• #Conférence_de_presse « La solidarité n’est pas un crime »
    https://www.facebook.com/sosf.fanpage/videos/786198595185108/?hc_location=ufi
    #délit_de_solidarité #statistiques #chiffres #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #Suisse

    Pétition
    La solidarité n’est pas un crime ! Pour une modification de l’article 116 de la Loi fédérale sur les étrangers et l’intégration

    Mesdames et Messieurs les Parlementaires,

    De plus en plus, des individus venant en aide à des personnes en situation de très grande détresse se retrouvent face à un tribunal, parce qu’ils n’ont pas respecté l’article 116 de la Loi fédérale sur les étrangers et l’intégration (LEI) qui interdit l’aide à l’entrée, à la sortie et au séjour illégaux. Lisa Bosia, Norbert Valley ou encore Anni Lanz sont des exemples emblématiques de l’acharnement des autorités à casser l’élan de solidarité envers les réfugié·e·s qui grandit au sein de la population. Au lieu de rendre des comptes à propos de leur pratique de renvoi plus que discutable, elles se servent du droit pénal pour s’attaquer aux personnes qui agissent de manière critique.

    La solidarité n’est pas un crime. Elle doit être encouragée et non réprimée. Alors que toujours davantage d’exilé·e·s se retrouvent dans une grande précarité en raison des politiques xénophobes des gouvernements européens, l’assistance à autrui doit aller de soi, peu importe les papiers.

    Mesdames et Messieurs les Parlementaires, vous aurez bientôt une occasion de faire honneur à la tradition humanitaire de la Suisse et à des personnages dont nous pouvons être fiers comme Paul Grüninger ou Carl Lutz : soutenez l’initiative parlementaire 18.461 « En finir avec le délit de solidarité », qui vise à modifier l’article 116 de la LEI « pour ne plus criminaliser des individus prêtant assistance, dès lors que l’acte est désintéressé et que ces personnes n’en retirent aucun profit personnel ».


    http://article116.mystrikingly.com

    Pour télécharger la pétition en pdf :


    https://www.sosf.ch/cms/upload/pdf/Petition_Article116_Nouveau.pdf

    #Anni_Lanz #Solidarité_sans_frontières

    ping @isskein @karine4

    • Ouvrons les fenêtres

      La solidarité n’est pas un crime. Quelque 30’000 signatures ont été déposées mercredi pour que les amendes frappant des personnes venant en aide aux migrants cessent. L’an passé 972 personnes se sont retrouvées devant la justice… pour avoir fait preuve de générosité !

      La logique voudrait que soient condamnés des malhonnêtes qui exploitent la misère du monde : les passeurs, les usuriers, les marchands de sommeil. Mais, aujourd’hui, sous-louer à prix coûtant une chambre à une personne en détresse, aider un proche ou une personne frappée de non entrée en matière vous exposent à subir le marteau de la loi.

      Notre monde crève de son manque d’humanité ; mais il semble plus urgent à certains de combattre celles et ceux qui ne se résignent pas à vivre dans un monde sans cœur… Il est indispensable de biffer de la loi sur les étrangers et l’intégration ces dispositions liberticides.

      D’autant plus que, juridiquement, on ne comprend pas très bien à quoi correspond cette volonté de criminaliser des personnes qui n’ont rien fait de mal, à part écouter leur conscience. Ou plutôt, si on suit la logique profonde de cette législation, il semble urgent à d’aucuns de protéger la société contre l’aide désintéressée. Dans un monde fondé seulement sur le fric et le pouvoir, une démarche altruiste est en effet hautement suspecte et dangereuse pour l’ordre établi.

      Une initiative parlementaire demandant qu’il soit mis fin à ce dispositif légal va être débattue au printemps. Une nouvelle majorité est sortie des urnes cet automne. Il suffirait qu’une douzaine de députés de droite se rallient à ce texte pour faire bouger les lignes de crête. Ce serait là une belle occasion de montrer qu’un climat nouveau s’est effectivement installé au Palais fédéral.


      https://lecourrier.ch/2019/12/04/ouvrons-les-fenetres

  • Appel à soutien pour l’association Pensez Sauvage
    https://pensezsauvage.org/appel_a_soutien

    L’Association Pensez Sauvage conserve et diffuse des graines non hybrides de légumes et de fleurs, issues de ses cultures, dans le respect des sols et de l’environnement.
    Elle participe ainsi, à son échelle, à la pérennisation d’un héritage alimentaire en proposant aux jardiniers des semences reproductibles.
    Oui ! Reproductibles car, toutes les graines issues de ces cultures peuvent être ressemées et ne seront ainsi que plus adaptées à leur terroir.

    Depuis 10 ans l’association est hébergée « chez l’habitant » qui n’est autre que ses bénévoles.
    Désormais elle désire s’établir dans un lieu pérenne avec des terres et des locaux afin d’enrichir ses ateliers.

    #graines #semences_reproductibles #solidarité #paysans #copinage :)

  • Madame M retrouvée morte dans sa cellule
    Ronald Martel, La Tribune, le 6 novembre 2019
    https://www.latribune.ca/actualites/madame-m-retrouvee-morte-dans-sa-cellule-48e5bade26f593798ccc9e63bb1156c6

    Rappelons qu’à l’automne 2009, Madame M a reçu un appel de ses enfants en pleurs qui, cachés dans un hangar désaffecté, l’exhortaient à venir les chercher, car leur père les violentait moralement et physiquement et ils désiraient venir vivre avec elle. La femme avait alors décidé d’emmener ses enfants dans sa fuite jusqu’au Canada, d’où elle est originaire.

    Mais la justice américaine a le bras long. Elle avait accordé le droit de garde des enfants à leur père. C’est la base sur laquelle repose toute l’histoire, car malgré la violence du père qui a été prouvée même par une vidéo, le principe est demeuré intact.

    Plusieurs procédures judiciaires en Cour supérieure, en Cour d’appel, même jusqu’en Cour suprême, ont été menées par cette mère dans sa quête de justice.

    #Migrants #Extradition #Suicide #Torture #Assassinat #Prison #Injustice #Criminalisation_des_migrants #Sexisme #violence_sexiste #solidarité_masculine #USA #Canada

  • #Lundy_Bancroft : « Pourquoi fait-il cela ? »
    https://tradfem.wordpress.com/2019/11/26/pourquoi-fait-il-cela-par-lundy-bancroft

    Chapitre 15 – Créer un monde sans violence , par Lundy Bancroft
    La violence conjugale est un cyclone qui saccage les vies de femmes et d’enfants et laisse derrière elle bien des décombres : confiance en soi brisée, perte de liberté, arrêt du développement personnel, peur, amertume, dévastation financière, humiliation, profonde tristesse, blessures physiques, âpres litiges de garde, isolement, conflits créés entre mères et enfants, secrets et mensonges.

    Aucune femme ne devrait avoir à vivre cela ; ses enfants non plus. Mais d’autres vies sont également affectées : chaque femme violentée a des proches et des parents qui souffrent aussi, inquiets et blessés de constater ce qui lui arrive. Certaines des personnes qui viennent me confier leur angoisse sont des hommes cherchant désespérément des façons d’aider leurs filles, leurs sœurs ou leurs mères, qu’ils voient être progressivement détruites. En fait, il est rare que je rencontre quelqu’un, homme ou femme, dont la vie n’a pas été, à un moment ou l’autre, profondément affectée par un abuseur.

    Ces dernières années, j’ai consacré de plus en plus de mes conférences aux répercussions sur les enfants de l’exposition à la violence conjugale. Durant l’écriture du présent livre, j’ai participé à une session de formation d’agents de police. Un jeune policier de forte stature – il devait être aussi large que grand – m’a pris à part durant une pause pour me dire : « J’ai grandi dans une famille où avaient lieu toutes ces choses dont vous parlez. Mon vieux était exactement ce que vous décrivez ; il passait son temps à nous intimider et à terrifier chacun de nous. Il m’a aussi amené à me méfier de ma mère, comme vous disiez. Mais nous avons tous compris son jeu en vieillissant, et ma mère et moi sommes très proches aujourd’hui. » Je lui ai dit à quel point j’étais heureux qu’il soit devenu agent de police : lorsqu’une famille appellerait à l’aide, il y avait une chance de plus pour qu’on leur envoie un policier qui puisse voir la situation avec les yeux d’un enfant et se souvenir qu’eux et elles aussi sont des victimes.

    Traduction : #Tradfem
    Version originale :


    #violences_masculines #protection_féministe #solidarité #stratégie_de_l'agresseur

  • #LaPrécaritéTue ? Ne pas taire la précarité.
    Mail à un assistant parlementaire d’une sénatrice socialiste, mais aussi lettre ouverte aux politiques qui prétendent combattre la précarité.

    Il y a quelques jours j’ai trouvé dans une boite mail que je consulte peu une « demande » pour utiliser une de mes photos sur le blog d’une sénatrice. Sans avoir attendu ma réponse, ladite photo a été publiée pour illustrer un article sur les ravages de la précarité et une manœuvre sénatoriale pour y remédier... J’ai fait le choix de ne pas porter plainte mais de rendre publique ma réponse, des fois que ça puisse faire avancer un peu la question des droits et du précariat entretenu par celleux qui prétendent le combattre.

    Bonjour.

    Je relève peu cette adresse google, ayant désormais un autre mail principal, *@riseup.net, il faudrait que je mette mes coordonnées de contact à jour. Je vous présente donc mes excuses pour le délai de réponse.

    Pour autant, je dois vous avouer être un tantinet « gênée » par votre publication de ma photo bien que, techniquement, dans votre monde, vous penserez n’avoir sans doute rien à vous reprocher. D’autant que, fait très rare et malgré une date de péremption extrêmement courte, vous m’avez « demandé » l’autorisation quelques minutes (?) heure (?) avant son utilisation !

    Donc, dans un premier temps, je vous demande de retirer cette photo du blog de la sénatrice X ici :
    http://***

    Mais venons-en au fond. Et bien que je ne me fasse guère d’illusion, je rêve que ce qui va suivre vous fasse prendre conscience que vous, non pas l’assistant parlementaire qui a peut-être fait une bourde (je m’attends tellement à cette excuse !) mais VOUS, les "socialistes" qui avez plein de choix incohérents avec ce que vous prétendez défendre, vous pérennisez la précarité et, pire, vous l’exploitez.

    Vous utilisez une photo en #creatives_commons pour une publication politique dans le cadre de votre #travail de documentation du travail d’une sénatrice en fonction, sur son site web. Selon vous, c’est « non commercial ».
    En êtes-vous sûr ?

    Déjà, que signifie « #non_commercial » côté creative commons ?
    Utilisation non commerciale signifie que l’utilisation n’a pas principalement pour but ou pour objectif d’obtenir un avantage commercial ou une compensation financière. L’échange de l’Œuvre sous licence avec d’autres œuvres soumises aux Droit d’auteur et droits connexes par voie de partage de fichiers numériques ou autres moyens analogues constitue une Utilisation non commerciale à condition qu’il n’y ait aucun avantage commercial ni aucune compensation financière en relation avec la transaction.
    Et que signifie le « sa » de la licence que j’ai choisie ? Il signifie que la publication doit se faire dans les mêmes conditions, toutes les conditions, le rapport à la #rétribution aussi : si je suis bénévole, vous êtes bénévole !
    Vous ne pouvez pas proposer ou imposer des termes ou des conditions supplémentaires ou différents ou appliquer des Mesures techniques efficaces à l’Œuvre dérivée qui seraient de nature à restreindre l’exercice des Droits accordés par la Licence d’Œuvre dérivée que Vous appliquez.
    source : https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/legalcode.fr

    Madame X est payée pour sa fonction de sénatrice. Son blog a une visée politique professionnelle puisqu’il rend compte de son travail, de ses opinions politiques et qu’il est alimenté par l’équipe parlementaire dont vous, assistant parlementaire, rémunéré (et d’autres, d’après ce que j’ai vu). Nous sommes donc dans le cadre d’un commerce de pensée, absolument pas bénévole, et même si la « morale » capitaliste vous a donné l’absolution en estimant « non-commercial » le fait d’être rétribué pour un travail de politique publique, il y a bien des compensations financières à toutes ces activités. Les vendeurs d’information mainstream pensent d’ailleurs la même chose que vous, ce qui explique grandement l’extrême #précarité des métiers de l’illustration... à une époque où l’image règne en maitresse de nos sens, voilà un bien cruel paradoxe !
    Il se trouve que je suis au #RSA. Il se trouve que j’ai le droit à de réguliers contrôles, intrusifs, sur le fait de ne pas avoir « d’activité », ou sur, ô mon dieu, 200€ de cadeau qui arrivent sur mon compte à Noël et que j’aurai dû déclarer (si si, vérifiez, c’est passé, même les étrennes de Noël doivent être déclarées et sont retirées à 100% de la solidarité sociale !)
    Bref, vous ne m’avez pas « emprunté » une photo libre de droit mais vous m’avez forcée à être bénévole pour le Parti Socialiste.
    Et ça n’est pas du tout pareil.

