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The VOICE Refugee Forum – A Network of Refugee Community Initiatives in Germany: Our goal is aimed to organized under principles of self-organization of refugees and their Communities against the Apartheid in isolation camps and ‘Lager’ and to empower the political Networks and struggles in the camps. The self-determination of the refugees to liberate themselves from institutional racism and discrimination is clearly defined; in order to form a united block against suicidal acts and traumas in Isolation lagers. We demand solidarity and protest against the collective punishments through racist persecution of refugees in Germany. We demand the abolition of the Residence Obligation (Residenzpflicht) and the segregation of refugees in ‘Lager’ and camps and Deportation prisons. We stand for Freedom of movement for all, Stop deportation and all discriminatory laws against refugees. We are united against any form of colonial injustice and social exclusion of refugees and people without rights in Germany. "Main focus is to promote networking and Campaigns for Refugees Community unity and mobilise to represent our own VOICES” Donation: Förderverein The VOICE e.V. Sparkasse Göttingen Kontonummer: 127829 BLZ: 260 500 01 IBAN: DE97 2605 0001 0000 1278 29 BIC: NOLADE21GOE The VOICE Refugee Forum Jena, Schillergässchen 5, 07745 Jena, E-Mail: thevoicerefugeeforum(at)gmx.de , E-mail: the_voice_berlin(at)emdash.org Internet: http://www.thevoiceforum.org
Updated: 29 min 27 sec ago

Appellbrief an das Verwaltungsgericht Gera (Deutschland) für James Imudia OGBOMO anlässlich der Verhandlung im Asylverfahren am 6.7.2020

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:53

The Voice Refugee Forum
The VOICE Refugee Forum
Schillergässchen 5, 07745 Jena
E-Mail: thevoiceforum@gmx.de
Tel.: 0049 (0)176 24568988
Http://thevoiceforum.org

5. Juli 2020

An:
Verwaltungsgericht Gera
Rudolf-Diener-Str. 1
07545 Gera

Ihr Zeichen/ Ihre Nachricht: 7294673 – 232
James Imudia OGBOMO (geb.: 17.07.1983) gegen Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Appellbrief an das Verwaltungsgericht Gera (Deutschland) für James Imudia OGBOMO anlässlich der Verhandlung im Asylverfahren am 6.7.2020

Sehr geehrter Herr Vizepräsident des VG Dr. Fuchs, sehr geehrter Herr Vorsitzender Richter, sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

unsere Aufmerksamkeit wurde auf den Fall der oben genannten Person gelenkt, der bei Ihnen zur Entscheidung ansteht.

Wir, The VOICE Refugee Forum, schreiben Ihnen, weil wir Herrn Ogbomos Antrag auf Zuflucht, Schutz und Sicherheit in Deutschland unterstützen möchten. Wir kennen Herrn Ogbomo seit einigen Jahren und wissen um seine schwierige persönliche und gesundheitliche Situation.

Wie Ihnen vielleicht bekannt ist, ist The VOICE Refugee Forum die führende Flüchtlingsselbstorganisation in Thüringen und die älteste selbstorganisierte Flüchtlingsgruppe in Deutschland. Unsere Geschichte und lange Tradition des konsequenten Eintretens für die Rechte von Flüchtlingen hat uns beispiellose Glaubwürdigkeit und Vertrauen bei den Flüchtlingen eingebracht, die mit uns in Kontakt kommen. Dies wiederum ermöglicht uns, einige der schwierigsten Probleme, mit denen viele dieser Flüchtlinge konfrontiert sind, besser kennenzulernen.

