• Seis años del asesinato impune de 15 inmigrantes en la playa del #Tarajal

    Hoy hace 6 años del asesinato de 15 inmigrantes que trataban de llegar a España por la playa del Tarajal en Ceuta. Fueron recibidos por la Guardia Civil con pelotas de goma y botes de humo cuando aún estaban en el mar y murieron ahogados. El caso fue archivado por “falta de pruebas”. Seis años de impunidad.

    La madrugada del 6 de febrero de 2014 unos 200 inmigrantes se disponían a cruzar la frontera entre Marruecos y España saltando la valla que separa a los dos países a la altura de Ceuta en la Playa del Tarajal. Un grupo trata de pasar la frontera a nado, bordeando un espigón que separa ambos territorios. No son más de 30 metros hasta la playa ceutí del Tarajal. En ese momento comienza la tragedia. Varios agentes de la Guardia Civil les disparan pelotas de goma y gases lacrimógenos cuando aún están en el agua, lo que termina provocando que 15 hombres mueran ahogados según las cifras oficiales. Además 23 fueron expulsados mediante lo que se conoce como “#devoluciones_en_caliente”.

    Durante estos seis años, a pesar de la presión y reclamo por parte de distintas ONG, asociaciones de inmigrantes y otros colectivos por esclarecer lo ocurrido todavía no se ha dirimido la responsabilidad de las muertes de estos inmigrantes y la causa ha sido archivada por “falta de pruebas”.

    En el momento de lo sucedido el Gobierno de Rajoy se negó inicialmente a reconocer que la Guardia Civil había disparado pelotas de goma. Primero, el Cuerpo difundió un vídeo editado para enmascarar su responsabilidad. Pero pronto se descubrió la verdad. A los pocos días un vídeo verdadero salió a la luz. Arrancó una investigación, pero el Partido Popular, en ese momento en el gobierno, vetó la comisión encargada de esclarecer los hechos y censuró la información sobre lo ocurrido en Ceuta.

    A pesar de que un año después 16 Guardia Civiles fueron imputados por homicidio imprudente y citados a declarar en octubre de 2015, se terminó archivando la causa por primera vez de manera provisional argumentando que no había pruebas suficientes y que no lograron contactar con testimonios.

    Las ONG que se han dedicado a seguir el caso como Caminando Fronteras, la Coordinadora de Barrios o la Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado (CEAR) −estas dos últimas personadas como acusación particular en el caso− no han encontrado más que obstáculos durante estos años por parte del Estado. El último, en agosto de 2019 cuando se reabrió la causa, pero terminó archivándose por segunda vez en un proceso en el que ni tan siquiera se tomó declaración a dos de los supervivientes. La ONG Caminando Fronteras había recogido previamente los testimonios de los supervivientes del Tarajal en un informe, pero este fue desestimado por la Justicia.

    La denuncia de todos estos colectivos es clara: no se trata únicamente de un caso de negligencia policial, sino que responde a una lógica de Estado de control migratorio, de ahí el veto claro a la investigación. Hablar del Tarajal es hablar de la política del Estado hacia los inmigrantes, una política que excede al gobierno de aquel entonces y que es criminal con aquellos que tratan de llegar a Europa.

    En 2017 vio la luz el documental Desmontando la impunidad de la frontera sur, un documental de los mismos directores de Ciutat morta (2013) que desglosa el caso tomando testimonios de supervivientes y activistas de asociaciones que buscaron desmontar la versión del gobierno y la Guardia civil apoyada por los medios de comunicación. En el documental también aparecen cargos del Estado y representantes de las fuerzas de seguridad que dejan ver el discurso y políticas xenófobas del Estado y sus garantes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81MQN-6IaFM&feature=emb_logo

    El PSOE, en aquel momento en la oposición, no pasó de las críticas a la “gestión” del PP sobre el caso. Sin embargo, cuando se reabrió la causa en el verano de 2019, el PSOE recién llegado al gobierno en funciones no hizo ni una mención sobre el mismo. Algo que nadie esperaba ya que los gobiernos del PSOE han implementado gran parte de las medidas xenófobas del Estado español contra los inmigrantes, empezando por la creación de los CIEs -que ahora continúa con la creación del CIE de Algeciras- la utilización de concertinas en las vallas y las restrictivas leyes de extranjería, políticas que Pedro Sánchez no estaba dispuesto a cambiar. Ni tampoco se propone hacerlo sus socios de Unidas Podemos en e “gobierno progresista”.

    Los hechos de Tarajal no fueron una “tragedia” como sostuvo la prensa, sino un verdadero asesinato de 15 inmigrantes indefensos por parte de la Guardia Civil. Un crimen social que forma parte de una ofensiva imperialista y racista, de políticas fronterizas cada vez más restrictivas, que día a día llevan a la muerte a miles de personas intentando cruzar el mar o las alambradas.

    Oumar, Larios, Joseph, Armand, Daouda, Ibrahim, Ousman, Nana, Jeannot, Yves, Samba, Youssouf y todos los demás que aún siguen sin identificar, Presentes!

    http://www.izquierdadiario.es/Seis-anos-del-asesinato-impune-de-15-inmigrantes-en-la-playa-del-Tar
    #Ceuta #Espagne #Maroc #frontières #massacre #film #film_documentaire #décès #morts #impunité #assassinat #mourir_aux_frontières #morts_aux_frontières #6_février_2014 #refoulement #push-back

    Plus sur Tarajal sur seenthis:
    https://seenthis.net/tag/tarajal

    ping @reka

  • Precipita da 20 metri e muore nel Carso : tentava di attraversare il confine sloveno

    Un uomo con cittadinanza marocchina è morto dopo essere precipitato in un burrone di oltre una ventina di metri sul Carso, in #Val_Rosandra (#Trieste), mentre tentava di attraversare il confine con l’Italia assieme alla moglie e ad alcuni compagni.

    L’uomo è finito nel dirupo sotto le pareti rocciose nei pressi del castello di #San_Servolo, in Slovenia, ma quando è stato soccorso le sue condizioni erano già gravi. Sul posto sono intervenuti i tecnici del Soccorso Alpino della stazione di Trieste, la Polizia di Stato, l’ambulanza e l’elisoccorso del Fvg che è stato autorizzato a procedere al recupero in territorio sloveno. L’operazione con il verricello non è semplice nella zona ricca di crepacci e fitta vegetazione.

    Il 18 dicembre un migrante pakistano di 32 anni è stato inghiottito dalle acque dell’Isonzo, nel tratto tra #Gradisca e #Sagrado. L’amico, anche lui richiedente asilo, aveva tentato inutilmente di salvarlo gettandosi nel fiume.

    Secondo la Questura, i rintracci di migranti a Trieste sono aumentati di «almeno il 50%» nel 2019 rispetto al 2018: negli ultimi 12 mesi la Polizia di Frontiera ha rintracciato circa 4 mila persone, a cui se ne aggiungono altre 1.300 che si sono presentate spontaneamente negli uffici della Questura per le pratiche amministrative e la richiesta di protezione". A Trieste sono giunti per lo più cittadini pachistani ("circa il 60% del totale") afghani, iracheni, siriani e bengalesi. Per quanto riguarda le espulsioni, ha precisato Petronzi, sono stati 210 gli stranieri irregolari espulsi dal territorio nazionale, «una decina in più rispetto al 2018».

    https://www.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/01/01/news/tenta_di_attraversare_confine_sloveno_precipita_per_20_metri-244767445

    #frontière_sud-alpine #décès #morts #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Slovénie #Italie #Carso #mourir_aux_frontières #Alpes #violent_borders

    Ajouté à cette métaliste des migrants morts dans les Alpes :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

  • Un total de 655 personas han muerto o desaparecido en rutas migratorias de acceso a España en 2019, según una ONG

    El Colectivo Caminando Fronteras ha contabilizado 655 personas muertas y desaparecidas en su monitoreo anual del derecho a la vida en las rutas migratorias de acceso a España —Estrecho, #Mar_de_Alborán, Islas Canarias y ruta argelina—. Sin embargo, Caminando Fronteras ha alertado de que las cifras reales de muertes y desapariciones de personas migrantes que intentaron acceder a España en 2019 son «bastante superiores» a las recogidas por organismos oficiales.

    https://www.europapress.es/epsocial/migracion/noticia-total-655-personas-muerto-desaparecido-rutas-migratorias-acceso-
    #mourir_aux_frontières #Espagne #frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Méditerranée #Mer_Méditerranée #Canaries #îles_Canaries #Etroit_de_Gibraltar #décès #morts

  • Une personne grièvement blessée par la police à la #frontière entre la #Croatie et la #Slovénie, 27-28 novembre 2019

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    Croatie : un policier ouvre encore le feu contre des réfugiés

    28 novembre - 22h : Mercredi en fin d’après-midi, un policier a ouvert le feu contre un groupe de réfugiés, près du village de #Mrkopalj, dans le comté de #Primorje-Gorski_Kotar, à 50 km à l’est de Rijeka, blessant l’un d’entre eux. La police affirme que l’homme aurait opposé une vive résistance à son arrestation et tenté de s’enfuir. Il y a onze jour, la police avait déjà ouvert le feu contre un autre groupe de réfugiés dans la même région, située sur la route reliant la région de Bihać, en Bosnie-Herzégovine, à la Croatie.

    https://www.courrierdesbalkans.fr/courrierdesbalkans-fr-fil-info-refugies-2019-novembre

    #frontière_sud-alpine #montagne #mourir_aux_frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #décès #morts #frontières #Croatie #Route_des_Balkans #Slovénie

    Cet accident survient seulement quelques 10 jours après l’autre personne blessée par #arme_à_feu sur la même frontière, 16-17.11.2019 :
    Migrante in fin di vita all’ospedale di Fiume, sarebbe stato raggiunto da colpi di pistola esplosi dalla polizia
    https://seenthis.net/messages/811666

    #armes #armes_à_feu

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    v. la liste des push-back à la frontière avec #armes_à_feu (août 2017-octobre 2019)
    https://seenthis.net/messages/814569

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    Ajouté à cette liste des morts (même si la personne dont on parle ici n’est pas décédée) :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/811660

    Et, indirectement, à la métaliste des migrant·es morts à la #frontière_sud-alpine :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

    • We begin another week’s report with news of Croatian police shooting a man. Just eleven days after the case of an officer’s “accidental firing” and shooting of a man who is still recovering from serious injuries at the hospital in Rijeka, on Thursday another Croatian police officer shot a man in the area of #Mrkopalj (https://www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/policajac-upucao-migranta-kod-fuzina-iz-policije-kazu-da-je-kriv-migrant/2136049.aspx). The police version about the event is again unclear and blames the victim – it says that the person was “actively resisting and thereby caused the police officer’s firearm to fire". We wonder which version of the story the Croatian police will embrace this time - in the case of another “accidental firing”, the question is whether police officers are actually well trained in handling firearms, and in the case of a deliberate shooting, we expect a transparent and independent investigation into all of the circumstances of the event and the verification whether the police officer acted within his authority and in proportion to the use of necessary defence.

      Reçu via Inicijativa dobrodosli, mail du 04.11.2019.

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      Policajac upucao migranta kod Fužina. Iz policije kažu da je kriv - migrant

      POLICAJAC je jučer na području Mrkoplja upucao migranta. Iz policije su javili da je došlo do opaljenja jer je migrant pružao aktivan otpor. Migrant je lakše ranjen.

      Propucavanje se dogodilo jučer, a policija je o tome izvijestila danas navodeći da je migrant sam kriv za opaljenje pištolja.

      U riječkom KBC-u doznaje se da je ozlijeđeni muškarac zadobio prostrjelnu ranu desnog ramena te je sinoć operiran. Stanje mu je stabilno i izvan je životne opasnosti.

      Utvrđuju okolnosti ranjavanja migranta, a već su ih utvrdili?

      Njihovo priopćenje prenosimo u cijelosti.

      “Jučer, 27. studenog 2019. godine, u kasnim popodnevnim satima, na širem području Mrkoplja, policijski službenici PU primorsko-goranske, koji sukladno zaključcima sastanka predstavnika policije i lokalnih vlasti na navedenom području provode pojačane aktivnosti na suzbijanju nezakonitih migracija te prevenciji imovinskih delikata, zatekli su grupu nepoznatih osoba.

      Tijekom policijskog postupanja, jedna od zatečenih osoba, u namjeri da spriječi policijskog službenika u obavljanju službene radnje, pružala je aktivan otpor i na taj način svojim djelovanjem prouzrokovala opaljenje iz vatrenog oružja policijskog službenika, kojom prilikom je došlo do posljedičnog zadobivanja ozljeda.

      Osobi je odmah pružena hitna medicinska pomoć te je zbrinuta. Prema prvim neslužbenim informacijama radi se o lakšoj ozljedi”, stoji u priopćenju.

      Na kraju dodaju kako se utvrđuju sve okolnosti pod kojima se događaj odvio, a prema njihovom priopćenju se čini da su već utvrdili način na koji je migrant upucan.

      Zadnji ovakav slučaj dogodio se prije 11 dana na području Tuhobića, gdje je policajac iz puške propucao migranta i nanio mu ozljede opasne po život. Policija je i tada izvijestila da se radilo o slučajnom opaljenju oružja.

      https://www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/policajac-upucao-migranta-kod-fuzina-iz-policije-kazu-da-je-kriv-migrant/2136049.aspx

    • This week started with a tragic event happened in Croatia: a man has been shot by a Croatian police officer (https://www.cms.hr/hr/azil-i-integracijske-politike/povodom-ranjavanja-osobe-u-gorskom-kotaru-pucanj-u-ljudska-prava) - at the time writing, he is still in hospital and went through more than 4 surgeries, and he’s fighting for his life. One of the multiple versions elaborated by the Ministry of the interior is that “there has been no shooting, rather it was an accidental firing”. The version of the story changed several times, and up until now, the minister decided to stay silent “while the investigations are ongoing”. We would like to underline how we don’t have trust in a system that makes Thermo camera videos disappear, or in a system that doesn’t allow other institutions like the ombudswoman to access to information regarding border management. While the European Commission gives the green light for Croatia accession to Schengen, the police officers shoot to men in search of safety: is this the idea that the European Commission has of a good way of managing the external borders of EU? Border Violence Monitoring Network reminds us how this event is not an exception nor an accident: in their press briefing (https://www.borderviolence.eu/wp-content/uploads/Press-Briefing-19th-November-2019-1.pdf), the network underlines how the 19% of all recorded pushback cases from Croatia involved gun use, affecting 1279 people. In 2019, the pushbacks of 770 people from Croatia involved gun use. Of the 54 group cases: 31 cases gunshots were fired by police officers; in 33 cases guns were used to threaten respondents. In October 2019 alone, 17% of recorded pushback cases from Croatia involved the threatening with, or shooting of firearms by police. These firearms use targeted a total of 285 people. Across the Balkan Region, BVMN has recorded 107 incidents of gun used by police, including 63 cases where gunshots were fired by police officers; 63 cases where guns were used to threaten respondents. Here you can read the full report of the month of October: https://www.borderviolence.eu/balkan-region-report-october-2019

      Reçu via Inicijativa Dobrodosli, mail du 27.11.2019.

  • Une personne grièvement blessée par la police à la #frontière entre la #Croatie et la #Slovénie, 17 novembre 2019 :

    Un inmigrante, en estado crítico por los disparos de la Policía croata cerca de la frontera con Eslovenia

    Un inmigrante, en estado crítico por los disparos de la Policía croata cerca de la frontera con Eslovenia

    La Policía croata ha dejado herido en estado crítico a un inmigrante que intentaba cruzar con un grupo de compañeros la frontera hacia Eslovenia, según han confirmado fuentes oficiales de la localidad de #Rijeka, próxima a la zona montañosa de #Gorski_Kotar, a unos 20 kilómetros de la línea de separación, donde ha sucedido el incidente. El ministro del Interior croata, Davor Bozinovic, ha confirmado las intenciones del grupo pero no ha dado detalles sobre el número de integrantes ni sus ...