    Après plusieurs jours de réflexion, je fais le choix de ne pas perdre de l’énergie en une procédure judiciaire, que je remporterai sans nul doute, les Creatives Commons étant certes désormais reconnues par la loi française, mais en tant que complément, le droit moral étant inaliénable :
    Toute oeuvre, dès sa matérialisation, est automatiquement (en France) protégée par le droit d’auteur. Les licences Creative Commons viennent en complément du droit applicable, elles ne se substituent pas au droit, l’auteur n’abandonne pas ses droits, il précise par le choix d’une licence CC la manière dont il souhaite les exercer. Le droit d’auteur qui s’applique par défaut requiert de devoir donner son accord par contrat pour toute exploitation. Avec une licence CC, l’auteur autorise à l’avance certaines utilisations de son oeuvre alors que certains autres droits restent réservés et soumis à l’autorisation de l’auteur.
    source : https://creativecommons.fr/faqs

    Je me permets d’ailleurs de vous faire remarquer le choix que j’ai dû faire sur le site où vous êtes allé télécharger la photo, nom du fichier faisant foi : https://www.flickr.com/photos/valkphotos/49054916252/in/album-72157711750301397

    Flickr
     : hé oui, juste en dessous on lit « tous droits réservés » assorti du logo © #copyright ! Le vol d’une photo par #Causeurs il y a des années m’avait incitée à, hélas, faire ce non-choix, devant la méconnaissance et parfois la mauvaise foi crasse des pilleurs d’images... ce qui n’a pas empêché le #JDD d’en faire autant il y a deux ans (https://twitter.com/ValKphotos/status/942791427691614208 & https://seenthis.net/messages/653494 )

    J’en profite pour souligner que vous n’avez pas choisi une photo brute et live d’une personne proche de Madame X mais bien une #œuvre pour laquelle j’ai prévisualisé un résultat, j’ai pris du temps à choisir une vitesse très lente, une ouverture de diaphragme minimale, fait de multiples essais en retenant mon souffle, puis procédé à un traitement précis en noir et blanc très contrasté pour obtenir ce résultat et, si vous allez voir plus loin, dans les métadonnées (ce qu’on appelle exif), vous trouverez de multiples renseignements allant bien au delà de la simple date de la prise de vue... Cela n’a strictement aucune importance dans le cadre juridique qui nous concerne mais c’est juste pour faire taire ces petites voix régulières sur l’absence de travail d’un-e #photographe, ou d’inféoder le #professionnalisme à la seule rémunération...

    Je tente donc par ce mail, une énième fois, d’alerter des personnes qui pensent faire de la politique « #sociale » afin qu’elles comprennent à quel point elles se sont corrompues en acceptant les règles absolument amorales du #capitalisme et de la course professionnelle aux voix politiques afin de prendre le pouvoir (au lieu de le rendre). J’aimerai tellement apprendre que, désormais, tous les blogs et sites de tou-te-s les élu-e-s alloueront un réel budget à l’illustration,feront appel en priorité à des travaux de professionnel-le-s, attendront le #CONSENTEMENT (bah ouai) avant de faire quoi que ce soit et, pour les cas de réel #bénévolat ou réellement libres de tous droits, que ce budget non-utilisé ne soit pas considéré comme une « économie » gagnée mais ira à des caisses de #solidarité pour les plus précaires... Voilà qui serait cohérent plutôt qu’utiliser la précarité pour illustrer... le drame de la précarité ! Franchement, vous vous rendez-compte de la violence du sentiment que j’ai ressenti là ?! Et je ne parle même pas de la politique « #socialiste » qui dérive années après années, qui transforme #Nantes en nécropole à force de choix faits essentiellement par des hommes blancs trentenaires et valides, ni du rapport de la Ville aux tags politiques : c’est à hurler !

    Afin que tout ceci ne soit pas lettre morte, car pour écrire un tel mail il me faut plusieurs heures qui elles non plus ne sont pas rémunérées, je vais faire comme vous : je vous préviens que ce mail sera publié publiquement mais je n’attends pas votre accord. Cet éventuel accord, je vous le demande pour avoir l’autorisation de révéler vos identités... ce qui vous grandirait ! Et si, à ma grande surprise, cela donnait lieu à un mea culpa et une réponse politique, je n’aurai pas fait tout ce travail d’explication pour rien ! Voire, je pourrai même l’ajouter au billet publié (n’en attendez aucune gloire, bien que pas mal suivie sur les réseaux, ce ne sera qu’un grain de poussière dans le bruit ambiant)

    Enfin, s’il vous venait l’envie de vous racheter ou de rémunérer mon #travail, j’ai mis en place non pas une cagnotte de soutien mais un compte rémunérateur pour mes multiples activités : sociales, d’information, d’illustration /.../ la plupart du temps bénévoles par défaut : https://liberapay.com/ValK : surtout n’hésitez pas à y laisser un peu de compensation ;)

    « Bien cordialement »

    ValK.

    +-+->
    photos : http://frama.link/valk
    audios : https://archive.org/details/@karacole
    infos : https://twitter.com/karacole__
    repos : https://www.instagram.com/kolavalk
    pot commun : https://liberapay.com/ValK

    • Merci @monolecte ! J’ai reçu une réponse dudit assistant. Je laisse reposer mon énervement cette nuit et verrai demain si j’ai envie d’en causer (est-ce qu’il a évolué ? est-ce qu’il va y avoir un changement de comportement ? spoïler : non ! est-ce que je suis injuste ? spoïler : oui ! )

      A sa demande cependant, je publie ici sa demande initiale :

      J’ai bien noté la publication de votre texte sur vos réseaux. Je note également que vous y reproduisez votre réponse sans mon courriel initial, ce qui élude une partie de mes précautions (la demande d’autorisation, précisément, dans le respect de votre droit moral)…

      Le mar. 19 nov. 2019 à 10:46, xxx a écrit :

      Bonjour,

      Je tiens à vous faire savoir que j’envisage d’utiliser une de vos photos (rassemblement précarité étudiante au Tertre le 12/11) pour illustrer un article (article publié il y a qq minutes mais non diffusé pour l’instant), cet article étant sur le site web de la sénatrice socialiste de la Loire-Atlantique X (pas d’utilisation commerciale).

      Comme à l’accoutumée sur ce site, j’ai mentionné les crédits Commons, vous ai attribué la photo et l’ai reliée à votre compte flickr.

      Si toutefois vous ne souhaitiez pas être associée au contenu de l’article, merci de m’en faire part, je trouverai une autre illustration, mais moins bonne.

      Bien cordialement,

      Vous êtes libre d’intégrer cette réponse à votre article mais je ne tiens pas à ce que mon identité, celle de mon employeure ni mes coordonnées soient dévoilées.

      Je reste à votre disposition pour échanger plus en détail sur la question de la rémunération de la création artistique, par téléphone ou autour d’un café.

      Bien sincèrement,
      xxx

  • Anti-eviction map

    The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is a data-visualization, data analysis, and #storytelling collective documenting the dispossession and resistance upon gentrifying landscapes. Primarily working in the #San_Francisco_Bay Area, #Los_Angeles, and #New_York_City, we are all volunteers producing digital maps, oral history work, film, murals, and community events. Working with a number of community partners and in solidarity with numerous housing movements, we study and visualize new entanglements of global capital, real estate, technocapitalism, and political economy. Our narrative oral history and video work centers the displacement of people and complex social worlds, but also modes of resistance. Maintaining antiracist and feminist analyses as well as decolonial methodology, the project creates tools and disseminates data contributing to collective resistance and movement building.


    https://www.antievictionmap.com
    #cartographie #cartographie_critique #cartographie_radicale #évacuation #résistance #gentrification #urban_matter #USA #Etats-Unis #histoires #histoire_orale #solidarité #logement #habitat #décolonial
    ping @karine4 @cede

  • « #Habiter le monde, c’est être libre de se déplacer »

    Exister, c’est « sortir de soi et de chez soi ». Pourtant, les hommes sont-ils égaux quand il s’agit de vivre chez l’autre ?, interroge la philosophe ivoirienne #Tanella_Boni dans un récit très personnel.

    Invitée à s’interroger sur le verbe « habiter » pour la collection « Paradisier » des éditions Museo, la philosophe ivoirienne Tanella Boni ne livre pas un essai aride sur ce qu’habiter le monde peut vouloir signifier. Au contraire, elle a opté pour un récit personnel et intime. C’est qu’en plus d’être professeure de philosophie à l’Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny à Abidjan, l’actuelle membre du comité d’organisation de la Fédération internationale des sociétés de philosophie est aussi une romancière (prix Ahmadou-Kourouma 2005 pour Matins couvre-feu) et une poétesse reconnue.

    A partir de son expérience de vie entre Abidjan et Toulouse et de ses souvenirs d’enfance, elle questionne cette « spécificité humaine » qu’est l’habiter, qui s’exprime de diverses manières à travers les âges et les cultures. « En Afrique, explique-t-elle au Monde, on oublie peu à peu comment vivre avec l’ensemble du vivant. Il ne s’agit certes pas de revivre comme avant, mais on peut néanmoins s’interroger sur l’érosion de ce lien avec le vivant qui nous amène à construire des villes sans espaces verts, par exemple, ou à utiliser des matériaux modernes introduits par le colonisateur et qui nous oblige à utiliser la climatisation, alors que l’on n’en avait pas besoin avant. Il est important de revaloriser les savoir-faire locaux pour contrer cette obsession moderniste. »
    Lire aussi La Colonie, quartier général de l’intelligentsia « décoloniale »

    Dans Habiter selon Tanella Boni, elle montre comment en Côte d’Ivoire, dans des temps pas si anciens, « l’eau, la terre, le feu, le vent, l’arbre et l’animal étaient parties prenantes de la société des humains qui vivaient en symbiose avec la nature. Des valeurs fondamentales – comme la solidarité – trouvaient leur ancrage dans cette société hiérarchisée où les inégalités avaient toute leur place. On était solidaire parce qu’il y avait des puissants et des faibles, des hommes et des femmes, des enfants et des personnes âgées. » Il importe aujourd’hui, affirme-t-elle, de revaloriser ces savoir-faire traditionnels qui « ont fait leurs preuves » et permettent d’habiter durablement le monde, de manière écologique, et de renoncer à la standardisation de la mondialisation qui a abouti à l’effacement des mondes locaux.
    « Profondes empreintes »

    Tanella Boni rappelle qu’habiter le monde ne se dit pas uniquement dans des structures matérielles, mais s’exprime également dans les imaginaires et les langues que l’on vit. Or le « grand chambardement » qu’a été la colonisation a profondément bouleversé les manières africaines d’être au monde et frappé les esprits et les psychés. En imposant, par exemple, un droit colonial sur des lois coutumières, la France a introduit de la dissonance dont l’écho retentit encore aujourd’hui contribuant aux délétères – et parfois meurtriers – conflits fonciers. « Le pays dominant laisse toujours de profondes empreintes sur nos manières de penser et d’agir », écrit-elle. La question qui se pose alors est de savoir comment ne pas être habité par l’ancien colon.

    En pillant et en détruisant les œuvres d’art, dont il est question aujourd’hui de les restituer aux Etats africains demandeurs, c’est tout une manière d’habiter les mondes que la colonisation a sapée. Les statuettes que les Baoulé, Wan, Gouro, Mona désignent par ce que l’on pourrait traduire par « humains de bois », analyse Tanella Boni, ne sont jamais des objets mais « l’esprit d’un humain qu’un sculpteur qui a appris les règles de son art “rencontre”. Il sculpte ou incruste cet esprit dans le bois » et ensuite les « humains de bois » « jouent leur propre rôle, de protection des vivants ».

    En procédant de la sorte, la France coloniale a affirmé haut et fort aux colonisés que le monde qu’ils habitaient n’étaient pas le leur, comme l’Europe ou les Etats-Unis peuvent le proclamer aujourd’hui à la face de ceux que l’on qualifie désormais de « migrants ». Or, explique Tanella Boni, « se déplacer dans une autre région de son pays fait partie de l’habiter. Migrer dans un autre pays, c’est aussi habiter. (…) Habiter, ce n’est pas être figé en un lieu », c’est se mouvoir, « être libre de se déplacer », et évoluer, ne pas être fermé sur soi.

    Habiter, c’est se sentir chez soi. Mais il arrive que l’on puisse être étranger chez soi, lorsque l’on est mis au ban de la société, à l’image des enfants microbes, ces enfants des rues d’Abidjan qui volent, agressent et parfois tuent. L’on peut également être étranger chez soi lorsqu’il s’agit d’« habiter un monde hétéronormé et patriarcal dans un corps de femme », explique encore Tanella Boni, qui a été pendant deux décennies la seule femme à enseigner au département de philosophie de l’université Félix Houphouët-Boigny.
    « Strates d’habitation »

    Les appartenances sont mouvantes et relèvent aussi d’un choix. En cela, migrer n’est pas une sinécure. C’est une épreuve existentielle qui renvoie « à une manière d’exister, d’être et de connaître ». Epreuve, car il n’est pas toujours aisé d’endosser différentes « strates d’habitation », de composer sa manière de vivre et d’être au monde à partir des différents legs qui sont les nôtres, qu’il s’agisse d’éléments culturels ou de langues. Comment alors se dire soi dans la langue de l’autre ? En l’apprivoisant et en la faisant sienne sans pour autant oublier sa propre langue, suggère l’écrivaine, qui confie se situer « à la croisée des langues », c’est-à-dire écrire en français « en présence d’autres langues qui [l]’habitent ».