Vor diesem Hintergrund sind wir mit der gesundheitlichen Situation von Herrn Ogbomo sehr vertraut geworden. Seit seinem ersten Kontakt mit uns war klar, dass er neben einer professionellen medizinischen Behandlung die soziale Unterstützung einer Gruppe brauchte, um das Risiko einer Selbstverletzung und eines möglichen Selbstmordrisikos aufgrund seiner Fluchterfahrungen zu minimieren. Wir haben daher versucht, ihm diese soziale Unterstützung zu bieten, indem wir ihn nach Möglichkeit in unsere Aktivitäten einbezogen haben, um ihm bei der Verarbeitung seiner Fluchterfahrungen zu helfen. Wie sein medizinischer Bericht deutlich zeigt, nimmt er hochdosierte, sehr starke Medikamente ein. Dennoch sind diese Risiken nach wie vor vorhanden und würden mit der anhaltenden Bedrohung durch Abschiebung noch erhöht.

Wir sind daher der festen Überzeugung, dass das Gericht der Gerechtigkeit und der Menschlichkeit dienen würde, wenn es Herrn Ogbomo endlich das Recht auf Niederlassung und Aufenthalt gewährt, damit er sein Leben in Würde und mit der Gewissheit, in Deutschland in Schutz und Sicherheit zu sein, wieder aufbauen kann.

The VOICE Refugee Forum
Letter: Court Appeal of The VOICE Refugee Forum on James Imudia OGBOMO - Refugee Asylum Application Process in the Administrative Court of Gera on the 06.07.2020, in Germany.

The Voice Refugee Forum
The VOICE Refugee Forum
Schillergässchen 5, 07745 Jena
E-Mail: thevoiceforum@gmx.de
Tel.: 0049 (0)176 24568988
Tel.: 0049(0)3641-9278815

5th July, 2020

An:
Verwaltungsgericht Gera
Rudolf-Diener-Str. 1
07545 Gera

Ihre Zeichen/ Ihre Nachricht:
7294673 - 232

Re-James Imudia OGBOMO, DoB: 17.07.1983 vs the Federal Republic of Germany

Ladies and gentlemen, dear Dr. Fuchs, dear Chief Judge,

Our attention has been drawn to the case of the above named individual currently pending your adjudication.

We, the VOICE Refugee Forum are writing to you to support his application for refuge, safety and security in Germany. We have known Mr. Ogbomo since the last couple of years and his difficult personal and health situation.

As you may be aware, the VOICE Refugee Forum is the foremost refugee self-organisation in Thuringen and the oldest self-organised refugee group in Germany. Our history and long tradition of consistently advocating for the rights of refugees has earned us unparalleled credibility and trust with refugees who come in contact with us which in turn, enables us to be more acquainted with some of the deepest problems that many of these refugees encounter.

It is against this background that we have become very familiar with the health situation of Mr Ogbomo. Since his initial contact with us, it was clear that he needed group and social support in addition to professional medical treatment to minimise the risk of self-harm and potential suicide risk arising from his flight experiences. We have therefore tried to provide this social support by engaging and involving him in our activities where possible to help him process his flight experiences. As his medical report clearly shows, he is on high dosage of very strong medications and yet, these risks are still there and would be heightened with the further threat of deportation.

We are therefore firmly convinced that the court would be serving justice and humanity by finally granting Mr Ogbomo the right to settlement and residency as a way to rebuild his life in dignity with the assurance of safety and security in Germany.

The VOICE Refugee Forum
Email: thevoiceforum@gmx.de
Tel.: 0176 24568988 | http://thevoiceforum.org

Appeal Letter of The VOICE Refugee Forum on the Court hearing of James Imudia OGBOMO's Refugee Asylum Application Process in Gera

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 09:52
James OGBOMO

Foto: James Imudia OGBOMO
Updated
See(pdf)Attachment Below in Deutsch:
In der Verwaltungsstreitsache James Imudia OGBOMO, geb. am 17.07.1983 gegen die Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Direktor: Prof. Dr. M. Walter, Universitätsklinikum Jena
Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie

Appeal Letter of The VOICE Refugee Forum on the Court hearing of James Imudia OGBOMO's Refugee Asylum Application Process in Gera, on the 06.07.2020 in Germany.

