Concerning the meeting at the Innenausschuss of Bundestag on the 22nd of November 2012, the delegates of the refugees in Berlin declare:
Taking part in the meeting today is a result of eight months of ongoing protest of refugees in Germany. It is unfortunate that these protests, the building of camps and the hunger- strikes, were necessary to achieve first dialogues with the politicians in charge. Though we have received dismissive statements by German parliamentarians regarding our demands we have decided to participate in the meeting today and to continue putting our demands on the agenda, to constitute and to strengthen them.
Due to the limited time of this first meeting not all of our points can be discussed in detail. Thus it can only be the first but not the last meeting. Indeed, much more refugees need to have the opportunity to speak for themselves about their inhuman and unbearable situation with responsible politicians and to call urgently for solutions.
No one escapes for fun! There are always political reasons.
We demand the legal recognition of all refugees as political refugees!
All refugees are human beings! We are here because you are destroying our world! We did not choose to be here!
We are in this situation as a consequence of the politics of Germany and of other leading European countries: The prosperity of the industrialized countries is based on the continuation of colonialism, the never ending reproduction of poverty, corruption, lobbying and the collaboration of Germany with authoritarian regimes. The export of wars and the maximizing of national profit through arms industry are further important factors.
We are not here to ask for but to claim our demands!
Today we want to focus on three main demands:
No one has the right to take away mobility from people, to isolate them in camps and to exclude them from societal participation.
The compulsory housing of refugees in mass accommodations is inhumane. Every person has the right of self chosen accommodation. A perpetuation of the camps or a mere cosmetic upgrading of standards are no solution. Save the money and invest it in sufficient and affordable housing space for everyone!
No one is illegal. We refuse to be divided into different categories due to the reasons of our escape and to be played off against each other.
Our demands are crucial in order to ensure cultural and social participation and to realize human dignity as a basic right. More demands have to be discussed in future negotiations, concerning the securing of livelihood as well as a self-determined life with financial independence instead of goods or vouchers. This implies an abolishment of the Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz (special law for asylum seekers).
We want to thank those politicians who were engaged in our struggle as well as all people who have been taking part in our protest throughout the past weeks in solidarity.
At the same time we constantly had to deal with fascist and racist campaigns and ideologies. It needs to be pointed out that those arguments are based on discriminating patterns of thought that are widely shared by the public, the medias and by parts of the German government. This way prejudices, clichés and fears are reproduced and enhanced.
To fight racism means to abolish all racist and discriminative laws. Start this today!
Once again we declare our solidarity with the Roma people who are currently facing the threat of deportation. We demand the immediate stop of all deportations as well as the abolishment of the inhumane so called ‘Direktverfahren’ that make it effectively impossible to get asylum. By demanding a faster asylum procedure we do not aim at faster deportations as implied in the ‘Direktverfahren’.
Napuli Paul Langa Farid Mirzaie Mansureh Komeigani Yahya Fall