    La migration est épreuve également parce qu’elle « n’en finit pas de durer, puisqu’elle apparaît comme un passage éprouvant pour le corps, la mémoire, l’imagination, et toutes nos facultés ». La schizophrénie guette lorsque l’on éprouve une double absence, celle du pays de départ et celle du pays d’arrivée qui refuse de vous accueillir pleinement. « Vivre entre ici et là-bas, ne pas savoir où l’on habite est une histoire de folie qui peut durer toute une vie. » Et de rappeler qu’exister, c’est littéralement « sortir de soi et de chez soi ». Dès lors, refuser aux migrants le droit de vivre hors de chez eux n’est rien d’autre que nier leur humaine condition. Et rejouer la partition coloniale qui distinguait en l’Occident une zone de l’être et dans les pays colonisés, une zone du non-être.

    https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2019/11/10/habiter-le-monde-c-est-etre-libre-de-se-deplacer_6018695_3212.html#xtor=AL-3
    #mobilité #liberté #liberté_de_circulation #être_au_monde #colonisation #Afrique #solidarité #droit_colonial #lois_coutumières #foncier #conflits_fonciers #chez_soi #langue #langues #corps #mémoire #double_absence
    #faire_monde
    ping @karine4 @cede

  • A #Riace

    In Calabria è un paese che sa sperare bene,
    un sindaco capace di capire con il cuore,
    un bel giorno ai paesani così prese a parlare: amici,
    amici miei ascoltatemi sentite bene a me,
    questo paese è morto cosi non si va avanti,
    sono partiti tutti partono i migranti,
    mancano le stagioni mancano i quattrini,
    mancano le braccia mancano i contadini,
    partono i Narduzzi, Capace, Natofini, Toscale, Caffitta, Capotonno,
    stiamo andando a fondo,stiamo andando a fondo.

    Le vecchie case vuote da far male io non voglio più vederle,
    venitemi ad aiutare persino i vecchi al bar non sanno cosa fare,
    hanno perso il compagno per il loro tresette,
    mi guardano spaesati, qua male si mette,
    siamo soli, qua non c’è più vita,
    siamo soli qua non si va più avanti,
    è arrivato il giorno il momento del coraggio
    per i nostri giovani chiudere e partire,
    chiudere e scappare, chiudere e migrare, oppure?

    Quelle case abbandonate, si vecchie sbeccolate,
    ma, potrebbero essere aggiustate
    Io li ho visti i migranti belli giovani e tanti,
    forti ammassati nei campi senza un avvenire
    Loro un aiuto a noi lo potremmo dare, e loro a noi
    venite migranti, non è più l’ora di migrare,
    questa è l’ora di abitare, venite,
    vi scegliete una casa ve la riparate
    ed è vostra per sempre, questa è una promessa
    è il sindaco che vi parla, venite,
    noi diamo una casa a voi, e voi ridate un paese a noi..
    Silenzio

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=hH5l-EM3z-g

    source : https://www.ildeposito.org/canti/riace

    #migrations #asile #réfugiés #chanson #musique #Mimmo_Lucano #Italie #SPRAR #accueil #solidarité #Giovanna_Marini

    ping @sinehebdo

  • #Pour_Sama

    #Waad_al-Kateab est une jeune femme syrienne qui vit à Alep lorsque la guerre éclate en 2011. Sous les bombardements, la vie continue. Waad tombe amoureuse, se marie avec Hamza et donne naissance à sa fille, Sama. Elle filme au quotidien les #pertes, les #espoirs et la #solidarité du peuple d’Alep. Son mari médecin sauve des centaines de vies dans un hôpital de fortune. Le couple est déchiré entre la protection de leur enfant et leur combat pour la #liberté.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGp7C79Pvzg

    #film #documentaire #film_documentaire #Alep #guerre #vie #bombardements #hôpital #Syrie #révolution #résistance #ville #ville_en_guerre #témoignage #siège

  • Contre les campagnes antimusulmans et contre tous les racismes | Communiqué de LO
    https://journal.lutte-ouvriere.org/2019/11/06/contre-les-campagnes-antimusulmans-et-contre-tous-les-racism

    Lutte ouvrière appelle à participer aux manifestations organisées le 10 novembre contre le #racisme et l’#islamophobie.

    Depuis plusieurs mois, un concours de #démagogie à fond raciste et xénophobe bat son plein dans le monde politicien et médiatique, notamment sous forme d’attaques répétées contre les musulmans.

    Pour faire diversion face à la montée du mécontentement social, #Macron et ses ministres ont repris à leur compte une partie des thèmes de campagne et du vocabulaire du Rassemblement national, entretenant la confusion entre terrorisme, #immigration, #islam et question du #voile. Ils sont relayés par tous les politiciens qui, à droite et à l’extrême droite, cherchent à capter les voix de l’électorat le plus réactionnaire.

    La surenchère odieuse à laquelle se livrent tous ces politiciens ne peut que renforcer les préjugés et les comportements racistes, et encourager les plus violents à passer à l’acte, comme cela a été le cas lors de l’attentat commis contre la mosquée de Bayonne. Il est indispensable de s’opposer à ces pousse-au-crime !

    En participant à ces manifestations, Lutte ouvrière tient à affirmer sa #solidarité avec tous ceux qui sont injustement pointés du doigt . Plus que jamais, il faut affirmer que les travailleurs, quelle que soit leur origine ou leur #religion, constituent une même classe, avec les mêmes intérêts à défendre et un même combat à mener pour s’émanciper et changer la société .
    Communiqué de Lutte ouvrière du 5 novembre

  • #MeToo dans le cinéma : l’actrice Adèle Haenel brise un nouveau tabou - Page 1 | Mediapart
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/france/031119/metoo-dans-le-cinema-l-actrice-adele-haenel-brise-un-nouveau-tabou?onglet=

    3 novembre 2019 Par Marine Turchi

    L’actrice Adèle Haenel accuse le réalisateur Christophe Ruggia d’« attouchements » et de « harcèlement sexuel » lorsqu’elle était âgée de 12 à 15 ans. Son récit est conforté par de nombreux documents et témoignages. Mediapart retrace son long cheminement, de la « prise de parole impossible » au « silence devenu insupportable ». Le cinéaste conteste « catégoriquement » les faits.

    #viol #harcèlement_sexuel #meetoo

  • À Avignon, victoire pour le droit au #Logement des personnes exilées
    https://www.bastamag.net/Avignon-Rosmerta-diocese-occupation-refugies-familles-exil-justice-droit-a

    A Avignon, une association qui occupe un bâtiment du diocèse pour accueillir des réfugiés a obtenu un délai de trois ans avant de devoir évacuer. Un soulagement pour les 150 bénévoles qui s’activent depuis un an. « Nous sommes très contents. Les habitants aussi sont soulagés. » Chantal Raffanel et les autres bénévoles de l’association Rosmerta d’Avignon viennent d’obtenir une importante victoire. Lundi 28 octobre, le tribunal d’instance d’Avignon a accordé à l’association et à près de 50 personnes exilées, (...) En bref

    / #Luttes_sociales, #Garantir_l'accès_au_logement, #Migrations, Logement, #Solidarités_internationales

  • Polémique sur des listes noires de mauvais payeurs incluant des enfants Tristan Hertig, Noémie Guignard - 29 Octobre 2019 - RTS
    https://www.rts.ch/info/regions/autres-cantons/10821859-polemique-sur-des-listes-noires-de-mauvais-payeurs-incluant-des-enfants

    Les listes noires de mauvais payeurs de primes d’assurances maladie tenues par certains cantons sont controversées. Cet automne, c’est le canton de Thurgovie qui est montré du doigt à Berne car il est le seul à inclure les mineurs dans sa liste.
    Depuis maintenant plus de 10 ans, Thurgovie fait figure d’exception dans le paysage politique suisse, parce qu’il inclut les enfants dans sa liste noire de mauvais payeurs d’assurances maladie. Par conséquent, certains traitements peuvent être refusés, à l’exception des cas d’urgences médicales.

    Au cabinet Schlossberg, il n’y a encore jamais eu de refus, mais les situations sont parfois délicates : « Evidemment, pour les urgences, on ne se pose aucune question. Pour certains médicaments, on doit discuter avec les parents. Pour les vaccins par exemple, ils doivent régler la facture sur place ou alors on leur fait une ordonnance pour la pharmacie. Mais les grands examens ne peuvent être entrepris si les parents ne peuvent pas payer et si les caisses maladie refusent la prise en charge », explique Carsten Peters, pédiatre et fondateur du cabinet.

    A l’encontre des droits de l’enfant, selon la Confédération
    A Berne, la conseillère nationale socialiste thurgovienne Edith Graf-Litscher fait partie de ceux qui dénoncent ce système : « Les enfants sont sanctionnés pour quelque chose dont ils ne sont pas responsables. C’est pour cela qu’il est central d’interdire ces listes noires car les enfants ne doivent pas payer pour la négligence de leurs parents. »

    A sa demande, la Confédération a estimé que cette pratique enfreignait la Convention relative aux droits de l’enfant de l’ONU. Mais le gouvernement thurgovien réfute en rappelant que l’accès aux soins d’urgence, au sens large du terme, est garanti. Le canton rappelle aussi qu’outre les réductions de primes, il a aussi pris des mesures d’accompagnement pour chaque cas jugé problématique.

    Pour Rebecca Ruiz (PS/VD), interrogée dans le 19h30, cette situation est tout simplement « intolérable ». La cheffe du Département vaudois de la santé et de l’action sociale juge qu’au coeur de la Lamal, existe le principe de « solidarité » et que l’accès aux soins est « garanti par notre Constitution ».

    Et d’ajouter : « S’il y a bien une catégorie de la population qui n’est pas responsable du fait qu’on ne paie pas ses primes, ce sont les enfants. On imagine bien que les parents qui ne paient pas les primes de leurs enfants ne le font pas de gaieté de coeur. S’ils n’y arrivent pas, c’est en raison du coût très élevé de ces primes ».

    Quid des dettes reportées à l’âge adulte ?
    Jakob Stark, conseiller d’Etat UDC en Thurgovie, estime le chemin à parcourir encore long : « Nous devons être créatifs. C’est pour cela que les communes conseillent ces personnes pour s’assurer que les parents paient les primes de leurs enfants (...) c’est leur responsabilité. Selon la loi actuelle, toutes les dettes contractées par les parents pour leurs enfants seront reportées ensuite sur ces mêmes enfants et ce, dès leur majorité. Ce n’est pas tolérable ! »

    Actuellement, plus de 500 enfants sont concernés par cette liste noire.

    #assurances_maladie #assurances #assureurs #Sécurité_Sociale Suisse #dettes #Thurgovie #listes_noires #enfants #solidarité #économie a #vomir #filles #garçons

    • Cent millions de francs de primes maladie ont servi au marketing
      https://www.rts.ch/info/suisse/10826052-cent-millions-de-francs-de-primes-maladie-ont-servi-au-marketing.html

      La LAMal interdit aux assureurs de faire des bénéfices. Pourtant, les caisses maladie ont dépensé près de 102 millions de francs issus de nos primes d’assurance obligatoire pour financer la publicité et le courtage.
      Sur ces 102 millions, 58 millions ont été dépensés en publicité, et 44 millions en commissions pour les courtiers. Ces chiffres sont extraits des comptes d’exploitation de chaque caisse publiés depuis deux ans par l’Office fédéral de la santé publique pour des raisons de transparence voulue par la loi sur la surveillance de l’assurance maladie (LSAMal).

      La LSAMal dit pourtant que les assureurs doivent contenir les coûts des intermédiaires, à savoir les courtiers, et les dépenses publicitaires, mais elle ne fixe pas de limite. Le Parlement a en effet préféré laisser la liberté aux caisses de s’autoréguler.

      20 francs par assuré
      Les premiers chiffres publiés montrent une augmentation des dépenses marketing pour la seule assurance de base. En 2016, les caisses ont dépensé 74,4 millions de francs, un chiffre en hausse de 36% deux ans plus tard.

      Avec 22,7 millions de francs de primes maladie utilisés en publicité et en démarchage en 2018, le Groupe Helsana (Helsana et Progrès) est le plus dépensier. Cela correspond à une vingtaine de francs par assuré consacrés au marketing. En comparaison, la CSS dépense environ 3 francs par assuré.

      #marketing #publicité #gaspillage #santé

  • As #Scott_Warren retrial nears, judge orders lawyer for volunteer nurse in migrant harboring case

    As Scott Warren — a No More Deaths volunteer charged with two counts of human smuggling — again faces trial, the judge has assigned a lawyer for a volunteer nurse who works with the humanitarian group, in one of several rulings issued Monday morning.

    Warren, a 36-year-old geography professor, faced trial in May on three felony charges, including one count of criminal conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens, and two counts of harboring, stemming from his January 2018 arrest by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Ajo, Ariz.

    In early June, after days of deliberation, a jury refused to convict Warren, but did not find him not guilty. The judge declared a mistrial because of the hung jury.

    Undaunted by the jury’s non-decision, federal prosecutors announced in July that they would seek a new trial, but dropped the conspiracy charge against Warren. They also announced a possible plea deal for Warren, which he did not accept by the prosecution’s deadline.

    As the case has moved toward a second trial, federal prosecutors and Warren’s defense team have issued a flurry of motions and counter-motions that will set the stage for the new court proceeding, slated to begin November 12.

    Among these motions was a request that Susannah Brown, a nurse who regularly provides medical aid to migrants crossing the desert, be assigned a lawyer. Federal prosecutors Nathaniel Walters and Anna Wright argued that Brown should retain a lawyer because “as the government argued in closing” her testimony “demonstrated that she conspired with the defendant to harbor” two men at a ramshackle building used as a staging area for humanitarian organizations, called “the Barn” in Ajo.

