32 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Nancy Faeser, Innenministerin Nancy Faeser, Annalena Baerbock, Mahmut Özdemir

Aufnahme von BIPoC*, die vor dem Krieg in der Ukraine flüchten

Es mehren sich Berichte, die zeigen, dass BiPoC*, an den ukrainisch-polnischen Grenzübergängen, an der Ausreise gehindert werden. „Es ist offensichtlich, dass wir Afrikaner als niedere Wesen angesehen werden”, sagte bspw. Nze gegenüber dem Independent [Link zur Quelle]. Nze postete auch ein Video, was mittlerweile mehr als 2 Millionen mal angeschaut wurde, auf dem offenbar die Drohung von Waffengewalt zu sehen ist. [Link zur Quelle]. Clayson Monyela vom südafrikanischen Außenministerium schrieb: "Südafrikanischen Studenten und anderen Afrikanern wurde übel mitgespielt an der ukrainisch-polnischen Grenze." [Link zur Quelle]. Eine nigerianische Medizinstudentin an der polnisch-ukrainischen Grenze sagte einer BBC-Reporterin, sie habe 7 Stunden auf die Überquerung gewartet und wurde dann zurückgeschickt [Link zur Quelle]. Eine andere BBC-Reporterin berichtet von indischen Studierenden, die am Übergang nach Rumänien gehindert werden [Link zur Quelle]. Auch gibt es Videoaufnahmen von ukrainischen Bahnhöfen, an denen afrikanische Studierende, von ukrainischen Offiziellen, am Einsteigen in einen Zug gehindert werden [Link zur Quelle]. Journalist Malcolm Ohanwe schreibt auf Twitter „Ich habe mit einer nigerianischen Studentin videotelefoniert, die gerade in der Ukraine um ihr Leben bangt. Sie erzählt, dass sie und andere Afrikaner von Weißen aus Zügen geschubst wurden, in Gebäude nicht reingelassen wurden und allesamt ziemlich verstreut und verloren sind“ [Link zur Quelle]. “Europa heißt ukrainische Flüchtlinge willkommen, andere weniger” [Link zur Quelle], “Die Besorgnis nimmt zu – Schwarze berichten von Rassismus während ihrer Flucht aus der Kriegszone” [Link zur Quelle], sind Titel englischsprachiger Berichterstattung. Derzeit sind hunderttausende auf der Flucht. Unter Ihnen auch etliche BiPoC*, wie zB tausende junge Menschen vom afrikanischen Kontinent, die in der Ukraine studierten. Hiermit fordere ich die deutsche Bundesregierung auf, insbesondere auch Personen ohne ukrainischen Pass, die an der Ausreise aus der Ukraine gehindert werden, Asyl zu gewähren. Dies betrifft vor allem BIPoC* ohne ukrainischen Pass. Solange es Berichte darüber gibt, das BIPoC* an Weiter- und Ausreisen gehindert werden, ist es unbedingt nötig, dass die Bundesregierung ein Zeichen setzt und zeigt, das humanitäre Hilfe für alle Menschen gilt. Das sagt auch der UN-Flüchtlingsrat: “As numbers of refugees fleeing Ukraine increase by the hour, it is crucial that receiving countries continue to welcome all those fleeing conflict and insecurity - irrespective of nationality and race - and that they receive adequate international support to carry out this task” [Link zur Quelle]. Wir fordern die Aufnahme von BIPoC* nach Deutschland! Und wir fordern eine Bleibeperspektive! #BiPoCInUkraine #RefugeesWelcome #AfricansInUkraine der Petition stehen der Menschenrechtsaktivist Peter Emorinken-Donatus und der Umweltaktivist Tino Pfaff

BIPoC InUkraine
32,933 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Annalena Baerbock, Annalena Baerbock

Renegotiate the genocide agreement WITH US, the surviving Nama & Ovaherero NOW!