The VOICE Refugee Forum
James Imudia OGBOMO
E-Mail: thevoiceforum@gmx.de
Tel.: 0049 (0)176 24568988
Tel.: 0049(0)3641-9278815

5th July, 2020

An:
Verwaltungsgericht Gera
Rudolf-Diener-Str. 1
07545 Gera

Ihre Zeichen/ Ihre Nachricht:
7294673 - 232

Re-James Imudia OGBOMO, DoB: 17.07.1983 vs the Federal Republic of Germany

Ladies and gentlemen, dear Dr. Fuchs, dear Chief Judge,

Our attention has been drawn to the case of the above-named individual currently pending your adjudication.

We, The VOICE Refugee Forum are writing to you to support his application for refuge, safety and security in Germany. We have known Mr. Ogbomo since the last couple of years and his difficult personal and health situation.

As you may be aware, the VOICE Refugee Forum is the foremost refugee self-organization in Thuringen and the oldest self-organized refugee group in Germany. Our history and long tradition of consistently advocating for the rights of refugees has earned us unparalleled credibility and trust with refugees who come in contact with us which in turn, enables us to be more acquainted with some of the deepest problems that many of these refugees encounter.

It is against this background that we have become very familiar with the health situation of Mr. Ogbomo. Since his initial contact with us, it was clear that he needed group and social support in addition to professional medical treatment to minimize the risk of self-harm and potential suicide risk arising from his flight experiences. We have therefore tried to provide this social support by engaging and involving him in our activities where possible to help him process his flight experiences. As his medical report clearly shows, he is on high dosage of very strong medications and yet, these risks are still there and would be heightened with the further threat of deportation.

We are therefore firmly convinced that the court would be serving justice and humanity by finally granting Mr Ogbomo the right to settlement and residency as a way to rebuild his life in dignity with the assurance of safety and security in Germany.

Contact to James Imudia OGBOMO
Tel. 0049 15218152765
Email:
Rudolstadt, Thueringen

The VOICE Refugee Forum
Email: thevoiceforum@gmx.de
Tel.: 0176 24568988
Http://thevoiceforum.org

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Court Appeal of The VOICE Refugee Forum on James Imudia OGBOMO - Refugee Asylum Application Process

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 19:05
Imudia OGBOMO

Court Appeal of The VOICE Refugee Forum on James Imudia OGBOMO - Refugee Asylum Application Process in the Administrative Court of Gera on the 06.07.2020, in Germany.

The Voice Refugee Forum
The VOICE Refugee Forum
Schillergässchen 5, 07745 Jena
E-Mail: thevoiceforum@gmx.de
Tel.: 0049 (0)176 24568988
Tel.: 0049(0)3641-9278815

5th July, 2020

An:
Verwaltungsgericht Gera
Rudolf-Diener-Str. 1
07545 Gera

Ihre Zeichen/ Ihre Nachricht:
7294673 - 232

Re-James Imudia OGBOMO, DoB: 17.07.1983 vs the Federal Republic of Germany

Ladies and gentlemen, dear Dr. Fuchs, dear Chief Judge,

Our attention has been drawn to the case of the above-named individual currently pending your adjudication.

We, the VOICE Refugee Forum are writing to you to support his application for refuge, safety and security in Germany. We have known Mr. Ogbomo since the last couple of years and his difficult personal and health situation.

As you may be aware, the VOICE Refugee Forum is the foremost refugee self-organization in Thuringen and the oldest self-organized refugee group in Germany. Our history and long tradition of consistently advocating for the rights of refugees has earned us unparalleled credibility and trust with refugees who come in contact with us which in turn, enables us to be more acquainted with some of the deepest problems that many of these refugees encounter.

It is against this background that we have become very familiar with the health situation of Mr. Ogbomo. Since his initial contact with us, it was clear that he needed group and social support in addition to professional medical treatment to minimize the risk of self-harm and potential suicide risk arising from his flight experiences. We have therefore tried to provide this social support by engaging and involving him in our activities where possible to help him process his flight experiences. As his medical report clearly shows, he is on high dosage of very strong medications and yet, these risks are still there and would be heightened with the further threat of deportation.