    Along with Warren, BP agents arrested Kristian Perez-Villanueva, a 23-year-old man from El Salvador, and Jose Arnaldo Sacaria-Goday, a 21-year-old man from Honduras. The men arrived together and stayed for four days and three nights at the Barn after crossing the desert days earlier, ending up at a gas station in Why, Ariz., in the desert west of Tucson.

    During the trial, Brown became a surprising target for federal prosecutors who tried to show that Warren was involved in a “plan,” along Brown, and an organizer of shelters in Mexico — Irineo Mujica — to smuggle the two men into the United States.

    While Brown sat in the courtroom looking shocked, federal prosecutors essentially accused her of a felony, and showed as part of their evidence video from Perez-Villanueva’s phone. In the video, Brown briefly spoke with the Salvadorian during a Christmas Day celebration at the shelter in Sonoyta, Sonora. In the video, Perez-Villanueva asks Brown her name, and she responds with the same question.

    As Perez-Villanueva turns his camera, Mujica comes into view and tells the man to put the phone down. Mujica and Warren had repeatedly emailed about the shelter and its needs, according to documents shown during the trial. This included a plan to arrange a Jan. 12 visit to the shelter, and that a group of No More Deaths volunteers went to Mexico to bring water and operate a temporary medical clinic. The next day, Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday began their journey by climbing over the fence that separates the U.S. and Mexico.

    In motions, Warren’s lawyers told the court that Brown could invoke her 5th Amendment rights during a retrial “given the accusations” made against her.

    Collins also considered a motion filed by Greg Kuykendall and Amy Knight, who argued that they should be able to submit evidence that shows Border Patrol agents may “hold biases or prejudices against No More Deaths in general and Dr. Warren in particular.”

    In their motion, Kuykendall and Knight, argued that the jury should be shown evidence that the two agents who arrested Warren—Border Patrol agents Brendan Burns and John Marquez—might have had reasons to “perceive Dr. Warren in a negative light and/or shade their testimony against him.”

    During the trial, the two Border Patrol agents said they set up an observation post about 200-300 yards from the Barn, just across from a rural road on a patch of federally owned land.

    As part of an anti-smuggling unit called the “disrupt unit,” the agents said they worked to break up smuggling organizations, but on Jan. 17—the same day that No More Deaths published a report that was highly critical of the agency, including videos of Border Patrol agents destroying water drops that immediately went viral—the two plain-clothes agents parked themselves near the Barn, and using a spotting scope, zeroed in on Warren “gesturing” to the mountains with two men they believed to be illegally in the U.S.

    Kuykendall and Knight argued that “the government depended heavily on these agents’ subjective impressions and intentions.”

    “This case was essentially a credibility contest—the agents’ interpretation set against the NMD volunteers’ explanations for their actions. The government argued that everything the defense had described was a cover-up engineered to avoid criminal liability,” Warren’s attorneys wrote. “In this context, it is crucial for jurors to understand the various possible reasons the agents may portrayed Dr. Warren as they did.”

    They also argued that Warren’s arrest was part of campaign of selective enforcement carried out by Border Patrol because the agents were upset that NMD had “that very morning, released a humiliating report and accompanying video footage exposing the Border Patrol’s gleeful destruction of humanitarian aid supplies, giving them a specific reason to resent NMD and the people associated with it.”

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    As Scott Warren — a No More Deaths volunteer charged with two counts of human smuggling — again faces trial, the judge has assigned a lawyer for a volunteer nurse who works with the humanitarian group, in one of several rulings issued Monday morning.

    Warren, a 36-year-old geography professor, faced trial in May on three felony charges, including one count of criminal conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens, and two counts of harboring, stemming from his January 2018 arrest by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Ajo, Ariz.

    In early June, after days of deliberation, a jury refused to convict Warren, but did not find him not guilty. The judge declared a mistrial because of the hung jury.

    Undaunted by the jury’s non-decision, federal prosecutors announced in July that they would seek a new trial, but dropped the conspiracy charge against Warren. They also announced a possible plea deal for Warren, which he did not accept by the prosecution’s deadline.

    As the case has moved toward a second trial, federal prosecutors and Warren’s defense team have issued a flurry of motions and counter-motions that will set the stage for the new court proceeding, slated to begin November 12.

    Among these motions was a request that Susannah Brown, a nurse who regularly provides medical aid to migrants crossing the desert, be assigned a lawyer. Federal prosecutors Nathaniel Walters and Anna Wright argued that Brown should retain a lawyer because “as the government argued in closing” her testimony “demonstrated that she conspired with the defendant to harbor” two men at a ramshackle building used as a staging area for humanitarian organizations, called “the Barn” in Ajo.

    Along with Warren, BP agents arrested Kristian Perez-Villanueva, a 23-year-old man from El Salvador, and Jose Arnaldo Sacaria-Goday, a 21-year-old man from Honduras. The men arrived together and stayed for four days and three nights at the Barn after crossing the desert days earlier, ending up at a gas station in Why, Ariz., in the desert west of Tucson.

    During the trial, Brown became a surprising target for federal prosecutors who tried to show that Warren was involved in a “plan,” along Brown, and an organizer of shelters in Mexico — Irineo Mujica — to smuggle the two men into the United States.

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    While Brown sat in the courtroom looking shocked, federal prosecutors essentially accused her of a felony, and showed as part of their evidence video from Perez-Villanueva’s phone. In the video, Brown briefly spoke with the Salvadorian during a Christmas Day celebration at the shelter in Sonoyta, Sonora. In the video, Perez-Villanueva asks Brown her name, and she responds with the same question.

    As Perez-Villanueva turns his camera, Mujica comes into view and tells the man to put the phone down. Mujica and Warren had repeatedly emailed about the shelter and its needs, according to documents shown during the trial. This included a plan to arrange a Jan. 12 visit to the shelter, and that a group of No More Deaths volunteers went to Mexico to bring water and operate a temporary medical clinic. The next day, Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday began their journey by climbing over the fence that separates the U.S. and Mexico.

    In motions, Warren’s lawyers told the court that Brown could invoke her 5th Amendment rights during a retrial “given the accusations” made against her.

    Collins also considered a motion filed by Greg Kuykendall and Amy Knight, who argued that they should be able to submit evidence that shows Border Patrol agents may “hold biases or prejudices against No More Deaths in general and Dr. Warren in particular.”

    In their motion, Kuykendall and Knight, argued that the jury should be shown evidence that the two agents who arrested Warren—Border Patrol agents Brendan Burns and John Marquez—might have had reasons to “perceive Dr. Warren in a negative light and/or shade their testimony against him.”

    During the trial, the two Border Patrol agents said they set up an observation post about 200-300 yards from the Barn, just across from a rural road on a patch of federally owned land.

    As part of an anti-smuggling unit called the “disrupt unit,” the agents said they worked to break up smuggling organizations, but on Jan. 17—the same day that No More Deaths published a report that was highly critical of the agency, including videos of Border Patrol agents destroying water drops that immediately went viral—the two plain-clothes agents parked themselves near the Barn, and using a spotting scope, zeroed in on Warren “gesturing” to the mountains with two men they believed to be illegally in the U.S.

    Kuykendall and Knight argued that “the government depended heavily on these agents’ subjective impressions and intentions.”

    “This case was essentially a credibility contest—the agents’ interpretation set against the NMD volunteers’ explanations for their actions. The government argued that everything the defense had described was a cover-up engineered to avoid criminal liability,” Warren’s attorneys wrote. “In this context, it is crucial for jurors to understand the various possible reasons the agents may portrayed Dr. Warren as they did.”

    They also argued that Warren’s arrest was part of campaign of selective enforcement carried out by Border Patrol because the agents were upset that NMD had “that very morning, released a humiliating report and accompanying video footage exposing the Border Patrol’s gleeful destruction of humanitarian aid supplies, giving them a specific reason to resent NMD and the people associated with it.”

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    Collins accepted their argument in part, ruling that “the defense will be able to inquire as to the possible bias or prejudice of the government witnesses.” However, Collins ruled that a document released by No More Deaths itself “will not come into evidence and will not go to the jury.”

    Collins also denied and granted in part a motion filed by Warren’s lawyers to withhold the description of Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday’s journey in the United States. “The telling of the journey from Mexico to the United States is no longer relevant,” Collins wrote. However, what the two men said to Warren “is relevant and that can come in.”

    Collins also ruled that video from the Why-Not gas station could be played because the video shows the men moving around, buying sports drinks and food before they later received a ride to Ajo.

    “The Court will also allow the playing of the video at the gas station since the extent of the migrants’ injury is still an issue in the case,” Collins wrote.

    Along with this, Collins also will allow testimony that Warren made during a separate trial for misdemeanor charges that he was hit with for entering the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and leaving food and water.

    Collins did accept a motion to allow the defense to submit testimony made during the first trial by Ed McCullough, who showed maps describing where people have died attempting to cross the desert, but was unavailable to testify a second time.

    He also rejected a motion filed by prosecutors that would have kept Warren’s defense team from arguing that NMD had legal “protocols” that were established through consultation with Professor Andrew Silverman and that Warren was acting under the advice of counsel when he brought the two men into the Barn and gave them food, water, and medical care.

    During the first trial, Silverman told the jury that Warren was working under legal protocols that he had helped write, however, federal prosecutors had asked Collins to preclude the defense from “introducing evidence in support of an advice of counsel defense, including evidence pertaining to No More Deaths’ protocols and volunteer training.”

    “Such testimony is irrelevant, improper, and likely to confuse the jury about a material issue in this case,” they argued. Warren and his lawyers had “failed to establish any of the elements of an advice of counsel defense,” because they “did not offer any evidence that [Warren] consulted directly with any attorney and, in fact, objected to disclosing this information to the government.”

    “The defendant’s alleged compliance with the No More Deaths’ protocols also cannot satisfy the elements of the advice of counsel defense,” they wrote.
    First trial ended in jury deadlock

    Warren’s first felony trial began on May 29, and after a seven-day trial, jurors deliberated for about 11 hours over two days before they told the court they were struggling to reach a decision. Collins told the jurors to continue their deliberations, and issued an “Allen charge” instructing jurors to try to reach an unanimous verdict. Among the instructions read by Collins in court, jurors were told to "reexamine their own views, but not to change “an honest belief” because of the opinions of fellow jurors or “for the mere purpose of returning a verdict.”

    But,the next day, the third of deliberations, it became clear that the jury could not reach an unanimous verdict, and Collins declared a hung jury. Following the announcement, Collins set a new hearing for July 2, giving prosecutors time to consider whether they would pursue a retrial.

    During the trial, prosecutors argued that Warren “harbored and shielded from detection” two men in the country illegally at the Barn, and that he was at “hub” of a plan to transport and protect the two men after they illegally crossed the border by climbing over the border fence somewhere near Sonoyta, a Mexican border town.

    Warren, along with two men in the country without authorization, was arrested during at raid by several Border Patrol agents at “the Barn,” a ramshackle building on the town’s outskirts regularly used as a staging point for volunteers who have been working to stem an increasing number of deaths in the remote wildlife refuges west of the unincorporated town.

    As the trial loomed, Warren’s prosecution took on national and international importance, and humanitarian volunteers lead by No More Deaths collected more than 120,000 signatures and submitted them to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tucson just days before the trial began, asking for them to drop the charges.

    Warren’s prosecution also came to the attention of human rights experts from the United Nations, who wrote that “providing humanitarian aid is not a crime. We urge the U.S. authorities to immediately drop all charges against Scott Warren.”

    In a letter written by Michael Forst, a special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, the UN body said that Warren’’s work is “vital and legitimate,” and said that No More Deaths" upholds the right to life and prevents the deaths of migrants and asylum seekers at the US-Mexican border."

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

    Forst also noted that Warren’s arrest came “hours after the release of a report” by No More Deaths which linked Border Patrol agents to the “systematic destruction of humanitarian supplies, including water stores, and denounced a pattern of harassment, intimidation and surveillance against humanitarian aid workers.”

    The decision to retry Warren will be the first high-profile test for U.S. Attorney Michael Bailey, who was nominated by President Trump in February and just confirmed by the Senate on May 23. Bailey replaced Elizabeth Strange, who served as the acting U.S. attorney for more than two years after John S. Leonardo stepped down from the position in January 2017.

    Warren’s case is one of three high-profile prosecutions launched against No More Deaths volunteers, including two misdemeanor trials — one also involving Warren — for the group’s efforts to leave food, water, medicine, and other aid in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.

    Warren’s trial in the misdemeanor charges concluded in May, but Collins has not rendered a verdict in the bench trial, leaving Warren’s fate in those charges also up in the air.

    After the announcement, Warren thanked supporters supporters and castigated the government for bringing charges against him.

    “In the time since I was arrested in January 2018, no fewer than 88 bodies were recovered from the Arizona desert,” Warren said. “The government’s plan in the midst of this humanitarian crisis? Policies to target undocumented people, refugees, and their families. Prosecutions to criminalize humanitarian aid, kindness, and solidarity. And now, the revelation that they will build an enormous and expensive wall across a vast stretch of southwestern Arizona’s unbroken Sonoran Desert.”
    Re-trial would be complete re-do of case

    With the jury deadlocked and the proceedings declared a mistrial, Collins scheduled a hearing for July 2 to review the felony case. Prosecutors may attempt to re-try Warren on the charges, as the jury did not render a verdict. If they do so, the second trial would be a complete re-do, including the selection of a new jury.