    Leer más: https://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-inmigrante-estado-critico-disparos-policia-croata-cerca-frontera

    https://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-inmigrante-estado-critico-disparos-policia-croata-cerca-frontera
    #montagne

    Ajouté à cette liste des morts (même si la personne dont on parle ici n’est pas décédée, mais les blessures sont apparemment très graves et la personne est « en fin de vie » selon les informations de presse) :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/811660

    Et, indirectement, à la métaliste des migrant·es morts à la #frontière_sud-alpine :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

    #frontière_sud-alpine #montagne #mourir_aux_frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #décès #morts #frontières #Croatie #Route_des_Balkans #Slovénie

    • Migrante in fin di vita all’ospedale di Fiume, sarebbe stato raggiunto da colpi di pistola esplosi dalla polizia

      „A riportare la notizia è il quotidiano croato Dnevnik.hr che ha registrato il grave ferimento dell’uomo, di cui non si conoscono ancora le generalità, ieri pomeriggio nella zona del Gorski Kotar. La vicenda confermata anche dal ministro degli Interni di Zagabria, Davor Bozinovic“

      Nella zona del Gorski kotar, ieri 16 novembre la Polizia croata avrebbe sparato ad un migrante che sarebbe ricoverato in fin di vita, nell’ospedale di Fiume, a causa di una grave ferita al ventre. A riportare la notizia è il quotidiano croato Dnevnik.hr in questo articolo dove spiega come le forze dell’ordine croate avrebbero esploso colpi d’arma da fuoco (non viene riferito il numero) dopo il rintraccio di un gruppo di una quindicina di migranti nella zona del monte Tuhobic e, presumibilmente, provenienti dalla rotta balcanica.

      Al momento non si hanno notizie sulle generalità dell’uomo, né sulla sua età. Il Dnevnik riporta che l’uomo, assieme agli altri compagni di viaggio, si stava dirigendo verso il confine con la Slovenia, tentando di entrarvi illegalmente. La notizia del ferimento del migrante e il suo trasferimento all’ospedale del capoluogo quarnerino, è stata confermata, come riportato sempre dal media croato, anche dal ministro degli Interni di Zagabria Davor Bozinovic. Da quanto riportato dai media croati e sloveni, dovrebbe venir aperta un’inchiesta per far luce sul grave fatto di cronaca.

      http://www.triesteprima.it/cronaca/rotta-balcanica-croazia-slovenia-migrante-ferito.html

    • Croazia: la polizia spara sui migranti

      Uno è stato ridotto in fin di vita. Aperta una inchiesta per stabilire cosa sia successo durante il pattugliamento nel Gorski Kotar.

      Spari sui migranti in una zona impervia del Gorski Kotar, non lontano dal monte Tuhobić, ad alcuni chilometri di distanza dalla più vicina arteria stradale. Tutto è avvenuto ieri pomeriggio, quando la polizia croata ha aperto il fuoco contro un gruppo di sospetti clandestini, una quindicina, che avrebbero cercato di raggiungere la Slovenia. Uno di loro è stato raggiunto al torace ed è in gravissime condizioni. È stato operato d’urgenza nell’ospedale di Fiume.
      Il ministro dell’Interno croato, Davor Božinović ha spiegato che i poliziotti erano in servizio di pattugliamento per il controllo della frontiera: aperta un’inchiesta per stabilire le circostanze che hanno portato ad aprire il fuoco contro i migranti e se ciò sia stato giustificato dagli eventi. Alla domanda se anche i migranti fossero armati, il ministro ha detto che non c’è ancora una risposta. Tutti i componenti il gruppo di migranti sono stati fermati. Da diverso tempo le organizzazioni umanitarie e per i diritti umani imputano alla polizia croata un comportamento violento nei confronti di profughi e migranti che arrivano in Croazia dalla Bosnia ed Erzegovina, da pestaggi a respingimenti oltre confine in modo violento. Finora però non era mai giunta notizia di un impiego di armi da fuoco.

      https://capodistria.rtvslo.si/news/croazia/croazia-la-polizia-spara-sui-migranti/505185

    • Et l’article avec la nouvelle dans un journal croate :
      Doznajemo : Ranjavanju migranta prethodio je napad na policajce. Kamenjem ih gađala veća skupina migranata

      Ilegalni migrant koji je teško ozlijeđen u subotu kasno popodne u Gorskom kotaru još uvijek je životno ugrožen. Očevid radi utvrđivanja okolnosti tog incidenta još je u tijeku. Neslužbeno doznajemo da su ga policajci nakon ranjavanja nosili nekoliko kilometara, sve dok ga nije preuzela služba Hitne pomoći.

      Ministar unutarnjih poslova Davor Božinović kazao je da je dovršen očevid u slučaju ranjavanja migranta koji se u KBC-u Rijeka s prostrijelnom ranom u predjelu prsnog koša i trbuha bori za život, javlja N1.

      ’Odvjetništvo uz stručnu pomoć policije provodi kriminalističko istraživanje i u ovom trenutku rano je govoriti o rezultatima tog istraživanja. Eventualno bih u ovom trenutku mogao kazati da nije utvrđeno da je korištenje vatrenog oružja bilo usmjereno prema konkretnoj osobi, s namjerom djelovanja prema osobi", izjavio je ministar unutarnjih poslova Davor Božinović.

      Prema neslužbenim informacijama, nakon incidenta u kojem je teško ozlijeđen migrant policajci su ga s nepristupačnog terena nosili sve do vozila Hitne pomoći, kojim je nakon toga prebačen u KBC Rijeka.
      Napali policajce kamenjem?

      Neslužbeno doznajemo da je riječ o djelatniku specijalne policije koji je nedavno spasio migranta kojemu je prijetilo smrzavanje nakon što ga je njegova grupa neadekvatno odjevenog ostavila u šumama Gorskog kotara na niskim temperaturama.

      Također, neslužbeno se doznaje da je do ozljeđivanja stradalog migranta došlo nakon pucanja u zrak nakon što je veća grupa migranata vrlo blizu mjesta incidenta kamenjem i drugim priručnim sredstvima napala policajce. Policajac koji je upotrijebio vatreno oružje tada je nekoliko puta na hrvatskom i engleskom jeziku upozorio da je riječ o policiji te da je primoran koristiti oružje. Potom je ispalio dva metka u zrak iz oružja koje nije bilo usmjereno prema migrantima. Kad je krenuo prema njima, policajac se spotaknuo te pritom i ozlijedio, a u tom trenutku njegovo je oružje još jednom opalilo, no nije bilo usmjereno prema migrantima, već je moguće da se hitac odbio od tvrde površine te tako ozlijedio migranta, što će utvrditi istraga.
      Ranjen u prsni koš i trbuh

      Očevid je na mjestu događaja završio, no istraga je još uvijek u tijeku, a ranjeni muškarac i dalje je u životnoj opasnosti.

      ’’Bolesnik je u jedinicu intenzivnog liječenja zaprimljen po učinjenom hitnom operativnom zahvatu. Prilikom ranjavanja zadobio je višestruke ozlijede toraksa i abdomena koje su opasne po život. U bolesnika se i dalje provode mjere intenzivnog liječenja’’, kazala je anesteziologinja riječkog KBC-a dr. sc.Vlasta Orlić Kabrić.

      Višestruke ozljede, pretpostavlja se, nastale su od metka ili od odbijanja metka o tvrdu podlogu te potom ranjavanja. Zbog incidenta je sinoć u Rijeku stigao ministar unutarnjih poslova Davor Božinović. ’’Došlo je do ozljeđivanja vjerojatno zbog uporabe vatrenog oružja, po tome će postupati nadležno županijsko državno odvjetništvo’’, rekao je ministar i kazao da ne može govoriti o detaljima.
      Kiša otežava očevid

      Mjesto nesreće udaljeno je pet kilometara od posljednjeg šumskog puta kojim se može doći vozilom. Osim teško pristupačnog terena, očevid otežavaju i veoma loše vremenske prilike, odnosno vrlo gusta kiša koja pada u tom dijelu Gorskoga kotara.

      Stanovnici Gorskog kotara već neko vrijeme imaju problema s migrantima koji uspiju pobjeći policajcima na granici s Bosnom i Hercegovinom. ’’U početku su ljudi bili susretljivi. I sami su rekli da bi trebalo pomoći ljudima. Ali, eto, kako prolazi već nekoliko godina, pogotovo u zimskom periodu, postajali su nekako agresivniji’’, govori David Bregovac, načelnik općine Fužine.

      Je li skupina na koju je naišla policijska ophodnja bila naoružana, jesu li nasrnuli na policajce, zašto je policija koristila vatreno oružje, kako je grupa ilegalaca uspjela ući tako duboko u Hrvatsku – samo su neka od pitanja na koja bi istraga koja je u tijeku trebala dati odgovor.

      https://dnevnik.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/migrant-upucan-u-gorskom-kotaru-bori-se-za-zivot-ima-prostrijelnu-ranu-prsno

    • Croatian police fire on illegal migrants near Slovenian border

      Croatian police fired on a group of illegal migrants trying to reach neighboring Slovenia late on Saturday, leaving one man critically injured, officials in the northern Adriatic town of Rijeka said.

      Croatian Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic told reporters that the group was probably trying to cross into Slovenia, but did not say how many people were in the group or give their nationalities.

      Croatia is on a route taken by many migrants from the Middle East and central Asia trying to reach wealthier EU states. Some cross into Croatia from Bosnia undeclared.

      “Police officers were preventing the passage of a group which most probably wanted to reach Slovenia,” Bozinovic told media late on Saturday, adding that one man was wounded probably due to the use of firearms.

      A doctor at the Rijeka Clinical Hospital Centre said the man in a critical condition had suffered gunshot wounds.

      “The patient was admitted for urgent surgery after sustaining gunshot wounds in the area of thorax and stomach,” the doctor told Reuters by telephone on Sunday. “He is in a life-threatening condition and intensive medical treatment is continuing.”

      Bozinovic said regional authorities would investigate the incident, which took place in the mountainous Gorski Kotar area close to Rijeka, which is around 20 km (12 miles) from the Slovenian border.

      Croatia, which wants to join the EU’s border-free Schengen area, has to convince Brussels that it is able to effectively manage the bloc’s external border, a particularly sensitive issue since Europe’s 2015 migrant crisis.

      Neighboring Bosnia, which has become a migrant hot-spot since 2018, has repeatedly accused Croatia of returning migrants to Bosnia even when they are found deep in its territory. Many migrants have been complaining of brutality of Croatian police officers, allegations that Croatia has dismissed.

      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-croatia/croatian-police-fire-on-illegal-migrants-near-slovenian-border-idUSKBN1XR0I

    • Croatian police shoot and seriously injure refugee

      The nationality of the injured migrant has not yet been reported. The incident occurred in a wooded area of the Gorski Kotar region, between Croatia and Slovenia, on one of the routes that many migrant and refugees stuck in Bosnia take to reach Western Europe. Croatian media say that a group of 17 migrants, after being sighted while illegally crossing the woods, allegedly refused to peacefully hand themselves over to the police and began to throw rocks and other objects at the security forces. According to the official version given by the police, one policeman tripped while shooting in the air and the bullet ricocheted and hit one of the migrants. The Croatian police immediately gave first aid to the injured man and took him on foot for three kilometres to the nearest ambulance. The migrant has been hospitalised and undergone two surgeries. He is still in critical condition. Human rights organisations have expressed serious doubts about the official version of the incident and say that weapons are being used ever more frequently against migrants and have called for the interior ministry to prevent similar incidents.

      http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2019/11/18/croatian-police-shoot-and-seriously-injure-refugee_87deadaa-f86c-4c27-b7fb

    • Croatie : la police tire sur un groupe de migrants, un homme entre la vie et la mort

      Un homme a été touché par un tir de la police croate dans la nuit du samedi 16 au dimanche 17 novembre, dans la région montagneuse du Gorski Kotar. Selon un médecin de l’hôpital de Rijeka, ce dernier est aujourd’hui dans un état critique.

      Le ministre croate de l’Intérieur, Davor Božinović, a déclaré que l’homme « a été blessé » alors que « la police protégeait la frontière », essayant d’« empêcher un groupe de migrants [sans donner leur nombre ni leur nationalité] de passer en Slovénie ». Mais l’ONG Are You Syrious explique que ces tirs ont eu lieu « très à l’intérieur du territoire croate », loin de la frontière. La ville de Rijeka se situe effectivement à une vingtaine de kilomètres de la Slovénie.

      La Croatie, qui veut intégrer l’espace Schengen, doit convaincre Bruxelles qu’elle est capable de prendre en charge la frontière extérieure de l’UE, notamment depuis le début de la crise des migrants en 2015. « Ce n’est pas la première fois que la protection des frontières en Croatie a des conséquences fatales ou quasi-fatales », rappelle Are You Syrious. Le 21 novembre 2017, une Afghane de 6 ans est morte quelques minutes après une opération de refoulement illégale de la police croate à la frontière avec la Serbie. Le 30 mai 2018, deux réfugiés de 12 ans, un garçon et une fille, ont été atteints au visage par des tirs de cette même police.

      https://www.courrierdesbalkans.fr/courrierdesbalkans-fr-fil-info-refugies-2019-novembre

    • Croatian police fire on irregular migrants near Slovenian border

      Croatian police on Friday fired on a group of migrants trying to irregularly reach neighboring Slovenia, local officials said. One man was critically injured. Thousands of migrants trying to reach western Europe are stuck in the Balkans.

      A migrant is fighting for his life after being shot by police on Friday, doctors in the Croatian port of Rijeka said Sunday. The unidentified migrant reportedly suffered multiple bullet wounds to his chest.

      “The patient was admitted for urgent surgery after sustaining gunshot wounds in the area of thorax and stomach,” a doctor at the Rijeka Clinical Hospital Center told news agency Reuters. “He is in a life-threatening condition and intensive medical treatment is continuing.”

      The incident happened when Croatian police fired on a group of irregular migrants trying to reach neighboring Slovenia. As AP reports, Croatian police said they fired the shots “to protect Croatia’s borders.”

      The Croatian interior minister Davor Bozinovic told media that “police officers were preventing the passage of a group which most probably wanted to reach Slovenia.” He further said that one man was wounded probably due to the use of firearms. Bozinovic did not say how many people were in the group or give their nationalities.

      The interior ministry said regional authorities would investigate the incident, which took place in the mountainous Gorski Kotar area close to Rijeka, a Croatian port city around 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Slovenian border.

      Critical situation

      Rights groups have repeatedly accused Croatian authorities of using excessive force against migrants irregularly entering from neighboring Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, both non-EU countries. The EU-member state Croatia has repeatedly denied the charges.

      Croatia, which wants to join the EU’s border-free Schengen area, has to convince Brussels that it is able to effectively manage the bloc’s external border. This is a particularly sensitive issue since Europe’s 2015 so-called migrant crisis.

      Croatia is on the so-called Balkan route taken by many migrants from the Middle East and central Asia trying to reach wealthier EU states. Some of those migrants cross into Croatia from Bosnia undeclared. In recent months, more and more refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe via the southern/western Balkan route: EU border agency Frontex registered 8,400 border crossings in the first 10 months of 2019 - an 82% increase compared to the same period last year.

      Storm sweeps through migrant camp in Bosnia

      In Croatia’s neighboring state Bosnia and Herzegovina, a storm on Friday blew many tents away in a bleak makeshift camp for migrants who are trying to reach western Europe. Migrants staying in the Vucjak camp near the border with Croatia were appealing for help on Saturday after spending a sleepless night looking for shelter.

      On Friday, hundreds of locals protested against the migrants’ presence and demanded the closure of overcrowded refugee camps and the relocation of the migrants from the city area.

      The European Union and numerous international organizations have repeatedly called for the closure of the Vucjak camp, which is located on a former landfill and is near a minefield left over from Bosnia’s 1992-95 war.

      Hundreds of migrants have been staying there with almost no facilities since the authorities in northwestern Bosnia set up the camp earlier this year. Bosnia, which has become a migrant hot-spot since 2018, has repeatedly accused Croatia of returning migrants to Bosnia even when they are found deep in its territory.

