes à #Pabradé, à une quarantaine de kilomètres de la capitale Vilnius, pour pouvoir gérer l’afflux. « Le but du ministère est clair : les migrants économiques qui traversent la frontière de l’UE illégalement doivent être renvoyés à l’endroit d’où ils viennent », a-t-il ajouté.

      « Un tiers sont des hommes, un autre tiers sont des femmes, on accueille aussi des enfants, quelques mineurs non accompagnés et des personnes avec des problèmes de santé. Nous sommes inquiets quant à nos capacités d’accueil pour assurer l’hébergement à ces personnes qui demandent l’asile », a expliqué à RFI Egle Samuchovaite (https://www.rfi.fr/fr/europe/20210618-la-lituanie-accuse-la-bi%C3%A9lorussie-de-laisser-passer-des-migrants-s), directrice des programmes de la Croix-Rouge lituanienne, au mois de juin.

      Le gouvernement lituanien, qui s’oppose au président biélorusse Alexandre Loukachenko, a indiqué qu’il soupçonnait les autorités du pays de laisser les migrants passer la frontière.

      Ces tensions entre Minsk et Vilnius interviennent alors que les relations entre l’Union européenne et la Biélorussie sont elles-mêmes très compliquées. En cause : le détournement au mois de mai d’un vol commercial de Ryanair ordonné par le président Loukachenko pour arrêter un dissident politique.

      https://www.infomigrants.net/fr/post/33405/la-lituanie-se-dit-debordee-face-a-l-afflux-de-migrants-venus-de-bielo

    • L’agence des frontières de l’UE augmente ” considérablement ” l’aide à la Lituanie

      L’agence des frontières de l’Union européenne s’engage à renforcer “de manière significative” son soutien à la Lituanie dans les prochains jours “en raison de la pression migratoire croissante à la frontière lituanienne avec la Biélorussie” que la nation balte tente de contenir .

      La décision de Frontex, l’agence chargée de coordonner le contrôle des frontières entre les États membres de l’UE et les pays tiers, a été annoncée samedi dernier à la suite d’un appel vidéo entre le directeur exécutif de Frontex Fabrice Leggeri et le président lituanien Gitanas Nauseda.

      “La frontière lituanienne est notre frontière extérieure commune et Frontex est prête à aider si nécessaire”, a déclaré Leggeri dans un communiqué. “Nous sommes prêts à renforcer notre niveau de soutien et à déployer plus d’officiers et d’équipements du corps permanent européen” en Lituanie, membre de l’UE et de l’OTAN de 2,8 millions.

      L’opération de Frontex, qui a commencé au début du mois avec le déploiement d’une douzaine d’officiers et de voitures de patrouille, va doubler la semaine prochaine, a indiqué l’agence.

      Le bureau de Nauseda a déclaré séparément que Frontex avait promis que des renforts devraient arriver en Lituanie avant le 15 juillet et que des patrouilles frontalières armées et d’autres traducteurs sont arrivés au cours du week-end.

      En outre, un hélicoptère de patrouille sera envoyé en Lituanie depuis la Pologne voisine et des discussions sont en cours pour envoyer un autre hélicoptère depuis l’Allemagne, a indiqué le bureau de Nauseda.

      Dans un tweet, Nauseda a remercié Frontex pour son soutien “Gérer les flux de migrants illégaux à travers la frontière orientale” avec la Biélorussie, autre ancienne république soviétique qui ne fait pas partie de l’UE.

      La Lituanie, qui a donné refuge à des membres de l’opposition biélorusse, accuse son voisin d’organiser des passages frontaliers principalement par des personnes originaires d’Irak, du Moyen-Orient et d’Afrique.

      En juin, le nombre de passages illégaux des frontières entre la Biélorussie et la Lituanie a sextuplé, augmentant la pression sur les autorités nationales de contrôle des frontières, a déclaré Frontex. Le phénomène s’est accéléré en juillet et plus de 1 500 personnes sont entrées en Lituanie depuis la Biélorussie au cours des deux derniers mois, 20 fois plus qu’en 2020.

      Plus tôt cette semaine, le président autoritaire biélorusse Alexandre Loukachenko a déclaré que son pays ne fermerait pas ses frontières “et ne deviendrait pas un camp pour les personnes fuyant l’Afghanistan, l’Iran, l’Irak, la Syrie, la Libye et la Tunisie”.

      Les tensions entre l’UE et la Biélorussie se sont encore intensifiées après que la Biélorussie a détourné un avion de ligne le 23 mai pour arrêter un journaliste de l’opposition.

      Loukachenko a déclaré que son pays cesserait de coopérer avec le bloc des 27 pays pour endiguer la migration en représailles aux lourdes sanctions économiques que l’UE a imposées à la Biélorussie pour le détournement d’avions de passagers.

      Vendredi, la Lituanie a commencé à construire une double clôture en fil de fer barbelé à la frontière avec la Biélorussie. Il parcourra 550 kilomètres (342 miles), couvrant la majeure partie de la frontière de près de 680 kilomètres (423 miles) et coûtera 41 millions d’euros (48 millions de dollars), selon les autorités lituaniennes.

      En outre, la Lituanie a mis en place des camps de tentes pour accueillir le nombre croissant de migrants.

      https://www.cablechronicles.com/lagence-des-frontieres-de-lue-augmente-considerablement-laide-a-la-

    • EU deploys border force in Lithuania as Belarus opens pathway for migrants

      Officials cite effort by Minsk to ‘weaponize’ irregular migration flows.

      The EU’s border protection agency on Monday said it was mobilizing a rapid intervention force to Lithuania, where the government has accused neighboring Belarus of allowing hundreds of migrants to cross illegally into the country.

      The allegations that Belarus is “weaponizing” migrants in retaliation for EU sanctions and support for political opponents of the country’s long-time leader, Alexander Lukashenko, were discussed Monday in the European Parliament and in the EU Foreign Affairs Council.

      “It seems like the Belarusian authorities now facilitate irregular migration possibly in retaliation to EU restrictive measures and as a response to the Lithuanian support for the civil society in Belarus,” the EU’s commissioner for home affairs, Ylva Johansson, testified during a joint hearing of the Parliament’s home affairs and foreign affairs committees.

      Johansson said that the method of arrivals was still under investigation, but that it appeared several flights per day were landing in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, carrying migrants from Istanbul and Baghdad. Officials said at least 60 EU border guards were expected to arrive in Lithuania in the coming days.

      While many of the migrants that have crossed into Lithuania seem to be of Iraqi or Syrian origin, there have also been migrants from African countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon.

      Arriving for Monday’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said his country was struggling to return migrants to their home countries. He added that the Baltic nation is now confronting challenges more commonly seen in frontline EU countries like Greece and Spain that face a constant influx of migrants across the Mediterranean, and have faced similar pressure of arrivals from Turkey and Morocco.

      “The European Union should have a common strategy how to deal with these sort of political or hybrid threats,” Landsbergis said. “We need a strategy of readmission because a country — be it Lithuania, be it Greece or Spain — alone faces a rather challenging path when trying to return the people who illegally entered the country. Secondly, we need to be very strict with the regimes who are using these sorts of weapons.”

      Landsbergis called for additional sanctions against Belarus and said other countries using such tactics should face similar punishment.

      To help manage the crisis, the Lithuanian parliament will convene in a special session on Tuesday to adopt amendments to national asylum laws with an aim of reducing the time needed to evaluate applications for protected status.

      Asked if the situation in Lithuania was adding new urgency to the EU’s years-long struggle to develop a new migration pact, the bloc’s high representative for foreign affairs, Josep Borrell, said it was up to the border protection agency, Frontex, to help manage the situation.

      “That’s why we created Frontex, to help member states to face migration crises,” Borrell said at a news conference following the meeting.
      ‘High pressure’ situation

      Fabrice Leggeri, the executive director of Frontex, said his agency had anticipated Belarus seeking to use flows of irregular migrants as a political weapon, and has been monitoring the country’s borders since last fall. Testifying in the parliamentary hearing, Leggeri said there had been more than 1,600 irregular border crossings to Lithuania from Belarus since January 1 of this year, but roughly half of those, some 800, occurred in the first week of July.

      “This was clearly the sign that something was happening with more intensity,” Leggeri testified, adding: “We see that there is a high pressure that could even worsen in the next days.”

      Leggeri told Parliament that while the initial arrivals had mostly come from Iraq, Syria and Iran, this month there was a shift toward African nationals, including migrants from Congo, Gambia, Guinea, Mali and Senegal. He said Lukashenko’s government was encouraging the influx by inviting citizens to travel to Belarus without visas under the guise of obtaining coronavirus vaccines.

      “Belarus announced that 73 countries are encouraged to enter Belarus without a visa and to stay up to five days to get COVID vaccine shots,” he said.

      Lukashenko has simultaneously denied using migrants for political pressure while also warning that Belarus has no intention of halting the flows. He has effectively mocked the EU, saying last week: “We will not hold anyone back. We are not their final destination after all. They are headed to enlightened, warm, cozy Europe.”

      According to statistics from the Lithuanian Border Guard Service, a total of 1,714 irregular migrants crossed the Lithuanian border in 2021, compared to just 74 in 2020. Of these, 1,676 arrived from Belarus. According to the statistics, roughly 1,000 irregular migrants were detained between July 1 and July 11, including 377 from Iraq; 194 from the Democratic Republic of Congo; 118 from Cameroon; 67 from Guinea; 23 from Afghanistan; 22 from Togo; and 20 from Nigeria.

      The bizarre situation of Middle Eastern and African migrants arriving in the Baltics was part of a busy Foreign Affairs Council meeting that included a discussion over lunch with the new Israeli foreign affairs minister, Yair Lapid.

      Ministers also discussed the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which Borrell conceded was a direct consequence of the withdrawal of Western troops that was ordered by U.S. President Joe Biden. Borrell said a new international task force may be needed to try to stabilize the country and, especially, to protect the rights of women and girls, but he gave no indication of how such a task force would operate without military support.

      Ministers also discussed the continuing risk of famine in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Borrell said the EU was trying to mobilize assistance but that it was impossible for the EU alone to address a shortage of food for an estimated 850,000 people.

      https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-deploys-border-force-in-lithuania-as-belarus-opens-pathway-for-migrants-

    • Lithuania introduces pushbacks against migrants crossing from Belarus

      As Lithuania struggles to stem the flow of migrants trying to enter the country from neighboring Belarus, border guards have said that they have begun to push back migrants trying to enter the country using irregular methods of crossing.

      Rustamas Liubajevas, the head of Lithuania’s border guard service, announced on Tuesday that “anyone who tries to enter Lithuanian territory illegally will be refused entry and directed to the nearest operational international border control point.” He added that some 180 migrants had already been sent back to Belarus on Tuesday.

      “Deterrent actions may be taken against those who do not comply,” Liubajevas said further. He did not to disclose the exact measures taken, but said the guards did not use violence to push back the migrants.

      The Baltic News Agency confirmed the reports.


      https://twitter.com/BNSLithuania/status/1422295961074814980

      Criticism against move

      The decision to introduce push backs has been taken by Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite, effectively allowing authorities to use force to send migrants to official border crossing points or to diplomatic missions, where they can apply for asylum legally.

      Lithuanian NGOs meanwhile have responded to the pushback of migrants, saying that it violates international human rights: “This restricts the fundamental human right to seek asylum in a safe state,” Akvile Krisciunaite, a researcher at the Diversity Development Group, told the AFP news agency.