    During final arguments, prosecutors argued that Warren “harbored and shielded from detection” two men in the country illegally at “the Barn,” a ramshackle house used as a staging point for aid organizations trying to stem what volunteers like Warren have called a “humanitarian crisis” in the deserts west and south of Ajo, an unincorporated town about 110 miles west of Tucson. Prosecutors said he was at “hub” of a plan to transport and protect the two men after they illegally crossed the border by climbing over the border fence somewhere near Sonoyta, a Mexican border town.

    Warren testified in his own defense telling jurors that his spiritual values compel him to help those who “stumble” out of the desert into the neighborhoods of Ajo, Ariz., and that doing so is “good and right, especially in a place that feels like a low-intensity conflict.”

    No More Deaths has maintained that the arrests of Warren and others were retribution for the release that same day of a report by the humanitarian aid group, documenting claims that Border Patrol agents vandalized water caches placed for migrants crossing the desert.

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

    Warren and other volunteers testified that the men needed medical care, as they were suffering from blisters on their feet, a minor cold, and injuries from being in the desert. However, prosecutors said that this was a “smokescreen,” and repeatedly referred to selfie photos captured from Perez-Villanueva’s cellphone and surveillance video from the Why-Not gas station in Why, Arizona to show that the men were not injured or sick.

    Evidence of a humanitarian crisis, and the loss of lives in the desert didn’t matter , because border crossers haven’t died in Ajo. “That’s not this case, that’s a smokescreen and a distraction for this case,” assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Wright said during her closing arguments.

    As the case went to the jury, the Border Patrol said that it recovered the body of a Guatemalan woman who died trying to cross the Barry M. Goldwater bombing range, which sits just to the north of Ajo and straddles Highway 85.

    Wright said that after Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday arrived at the barn, Warren called Brown, a registered nurse who volunteers for No More Deaths, not in an effort to get the men medical attention, but rather because she was involved in the “plan” to smuggle the men.

    Brown sat in the courtroom and appeared shocked when she heard the federal prosecutor implicate her in a felony.

    Perez-Villanueva’s phone remained a linchpin to the prosecutor’s case, and Wright highlighted as much saying that while other people who testified might have a bias, the photos and video were evidence that “doesn’t lie.”

    As the trial began, assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Walters told the jury that federal authorities are not targeting humanitarian aid along the border with Mexico.

    “No More Deaths is not on trial,” Walters told the jury. “Scott Warren is.”

    But during the trial, prosecutors argued that these calls and the visit was part of a plan to illegally aid migrants, and noted later that night, Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday decided to cross the border.

    This brief interaction was enough to show a nexus of relationships between Warren, Mujica, Perez-Villanueva and Brown that could not be a coincidence, Wright argued.

    While Warren testified Wednesday, Mujica was arrested in Sonoyta by Mexican authorities.

    Mujica was later released, and the case against Mujica later collapsed, although there are signs that Mexican officials could once agains launch a case against the organizer, even as he now moves freely from Sonora to areas where there are large numbers of African and Cuban migrants seeking asylum in Tapachula.

    Questions about the timing of Mujica’s arrest and the Mexican government’s case remain.

    During the trial, a Border Patrol agent testified that he reviewed 14,000 pages of data from Warren’s phone, and from those thousands of pages the agent produced a one-page report. “They were not interested in innocence,” Kuykendall said.

    Defense attorney Greg Kuykendall said during his closing argument that it was “frankly terrifying, just terrifying” that his client was charged with a “total lack of evidence.”

    “It’s just supposition,” he said.

    In his opening statement two weeks ago, Kuykendall said Warren did not intend to break the law when he came across two undocumented immigrants early last year.

    “Scott intended to perform basic human kindness,” he told jurors, and was acting in accordance with his Christian faith.

    After the jury said it was deadlocked, Kuykendall was asked if “humanitarian aid being targeted by the federal government?,” Kuykendall responded, “you should ask the federal government. And use your own common sense.”

    Kuykendall also told the court last week that emails between Mujica and Warren, along with others showed that Warren was working on search and rescue and recovery efforts, and that when volunteers went to help the “Hope Shelter” there, they should contact Mujica.

    The U.S. government, he said, had all the power and resources to direct the agent to investigate and present all the evidence to the jury, he said. He also argued that the government failed to interview Mujica, noting that as one of the agents, Burns, who arrested Warren testified, he was called to a checkpoint after Mujica was held in a secondary inspection area, and yet he did not “interrogate” the man who might be at the center of the conspiracy.

    Photos from Perez-Villanueva’s phone shows the two men inside a van, after apparently leaving a gas station in Ajo. In the warrant for Warren’s phone, another agent noted that in Mujica’s vehicle Burns found black water bottles, a notebook containing a “detailed account” of travel through Mexico, and identity cards of men who were later apprehended by Border Patrol. However, Mujica wasn’t arrested by Burns, and weeks later, a passenger in his van was apprehended for being in the country illegally, leaving questions about Mujica’s role in Warren’s case.

    During opening arguments, assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Walters tried to downplay the case’s consequences for humanitarian aid in the borderlands. While Warren is a “high-ranking member” of No More Deaths, the group was not on trial, rather Warren is “on trial,” Walters said.

    “This case is not about humanitarian aid or anyone in medical distress,” Walters said. “But, rather, this is about an attempt to shield two illegal aliens for several days,” from law enforcement, he said.

    However, during her closing arguments, Wright focused on the idea that Warren was a “high-ranking member” of No More Deaths, and she admitted that Warren did not receive a financial benefit, but said that instead, Warren “gets to further the goals of the organization” and “thwart the Border Patrol at every turn.”

    During the trial, the two Border Patrol agents— Burns and John Marquez —said they set up an observation post about 200-300 yards from the Barn, just across from a rural road on a patch of federally owned land.

    As part of an anti-smuggling unit called the “disrupt unit,” the agents said they worked to break up smuggling organizations, but on Jan. 17—the same day that No More Deaths published a report that was highly critical of the agency, including videos of Border Patrol agents destroying water drops that immediately went viral—the two plain-clothes agents parked themselves near the Barn, and using a spotting scope, zeroed in on Warren “gesturing” to the mountains with two men they believed to be illegally in the U.S.

    Warren said during the trial that he was trying to “orient” the men, who were preparing to head north, and that he was telling them to stay inside a valley between Child’s Mountain and Hat Peak, where they “if they got in trouble” they could head to Highway 85 and seek help. Prosecutors said that Warren was telling the men how to bypass a Border Patrol checkpoint on the highway and that Warren was giving them a pathway to follow from Ajo toward Interstate 8.

    Warren said that he stayed outside and was working on building a fire in preparation for students from a high-school in Flagstaff to come the Barn, when he saw a “convoy” of vehicles heading his way. Once agents came up to the barn, Warren said during testimony that he was handcuffed within two minutes, but that he offered to walk into the Barn with the agents.

    Burns and Marquez arrived moments later, and went around to the back where Perez-Villanueva was sitting on the threshold in the bathroom door. Inside, Sacaria-Goday was hiding behind the shower curtain.

    Wright attacked Warren’s credibility, saying that by seeking “context” he was actually trying to “distract” from the central issue and that Warren use of the word “orientation” was just a “fancy word for giving people directions.” When he was outside and spotted by Border Patrol agents, he was giving the men information so they could go “from point A, Ajo, to point B, Interstate 8.” These directions gave the men a “path” to follow away from the Border Patrol checkpoint allowing them to “further their journey,” she said.
    Warren: ’Haunting crisis’

    During his testimony, Warren said that he went to Ajo in order to work on his dissertation as a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University. He became increasingly interested in issues in Ajo and met with members of the Ajo Samaritans after he attended one of the Border Patrol’s citizen academies, a six-week course designed to inform the public about the agency’s mission.

    He said that as he stayed in Ajo, his eyes were “really opened” to the humanitarian crisis in the desert surrounding the small desert town, and that he became heavily involved in the community, becoming an elected member of the West Pima County Community Council. “It’s an elected position, but everyone runs unopposed,” Warren quipped.

    As he lived in Ajo, it became clear that everyday migrants “are stumbling” out of the wilderness aching for food, water and shelter, and that helping them is a “ubiquitous experience,” for residents in the town. After months in Ajo, Warren found himself part of an effort to recover the remains of a migrant who had perished in the nearby Barry M. Goldwater Bombing Range, and the experience of finding human bones in the desert, “felt like a big transition for me,” Warren testified.

    “This crisis became real to me, in a haunting kind of way,” Warren said. He was used to finding animal bones in the desert, but the bones from a human being who had died “not long before,” stuck with him, he said.

    After finding the bones, he found that when he saw someone come out of the desert, he again saw the decaying bones at the “same time, almost like a split-screen,” and that he was struck by the “disturbing reality of how people who are living can be disappeared and lost to the desert,” he said.

    Warren testified that he has helped find and recover 18 sets of human remains in the desert around Ajo, and that the work is a “deeply profound effort.”

    During the hearing, Warren’s lawyer Kuykendall asked him, “what are you doing, spending your whole life helping strangers?”

    “It feels choice-less,” Warren said. “How could you not do that when there are people dying around you?” he asked. “How could you not respond?”

    “Everyone who enters that desert will suffer,” he said. Migrants attempt to cross the desert will have to walk a “long, long way” to cross the desert, and they’ll witness death, either of other migrants or their companions, along the way.

    “It’s an epic undertaking, you have to put everything you’ve got on the line in order to make it,” Warren said, telling the jury that migrants often have already faced danger and deprivation in Mexico before they even attempt “the hardest thing they’ve ever done in their lives.”

    Nonetheless, Warren testified that he felt it was important to follow the law, in part to protect the students and volunteers who came to the Barn.

    “Why would you want to understand the legal limits,” asked Kuykendall.

    “I want to work within the border of the law, and not be doing something illegal and put students in a situation where they’re doing something illegal,” Warren said.
    Payback?

    On the day Warren was arrested, NMD released a report that said that from 2012 to 2015, 415 caches of water left for crossers in the 800-square-mile corridor near Arivaca were vandalized, spilling nearly 3,600 gallons of water into the desert.

    During this same time period, the bodies of 1,026 people were found in the Sonoran Desert, according to records from the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner.

    Using statistical analysis, including land-use patterns, as well as video from trail cameras, and personal experiences to support their claims, the group said that U.S. Border Patrol agents “are responsible for the widespread interference with essential humanitarian efforts.”

    As part of the report’s release, NMD also published videos of Border Patrol agents intentionally destroying water bottles, including a video in which a female Border Patrol agent systematically kicks a half-dozen water bottles, spilling their contents, and a 2017 video in which an agent punctures a water bottle with a knife.

    This report embarrassed and infuriated agents, prompting one to say that NMD had “gone too far” and “messed with the wrong guy,” according to a motion filed by Warren’s defense lawyers in March.

    Previous prosecutions
    Federal officials have attempted to prosecute humanitarian volunteers before, though after two high-profile cases in 2005 and 2008, the government avoided formal prosecutions until 2017, when nine No More Deaths volunteers–including Warren—were charged with entering a wildlife refuge without a permit and leaving food, water, and other supplies on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, a 800,000-acre wilderness, west of Ajo.

    In 2005, agents arrested Shanti A. Sellz and Daniel M. Strauss after they stopped the two volunteers, and found three people in the country without authorization in their car. However, that indictment was tossed by U.S. District Judge Raner Collins—the same judge who is overseeing Warren’s case.

    In 2008, U.S. Fish and Wildlife officers cited volunteer Dan Millis for littering on the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refugee after he left water jugs there, however, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned his conviction.

    But, after eight years, a detente between the group and Border Patrol began to collapse, beginning with surveillance of the group’s camp on private land south of Arivaca in 2016, and followed by a June 2017 incident when, with a warrant in hand, Border Patrol agents raided the camp and arrested four men, all migrants suspected of being in the country illegally.

    That raid followed an announcement by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions who told reporters during a press conference in Nogales on April 11, 2017 that federal prosecutors “are now required to consider for prosecution” the “transportation or harboring of aliens.”

    Sessions announcement was part of the Trump administrations “zero tolerance” policies as part of a hard-nosed crackdown on border and immigrant communities, and just nine months later, prosecutors in Tucson sought an indictment against Warren.

    Kuykendall also questioned the credibility of the agents, noting their use in messages in a group chat of the word “tonc.”

    The term “tonc” or “tonk” is widely used by agents to refer to border-crossers, but the term’s origin is unclear. Some have argued that the term refers to the sound of a metal flashlight hitting a skull, while others have said that it stands for “temporarily outside naturalized country,” or “true origin not known.”

    And, Kuykendall said that Burns did not know that the Barn remained unlocked and unsecured. After Warren’s arrest on Jan. 17, 2018, Border Patrol agents waited until Jan. 22 to execute a warrant and search the property. Burns appeared to not know that detail until he was told so by Kuykendall in court.

    “What kind of investigation is this, that leaves the building unsecured for 120 hours?,” the attorney rhetorically asked the jury.

    Kuykendall also argued that the two men who also arrested with Warren were given immunity from immigration charges so they would testify in a video deposition shown to the jury on Monday.

    “They are the government’s own witnesses” and yet they disputed some of Wright’s arguments. “This is the best the government can come up with?” he asked.

    Kuykendall said that government’s lack of evidence, “if it weren’t so scary, it would be laughable.”

