Criticism role play – an open letter

The political education working group regularly conducts workshops and educational days at schools on the subject of flight and asylum. We obtain our materials from educational offers and institutions of political education, but also from state institutions such as the German Liaison Office of the European Parliament. The office has published role plays on five issues, […]

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What happened the last months – an Update

We have not had a project in Serbia or anywhere else in the Western Balkans for about 10 months now. After handing over the shower system and the distribution of non-food items (NFIs) to Escuela con Alma in July 2018, we took a break during the summer and watched the situation develop. Change of situation […]

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Transport of donations Calais, December 2018

After spending the summer in Thessaloniki to distribute previously collected donations for food and hygiene packages, I wanted to provide humanitarian aid for refugees back in Germany during the semester. From there on the idea developed to organize a donation transport to Calais. There are currently about 1.000 to 1.200 fugitives in the Calais-Dunkirchen region. […]

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Political Education at Rigardu

What we have hardly reported on so far is our political training work. Since the foundation of our association, and before, when we were still called “Voluntiere”, it has always been our concern not only to support fleeing people, but also here in Germany to bring up the topic of flight & asylum. Reasons for […]

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The EU Comission’s answer

We’re looking back at our approaches to bring Border Violence Monitoring to the European Parliament: In June 2018, a request was submitted by Dietmar Köster (MoP, S&D) in a meeting of the Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament. Köster questioned the role of Frontex in the context of human rights violations at the […]

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No exception

We met Bashir in Bihać and he asked us to publish this video on our blog together with the report. The unconscious young man is recovering by now. The violence by the Croatian police is not an isolated case, but a systematic method of deterrence, which not only violates laws, but is also inhumane. The […]

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There’s a directive on violence against refugees

On www.borderviolence.eu Rigardu documents illegal deportations and police violence against refugees at the EU’s external borders in more than 200 cases. I am firmly convinced that the perpetrators in Croatia are not unprofessional, violent policemen. Instead, it is obviously an instruction within the Croatian police to use violence as a deterrent. I have collected some […]

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We are handing over our project in Serbia

Rigardu is no longer needed in Serbia, and so we have decided to end our humanitarian project in Subotica. The suitcases are already packed, the flat emptied and the transporter with some last volunteers and equipment on the way to Germany. We have now been active in Serbia since March 2017 and have concentrated in […]

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Action – Reaction – Effect

Action – Reaction – Effect… This is our hope for our commitment to the “Border Violence” project. Since the spring of 2017, we have been trying to document as many cases of human rights violations at the EU’s external borders as possible. Interviews with victims of police violence, photos of the resulting injuries and audio […]

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