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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - Petition, Let's warn about state practices towards migrants on the Franco-Italian border and in France! (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:59:11 +0200


This alert, in the form of an open letter, is intended to alert national political and legal officials about the current abuses in the territory of Briançonnais in terms of militarization of the border, and illegal practices including the expulsion of major and minor migrants , practices of intimidation of solidarity citizens who assist migrants. It also recalls the principles of respect for fundamental rights that we urge the state and its structures to implement. ---- ALERT IN STATE, ALERT TO OUR REPRESENTATIVES, ALERT TO CITIZENS ! ---- Mr. President of the Republic, ---- Mr. Prefect of the Hautes Alpes, ---- Mr. Prosecutor of the Republic, ---- Mr Defender of Human Rights, ---- Ladies and Gentlemen, ---- Ladies and Gentlemen the Citizens, ---- The local, regional and national signatory associations join the Citizen Movement All Migrants to alert you again to the following facts on the border territory of Briançonnais: The military and police activity on this Franco-Italian border is reflected every day by dozens of refusal of entry and inadvertent dismissal of adults and children in exile. These referrals are made in violation of fundamental rights and legal provisions, particularly with regard to the right to asylum and the protection of children.

This policy resulted in a serious accident known (two young people dropped 40 meters in rock bars to avoid the police in the night of August 18 to 19), others, unknown, and multiple endangered. Migrants take dangerous paths to avoid the main road and / or hide for days and nights to escape the controls. They arrive exhausted, hungry, terrorized Briançon. With the approach of winter, these risks are increasing: risk of death by cold or frostbite (two people were amputated in March 2016).


In addition to these refusals of entry and inadvertent dismissals, many of us also witness recurring facts relating to the following situations:

Hits to the man, especially at night with special equipment ;
Identity checks based on skin color ;
Absence of translators during arrests of migrants to explain their rights in a language they understand ;
Systematic fingerprinting of minors at the police station ;
Referrals to Italy of persons of legal age despite their status as asylum seekers, and even minors ;
Releases to the street of minors ;
Intimidation by some members of the police of solidarity citizens ;
Refusal or lack of justification by the police of the legal basis of these actions.
Many people are outraged by what they witness and help out as much as they can to those people in distress, including a majority of young minors. However, the Public Prosecutor summons some of them by accusing them of the crime of helping foreigners in an irregular situation.

In view of this observation, we, as citizens' associations, solemnly remind the authorities of their responsibilities towards the rule of law, because less than anyone, they can not ignore that:

The right of asylum is a fundamental right ;
Minors and asylum seekers are not illegal aliens but vulnerable persons who must be protected according to the law and international conventions ;
Failure to assist a person in danger is a crime ;
Endangering the lives of others is a crime ;
Solidarity is a duty, consecutive to the values of our Republic incarnated by the motto " Liberty - Equality - Fraternity " and this solidarity is part of the curriculum of the public school.
That is why, in order to restore the rule of law seriously threatened by this policy, and before an irreparable accident (death, amputation, disability ...) does not happen again, we urge you to:

Stop immediately the endangerment of human beings organized by the State ;
Restore freedom of movement at borders established by the Schengen Agreements ;
Respect fundamental human rights and grant protection to people forced to flee their country who knock on the door of France ;
To stop the intimidation and prosecution of the solidarity citizens of these people in distress.
We understand the dilemmas faced by those who are enjoined to perform measures contrary to their beliefs. These situations can lead and have already led to serious accidents that are likely to increase. They also have deleterious effects on workers, as they can testify.
We encourage workers and their unions to express themselves, not to be abused and to use all their rights in occupational health, but also with regard to the risks for exiles pursued in the mountains, children on the street, people without financial means to pay for a ticket or something to eat ...

We encourage them to challenge those responsible for the criminal liability that may be incurred, including the deliberate endangerment of the lives of others or the breach of a duty of care or security provided by law (Article L121). -3 of the Penal Code), and where appropriate, to use their duty to disobey a manifestly illegal order (Article L122-4 of the Criminal Code).

We call on all citizens, regardless of their rank in society, to resist this dangerous drift of the rule of law, to continue to record their daily acts in accordance with the values taught to our children and for which our parents have beaten at the risk of their lives, and, if necessary, to disobey collectively the obviously unlawful orders they may receive in the exercise of their functions.

Briançon, October 17, 2017

Petition to sign on change.org

First signatories:

National:

Libertarian Alternative, National Border Assistance Association for Foreigners (Anafé), Federation of Tunisians for a Brotherhood of the Two Shores (FTCR), South-Education Federation, South-Rail Federation, MRAP, Faith Network & Justice Africa Europe antenna France , Networks Education Without Borders, Network Initiatives for Another World, System B as Slum, Transport People and Care, Syndical Union of Psychiatry, French Jewish Union for Peace (UJFP), Union Syndicale Solidaire, Utopia 56.

Regional:

The South-East Cimade, Secours Catholique Caritas France-Delegation of the Alps, League of Human Rights PACA, Network Hospitality South-East.

Local:

Home Migrants of the Gers, Home Migrants Valfleury, Association of Solidarity in Essonne with the Roma and Romanian Families, Auberge des Migrants (Calais), Bagagérue (Paris), CGT-National City of the History of Immigration (Paris), Circle of silence Hazebrouck, Circle Louis Guilloux (Paris), Paths Plural (Embrun), Citizens Solidarity 06, Anti-racist collective of the region of Elboeuf, Collective of the defense of the rights and liberties of foreigners (Besançon), Collective Migrants Austerlitz, Collective without Shelters Nantes, Iséroise Solidarity Coordination with Migrant Aliens, Emancipée School 34, Escale (Salernes), Indian American Group (Crest), Habitat & Citizenship (Nice), Institute for a Relationship Policy (Lyon), Justice, Equality, Fraternity , Solidarity (Calais), Justice & Freedom (Strasbourg), Lille New Jungle,LDH Toulon, Migrants Welcome 34, The Cimade (05, 06, 46), FCPE 05, Icare 05, Solidary House of Saint Stephen, Migrants: change our eyes (Antony), Paris of Exile, The Chapel Standing! (Paris), The Pastoral of Migrants Marseille, The Hot Potato (Grenoble), Refugees of Vaucluse, Migrant Support Network of Yonne (89), RESF (05, 13, 25, 32, 43, 65, 69, 84), Réseau Universitaire Sans Frontières 13, Romeurope 94, Romeurope of Val Maubuée, Roya Citizen, Solidarity Migrants Etorkinekin (Basque Country), Solidarity Migrants Graulhet (81), Solidarity Migrants Oise, Solidarity Migrants and Refugees (Besançon), Solidaritat Ubaye, Solidarity with Refugees of Sisteron, Support for Roma Families (93), South Education (05, 84), Land of Wandering (Norrent-Fontes), All Migrants Savoie, Union Syndicale Solidaire 05.

http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/?Alertons-sur-les-pratiques-etatiques-vis-a-vis-des-migrants-a-la-frontiere
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