    No More Deaths vows to continue aiding migrants
    “A hung jury means the government could not prove its case,” Warren defense attorney Amy Knight said. “Scott remains innocent and admirable.”

    Chris Fleischman, a volunteer with No More Deaths, said the organization plans to continue its humanitarian aid work following the announcement.

    “It’s still good to know that the Trump administration’s attempt to criminalize humanitarian aid has failed,” he said. “But we will still be working to end death and suffering in the borderlands.”

    It wasn’t immediately clear after the trial whether the government will seek a new case against Warren.

    “I would think that they wouldn’t waste their effort to do that,” Fleischman said, adding, “We’re concerned for his freedom. That he could be prosecuted for doing what we all had thought is legal anyway.”

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    • *Government Doesn’t Want Trump or His Immigration Policies

      Mentioned in Retrial of Border Aid Worker Scott Warren*


      As they prepare to make their second attempt at sending a border-based humanitarian volunteer to prison, federal prosecutors in Arizona are worried that the politics behind the policies they enforce might creep into the courtroom.

      In a late-stage motion, government lawyers have urged an Arizona judge to bar any mention of President Donald Trump or his immigration policies from the upcoming retrial of Scott Warren, a 36-year-old geographer who was indicted on felony harboring and conspiracy charges for giving two young migrants crossing a deadly stretch of desert food, water, and a place to sleep for three days in 2018. Warren is one of nine volunteers with the faith-based organization No More Deaths that the administration has charged with federal crimes for their work in the Arizona desert since Trump’s inauguration.

      The prosecutors’ concerns that Warren’s trial could become a referendum on Trump’s policies — specifically those that involve pressing charges against people for providing humanitarian aid — are not entirely misplaced. According to new research examining public opinion around the president’s hard-line border enforcement measures, Americans, regardless of political affiliation, overwhelmingly reject the notion that providing lifesaving care to people in the desert should be criminalized, suggesting that the government’s crackdown in the borderlands is well outside the bounds of what most people expect or demand from law enforcement.

      A national survey conducted in August by Chris Zepeda-Millán, an associate professor of public policy at UCLA, and Sophia Jordán Wallace, an associate professor of political science at the University of Washington, posed the question: “Do you agree or disagree that it should be a crime for people to offer humanitarian aid, such as water or first-aid, to undocumented immigrants crossing the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border?” To the researchers’ surprise, nearly 87 percent of the 1,500 American adults surveyed disagreed. When the results were broken down along party lines, the survey became even more interesting: Nearly 70 percent of Republicans said they disagreed with criminal prosecution for the provision of humanitarian aid, and nearly 38 percent said they “strongly disagreed” with the idea.

      “The findings suggest that the vast majority of Americans, including the vast majority of Republicans, do not support the criminalization of the type of work that No More Deaths and Scott Warren were doing,” Zepeda-Millán told The Intercept.

      The survey was conducted for a forthcoming book and paper looking at public opinion around Trump’s most aggressive immigration and border policies. And while there’s still work to be done on that broader project, the researchers chose to share their findings on the humanitarian aid question in advance of Warren’s retrial — he returns to court on Tuesday and faces a decade behind bars if convicted and sentenced to consecutive terms — in part because of how striking they are.

      Students of U.S. immigration enforcement history tend to agree that the Trump administration’s approach did not suddenly materialize out of nowhere, but is instead the extension of a multidecade trajectory of increased criminalization of immigration offenses and an unprecedented build-up in border security infrastructure, now infused with the hard-right rhetoric of authoritarian regimes around the world. There is one area, however, in which the current administration has distinguished itself from its White House predecessors, Zepeda-Millán noted: the targeting of immigrant rights activists. While it keeps thousands of asylum-seekers in legal limbo in some of Mexico’s most dangerous border cities, the administration is simultaneously criminalizing — and in some cases arresting and deporting — those who challenge Trump’s policies, he noted.

      It’s a pattern of “anti-movement state repression,” Zepeda-Millán argued, and it’s why understanding public opinion on these policies is so critical. Traditionally, the best indicator of a person’s stance on a given immigration policy issue is their party affiliation, he explained. “When it comes to immigration, there’s usually a really strict and stable partisan divide,” he said. “As long as we know what your political party is, we can pretty much guess what your opinion is going to be on deportation, on the wall, etc.”

      The survey results bucked that trend in a major way, reflecting a rare thing in American politics: strong, bipartisan consensus on a matter of immigration-related policy in the era of Trump.

      The same Trumpian politics and policies that Zepeda-Millán and Wallace examined, and that prosecutors have sought to banish from Warren’s trial, have served as the backdrop for the government’s criminalization campaign in southern Arizona from the beginning.

      It started in the run-up to the 2016 election, with Border Patrol agents parking their vehicles outside the humanitarian aid camp that No More Deaths has used for years and urging the volunteers to “Vote Trump!” by megaphone. Shortly after Trump’s election, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions flew to Arizona, where he encouraged his prosecutors to bring more cases like the one against Warren. “This is the Trump era,” Sessions said at the time.

      Not long after the visit, the Border Patrol raided No More Deaths’ camp in a show of force that involved a helicopter and roughly 20 agents, some carrying rifles, deployed to arrest four undocumented migrants who had crossed the desert and were receiving medical aid. Six days later, a senior Border Patrol agent in the Tucson sector told a world-renowned forensic anthropologist, who works on the issue of migrant deaths in the desert, that the humanitarian aid group had “messed with the wrong guy.” The anthropologist, in a sworn court declaration, said the agent told her his agency intended to “shut them down.”

      Throughout the summer of 2017, the Border Patrol and senior officials at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked together to monitor the activity of No More Deaths volunteers who were leaving food and jugs of water on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, a profoundly remote and extraordinarily deadly stretch of the Sonoran Desert. They compiled blacklists of volunteers and kept tabs on Warren’s movements in the tiny border community of Ajo, where he lives and works. As summer turned to fall, prosecutors filed federal misdemeanor charges — for littering and trespassing — against Warren and eight other No More Deaths volunteers for driving on designated wilderness and leaving humanitarian aid supplies on the wildlife refuge.

      On the morning of January 18, 2018, No More Deaths published a scathing report implicating the Border Patrol in the destruction of thousands of gallons of water, left in jugs for migrants crossing the desert. The report, which included video evidence that soon went viral, was shared with the patrol agent in charge of the Ajo Border Patrol station. Agents from the station then set up surveillance on a building known as “the Barn,” which serves as a base for Warren, No More Deaths, and other border aid groups. Late in the afternoon, the agents spotted Warren with two young men who they suspected to be undocumented. A raiding party composed of most of Ajo’s law enforcement community was quickly organized.

      Warren and the two young men were placed under arrest. Their names were Kristian Perez-Villanueva and Jose Arnaldo Sacaria-Godoy. They had fled El Salvador and Honduras, respectively, and crossed the desert by foot, where they were chased by immigration agents and lost the food they had brought with them. In the depositions they later gave, they described how a man in Ajo dropped them off at the Barn and they let themselves inside. Warren showed up not long after. They asked him for food and water, and he welcomed them to both. Warren came and went in the days that followed, the migrants said, along with a number of other humanitarian aid volunteers using the space at the time.

      Warren was indicted a month later on two charges of harboring and one count of conspiracy, bring the total time he faced in prison to 20 years. His trial, which began in late May, ended in a hung jury.

      With Warren’s retrial approaching, the prosecution and the defense have filed several motions in recent weeks, perhaps none so unusual as the one the government’s attorneys submitted on October 29. “For the first time, the United States learned the defense might mention the President of the United States, Donald Trump, his administration, or his administration’s policies,” the motion read.

      Such references, the prosecutors argued, “would be irrelevant and unfairly prejudicial.”

      The idea that Warren’s actions should now be divorced from the politics of the world at large is a new direction for Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anna Wright and Nathaniel J. Walters — though given the events during the last trial, that is perhaps understandable.

      While Walters, in his opening statement at Warren’s trial over the summer, insisted that the prosecution was not about No More Deaths, and that the government’s concern was Warren’s actions alone, the nature of the prosecution’s case was something else entirely. Throughout the eight-day trial, Walters and Wright argued that Warren was the lynchpin in a shadowy criminal conspiracy to move people into the country illegally for political purposes. According to the prosecutors, the goal was not to make a profit, unlike most other criminal operations, but to undermine the Border Patrol and further No More Deaths’ political aim of establishing a borderless world. Over and over, both at the trial and pretrial hearings, the prosecutors asked No More Deaths volunteers if they supported the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a policy proposal born in the midst of Trump’s immigration crackdown.

      Central to the government’s narrative was a characterization of Warren as a deceptive and “high-ranking leader” of No More Deaths who could not be trusted. In an effort to underscore this idea, Walters at one point entered into evidence an article Warren wrote for the Washington Post on the eve of his trial. The bungled and baffling attempt to draw some damning revelation from Warren’s own assessment of the case backfired spectacularly. On cross-examination, Warren’s attorney, Greg Kuykendall, argued that if Walters was going to cherry-pick details from the op-ed, the jury should hear the rest of what was written. District Judge Raner Collins directed Warren to read the piece out loud and, with that, Warren linked his case directly to Trump’s most infamous immigration enforcement policies, from the crackdown on humanitarian aid to the separation of families at the border to a pattern of potentially preventable deaths in the desert.

      For Warren’s friends and supporters, the introduction of the politics and policies that surround Warren’s prosecution into the official record felt like a turning point, a moment when the people deciding his fate were permitted to see what his case was really all about. In the end, eight jurors chose to oppose Warren’s conviction, while four supported it. In July, when the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that it would be retry the case, it dropped the conspiracy charge.

      Any efforts to prohibit mention of Trump or his policies would violate Warren’s First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution, defense attorney Amy Knight wrote in a motion responding to the government’s request last week. Knight argued that the motion amounted to a request for an “extraordinary ban” with zero “explanation whatsoever of the prejudice” that would result from “daring to mention the President, a man who maintains ultimate authority over this prosecution (notably, the same man who appointed both the United States Attorney General and the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona).” Not only that, she noted, “the government itself introduced the only mention of President Trump into the previous trial, when, while questioning Dr. Warren, it brought up an article he had written expressing some of his views.”

      Paige Corich-Kleim, a longtime volunteer with No More Deaths, said in a statement to The Intercept that the organization worked “to expose government misconduct and intervene in the border crisis.”

      “The government’s attempts to erase the political nature of this retrial is part of their continued efforts to hide what is truly happening along the border and evade responsibility for the violence they have caused,” she added. “Deaths on the border are the predictable outcome of not just border militarization, but also U.S. intervention in Latin America. Their attempts to limit the scope of evidence are self serving.”

      Whether or not the government’s “he who shall not be named” efforts are successful, there are realities in Warren’s case that the prosecutors cannot escape.

      Since 2001, in Pima County alone, more than 3,000 people have lost their lives trying to cross the Sonoran Desert, a grim result of government policies that began two decades before Trump’s election. These deaths, predominantly resulting from dehydration and exposure to the desert sun, are horrifically agonizing and, as Zepeda-Millán and Wallace’s survey shows, most people oppose criminalizing efforts to stop them from happening. It’s a fact that Zepeda-Millán finds both heartening and deeply sad.

      “The good news is that despite Republican support for very punitive, draconian immigration policies, we seem to have found a limit or a threshold to their nativism,” he said. Though they consistently support a wall to keep undocumented immigrants out, and aggressive deportation measures to remove them once they are here, Zepeda-Millán added, “At the moment of life and death that migrants in the desert often find themselves in, Republicans seem to be willing to throw undocumented migrants at least a momentary lifesaver. That’s the good news.”

      “The bad news,” he said, “is that’s a pretty low bar.”

      https://theintercept.com/2019/11/11/immigration-aid-scott-warren-retrial

  • Using Fear of the “Other,” Orbán Reshapes Migration Policy in a Hungary Built on Cultural Diversity

    In summer 2015, more than 390,000 asylum seekers, mostly Muslim, crossed the Serbian-Hungarian border and descended on the Keleti railway station in Budapest. For Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party, the arrival of these asylum seekers was not a humanitarian issue but a Muslim invasion threatening the national security, social cohesion, and Christian identity of the Hungarian nation. In the four years since this episode, the fear of the “other” has resulted in a string of anti-immigrant actions and policies.

    For example, barbed wire fences were constructed to deter asylum seekers from entering Hungarian territory. Transit zones on the same Serbian-Hungarian border followed, and since the end of March 2017, anyone applying for asylum in Hungary can only do so from a transit zone and is detained there for the duration of the asylum procedure. Conditions there have been grim. The Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) contends rejected asylum seekers inside the transit zones are denied food, to the point of starvation.

    Furthermore, the Orbán government is fighting anti-immigrant battles not just at the border, but also in Brussels. Under the EU burden-sharing scheme, Hungary was supposed to accept 1,294 refugees. However, the prime minister said that while Hungarians have “no problems” with the local Muslim community, any EU plan to relocate asylum seekers, including many Muslims, would destroy Hungary’s Christian identity and culture. In his attempt to quash admissions, Orbán signaled that his party may split with Europe’s main conservative group and join an anti-immigrant, nationalist bloc in the EU Parliament led by Italy’s Matteo Salvini. Finally, Hungary’s latest anti-immigrant law criminalizes assistance to unauthorized migrants by civil-society organizations and good Samaritans.