      “Belarus is not a safe country, and human rights are known to be grossly violated there.”

      So far this year, Lithuanian border officials have detained more than 4,000 migrants — mostly Iraqi nationals. That number compares to 81 intercepted migrants for all of 2020.

      ’Cold War’ between Belarus and Lithuania

      Tensions between the two countries are on an all-time high since much of the Belarusian opposition have sought refuge in Lithuania from violent oppression following the disputed presidential reelection of authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko in August 2020. His main challenger and the likely winner of the vote, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, has been living in exile in Lithuania ever since.

      Many Western governments, including Lithuania, have denounced the alleged re-election saying results were rigged. The EU then imposed a series of sanctions. Lithuanian officials now said they suspect that the influx of migrants is being staged by the Belarusian government under Lukashenko’s leadership.

      https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/34091/lithuania-introduces-pushbacks-against-migrants-crossing-from-belarus

    • Lithuanian parliament votes to allow mass detention of asylum seekers

      Lithuania’s parliament on Tuesday (13 July) approved the mass detention of migrants and curbed their right of appeal, a move meant to deter high numbers crossing the border with Belarus but which stirred an outcry among humanitarian groups.

      Eighty-four lawmakers supported the bill, with one objection and 5 abstentions, brushing aside protests from Red Cross and other non-governmental organizations saying it violates Lithuania’s international obligations and migrant rights.

      Lithuanian and EU officials have accused Belarus of using illegal migrants as a political weapon to exert pressure on the European Union because of the bloc’s sanctions on Minsk. More than 1,700 people have entered Lithuania from its non-EU neighbour this year, including 1,100 in July alone.

      Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said the detention policy would prevent migrants from illegally travelling onwards to the more affluent west of the EU – the favoured destination of the vast majority of migrants reaching EU territory in recent years.

      The legislation is intended “to send a message to Iraqis and others that this is not a convenient route, conditions will not be good here”, Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite said in introducing the bill.

      She said such migrants are “not real asylum seekers” but rather Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s “tool to use against Lithuania”, after he vowed retaliation for EU sanctions imposed over his violent suppression of street protests.

      The new law bans any release of migrants from detention for six months after their arrival, curbs the right of appeal for rejected asylum-seekers and stipulates that migrants can be deported while their appeals are considered.

      “The law is a potential human rights violation, and it does not correspond to EU directives,” Lithuanian Red Cross programme director Egle Samuchovaite told Reuters.

      “It enshrines the current bad situation in Lithuania’s detention centres in law and leaves vulnerable people in an even more vulnerable situation.”

      Lithuania also began building a 550-km razor wire barrier on its frontier with Belarus on Friday.

      The small Baltic republic of 2.8 million people, on the poorer eastern end of the EU, is used to receiving less than 100 illegal migrants per year and has struggled to cope with the recent influx.

      Fewer rights for migrants

      Several migrants at a temporary detention centre in a disused school in rural Lithuania told Reuters on Monday they had been given no information about their rights or future, nine days after arriving from Belarus.

      They said they had not been given a chance to apply for asylum nor to speak with the help of a translator.

      The new law removes most rights accorded to migrants such as the right to a translator or to obtain information about their status and the asylum process.

      Lithuanian authorities are now obliged only to provide upkeep in detention, medical care and legal aid, but Simonyte said the government will try to do more.

      “The government intends to provide all support that is needed for those people,” she told reporters. “But if there is a very sudden influx in a short time frame, we might be able to ensure only what is absolutely needed. For that we should have a legal framework.”

      Dainius Zalimas, a lawyer who until June was the chairman of Lithuania’s Constitutional Court, said mass detention and restricted appeal process likely violate both Lithuania’s constitution and the European Convention of Human Rights.

      “The proposals, which are unconstitutional, are based on premise that all foreigners who crossed the border are second-class human beings, not entitled to constitutional rights,” he told Reuters before the vote.

      https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/lithuanian-parliament-votes-to-allow-mass-detention-of-asylum-seekers

      #détention #détention_massive

    • EU presses Iraq to halt migrant flights to Belarus

      A number of new flights have been announced between Iraq and Belarus.

      The EU is ramping up pressure on Iraq to stop its airlines from flying to Belarus, which helps Minsk send asylum seekers into the EU in retaliation against sanctions imposed by the bloc.

      On Thursday, there were signs that the pressure was beginning to work. An Iraqi Airways flight from Basra to Minsk was canceled. However, an aircraft belonging to another carrier, Fly Baghdad, did land in the Belarusian capital Thursday, although a flight scheduled for Friday was canceled. Iraqi Airways recently expanded its schedule of flights to Belarus, while Fly Baghdad first started trips to Minsk in May.

      “We welcome the reports on the decision about the cancellation of these flights,” a European Commission spokesperson said Thursday, although they did not confirm reports that Iraqi Airways will cancel flights until August 15.

      The EU has accused Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko of trying to “weaponize” the Iraqi migrants who arrive in Minsk. They are taken to the border with Lithuania and then cross into the EU; so far, 4,000 asylum seekers have entered, almost 2,800 of them from Iraq. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis estimates that up to 10,000 migrants could come into his country by the end of the summer. Last year, Lithuania received only about 80 migrants.

      This migration crisis is very different from previous ones where people crossed into the EU by sea. The main access to Belarus is by air, and despite EU efforts to throttle traffic, Minsk is working hard to expand the number of flights reaching the country.

      The immediate pressure is on Iraq, but there is also an increase in flights to Minsk from Turkey, also reportedly carrying asylum seekers.

      The EU is ramping up pressure on Iraq to fall into line.

      Charles Michel, president of the European Council, got involved, speaking to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al Kadhimi, while EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell spoke with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein.

      Talks with the Iraqis are “done in a very constructive spirit [with] the Iraqi side conveying the willingness to cooperate and jointly address the situation," said the Commission spokesperson.

      Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and others joined Lithuania in putting pressure on Baghdad, diplomats said. An Iraqi delegation was in Lithuania last week and visited the camps where Iraqis are staying.

      Some EU diplomats say that the diplomatic effort is hampered by a lack of strong leverage over Baghdad. The Iraqis “are well aware that we cannot abandon them, we need them for our security and we cannot risk having another Afghanistan next door,” said an EU diplomat.

      The bloc did threaten last month to restrict visas for Iraqis to improve cooperation in taking back people rejected for asylum. The Commission said that “Iraqi authorities cooperate only on voluntary returns and in very exceptional cases (Iraqi nationals convicted for a criminal offence) on forced returns” and that “Iraq’s cooperation with the EU on readmission matters is not sufficient and that action is needed.”
      More flights

      While flights from Iraq are the most pressing issue, there is also worry about the increase in routes from Turkey.

      In recent weeks, Belavia — which is currently banned from European airspace after Minsk illegally diverted a Ryanair plane in May to kidnap an opposition blogger — has beefed up its schedule from Turkey. Two routes between Minsk and Istanbul that had been serviced three times a week are now flying daily. Regular flights from Izmir have been reinstated, as have several regular flights from Antalya — although those are also popular holiday destinations for Belarusians.

      There is also an effort to crack down on EU-based leasing companies supplying aircraft to Belavia.

      Brussels “must make sure that no European company can provide assets that facilitate the trafficking route,” Landsbergis told POLITICO’s Brussels Playbook on Wednesday.

      According to an EU official, several of the jets operated by Belavia come from Ireland. A company based in Denmark, Nordic Aviation Capital, has also provided aircraft to Belavia in the past. A spokesperson for the firm said it would not comment, but the company announced last September that it had delivered the last plane of a five-jet agreement to the carrier.

      Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod told POLITICO his government does not yet “have sufficient information to verify such claims” but said the case is being reviewed by Danish authorities.

      “But let me be clear: If Danish companies are involved in Lukashenko’s deliberate, malicious and cynical efforts to use migrants as a political weapon to try and put pressure on Lithuania and the EU, then that would of course be totally unacceptable and should be stopped immediately,” he said. “If European companies aid and abet the Lukashenko regime in this way, then I firmly believe we need to revisit our current sanctions in the EU.”

      SMBC Aviation Capital, a Dublin-based company that has previously leased aircraft to Belavia, said in an email on Wednesday that it had not been contacted by Irish or European authorities. The Irish government did not respond to a request for comment.

      https://www.politico.eu/article/belarus-migrant-flights-eu-sanctions-iraq-turkey

      #Irak #vol #vols

    • La Lituanie commence la construction d’une clôture à la frontière avec le Bélarus

      La Lituanie a entrepris la construction d’une clôture le long de sa frontière avec le Bélarus, accusé par Vilnius et Varsovie d’acheminer des migrants vers l’UE.

      C’est un mur de plus qui va être érigé en Europe, de plusieurs centaines de kilomètres de long.

      Tetas, une entreprise de construction qui fait partie du groupe énergétique public lituanien Epso-G a commencé à acheminer le matériel nécessaire à la construction d’une clôture de 111 kilomètres de long, a rapporté le radiodiffuseur public LRT.

      L’entreprise a aussi marqué les sections des points de contrôle frontaliers de Druskininkai, Barauskas et Adutiskis dans le sud-est de la Lituanie.

      Dans l’urgence, des barbelés accordéon vont être posés dans les sections clés ce mois d’octobre, puis la pose d’une clôture de 4 mètres de hauteur sera effectuée à partir de novembre/décembre, avec pour objectif de l’achever d’ici le mois d’avril 2022.
      500 km au total

      Mais ce tronçon de 111 kilomètres ne représente qu’une première étape. L’entreprise Epso-G prévoit de lancer un second appel d’offres dès cette semaine, pour la construction d’une section de 400 kilomètres qui doit être terminée d’ici septembre 2022.

      Le gouvernement lituanien, qui accuse Alexandre Loukachenko de mener une « guerre hybride » contre la Lituanie, a alloué 152 millions d’euros pour la construction d’une barrière de 508 kilomètres.

      La Lituanie a accueilli sur son sol des opposants au régime de Loukachenko et son parlement a reconnu Svetlana Tsikhanovskaïa comme la présidente légitime du Bélarus.

      A Varsovie aussi on s’inquiète des mouvements du voisin de l’est. La Biélorussie augmente la pression de l’émigration illégale vers les frontières de l’UE en acheminant « des dizaines de milliers d’immigrants dans son pays afin de les livrer à la frontière avec la Pologne », a assuré le premier ministre Mateusz Morawiecki.

      Tout le monde en Lituanie ne voit pas ce nouveau mur d’un bon œil.

      Dans une interview au « Courrier d’Europe centrale », l’eurodéputé et ancien ministre de la Défense lituanien Juozas Olekas estime que « Loukachenko est un leader illégitime qui […] utilise les migrants comme un mécanisme de pression sur l’Union européenne ».

      Pour autant, Juozas Olekas déclare : « Je ne suis pas favorable à l’érection de murs sur l’ensemble de la frontière et je pense qu’un travail diplomatique intensif, y compris avec les pays d’origine des migrants, ou de meilleures patrouilles, qui fonctionnent déjà, seraient des mesures plus efficaces. Je pense qu’il est inutile de paniquer, car ça ne sert jamais à rien, et que nous devrions nous concentrer sur des solutions à long terme ».

      https://courrierdeuropecentrale.fr/la-lituanie-commence-la-construction-dune-cloture-a-la-front

  • Prisonniers du passage

    Dans les #aéroports existent des espaces insoupçonnés pour les vacanciers que nous sommes.