German Version We are Nama representative Sima Luipert and Herero activist Israel Kaunatjike. As the new German Foreign Minister, Mrs. Baerbock, we call on you to restart the failed German-Namibian intergovernmental negotiations on the genocide of our ancestors WITH US! For this we demand an inclusion of our self-elected Nama and Ovaherero representatives!Like many of our sisters and brothers, we too have German ancestors. For when we Nama and Ovaherero resisted German colonial foreign rule in 1904-08, we were not only brutally murdered, driven into the desert to die of thirst or forced to flee into other lands, tortured and killed in concentration camps and forced to do hard labor in chains. No, our ancestors were also systematically raped.But the genocide committed by Germany does not only run through our family histories. It also determines our present existence. To this day, 70% of Namibia's arable land is in the hands of white settlers, a large portion of whom are of German descent. After the expropriation by the Germans, we Nama and Ovaherero did not get back our land and cattle. Many of us are still live in extreme poverty and in reservations today.On top of these historical traumas, the "reconciliation agreement" of 2021, vehemently criticized by us and the Namibian opposition parties, was negotiated with the Namibian government under the direction of conservative German politician Ruprecht Polenz (CDU). Our two largest associations, the Nama Traditional Leaders Association (NTLA) and the Ovaherero Traditional Authority (OTA), were excluded from this government deal. This is a scandal and makes us sad and angry!This exclusion of our non-governmental organizations not only contradicts a resolution of the Namibian Parliament from 2006, which was introduced by the then Paramount Chief of the Ovaherero himself. Namibia and Germany are also violating the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Communities of 2007, which declares in Article 18 that our self-elected representatives are entitled to have a say. Germany has also granted this right to the victims of the genocide of the Jews of Europe. Thus, since the negotiations on the Luxembourg Agreement in 1952, they have been represented not only by the government of Israel, but also by the civil society Claims Conference. This represents the interests of numerous Jewish non-governmental organizations in Israel and worldwide. Similarly, the government of Namibia cannot speak for us Nama and Ovaherero alone, as we are ethnic minorities in our own country. Moreover, parts of our communities have been displaced to South Africa, Botswana and Angola.Germany boasts of its self-critical culture of remembrance, especially regarding the commemoration of the Holocaust. German colonialism, however, is too often swept under the rug - in contrast to official lip service. Yet Germany's intended annihilation of our communities was a preliminary stage on the road to the Holocaust. The first German concentration camps were established in our country. Immediately after the genocide, the anthropologist Eugen Fischer conducted racist studies in the colony of "German Southwest Africa". His contributions to "racial hygiene" strongly influenced Hitler's worldview and the anti-human policies of the Nazis. At the same time, in many places in Germany to this day, the perpetrators are glorified instead of the genocide victims being commemorated. In Hamburg and Bonn, even General Lothar von Trotha, who was primarily responsible for the genocide, is honored. In Germany's official commemoration practices, the genocide of the Nama and Ovaherero plays virtually no role, and even the Namibian government rarely commemorates it. Last year's "reconciliation agreement" negotiated between the German and Namibian governments is a farce and, on the contrary, has hurt us deeply. Ms. Baerbock, make up for the mistakes of the conservative negotiator on the German side: stand by your party's 2020 demands and negotiate with us too - equally, inclusively and without preconditions. The Ovaherero Traditional Authority and the Nama Traditional Leaders Association represent over 90% of our communities and are therefore legitimate stakeholder representatives. They also advocate for the concerns of Ovaherero and Nama living in the diaspora. Mrs. Baerbock, talk WITH US - not ABOUT US: only in this way is real reconciliation possible!

