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Kurdish artist Engin Celik is on hunger strike against his deportation

The Kurdish artist Engin Celik is on hunger strike against his threatening deportation

We demand his immediate release from the deportation imprisonment and the acceptance of his asylum!

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'Freiheit für Engin Celik!' von azadi

During a train ride from Frankfurt to Düsseldorf on the 7th of January 2007, he was arrested by policemen near Gießen and brought to the JVA Gießen. He was told that his asylum proceeding was decided negatively and that he would be deported. On January 15th Ergin Celik went on hunger strike to protest against his deprvation of liberty and against the intention of the German authorities to deliver him to Turkey.

Engin Celik became known in Germany with his sharp critics on the brutal politics of repression by the turkish state against the kurdish population. As a member of the theater group „Stage of dreams“, of the musicgroup „Daglara Ezgi“ and as a poet he performed on various cultural events and recieved different cultural awards for his art.
Lastly he was honoured with the first prize for his poetic work at the „International Yilmaz Güney Festival“ in Frankfurt in November 6th. Besides his intense cultural and political work, he dedicated the rest of his time for youth and human rights work. Together with others he organised seminars and dicussion workshops for young people, to support a social and progressive development and values like solidarity, courage to stand against injustice, respect, openness and selfconsciousness among the participators.

The Mig-Zentrum (association of the cultural and medial communication center of the migration e.v.) and the „International center B5“ in Hamburg were solid platforms of his creative work. Furthermore he spent much time for events, meetings , music and theatre performances all over Germany.

In human rights work he mainly participated actively in the German wide network of the „Karawane for the rights of refugees and migrants“. He saw it as his duty, to speak out against the chauvinistic and repressive State politics and to solidarize with the struggle of other refugees against political persecution, repression of freedom of opinion and for real democracy and emacipation. With the accentuation of the Karawane-slogan „ The right for asylum is a human right and not a privilege“, he joined the critics of the rigoros deportation politics in Germany. The German authorities also denied to protect him against his persecution in Turkey.
In reference to European-right and with documents about the tireless activities of Mr. Celik his lawyer submitted an Asylfolgeantrag (second application) at the Federal office in Lübeck. On January 17th Engin Celik was transfered to the deportation prison in Offenbach.
Engin Celik is in great danger. We call on all progressively thinking people to do everything possible for his release and prevention of his deportation.

We ask you insistently to appeal with the demand for release and acceptance of asylum for Engin Celik on the following adresses:

Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge
Außenstelle Lübeck
Vorzwecker Straße 103
23554 Lübeck
Tel.: 0451/4006-0
Fax: 0451/4006-199

Innenministerium Schleswig-Holstein
Innenminister Ralf Stegner
Düsternbrooker Weg 92
24105 Kiel
Telefon: 0431/9 88-0
Fax:0431/9 88-30 03
E-Mail:pressestelle@im.landsh.de

more information: http://www.thecaravan.org
contact: caravan hamburg: 040-43 18 90 37 or mobil 0174-150 84 57

send also letters of solidarity to Engin Celik:
Engin Celik
z. Zt. Einrichtung für Abschiebehaft Offenbach
Luisenstr. 24
63067 Offenbach