      This practice called “pushbacks” is prohibited under the Geneva Refugee Convention, which provided the principle of nonrefoulement.

      https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/20899/croatian-police-fire-on-irregular-migrants-near-slovenian-border

    • https://www.borderviolence.eu/wp-content/uploads/Press-Briefing-19th-November-2019-1.pdf

      voir aussi:
      14/10/2019: “[they] started beating men with sticks, they beat me on my shoulder and back”

      Date and time: October 14, 2019 03:00
      Location: South east of #Komesarac, Croatia
      Coordinates: 45.09186791983132, 15.769071046238082
      Push-back from: Croatia
      Push-back to: Bosnia
      Demographics: 35 person(s), age: 2 - 45 (including minors aged 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8) , from: Palestine, Syria, Iraq
      Minors involved? Yes
      Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, threatening with guns, forcing to undress, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
      Police involved: 10 Croatian officers dressed in blue uniforms with gunns, 2 police cars, 3 vans, 6/7 officers in camourflage uniform
      Taken to a police station?: yes
      Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention, no translator present, denial of access to toilets, denial of food/water
      Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
      Reported by: Border Violence Monitoring

      Original Report

      A Syrian family joined a group of 35 people (mostly families from Syria and Palestine and a few single men from Iraq), and attempted to cross the Bosnian-Croatian border. They started walking from Velika Kladuša and walked for a day and a half through the woods and mountains. Once they were inside Croatian territory they decided to take a rest in the woods. The group fell asleep only to be woken up at 03:00 in the morning of 14th October 2019 by rapid gun fire and shouts of, “Freeze!”.

      They family noticed ten men in blue uniforms of Croatian police surrounding them, firing shots in the air:

      “like in a movie, they forced all men to lie down on their stomachs with our hands behind our heads, women no, they were just standing aside”.

      Not long after, the police ordered them to make a line and start walking, while police was escorting the line on both sides, pointing their guns at them.

      “We walked maybe 30 minutes, we reached a place with a hole already waiting for us, the fire was already burning, ready for our stuff. They took everyone’s backpacks, bags and sleeping bags and for single men they took jackets also. Everything was burned. I asked if I can take my baby’s food from the bag and they said no, took my backpack and threw it in the fire.”

      They were searched over their clothes and had their phones taken away from them. Some phones were thrown on the ground and stomped-on with police boots while some were just taken away and never returned. Two police cars and three vans arrived, everyone was forced to go inside them and driven for an hour to the police station where they were detained for two hours with no food, water, access to toilet or the presence of a translator.

      “They didn’t even talk to us, we asked them to take our fingerprints, one man in the group spoke good English and he explained to the police what we want (referring to asylum claim). The police was just laughing and didn’t do anything.”

      Instead, the transit group were again put in the three police vans which drove for around one hour and a half to the border-area, where they were made to go out of the vans and saw six to seven police in camouflage uniforms waiting for them.

      “Commandos in camouflage color started beating men with sticks, they beat me on my shoulder and back [he shows a picture of the bruises from his phone] and kicking us in our knees or behind our knees, yelling at us to start walking faster. They were walking behind us, beating and yelling for a few hundred meters than they stopped and we were told to continue by ourselves.”

      Once returned to BiH, the group walked for four to five hours to reach Velika Kladuša, where they took the bus to Sedra camp, close to Bihac.

      https://www.borderviolence.eu/violence-reports/october-14-2019-0300-south-east-of-komesarac-croatia

  • #Calais : huit migrants, dont des enfants, trouvés en hypothermie dans un camion frigorifique

    Tôt ce dimanche 27 octobre, la Border Force britannique a trouvé huit migrants en état d’#hypothermie dans un #camion_frigorifique, au terminal ferry du port de Calais. Parmi eux, deux enfants en bas âge.


    https://www.lavoixdunord.fr/657776/article/2019-10-27/calais-dix-migrants-dont-des-enfants-trouves-en-hypothermie-dans-un-cam

    #asile #migrations #frontières #France #Angleterre #UK #camion #décès #morts #mourir_aux_frontières #mourir_dans_la_forteresse_européenne

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    Mise à jour du 29.10.2019...
    Je pense que les 8 personnes qui ont été retrouvées dans le camion ne sont pas mortes (ouf !) :

    Huit migrants afghans, dont quatre mineurs ont été hospitalisés à Calais après avoir été retrouvés dimanche 27 octobre en état de « légère hypothermie » dans un camion frigorifique dans le port de cette ville du Pas-de-Calais.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/fr/post/20418/une-trentaine-de-migrants-decouverts-dans-des-camions-en-belgique-et-a

    • Une trentaine de migrants découverts dans des camions en Belgique et à Calais

      Quelque 28 migrants, dont des mineurs, ont été retrouvés depuis samedi dans plusieurs camions en partance de Calais et du nord de la Belgique vers le Royaume-Uni. La plupart sont Afghans, Irakiens et Érythréens. L’un des transporteurs avait caché les migrants sous un trappe verrouillée, derrière des poulets surgelés.

      Huit migrants afghans, dont quatre mineurs ont été hospitalisés à Calais après avoir été retrouvés dimanche 27 octobre en état de « légère hypothermie » dans un camion frigorifique dans le port de cette ville du Pas-de-Calais.

      Ils étaient cachés derrière des poulets surgelés, dans le double fond de la cellule frigorifique qui se trouvait sous une trappe.

      Ils ne pouvaient pas s’échapper en cas de problème

      La trappe était verrouillée de l’extérieur, un dispositif extrêmement dangereux puisque les personnes transportées ne pouvaient pas s’échapper seules en cas de problème.

      La semaine dernière, trente-neuf migrants vietnamiens sont morts piégés dans des conditions similaires, dans un camion frigorifique dont le conteneur était arrivé de Zeebruges jusqu’à Londres.

      Dimanche, le petit camion de 3,5 tonnes qui transportait les migrants afghans, a été contrôlé au moment d’embarquer sur un ferry à destination du Royaume-Uni. « Tout le contenant n’était pas rempli, ce qui prouve bien que ce n’était pas un véritable transport de marchandises », a indiqué une source judiciaire.

      Vingt migrants découverts à bord de deux camions en Belgique

      La veille, vingt migrants ont été découverts dans deux camions en route pour le Royaume-Uni depuis la Belgique. Ils ont tous été retrouvés en bonne santé.

      Le premier véhicule transportait onze personnes, dont des femmes et des enfants d’origine africaine, a priori érythréenne, a précisé le parquet du Limbourg. Le chauffeur a découvert ces passagers clandestins lors d’un arrêt technique dans un garage de Saint-Trond, situé à proximité de la frontière avec l’Allemagne (environ 65 km à l’est de Bruxelles).

      Par ailleurs, la police a trouvé samedi matin neuf hommes se disant de nationalité irakienne. Ils étaient cachés dans un camion qui circulait sur une voie rapide à Bruges en direction du port de #Zeebruges, a indiqué le parquet de Flandre occidentale. Les policiers sont intervenus après avoir été avertis de la présence de migrants dans ce camion.

      https://www.infomigrants.net/fr/post/20418/une-trentaine-de-migrants-decouverts-dans-des-camions-en-belgique-et-a

  • Drownings of Turkey’s Purge
    –-> 31 Turkish citizens drowned in the Aegean sea while seeking to escape the ongoing post-coup crackdown in Turkey.

    Thousands of people have fled Turkey over the past three years due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against its critics such as academics, Kurdish politicians and especially the real or imagined sympathizers of the Gülen group, in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The gov’t accuses the group of masterminding the failed coup while the group denies any involvement.

    More than 500,000 people have been investigate and some 96,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention over Gulen links July 2016.

    Many try to escape Turkey via illegal ways as the government cancelled their passports. Purge-victim Turks often cross Evros river to escape from the snowballing persecution. Around 14,000 people crossed the Evros frontier from January through September of 2018, a Wall Street Journal said, underlining that around half of those crossing the Evros river were Turkish citizens.


    https://turkeypurge.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/combinepdf.pdf
    #purge #Turquie #morts #décès #Evros #frontières #Mer_Egée #mourir_aux_frontières #Grèce #mourir_en_mer #migrations #asile #réfugiés #coup

    ping @isskein

  • A Calais, la frontière tue ! In Calais, the border kills !


    http://timeglider.com/timeline/65ecd96fa599a9c6

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    Deaths at the Calais Border

    Uncountable lives are wasted and suffer at the hands of the Calais border regime. There is no accurate count of how many people have died. This is a list of people known in Calais or from news reports.

    For sure there will have been more, their deaths ignored, the facts covered up or altogether unreported. Many already go unnamed, without vigils and protests, without families or friends to advocate on their behalf.

    But we will never let these deaths be silenced. We will not forgive and we will never forget.

    These borders kill! One death is too many!

    https://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/deaths-at-the-calais-border

    #morts #décès #mourir_aux_frontières #Calais #France #frontières #Angleterre #UK #migrations #asile #réfugiés #base_de_données #database #liste #timeline #ligne_du_temps #mourir_dans_la_forteresse_Europe #visualisation #infographie #frise #frise_chronologique #time-line

    ping @reka @simplicissimus @karine4

    • Un article de février 2018

      The deadly roads into Calais

      Since 1999, an estimated 170 migrants desperately seeking a clandestine passage across the Channel to Britain have died in road accidents in and around the port of Calais in northern France, 37 of them since 2015. One former police officer said the situation became so grim “it was humanly impossible to pick up more bodies from the road”. One of the most recent victims was a 22-year-old Eritrean whose mutilated body was found on a motorway last month after he was run over by a truck whose driver fled the scene. Elisa Perrigueur reports from Calais, where she met with Biniam’s relatives as they prepared the return of his body home to north-east Africa.
      The temperature was below freezing point on a bleak dawn last month when Biniam’s remains were found near the port of Calais, lying on the smooth tarmac of the A16 motorway that runs parallel to the Channel coast. According to statements given to the police afterwards by those who knew him, Biniam L. (full last name withheld here), a 22-year-old Eritrean, had probably spent all night looking for a truck he could climb onto in the hope of smuggling his way to England.

      He was successful, at first. He had managed to mount one of them, hiding in its cargo hold, most certainly hoping, like so many others who attempt the same, that once it passed through the fortified perimeter of the port, which is surrounded by 39 kilometres of fencing, it would be one of the vehicles that occasionally escapes the heat scanners and sniffer-dog searches, first in Calais and then, after the brief sea passage, through the British port of Dover. With no ID documents and no baggage, just the clothes he would hope could adequately keep out the biting cold.

      But on that early morning of January 9th this year, his plan went horribly wrong. The truck he had hidden in did not turn off the motorway into Calais, but instead continued its route eastwards. The young man must have panicked when he realised the fact, for he tried to jump from the truck onto the motorway despite the speeding traffic. According to members of the local French migrant aid association, l’Auberge des migrants, who spoke to police afterwards, Biniam landed on his head and was run over by another truck following behind. But neither vehicle stopped, and there remains doubt over the exact circumstances of his final moments.

      Between December 2017 and January this year two other migrants, 15-year-old Abdullah Dilsouz and Hussein Abdoullah, 32, both Afghan nationals, lost their lives in accidents on the roads around Calais. “Since 2015, there have been 37 migrants who have died in [and around] Calais,” said a spokesperson for the local prefecture. “The highest number date back to 2015 and 2016, the great majority are road accidents.” In 2015, the death toll reached 18, followed by 14 in 2016.

      Maël Galisson, a coordinator for the network of associations in the region providing aid for migrants, the Plate-forme de services aux migrants, has carried out research to establish the number of victims over the past almost 20 years and, where possible, to record their identities. “Since 1999, we estimate that at least 170 people have died while trying to cross this frontier area,” he said. The majority of road accidents occur on the stretches of the A16 and A26 motorways close to Calais, and the ring road into the port centre.

      The day after his death, Biniam’s brother Bereket, 26, arrived in Calais from Germany, accompanied by a cousin and uncle who had travelled from Norway. “He had no ‘dream’ as people put it, he just wanted a country where he was accepted,” said Bereket, who said he had difficulty believing the news that his brother, who he said was “so young to die”, had been killed in a road accident, which he received in a phone call from a friend.

      Bereket said he was not aware of the daily reality of the migrants in Calais, the road blocks migrants mount to try and slow traffic and the clandestine crossings in trucks. In his case, he had crossed to Europe by boat across the Mediterranean Sea. Biniam, he explained, had left the family village in Eritrea, north-east Africa, one-and-a-half years ago, to escape conscription into the army. At one point, he joined up with his brother Bereket in Germany, where the latter had been granted residence. “I obtained [official residency] papers close to Stuttgart and today I work in Germany, I had begun to have a stable life,” recounted Bereket. “His asylum demand was rejected, I don’t understand why.” Biniam had re-applied a second time for right of asylum, but was again turned down. It was after that, in November, that he set off for Calais, where between 550 and 800 migrants – according to figures respectively from the prefecture and the migrant aid associations – live rough, mostly in surrounding woodland.

      The few friends of Biniam who Bereket met with in Calais were little forthcoming about his time there. Loan Torondel of the Auberge des migrants association, which had offered Biniam shelter, said he was never seen at the daily distribution of meals. “A month here is not very long for finding a truck,” he said. “Often, migrants spend months before succeeding, for those who manage to.”

      During his visit to Calais on February 2nd, French interior minister Gérard Collomb, hoping to dissuade migrants from gathering there, described the frontier point as “a wall” and “a mirage”. But from the beach, the migrants can see the English coast, where some have family and friends they hope to join, in a country with lower unemployment than in France and where finding work, undeclared, is easier. Others say they would stay in France but fear that, if they engaged in the official procedures, because their fingerprints are registered in the first European Union (EU) country they reached before travelling to France they would be sent back there, in accordance with the regulations of the EU’s so-called Dublin Agreement.

      The victims are often young men’

      For the migrants hoping to cross to Britain from Calais there are few options in how to do so. The British government has handed France about 140 million euros over the past three years to part fund the increased security measures at the port, which is the frontier point before departure for the English coast. On January 18th, at a summit meeting between British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron, London announced that it was to provide a further 50.5 million euros, for a further beefing up of security and for establishing a centre for migrants at a site distanced from the town.

      For the migrants who can afford their fees, one option is to use the services of people smugglers. They charge between 1,500 euros and 10,000 euros per person for a clandestine passage in a truck, operating out of vehicle parks which they reign over as their own territory. Clashes which broke out in Calais on February 1st between Afghan and Eritrean migrants, which left 22 needing medical treatment, including four teenagers wounded by gunfire, appear to have been linked to turf wars between people smugglers.

      Others try blocking trucks on the approach roads to the port, operating in small groups to lay down obstacles to slow or even halt the vehicles in order to jump on. The method is a dangerous one, for both the migrants and the drivers. In June 2017, the polish driver of a truck died after his vehicle crashed into another truck that was blocked by migrants on the A16 motorway, burned alive in his cabin.

      Then there are those, and who probably included Biniam, who try to mount the vehicles on their own. Eupui is a 19-year-old migrant from Cameroun, in West Africa, and has lived since 2016 on the ‘Dunes’ industrial zone of the port, the site of the notorious and now razed migrant camp known as “the Jungle”. His solitary sorties to find a truck that would take him across the Channel somehow allow him “to keep going”, he told Mediapart. “I sleep three hours and then I try,” he said. “As soon as I see a truck that isn’t going too fast, even a car, I see if I can get into the boot.” He said he hides “near the bends of the motorways” because vehicles reduce speed there. “I’m not afraid, I’ve lived much worse,” he added. “I crossed the Sahara in horrible conditions to come here. I have nothing left to lose. I’ve injured my knee, but never mind.”

      Biniam’s brother Bereket said his brother did not realise the danger in the risks he was taking. “I spoke to him three weeks before he died,” said Bereket. “He told me that everything was fine for him in France. But he lied to me, he didn’t tell me he was at Calais. If I had known, I would have told him to get out of this dangerous place.”

      Bereket said he was “disappointed” by what he saw on this, his first trip to France. He has been supported by local charitable associations, including the Réveil voyageur and the Secours catholique, who usually look after relatives of those who have died. “You don’t see many officials, politicians, as if Biniam’s death had no importance,” he said bitterly.