Sima Luipert & Israel Kaunatjike
2,552 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to European Parliament, Olaf Scholz, European Commission

No ban of visas for russian citizens in the EU

A number of sanctions have already been imposed on Russia following the escalation in Ukraine, and there is a constant flow of proposals for the new ones. Many of them target individuals that are directly involved in decision-making and economic sectors that provide support for the military operations. While those sanctions are justified, we ask you to refrain from the measures that apply to the general Russian population and the effects of which would be suffered by ordinary citizens, rather than the proponents of the conflict. Some EU countries have suspended visa issuance for Russian citizens, and the discussion about cancellation of already issued visas is still ongoing. We fundamentally disagree with this proposal. Currently, there are over 10 million Russian citizens living abroad, with over 6 million of them living in Europe. Russians not only work in Europe, but also live with their families, share European values, and build their lives away from Putin's regime. By abolishing visas and residence permits, you are condemning those people to struggle, leaving their homes in countries that they entered and lived in according to the law. Some of them might not have a place to return to in Russia any longer. Some of them will be forced to join the Russian army to fight in the war they despise and never supported, or be sent to a jail for a refusal. Such measures will only damage ordinary Russians who want to study and work peacefully in Europe, who have relatives and children here, who do not wish to become involved in the military conflict, who are likely to be prosecuted in Russia for opposing the war in Ukraine. Furthermore, those sanctions will fuel Russian propaganda. And what is worse, it will show that the EU and the UK have no sympathy or support towards those Russians who are against the war and actually share democratic ideals of Europe. There are no fair elections in Russia right now. Putin’s rule is a well-built dictatorship. It is not fair or in line with European values to hold ordinary Russian citizens responsible for Putin’s invasion into Ukraine. The war destroys futures, but also so do autocratic regimes. We, Russian citizens who live in Europe, urge you not to impose sanctions that will hurt common Russians and will ruin our lives. We also call on the entire European community to take action to combat prejudice against Russians living in the EU. Our passports have nothing to do with our personalities and our values. We came here because we disagree with the ideology of Putin’s Russia and chose democracy instead of a dictatorship that we could not oppose. As a nation, we did not support this war and did not elect Putin. We strongly oppose the sanctions that might rip us off our futures, separate our families, and make us leave the countries many of us consider homes. We believe that the EU according to its values shall in the opposite make it easier for ordinary Russian people to leave Russia.  We also want to emphasize that what happened is already a tragedy. We believe that the Russian people are concerned with what happened maybe even more than people in the EU, because almost each Russian has relatives and friends in the Ukraine. Thousands of people have already raised their voice against the war in Russia. Therefore we urge not to make this tragedy even worse by taking unproportionate and unfair measures against Russian citizens. Help us in our struggle for a decent life for ordinary Russian people.

Геннадий Рыбаков
6,880 supporters
Started 9 months ago

Petition to Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge, Härtefallkommission des Thüringer Ministerium für Migration, Justiz und Verbraucherschutz

Für ein langfristiges Aufenthaltsrecht für Shivan Murad in Deutschland!

