Statement on Refugee Self Organization in Lagers Monday, Mar 7 2011 

Refugee Conference in Stuttgart: “Refugees have a Voice”
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Stuttgart, DGB-Haus, Willi-Bleicher-Str. 20

The participation of refugees is crucial for the struggle against discrimination and injustice. In Baden-Württemberg this process now is getting started as refugee communities are building up in the different refugee camps.

We refuse arbitrary measures, hatred and double standard treatment of refugees in Germany.

Refugees are invited to exchange their experience and commitments to strengthen the ongoing refugee community networking and self organization in camps as a core focus in the conference.

No one can tell the story better than the direct victims. Refugees are in the best position to tell their stories from “why they are here” and “what they are confronted with in this society”.

Although individual refugees may be faced with problems seeming different in nature, the whole situation boils down to the German Lager politics that isolates, demoralizes and traumatizes.

The refugee politics in Baden-Württemberg is worse compared to most federal states in Germany. Effecting change requires sincere solidarity and a strong position of refugees. Otherwise compromise will remain the order of the day.

Solidarity is the weapon and refugees are calling for sincere solidarity with the ongoing campaign against camps, food packages, restrictions to the freedom of movement and other forms of discrimination and injustice against refugees.


10.00-10.15 Uhr
Opening Speech by Rex Osa (Activist of The Voice and Caravan Network / Coordinating Activist of Refugee Community Networking in Baden-Württemberg)

Why refugees should organize themselves by a representative of Flüchtlingsrat Baden- Württemberg)

Presentation of refugees‘ struggles and experiences by
– Dr Maqsud Agaew from Azerbajan (Apolda Flüchtlingsinitiative)
– Milud Lahmar-Cherif from Algeria (Zella-Mehlis Flüchtlingsinitiative)
– Salomon wantchoucou from Benin (Mohlau Flüchtlingsinitiative)

Coffee Break

Info exchange Groups
1. Camps
2. Restriction to the freedom of movement
3. Institutionalized racism and deportation


Short Film on the fate of refugees

History of the struggle of refugees and arbitrary enforcement of decree by districts by Osaren Igbinoba (Founding member of The Voice)

Reports from info exchange groups

Self-Organization in Baden Württemberg/ documentation and Solidarity with delegates of refugees from Witthoh, Hardheim, Biberach and other places

Presentation of position paper

Coffee Break

Election of regional delegates of refugees

15:30 -16.15
Podium for open questions

Closing speech…

For years, Refugees have been actively involved in the struggles against injustices imposed on them by the European Government with Germany taking the Lead. In Baden Wurttemberg, little is yet to be seen about refugees been active in the struggle. Just in the past months, refugees in Baden Wurttemberg realized and acknowledged the strength in networking especially against the lager system. In the course to further strengthen the mobilization for Refugees’ self-Organization, a conference with title “Refugees have a Voice” is planned for March 12, 2011 in Stuttgart, Baden Wurttemberg.

Refugees are responsible for the general preparation and organization of this Conference. Speakers are chosen from our sphere and Refugee Activist from other German States are invited to share their long years of experiences in the struggle through exchanges and join us to formulate better strategies to strengthen the ongoing protest actions in Baden Wurttemberg. The core objective of the Conference will be stressed on building Refugee Communities with priorities in acknowledging that we are the best persons to tell our own stories from why we are here and what we are confronted with in the system. Because without us as practical victims, compromise will continually be celebrated while the main problems of discrimination, racism and stigmatization propagated through a beautiful face seasonal antiracist activism remains the daily order.

Reasons for Our struggles…

Although individual or specific situation in Lagers may seem different in Nature all over Germany, the Situations of every refugee boils down to the German Apartheid concept of isolation, exclusion and total control of those seen as unwanted in this society. The values of the so called unwanted guests are identified with being accommodated in Lagers located either at the edge of the Community or in the middle of nowhere, striped off all rights to privacy and choice, restricted from exercising the right to move freely and availability of limited medical attention, just to name a few among other repressive mechanisms.

The State projects Refugees as enemies of the Society who must be left defenseless while a crusade of systematic destruction goes on unabated. Their daily lives are complemented with instrumental hatred, discrimination, total control and institutionalized racism. The lager as the central instrument of the repression is nothing short from Segregation Ghettos beautifully made by name of Asylum homes. The Lager mentality is reminiscent of the old times of slavery, colonialism and nationalism, a strategy to keep the so called bad eggs far from the normal Society to facilitate identification, control and deportation. Continuous repressive cultures are imposed on us, to frighten, traumatize and psychologically destroy us in other to sustain the German culture of dominance and superiority.

The whole repression has even brain-washed many of us who are now made to see the different available ways to survive as the only possibility. We do not even know who to trust anymore. i.e. the Good or Bad amongst the Social workers, the Police or otherwise. In many cases, the social workers become the major horror to the Victimized Refugees. The German Asylum politics is a contradiction to the UN Convention on refugee protection creating well meditated loop holes for their administrative Districts and departments to enforce arbitrary decrees.

Enough is enough from institutionalized lies and mockery. Knowing the truth of what it is costing to run the whole mechanism of control is a right to every German. It costs the state far more to deport, fortify boarder Regimes and enforce the repressive forces than it cost to allow us the freedom guaranteed by international standards.