    Les « #zones_d’attente » sont des lieux de #détention, où les étrangers sont enfermés jusqu’à vingt-six jours avant d’être admis en #France, de devenir demandeurs d’asile ou d’être refoulés.

    Une vraie enquête de terrain sur un enjeu de société adaptée en bande dessinée et accompagnée d’un cahier documentaire riche en chiffres, analyses, cartes et schémas.

    https://steinkis.com/livres/prisonniers-du-passage/prisonniers-du-passage.html

    #migrations #asile #réfugiés #BD #livre #Chowra_Makaremi #bande_dessinée

  • Roué de coups à Vintimille, un Guinéen de 23 ans se suicide

    #Musa_Balde, un Guinéen de 23 ans, s’est donné la mort dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche dans un centre de rétention pour étrangers à Turin, en Italie. Le jeune homme, retrouvé pendu, avait été violemment roué de coups par trois Italiens à Vintimille, ces derniers jours. A sa sortie de l’hôpital, il avait été transféré dans le #CRA de Turin où il avait été placé à l’isolement.

    Les associations disent avoir tout fait, en vain, pour venir en aide à Musa Balde, un migrant de 23 ans présent jusqu’à récemment dans la région de Vintimille, en Italie. Ce jeune Guinéen, décrit comme une personne instable et régulièrement ivre dans les rues de Vintimille, s’est donné la mort dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche 23 mai dans l’enceinte du Centre de détention et de rapatriement de Turin (CPR, équivalent des centres de rétention administrative en France, antichambre aux expulsions des étrangers). Musa Balde a été retrouvé pendu à l’aide de ses draps.

    Une « terrible nouvelle » selon plusieurs associations, dont Projetto 20k et l’ONG We World, qui dénoncent la responsabilité de l’Etat italien dans le triste sort de ce migrant « vulnérable psychologiquement » présent depuis quatre ans en Italie et dont la demande d’asile avait été rejetée.

    La situation de Musa Balde, sous le coup d’une procédure d’éloignement du territoire depuis mars, s’était rapidement détériorée ces derniers jours. Le 9 mai dernier, il avait été passé à tabac par trois hommes italiens dans les rues de Vintimille, ville italienne proche de la frontière française. Selon la police, qui a exclu tout motif raciste, l’agression avait fait suite à la tentative du migrant de voler le portable d’un de ces trois hommes dans un supermarché.

    L’homme en question et ses deux acolytes avaient par la suite fondu sur Musa Balde à la sortie du magasin et l’avaient roué de coups à l’aide de barres, de bâtons, de tuyaux en plastique, de leurs poings et de leurs pieds.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/fr/post/32461/roue-de-coups-a-vintimille-un-guineen-de-23-ans-se-suicide
    #mourir_aux_frontières #frontière_sud-alpine #asile #migrations #réfugiés #mort #suicide #décès #Alpes #Turin #Vintimille #détention_administrative #rétention #Italie #France

    –—

    ajouté au fil de discussion sur les morts à la frontière de Vintimille :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/784767

    lui-même ajouté à la métaliste sur les morts aux frontières alpines :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

    • Ventimiglia, migrante preso a sprangate dopo lite in un supermarket: identificati i tre responsabili

      Un migrante è stato assalito e preso a sprangate da tre persone in pieno centro a Ventimiglia, all’angolo tra via Roma e via Ruffini, dietro al Comune e alla caserma della polizia di frontiera. L’uomo è stato soccorso dal personale sanitario del 118 e portato in ospedale a Sanremo: ha riportato diverse lesioni, tra cui un forte trauma facciale. Un video diffuso subito dopo l’aggressione sui social mostra tutta la violenza di quanto successo. La polizia alcune ore dopo ha individuato e denunciato i tre responsabili dell’aggressione.

      https://video.repubblica.it/edizione/genova/ventimiglia-migrante-preso-a-sprangate-dopo-una-lite-in-un-supermarket/386781/387506?video&ref=RHTP-BH-I300221689-P1-S2-T1

    • Il peso dell’indifferenza. La storia di #Moussa_Balde

      Il suo nome è ovunque nelle ultime ore, ma di lui non si sa molto. Di Moussa Balde si conosce l’età, appena 22 anni, il paese d’origine, la Guinea, e si può ipotizzare che fosse giunto in Italia con la speranza di migliorare la propria vita. Era arrivato probabilmente all’inizio 2017 e si era stabilito a Imperia, in Liguria. Lì era stato accolto al Centro di solidarietà l’Ancora, dove gli educatori, che cercano di incentivare lo studio come mezzo di integrazione, lo avevano messo in contatto con il Centro provinciale per l’istruzione degli adulti di Imperia, tramite cui aveva deciso volontariamente di iscriversi a scuola. L’insegnante di italiano ci tiene a raccontare come la sua grafia fosse la più bella mai vista in dieci anni di lavoro, segno del suo impegno e della sua scolarizzazione.

      “Ha sempre dimostrato una grandissima voglia di imparare la lingua, per comunicare con le persone, trovare un lavoro, vivere nella società. Era un pensiero costante, che l’ha spinto a fare tutto nei tempi e nei modi giusti”.

      Aveva probabilmente già studiato in Guinea, e anche in una buona scuola. Con “un’invidiabile capacità di apprendimento”, ha intrapreso un corso di prima alfabetizzazione, poi di scuola media e infine si era iscritto al primo anno di superiori, che non ha mai concluso. Nel 2019 aveva, infatti, deciso di andare in Francia, dove vivevano alcuni amici o parenti, come lui francofoni. Dopo qualche mese all’estero, era stato però fermato e rispedito nel comune ligure. Spostatosi a Ventimiglia, dimorava ormai per strada e si sostentava chiedendo l’elemosina e rivolgendosi ai servizi della Caritas diocesana. “Più volte è venuto da noi per chiedere del cibo – racconta Christian Papini, responsabile regionale – ma è tutto quello che abbiamo potuto fare per lui. Non possiamo aiutarli, accoglierli, nemmeno dargli da dormire, hanno solo diritto all’urgenza.”

      Le associazioni del territorio non conoscono davvero la sua storia. Maura Orengo, referente a Imperia di Libera – rete di associazioni che lavora per la tutela dei diritti e la giustizia sociale – spiega che “il ragazzo aveva il foglio di via, quindi era già in situazione di clandestinità e non si poteva rivolgere alle associazioni, che richiedono nome e generalità.” Senza passato e senza futuro, Moussa occupava i margini della società, delle vie e dei supermercati dove faceva l’elemosina.

      Proprio in quella circostanza, il 9 maggio, era stato aggredito da alcuni cittadini di Ventimiglia, che lo avevano violentemente percosso con dei tubi. Alla denuncia, però, non è stata aggiunta l’aggravante razziale. I tre lo avevano accusato di tentato furto di un cellulare, ma a Moussa non era stata data la possibilità di replicare. Condotto all’ospedale di Bordighera per trauma facciale e lesioni, veniva dimesso il giorno successivo con una prognosi di dieci giorni e immediatamente trasportato al Centro di permanenza per il rimpatrio di Torino. Il ragazzo era infatti irregolare sul territorio italiano, anche se, tempo prima, aveva fatto domanda di asilo politico: “Sembra ci sia stato un problema nel momento in cui doveva presentarsi davanti alla commissione, per spiegare i motivi per cui richiedeva l’asilo. – dice il suo avvocato, Gianluca Vitali -. Era andato una prima volta ma, come spesso succede, solo un membro della commissione era disponibile a sentirlo. Lui ha quindi chiesto il rinvio, per essere ascoltato dall’intera composizione collegiale. Poi però ci sono stati dei problemi, non aveva più un posto dove stare e non era c’erano centri di accoglienza per ospitarlo. Probabilmente, quindi, era stato convocato ma è risultato irreperibile”. Così, senza conoscere la sua storia e senza aver ascoltato le ragioni che lo avevano spinto ad arrivare nel paese, la commissione aveva deciso per il rimpatrio. Ma a Moussa, che non frequentava più nessuna associazione ed era praticamente un fantasma, la comunicazione ufficiale è giunta una volta arrivato al Cpr. “Il passaggio dall’ospedale a Torino è avvenuto in brevissimo tempo, – dice Orengo – non c’è stato nemmeno il tempo di avvicinarlo subito dopo l’aggressione. Noi di Libera ci chiedevamo se avremmo potuto fare di più; avrei potuto segnalare a Torino la difficile situazione in cui questo ragazzo versava, ma non sapevo nemmeno che fosse lì.”

      Dopo due settimane di isolamento, con la prospettiva di un prossimo rimpatrio, Moussa Balde si toglie la vita. Altri ragazzi, come lui reclusi all’interno del centro, alla notizia della morte hanno iniziato uno sciopero della fame e innescato diversi incendi nella struttura, per protestare contro le condizioni cui sono costretti.

      Gli ultimi giorni

      Emarginato, picchiato, isolato e respinto ancora una volta, il ragazzo era visibilmente provato. L’avvocato, che aveva conosciuto la sua storia leggendo la notizia dell’aggressione, scopre tramite una faticosa ricerca che la sua destinazione è il Cpr di Torino e lo raggiunge. Sin da subito non ha dubbi che gli addetti del centro fossero consapevoli delle sue difficoltà.

      “Che ci fossero problemi di comportamento, di depressione, di tono dell’umore, quindi qualche problema psichico, – dice Vitali – credo fosse evidente a tutti. La prima volta che sono andato a trovarlo ho fatto il suo nome a un poliziotto e ho chiesto di vederlo. Quello mi ha subito risposto che il ragazzo aveva dei problemi e che non era detto che avrebbe accettato il colloquio.”

      Nonostante le difficoltà, nessuno psicologo è mai andato a fargli visita, ma piuttosto, dopo qualche giorno, Moussa viene spostato nel cosiddetto “ospedaletto” del Cpr, una zona separata dal resto del centro. “Al suo arrivo non era sicuramente in isolamento, e questo conferma che la misura non è stata presa per motivi di sicurezza legati al Covid. Dovrebbe trattarsi di un isolamento sanitario, per tenere l’individuo sotto osservazione o separarlo dagli altri nel caso in cui questo si riveli contagioso. Il problema è che l’isolamento normativamente non esiste. È un’invenzione di alcuni centri. Si sostiene poi che il migrante possa chiedere di essere messo in isolamento, ma tenderei ad escludere che lui possa averlo fatto.”

      Da giorni l’avvocato di Moussa aveva avviato un procedimento per richiedere l’annullamento del rimpatrio, facendo leva sul fatto che il ragazzo fosse la parte lesa di un procedimento penale, quello contro i suoi tre aggressori.

      “Stavamo tentando di fare qualcosa, ma il processo è ovviamente lungo e macchinoso. Tutto il sistema è costruito in modo che il migrante clandestino sia il soggetto meno difendibile al mondo”.

      “Stavo già preparando un ricorso al giudice di pace di Imperia, per chiedere di sentire Moussa come persona offesa ed eventualmente di disporre il rilascio di un permesso per motivi di giustizia, in attesa del procedimento. Tutti tentativi che avrei continuato a fare, ma non c’è stato più tempo.” L’unica cosa che può fare, adesso, è accompagnare i genitori nel lungo procedimento che hanno deciso di intraprendere, per capire cosa sia davvero successo a Imperia e Torino. La salma del ragazzo, intanto, viene preparata per tornare da loro in Guinea.
      Strutture inesistenti

      Arrivato in Italia con speranza, Moussa si è scontrato con alcune delle storture del paese, che la sua morte ha contribuito a mettere ancora una volta in luce. Chi giunge a Ventimiglia non trova, innanzitutto, adeguata assistenza. Le strutture di accoglienza sono poche ed esclusivamente in mano ad associazioni del territorio. E la situazione si complica ulteriormente per i migranti in transito verso la frontiera francese. Da quando lo scorso luglio è stato chiuso il capannone della Croce Rossa, non c’è alcuna struttura che accoglie per la notte le persone in cammino, stremate anche da anni di viaggio.