--- for english version see below --- Shivan Murad - welcher unter Freunden Jano genannt wird - ist 1997 in Qamishli, Syrien geboren. 2016 traf er die schwere Entscheidung, dass vom Krieg gebeutelte Land auf eigene Faust zu verlassen, um eine Perspektive, Sicherheit und Glück zu finden.  Nachdem der damals Jugendliche Jano auf einer beschwerlichen Reise über den Landweg mehr als die Hälfte der Strecke zurückgelegt hatte, wurde er in Rumänien festgehalten, registriert und verbrachte mehrere Nächte im Gefängnis, bevor er in einem Flüchtlingscamp unterkam, welches verschiedenen humanitären Ansprüchen in vielen Hinsichten nicht entsprach. Aufgrund dieser Situation in Rumänien und der Tatsache, dass sich in Deutschland bereits entferntere Familienmitglieder und damit eine etwas vertrautere Umgebung finden ließen, entschied sich Jano damals weiter zu reisen. Durch die Registrierung in Rumänien, welches damit als Erstaufnahmeland gilt, wird Jano seit seiner Ankunft in Deutschland im Gegensatz zu einem langfristigen Aufenthaltsrecht jedoch nur eine Duldung gewährt, welche alle drei Monate verlängert werden muss. Eine Sicherheit auf Verbleib war damit nie garantiert. Trotz der großen Ungewissheit schaffte es Jano seit seiner Einreise in Deutschland, in Abwesenheit seiner Eltern und enger Vertrauter, viele Freunde zu finden, die schwierige deutsche Sprache zu erlernen, einen Bildungskurs abzuschließen und ein Berufsvorbereitungsjahr (BVJ) mit dem Ziel eines deutschen Hauptschulabschlusses zu beginnen. Darüber hinaus engagiert er sich regelmäßig ehrenamtlich innerhalb der Organisation TALISA, in welcher er zudem motiviert verschiedene Integrationsangebote wahrnimmt. Nachdem Jano bereits drei Jahre in Deutschland verbracht hatte, brach für ihn am Ende des Jahres 2019 eine Welt zusammen. Das BVJ war im vollen Gange und er hatte er sich gerade seinen großen Traum einer eigenen kleinen Wohnung erfüllt, bevor er eines Nachts nach Rumänien abgeschoben wurde. Aufgrund von Unstimmigkeiten zwischen den beiden Ländern wurde er jedoch am gleichen Tag wieder zurück nach Deutschland geflogen. Was für die Behörden ein Missverständnis war, war für Jano ein schwerer emotionaler Schock, bei dem es nicht bleiben sollte. Einige Wochen später wurde er - diesmal ohne Rückflug - wieder abgeschoben. So fand er sich, allein und ohne Anlaufstelle am Flughafen eines Landes, in dem er die Sprache nicht beherrschte, keine Unterkunft hatte und niemanden kannte. Es war die schlimmste Zeit seines Lebens. Er hatte nahezu keine Hoffnung mehr und sah dort keine Perspektive. Deshalb kam er wieder nach Deutschland, da es, die für ihn einzig rationale Entscheidung war. Seit seiner Wiedereinreise wird er selbstverständlich weiterhin nur "geduldet", wobei er als grundsätzlich als abschiebepflichtig gilt. Trotzdem schaffte er es seitdem seinen Hauptschulabschluss erfolgreich abzuschließen und einen Ausbildungsvertrag als Fachlagerist zu unterschreiben. Jedoch wird ihm wohl keine Arbeitserlaubnis erteilt und eine erneute Abschiebung gilt als wahrscheinlich, weshalb Jano von einer dauerhaften Angst begleitet wird. Die Situation ist untragbar. Jano hat nie einer anderen Person geschadet. Die einzige Straftat, die er begangen hat, war es, in einem sicheren, einigermaßen vertrauten und perspektivreichen Umfeld leben zu wollen. Jano bereichert den Alltag verschiedener Menschen durch einen ständigen interkulturellen Wissensaustausch, Offenheit, Freundlichkeit sowie einem wahrlich großen Herzen und das trotz seiner Vergangenheit, welche in einem unmessbaren Maße schwieriger gewesen war, als die der meisten deutschen Staatsbürger. Nun könnte man ihm vorwerfen, er hätte damals einfach in Rumänien bleiben sollen, als er zum ersten Mal registriert wurde. Jedoch wäre dies ein Vorwurf an ein im Krieg aufgewachsenen Jugendlichen ohne alle notwendigen Informationen, Bildung oder Weisheit. Ein Jugendlicher, welcher dachte die richtige Entscheidung für sich und sein Leben zu treffen, wenn er nach Deutschland ginge. Hätte er damals gewusst, welcher Schmerz und welche Probleme mit der Entscheidung einhergehen, wäre diese vielleicht anders ausgefallen. Jedoch konnte er dies damals nicht ahnen und so kam er nach Deutschland, wo er sich - seit nun 5 Jahren - versucht ein Leben aufzubauen.  Janos größter Wunsch ist es, endlich ohne Angst vor einer Abschiebung leben zu dürfen. Er möchte die Sprache nicht umsonst gelernt haben; er möchte seine Freunde nicht verlieren und er möchte die Chancen, welche sich hier für ihn ergeben haben, wahrnehmen und durch seine Ausbildung endlich sein eigenes Geld verdienen. Jano ist eine wahre Bereicherung für dieses Land mit einer vielversprechenden Zukunft sowie einer mustergültigen Integration. Mit dieser Petition wenden wir uns direkt an die Härtefallkommission des Thüringer Ministeriums für Migration, Justiz und Verbraucherschutz sowie das Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge und fordern ein langfristiges Aufenthaltsrecht für den Menschen Shivan Murad unter Beachtung seiner individuellen Geschichte anstatt einer Abschiebung eines weiteren Geflüchteten, dessen Identität durch eine Akte im Schrank des BAMF widergespiegelt wird.  