    These anti-immigrant sentiments are relatively new. Given Hungary’s geopolitical location, immigration and emigration have been a reality since the birth of the country. At times, Hungary has been quite a multicultural society: for example, during the Habsburg Empire, Hungarians coexisted with Germans, Slavs, Italians, Romanians, and Jews originating in Germany, Poland, and Russia. Later, in the aftermath of World War II, significant population movements greatly modified the ethnic map of Eastern and Central Europe, and many ethnic Hungarians ended up in neighboring countries, some of whom would return later.

    Yet, it is strange to write about multicultural Hungary in 2019. Despite population movements in the postwar and communist eras and significant refugee arrivals during the Yugoslav wars in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, the country has only recently been grappling with the arrival of migrants and asylum seekers from beyond Europe. Now several years out from the 2015-16 European migrant and refugee crisis, the Orbán administration continues to pursue policies to limit humanitarian and other arrivals from beyond Europe, while welcoming those of Hungarian ancestry. Hungarian civil society has attempted to provide reception services for newcomers, even as the number of asylum seekers and refugees has dwindled: just 671 asylum seekers and 68 refugees were present in Hungary in 2018, down from 177,135 and 146, respectively, in 2015.

    This article examines historical and contemporary migration in Hungary, from its multicultural past to recent attempts to criminalize migration and activities of those who aim to help migrants and asylum seekers.

    Immigrants and Their Reception in Historic Hungary

    In the 11th century, the Carpathian Basin saw both organized settlement of certain peoples and a roaming population, which was in reaction to certain institutional changes in the medieval Hungarian kingdom. Historians note that newcomers came to historic Hungary searching for a better life: first across the entire Carpathian Basin and later in the Danube Valley. In the 12th century, Hungarian King Géza II invited Saxons to settle in Transylvania and later, when the Teutonic Knights were expelled from Burzenland (in modern-day Romania), they were welcomed in Brasov. The aftermath of the Tartar invasion in 1241 was followed by settlement of immigrants from Slovakia, Poland, and Russia. Ethnic minority groups fleeing Bulgaria settled between the Duna and Tisza rivers, while Romanians found new homes in Transylvania. King Bela IV erected new cities populated predominantly by German, Italian, and Jewish immigrants hailing from Central Europe and Germany.

    The 15th century saw a large settlement of Southern Slavs. The desertification of Transdanubia (the part of Hungary west of the Danube River) was remedied with a settlement of Croats and large groups of Serbians. When the medieval Kingdom of Hungary fell to the Ottoman Empire in 1526, some of the Southern Slavs moved to the parts under the Ottoman occupation voluntarily, while those who participated in the conquest were dispatched by the Ottoman rulers. At the same time, large number of ethnic Hungarians fled north and settled in the area of contemporary Slovakia.

    The next large group, of Germans, arrived in the 18th century during the Habsburg dynasty. The German settlement was part of the Habsburg population policy aimed at filling the void left by the Hungarians who perished during Ottoman rule, especially in the southern territories, around Baranya County and the Banat region. Germans also settled in Pest, Vecees, Buda, Esztergom, and the Pilis Mountains. By 1790, an estimated 70,000 ethnic Germans lived in Southern Hungary.

    While German immigrants were largely welcomed in 18th century Hungary, the same cannot be said about Romanians. During the reign of Empress Maria Theresa, Hungarian nobility voiced serious concerns about the rapid increase of the Romanian population. The nobles thought Romanians would ruin Transylvania.

    The Habsburg administration did not want to repeat the mistakes of the Ottomans and decided to control population movement along the Serbian border. A census conducted in the 13 villages of the Tisza region and 24 villages along the Maros river identified 8,000 border guards on duty. Despite these precautions, large-scale emigration from Serbia continued during the Habsburg era, with approximately 4,000 people crossing over to Hungary.

    Jews were the largest immigrant group in Hungary in the 19th century. Some came from the western territories of the Habsburg Empire—Germany, Bohemia, and Moravia—while others fled persecution in Russia. The arrival of Jews to the Hungarian territory was viewed favorably by Emperor Franz Josef I and Hungarian liberal politicians. Well-heeled Jewish families acquired noble status and rose in the aristocratic ranks, and many became patrons of the arts. At the beginning of World War I, an estimated 1 million Jews lived within the boundaries of what is present-day Hungary. However, the early appreciation of the contributions of the Jewish people did not last. Anti-Semitic sentiments flared up, culminating in the notorious Tiszaeszlár affair, in which Jews were accused of kidnapping and murdering Christian children in order to use their blood as part of religious rituals. Later, the violent repression known as the White Terror (1919-21) victimized many Jews, who were blamed by the right-wing camp for the severe sanctions placed on Hungary under the Treaty of Trianon in the aftermath of World War I.

    Refugees During and After World War II

    During World War II, Hungary was well disposed towards refugees, especially from Poland. Prime Minister Pál Teleki gave refugee status to some 70,000 Polish soldiers and nearly 40,000 civilians when Hitler invaded Poland. Ninety-one refugee camps for military personnel and 88 camps for civilians were established. A joint effort by Hungarian and international aid organizations and the Red Cross resulted in the establishment of the Committee for Hungarian-Polish Refugee Affairs. As the war escalated, most Polish officers and soldiers departed Hungary to join the Polish Home Army fighting Germany alongside Britain and France. In late 1940, a group of French refugees arrived in Hungary. By 1942, there were 600 French refugees in the country.

    The immediate post-WWII period—with its ensuing peace treaties, evictions, and forced settlements—resulted in considerable population movements, significantly modifying the ethnic map in Eastern and Central Europe. Some 200,000 ethnic Germans were evicted from Hungary, and 73,000 Slovaks left as part of what was described as a “population exchange.” Judit Juhász estimated that in the three years following the end of the war more than 100,000 people left Hungary. At the same time, 113,000 ethnic Hungarians were resettled in Hungary from Czechoslovakia, 125,000 from Transylvania, 45,500 from Yugoslavia, and 25,000 from the Soviet Union. Technically, ethnic Hungarians coming to Hungary were not considered migrants, but rather returning citizens.

    When the communist regime took over in 1947, the borders were closed and the government prohibited migration. Illegal departure from the country and failure to return from abroad became a crime. The borders opened briefly in 1956 when nearly 200,000 people fled Hungary during the uprising against the communist government. Most went to nearby Austria, but 38,000—mainly students and scientists—were airlifted to the United States, in a mobilization sponsored by the U.S. government and National Academy of Sciences. Their integration into American society was relatively easy due to their young age and high educational attainment. The Hungarian government tried to encourage the refugees to return by offering them amnesty, but only about 147 decided to return to Hungary from the United States.

    Migration in the Post-Socialist Period

    Although Hungary allowed some refugees to settle in its territory—Greeks after World War II, Chileans after the fall of the Allende government, and Kurds during the Iran-Iraq war—the country did not witness a large number of asylum seekers until the late 1980s, just months before the fall of communism in Hungary in 1989. Starting in mid-1987, ethnic Hungarians, discriminated by the Ceausescu regime, fled Romania to seek refuge in Hungary. By the beginning of 1988, some 40,000 Romanian citizens, primarily of Hungarian ancestry, arrived. By the fall of the same year, the number doubled, an exodus the author witnessed firsthand.

    For the most part, the central government left the responsibility for assisting refugees to private and municipal authorities. The Hungarian Red Cross opened a special information bureau in Budapest and mounted a national relief appeal called Help to Help. Twelve million forints (the equivalent of approximately US $250,000 at the time) were raised, including 1 million from foreign donations. Assistance programs were established in Budapest and in Debrecen, a town on the border with Romania, where most of the refugees came first. Local Red Cross chapters, municipal and county agencies, and local churches—especially the Hungarian Reformed Church—were also involved in the relief program. The assistance included cash grants, job placements, and Hungarian language training for ethnic Romanians. Clothing, blankets, dishes, and utensils were also provided. When the author visited Debrecen in 1988, most refugees were kept in school dormitories as housing in socialist Hungary was scarce.

    At the time, there was no formal procedure to separate refugees from other migrants. Many of the service providers interviewed by the author indicated that ethnic Hungarians and Baptist Romanians were persecuted and therefore were bona fide refugees, while all others were fleeing because of deteriorating economic conditions. The majority fleeing Romania were skilled workers and professionals. Very few ethnic Hungarian peasants from Transylvania migrated to Hungary, and neither did the cultural leaders of the Hungarian community in Romania. Additionally, the sudden arrival of asylum seekers and migrants from Romania was followed by a considerable return of ethnic Hungarians and ethnic Romanians to Romania.

    Refugees from the Yugoslav Wars

    In the summer of 1991, war broke out on Hungary’s southern border between Croatia and Serbia. Hungarian border guards faced large groups of civilians fleeing the fighting. Most were from the Baranyi triangle, an area of Croatia near Vukovar. More than 400,000 refugees fled to countries outside the former Yugoslavia’s borders. Germany admitted the largest number, 200,000, followed by Hungary, with 60,000. However, by late 1994 the refugee population registered in Hungary had dwindled to fewer than 8,000 people. The situation changed in 1995. New ethnic cleansing and renewed combat in Bosnia sent more refugees to Hungary in the spring and summer of 1995, and the Hungarian government reopened a refugee camp that had been long closed.

    The total number of refugees registered in Hungary between 1988 and 1995 reached more than 130,000 people and transformed the country from a refugee-producing country to a refugee-receiving country. However, up until the 2015-16 European refugee and migrant crisis, 75 percent of immigrants and refugees who entered the country post-1988 were ethnic Hungarians. This phenomenon has significantly influenced the development of Hungarian refugee law and policy.

    Refugee and Asylum Law since 1989

    The 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees constitutes the foundation of Hungarian refugee law. Hungary became a party to the Refugee Convention in early 1989—the first East bloc country to do so—and it also ratified the 1967 Protocol. Although its accession to the Refugee Convention signaled that Hungary was willing to accept the international definition of refugee, Hungary conditioned its ratification on a narrow definition of those who qualify as refugees, recognizing only those who fear persecution in Europe. According to Maryellen Fullerton, “known as the geographic reservation, this provision allows Hungary to limit its obligations under the Convention to a small (and totally European) subset of all the refugees in the world.”

    Refugees who came to Hungary in the late 1980s and in the 1990s entered a country “with an undeveloped refugee policy and a patchwork of legislation and government decrees concerning refugees and migrants,” according to Fullerton. Legal scholars indicate that the government’s attempt to establish a modern refugee system was affected by a powerful preference for protecting refugees of Hungarian ancestry. This preference has permeated both existing law and the administration of the refugee system, resulting in a de facto law of return. While there is nothing intrinsically wrong with wanting to protect fellow co-ethnics—many countries, including Israel, Germany, France, and Poland, among others, have similar laws—what seems objectionable is the desire to accomplish this goal by misusing the refugee process. Ethnic Hungarians who entered Hungary seeking refuge were not only channeled into the refugee system but were also eligible for Hungarian citizenship within one year, and all the rights that citizenship accords, while others who needed refuge were mainly provided temporary protection status. They received food, shelter, and other necessities, although in recent years these too are becoming scarce, but they lacked any substantial legal protection.

    Since joining the European Union in 2004, Hungary has broadly transposed the relevant EU asylum-related directives into national legislation. In June 2007, the Law on Asylum was adopted and the Office of Immigration and Nationality became responsible for asylum and statelessness determination procedures, the provision of reception services, and (very) limited integration services to asylum seekers and refugees, respectively. Three years later, in December 2010, amendments to the legislation relevant to asylum seekers and refugees were enacted. The maximum length of administrative detention from six to 12 months and the detention of up to 30 days of families with children were introduced. While the minimum standards of refugee protection were implemented—at least on paper in the early 2000s—xenophobic attitudes towards refugees, especially Muslims, are on the rise and the protection for asylum seekers and refugees is virtually nonexistent. At the same time, support for ethnic Hungarian refugees such as those from Venezuela, is flourishing.

    Weaponizing Xenophobia: No to Muslim Refugees

    During the 2015-16 European migrant and refugee crisis, the European Union asked Hungary to find homes for 1,294 refugees. Rather than accepting the EU decision, the Hungarian government spent approximately 28 million euros on a xenophobic anti-immigrant campaign. The government called on voters to defend Christian values and Hungarian national identity in order to stop Hungary from becoming a breeding ground for terrorism. The fear that Muslim women will bear many children and the local population will be outnumbered, somehow diluted or “discolored” by Muslims and multiculturalism was palpable in pro-government media. By the end of 2015, a total of 391,384 refugees and asylum seekers entered Hungary through its southern border, most intent on transiting the country to get elsewhere in Europe. This means that the government spent around 70 euros per refugee on a campaign of intolerance, in a country where the monthly welfare check is around the same amount. Undoubtedly this amount could have been used more effectively either to provide transitional assistance to refugees or to facilitate integration of asylum seekers who wanted to settle in Hungary. Attracting migrants to stay would been in line with Fidesz’s strategic goal to stop the long-declining Hungarian birth rate and the aging of the Hungarian society.