      Le associazioni che lavorano sul territorio le assistono come possono, ma non sono sufficienti. E quando arriva l’estate – lo sa bene Christian Papini, che se ne occupa da anni – i flussi si moltiplicano e la situazione diventa ancora più ingestibile. “I numeri stanno aumentando in modo importante: da settembre a fine aprile, soltanto dalla Caritas sono passate più di 10mila persone. La scorsa settimana siamo arrivati a 220 persone in una mattina e siamo solo all’inizio, perché la rotta balcanica non è ancora completamente aperta.” E senza un’assistenza sufficiente, gli esiti possono facilmente diventare tragici. Lo testimonia la serie di eventi che riporta ciclicamente Ventimiglia sulle prime pagine, che dal 2015 ha visto la morte di migranti in autostrade, treni o nel passo della morte.

      Per questo Papini parla di “cronaca di una morte annunciata”. Che un campo riapra, però, è quasi una certezza: “Storicamente i campi di transito vengono aperti quando c’è una grossa emergenza, quindi di solito si aspetta che succeda il casino. Quando si rendono conto che le persone non si possono fermare, allora si apre un campo. Almeno chi arriva ha un posto dove può mangiare, lavarsi e poi trovare passaggio per la frontiera; diventa tutto un po’ più semplice.” Ma quando qualcosa si fa, il peso è sempre sulle spalle del terzo settore e dei volontari. Come quelle di Don Rito Alvarez, da anni parroco a Ventimiglia, che nel 2016 insieme alle associazioni del territorio aveva creato il progetto del Confine solidale: “In un periodo di necessità abbiamo aperto la chiesa e fatto un’accoglienza straordinaria. Ci siamo messi in prima linea e in uno spazio non molto grande abbiamo dato da mangiare anche a mille persone al giorno. Le autorità del territorio pensavano non fossimo capaci di gestire la situazione: siamo riusciti talmente bene che alla fine ci hanno spinti a continuare. Adesso non c’è nulla, la situazione è molto triste. Si va avanti cercando di sistemare tutto con palliativi, ma quello che servirebbe è un centro per l’integrazione e per l’accoglienza che sia all’altezza delle necessità. Bisogna essere lungimiranti e coinvolgere anche il governo centrale, altrimenti tra cinque anni siamo di nuovo qui a dirci le stesse cose”.
      Centri di reclusione

      Dalle strade inospitali di Ventimiglia, Moussa è stato spostato poi tra le mura dell’ospedaletto del Cpr di Torino, che il report 2021 del garante nazionale Mauro Palma descrive come: “privo di ambienti comuni: le sistemazioni individuali sono caratterizzate da un piccolo spazio esterno antistante la stanza, coperto da una rete che acuisce il senso di segregazione. Tale area è normalmente utilizzata per ospitare persone da separare dal resto della popolazione trattenuta, per motivi di salute o di incompatibilità ambientale”.

      Le indagini sul centro hanno inoltre rivelato che l’alta concentrazione di soggetti stranieri tossicodipendenti, con problemi psichici o comunque colpiti da forme di disagio sociale, non corrisponde ad un sufficiente coinvolgimento dei servizi sanitari locali. Una mancanza di raccordo con le altre strutture del territorio fa sì, inoltre, che il personale sanitario del centro rimanga completamente all’oscuro delle vicende cliniche delle persone trattenute. Queste possono poi rivolgersi direttamente agli operatori in caso di necessità, ma devono “attendere il passaggio di un operatore, nella speranza di ottenere la sua attenzione ed esprimere da dietro le sbarre del settore detentivo la propria istanza. Il Garante nazionale esprime il proprio fermo disappunto rispetto a una tale impostazione organizzativa, la quale, […] determina un contesto disumanizzante dove l’accesso ai diritti di cui le persone trattenute sono titolari passa attraverso la demarcazione fisica della relazione di potere tra il personale e lo straniero ristretto che versa in una situazione di inferiorità.” Il fatto che si tratti di una struttura chiusa, poi, com’erano i manicomi, fa già capire che “certe cose non le si vogliono far vedere. – dice Papini – Penso che se questo ragazzo avesse ricevuto supporto psicologico, forse, non si sarebbe suicidato, anche perché aveva già rischiato la vita per venire in Italia. E, dopo un’esistenza di stenti, si ritrova in un Cpr, dove gli comunicano che rimarrà rinchiuso fino al giorno del rimpatrio: c’è chiaramente un elevato rischio di suicidio. Si tratta di una delle tante vittime senza nome, di cui non frega niente a nessuno. Infatti lui è finito al Cpr, gli altri sono ancora per strada.”

      Di Moussa, che era in Italia da oltre quattro anni, si sa ancora troppo poco. È una delle tante storie che risvegliano le coscienze per un giorno, poi si torna a dormire.

      https://futura.news/il-peso-dellindifferenza-la-storia-di-moussa-balde

  • Home Office’s rush to deport asylum seekers before Brexit was ‘inhumane’, watchdog finds

    ‘Unprecedented levels of self-harm and suicidal thoughts’ were recorded at the #Brook_House_Immigration_Removal_Centre in late 2020

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/brexit-asylum-seekers-home-office-b1850796.html
    #suicides #santé_mentale #UK #Angleterre #asile #migrations #réfugiés #détention_administrative #rétention #statistiques #chiffres #2020

    #paywall

  • Annual Torture Report 2020

    Torture and pushbacks – an in depth analysis of practices in Greece and Croatia, and states participating in violent chain-pushbacks

    This special report analyses data from 286 first hand testimonies of violent pushbacks carried out by authorities in the Balkans, looking at the way practices of torture have become an established part of contemporary border policing. The report examines six typologies of violence and torture that have been identified during pushbacks from Croatia and Greece, and also during chain-pushbacks initiated by North Macedonia, Slovenia and Italy. Across the report, 30 victim testimonies of torture and inhuman treatment are presented which is further supplemented by a comprehensive legal analysis and overview of the States response to these allegations.

    The violations profiled include:

    - Excessive and disproportionate force
    - Electric discharge weapons
    - Forced undressing
    - Threats or violence with a firearm
    - Inhuman treatment inside a police vehicle
    - Inhuman treatment inside a detention facility

    –-

    Key Findings from Croatia:

    – In 2020, BVMN collected 124 pushback testimonies from Croatia, exposing the treatment of 1827 people
    - 87% of pushbacks carried out by Croatia authorities contained one or more forms of violence and abuse that we assert amounts to torture or inhuman treatment
    - Violent attacks by police officers against people-on-the-move lasting up to six hours
    - Unmuzzled police dogs being encouraged by officers to attack people who have been detained.
    - Food being rubbed into the open wounds of pushback victims
    - Forcing people naked, setting fire to their clothes and then pushing them back across borders in a complete state of undress

    Key Findings from Greece:

    – 89% of pushbacks carried out by Greek authorities contained one or more forms of violence and abuse that we assert amounts to torture or inhuman treatment
    - 52% of pushback groups subjected to torture or inhuman treatment by Greek authorities contained children and minors
    - Groups of up to 80 men, women and children all being forcibly stripped naked and detained within one room
    - People being detained and transported in freezer trucks
    - Brutal attacks by groups of Greek officers including incidents where they pin down and cut open the hands of people on the move or tied them to the bars of their detention cells and beat them.
    - Multiple cases where Greek officers beat and then threw people into the Evros with many incidents leading to people going missing, presumingly having drowned and died.

    https://www.borderviolence.eu/annual-torture-report-2020
    #rapport #2020 #Border_Violence_Monitoring-Network #BVMN
    #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Balkans #route_des_Balkans #frontières #push-backs #refoulements #traitements_inhumains_et_dégradants #détention #centres_de_détention #armes #déshabillage_forcé #armes_à_feu #Croatie #Grèce #Evros #refoulements_en_chaîne #taser

    ping @isskein

  • Aux États-Unis, des migrantes dénoncent des opérations gynécologiques non consenties
    https://www.courrierinternational.com/article/video-aux-etats-unis-des-migrantes-denoncent-des-operations-g

    Plus de quarante #migrantes affirment avoir subi, sans leur consentement, des #opérations_gynécologiques inutilement invasives, alors qu’elles étaient retenues dans un centre de #détention pour immigrés aux États-Unis. C’est le cas de Wendy Dowe, qui témoigne devant les caméras de la BBC.

    #paywall

  • Council of Europe’s anti-torture Committee calls on Malta to improve the treatment of detained migrants

    In a report published today on a rapid reaction ad hoc visit to Malta in September 2020, the Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee (CPT) urges the Maltese authorities to change their approach towards immigration detention and to ensure that migrants deprived of their liberty are treated with both dignity and humanity.

    The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today the report on its ad hoc visit to Malta focussing on immigration detention, which took place from 17 to 22 September 2020, together with the response of the Maltese authorities.

    In the report, the CPT acknowledged the significant challenges posed to the Maltese authorities by the arrival of increasing numbers of migrants, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, this situation cannot absolve Malta from its human rights obligations and the duty of care owed to all migrants deprived of their liberty by the Maltese authorities.

    Overall, the CPT found an immigration system that was struggling to cope: a system that purely “contained” migrants who had essentially been forgotten, within poor conditions of detention and regimes which verged on institutional mass neglect by the authorities. Indeed, the living conditions, regimes, lack of due process safeguards, treatment of vulnerable groups and some specific Covid-19 measures were found to be so problematic that they may well amount to inhuman and degrading treatment contrary to Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

    The carceral design of detention centres such as Hermes Block and the Warehouses at Safi Detention Centre remained totally inappropriate: large rooms crammed with beds, no privacy, and communication with staff via locked doors. Migrants were generally locked in their accommodation units with little to no access to daily outdoor exercise and no purposeful activities. Other deficiencies included a lack of maintenance of the buildings (especially the sanitary facilities), insufficient personal hygiene products and cleaning materials and an inability to obtain a change of clothes. Moreover, there was also a systematic lack of information provided to detained persons about their situation, compounded by minimal contact with the outside world or even staff.

    Vulnerable migrants in particular were not getting the care and support they required. Not only were young children and their parents as well as unaccompanied/separated minors being detained, but they were held in very poor conditions, together with unrelated adult men. Clear protection policies and protocols for looking after vulnerable migrants need to be put in place.

    The CPT underlined that there is an urgent need for Malta to revisit its immigration detention policy, towards one better steered by its duty of care to treat all persons deprived of their liberty with dignity.

    The CPT stressed that the problem of migration into Malta was not new and will almost certainly continue given the push factors that exist in those countries from which the vast majority of migrants come. Therefore, Malta together with the support of the European Union and other member states must put in place an immigration detention system which abides by European values and norms.