We are therefore firmly convinced that the court would be serving justice and humanity by finally granting Mr Ogbomo the right to settlement and residency as a way to rebuild his life in dignity with the assurance of safety and security in Germany.

The VOICE Refugee Forum
Email: thevoiceforum@gmx.de
Tel.: 0176 24568988
Http://thevoiceforum.org

58. Special Edition: The Covid-19 Lockdown/Quarantine

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 18:08

In case you missed the 58. Special Edition: The Covid-19 Lockdown/Quarantine - Tune in to THE VOICES with Mbolo Yufanyi, and Co.

58. Special Edition: Tune in to THE VOICES with Mbolo Yufanyi, and Co.
58. Sonderausgabe: Schaltet ein auf THE VOICES mit Mbolo Yufanyi, and Co.

TOPIC OF THE PROGRAM/Thema des Programs:

Covid-19 Lockdown/Quarantine – Refugees/Migrants activists’ situations in Germany

https://www.mixcloud.com/rebootfm/voicesmay20/

58. Special Edition: The Covid-19 Lockdown/Quarantine

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 17:04

In case you missed the 58. Special Edition: The Covid-19 Lockdown/Quarantine - Tune in to THE VOICES with Mbolo Yufanyi, and Co.

58. Special Edition: Tune in to THE VOICES with Mbolo Yufanyi, and Co.
58. Sonderausgabe: Schaltet ein auf THE VOICES mit Mbolo Yufanyi, and Co.

TOPIC OF THE PROGRAM/Thema des Programs:

Covid-19 Lockdown/Quarantine – Refugees/Migrants activists’ situations in Germany

https://www.mixcloud.com/rebootfm/voicesmay20/

Forum: Flüchtlingscommunitys Isolation lagers campLanguages: EnglishTopics: 58. Special Edition: The Covid-19 Lockdown/Quarantine

58. Special Edition: The Covid-19 Lockdown/Quarantine - Tune in to THE VOICES with Mbolo Yufanyi, and Co.

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 23:43

Photo: RA Kahn
58. Special Edition: Tune in to THE VOICES with Mbolo Yufanyi, and Co.
58. Sonderausgabe: Schaltet ein auf THE VOICES mit Mbolo Yufanyi, and Co.
Time/Zeit: 6pm/um 18:00 Uhr
On Reboot FM 88,4 MHz in Berlin & 90,7 MHz in Potsdam.
Beim Reboot FM 88,4 MHz in Berlin & 90,7 MHz in Potsdam.
Saturday 16th May 2020/ Samstag 16. Mai. 2020

TOPIC OF THE PROGRAM/Thema des Programs:
Covid-19 Lockdown/Quarantine – Refugees/Migrants activists’ situations in Germany

In this special edition of The VOICES we will talk about:

• The Covid-19 Lockdown/Quarantine – Refugees/Migrants activists’ situations in Germany

We will have Interviews with Activists from:-
– Refugee activists from Bremen Lindenstrasse (https://vimeo.com/403459069)
– Munich/Bonn protest (http://thevoiceforum.org/node/4719)
– Brandenburg/Berlin protests (see Reference 1)
– Saxony-Anhalt (see Reference 2)

Deutsch:

In dieser Sonderausgabe von The VOICES werden wir darüber sprechen:

- Der Covid-19 Lockdown/Quarantäne - die Situation von Flüchtlingen/MigrantInnen-AktivistInnen in Deutschland

Wir werden Interviews mit Aktivistinnen führen von:-
- FlüchtlingsaktivistInnen aus Bremen Lindenstraße (https://vimeo.com/403459069)
- München/Bonn-Proteste (http://thevoiceforum.org/node/4720)
- Brandenburg/Berliner Proteste (see Reference 1)
- Sachsen-Anhalt Proteste (see Reference 2)

