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More than 15.000 died - A fatal realities of fortress Europe

Africa is not far from us - "Unite Against Colonial Injustice"

Save Lives: - Protest against the brutality and deaths of the refugees and migrants by the EU - Frontex and the barbaric policies of Fortress Europe Invitation to the preparation and support for the Caravan Festival 2010 in Jena
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The case of "Ex Cap Anamur president, Elias Bierdel and his crew" . . . Prosecuted for saving the lives of refugees: 9 October 2009

"Supported by NATO naval units, overloaded and ancient boats are stopped and forced back into African territorial waters. The corpses of those who die attempting to flee eventually wash up on the beaches of Europe. According to Bierdel, the total number of documented casualties on European borders during the past decade total 15,000, but he describes this figure as the “tip of the iceberg,” with the real numbers likely to be far higher. More than 400 such deaths at sea have been reported so far this year." >>> The case of "Ex Cap Anamur president, Elias Bierdel and his crew" . . . Prosecuted for saving the lives of refugees: Published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)
9 October 2009
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International Refugee Day 2009: 13.250 deaths documented by UNITED
20. June - international refugee day

As the International Refugee Days approaches on 20.6.2009, UNITED once more wants to turn the attention to the fatal realities of fortress Europe

Sad facts

- At least 13.250 persons have died in their desperate attempt to find a safe shelter in Europe since 1993

- Their names and their stories have been compiled by the UNITED
secretariat under the so-called 'List of Deaths'

- The experts say it is impossible to know the real number and it is likely to be three times higher

- Hundreds of organisations from Turkey to Finland speak out against this intolerable human cost of building 'Fortress Europe' to celebrate the International Refugee Day

- On the 50th anniversary of the Geneva Convention in 2001, the United Nations declared June 20th the International Refugee Day.

Adam Osman Mohammed was 38 years old when he was shot in Darfur after accepting voluntary repatriation when his asylum claim was refused in Great Britain; he died in his home in front of his wife and his four-year-old son. Chulun Liua, a 51-year-old Chinese woman, was left in coma after jumping out of a window to avoid a police raid in Paris. Afrim Magastena, a 24-year-old Albanian man from Kosovo, hanged himself in a detention centre in Prenzlau, Germany, in fear of deportation.

13.250 sad stories like these ones are documented in the List of deaths whereby the UNITED for Intercultural Action secretariat has been monitoring the deadly results since 1993. The current 'List of Deaths' already includes 13.250 deaths of asylum seekers and migrants who have lost their lives in an attempt to find a safe shelter in Europe.

Although the experts say it is impossible to know the real number, which is likely to be three times higher, the UNITED 'List of Deaths' has been made with a rigorous method of comparing sources, from news to NGOs' media releases.

Where, when and under which circumstances the refugees died is data compiled exclusively from officially documented deaths.

With these facts UNITED spreads a powerful lobby and awareness-raising tool possible to use in campaign actions all over Europe.

On the 50th anniversary of the Geneva Convention in 2001, the United Nations declared the 20th of June the International Refugee Day.

Every year on the 20th of June, UNITED for Intercultural Action -the largest pan European network against racism, fascism, nationalism and in support of refugees and migrants- celebrates the International Refugee Day.

Around this day, hundreds of organisations from Turkey to Finland speak out against this intolerable human cost of building 'Fortress Europe' to celebrate the International Refugee Day. Under the common slogan 'Fortress Europe. Weakness Humanity' hundreds of events take place all over the continent in order to highlight this issue and promote refugees' rights.

The main point of these acts is raising awareness about the human side of the refugee issue and preserving their dignity.
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