    In their response, the Maltese authorities provided detailed information on the steps being taken to improve the conditions of detention for detained migrants and outlined the measures taken and currently underway to reduce the pressure on the immigration detention system, including notably the significant reduction in the number of migrants being detained and instead transferred into open centres and the many refurbishment works underway to improve conditions.

    https://www.coe.int/en/web/cpt/-/council-of-europe-s-anti-torture-committee-calls-on-malta-to-improve-the-treatm

    #détention_administrative #rétention #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Malte #rapport #Conseil_de_l'Europe

    ping @isskein @karine4

  • Du refus d’empreinte à la préventive...
    Incarcération d’E. suite à la manif contre Génération identitaire

    Arrêté seul lors d’un contrôle préventif avant toute manif, il est accusé de « groupement en vue de » et port d’un cadenas de vélo. Il a refusé la comparution et a été maintenu en détention dans l’attente du procès malgré toutes les garanties de représentation juste parce qu’il a refusé de donner la signalétique, le juge affirmant qu’il s’agit d’un principe normal : pas d’empreintes = détention provisoire.

    Edit

    La juge Rhiyouri avait la possibilité de placer ce justiciable sous contrôle judiciaire, ce qui l’aurait contraint à donner ses empreintes pour obtenir sa libération. Cela n’a pas été le cas.
    Cette prise d’empreintes devrait intervenir pendant la détention. Comme ce refus de signalétique est le seul motif invoqué pour ordonner l’incarcération, il est probable qu’une demande de mise en liberté soit alors accordée.

    #manifestation #police #justice #prison #détention_provisoire

    • juste pour mon information, le E. avait un vélo à la main - autre arme par destination - quand il a été arrêté avec son cadenas ?

    • Pas que je sache, cela n’a pas été rapporté, et il me semble que le tract aurait mentionné un tel fait :) Ce qui est clair en revanche c’est que c’est le refus de donner ses empreintes et lui seul qui lui vaut d’être détenu alors que comme la défense l’a signalé on ne demande pas à la juge de donner ses empreintes lorsque son identité est vérifiée et qu’il avait non seulement des papiers en règle mais diverses attestations (dont domicile et emploi, combien ne peuvent en produire autant ?) pour faire valoir des « garanties de représentation » qui sont le moyen usuel d’éviter une détention provisoire qui en principe est supposée être l’exception.

    • Suite à la contre manifestation de Génération Identitaire, 22 février 2021
      https://paris-luttes.info/suite-a-la-contre-manifestation-de-14779

      Toutefois, de nombreux·ses camarades ont été interpelé·es (au moins une quinzaine de gardes à vue en cours), contrôlé·es, fouillé·es, et verbalisé·es (plusieurs dizaines d’amendes de 135€) en justifiant qu’ils et elles « ont prévu de rejoindre une manifestation interdite ». Suite à quoi les camarades verbalisé·es ont été menacé·es d’interpellation et arrestation si ils et elles étaient recontrôlé·es dans le rassemblement prétendument interdit.

  • Canaries : désespérés, les migrants entre grèves de la faim et automutilation - InfoMigrants
    https://www.infomigrants.net/fr/post/30157/canaries-desesperes-les-migrants-entre-greves-de-la-faim-et-automutila

    Redoutant une expulsion et subissant des attaques racistes, des migrants bloqués sur l’archipel des Canaries ont ces derniers jours entamé des grèves de la faim pour réclamer leur transfert vers le continent. Au désespoir, d’autres s’automutilent. Automutilation, tentatives de suicide, grèves de la faim… Dans l’archipel des Canaries, le désespoir des migrants arrivés du continent africain pour demander l’asile en Europe se fait de plus en plus concret. Selon le quotidien espagnol El Pais, un jeune Marocain s’est récemment infligé 27 coups de rasoir à la jambe après avoir appris que sa mère devait se faire opérer du foie alors qu’elle n’a pas les moyens de se payer une telle opération. Un autre s’est entaillé le ventre. Un troisième a tenté de sauter du haut d’un bâtiment, avant d’en être empêché.
    Ces actes désespérés n’apparaissent plus si marginaux dans l’archipel, tant la situation est compliquée sur place pour les demandeurs d’asile. En raison du Covid-19, les transferts vers le continent, qui concernent uniquement les personnes considérées comme vulnérables, sont rarissimes. Les migrants, arrivés en nombre écrasant ces derniers mois, n’ont d’autres options que s’entasser dans des hébergements réquisitionnés à la hâte par les autorités : hôtels en mal de touristes, baraques militaires, campements sommaires où la pluie et la boue entrent dans les tentes. Laissés dans l’incertitude, beaucoup craignent une expulsion. « Nous souffrons beaucoup de la pression psychologique ici », a témoigné Aziz Bouabid, un Marocain, à El Pais, comparant sa situation à une détention d’une durée indéterminée. « Un prisonnier sait au moins combien de temps sa peine va durer. Moi, je ne sais pas quand je partirai des Canaries et, pendant ce temps-là, mes enfants attendent que je leur envoie de l’argent. » Dans ce contexte, des manifestations de migrants ont eu lieu la semaine dernière, notamment à Grande Canarie. Réclamant un transfert vers le continent, certains ont brandi des pancartes indiquant « L’Europe ou la mort ». Samedi 6 février, environ 450 Marocains logés dans un campement installé dans une école fermée ont par ailleurs annoncé entamer une grève de la faim. Ils sollicitent l’aide de leurs autorités consulaires pour accélérer les procédures.

    #covid-19#migrant#migration#canaries#UE#sante#santementale#expulsion#demandeurdasile#detention

  • La prolongation des #détentions_provisoires interdite pendant l’#état_d’urgence | Public Senat
    https://www.publicsenat.fr/article/politique/la-prolongation-des-detentions-provisoires-interdite-pendant-l-etat-d-ur

    Presque un an après son entrée en vigueur, les Sages de la rue Montpensier viennent censurer définitivement l’article 15 d’une ordonnance du 25 mars 2020, prise sur le fondement de la loi d’habilitation de l’état d’urgence du 23 mars 2020. Ce texte autorisait la prolongation de toutes les mesures de détention provisoire ou d’#assignation_à_résidence sous surveillance électronique, sans passer par le contrôle d’un #juge.

    […] L’ordonnance du 25 mars prolongeait « de plein droit » de 2 à 6 mois, selon la gravité de l’infraction, l’ensemble des détentions provisoires. En application de l’article 15 de cette même ordonnance les prolongations de détention provisoire décidées pendant la période de l’état d’urgence sanitaire continuaient à s’appliquer malgré la fin de celui-ci.

    Saisi en référé le 3 avril, le #Conseil_d’État, qui n’avait pas pris la peine de tenir audience, avait jugé que l’ordonnance garantissait les droits et libertés des personnes en détention provisoire ».

    […] Avant même la décision du #Conseil_Constitutionnel, les sénateurs pointaient la constitutionnalité « incertaine » de l’ordonnance. « La prolongation de plein droit sans intervention explicite du juge des libertés et de la détention était une atteinte disproportionnée aux libertés, dont les conséquences pratiques semblent heureusement circonscrites » écrivaient-ils. De même, le rapport du Sénat rappelait la position de la chambre criminelle de la #Cour_de_Cassation qui s’appuyait sur l’article 5.3 de la #Convention_européenne_des_droits_de_l’homme, selon lequel toute personne « arrêtée ou détenue [notamment celles placées en détention provisoire] doit être aussitôt traduite devant un juge […] et a le droit d’être jugée dans un délai raisonnable, ou libéré pendant la procédure ». « Une interprétation apparemment inverse de celle du Conseil d’État » relevaient sobrement les élus.

  • ’This is literally an industry’: drone images give rare look at for-profit #Ice detention centers

    Art project combines interviews with ex-detainees on their trauma during Covid-19, and imagery of the growth of private-run detention in the US

    “Imagine how it feels there, locked up, the whole day without catching the air, without … seeing the light, because that is a cave there, in there you go crazy; without being able to see my family, just being able to listen to them on a phone and be able to say, ‘OK, bye,’ because the calls are expensive.”

    That’s how Alejandro, an asylum seeker from Cuba, described his time in an #Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement (Ice) detention center.

    His account is one of dozens captured in a collection of audio recordings as part of a project aiming to show how the US immigration detention system, the world’s largest, has commodified people as part of a for-profit industry.

    “We’ve commodified human displacement,” said artist David Taylor, who has used drones to take aerial photography and video of 28 privately run Ice detention centers near the US southern border, in California, #Arizona and #Texas.

    While accounts of abuse and exploitation from inside facilities appear in the news media, the detention centers are usually in isolated, underpopulated areas with access to photographers or film crews tightly controlled.

    This new image collection, taken from near the perimeters of the facilities, gives a rare look at just how many of these centers occupy the landscape. “What I want to show through the accumulation of imagery is that this is literally an industry,” Taylor said, “that it’s expansive, that it occupies a significant amount of territory in our national landscape – and I’m only showing a fraction of it.

    “That, to me, is an important realization. The scale is shocking; how it is changing the United States,” said Taylor, a professor of art at the University of Arizona.

    The imagery will ultimately be shown in an exhibition incorporating the stories of some of the people captured inside this system. These audio recordings come from a collaboration with Taylor and a group which provides free legal service to detained migrants in Arizona, the Florence Project, and writer Francisco Cantú.

    When the project is eventually presented in a gallery, it will also include data on the costs, profits and revenue of corporations involved. Late in the the Obama era, the Department of Justice (DoJ) discontinued all use of private prison corporations to house detainees, but the DoJ during the Trump administration reversed this policy.

    Between 2015 and 2018, as the administration began to ramp up its crackdown on immigrants, the targeted average daily population of detained immigrants grew 50%. Corporations won contracts from Ice worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Taylor said the project was fraught because he was taking artistic photos and video of sites where traumas have occurred, but hopes the final work will help people understand how those inside are being used to support an industry. The detainees’ vulnerability during the Covid-19 pandemic added to an urgency to spotlight the facilities, he said.

    Excerpts from some of the interviews follow. Each of the interviewees was given a pseudonym because their asylum cases are pending. Alejandro and Alonzo’s interviews were translated from Spanish.

    All three were held at facilities operated by CoreCivic, which disputes allegations about conditions and said it was committed to health and safety.
    ‘They are not interested in our lives’

    Alonzo – La Palma correctional center in Eloy, Arizona

    When Covid first struck the detention center, Alonzo said he helped organize strikes to protest the conditions inside which were exposing everyone, including the guards, to the illness.

    The 34-year-old said he was refused access to a Covid test even though he was feeling unwell. A month later, he said he was taken to the hospital because he was having such trouble breathing and his skin was turning black. “The truth is that you need to be dying there so that they can take care of you, what they do with you there is lousy, lousy, lousy. They are not interested in our lives in the least.”

    In a hospital emergency room, a doctor told Alonzo he had blood clots and probably had cancer because they found tumors in his lungs and kidneys.

    “When they give me this news, they tell me that they have to return me to La Palma correctional center and put me in a cell. I spent a day and a half locked up without being able to get out at all. On that day they gave me half an hour to bathe, let my family know what was happening to me, and locked me up again.

    “During this time that I was there, there were many people. We stood up to be treated, there were colleagues who collapsed inside the tank, people who convulsed. We prayed because the nurses who treated us, the nurses came and told us, ‘You have nothing, it’s a simple flu,’ and nothing happens.”

    Alonzo described witnessing many suicide attempts. He said he found strength in his wish to see his daughters again and his belief in God. “I always had something in my mind and in my heart, that God did not save me from Mexico to come to die in a forgotten cell. I knew within myself that I was not going to die there.”