'Freiheit für Engin Celik!' von azadi

a first call for his release and the acceptance of asylum is signed by many musicians aritst and human right defenders:
Dağlara Ezgi, Tiyatro Düşler Sahnesi, Tiyatro İstasyon, Tiyatro Asmin, Grup Yol, Grup Cemre, Grup Mig (Folklor), Kardelen Halk Oyunlari Ekibi (Ludwigsburg), Tiyatro Atelye (Ludwigsburg), Mavi Halk Sahnesi Tiyatro toplulugu (Frankfurt),Grup Esenyeller (Ludwigsburg), Grup Devinim,(Duisburg), Grup Isyan (Solingen), Grup Harman (Frankfurt), Grup Hasad (Mannheim), Ludwigsburg Kültür Merkezi e.V., Avrupa Demokratik Halklar Konferderasyonu (ADHK), Almanya Demokratik Halklar Federarsyon (ADHF), Avrupa Demokratik Gençlik Hareketi (ADGH), Anadolu Derneği, Anadolu Müzik Grubu, Sano’ya Gildaxe (Tiyatro), Schwäbisch Gmünd Demokratik Kültür Dernegi e.V., The Voice Refugee Forum, Stiftung der iranischen SchriftstellerInnen u. KünstlerInnen im Exil e.V. BRD und Schweden, Sozialistische Partei Iran, Goetz Steeger - Musiker, Journalist, Hamburg, Siri Keil - Künstlerin, Hamburg, Christof Schäfer - Künstler, Park Fiction, Hamburg, Susanne Hasenjäger- Journalistin, Hamburg, Hafenklang Kultur e.v., Thomas Lengefeld, Vorstand, Hambur, Dr. Florian Keil - Wissenschaftler, Frankfurt am Main, Birgit Gärtner - Journalistin, Hamburg, Dr. Michael Schiffmann- Lehrbeauftragter des Anglistischen Seminars der Universität Heidelberg, Übersetzer Herausgeber Autor, Kai Degenhardt - Musiker, Hamburg, Annette Schiffmann - PR Theater, Heidelberg, Catharina Boutari - Sängerin, Hamburg, Volker Griepenstroh - Pianist, Hamburg, Owen Jones – Musiker, Kerstin Davis - Grafikerin, Hamburg, Revolte Springen - Musiktheaterkollektiv, Berlin, Mehmet Ergin - Musiker, Komponist, Steve Baker - Musiker, Autor, Schneverdingen, Esther Bejarano- Vorsitzende des Auschwitz-Komitees in der BRD e.V., Künstlerin, Hamburg, Abbi Wallenstein- Musiker, Hamburg, Peter Nowak- Journalist, Friederike Meyer & Thorsten Seif -Geschäftsführer Buback Tonträger GmbH, Hamburg), Matthias- Kaul Musiker ( Winsen ), Astrid Schmeling -Musikerin (Winsen), Ramon Kramer -Filmemacher, Musiker, Autor, Dr. Heinz Jürgen Schneider – Rechtsanwalt, Heike Geisweid - Rechtsanwältin, Bochum, Dr. Peter Strutynski, Kassel, Rahel Puffert - Kunstvermittlerin, Autorin, Hamburg, Lucha Amada, Veranstaltungskollektiv, Berlin, Dagmar Brunow - Übersetzerin, Hamburg, Heli Schneider - Musiker, Verleger, Hamburg, Ulf Panzer - Richter, Hamburg, Marily Stroux -Fotojournalistin, Hamburg, Salinia Stroux - Ethnologin, Hamburg, Hinrich Schulze - Fotojournalist, Hamburg, Helmuth Sturmhoebel – Sonderpädagoge, Peter Imig - Shibly Band, arab. Musik, Seevetal, Rocky Beach Club - Musikagentur / Humberto Pereira, Jutta Konjer - Künstlerin, Hamburg, Manfred Kroboth – Künstler, Peter Holler - Sänger, Hamburg, Frank Baumgart - Redakteur und Moderator, Radio Jam Bürgerfunk, Remscheid, Matthias Pfeiffer - Historiker und Journalist, Jens Langbein - Komponist, Hamburg, Stephan Gade - Musiker, Hamburg, Gerd Büttner - Musiker, Hamburg, Ruben Jonas Schnell - Journalist, Hamburg, Benjamin Richter - Grafik-Designer, Verlag "Pläne" GmbH, Dortmund, Friedemann Stuhm - Mensch, Kaltscha club e. V., Dortmund, Jörn Heilbutt – Musikproduzent, Andrea Rothaug - Kulturmanagerin, Hamburg, Katja Cichowski - Kulturmanagerin, Hamburg, Ursula Richter - Malerin, Dortmund, Wolfgang Richter- Prof., Dortmund, Beatrice Ullmann – Regieassistentin, Tobias Pflüger - Mitglied des Europäischen Parlaments,Tübingen, Matthias Pfeiffer - Historiker, Journalist, Tübingen, Rudi Mika - Musik und Hörbuchproduzent, Verlag Aktive-Musik, Dortmund, Dr. Benjamin Ortmeyer, Mitglied des Vorstandes der GEW BV, Frankfurt am Main, Andreas Mann - Jurist, Berlin, Christoph Ziegler - bildender Künstler, Berlin, Club Mestizo Kollektiv Hafenklang, Hamburg, Lisa Politt – Kabarettistin, Gunter Schmidt – Musiker, Eckart Spoo - Publizist, Berlin, Kulturzentrum Bhf.-Bochum-Langendreer - Soziales Zentrum, Bochum, DJ Gärtner der Lüste – Bochum, Radio El Zapote, Bochum, Radio BonteKoe Bochum, Redaktion bo-alternativ.de, Friedrich von Mulert - Architekt AKNW, Dortmund, Stephanie-Debra Rose - Auszubildende, Verlag 'pläne' GmbH
Angelina Maccarone – Regisseurin, Bahman Nirumand - Autor und Journalist, Günter Zint, Fotograph, Rolf Becker, Schauspieler,

'Freiheit für Engin Celik!' von azadi

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