      “The associations have been managing this for years,” said Sabriya Guivy from the Auberge des migrants group. “When relatives arrive in Calais they are disappointed at not seeing many officials. They have the impression that they are not taken into account. Mr Macron referred to the death of the Polish driver, but not that of migrants,” she added, referring to a speech by the French president during his visit to Calais on January 16th.

      Undertaker Brahim Fares, based in nearby Grande-Synthe, says he charges a “lower than average” price to migrant families out of solidarity. “The dead are repatriated to Afghanistan for between about 3,400-3,500 euros, depending on the weight and the size,” he detailed. “For Eritrea, it begins at around 3,200 euros. Burials in Calais are about 1,600 euros, as opposed to a usual 2,400 euros.” Since 2015, Fares says he has organised the return home of about 15 bodies of migrants, and also the burials of about the same number in the north Calais cemetery managed by the Town Hall. The burial spots are simple ones, covered in earth and marked by crosses made of oak. “The victims are often young men, almost all of them identified,” he added. “I once had an Ethiopian woman. Not all the families can come all the way here. Those who manage to are very shocked, because the bodies are sometimes very damaged, as those in road accidents are.”

      Fares was given charge of Biniam’s body, which he recalled had “the hands cut off, the arms smashed up”. The corpse will be returned to Eritrea, where his parents live. Bereket, with his uncle and cousin, made up a large wreath of plastic flowers. “It’s really not so good but we had only that,” he said. But at the hospital in Lille where the body was placed in the coffin, they were told that they could not place the wreath on top of it, nor the white drape they had wanted to cover it with, according to their custom. “The airport authorities will end up throwing the wreath away, it’s not allowed in the hold,” Fares explained to them. After a poignant moment of silence, they asked him why it would be so complicated to do so.

      Biniam’s relatives spent two weeks attempting to find out the exact circumstances of what happened to him. At the police station in Calais, they were shown a photo of his injured face. Members of the motorway patrol police gave them the few details they had, which were the approximate time of the accident, a statement from a witness who had not seen very much, and the fact that the driver of the truck that ran over Biniam had fled the scene. “France is a developed country […] so why can’t the driver who did that be found?” asked Bereket. “Even in Eritrea we’d have found the killer of my brother.”

      Loan Torondel of the association l’Auberge des migrants said he had seen similar outrage by relatives before. “Many don’t understand why their close family member died under a lorry and that the driver did not act voluntarily,” he said. “Biniam’s family thought that there would be the launch of an investigation, like in American films. They think that the police is not [bothered into] carrying out an investigation, but in reality there are few witnesses.”

      Meanwhile, Bereket has lodged an official complaint over his brother’s death “against persons unknown”, explaining: “I won’t be able to sleep as long as I don’t know how he died, and while the person responsible is free.”

      ’It’s incredible that nobody saw anything’

      While the police systematically open investigations into the road deaths of migrants, they are often complex, beginning with the identification of the victim. Patrick Visser-Bourdon, a former Calais-based police detective, recalled the death of a Sudanese migrant whose body was found one morning in 2016 close to the port’s ring road, with “the head opened, abandoned, wearing a pair of jeans and a long-sleeved T-shirt”.

      During his enquiries, Visser-Bourdon approached the head of the Sudanese community of migrants living in the camp known as “the Jungle”, but nobody recognised the body. “We also put out his photo in the police stations,” he said. “In the majority of such cases, we mostly called on the NGOs for help.” As in the case of Biniam, the driver of what was apparently a truck that had hit the Sudanese man had not stopped. “There was blood on the road, there was necessarily some on the bumpers of the truck,” said Visser-Bourdon. “The driver therefore must have stopped his vehicle at some point to clean it, between the Jungle and the port. It’s incredible that nobody saw anything.”

      Sabriya Guivy from the Auberge des migrants group added that because some local sections of the motorways are unlit, “It is entirely possible to not realise that one has hit someone and to carry on”.

      A section of the numerous investigations into such events end up being closed, unsolved. Someone who is charged with involuntary homicide in France faces a sentence of three years in prison, and up to five years in jail in the case of aggravating circumstances such as fleeing the scene. “Sometimes, some of them don’t remain at the scene of the accident, notably in the case of dangerous [migrant] road blocks, but they go directly to present themselves to the police,” said Pascal Marconville, public prosecutor of the nearby port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, whose services have jurisdiction for events in Calais. “In that case, it’s regarded more as a hit-and-run offence which is exonerated by the circumstances.”

      Patrick Visser-Bourdon said he had welcomed the building of a wall surrounding the ring road in 2016 aimed at deterring migrants from the traffic. “It was humanly impossible to pick up more bodies from the road,” he said.

      https://www.mediapart.fr/en/journal/france/190218/deadly-roads-calais

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      En français :
      A Calais, les routes de la mort pour les migrants
      https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/france/180218/calais-les-routes-de-la-mort-pour-les-migrants?page_article=1%20

  • Increased deaths at the borders just before the decision on Croatia’s accession to Schengen

    Last week was marked by a series of information on dead bodies found at the border between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    People who found themselves in the area around #Cazin (BiH), Crnaj recorded a dead body. It was a case of drowning, according to Bosnian media (https://www.klix.ba/vijesti/crna-hronika/obdukcija-pokazala-migrant-cije-je-tijelo-pronadjeno-kod-cazina-se-utopio/191004072).
    Similarly, a dead body was found in an abandoned house (http://m.pogled.ba/clanak/migrant-pronadjen-mrtav-u-napustenoj-kuci-kod-cazina/178716) /trailer in the #Osmanagici settlement in the Cazin area - the body was sent for an autopsy (https://medium.com/are-you-syrious/ays-daily-digest-9-10-19-violent-refugee-deaths-on-the-rise-in-bosnia-ca47a1) and the exact cause of death is still unknown.
    Another case of death occurred in the town of #Bileća, Todorići village, southern Bosnia and Herzegovina - when a local villager, a shepherd, shot a migrant he had encountered (in a group with other migrants) at a farmhouse not far away from a flock he was guarding. According to media reports (http://novilist.hr/Vijesti/Svijet/UBOJSTVO-KOD-BILECE-Ubio-migranta-pa-se-prijavio-policiji), there was an altercation between the locals and a group of migrants and the rifle fired, which ended up with one person getting shot and dying. The denial of access to the asylum system and closed borders result in all these deaths as a consequence. The fear that comes from these events affects people on the move and local communities in border areas. The restrictive EU policy that the Republic of Croatia obediently implements and follows threatens human security in the Balkans - and spreads fear at the same time.

    Cazin (Bosnie du Nord, proche de la frontière avec la Croatie) :

    #Bileca (Bosnie du Sud, proche de la frontière avec le Monténégro) :

    Reçu via la mailing-list Inicijativa Dobrodosli, le 14.10.2019
    #mourir_aux_frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Bosnie #Bosnie-Herzégovine #route_des_Balkans #frontières #décès #morts ##Bileca

    Ajouté à cette liste :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646#message806449

  • Border Memorial: Frontera de los Muertos

    #Border_Memorial: Frontera de los Muertos is an augmented reality public art project and memorial, dedicated to the thousands of migrant workers who have died along the U.S./Mexico border in recent years trying to cross the desert southwest in search of work and a better life.


    https://bordermemorial.wordpress.com/border-memorial-frontera-de-los-muertos

    Sorte de #cartographie_macabre...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwXQUTxST74

    #mémoire #morts #mourir_aux_frontières #art #art_et_politique #décès #mémoriel #frontières #réalité_augmentée #app #visualisation #squelettes #google_earth

    ping @mobileborders @isskein @reka

  • Bardonecchia : recuperato nel fiume #Dora il corpo di un migrante, morto durante la fuga in Francia

    I volontari di Rainbow 4 Africa: «Vittima del clima di odio che ha avvolto l’Italia»

    Il corpo di un uomo è riemerso ieri sera dal fiume Dora a #Bardonecchia, in alta #val_di_Susa. È un uomo di colore in avanzato stato di decomposizione probabilmente in acqua da mesi. Il sospetto, quasi una certezza con il passare delle ore, è che si tratti di uno dei migranti dispersi durante la traversata sui passi di montagna - primo fra tutti il Colle alla Scala - nel tentativo di raggiungere a piedi la Francia. La sua identificazione è resa ancora più complicata dallo stato del cadavere. Il corpo è stato avvistato da un passante nella Dora a due passi dal commissariato di Bardonecchia vicino al centro del paese da un passante. Per recuperarlo dall’acqua sono intervenuti i vigili del fuoco.

    “Il ritrovamento dell’ennesimo cadavere nella Dora, a Bardonecchia, ci riempie di dolore e cordoglio - scrivono in una nota volontari di Rainbow 4 Africa che da due anni assistono i migranti a Bardonecchia - La montagna restituisce le vittime di quel clima di odio e razzismo che ha avvolto l’Italia ormai da troppo tempo. Un clima che genera una paura tale da muovere i più disperati, quelli che hanno perso ogni speranza di futuro in questo Paese, a cercare vie sempre più difficili e impervie per passare il confine”.
    Rainbow4Africa da quasi due anni è sulle montagne piemontesi con la Missione Freedom Mountain, insieme ad altre associazioni della Valle, (Val Susa Oltre Confine, Briser Les Frontiéres, Croce Rossa Italiana, Il Pulmino Verde, il Soccorso Alpino Italiano, Asgi)
    “Rimaniamo e rimarremo su queste montagne come sanitari perché nessuno deve morire e nessuno deve morire quassù, e rimaniamo e rimarremo come testimoni perché quello che vediamo, sentiamo, scopriamo deve essere evidente: testimoni del diritto di ogni essere umano a cercare la speranza, ovunque voglia”.

    L’anno scorso, sullo stesso confine, erano stati trovati i cadaveri di tre migranti, morti mentre cercavano di raggiungere la Francia. Lo scorso febbraio, invece, un migrante era stato trovato in ipotermia, sulla strada nazionale 94 del colle del Monginevro, in territorio francese, ed era morto poco dopo essere arrivato in ospedale.

    https://torino.repubblica.it/cronaca/2019/09/08/news/bardonecchia_recuperato_nel_fiume_dora_il_corpo_di_un_migrante_mor
    #décès #Italie #France #frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontière_sud-alpine #Alpes #montagne #mourir_aux_frontières #décès #mort

    Ajouté à la liste des morts dans les Hautes-Alpes :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/800822

  • Liste des personnes en situation migratoire mortes à la frontière dite « haute » (#Mongenèvre, #Val_Susa, #Col_de_l'Echelle, #Bardonecchia, #Oulx, #Briançon) entre la #France et l’Italie ces dernières années.

    Selon les informations collectées par Eva Ottavy et Lydie Arbogast, qui ont fait une mission de collecte d’info en octobre 2019 dans le cadre du projet de La Cimade « Personnes décédées et disparues aux frontières françaises » :

    5 cas de personnes décédées à la frontière franco-italienne haute ont été recensés dont 3 côté français (Matthew Blessing le 07/05/2018, Mamadi Condé le 18/05/2018 et Tamimou Derman le 07/02/2019) et 2 côté italien (Mohamed Fofana le 25/05/2018 et une personne non identifiée le 07/09/2019)

    Mise en garde des deux personnes qui ont fait un rapport intermédiaire de leur mission :

    Il est possible que ce chiffre soit en deçà de la réalité d’une part (difficultés pour mener de recherches dans la zone, possibilité que des personnes aient disparu sans laisser de trace…) et qu’un certain nombre de décès et/ou disparition ont pu être prévenus grâce aux maraudes

    Elles mentionnent notamment le cas d’une personne (nom mentionné dans le rapport, mais je ne le mets pas ici) :
    « Suite à l’appel de deux proches, inquiets d’être sans nouvelle de leur ami depuis le 15/11/2019 (date du dernier contact, lors duquel la personne disparue se trouvait à Oulx en Italie), la disparition de XXX a été signalée au procureur de la république à Gap (France) par l’’association Tous Migrants et au Comando del carabinieri à Oulx (Italie) par une militante italienne. Les recherches menées par les équipes de secours italiennes n’ont rien donné. A ce stade, aucune information n’a été transmise sur les suites données à ce signalement. »

    #frontières #mourir_aux_frontières_alpines #morts #décès #migrations #asile #réfugiés #Alpes #montagne #mourir_aux_frontières #violent_borders #frontière_sud-alpine

    Je vais ajouter à cette métaliste sur les morts à la frontière sud-alpine :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

  • The Disappeared report

    The #Disappeared_report series is collaborative project between two Tucson-based organizations, La Coalicion de Derechos Humanos and No More Deaths. Between Derechos Humanos’ 20 years of community work, including the 24-hour Missing Migrant Crisis Line, and No More Deaths’ 12 years of humanitarian aid in the Arizona backcountry, we have witnessed and listened to thousands of stories of border crossings throughout Southern Arizona. Our research goals are transformative: to expose and combat those US government policing tactics that cause the crisis of death and mass disappearance in the borderlands.


    http://www.thedisappearedreport.org
    #rapport #vidéo #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #désert #Mexique #USA #mort #Arizona #chasse_à_l'homme #dispersion #mourir_aux_frontières #prevention_through_deterrence #desparecidos #violence #hélicoptères #crise_humanitaire

    #vidéos:

    Partie 1: the chase
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7Ux__uVfNA

    partie 2: interference with humanitarian aid
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnmOOnRALfI

    ping @isskein

  • La Tête haute, au cœur de la vallée de #la_Roya

    C’est l’histoire d’une vallée magnifique, paisible, en bordure de l’Italie. Et puis un jour, surgit l’inattendu. Des dizaines, bientôt des centaines de migrants, font irruption sur la route, sur les chemins. Une fois retombés les feux de l’actualité, que reste-t-il de cette aventure extraordinaire qui voit l’engagement des uns, les doutes des autres, la désobéissance civile des plus motivés, la sourde hostilité des silencieux ? Oui, qu’en reste-t-il ? C’est là que commence ce film.


    http://www.film-documentaire.fr/4DACTION/w_fiche_film/55120_1
    #film #documentaire #frontière #Roya #frontière_sud-alpine #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Alpes #don #contre-don #ça_nous_est_tombé_dessus #résistance #solidarité #misère #responsabilité #colonisation #Vintimille #France #Italie #Roya_citoyenne #marche #marche_solidaire #solidarité #Cédric_Herrou #justice #humanitaire #action_politique #incertitude #délit_de_solidarité #montagne

    #mémoriel #plaque_commémorative #morts #mourir_aux_frontières #décès :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/786000)

    • Quelques citations tirées du film...

      Chamberlain, réfugié :

      « Je dis à certaines personnes qui s’intéresse à savoir mon parcours : ’Si tu trouves cela pathétique, moi ça me vexe, parce que c’est ça qui m’a construit, c’est tout ça qui fait de moi ce que je suis’. »

    • René Dahon, habitant de la vallée:

      « Ma famille pendant la guerre a été déportée, parce qu’ici c’était une #ligne_de_front : derrière c’était l’Italie et sur #Sospel c’était la ligne de front français. Entre les deux, en 1943-45, ça a été une espèce de couloir, un no man’s land. #Saorge a été dans ce couloir. Et ma famille a été déportée en Italie. Donc, moi l’idée de la solidarité, je l’ai tout connement connue sur un truc de rien du tout. Ma grand-mère m’a dit ’Quand on a marché de Saorge à Turin à pied, quand on a traversé certains villages du Piémont, il y a des gens qui ont ouvert leurs portes et qui ont donné quelque chose. Et moi j’ai ça d’idée de la solidarité. Moi j’ai l’idée que dans la vallée derrière, c’était des solidaires »

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      Toujours René Dahon:

      « ça fait 40 ans que je suis dans l’associatif. Je me bagarre dans plein de domaines, mais on voulait bien que je sois gauchiste et que je défende le train ou la poste et les écoles, ça pose pas de problèmes, mais défendre du Black, c’est ça le problème. C’est drôle ! Alors qu’ils en ont jamais vu à Tendre. TEndre n’a jamais été envahi par les Noirs »

    • Suzel PRIO :

      "La Roya terre d’accueil, la Roya solidaire c’est vraiment un cliché. Ça plait beaucoup ça, mais c’est beaucoup plus complexe que ça. Il y a aussi tous ces réflexes de #peur, des gens ici qui ne sont pas contents qu’on voit la Roya comme ça, qu’elle soit célèbre avec ces valeurs-là. Au début, il y avait des gens qui étaient vraiment sur l’humanitaire. Donc ce débat entre politique ou humanitaire, on l’a eu à plusieurs reprises. Certaines personnes souhaitant au début qu’on fasse que de l’#humanitaire et petit à petit d’autres personnes qui souhaitaient qu’on fasse que du #politique. Cela voulait dire, je ne sais pas... arrêter d’acheter des couvertures, arrêter de faire à manger et ne faire que des communiqués et des soirées... Au final, notre positionnement a été arrêté sur : ’C’est les deux. C’est simple, il faut les deux !’