    He said the strikes came about as conditions worsened. “One day we all got organized and got together to talk. ‘You know what, brother? There is no Cuban here, there is no Mexican here, there is no Indian here, there is no Venezuelan here, there is no Nicaraguan here, there is nothing. Here we are all here. Because we are all infected, because we are all dying. This is fighting for our existence, it is no longer fighting for a residence, it is no longer fighting for a parole, it is no longer fighting for bail, it is all fighting to get out of here alive.’”
    ‘They told me I had Covid-19. They never gave me treatment’

    Alejandro – Central Arizona Florence correctional center

    Alejandro approached a border checkpoint to seek asylum after three months of waiting in Mexico, seeking refuge from political persecution in his native Cuba. At the border, his pregnant wife was allowed to stay with a relative in the US, while Alejandro, 19, was detained.

    During his three months in detention, he was told he tested positive for Covid-19, which he was skeptical of because he didn’t have symptoms and was asthmatic. He said he was put in solitary confinement because of the test result, then transferred to a civil jail, where he said conditions were worse.

    The most painful part of all, however, was missing the birth of his son after his wife underwent a difficult pregnancy.
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    “Imagine, it broke my heart, I could hardly speak. Every time I spoke to my wife, or listened to the child, a lump would form in my throat that I could not swallow. It was a thing that does not let you swallow, that makes your chest constrict from so much suffering, from so much pain … If you are a parent, you know what I am telling you … The words did not come out from so much suffering … I spoke a few words and cried. She could hardly speak. Sometimes it was better not to call, because if I called I would feel worse than not calling.”

    Alejandro said he cried every day in detention and was treated by a psychologist in a five-minute “speed date” appointment. “She asked me, ‘Hi, I understand you have a boy, how are you feeling?’ I told her I felt bad, how else was I going to feel? She said, ‘you need to read, to relax,’ just that. Nonsense, something quick. They told me I had Covid-19 and they never gave me any treatment, just water. They told me, ‘Drink water, lots of water.’”
    Responses from #CoreCivic and Ice

    A CoreCivic company spokesman, Ryan Gustin, denied the allegations Alejandro and Alonzo made about conditions in their facilities. “We have responded to this unprecedented situation appropriately, thoroughly and with care for the safety and wellbeing of those entrusted to us and our communities,” Gustin said. “We don’t cut corners on care, staff or training, which meets, and in many cases exceeds, our government partners’ standards.”

    CoreCivic said all detainees were supplied with face masks and denied any allegations that detainees were refused Covid tests. “Initially, detainees were asked to sign an acknowledgment form related to the use of the masks.” The spokesman said detainees were not placed in solitary confinement because of a positive test; he said there were “cohorting procedures … which are intended to prevent the spread of infection” which involve no loss of privileges or activities. CoreCivic denied claims of multiple suicide attempts saying “any such incident would be reported to our government partner”.

    Ice, which oversees the facilities, said the agency was “firmly dedicated to the health and safety of all individuals in our custody”.

    “Since the outbreak of Covid-19, Ice has taken extensive steps to safeguard all detainees, staff and contractors, including: reducing the number of detainees in custody by placing individuals on alternatives to detention programs, suspending social visitation, incorporating social distancing practices with staggered meals and recreation times, and through the use of testing, cohorting and medical isolation.”
    ‘Let me go back home and face my death’

    Mary – in Central Arizona Florence correctional complex one night, then Eloy detention center

    Mary was first detained in Mexico, where she arrived after traveling from her home in Uganda. She was eventually released, sought asylum in the US at a border checkpoint and was detained for five and a half months.

    Detention conditions were similar in the two countries, she said, except Mexican guards occasionally held days where people could socialize with family or friends who were also detained.

    The isolation Mary experienced in the US was intense. She didn’t speak to her young children in Africa the whole time because she couldn’t afford the costs of the calls and relied on a volunteer to relay messages between the mother and her children.

    Also, because she doesn’t speak Spanish, it was more difficult for her to make relationships with immigrants inside from mostly Spanish-speaking countries, and the schedules in the prison made it difficult to develop relationships with others.

    “The Cameroonians were there, but again, everybody used to feel sad, everybody used not to talk. It was like that, since you were sad all the time, you could not communicate, you could not joke.”

    She, like many others, described how many people just wanted to be deported instead of waiting out their time in detention.

    “One day I thought that if the judge denies me, I’ll just tell her or him, ‘Let me go back home and face my death, because I never wanted to stay in detention more. I was thinking about that, but I could not again decide since I was afraid of getting back home.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/29/ice-immigration-detention-centers-drone-photography-rare-look-arizona
    #privatisation #complexe-militaro-industriel #business #asile #migrations #réfugiés #centres #centres_de_détention #détention_administrative #rétention #industrie #photographie #USA #Etats-Unis #enfermement #Californie

    ping @isskein

  • #Frontex suspend ses #opérations en Hongrie

    Frontex, l’agence de surveillance des frontières de l’UE, a annoncé mercredi qu’elle suspendait ses opérations en Hongrie après une décision de la Cour de justice européenne critiquant le système d’asile de ce pays.

    Frontex, l’agence de surveillance des frontières de l’UE, a annoncé mercredi qu’elle suspendait ses opérations en Hongrie après une décision de la #Cour_de_justice_européenne critiquant le système d’asile de ce pays.

    « Frontex a suspendu toutes ses #activités_opérationnelles sur le terrain en Hongrie », a déclaré à l’AFP Chris Borowski, le porte-parole de Frontex, dont le siège est à Varsovie.

    « Nos efforts communs pour protéger les frontières extérieures de l’UE ne peuvent réussir que si nous veillons à ce que notre coopération et nos activités soient pleinement conformes aux lois de l’UE », a-t-il déclaré.

    En décembre, la Cour de justice de l’Union européenne a constaté de nombreuses failles dans les procédures d’asile de la Hongrie, notamment l’#expulsion_illégale de migrants en provenance de #Serbie.

    Elle a également déclaré que les lois interdisant aux demandeurs d’asile de demeurer en Hongrie pendant que leur appel devant la justice était examiné étaient illégales et a critiqué la #détention de migrants dans des « #zones_de_transit ».

    Le Comité Helsinki hongrois (HHC), un organisme de surveillance non gouvernemental, a affirmé mardi que la Hongrie avait expulsé plus de 4.400 migrants depuis la décision de la Cour de justice de l’UE.

    « La décision de Frontex est importante puisque Frontex n’a jamais suspendu ses activités » auparavant, a déclaré Andras Lederer, un membre du HHC.

    M. Lederer a estimé que Frontex avait été forcée de suspendre ses opérations en Hongrie parce qu’elle risquait d’être tenue pour « complice » de la politique migratoire hongroise.

    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/fil-dactualites/270121/frontex-suspend-ses-operations-en-hongrie?onglet=full

    #suspension #Hongrie #arrêt #stop #justice #CJUE #illégalité #complicité
    #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #push-backs #refoulements #zones_frontalières

    ping @isskein @_kg_ @rhoumour @karine4

    • Frontex suspend ses activités en Hongrie, quelles conséquences pour la Serbie ?

      Le 27 janvier, l’agence européenne de gestion des frontières a suspendu ses activités en Hongrie, le temps que Budapest mette sa législation vis-à-vis des réfugiés en conformité avec le droit européen. Les associations serbes d’aide aux exilés s’inquiètent d’une décision potentiellement contreproductive.

      (Avec Radio Slobodna Evropa) – « La violence aux frontières et les retours illégaux de personnes en Serbie risquent de s’intensifier. » Voilà ce que craint Radoš Đurović, du Centre pour l’assistance aux demandeurs d’asile, une ONG basée à Belgrade, après la décision de Frontex, l’agence européenne de garde-frontières, de se retirer de Hongrie. Est-il possible, pourtant, d’envisager un scénario pire que la situation actuelle ? « On assiste tous les jours à des expulsions massives et à des scènes de violence », rappelle-t-il. « Les autorités hongroises ne prennent même pas la peine d’avertir leurs collègues serbes. Elles se contentent de pousser les réfugiés par centaines de l’autre côté de l’immense clôture de barbelés. »

      Frontex a suspendu ses activités en Hongrie le 27 janvier en attendant que le gouvernement de Viktor Orban harmonise la législation du pays avec l’arrêt rendu le 17 décembre par la Cour européenne de justice sur les demandes d’asile. Dès le lendemain, la Commission européenne a appelé Budapest à respecter les droits des réfugiés. « Je m’attends à ce que la Hongrie change sa politique et permette aux réfugiés de demander l’asile sur son territoire », a déclaré avec optimisme la commissaire aux Affaires intérieures, Ylva Johansson. « Une agence comme Frontex ne peut pas aider la Hongrie à empêcher des gens d’entrer sur son territoire si la Hongrie elle-même ne respecte pas les droits fondamentaux des migrants et les lois de l’UE. »

      Autrement dit, pour Bruxelles, il serait grand temps que Budapest commence à accepter les demandes d’asile et permette aux réfugiés de rester en Hongrie au moins le temps que leurs demandes soient examinées, et qu’elle mette un terme aux expulsions massives sans laisser la possibilité aux candidats à l’exil de déposer une demande d’asile. Selon Vladimir Petronijević, de Grupa 484, une ONG belgradoise d’aide aux réfugiés, Frontex a émis de sérieuses objections vis-à-vis de cette pratique qui contrevient aux principes de l’UE. « Il a été souligné que la partie hongroise met en œuvre en permanence l’expulsion collective de migrants et de réfugiés vers la Serbie, une pratique qui prévaut depuis plusieurs années. » Or, regrette-t-il, avec ou sans Frontex, ces expulsions risquent bel et bien de se poursuivre. « Je ne vois pas de raisons particulières qui empêcheraient la Hongrie de continuer à faire ce qu’elle a toujours fait depuis 2015. »

      Selon le Comité Helsinki en Hongrie, Budapest aurait expulsé plus de 4000 réfugiés de Hongrie depuis décembre dernier. « Nous continuerons à défendre le peuple hongrois et les frontières du pays et de l’UE », a d’ailleurs affirmé, le 28 janvier, le porte-parole du gouvernement de Viktor Orbán. Du côté de Belgrade, les autorités continuent de pratiquer la politique de l’autruche. « D’après ce que nous observons sur le terrain, la Serbie réagit peu à ces pratiques unilatérales, non seulement le long de la frontière hongroise, mais aussi des frontières croate et roumaine, peut-être parce qu’elle ne veut pas offenser les pays voisins membres de l’UE », estime Radoš Đurović. La Hongrie n’est en effet pas la seule à mettre en œuvre ces mauvaises pratiques : la Croatie lui a depuis longtemps emboîté le pas, de même que la Roumanie ou encore la Macédoine du Nord.

      https://www.courrierdesbalkans.fr/Frontex-Hongrie

  • La crise sanitaire aggrave les troubles psy des jeunes migrants

    Les « migrants » sont une population composite recouvrant des #statuts_administratifs (demandeurs d’asile, réfugiés, primo-arrivants…) et des situations sociales disparates. Certains appartiennent à des milieux sociaux plutôt aisés et éduqués avec des carrières professionnelles déjà bien entamées, d’autres, issus de milieux sociaux défavorisés ou de minorités persécutées, n’ont pas eu accès à l’éducation dans leur pays d’origine.

    Et pourtant, une caractéristique traverse ce groupe : sa #jeunesse.