Vielen Dank an alle Unterzeichnende! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------For an unlimited residence permit for Shivan Murad in Germany! Shivan Murad - who is called Jano among his friends - was born in Qamishli, Syria, in 1997. In 2016, he made the difficult decision to leave the war-torn country on his own in order to find a perspective, security and happiness. After Jano - who was a teenager at the time - had covered more than half the distance on an difficult journey, he was detained in Romania. There, he was registered and spent several nights in prison before being accommodated in a refugee camp that did not meet various humanitarian standards in many respects. Due to this situation in Romania and the fact that more distant family members and thus a somewhat more familiar environment could already be found in Germany, Jano decided to travel further. However, due to the registration in Romania, which is thus considered a first reception country, Jano has only been granted a „toleration" since his arrival in Germany, which has to be extended every three months. This meant that there was never any guarantee that he would be able to stay. Despite the great uncertainty, Jano has managed to make many friends, learn the difficult German language, complete an educational course and start a vocational preparation year (BVJ) with the aim of obtaining a German secondary school certificate since his arrival in Germany. In addition, he regularly volunteers within the organisation TALISA. After 3 years in Germany, Jano's biggest fears were realised at the end of 2019. The BVJ was in full swing and he had just fulfilled his big dream of having his own small flat before he was deported to Romania one night. However, due to disagreements between the two countries, he was flown back to Germany on the same day. What was a misunderstanding for the authorities was a severe emotional shock for Jano, and it was not to last. A few weeks later, he was deported again - this time without a return flight. So he found himself, alone and with nowhere to go, at the airport of a country where he did not know the language, had no accommodation and knew no one. It was the worst time of his life. He had almost no hope left and saw no prospects there. That's why he came back to Germany, because it was the only rational decision for him at this point. Since his re-entry, he has of course continued to be only „tolerated“ by the German government, whereby he still is considered subject to deportation. Nevertheless, he has since managed to successfully complete his secondary school certificate and sign a contract as a warehouse clerk. However, he will probably not be granted a work permit and another deportation is considered likely, which is why Jano is accompanied by a permanent fear. The situation is unbearable. Jano has never harmed another person. The only offence he committed was to want to live in a safe, reasonably familiar and promising environment. Jano enriches the everyday life of various people through a constant intercultural exchange of knowledge, openness, friendliness as well as a truly big heart, and this despite his past, which had been more difficult to an immeasurable degree than that of most German citizens. Now, one could accuse him of simply having stayed in Romania when he was first registered. However, this would be an accusation against a teenager who grew up during the war without all the necessary information, education or wisdom. A teenager who thought he was making the right decision for himself and his life by going to Germany. If he had known at the time what pain and problems would accompany the decision, it might have turned out differently. However, he could not have foreseen this at the time and so he came to Germany, where he has been trying to build a life for himself for 5 years now. Jano's greatest wish is to finally be able to live without fear of deportation. He doesn't want to have learned the language for nothing; he doesn't want to lose his friends and he wants to take advantage of the opportunities that have arisen for him here and finally earn his own money through his education. Jano is a true enrichment for this country with a promising future and an exemplary integration. With this petition we directly address the Hardship Commission of the Thuringian Ministry for Migration, Justice and Consumer Protection as well as the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees and demand a long-term right of residence for the person Shivan Murad, taking into account his individual history, instead of deporting another refugee whose identity is reflected by a file in the cabinet of the BAMF. Many thanks to all signatories!

Rico Rau
539 supporters