By self organization, the deeds of the state would be made known to the Society, Refugees will be able to keep the Authorities’ on serious check, Refugees will be able to know their rights to resist any form of repression and institutionalized lies and mockery, Refugees would have the guts to always ask the Question “Why” which commits officials to lying in defense of their practices of injustice.

Community networking in Lagers is intended to redirect Refugees’ attention to the lager as the central base for all the repression, analyze the need for us refugees to believe in our potentials and bridge the gap between the repression we face in this so-called “democratic Germany” and our basic reason of flight because, “we are here because you destroyed our Countries”.

We demand the Closure of all Lagers

We demand the abolition of racial Segregating Laws

We demand freedom and dignity for all including Refugees.


Flüchtlinge werden weiter gezwungen, überteuerte Lebensmittel zu kaufen Monday, Mar 7 2011 

Zwei Euro für den Liter Milch

Biberach: Flüchtlinge werden weiter gezwungen, überteuerte Lebensmittel zu kaufen
Von Gitta Düperthal

Für die Flüchtlinge im baden-württembergischen Kreis Biberach an der Riß hat sich nichts geändert. Immer noch müssen sie morgens in aller Frühe um sieben Uhr Lebensmittel und Kleidung von zweifelhafter Qualität abholen, die ihnen ein Laster der Firma Dreikönig aus Schwäbisch-Gemünd zweimal wöchentlich vor der Gemeinschaftsunterkunft in der Bleicherstraße anliefert. Darüber hatten sich die Bewohner der Unterkunft bereits im August vergangenen Jahres beschwert, und einen von 130 Flüchtlingen unterschriebenen offenen Brief an das Landratsamt geschickt. »Wir nehmen die Vorwürfe sehr ernst«, hatte daraufhin der im Landratsamt zuständige Abteilungsleiter für Soziales, Arnfried Stoffner, damals gegenüber junge Welt gesagt.

»Es wurde viel geredet, besser geworden ist nach fünf Monaten rein gar nichts«, berichtete der Sprecher der Flüchtlingsinitiative Biberach Rex Osa in der vergangenen Woche am Telefon. Besonders erniedrigend sei für die Flüchtlinge, daß ihnen in diesem harten Winter keine Winterschuhe zur Verfügung gestellt worden seien. Viele Flüchtlinge hatten die Annahme von Schuhen minderer Qualität, die den Temperaturen und Schneeverhältnissen nicht entsprachen, boykottiert. Daraufhin habe das Landratsamt, so Osa, eine weitere Demütigung parat gehabt: Wer die Schuhe nicht annehmen wollte, erhielt Gutscheine für einen Diakonie-Laden, der Second-Hand-Schuhe verkauft. Der Sozialamtsleiter Hermann Kienle fand diese Sanktionierung nicht anstößig. Er bestätigte gegenüber jW: »Sie wollten ja keine neuen Schuhe haben, also müssen sie eben die alten nehmen«.

Für Kienle bleibt es dabei: Das Amt verhalte sich gesetzeskonform. »Aus unserer Sicht ist die Versorgung in Ordnung«. Seltsam nur, daß es dann soviele Einwände gibt. »Wir sind ständig dabei, Beschwerden nachzugehen«, versicherte der Behördenleiter. Mittlerweile kommen die Beschwerden auch nicht mehr nur von den Flüchtlingen selber. So beschreibt beispielsweise Dierk Andresen, der für seine lokale Webseite 2003 den Ehrenamtspreis des Landkreises Biberach erhalten hat, in Teil neun seiner Reportage-Serie über Flüchtlinge: Die Bewohner der Gemeinschaftsunterkunft würden genötigt, vom kümmerlichen Betrag von 170 Euro, den sie monatlich für Lebensmittel erhielten, überteuerte Produkte einkaufen zu müssen. Für einen Liter Milch, der im Discounter 69 Cent kostet, müssten die Asylbewerber in Biberach beispielsweise 2,12 Euro an die Zulieferfirma zahlen; für drei Tomaten, für die nach dem Marktwert höchstens mit 85 Cent bezahlt werden dürften, 1,36 Euro. Kienle nennt das »alles bloß Behauptungen« – bestreiten will er die allerdings auch nicht. Er wisse es einfach nicht. Auch das erstaunt. Schließlich sind die geschilderten Mißstände schon seit langem bekannt – und das Amt hatte laut Kienle wegen der anhaltenden Proteste »die Kontrolldichte erhöht«.

Informiert ist auch seit langem bereits die Sozialdezernentin Petra Alger, die bei einem Besuch in der Gemeinschaftsunterkunft im September vergangenen Jahres mit Verweis auf das Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz des Bundes, auf dem Prinzip der Sachleistung beharrte. Die Möglichkeit von Wertgutscheinen oder Bargeld gebe es nur, »wenn Sachleistungen nicht umsetzbar sind«, behauptete Alger. Im Landkreis Biberach sind sie offenbar »nicht umsetzbar«, denn die Flüchtlinge seien schon lange nicht mehr bereit, permanent Einschränkungen ihrer Freiheit hinzunehmen, so deren Sprecher Rex Osa. »Wir sind ungeduldig, und wollen uns nicht mehr als Menschen zweiter Klasse behandeln lassen«

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