    Ainsi, selon les chiffres d’Eurostat, au premier janvier 2019, la moitié des personnes migrantes en Europe avait moins de 29 ans ; l’âge médian de cette population se situant à 29,2 ans, contre 43,7 pour l’ensemble de la population européenne. Cette particularité est essentielle pour comprendre l’état de santé de cette population.

    En effet, on constate que, du fait de sa jeunesse, la population migrante en Europe est globalement en #bonne_santé physique et parfois même en meilleure #santé que la population du pays d’accueil. En revanche, sa santé mentale pose souvent problème.

    Des #troubles graves liés aux #parcours_migratoires

    Beaucoup de jeunes migrants – 38 % de la population totale des migrants selon une recherche récente – souffrent de #troubles_psychiques (#psycho-traumatismes, #dépressions, #idées_suicidaires, #perte_de_mémoire, #syndrome_d’Ulysse désignant le #stress de ceux qui vont vivre ailleurs que là où ils sont nés), alors que la #psychiatrie nous apprend que le fait migratoire ne génère pas de #pathologie spécifique.

    Les troubles dont souffrent les jeunes migrants peuvent résulter des #conditions_de_vie dans les pays d’origine (pauvreté, conflits armés, persécution…) ou des #conditions_du_voyage migratoire (durée, insécurité, absence de suivi médical, en particulier pour les migrants illégaux, parfois torture et violences) ; ils peuvent également être liés aux #conditions_d’accueil dans le pays d’arrivée.

    De multiples facteurs peuvent renforcer une situation de santé mentale déjà précaire ou engendrer de nouveaux troubles : les incertitudes liées au #statut_administratif des personnes, les difficultés d’#accès_aux_droits (#logement, #éducation ou #travail), les #violences_institutionnelles (la #répression_policière ou les #discriminations) sont autant d’éléments qui provoquent un important sentiment d’#insécurité et du #stress chez les jeunes migrants.

    Ceci est d’autant plus vrai pour les #jeunes_hommes qui sont jugés comme peu prioritaires, notamment dans leurs démarches d’accès au logement, contrairement aux #familles avec enfants ou aux #jeunes_femmes.

    Il en résulte des périodes d’#errance, de #dénuement, d’#isolement qui détériorent notablement les conditions de santé psychique.

    De nombreuses difficultés de #prise_en_charge

    Or, ainsi que le soulignent Joséphine Vuillard et ses collègues, malgré l’engagement de nombreux professionnels de santé, les difficultés de prise en charge des troubles psychiques des jeunes migrants sont nombreuses et réelles, qu’il s’agisse du secteur hospitalier ou de la médecine ambulatoire.

    Parmi ces dernières on note l’insuffisance des capacités d’accueil dans les #permanences_d’accès_aux_soins_de_santé (#PASS), l’incompréhension des #procédures_administratives, le besoin d’#interprétariat, des syndromes psychotraumatiques auxquels les professionnels de santé n’ont pas toujours été formés.

    Les jeunes migrants sont par ailleurs habituellement très peu informés des possibilités de prise en charge et ne recourent pas aux soins, tandis que les dispositifs alternatifs pour « aller vers eux » (comme les #maraudes) reposent essentiellement sur le #bénévolat.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn29oSxVMxQ&feature=emb_logo

    Dans ce contexte, le secteur associatif (subventionné ou non) tente de répondre spécifiquement aux problèmes de santé mentale des jeunes migrants, souvent dans le cadre d’un accompagnement global : soutien aux démarches administratives, logement solidaire, apprentissage du français, accès à la culture.

    Organisateurs de solidarités, les acteurs associatifs apportent un peu de #stabilité et luttent contre l’isolement des personnes, sans nécessairement avoir pour mission institutionnelle la prise en charge de leur santé mentale.

    Ces #associations s’organisent parfois en collectifs inter-associatifs pour bénéficier des expertises réciproques. Malgré leur implantation inégale dans les territoires, ces initiatives pallient pour partie les insuffisances de la prise en charge institutionnelle.

    Des situations dramatiques dans les #CRA

    Dans un contexte aussi fragile, la #crise_sanitaire liée à la #Covid-19 a révélé au grand jour les carences du système : si, à la suite de la fermeture de nombreux #squats et #foyers, beaucoup de jeunes migrants ont été logés dans des #hôtels ou des #auberges_de_jeunesse à l’occasion des #confinements, nombreux sont ceux qui ont été livrés à eux-mêmes.

    Leur prise en charge sociale et sanitaire n’a pas été pensée dans ces lieux d’accueil précaires et beaucoup ont vu leur situation de santé mentale se détériorer encore depuis mars 2020.

    Les situations les plus critiques en matière de santé mentale sont sans doute dans les #Centres_de_rétention_administrative (CRA). Selon le rapport 2019 de l’ONG Terre d’Asile, sont enfermés dans ces lieux de confinement, en vue d’une #expulsion du sol national, des dizaines de milliers de migrants (54 000 en 2019, dont 29 000 en outremer), y compris de nombreux jeunes non reconnus comme mineurs, parfois en cours de #scolarisation.

    La difficulté d’accès aux soins, notamment psychiatriques, dans les CRA a été dénoncée avec véhémence dans un rapport du Contrôleur général des lieux de privation de liberté (CGLPL) en février 2019, suivi, à quelques mois d’écart, d’un rapport tout aussi alarmant du Défenseur des droits.

    La #rupture de la #continuité des #soins au cours de leur rétention administrative est particulièrement délétère pour les jeunes migrants souffrant de pathologies mentales graves. Pour les autres, non seulement la prise en charge médicale est quasi-inexistante mais la pratique de l’isolement à des fins répressives aggrave souvent un état déjà à risque.

    La déclaration d’#état_d’urgence n’a pas amélioré le sort des jeunes migrants en rétention. En effet, les CRA ont été maintenus ouverts pendant les périodes de #confinement et sont devenus de facto le lieu de placement d’un grand nombre d’étrangers en situation irrégulière sortant de prison, alors que la fermeture des frontières rendait improbables la reconduite et les expulsions.

    Un tel choix a eu pour conséquence l’augmentation de la pression démographique (+23 % en un an) sur ces lieux qui ne n’ont pas été conçus pour accueillir des personnes psychologiquement aussi vulnérables et pour des périodes aussi prolongées.

    Des espaces anxiogènes

    De par leur nature de lieu de #privation_de_liberté et leur vocation de transition vers la reconduction aux frontières, les CRA sont de toute évidence des #espaces_anxiogènes où il n’est pas simple de distinguer les logiques de #soins de celles de #contrôle et de #répression, et où la consultation psychiatrique revêt bien d’autres enjeux que des enjeux thérapeutiques. Car le médecin qui apporte un soin et prend en charge psychologiquement peut aussi, en rédigeant un #certificat_médical circonstancié, contribuer à engager une levée de rétention, en cas de #péril_imminent.

    Les placements en CRA de personnes atteintes de pathologies psychologiques et/ou psychiatriques sont en constante hausse, tout comme les actes de #détresse (#automutilations et tentatives de #suicide) qui ont conduit, depuis 2017, cinq personnes à la mort en rétention.

    La prise en charge effective de la santé mentale des jeunes migrants se heurte aujourd’hui en France aux contradictions internes au système. Si les dispositifs sanitaires existent et sont en théorie ouverts à tous, sans condition de nationalité ni de régularité administrative, l’état d’incertitude et de #précarité des jeunes migrants, en situation irrégulière ou non, en fait un population spécialement vulnérable et exposée.

    Sans doute une plus forte articulation entre la stratégie nationale de prévention et lutte contre la pauvreté et des actions ciblées visant à favoriser l’intégration et la stabilité via le logement, l’éducation et l’emploi serait-elle à même de créer les conditions pour une véritable prévention des risques psychologiques et une meilleure santé mentale.

    https://theconversation.com/la-crise-sanitaire-aggrave-les-troubles-psy-des-jeunes-migrants-152

    #crise_sanitaire #asile #migrations #réfugiés #jeunes_migrants #santé_mentale #troubles_psychologiques #genre #vulnérabilité #bénévolat #rétention #détention_administrative #sans-papiers

    ping @isskein @karine4

  • La santé mentale est un enjeu crucial des migrations contemporaines

    Si la migration est source d’espoirs liés à la découverte de nouveaux horizons, de nouveaux contextes sociaux et de nouvelles perspectives économiques, elle est également à des degrés divers un moment de rupture sociale et identitaire qui n’est pas sans conséquence sur la santé mentale.

    #Abdelmalek_Sayad, l’un des sociologues des migrations les plus influents de ces dernières décennies, a défini la condition du migrant comme étant suspendu entre deux mondes parallèles. #Sayad nous dit que le migrant est doublement absent, à son lieu d’origine et son lieu d’arrivée.

    Il est, en tant qu’émigrant, projeté dans une condition faite de perspectives et, très souvent, d’illusions qui l’éloignent de son lieu d’origine. Mais le migrant est tout aussi absent dans sa #condition ^_d’immigré, dans les processus d’#adaptation à un contexte nouveau et souvent hostile, source de nombreuses #souffrances.

    Quelles sont les conséquences de cette #double_absence et plus largement de cette transition de vie dans la santé mentale des migrants ?

    Migrer implique une perte de #capital_social

    Migrer, c’est quitter un #univers_social pour un autre. Les #contacts, les #échanges et les #relations_interpersonnelles qui soutiennent chacun de nous sont perturbés, fragmentés ou même rompus durant cette transition.

    Si pour certains la migration implique un renforcement du capital social (ou économique), dans la plupart des cas elle mène à une perte de capital social. Dans un entretien mené en 2015, un demandeur d’asile afghan souligne cette #rupture_sociale et la difficulté de maintenir des liens avec son pays d’origine :

    « C’est très difficile de quitter son pays parce que ce n’est pas seulement ta terre que tu quittes, mais toute ta vie, ta famille. J’ai des contacts avec ma famille de temps en temps, mais c’est difficile parce que les talibans détruisent souvent les lignes de téléphone, et donc, c’est difficile de les joindre. »

    Pour contrer ou éviter cette perte de capital social, de nombreux #réseaux_transnationaux et organisations d’immigrants dans les pays d’accueil sont créés et jouent dans la vie des migrants un rôle primordial.

    À titre d’exemple, la migration italienne d’après-guerre s’est caractérisée par une forte structuration en #communautés. Ils ont créé d’importants organisations et réseaux, notamment des organisations politiques et syndicales, des centres catholiques et culturels, dont certains sont encore actifs dans les pays de la #diaspora italienne.

    L’#environnement_social et la manière dont les sociétés d’arrivée vont accueillir et inclure les migrants, vont être donc des éléments clés dans la #résilience de ces populations face aux défis posés par leur trajectoire de vie et par leur #parcours_migratoire. Les migrants peuvent en effet rencontrer des situations qui mettent en danger leur #santé physique et mentale dans leur lieu d’origine, pendant leur transit et à leur destination finale.

    Cela est particulièrement vrai pour les migrants forcés qui sont souvent confrontés à des expériences de #détention, de #violence et d’#exploitation susceptibles de provoquer des #troubles_post-traumatiques, dépressifs et anxieux. C’est le cas des centaines de milliers de réfugiés qui fuient les #conflits_armés depuis 2015, principalement dans les régions de la Syrie et de l’Afrique subsaharienne.

    Ces migrants subissent des #violences tout au long de leur parcours, y compris la violence des lois de l’asile dans nos sociétés.