  • Morts à la frontière #Italie-#Suisse (#Côme - #Chiasso)

    #frontière_sud-alpine #montagne #mourir_aux_frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #décès #morts #frontières #frontières

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    Morire di confine a Como

    Dopo essere stati a Ventimiglia, dove i morti di confine sono stati 12 in pochi mesi, torniamo a Como, dove i migranti provano e riprovano ad attraversare la frontiera a loro preclusa con la Svizzera, ferendosi o perdendo la vita sui treni, con numeri consistenti sia nei tentativi che nei respingimenti.

    https://openmigration.org/analisi/morire-di-confine-a-como

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    Ajouté à cette métaliste :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

    • 08.09.2018
      Ventimiglia: migrante travolto da un treno in località La Mortola. E’ vivo. Soccorsi in atto e traffico ferroviario bloccato

      Torna improvvisamente d’attualità la questione migranti a Ventimiglia. Dopo i due che ieri si sono arrampicati nelle rocce di ponte San Luigi, oggi un altro, cercando di varcare il confine è stato travolto da un treno Thello, in località #La_Mortola


      http://www.sanremonews.it/2018/09/08/leggi-notizia/argomenti/cronaca/articolo/ventimiglia-migrante-travolto-da-un-treno-in-localita-la-mortola-e-vivo-

    • 05.12.2018
      Ventimiglia: nuova tragedia dell’immigrazione, giovane rimane folgorato sul tetto di un treno diretto in Francia

      Il migrante si era sistemato sul tetto di un convoglio con la speranza di poter attraversare il confine. Ora è ricoverato in gravissime condizioni al centro grandi ustionati di Pisa.
      Ventimiglia: nuova tragedia dell’immigrazione, giovane rimane folgorato sul tetto di un treno diretto in Francia

      Un altro tentativo di passare il confine di Ventimiglia si è trasformato in tragedia. E’ accaduto ieri sera poco prima della mezzanotte, nei pressi della stazione ferroviaria della città frontaliera.

      Un giovane, del quale al momento non si conoscono le generalità e nemmeno la nazionalità, è salito sul tetto di un treno diretto in Francia ed è entrato in contatto con i cavi dell’alta tensione che alimentano i convogli, rimanendo folgorato.

      E’ subito scattato l’allarme e, sul posto è intervenuto il personale medico del 118, i Vigili del Fuoco, un’ambulanza e gli agenti della Polizia Ferroviaria. Il traffico ferroviario è stato anche momentaneamente sospeso per consentire i soccorsi del giovane immigrato.

      Le cure dei medici sono andate avanti per diversi minuti ed il giovane è sopravvissuto. Le sue condizioni, secondo i primi riscontri medici, sono gravissime ma è stato comunque deciso il trasporto immediato al centro grandi ustionati di Pisa, dove è arrivato in nottata.

      http://www.sanremonews.it/2018/12/05/mobile/leggi-notizia/argomenti/cronaca/articolo/ventimiglia-nuova-tragedia-dellimmigrazione-giovane-rimane-folgorato-sul

    • 07.10.2016
      Frontière italienne : une jeune migrante meurt sur l’autoroute A8

      Une jeune fille faisant partie d’un groupe de migrants qui tentaient de gagner la France depuis Vintimille en Italie est morte percutée par un poids-lourds sur l’autoroute A8 à la frontière franco-italienne. La victime est une Erythréenne de 17 ans, selon le site italien Riviera24.it, qui diffuse des images de l’intervention des secours après l’accident.

      « La victime est une femme à ma connaissance. Quatre autres personnes, des femmes, ont été hospitalisées en état de choc à Bordighera mais ne sont pas blessées », a indiqué la police italienne de Vintimille. Le drame s’est produit « au niveau du tunnel de la Giraude, côté italien, un poids-lourd a percuté un migrant », a-t-on précisé au centre opérationnel de la gendarmerie de Nice.

      Ils prennent tous les risques

      Début septembre, un jeune Africain avait été retrouvé mort sous un viaduc autoroutier près de Menton, dans le même secteur, et une enquête a été ouverte pour déterminer s’il a pu se tuer après avoir paniqué à la vue d’une patrouille de gendarmes et enjambé la glissière de sécurité.

      Vintimille est un cul-de-sac pour les migrants africains en route pour la France. L’Italie, notamment l’ONG catholique Caritas et la Croix-Rouge, continuent d’apporter une aide humanitaire. Les opérations de police se multiplient aussi.

      Les migrants prennent des risques importants pour gagner l’Hexagone, par la montagne, l’autoroute ou le train tout en tentant d’échapper aux contrôles. Plus de 24 000 migrants ont été interpellés depuis janvier dans les Alpes-Maritimes, selon le dernier décompte de la préfecture fin septembre.

      http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/frontiere-italienne-une-jeune-migrante-meurt-sur-l-autoroute-a8-07-10-201

    • C’était 1995...
      #Sospel : un mort, le Gisti seul coupable

      Traverser une frontière pour demander l’asile politique peut, aux termes de la convention de Genève, se faire sans titre de circulation ni de séjour. Ce n’est cependant pas sans risque. Un enfant l’a appris à ses dépens, en 1995 : il est mort sous les balles d’un policier. Accident ? Bavure ? Le policier a été acquitté. Le Gisti, qui avait dénoncé les excès de la surveillance aux frontières, a, lui, été condamné.
      Coups de feu mortels sur des demandeurs d’asile

      Il faisait beau sans doute, et la nuit devait être étoilée sur les Alpes quand, le 20 août 1995 vers 3h30 du matin, quarante-deux Tziganes du Monténégro (l’autre composante, avec la Serbie, de la République fédérale de Yougoslavie), dont dix-huit mineurs, franchissent la frontière franco-italienne dans quatre véhicules.

      Échappés d’une guerre que les accords de Dayton gèleront seulement dans quelques mois, enfin à l’abri de la ségrégation et des mauvais traitements qui frappent les Tziganes dans leur pays, peut-être goûtaient-ils les charmes d’une paisible nuit estivale de montagne. En faction sur le bord de la petite route sinueuse, près du col de Brouis, à une dizaine de kilomètres de l’Italie, deux policiers de la Direction centrale du contrôle de l’immigration et de la lutte contre l’emploi clandestin (Diccilec, ex-Police de l’air et des frontières) veillent. Les deux premiers véhicules des Tziganes — un Combi Volkswagen immatriculé aux Pays-Bas suivi d’une Passat immatriculée en ex-Yougoslavie — défilent devant les policiers sans s’arrêter. Le sous-brigadier Christian Carenco tire alors trois coups de son fusil à pompe sur l’arrière de la voiture. L’enquête établira qu’il fait feu « à environ 1,80 mètre de la Passat ». Une balle en caoutchouc d’abord, puis deux balles Brennecke utilisées pour la chasse aux sangliers. Ça doit encore sentir la poudre quand les deux derniers véhicules du convoi passent à leur tour sans être interceptés.

      Au petit matin, le médecin de Sospel, petite commune des environs, avertit la gendarmerie qu’on lui a amené un enfant ensanglanté. Il est mort de ses blessures. Todor Bogdanovic avait sept ans. Il dormait à l’arrière de la voiture visée.

      Sans un mot de regret, le préfet explique aussitôt que « le département [des Alpes-Maritimes] est un lieu de passage très fréquenté par les clandestins. Depuis le début de l’année, les policiers ont arrêté 120 passeurs, alors que 8 664 personnes en situation irrégulière, toutes nationalités confondues, ont été reconduites à la frontière ». Tout est donc pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes policiers. Ce que confirme le ministre de la justice de l’époque, Jacques Toubon, pour lequel le tir au fusil à pompe sur les Tziganes est « un travail qui a été fait par les policiers normalement ». Todor Bogdanovic a eu ce qu’il méritait.

      Tel n’est pas l’avis du Gisti. Au risque calculé de troubler la quiétude estivale, il ne peut tolérer que la mort du petit Todor passe inaperçue.

      Dès le 21 août, il publie un communiqué dans lequel il observe qu’à en croire les pouvoirs publics, « il paraît presque normal d’ouvrir le feu sur toute voiture qui ne s’arrêterait pas à l’occasion d’un contrôle ». « Assisterions-nous, en cette circonstance, s’interroge le Gisti, à l’éclosion d’une nouvelle pratique administrative autorisant parfois la DICCILEC et la police en général à abattre les étrangers supposés clandestins quand il ne se prêtent pas docilement à leur interpellation ? »

      Après avoir dénoncé les « trésors d’imagination » dépensés, de façon générale, par les douaniers, les policiers et les préfectures « pour éviter d’enregistrer les demandes d’asile présentées par des arrivants démunis de papiers » et observé que « la France compte moins de 20 000 exilés d’ex-Yougoslavie sur son territoire, alors que l’Allemagne en accueille plus de 350 000 », le Gisti se demande, pour finir : « La France ne fait-elle pas le jeu du gouvernement serbe en plaçant des snippers [sic] sur la route de leur exil ? ».

      Dans les heures qui suivent le drame, les Tziganes de Sospel manifestent la volonté de demander l’asile à la France.

      Ceci n’empêche pas l’administration de notifier des arrêtés de reconduite à la frontière (APRF) aux dix-huit adultes du groupe en invitant simplement l’Office français de protection des réfugiés et apatrides (OFPRA) à examiner en urgence leur requête du statut de réfugié. Avec complaisance, l’Office se met au travail.

      Avant même d’avoir communiqué sa décision aux intéressés, le directeur de l’OFPRA fait savoir au tribunal administratif de Nice, qui s’en prévaut le 24 août pour refuser d’annuler les APRF, que les demandes d’asile seront rejetées, notamment parce que les Tziganes ne sont pas bosniaques mais serbes et que le Sandzac — leur région d’origine — ne serait pas affecté par la guerre. La belle affaire !

      Le Gisti n’a pas beaucoup de mal à retrouver un document tout frais (31 janvier 1995) du Haut Commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés (HCR), selon lequel « la situation des Musulmans du Sandzak n’a cessé de se détériorer au cours des six derniers mois [...]. Des rapports font état de torture », précise-t-il, avant de conclure que « le HCR continue de penser que l’éligibilité des demandeurs d’asile originaires du Kosovo et du Sandzak doit être évaluée au cas par cas » et qu’il y a « impérative nécessité » à procéder à « un examen très attentif des demandes individuelles au cours d’une procédure complète et équitable ».

      L’OFPRA n’en a que faire, pas plus que d’autres rapports, articles et témoignages édifiants que le Gisti se procure en quelques heures de recherches [1]. Les demandes d’asile sont rejetées, et les Tziganes refoulés en Italie. Le 26 août, le Gisti s’insurge contre cette exécution administrative dans un communique intitulé « Tous les dés étaient pipés », tandis que l’Association nationale d’assistance aux frontières pour les étrangers (ANAFÉ) constate « Un mort et dix-huit reconduits à la frontière : la dérive de la politique d’immigration ».

      De toute évidence, nous avons eu raison trop tôt puisque, le 2 juin 1997, le Conseil d’état annulera à la fois les APRF pour excès de pouvoir et le jugement du tribunal administratif de Nice.

      Sur le plan pénal, après une enquête menée par l’Inspection générale de la police nationale, le parquet a ouvert une information judiciaire qui a abouti, dès le 21 août 1995, à la mise en examen de Christian Carenco pour « coups et blessures volontaires ayant entraîné la mort sans intention de la donner ».

      Juste après les faits, le procureur de la République adjoint de Nice avait déclaré : « on ne peut pas accréditer la thèse de la légitime défense sans réserve. Il y a présomption d’utilisation d’une arme à feu dans des conditions qui peuvent paraître anormales... D’après les premiers éléments de l’enquête de l’IGPN, il semble qu’il y a eu des coups de feu intempestifs ».

      Mais, six mois plus tard, le juge d’instruction conclut à un non-lieu. Saisie en appel, la chambre d’accusation d’Aix-en-Provence renvoie, quant à elle, le 18 décembre 1997, le policier devant la cour d’assises des Alpes-Maritimes, tout en déclarant irrecevables les constitutions de parties civiles de la Cimade, de France Terre d’asile, de la Ligue des droits de l’homme et du Gisti, qui entendaient ainsi éviter l’enterrement de l’affaire [2].

      Christian Carenco s’étant pourvu en cassation contre son renvoi devant la cour d’assises, les associations ont également formé un pourvoi. Ces pourvois ont été rejetés par la Cour de cassation et l’affaire a été renvoyée devant la Cour d’assises.
      Plainte pour diffamation contre le Gisti

      Quant au Gisti, dont des extraits du communiqué ont été repris par l’Agence France Presse, il est poursuivi en diffamation. Le ministre de l’intérieur a, en effet, déposé plainte, le 5 septembre 1995, contre la présidente, responsable ès-qualités, pour diffamation publique envers une administration publique, estimant que les propos reproduits par l’AFP contiennent des allégations portant atteinte à l’honneur et à la considération de la police nationale.

      L’affaire vient devant la 17e Chambre correctionnelle du tribunal de grande instance de Paris, le 2 mai 1997. Henri Leclerc assure la défense de Danièle Lochak. Alfred Grosser est cité comme témoin.

      L’audience est l’occasion de refaire le procès de Sospel, mais aussi, de façon plus inattendue, d’entendre célébrer les louanges du Gisti, y compris par le représentant du ministère public, qui rend hommage au travail accompli par l’association, utile et nécessaire car civique, et qui reconnaît sa légitimité à intervenir dans cette histoire dramatique qu’on ne peut pas considérer comme un incident sans gravité.

      Le jugement reprend à son compte ces éloges : « le Gisti mène, pour la défense des droits de l’homme, une action salutaire et reconnue par tous et le soutien que cette association apporte particulièrement aux travailleurs immigrés et aux réfugiés est d’autant plus méritoire qu’il s’effectue, de nos jours, dans un climat politique et social difficile ».

      Le tribunal n’en estime pas moins que le délit de diffamation est constitué — par l’emploi des termes « purification ethnique » et « snipper » — et condamne la présidente du Gisti à 5 000 F d’amende.

      Les arguments de la défense n’ont donc pas été entendus. Ils consistaient, pour l’essentiel, à soutenir :

      que la police n’était mise en cause qu’indirectement par le communiqué, en tant qu’instrument d’une politique gouvernementale critiquable, de sorte que ses membres ne pouvaient se sentir diffamés ;

      que le caractère particulièrement dramatique et révoltant de l’affaire justifiait, de la part d’une organisation qui défend les droits de l’homme et entend alerter l’opinion publique lorsqu’ils sont violés, une expression particulièrement véhémente de son indignation ;

      que les poursuites reposaient sur un texte dont on pouvait se demander s’il était conforme à l’article 10 de la Convention européenne des droits de l’homme qui n’admet de limites à la liberté d’expression que lorsque celles-ci sont nécessaires, dans une société démocratique, à la protection de la sécurité nationale, à la défense de l’ordre, ou à la réputation d’autrui.

      L’affaire est venue en appel devant la 11e Chambre des appels correctionnels en novembre 1997. La cour a confirmé le jugement de première instance mais a considéré « qu’eu égard aux circonstances de l’espèce il convient de faire une application particulièrement modérée de la loi » : elle a donc condamné la présidente du Gisti à 1 000 F d’amende avec sursis.

      https://www.gisti.org/spip.php?article3477

    • Ventimiglia, cadavere recuperato in mare vicino al porto: è di un migrante

      Ventimiglia. Il corpo senza vita di un migrante, probabilmente di origine nordafricana, è stato recuperato ieri pomeriggio dalla Capitaneria di Porto sulla parte esterna della diga foranea del costruendo porto di Ventimiglia. Il cadavere si trovava incagliato tra gli scogli a circa 3 metri di profondità.