Other announcements:
• Refugee Protest in Bremen: Dr. Omwenyeke's Reply to Senator Anja Stahmann - http://thevoiceforum.org/node/4722

This Program is supported by PEACE Int. (Peer Exchange of African Communities for Empowerment). Programm unterstützt von PEACE Int. www.peace-int.org

References:

1. https://www.women-in-exile.net/en/pressemitteilung-12-05-2020-fluechtlin...
2. https://perspektive-online.net/2020/04/refugees-im-hungerstreik-schliess...

Refugee Protest in Bremen: Dr. Omwenyeke's Reply to Senator Anja Stahmann

Mon, 04/27/2020 - 22:55
Refugee Protest in Bremen

Refugee Protest in Bremen: Dr. Omwenyeke's Reply to Senator Anja Stahmann on her misleading information about the protests and the misrepresentations

My attention has been drawn to the Gastkommentar über Geflüchtete “Die Lindenstraße wird weiter gebraucht” von Anja Stahmann, veröffentlicht am Sonntag 19. April 2020 im Weser Kurier.

In the article Senator Stahmann referred to the protesting refugees and those showing solidarity with them as “a small vociferous group” and went on to falsely and cynically draw parallels between the situation of refugees here in Lindenstrasse and the situation in Moria at Lesbos, and the slavery camps in Libya. It is important to set the record straight and correct the obviously misleading information about the protests and the misrepresentations set forth.

First and foremost, nobody from the protesting refugees or those who show solidarity with them describes or compares the living conditions in Lindenstrasse to that in Moria at Lesbos even when the similarities between them are clear. The point to note here and why those camps are mentioned together at the same time however, is the innate belief in the principle of the “Other”; a basic concept of racism, which justifies the different and cruel treatment of other human beings and the way they are being treated be it in Lesbos or in Lindenstrasse. Until recently in Lindenstrasse under Senator Stahmann’s watch, you had 7-8 adults (currently reduced to up to 4) in rooms without windows that could be opened – a situation that the Senator is well aware of because all happens under her control and the protesting refugees who have lived there for months have repeatedly brought it to her attention. Refugees had earlier last summer asked the Senator if she or her children could imagine living in such crowded rooms without fresh air/windows and the Senator was only speechless. Now she is claiming this as a staged reality? I have the impression Senator Stahmann is the one living in a different world.

Employees in Lindenstrasse earned the racist tag because every single day, the refugees are subjected to racist treatments by AWO employees and the security staff of Procertus who have regularly brutalised refugees living in Lindenstrasse without provocation. There have been video evidence of this and they were confirmed by independent sources. The Senator’s spokesperson, Dr Schneider have publicly acknowledged this on Television interviews in the past and promised to redress it only to fail to do anything about it. The several refugee protests over the last summer were amongst other things, primarily against security brutality against refugees in Lindenstrasse and the ill treatment they receive from AWO employees. Some of the refugees who experienced this violence met Senator Stahmann in her office in the presence of other city officials who can bear witness to what Stahmann is now denying.

Here is the irony of the situation in Lindenstrasse in the Corona era. The government has determined at the beginning of March that the virus is dangerous and preventing its spread among the populace is an absolutely urgent task. Therefore, it is extremely important to take some preventive measures including physical distancing, reduced social contacts, and hand washing amongst others. In cases, where social distancing is not maintained, culprits would even be fined because it would be a violation of the anti-infection law.

But in the camp in Lindenstrasse, the refugees are forced to deliberately violate the recommended social distancing because the conditions there do not permit social distancing to be observed at any time. Until recently, up to 100 refugees were being forced to eat in the Dining Hall all within 30 minutes. These refugees could only take warm water for tea from the same point in the Hall. Outside the dinnertime, refugees have to get drinking water from the washing sink in the toilets because there is no other way to get fresh water to drink. Hundreds of refugees are being compelled to use the same few toilets and without sufficient hygienic provisions. All these essentially contradict the rules set out to prevent the spread of the virus both at the national and local levels. Yet, both the Social Senator and the Senator for Health Claudia Bernhard take comfort in implementing these with the refugees in Lindenstrasse.