    L’environnement social est une des clés de la santé mentale

    Dans son document d’orientation « Mental health promotion and mental health care in refugees and migrants », l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) indique l’#intégration_sociale comme l’un des domaines d’intervention les plus importants pour combattre les problèmes de santé mentale dans les populations migrantes.

    Pour l’OMS, la lutte contre l’#isolement et la promotion de l’#intégration sont des facteurs clés, tout comme les interventions visant à faciliter le relations entre les migrants et les services de soins, et à améliorer les pratiques et les traitements cliniques.

    Cependant, l’appartenance à des réseaux dans un environnement social donné est une condition essentielle pour le bien-être mental de l’individu, mais elle n’est pas suffisante.

    Le philosophe allemand #Axel_Honneth souligne notamment que la #confiance_en_soi, l’#estime_de_soi et la capacité à s’ouvrir à la société trouvent leurs origines dans le concept de #reconnaissance. Chaque individu est mu par le besoin que son environnement social et la société, dans laquelle il ou elle vit, valorisent ses #identités et lui accordent une place comme #sujet_de_droit.

    Les identités des migrants doivent être reconnues par la société

    À cet égard, se construire de nouvelles identités sociales et maintenir une #continuité_identitaire entre l’avant et l’après-migration permet aux migrants de diminuer les risques de #détresse_psychologique.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNC4C4OqomI&feature=emb_logo

    Être discriminé, exclu ou ostracisé du fait de ses appartenances et son identité affecte profondément la santé mentale. En réaction à ce sentiment d’#exclusion ou de #discrimination, maintenir une estime de soi positive et un #équilibre_psychosocial passe souvent parla prise de distance par rapport à la société discriminante et le #repli vers d’autres groupes plus soutenants.

    La #reconnaissance_juridique, un élément central

    Or ce principe de reconnaissance s’articule tant au niveau de la sphère sociale qu’au niveau juridique. Dans les sociétés d’accueil, les migrants doivent être reconnus comme porteurs de droits civils, sociaux et politiques.

    Au-delà des enjeux pragmatiques liés à l’accès à des services, à une protection ou au #marché_de_l’emploi, l’obtention de droits et d’un #statut_juridique permet de retrouver une forme de contrôle sur la poursuite de sa vie.

    Certaines catégories de migrants vivant soit en procédure pour faire reconnaître leurs droits, comme les demandeurs d’asile, soit en situation irrégulière, comme les « #sans-papiers », doivent souvent faire face à des situations psychologiquement compliquées.

    À cet égard, les sans-papiers sont presque totalement exclus, privés de leurs #droits_fondamentaux et criminalisés par la justice. Les demandeurs d’asile sont quant à eux souvent pris dans la #bureaucratie du système d’accueil durant des périodes déraisonnablement longues, vivant dans des conditions psychologiques difficiles et parfois dans un profond #isolement_social. Cela est bien exprimé par un jeune migrant kenyan que nous avions interviewé en 2018 dans une structure d’accueil belge :

    « Je suis arrivé quand ils ont ouvert le [centre d’accueil], et je suis toujours là ! Cela fait presque trois ans maintenant ! Ma première demande a été rejetée et maintenant, si c’est un “non”, je vais devoir quitter le territoire. […] Tous ces jours, les mois d’attente, pour quoi faire ? Pour rien avoir ? Pour devenir un sans-papiers ? Je vais devenir fou, je préfère me tuer. »

    Être dans l’#attente d’une décision sur son statut ou être dénié de droits plonge l’individu dans l’#insécurité et dans une situation où toute #projection est rendue compliquée, voire impossible.

    Nous avons souligné ailleurs que la lourdeur des procédures et le sentiment de #déshumanisation dans l’examen des demandes d’asile causent d’importantes #frustrations chez les migrants, et peuvent avoir un impact sur leur #bien-être et leur santé mentale.

    La migration est un moment de nombreuses #ruptures sociales et identitaires face auxquelles les individus vont (ré)agir et mobiliser les ressources disponibles dans leur environnement. Donner, alimenter et construire ces ressources autour et avec les migrants les plus vulnérables constitue dès lors un enjeu de #santé_publique.

    https://theconversation.com/la-sante-mentale-est-un-enjeu-crucial-des-migrations-contemporaines

    #santé_mentale #asile #migrations #réfugiés

    ping @_kg_ @isskein @karine4

  • Rapport thématique – Durcissements à l’encontre des Érythréen·ne·s : actualisation 2020

    Deux ans après une première publication sur la question (https://odae-romand.ch/rapport/rapport-thematique-durcissements-a-lencontre-des-erythreen%c2%b7ne%c2%b7), l’ODAE romand sort un second rapport. Celui-ci offre une synthèse des constats présentés en 2018, accompagnée d’une actualisation de la situation.

    Depuis 2018, l’ODAE romand suit de près la situation des requérant·e·s d’asile érythréen∙ne∙s en Suisse. Beaucoup de ces personnes se retrouvent avec une décision de renvoi, après que le #Tribunal_administratif_fédéral (#TAF) a confirmé la pratique du #Secrétariat_d’État_aux_Migrations (#SEM) amorcée en 2016, et que les autorités ont annoncé, en 2018, le réexamen des #admissions_provisoires de quelque 3’200 personnes.

    En 2020, le SEM et le TAF continuent à appliquer un #durcissement, alors que la situation des droits humains en #Érythrée ne s’est pas améliorée. Depuis près de quatre ans, les décisions de renvoi tombent. De 2016 à à la fin octobre 2020, 3’355 Érythréen·ne·s avaient reçu une décision de renvoi suite à leur demande d’asile.

    Un grand nombre de requérant·e·s d’asile se retrouvent ainsi débouté·e·s.

    Beaucoup des personnes concernées, souvent jeunes, restent durablement en Suisse, parce que très peu retournent en Érythrée sur une base volontaire, de peur d’y être persécutées, et qu’il n’y a pas d’accord de réadmission avec l’Érythrée. Au moment de la décision fatidique, elles perdent leur droit d’exercer leur métier ou de se former et se retrouvent à l’#aide_d’urgence. C’est donc à la constitution d’un groupe toujours plus important de jeunes personnes, exclues mais non renvoyables, que l’on assiste.

    C’est surtout en cédant aux pressions politiques appelant à durcir la pratique – des pressions renforcées par un gonflement des statistiques du nombre de demandes d’asile – que la Suisse a appréhendé toujours plus strictement la situation juridique des requérant∙e∙s d’asile provenant d’Érythrée. Sur le terrain, l’ODAE romand constate que ces durcissements se traduisent également par une appréciation extrêmement restrictive des motifs d’asile invoqués par les personnes. D’autres obstacles limitent aussi l’accès à un examen de fond sur les motifs d’asile. Au-delà de la question érythréenne, l’ODAE romand s’inquiète pour le droit d’asile au sens large. L’exemple de ce groupe montre en effet que l’application de ce droit est extrêmement perméable aux incitations venues du monde politique et peut être remaniée sans raison manifeste.

    https://odae-romand.ch/rapport/rapport-thematique-durcissements-a-lencontre-des-erythreen%c2%b7ne%c2%b7

    Pour télécharger le rapport :
    https://odae-romand.ch/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/RT_erythree_2020-web.pdf

    #rapport #ODAE_romand #Erythrée #Suisse #asile #migrations #réfugiés #réfugiés_érythréens #droit_d'asile #protection #déboutés #permis_F #COI #crimes_contre_l'humanité #service_militaire #travail_forcé #torture #viol #détention_arbitraire #violences_sexuelles #accord_de_réadmission #réadmission #déboutés #jurisprudence #désertion #Lex_Eritrea #sortie_illégale #TAF #justice #audition #vraisemblance #interprètes #stress_post-traumatique #traumatisme #trauma #suspicion #méfiance #procédure_d'asile #arbitraire #preuve #fardeau_de_la_preuve #admission_provisoire #permis_F #réexamen #santé_mentale #aide_d'urgence #sans-papiers #clandestinisation #violence_généralisée

    ping @isskein @karine4

  • Refugees detained in #Melbourne hotel ’devastated’ as they await move to another site

    About 60 men are to be relocated from the #Mantra in #Preston, the site of protest rallies
    Refugees and asylum seekers detained at a Melbourne hotel for more than a year are said to be “devastated” and “confused” as they await their relocation to another as-yet undisclosed site.

    About 60 men, who are detained at the #Mantra_hotel in Preston in Melbourne’s north, were told by the Australian border force on Monday they would soon be moved because the contract with the hotel was expiring. They received no further details.

    The announcement dashed hopes that the men might be released into the community, after five asylum seekers were granted visas last week. The five, like the men at the Mantra hotel, were brought to Australia from Manus Island under the now-defunct medevac legislation.

    As part of the Lives in Limbo series, Guardian Australia reported on Tuesday that the vast majority of the 192 refugees and asylum seekers who were evacuated to Australia for medical treatment are still being detained.

    Alison Battisson, a lawyer who represents four of the men at the Mantra, said it was still unclear when the men would be moved, though she expected the relocation to take place on Tuesday or Wednesday.

    In the meantime, advocates have formed a picket line outside the hotel, where they are expected to stay until the men are moved.

    Battisson said her clients were “devastated” and “very disappointed” by the Border Force announcement on Monday, especially given some of their friends had been released last week.

    Noeline Harendran, of Sydney West Legal, which also represents some people detained at the Mantra, said her clients were “anxious and really confused”.

    “They haven’t been able to have fresh air, sunlight, since the beginning of the year,” she said. “They can’t go for walks outside, things that people have taken for granted, they haven’t been able to do.”

    The five people released last week, who were represented by Sydney West Legal, were granted visas days before the federal government was required to make submissions in their cases to the federal court.

    Harendran said she was still hopeful the men at the Mantra would also be released into the community.

    One refugee there, Mostafa “Moz” Azimitabar, said Border Force officials had provided few details on Monday. “They didn’t talk about [a] visa, they said there’s no visa or any other information,” he said.

    “I said, ‘Where is the location?’ And they said they didn’t know. I said, ‘Is it Christmas Island?’ And they said no.”

    On Monday the Department of Home Affairs said the men would be relocated to another site in Melbourne. It added that no one who had been under the regional processing regime would be settled in Australia.

    Azimitabar said he and his fellow detainees were thankful to dozens of protesters who had rallied outside the hotel until 4am on Tuesday.

    “They give us hope, always,” he said. “We are all sad, we are all depressed, upset. But when we see people protesting for us, we are hopeful. It helps us not to give up.”

    Omar Hassan, from the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism, said some of the detainees had been communicating with the protesters from their windows on Monday night.

    “We were doing call-and-response chants … they were doing the classic symbol of resistance [crossing their arms above their heads],” Hassan said. “They keep shouting, ‘Thank you, thank you.’”

    Dozens of protesters including refugee advocates and trade unionistswere again gathering at the site on Tuesday evening.

    Another of the detainees, Ismail Hussein, 29, from Somalia, told Guardian Australia on Monday the conditions were “more difficult than what we experienced in Manus Island”.

    “Maybe one hour of gym – that’s the only time that I am not in my room,” he said. “The rest of the day, I’m lying on my bed or sitting on the chair.”

    The Department of Home Affairs was contacted for further comment.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/15/refugees-detained-in-melbourne-hotel-devastated-as-they-await-move-to-a

    #hotel #tourisme #asile #migrations #réfugiés #détention_administrative #rétention #Australie

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    ajouté à la métaliste migrations et tourisme:
    https://seenthis.net/messages/770799