      Il migrante, di cui al momento non si conosce ancora l’identità, sarebbe morto annegato, probabilmente dopo una caduta dalla diga. Al momento è esclusa l’ipotesi di morte violenta. Sulla base di una prima ispezione del corpo, compiuta ieri dal medico legale, il pm ha infatti liberato la salma, ritenendo più probabile che il migrante sia scivolato in acqua accidentalmente.

      A dare l’allarme è stato il bagnino di un vicino stabilimento balneare che, a bordo di una piccola imbarcazione, ha avvistato il corpo sul fondale intorno alle 13 di ieri e avvertito la capitaneria. Quando il cadavere è stato recuperato, era ancora in rigor mortis: segno che il decesso era avvenuto da poco tempo. La vittima indossava ancora i vestiti, ma non aveva documenti. Il corpo si trova ora all’obitorio di Bordighera.

      https://www.riviera24.it/2018/09/ventimiglia-cadavere-recuperato-in-mare-vicino-al-porto-e-di-un-migrante-5

  • Le numéro 1, un très beau numéro de la revue
    #Nunatak , Revue d’histoires, cultures et #luttes des #montagnes...

    Sommaire :

    Une sensation d’étouffement/Aux frontières de l’Iran et de l’Irak/Pâturages et Uniformes/La Banda Baudissard/
    À ceux qui ne sont responsables de rien/Des plantes dans l’illégalité/Conga no va !/Mundatur culpa labore

    La revue est disponible en pdf en ligne (https://revuenunatak.noblogs.org/numeros), voici l’adresse URL pour télécharger le numéro 1 :
    https://revuenunatak.noblogs.org/files/2017/03/Nunatak1HiverPrintemps2017.pdf

    Je mettrai ci-dessous des mots-clés et citations des articles...

  • Counter-mapping: cartography that lets the powerless speak | Science | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2018/mar/06/counter-mapping-cartography-that-lets-the-powerless-speak

    Sara is a 32-year-old mother of four from Honduras. After leaving her children in the care of relatives, she travelled across three state borders on her way to the US, where she hoped to find work and send money home to her family. She was kidnapped in Mexico and held captive for three months, and was finally released when her family paid a ransom of $190.

    Her story is not uncommon. The UN estimates that there are 258 million migrants in the world. In Mexico alone, 1,600 migrants are thought to be kidnapped every month. What is unusual is that Sara’s story has been documented in a recent academic paper that includes a map of her journey that she herself drew. Her map appears alongside four others – also drawn by migrants. These maps include legends and scales not found on orthodox maps – unnamed river crossings, locations of kidnapping and places of refuge such as a “casa de emigrante” where officials cannot enter. Since 2011, such shelters have been identified by Mexican law as “spaces of exception”.

    #cartographie_radicale #contre_cartographie #cartographie_participative #cartoexperiment

  • Message de @isskein :
    procès de Scott Warren - délit de solidarité aux USA

    29 mai premier jour du procès de #Scott_Warren, membre du groupe #No_More_Deaths qui aide les migrants perdus dans le désert d’Arizona, arrêté le 17 janvier 2018
    il est accusé de « complot criminel de transport et d’hébergement de migrants illégaux » pour avoir hébergé deux migrants dans une grange. Il risque 20 ans de prison.

    à l’été 2017 9 volontaires de No More Deaths, la plupart ne venant pas d’#Arizona, laissent des bidons d’#eau dans le désert ; ils sont accusés d’utilisation frauduleuse de véhicule et d’abandon de possessions - bref de jeter des ordures - dans une réserve fédérale, délits susceptibles d’un maximum de 6 mois
    Scott Warren a été arrêté peu après la publication d’un rapport documentant des abus de la U.S. Border Patrol.
    https://theintercept.com/2018/01/23/no-more-deaths-arizona-border-littering-charges-immigration (article de 2018 ne mentionnant alors que des peines de 5 ans)

    #désert #mourir_dans_le_désert #mourir_aux_frontières #frontières #migrations #asile #réfugiés #USA #Etats-Unis #Mexique #procès #délit_de_solidarité #solidarité

    Plus sur le groupe No More Deaths sur seenthis :
    https://seenthis.net/tag/no_more_deaths

    Et #Scott_Warren est... géographe, « college geography instructor »

    • Extending ’Zero Tolerance’ To People Who Help Migrants Along The Border

      Arrests of people for harboring, sheltering, leaving food and water or otherwise protecting migrants have been on the rise since 2017, when then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered federal prosecutors to prioritize cases covered under the harboring statute.

      Scott Warren, a 36-year-old college geography instructor from Ajo, Ariz., works with a group called called No More Deaths or No Mas Muertes. The group’s volunteers leave water and food for migrants traversing the Arizona desert.

      Warren was arrested in 2017 and faces three felony counts including conspiracy to transport and harbor migrants. In its complaint, the government claims Warren was seen talking to two migrants who sheltered in Ajo. He denies being part of any sheltering plan.

      “It is scary to be intimidated like this and to be targeted but there really is no choice,” said Warren. He believes the government is violating his right to religious freedom by criminalizing his spiritual belief that mandates he help people in distress.

      “For the government, it’s kind of been an expansion of the interpretation of what it means to harbor,” he suggested.

      The stretch of desert near Ajo can be deadly. The Pima County Medical Examiner has documented 250 migrant deaths in the area since 2001. In the same time frame, thousands have died of dehydration and exposure in the Arizona borderlands.

      “It is life or death here. And a decision not to give somebody food or or water could lead to that person dying,” Warren said.

      ’Can I be compassionate?’

      Nine and half hours away by car from Ajo, in the west Texas town of Marfa, another case is unfolding that pits the government against a four-time elected city and county attorney, Teresa Todd.

      She is under investigation for human smuggling after stopping to help three migrants alongside the road at night in February, 2019.

      “I see a young man in a white shirt. He runs out toward the road where I am,” Todd recounted. She says the man was pleading for assistance. “I can’t just leave this guy on the side of the road. I have to go see if I can help.”

      The young man told Todd that his sister, 18-year-old Esmeralda, was in trouble.

      “I mean, she can hardly walk, she’s very dazed,” recalled Todd.

      The migrants took shelter in Todd’s car while she called and texted a friend who is the legal counsel for the local U.S. Border Patrol, asking for advice. Before that friend could reply, a sheriff’s deputy showed up. The deputy called in the U.S. Border Patrol.

      An agent was soon reading Todd her Miranda rights. Eight days later, a Department of Homeland Security investigator accompanied by a Texas Ranger arrived at Todd’s office with a search warrant for her cellphone. Todd says she was told she’d have the phone back in a matter of hours.

      “It makes people have to question, ’Can I be compassionate’?”

      Todd’s phone was returned 53 days later.

      The sheriff of Presidio County, Danny Dominguez, whose deputy called the Border Patrol, defended the action against Todd. He said anyone with undocumented migrants in their car risks arrest.

      A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for the western district of Texas declined comment on Todd’s case.

      Todd is unrepentant: “I feel like I did the right thing. I don’t feel I did anything wrong.”

      Speaking by phone from the migrant detention center in Sierra Blanca, Texas, Esmeralda said of Todd, “I’m really grateful to her.” She said doctors told her she was on the brink of death by the time she got to the hospital.

      Figures confirmed to NPR by TRAC, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, show that in fiscal year 2018 there were more than 4,500 people federally charged for bringing in and harboring migrants. That is a more than 30% increase since 2015, with the greatest rise coming after Sessions’ order to prioritize harboring cases.

      “With these prosecutions, the government is saying, ’we’re extending our zero tolerance policy to Good Samaritans,’” said Ranjana Natarajan, director of the Civil Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. “People shouldn’t be helping migrants even if they might be at threat of death.”

      Accused of human smuggling

      Ana Adlerstein, a U.S. citizen and volunteer at a Mexican migrant shelter, has her own story to tell. Earlier this month, Adlerstein accompanied a migrant seeking asylum from Sonora, Mexico to the U.S. border crossing at Lukeville, Ariz. Adlerstein was present to observe the process. Instead, she says she was detained by Customs and Border Protection officers for several hours.

      “I was accused of human smuggling,” she stated.

      Border officials had been forewarned that a migrant seeking asylum was coming that day, accompanied by a U.S. citizen. Under current law, once a migrant steps onto U.S. soil, he or she can request asylum.

      “If that’s not how you’re supposed to seek asylum at a port of entry, how are you supposed to seek asylum in this country?” Adlerstein asked.

      U.S. Customs and Border Protection declined comment on Adlerstein’s specific claims. In an email, a CBP spokesperson added:

      “All persons entering the country, including U.S. citizens, are subject to examination and search. CBP uses diverse factors to refer individuals for selected examinations and there are instances when this process may take longer than normal. CBP is committed to ensuring the agency is able to execute its missions while protecting the human rights, civil rights, and dignity of those with whom we come in contact.”

      Adlerstein has not been charged but has received subsequent calls from a DHS investigator.

      In Texas, Teresa Todd is waiting to find out if she will be indicted for human smuggling.

      As for Scott Warren, he faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on all three felony counts, a prospect he can’t even contemplate.

      https://www.npr.org/2019/05/28/725716169/extending-zero-tolerance-to-people-who-help-migrants-along-the-border?t=1559201
      #statistiques #chiffres

    • Scott Warren Provided Food & Water to Migrants in Arizona; He Now Faces Up to 20 Years in Prison

      An Arizona humanitarian aid volunteer goes to trial today for providing water, food, clean clothes and beds to two undocumented migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona. If convicted, Scott Warren could spend up to 20 years in prison. Warren, an activist with the Tucson-based No More Deaths, is charged with three felony counts of allegedly “harboring” undocumented immigrants. For years, No More Deaths and other humanitarian aid groups in southern Arizona have left water and food in the harsh Sonoran Desert, where the temperature often reaches three digits during summer, to help refugees and migrants survive the deadly journey across the U.S. border. Warren was arrested on January 17, 2018, just hours after No More Deaths released a report detailing how U.S. Border Patrol agents had intentionally destroyed more than 3,000 gallons of water left out for migrants crossing the border. The group also published a video showing border agents dumping out jugs of water in the desert. Hours after the report was published, authorities raided the Barn, a No More Deaths aid camp in Ajo, where they found two migrants who had sought temporary refuge. We speak with Scott Warren and his fellow No More Deaths volunteer and activist Catherine Gaffney in Tucson.

      https://www.democracynow.org/2019/5/29/scott_warren_provided_food_water_to

    • Daily Trial Updates

      Day 3 – June 3, 2019

      We began the day with a powerful press conference featuring immigrant justice advocates from across the country. Patty Miller (Arivaca, AZ,) spoke on behalf of People Helping People in the Border Zone and the Rural Border Communities Coalition, followed by James Cordero and Jacqueline Arellano from Border Angeles (San Diego), Ravi Ragbir of the New Sanctuary Coalition (NYC) and Kaji Douša, Senior Pastor at The Park Avenue Christian Church in Manhattan.
      The prosecution continued to build their “case” against Scott, spending most of the day playing video recordings of the testimony given by the two undocumented Central American men–José and Kristian–who were arrested with Scott. (Note we will be using only the first names of deposed witnesses to respect privacy).
      Prosecutors attempted to erase the hardships experienced by undocumented people crossing the borderlands. One of the two witnesses, Kristian, testified that he had been traveling since October 4th, 2017 from his home in El Salvador. By the time of the arrest, he had been traveling for over three months and walking in the desert for two days. This is very different from the government narrative which claims the men were traveling for mere hours before they encountered help.
      During their journey, José and Kristian experienced the routine and deadly Border Patrol apprehension method known as chase and scatter–a practice in which Border Patrol agents pursue migrants in vehicles, on foot, or in helicopters, forcing them to scatter into the desert. In the chaos, the two men lost their belongings, including “food and two gallons of water.” The No More Deaths Abuse Documentation Working Group has provided extensive documentation of the lethal impacts of this deadly apprehension method in our report series, The Disappeared.
      José and Kristian testified that after arriving at the Barn, Scott gave them food, water, blankets and a place to rest. There was no evidence that Scott made any plans to transport them, hide them from law enforcement, or instruct them on how to evade any Border Patrol checkpoints.
      Border Patrol Forensic Phone Analyst Rogelio Velasco gave a rundown of the contents of Scott Warren’s phone–he summarized 14,000 pages of emails and texts into a one page report. One part of his analysis showed the day José and Kristian arrived at the barn, Scott called a nurse and a doctor on the No More Deaths medical team. When asked why Velasco didn’t review the myriad other emails and texts discussing Scott’s humanitarian work, he replied, “I was looking for elements of criminality. If it wasn’t relevant then I skipped it.”

      Day 2 – May 30, 2019

      We began the day with Pastor Allison Harrington of Southside Presbyterian Church sharing the poem “Imagine the Angels of Bread” by Martin Espada along with a morning prayer.
      Court opened with Border Patrol Agent John Marquez being cross-examined by the defense. He made it abundantly clear that he relied on racial profiling to determine the two men at the barn were migrants, claiming “they matched the description” of two migrants BP was looking for. However, when pressed by the defense, Agent Marquez admitted that he did not know whether they were “short, tall, fat, skinny, bearded, young, old, or even male.” He stated “In my experience, they appeared to be “Other Than Mexican.”
      Agent Marquez also stated that January 17, 2018 was the first time Border Patrol agents in Ajo set up surveillance at the Barn. This happened just hours after No More Deaths released a report called The Disappeared Part 2: Interference on Humanitarian and video of agents destroying humanitarian aid supplies.
      Second to take the stand was Border Patrol Agent Brendan Burns, who was the one who first referred to the migrants as “toncs”.
      According to Agent Burns, when he approached the Barn that day, defendant Scott Warren told him that it was private property and a humanitarian aid space. He also asked the Agents to leave the property. Burns ignored him because, according to his surveillance, “the aliens didn’t appear to be in need of humanitarian aid.” When asked by the defense whether he has any medical credentials, the agent admitted to having none.
      Five days after the arrests, a search warrant was issued for the Barn. Evidence seized included a receipt for a cherry coke, banana nut muffin and chips, a fridge note saying “bagels from flagstaff!” and a list of supplies for a camping trip.

      Day 1 – May 29, 2019

      After a moving press conference in the morning, a jury was selected of 15 people — 12 jurors and 3 alternates.
      In his opening argument this afternoon, US Attorney Nathaniel Walters claimed that “this case is not about humanitarian aid,” urging jurors to ignore the realities of death and disappearance happening in the desert surrounding Ajo, Arizona.
      The prosecution’s entire case for the charge of “conspiracy to harbor and transport” undocumented migrants appeared to hinge on the fact that two undocumented men arrived at the Barn, “and then Scott showed up” a few hours later.
      The prosecution also harped on the fact that the men had “eaten food” prior to arriving at the Barn, apparently arguing that because the two men split one burrito after walking for two days through the desert, they were not in need of food or water
      Lawyers for the defense firmly asserted in their opening arguments that this case IS about humanitarian aid, and that Scott’s actions must be understood as a part of his deep knowledge of suffering throughout the desert and commitment to working to end it. “Scott intended one thing: to provide basic human kindness in the form of humanitarian aid.”
      The government also argued that Scott was pointing out known landmarks to the two migrants. “Defendant appeared to be pointing out different features, lots of hand motions. I could not hear them but there were hand gestures, up and down, in wave motions, rolling hills, pointing to known points of interest.” However, as the defense firmly stated “orientation is just as much of a human right as is food, water, and shelter.” In the context of death and disappearance in the desert, knowing where you are can save your life.
      The government called their first witness, Border Patrol Agent John Marquez. Marquez testified to setting up surveillance on the Barn on January 17, 2018 and seeing Scott speaking with two men, who he presumed were undocumented based on “ill-fitting clothing” and the fact that they were “scanning the horizon.” No evidence was presented that Scott intended to hide or conceal anyone. Judge Collins called an end to the day before the defense’s cross-examination of Marquez.


      http://forms.nomoredeaths.org/dailytrialupdates
      #procès

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      Trial continued this afternoon with video testimony from José, the other material witness arrested with Scott, who confirmed that he and Kristian were both hungry, cold, and very tired when they arrived at the barn.