Now in the last several days, about half of the refugee inhabitants that were tested in Lindenstrasse turned out positive and the numbers are increasing daily. Any reasonable person could imagine that this would be the case and hence the call to evacuate Lindenstrasse, yet the Senator deliberately left them open to infection there in Lindenstrasse. It is a dereliction of duty of both Stahmann and Bernhard. Currently most Blocks are under quarantine in Lindenstrasse but those who tested positive and negative remain confined together with women and their babies some of whom are just a few weeks old.

Senator Stahmann has come up with the bogus excuse that there is no realistic alternative. For those who may not be informed, many Hoteliers offered their Hotels and informed Senator Stahmann of their readiness to host refugees as the protests intensified in the last weeks. They were vehemently rebuffed and told that their Hotels should not be offered to refugees but to homeless people. Much as the gesture to offer the Hotel places to homeless people is very welcome and long overdue, Senator Stahmann’s response to the offer is again very revealing for its attempt to divide and rule in this very instance, to play off the homeless and refugees against each other. Here is the crux of the matter:

The refusal of Senator Stahmann to evacuate refugees from Lindenstrase is neither motivated by the lack of realistic alternatives, nor interest in the welfare of the refugees in Lindenstrasse, but by some selfish interest for political purpose that is grounded on racism. If the entire German populace is being ordered to social distance and you take measures that specifically compel refugees to do otherwise, the refugees are treated differently because they are not white Germans; they are the “Others”. Even when this carries the ‘risk’ of higher infection rate of the Bremen populace, it is fine for the Senator as long as refugees, the “others”, are denied equality.

To accentuate this, the Senator argues that decentralising refugee accommodation would not be suitable because “medical and socio-educational care” would not be guaranteed. For a start, there is basically no socio-educational care going on there in Lindenstrasse. This is well known and equally documented. Secondly, Bremen has over half a million inhabitants and as far as I know, no other groups of people are compelled to live in camps so that they can access medical services. So, if other inhabitants in Bremen can access medical services without living in camps, why is it not possible for refugees particularly when they now face some serious exposure to the Coronavirus as a result of the Senator’s negligence?

Stahmann further argues that she needs the camp in Lindenstrasse because Bremen will continue to take in new refugees. This argument is analogous to an Emergency driver who is in top speed, maiming and killing people along the way because he wants to go and rescue somebody who may be hurt at an event. Lives are being deliberately put at risk right now because the Senator is thinking of how she will best attend to new refugees who will come to Bremen in the future.

Overall, the Social and the Health Senators who are both responsible for closing the camp in Lindenstrasse are being extremely negligent and careless with the lives of refugees in Lindenstrasse and their inability to recognise the discrimination and racism that underlies their current policies on this camp is seriously troubling.

Dr. Sunny Omwenyeke
Bremen, 20. April 2020

Der Kampf von Flüchtlingen braucht Geld!

Die Karawane ist maßgeblich auf Spenden angewiesen. Unsere Organisation besteht überwiegend aus Flüchtlingen, die (wenn überhaupt) nur über sehr geringe finanzielle Mittel verfügen. Aus diesem Grunde haben wir 2008 den „Förderverein Karawane e. V.” gegründet. Unser Verein ist als gemeinnützig anerkannt und kann deswegen auf Wunsch Spendenquittungen ausstellen, so dass sie steuerlich absetzbar sind. Wenn bei der Überweisung die Adresse mit angegeben wird, verschicken wir die Spendenbescheinigung automatisch spätestens am Anfang des Folgejahres.

Kontakt: foerderverein(at)thecaravan.org

Unsere Bankverbindung lautet:
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