    Instead, Hungary decided to go a step further and in September 2015 amended its Criminal Code to make unauthorized crossing of the border closure (fence), damaging the border closure, and obstruction of the construction works related to the border closure punishable by three to ten years imprisonment. The Act on Criminal Proceedings was also amended with a new fast-track provision to bring the defendant to trial within 15 days after interrogation, or within eight days if caught in flagrante. With these new provisions, the Hungarian government declared a “state of crisis due to mass migration,” during which these criminal proceedings are conducted prior to all other cases. Between September 2015 and March 2016, 2,353 people were convicted of unauthorized border crossing. These people generally remained in immigration detention pending removal to Serbia, which Hungary deemed a safe country to which asylum seekers could return. HHC argued that Serbia could not be regarded as safe third country as it recognized virtually no asylum seekers. Applications for a stay of proceedings referring to the nonpenalization principle of the 1951 Convention were systematically dismissed on the grounds that “eligibility for international protection was not a relevant issue to criminal liability.” In order to gain the public’s support for criminalizing migration and rejecting the European Union’s request to admit a few hundred refugees, the Hungarian government organized a national referendum.

    The Referendum

    On October 2, 2016, the citizens of Hungary were asked a simple question: “Do you want the European Union to prescribe the mandatory settlement of non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary without the consent of the National Assembly?”

    Voter turnout was only 39 percent, far short of the 50 percent participation required to make the referendum valid under Hungarian law. Never one to let facts get in the way of politics, Orbán, whose eurosceptic Fidesz party has more support than all opposition parties combined, said in a televised speech:

    “The European Union’s proposal is to let the migrants in and distribute them in mandatory fashion among the Member States and for Brussels to decide about this distribution. Hungarians today considered this proposal and they rejected it. Hungarians decided that only we Hungarians can decide with whom we want to live. The question was ‘Brussels or Budapest’ and we decided this issue is exclusively the competence of Budapest.”

    Orbán decided that the 3.3 million Hungarians who voted “no” in the referendum spoke for all 10 million Hungarians. After his speech, there were fireworks over the Danube river in the colors of the Hungarian flag.

    In order to prevent the European Union from sending refugees to Hungary, Orbán proposed a constitutional amendment to reflect “the will of the people.” It was presented to the Parliament on October 10, 2016, but the bill was rejected by a narrow margin. The far-right Jobbik party, which contends that some of the new arrivals pose a national security threat, sealed the bill’s rejection by boycotting the vote. However, it held out a lifeline to Orbán by indicating that it would support the ban if Orbán scrapped a separate investor visa scheme under which foreigners could effectively buy the right to live in Hungary (and move freely within the Schengen area) in exchange for buying at least 300,000 euros in government bonds with a five-year maturity. Some 10,000 Chinese utilized this scheme, at this writing, to move to Hungary, as did smaller numbers of affluent investors from Russia and the Middle East.

    The Orbán government feared that the referendum alone would not deter potential asylum seekers from trying to enter Hungary. In order to ensure that the situation from the summer of 2015 would not be repeated, the government begun to further strengthen the borders and to close existing refugee camps.

    Border Hunters

    In 2016, the Hungarian police started recruiting 3,000 “border hunters” to join some 10,000 police and soldiers patrolling a 100-mile-long, four-meter-high, razor-wire-topped fence erected on Hungary’s southern borders with Serbia and Croatia to keep refugees out. The recruitment posts were scattered all over Budapest, including the Keleti railway station that became a de facto refugee camp for tens of thousands of people fleeing violence in the Middle East in 2015. Today, the thousands of police and border hunters deal with fewer than 200 refugees who reach Hungary’s southern border with Serbia every day.

    The border hunters must have a high school diploma and receive six months of training. They earn approximately HUF 200,000 (US $709) a month, and receive other perks: housing and clothing allowances, and discount on travel and cell phones. During a recruiting fair in early October 2016, a pack of teenagers ogled a display of machine guns, batons, and riot gear. A glossy flier included a picture of patrols in 4x4s, advanced equipment to detect body heat, night-vision goggles, and migrant-sniffing dogs.

    At a swearing-in ceremony in Budapest for border hunters in spring 2017, Orbán said Hungary had to act to defend itself. The storm has not died, it has only subsided temporarily, he said. There are still millions waiting to set out on their journey in the hope of a better life (in Europe).

    Refugee Camp Closures

    Erecting fences and recruiting border hunters to keep refugees out is one strategy; closing existing refugee camps is another. Beginning in December 2016, Orbán moved to close most refugee camps. The camp in Bicske operated as a refugee facility for more than two decades. In the little museum established by refugees on the premises of the reception center one could see artifacts, coins, and paintings from many parts of the world: several countries in Africa, the Middle East, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan, to name a few. However, in December 2016, the camp was shut down as part of the wave of closures. When the author visited the camp a few days before it closed, 75 individuals, hailing from Cuba, Nigeria, Cameroon, Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, lived there.

    At the time of the author’s visit, Bicske, which can house as many as 460 refugees, was operating well below capacity. The number of asylum applicants also decreased dramatically. According to HHC data, in October 2016, 1,198 refugees registered for asylum in Hungary compared with 5,812 in April 2016. As of October 2016, there were 529 asylum seekers staying in Hungarian refugee reception facilities: 318 at open reception centers such as Bicske and 211 in detention centers.

    The refugees who the author spoke with, including a couple from Nigeria and a young family from Cuba among others, were no terrorists. Jose and his family fled persecution in Cuba in hopes of reuniting with his elderly mother, who had received permission to stay in Budapest a couple of years earlier. Jose is a computer programmer and said he was confident that he would have no problem finding a job. In addition to his native Spanish, he speaks English, and was also learning Hungarian. The Nigerian couple fled northern Nigeria when Boko Haram killed several members of their family. They told the author mean no harm to anybody; all they want is to live in peace.

    When the camp in Bicske closed, the refugees were relocated to Kiskunhalas, a remote camp in southern Hungary, some 2 ½ hours by train from Budapest. The Bicske camp’s location offered its residents opportunities to access a variety of educational and recreational activities that helped them adjust to life in Hungary. Some refugees commuted to Budapest to attend classes at the Central European University (CEU) as well as language courses provided by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Bicske residents often attended events and met with Hungarian mentors from groups such as Artemisszió, a multicultural foundation, and MigSzol, a migrant advocacy group. Christian refugees were bused to an American church each Sunday morning. Moving the residents to Kiskunhalas has deprived them of these opportunities. The Hungarian government offers very few resources to refugees, both to those in reception facilities awaiting decisions on their cases and those who have received asylum, so it is clear that access to the civil-society organizations helping refugees prepare for their new lives is important.

    Magyar abszurd: Assistance to Venezuelan Refugees of Hungarian Ancestry

    While third-country nationals—asylum seekers or labor migrants—receive virtually no assistance from the government, ethnic Hungarians from faraway places such as Venezuela continue to enjoy a warm welcome as well as financial assistance and access to programs aimed at integrating them speedily.

    Recently, Hungary accepted 300 refugees from Venezuela. The Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta led the resettlement effort. The refugees must prove some level of Hungarian ancestry in order to qualify for the resettlement scheme. About 5,000 Hungarians emigrated to Venezuela in the 20th century, mostly after World War II and in 1956.

    By Hungarian law, everyone who can prove Hungarian ancestry is entitled to citizenship. As Edit Frenyó, a Hungarian legal scholar, said, “Of course process is key, meaning political and administrative will are needed for successful naturalization.” According to media reports, the Venezuelan refugees are receiving free airfare, residency and work permits, temporary housing, job placement, and English and Hungarian language courses.

    Apparently, the refugees have been directed not to talk about their reception, perhaps in an effort to bolster the official narrative: an ethnonational story of homecoming, in which they are presented as Hungarians, not refugees or migrants. As Gergely Gulyás, Chancellor of the Republic of Hungary, declared, “We are talking about Hungarians; Hungarians are not considered migrants.” Frenyó posits that the Hungarian government must present the refugees as Hungarians seeking to come home to avert political backlash and to make sure the controversial immigration tax law is not levied on the Malta Order.

    Anti-Refugee Policy and the Role of Civil Society: Views on the Ground

    In contradiction to the government’s anti-refugee policies of recent years, civil-society organizations and civilians offered assistance to refugees who descended on the Keleti railway station in summer 2015. As Migration Aid volunteers recount, volunteers brought toys and sweets for the refugee children and turned the station into a playground during the afternoons. However, when Migration Aid volunteers started to use chalk to draw colorful pictures on the asphalt as a creative means to help children deal with their trauma, the Hungarian police reminded the volunteers that the children could be made liable for the “violation of public order.”

    In contrast to civil society’s engagement with children, the Hungarian government tried to undermine and limit public sympathy towards refugees. Hungarian state television employees were told not to broadcast images of refugee children. Ultimately, the task of visually capturing the everyday life of refugee families and their children, as the only means to bridge the distance between the refugees and the receiving societies, was left to volunteers and Facebook activists, such as the photo blog Budapest Seen. Budapest Seen captured activities at the train station, at the Slovenian and Serbian border, and elsewhere in the country, where both NGO workers and regular citizens were providing much needed water, food, sanitary napkins for women, diapers for babies, and medical assistance.

    Volunteers came in droves also in Debrecen, among them Aida el-Seaghi, half Yemeni and half Hungarian medical doctor, and Christina, a trained psychotherapist, and several dozen others who communicated and organized assistance to needy refugees through a private Facebook page, MigAid 2015.

    There were many other volunteer and civil-society groups, both in Budapest and Debrecen, who came to aid refugees in 2015. Among them, MigSzol, a group of students at the Central European University (CEU), Menedék (Hungarian Association for Migrants), established in January 1995 at the height of the Balkan wars, HHC, Adventist Development and Relief Agency, and several others.

    At the time of writing, many of these organizations are no longer operational as a result of the “Stop Soros” bill, passed in June 2018, which criminalizes assistance to irregular migrants, among other things. However, organizations such as the HHC continue to provide legal aid to migrants and refugees. Many volunteers who worked with refugees in 2015 continue their volunteer activities, but in the absence of refugees in Hungary focused their efforts on the Roma or the homeless. In interviews the author conducted in spring 2019, they expressed that they stand ready should another group of asylum seekers arrive in Hungary.

    Acknowledgments

    This article was prepared using funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program under grant agreement No. 770330.

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  • Le #Trièves, terre d’accueil des réfugiés

    Le Trièves, c’est un joli coin de campagne niché entre l’Obiou et le Mont-Aiguille, à une cinquantaine de kilomètres au Sud de Grenoble. Depuis cinq ans, une centaine d’habitants se sont regroupés dans le #CART, le « #Collectif_d'Accueil_de_Réfugiés_du_Trièves ». A #Mens, #Chichilianne et #Monestier_de_Clermont, ils hébergent et accompagnent ceux qui se sont « exilés », qui ont du quitter leur pays pour échapper à la mort ou à la misère.


    https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/auvergne-rhone-alpes/isere/grenoble/trieves-terre-accueil-1734021.html
    #accueil #solidarité #asile #migrations #réfugiés #hébergement #campagne #rural #Isère #audio

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  • Max DUEZ - Et maintenant qu’ils sont là... on fait quoi ?

    Pardonnez-moi, monsieur le procureur, j’ai dû manquer une case. À vingt-cinq ans j’étais un bandit, je vendais de la drogue, j’ai payé pour cela, j’ai pris trois ans fermes et j’ai rendu ma dette à l’État. Et maintenant, devenu vieux, que je fais de l’humanitaire en aidant de pauvres gens épuisés qui ont soif, froid et faim... vous voulez me mettre en prison tout ça parce que je ferais partie d’une bande organisée ? Je ne saisis pas bien votre raisonnement, là... je vous le dis, j’ai dû louper une case. Arrêtez, vous vous fichez du monde. « Eux, les migrants, ils disent merci toutes les cinq minutes. Merci de quoi ? pense Pierre. C’est lui qui doit dire merci de ce rappel impérieux de la nécessité du partage. Eux, ils ont les yeux grands ouverts sur l’avenir, pupilles noires au centre de billes blanches. Ce sont eux qui sont propres et c’est lui qui a la gale, pas sur la peau du corps, mais sur la peau du coeur sans doute depuis toujours... » « Une famille nombreuse, c’est quelque chose. Il n’y a pas un avis comme aux époques patriarcales, il n’y a pas deux positions qui s’affrontent comme en politique au moment du choix présidentiel, il y a une foultitude d’avis qui vont, qui viennent, qui remettent tout en cause et qui font qu’on évolue. »


    https://www.editions-baudelaire.com/auteur/max-duez/et-maintenant-qu-ils-sont-la-on-fait-quoi
    #livre #Max_Duez #réfugiés #asile #migrations #frontière_sud-alpine #Hautes-Alpes #solidarité #accueil

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    Pour celleux qui ne le connaissent pas (encore), Max Duez est médecin... il habite #Briançon... et c’est une figure magnifique.

    Il apparaît dans le film Déplacer les montagnes.
    J’ai cité ces paroles qu’il a prononcées lors des Etats généraux de la migration (décembre 2017) dans le petit article que j’ai écrit pour la revue L’Alpe :

    Max Duez, chirurgien à l’hôpital de Briançon qui « a passé sa vie à réparer des corps cassés », prend à sa suite la parole : « Dans nos montagnes, le sauvetage ne se discute pas ». Faisant référence à Zola, il déploie un long « J’accuse ». « J’accuse l’État qui se tait lorsqu’on condamne un humaniste comme Cédric Herrou. J’accuse le ministère de l’Intérieur qui donne ses directives aux préfectures, au prétexte de délits qui n’en sont pas. J’accuse la police qui exécute ses ordres ; N’aggravons pas les choses, c’est assez difficile comme ça. »

    https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-02289383/document

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