      José also described their experience of being scattered by the #BorderPatrol, and how most of the men in his group had to stop walking because they were so beat up from spending just one day in the desert.

      Chase and scatter is just one of the deadly apprehension tactics used by BP which result in increased numbers of deaths and disappearances. “Prevention through Deterrence” is the name of the overall strategy of pushing migrants deep into the desert.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7Ux__uVfNA

      https://twitter.com/NoMoreDeaths/status/1135690665399017473

    • In Scott Warren’s No More Deaths Trial, Prosecutors Attempt to Paint a Web of Conspiracy

      For nearly a year and a half, U.S. government prosecutors in Arizona have sought to make an example out of Scott Warren. The 36-year-old geographer and border-based humanitarian aid volunteer was arrested with two undocumented migrants on January 17, 2018, and accused of providing the men with food, water, and a place to sleep over three days. A month later, a grand jury indicted him on two counts of harboring and one count of conspiracy, bringing the total amount time he could spend in prison — if convicted on all counts and sentenced to consecutive terms — to 20 years.

      Warren’s trial began in Tucson on Wednesday, marking the start of the most consequential prosecution of an American humanitarian aid provider in at least a decade. On Monday, assistant U.S. attorneys Anna Wright and Nathaniel J. Walters, who together have spearheaded an aggressive and controversial prosecutorial campaign against immigrant rights defenders in the Sonoran Desert, called their final witness to the stand.

      Over three and a half days of testimony, the prosecutors presented the jury with two Border Patrol agents who arrested Warren, a third who examined his phone, and some three hours of video-taped testimony from the young migrants he was arrested with, recorded before their deportations. The arresting agents provided little information beyond the bare facts of their operation as it unfolded, while the agent who testified about phone evidence seemed to paint a more incriminating picture of a man who was not charged in the case than he did of Warren. The migrants who were held as the government’s material witnesses described Warren as a figure who was hardly present during their short time in the U.S., beyond giving them permission to eat, sleep, and drink at a property he did not own, after they showed up with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

      The conspiracy charge in particular has cast an ominous pall over Warren’s case. As a prosecutorial tool, conspiracy charges can afford government attorneys sweeping powers in criminal cases. While the U.S. attorney’s office in Arizona was secretive about the nature of its theory of conspiracy with respect to Warren following his grand jury indictment, The Intercept revealed last month that the government considered Irineo Mujica, a prominent immigrants right advocate, a co-conspirator in the case. A dual U.S.-Mexican citizen, Mujica is the head of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, an immigrant rights organization known for its role in organizing the migrant caravans that have drawn President Trump’s outrage. He also operates a migrant shelter south of Ajo, the unincorporated community where Warren lives and works.

      In opening arguments last week, Walters confirmed that the government considered Mujica a key figure in Warren’s alleged offenses. “They were in contact with Irineo Mujica,” the prosecutor told the jury, referring to 23-year-old Kristian Perez-Villanueva and 20-year-old Jose Arnaldo Sacaria-Goday, the Central American migrants, from El Salvador and Honduras, respectively, whom Warren was arrested with. Not only that, Walters said, Mujica had driven the pair to “the Barn,” a property used by humanitarian volunteers operating in the area. Warren’s relationship to Mujica was that of a “shared acquaintance,” Walters said, and cellphone evidence would show that the two were in contact before the migrants arrived at the Barn.

      Mujica declined to comment for this story and has not been charged with a crime.

      On Monday afternoon, Rogelio Velasco, a Border Patrol agent in the Tucson sector’s intelligence unit, testified about the government’s telephonic evidence, describing how his work excavating cellphones is used to support the agency’s high-priority cases, often executed by its plainclothes “Disrupt” units. “We try to look for bigger cases where more people are involved,” he testified. Warren was arrested by a Disrupt unit.

      Wright and Walters’ interest in Warren and the humanitarian groups he volunteers with, particularly the faith-based organization No More Deaths, began in 2017, when the assistant U.S. attorneys brought federal misdemeanor charges against several members of the group — Warren included — for leaving water and other humanitarian aid supplies on public lands where migrants routinely die. Velasco explained how, after Warren’s arrest, the prosecutors directed him to focus on particular date ranges and communications included in Warren’s phone and a phone carried by Perez-Villanueva.

      As the Border Patrol agent carried out the prosecutors’ request, he said he found a series of communications between Perez-Villanueva and Mujica, beginning in December 2017 and extending through January 2018, when he and Sacaria-Goday, along with Warren, were arrested in Ajo. According to Velasco’s testimony, the messages showed that when the young migrants entered the U.S. on January 14, Perez-Villanueva texted Mujica, “We’re here.” To which Mujica replied, “I’m on my way.”

      The government’s efforts to tie alleged illegal activity between Mujica and Warren appeared to begin after Warren was taken into custody. Four months after Warren was indicted, Jarrett L. Lenker, a supervisory Border Patrol agent in the Tucson sector intelligence unit, submitted a search warrant affidavit for Warren’s iPhone, first uncovered by the Arizona Daily Star and obtained by The Intercept.

      Mujica was a central figure in Lenker’s affidavit. The Border Patrol agent described “a total of 16 phone calls or WhatsApp messages” exchanged between Perez-Villanueva and Mujica in the month before his arrest. Lenker’s affidavit also revealed that, through subpoenas, law enforcement identified two phone numbers “associated with Warren’s Verizon account” following his arrest: one belonging to Warren and the other belonging to his partner.

      In his testimony Monday, Velasco said that Mujica was a contact in Warren’s phone, and that the two had communications up through January 11, six days before his arrest. Warren also sent Mujica’s contact information to another person in his phone in the summer of 2017, Velasco testified.

      Following Velasco’s testimony, the prosecution called Border Patrol agent Brendan Burns, one of the Disrupt unit members principally involved in Warren’s arrest, to the witness stand. Burns described an incident a week after Warren’s arrest, in which Mujica was pulled over at a Border Patrol checkpoint outside Ajo. He drove to the scene and observed that Mujica’s van was the same vehicle featured in a selfie Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday took after they made it to the U.S. Inside the van were a number of items associated with illegal border crossings, Burns testified, including water jugs and foreign identification cards. The same incident was also described in Lenker’s affidavit, which noted that the ID cards belonged to individuals who had been removed from the U.S. Lenker also recounted an incident the following month, in which Mujica was again stopped at the same Border Patrol checkpoint and his passenger was arrested for being in the country illegally.

      Burns acknowledged having seen the photos of Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday in Mujica’s vehicle prior to his encounter with Mujica, and his knowledge that the vehicle belonged to Mujica. He testified that he did not, however, ask Mujica about the two young migrants, nor their alleged conspiracy with Scott Warren, nor did he place him under arrest.

      In opening statements last week, defense attorney Greg Kuykendall acknowledged that Warren had been in contact with Mujica days before his arrest, and that was because Mujica had information about a dead body outside Ajo. The remains of roughly 3,000 people have been recovered in the Arizona desert since 2000, the grim consequence of a government policy that deliberately funnels migrants into the most lethal areas of the U.S.-Mexico border. Since 2014, Warren has brought together a network of humanitarian groups working to confront the loss of life in the state’s deadliest region, the so-called west desert. Those efforts have yielded a historic increase in the number of bodies and human remains accounted for in the area.

      On cross examination Monday, Kuykendall zeroed in on the evidence Velasco’s examination of Warren’s phone had uncovered. The defense attorney first established, with Velasco’s admission, that there were no communications recorded between Perez-Villanueva and Warren (Sacaria-Goday tossed his phone while the pair were in the desert). He then focused on Warren’s communications with Mujica.

      “Are you aware that Scott and Irineo are involved in humanitarian aid efforts?” Kuykendall asked.

      “I think I might’ve heard something,” Velasco replied. “But I’m not exactly sure.”

      (Warren’s humanitarian aid work was noted in both internal Border Patrol reports and news accounts before and after his arrest — he and Mujica were featured in a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper series in 2017 detailing their efforts to find dead and lost migrants in the desert.)

      Velasco admitted that he had no idea what Warren and Mujica discussed the week before Warren’s arrest, nor had he taken note of what Warren had Googled as soon as the pair got off the phone. Kuykendall informed the jury that those searches included information on backcountry areas south of Ajo, a news report on a humanitarian group conducting search and rescue operations in the region, and the English translation of a Spanish word for scratches. Following the Google searches, Kuykendall told the jury, Warren called Dr. Norma Price, a physician who has long provided medical advice to No More Deaths volunteers.

      Kuykendall questioned Velasco about his testimony regarding Warren’s communications with a woman named “Susannah.” Velasco admitted that he did not know who Susannah was and that he “saw nothing that directly suggested” she and Warren were communicating about criminal activity. Instead, he testified, they were messaging one another about “providing water in different areas.” Moving along, Kuykendall asked if Velasco was aware that Perez-Villanueva worked for Mujica while staying at his shelter in Mexico — a potential explanation for their repeated communications in the winter of 2017. Velasco appeared uncertain, and acknowledged that from January 10 to the afternoon of January 14, when the migrants arrived in Ajo, there were no communications between Perez-Villanueva and Mujica.

      “When he was crossing I didn’t come up with any messages,” Velasco testified.

      In opening arguments last week, Kuykendall explained how, in the days leading up to his arrest, Warren spent his time training new humanitarian volunteers, assisting sheriff’s deputies in the search for a body, and performing his duties as a new instructor at Tohono O’odham Community College, a school for residents of the Native American reservation outside Ajo. In early January 2018, five new No More Deaths volunteers had arrived in Ajo. As the local expert, it was up to Warren to show them the ropes and familiarize them with the organization’s protocols — protocols, Kuykendall said, that are intended to ensure the group’s work is “effective, responsible, and legal.”

      On Thursday, January 11, Warren was at home when Mujica called to inform him about the human remains he had heard about, Kuykendall said, noting that Warren had the experience and know-how to organize a grid search in the area. Efforts to coordinate a search were the extent of communications between Warren and Mujica, the defense attorney said. The following day, Warren took the new volunteers to a migrant shelter in Mexico, where they distributed “harm reduction” kits, consisting of chlorine to purify water, ointment for blisters, combs for removing cholla cactus spines, and lists of emergency numbers, including 911.

      “No More Deaths’ role is to reduce the harm,” Kuykendall told the jury, not to encourage people to cross a desert that has claimed thousands of lives.

      Warren spent much of the following weekend at home with the flu, Kuykendall said, coordinating rescue operations by phone and working to link up Pima County sheriff’s deputies with No More Deaths volunteers in the field. Warren’s responsibilities involved preparing new volunteers, operationally and emotionally, for the possibility of finding a dead body in the desert. On the night of Sunday, January 14, they also included making dinner for the new recruits at the Barn. Warren returned to the building with groceries that afternoon to find two young men — Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday — already inside.

      “Scott’s spooked,” Kuykendall said of Warren’s reaction.

      In the depositions played for the jury Monday, Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday described a harrowing journey through the desert that involved being chased by law enforcement and losing many of their supplies. Perez-Villanueva described fleeing problems in El Salvador and said that he had no intention to enter the U.S. until those problems cropped up in Mexico. The pair had crossed in a group of five but were quickly on their own, their companions slowed down by thorns in their feet. “Between the two of us, we made a good team,” Perez-Villanueva said. “We supported each other mutually.” The young men testified to crossing the desert and tossing their food and backpacks when they were chased by immigration agents. They eventually made it to a gas station outside Ajo, where “a gringo” drove them to second gas station in town.

      Neither of the migrants identified the man who then drove to the Barn, though Perez-Villanueva testified that the man told them not to describe his role in delivering them there, and that he honored that request. The pair let themselves in through an unlocked door. Warren arrived approximately 40 minutes later. “They tell him that they’re hungry,” Kuykendall told the jury. “They tell him that they’re thirsty. They tell him that they’re tired.”

      Warren grabbed a form No More Deaths uses to catalog medical evaluations of migrants encountered in the field, the defense attorney said. Warren, a certified wilderness first responder, found that Perez-Villanueva had blisters on his feet, a persistent cough, and signs of dehydration. Sacaria-Goday’s conditions were much the same, though he was also suffering from chest pain. In keeping with No More Deaths’ protocol, Warren called a nurse before starting dinner for the volunteers that were set to arrive — as well as their two new guests.

      “He gives food to hungry men,” Kuykendall told the jury. “They share a meal with the volunteers.”

      By phone, Dr. Price advised the two young migrants to stay off their feet for a couple days, to stay hydrated, and asked the volunteers to keep them under observation, Kuykendall told the jury. Warren came and went in the days that followed, as did other No More Deaths volunteers. “He hardly spent time there,” Sacaria-Goday testified. “I hardly spoke with him,” Perez-Villanueva said.

      On Tuesday, January 16, Warren had his first day teaching at the community college. The following day, he worked from home. A group of high school students were scheduled to visit the Barn that night. Warren pulled up to the Barn in the afternoon, Kuykendall said, as Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday were preparing to leave. The three spoke outside. Across a desert wash, two plainclothes Border Patrol agents were conducting “covert surveillance,” in the words of Walters, the government prosecutor.

      “Toncs at the barn,” agent Burns wrote in a group text, using a slang word for migrants known to reflect the sound a flashlight makes when it connects with a human skull.

      The lead agent on the arrest operation was John Marquez. In his testimony last week, Marquez’s narrative began the afternoon of Warren’s arrest, though he acknowledged doing a bit of “background research,” in Kuykendall’s words, on Warren before taking him into custody. In fact, texts messages The Intercept has previously reported upon show Marquez repeatedly communicating with local Fish and Wildlife agents about Warren’s whereabouts and No More Deaths’ humanitarian activity in the run-up to his arrest. In a report he filed after Warren was taken into custody, Marquez described him as a “recruiter” for the organization, who regularly comments publicly on immigration issues.

      Under questioning from the prosecution, Marquez highlighted hand gestures Warren allegedly made while standing outside with Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday as evidence that he was providing them directions north. Upon cross examination, however, he acknowledged that this apparently important detail was not included in his arrest report. Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday, meanwhile, both testified that Warren did not provide them directions for their journey. He never advised them to hide in the Barn, they said, and they were free to come and go as they pleased.

      Marquez and Burns descended on the Barn with backup provided by a law enforcement caravan that had mustered at a hotel down the road. Warren, Perez-Villanueva, and Sacaria-Goday were all placed under arrest. The migrants were held in government custody for several weeks before providing their testimony and being deported to their home countries.

      “There is one question in this case,” Kuykendall told the jury considering Warren’s actions in the days leading up to his arrest. “Did he intend to violate the law?” The government did not have the evidence to prove that he did, the defense attorney argued.

      “Scott intended one thing,” he said. “To provide basic human kindness in the form of humanitarian aid.”

      https://theintercept.com/2019/06/04/scott-warren-no-more-deaths-trial-conspiracy-phone

    • UN experts urge US authorities to drop charges against aid worker Scott Warren

      GENEVA (5 June 2019) – UN human rights experts* have expressed grave concerns about criminal charges brought against Scott Warren, a U.S. citizen who works for an aid organisation providing water and medical aid to migrants in the Arizona desert.

      Warren’s trial began on 29 May 2019, and if found guilty he faces up to 20 years in jail.

      “Providing humanitarian aid is not a crime. We urge the US authorities to immediately drop all charges against Scott Warren,” the experts said.

      Warren, 36, lives in the desert town of Ajo, Arizona, where he helped to establish the organisation No More Deaths, which provides humanitarian assistance along migration routes. For the past 10 years, he has helped migrants and asylum seekers attempting to cross the Arizona - Mexican border through the Sonora desert.

      Border Control agents arrested the human rights defender on 17 January 2018 at “the Barn”, a humanitarian shelter in the Sonora Desert, while he was providing assistance to two undocumented migrants. His arrest came hours after the release of a report from No More Deaths which documented the implication of Border Control agents in the systematic destruction of humanitarian supplies, including water stores, and denounced a pattern of harassment, intimidation and surveillance against humanitarian aid workers.

      Warren faces charges on two counts of “harboring” migrants and one count of “conspiring to transport and harbor” migrants.

      Arizona has some of the deadliest migrant corridors along the US border, accounting for more than a third of more than 7,000 border deaths recorded by US authorities over the last two decades. The actual numbers are likely to be higher, given the remains of many of those who die are not recovered.

      “The vital and legitimate humanitarian work of Scott Warren and No More Deaths upholds the right to life and prevents the deaths of migrants and asylum seekers at the US-Mexican border,” said the UN experts.

      “The prosecution of Scott Warren represents an unacceptable escalation of existing patterns criminalising migrant rights defenders along the migrant caravan routes.”

      The experts are in contact with the U.S. authorities on the issues.

      https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=24675&LangID=E

    • Judge declares mistrial in Tucson trial of aid volunteer accused of harboring migrants

      Jurors in the high-profile felony trial against Scott Warren — a humanitarian-aid volunteer charged with harboring two undocumented immigrants in southwestern Arizona — were unable to reach a verdict, prompting the judge to declare a mistrial in the case.

      U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins brought the 12-person jury into the Tucson federal courtroom on the afternoon of June 11, after they indicated for a second time that they were deadlocked on all three charges Warren faced.

      The judge dismissed the jury after each member told him that additional time deliberating would not result in a verdict.

      Collins scheduled a status conference on the trial for July 2, when prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona will decide whether to try Warren again before another jury.

      Prosecutors declined to comment after the judge dismissed the jury, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona has not responded to a request for comment.

      Warren, 36, a volunteer with the group No More Deaths, faced up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted.

      He’s accused of conspiring to transport two undocumented immigrants, Kristian Perez-Villanueva and Jose Arnaldo Sacaria-Goday, and of harboring them for several days in January 2018 in Ajo, Arizona.

      Speaking to reporters outside the federal courthouse, Warren acknowledged that he’d be back in court in a month’s time to learn if the legal case against him would continue.

      But he thanked his supporters who filled the courthouse to capacity on each of the seven days of testimony.

      “But the other men arrested with me that day, Jose Sacaria-Goday and Kristian Perez-Villanueva, have not received the outpouring of support that I have,” Warren said. “I do not know how they are doing now. But I desperately hope that they are safe.”

      Warren said that the need to provide humanitarian aid to migrants crossing the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border still is “as necessary” as ever.

      He pointed out that since his arrest on Jan. 17, 2018, the remains of 88 migrants were recovered from the Ajo corridor, a remote and notoriously rugged desert wilderness in southwestern Arizona.

      Greg Kuykendall, the lead attorney in his defense team, praised volunteers, such as Warren, for using their time and resources to help migrants in need.

      He declined to answer questions about the possibility of a retrial.

      “The government put on its best case, with the full force and countless resources, and 12 jurors could not agree with that case,” Kuykendall said. “We remain devoted today in our commitment to defend Scott’s lifelong devotion to providing humanitarian aid.”
      Volunteers say border humanitarian work will continue

      The hung jury in Warren’s felony trial follows the convictions of several other No More Deaths volunteers for carrying out humanitarian aid duties along protected wilderness areas along the Arizona border.

      In January, a federal judge in Tucson convicted four volunteers of misdemeanors for entering a wildlife refuge without a permit and dropping off food and water for migrants. He sentenced them to 15 months probation, ordered them to pay a fine of $150, and banned them from the refuge.

      The following month, four other No More Deaths volunteers pleaded guilty to a civil infraction of entering a wildlife refuge without a permit, and agreed to pay $280 in fines.

      Warren is also awaiting the outcome of a separate misdemeanor case brought against him for entering protected wilderness areas without a permit.

      Page Corich-Kleim, a longtime volunteer with No More Deaths, said despite these results, their work in providing humanitarian aid will continue along southwestern Arizona.

      “This evening, we have a group of volunteers driving out to Ajo to put water out,” she said. “So throughout this whole trial, we haven’t stopped doing our work and we’re not going to stop doing our work.”

      The jury began deliberations midday on Friday, after attorneys presented their closing arguments in Tucson federal court. But after nearly 15 hours of deliberations, they were unable to reach consensus on the three felony counts against Warren.

      The jurors first notified Collins late Monday afternoon that they were unable to reach a verdict in the case. But the judge asked them to try once again on Tuesday morning.

      But after deadlocking once again on Tuesday morning, Collins thanked them and dismissed them from jury duty.

      The jurors left the courthouse without speaking to the media.
      Prosecutors said Warren conspired to harbor migrants

      During the trial, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona argued that the two migrants were in good health and did not need medical care when they showed up to a building known as “the Barn” on Jan. 14, 2018.

      The prosecutors argued that Warren had conspired with Irineo Mujica, a migrants-rights activist who runs a shelter in nearby Sonoyta, Mexico, to take in the two migrants and shield them from Border Patrol. They also alleged that the humanitarian aid was used as a “cover” to help them further their journey illegally into the United States.

      Agents arrested Warren, as well as Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday, during a Jan. 17, 2018, raid of the Barn, after they had set up surveillance of the area.

      Defense attorneys for Warren said he had no idea that the two men would be at the Barn when he arrived, and that he had followed the protocols No More Deaths had established to provide a medical assessment, as well as food, water, shelter and orientation to the two migrants.

      Warren’s intent was not to break the law, but rather to provide lifesaving aid, his attorneys said.

      https://eu.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/border-issues/2019/06/11/scott-warren-verdict-aiding-undocumented-immigrants-on-us-mexico-border-no-more-deaths/1387036001

    • Jurors refuse to convict activist facing 20 years for helping migrants

      Jury could not reach a verdict against Scott Daniel Warren who was arrested in 2018 for giving migrants water, food and lodging.

      A US jury could not reach a verdict on Tuesday against a border activist who, defense attorneys say, was simply being kind by providing two migrants with water, food and lodging when he was arrested in early 2018.

      Scott Daniel Warren, a 36-year-old college geography instructor, was charged with conspiracy to transport and harbor migrants in a trial that humanitarian aid groups said would have wide implications for their work. He faced up to 20 years in prison.

      Prosecutors maintained the men were not in distress and Warren conspired to transport and harbor them at a property used for providing aid to migrants in an Arizona town near the US-Mexico border.

      The case played out as humanitarian groups say they are coming under increasing scrutiny under Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies.

      Outside the courthouse, Warren thanked his supporters and criticized the government’s efforts to crack down on the number of immigrants coming to the US.

      “Today it remains as necessary as ever for local residents and humanitarian aid volunteers to stand in solidarity with migrants and refugees, and we must also stand for our families, friends and neighbors in the very land itself most threatened by the militarization of our borderland communities,” Warren said.

      Glenn McCormick, a spokesman for the US attorney’s office in Arizona, declined to comment on whether Warren would face another trial. The judge set a 2 July status hearing for the defense and prosecution.

      Warren is one of nine members of the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths who have been charged with crimes related to their work. But he is the only one to face felony charges.

      In west Texas, a county attorney was detained earlier this year after stopping her car on a dark highway to pick up three young migrants who flagged her down. Teresa Todd was held briefly, and federal agents searched her cellphone.

      Border activists say they worry about what they see as the gradual criminalization of humanitarian action.

      Warren has said his case could set a dangerous precedent by expanding the definition of the crimes of transporting and harboring migrants to include people merely trying to help border-crossers in desperate need of water or other necessities.

      Warren and other volunteers with the No More Deaths group also were targeted this year in separate federal misdemeanor cases after leaving water, canned food and other provisions for migrants hiking through the Cabeza Prieta national wildlife refuge in southern Arizona.

      In Warren’s felony case, the defense team headed by Greg Kuykendall argued that Warren could not, in good conscience, turn away two migrants who had recently crossed the desert to enter the US.

      Jurors said on Monday that they could not reach a consensus on the charges against Warren, but a federal judge told them to keep deliberating. They were still deadlocked on Tuesday and ultimately dismissed.

      Thousands of migrants have died crossing the border since the mid-1990s, when heightened enforcement pushed migrant traffic into Arizona’s scorching deserts.

      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/11/arizona-activist-migrant-water-scott-daniel-warren-verdict

    • The gripping case of Scott Warren

      Is offering assistance to illegal immigrants a protected religious practice?

      ONE TROUBLE with liberty is that you never know what people will do with it. In recent years, American conservatives have been passionate defenders of individual religious freedoms, such as the right to have nothing to do with same-sex weddings. But Scott Warren (pictured), an idealistic geographer who is facing felony charges for succouring migrants in the Arizona desert, has now become a standard-bearer for a very different sort of conscientious objection.

      On June 11th his trial, which has been closely watched at the liberal end of America’s religious spectrum, reached deadlock after jurors failed to agree despite three days of deliberation. That was a better result than Mr Warren and his many supporters feared. Prosecutors may seek a retrial.

      https://www.economist.com/united-states/2019/06/15/the-gripping-case-of-scott-warren

    • USA: Decision to retry Dr. Scott Warren is part of wider campaign against human rights defenders

      In response to US federal prosecutors deciding today to retry the human rights defender Dr. Scott Warren after a previous attempt to prosecute him ended in a mistrial, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director Amnesty International, said:

      “By deciding to mount an entirely new trial against Dr. Scott Warren, the Trump administration is doubling down on its attacks against human rights defenders who are doing necessary and life-saving work at the US-Mexico border.”

      “Amnesty International has documented that the criminalization of Dr. Warren is not an isolated incident, but part of a larger politically-motivated campaign of harassment and intimidation by the US government that is in clear violation of US and international law. The US government must immediately halt these campaigns, and Congress should hold authorities accountable for their abuse of power.”


      https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/07/usa-decision-retry-scott-warren-part-of-wider-campaign-against-human-rights

  • To Stop Border Crossings, the U.S. Made the Journey Deadlier

    There is a crisis unfolding at the border — but it’s not the “criminal invasion” that Donald Trump would have you believe. Every day, migrants lost in the borderland deserts call 911 in the hopes of avoiding the gruesome fate of thousands of crossers before them.

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/05/29/opinion/migrant-crisis.html
    #cartographie #visualisation #mourir_aux_frontières #morts #décès #frontières #migrations #USA #Mexique #Etats-Unis
    ping @reka @fil

    Et le plan #prevention_through_deterrence en carte :

    That plan, “Prevention Through Deterrence,” was implemented in 1994 under the Clinton administration.

    ça rappelle cette carte publiée sur @visionscarto :
    « Ceux qui ne sont jamais arrivés », une image du naufrage migratoire en Méditerranée


    https://visionscarto.net/ceux-qui-ne-sont-jamais-arrives

    ping @isskein @karine4

  • Informations sur les migrants morts aux frontières alpines collectées par l’OIM.

    3 cas recensés :

    Lieux :
    #Karlovac
    #Pasjak / #Rupa
    #Žakanje

    #frontière_sud-alpine #montagne #mourir_aux_frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #décès #morts #frontières #Croatie #Route_des_balkans #Slovénie #Zakanje

    J’ajoute à la métaliste sur les morts à la frontière alpine :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

    • Marocchino muore travolto dal treno

      Un uomo marocchino, dall’apparente età di 30 anni, è stato travolto e ucciso ieri sera da un treno in Alto Adige, all’altezza di Oltrisarco, mentre camminava lungo i binari.

      Si tratta di un migrante che, secondo i primi riscontri della polizia ferroviaria, sarebbe stato insieme ad un gruppetto di connazionali. Non è ancora chiaro come lo straniero sia finito sotto le ruote del treno.

      Il decesso è avvenuto sul colpo e ci sono stati una serie di ritardi dei convogli per tutta la nottata. Si tratta del quarto episodio simile nell’ultimo periodo.

      https://www.lavocedeltrentino.it/2018/01/14/marocchino-muore-travolto-dal-treno

    • Tragedia al Brennero: profugo muore folgorato sul treno merci

      Il corpo trovato dagli agenti del commissariato di Brennero sul tetto di un container fermo allo scalo merci. I poliziotti: «Siamo impotenti»
      BRENNERO. Ancora un morto sui treni dei migranti in viaggio dall’Italia verso l’Austria. Questa notte allo scalo merci del Brennero è stato trovato il corpo di un uomo folgorato da una scarica elettrica, sul tetto di un container su un carro merci.

      Il convoglio, partito da Verona, era rimasto bloccato alla stazione di Brennero, a causa del deragliamento in Austria che da qualche giorno ha interrotto la linea oltreconfine. Sono stati gli operatori del Commissariato di polizia del Brennero a trovare il corpo. Durante il controllo di alcuni carri merci poco prima di mezzanotte, hanno notato lo squarcio nel telone di un vagone, fatto da alcuni migranti per salire e scendere.

      Guardando oltre, hanno notato un cadavere sul tetto di un container sul carro a fianco. Il corpo, che non era visibile da sotto, è stato notato dagli agenti saliti sulla cabina «dirigenti in movimento». Probabilmente, il migrante si è alzato in piedi facendo da parafulmine. Si è prodotta una scarica violentissima che lo ha ucciso sul colpo.

      La dinamica. Da quanto si è potuto ricostruire, l’uomo sarebbe salito sul tetto del container per cercare di squarciare dall’alto il telone di un vagone accanto, ed entrare per ripararasi dal freddo. Mentre era sul tetto, il treno avrebbe fatto un piccolo movimento, facendogli perdere l’equilibrio. Il migrante avrebbe quindi toccato i fili dell’alta tensione.

      Il suo corpo ha fatto da conduttore, scaricando l’energia verso terra. Dallo stato del cadavere, completamente carbonizzato, non è stato ancora possibile risalire alla nazionalità e all’identità della vittima. La salma è stata trasportata all’ospedale di Vipiteno. Molto probabilmente si tratta di un africano di circa 30 anni. In questi giorni infatti, a causa dell’incidente ferroviario in Austria, sono molti i giovani africani (una trentina) che - nonostante le temperature polari - stazionano a Brennero in attesa di passare il confine verso Nord.

      Si tratta dell’ennesima tragedia sulla linea del Brennero che vede coinvolti migranti che tentano di arrivare in Germania saltando a bordo dei carri merci.

      LE REAZIONI. In mattinata è stata diramata una nota a firma di Mario Deriu e Fulvio Coslovi, segretari provinciali dei sindacati di polizia Siulp e Coisp.

      "La morte di un uomo - si legge -, ancor più quando avviene tragicamente, suscita su ognuno di noi sentimento di pervasiva impotenza, ma quando questa è determinata da silenzi egoistici è da politiche di interesse di parte, bene, allora, siamo in qualche misura tutti responsabili. Questo per affermare che incrementare ossessivamente i controlli di polizia militarizzando la frontiera, non produce alcun risultato, se questi non sono sostenuti da precise scelte di politica europea, condivise e non unilaterali. Diversamente, per il futuro, non possiamo che presagire il ripetersi di tragedie di terra sul nostro territorio. I poliziotti, per l’ennesima volta, hanno assistito al dramma di una morte ingiusta. Toccati umanamente dalla cattiva sorte che ha colpito un uomo disperato, che cercava di realizzare il sogno di vita migliore, anche in questa occasione gli operatori hanno mostrato umanità e professionalità con la consapevolezza di non poter essere gli «armotizzatori sociali» di un fenomeno epocale".

      http://www.altoadige.it/cronaca/bolzano/tragedia-al-brennero-profugo-muore-folgorato-sul-treno-merci-1.1479811

    • Muore folgorato sul treno merci al Brennero

      Un migrante è morto nella notte su un treno merci al Brennero, salito con molta probabilità a Verona, nel suo viaggio dall’Italia verso l’Austria. L’uomo è stato folgorato da una scarica elettrica, sul tetto di un container su un carro merci. La notizia, di Alto Adige online, è stata confermata dalla polizia. Il convoglio numero 43128 verso le ore 23 era rimasto bloccato alla stazione di Brennero, a causa del deragliamento in Austria che da qualche giorno ha interrotto la linea oltreconfine.

      http://www.larena.it/territori/citt%C3%A0/muore-folgorato-sul-treno-merci-al-brennero-1.6190331