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Crimes against humanity at European borders: Conclusion of the Hearing of Barcelona of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal on Sites without Rights

Barcelona, July 12, 2018. – The Third Hearing of the Session of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PPT) on the violation with impunity of the human rights of migrants and refugees Peoples, took place on June 29, 30 and 1 of July in Barcelona. After examining cases of human rights violations in the axis of Gender […]

Gianni Tognoni (Italia)

Doctor of medicine and surgery, since 1969 he has undertaken basic, clinical, epidemiological and public health research in some of the most critical fields of medicine, such as cardiology, intensive therapy, neurology, psychiatry and oncology, publishing results in more than 600 articles in the most prestigious international journals and being responsible for leadership in various departments, currently with Mario Negri Sud Consortium. Among his activities he is a WHO consultant for the selection of essential medicines, founding member of the international society for independent information on pharmaceuticals, coordinator of projects on community epidemiology in countries in Central and Latin America, as well as some in Africa. From his collaboration with the second Russell Tribunal to scientific activities he has actively worked in the fields of human rights, right to health, and rights of peoples.  Since its establishment in 1979, he has been Secretary-general of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal.

 

Simona Fraudatario (Italia)

She has worked with the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal since 2006 as coordinator of its activities and Sessions held in Latin America and Asia, especially in Colombia, Mexico, India, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Recently, she has coordinated the second step of the Session on the violation of the human rights of migrants and refugee people, realized in Palermo in December 2017. She participated in international conferences on human rights in Latin America and Europa. She edited the second edition of François Rigaux’s volume on the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Peoples (La Carta di Algeri, Edizioni Gruppo Abele, 2012) and was co-editor and co-author of the volume Colombia entre violencia y derecho. Implicaciones de una sentencia del Tribunal Permanente de los pueblos (Ediciones DesdeAbajo 2012). She was also co-author of Memorie di repressione resistenza e solidarietà in Brasile e in America Latina (Ediesse 2013).

 

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Jurors

Bridget Anderson (UK)

Bridget Anderson is Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Research Director at COMPAS. She has a DPhil in Sociology and previous training in Philosophy and Modern Languages. She has explored the tension between labour market flexibilities and citizenship rights, and pioneered an understanding of the functions of immigration in key labour market sectors. She is the author of Us and Them? The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Controls (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Doing the Dirty Work? The Global Politics of Domestic Labour (Zed Books, 2000). She coedited Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour Shortages, Immigration and Public Policy with Martin Ruhs (Oxford University Press, 2010 and 2012), The Social, Political and Historical Contours of Deportation with Matthew Gibney and Emanuela Paoletti (Springer, 2013), and Migration and Care Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics with Isabel Shutes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Bridget Anderson has worked closely with migrants’ organisations, trades unions and legal practitioners at local, national and international level.

 

Laia Serra (Estado español)

Criminal lawyer, works in human rights, non-discrimination, hate crimes and gender violence. Member of the Defence Commission of the Lawyers Association of Barcelona, ​​of Women Lawyers and of the Catalan Association for the Defence of Human Rights, which is part of the Catalan Coordination for the Prevention and Complaint of Torture, and regularly collaborates with different feminist collectives. She has advised the Observatory against Homophobia since 2007 and the Association for Assistance to Sexually Assaulted Women (AADAS) since 2014. She has intervened in political advocacy campaigns such as the eradication of rubber bullets in Catalonia, the non-introduction of guns Taser in the armament of the Mossos d'Esquadra, the access to assisted reproduction of all women, and the change of health care model for transgender people. She has intervened in several court cases related to the limits on freedom of expression, the criminalization of protest and gender violence through social networks. Collaborates in the drafting of the Regulations for the Deployment of the Law against Catalan LGBTI phobia and in legal opinion articles with El Diario.es, La Directa, El Punt Avui and Pikara Magazine.

 

Stasa Zajovic (Montenegro)

Feminist activist, pacifist and member of the Montenegrin LGBT Movement, co-founder and coordinator of the organization Women in Black of Belgrade created in 1991 at the beginning of the war in Yugoslavia. In Belgrade, during the war in the former Yugoslavia, she was one of the activists who led the silent vigils of Women in Black that took place regularly every week from 1991 to 1997 as a nonviolent protest against the war; the politics of the Serbian regime; nationalism; militarism and all forms of hate, discrimination and violence. She is one of the organizers of the Women's Court, Sarajevo, in May 2015.

Patricia Orejudo (Estado español)

Professor of Private International Law University of the Complutense University of Madrid. Lawyer specialized in Human Rights. PHD in Law. She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses, in many other centres in Spain, Europe and Latin America. Member of the state campaign for the closure of Detention Centres for Migrants and the Sol Legal Commission. She has worked in Women's Link Worldwide, a non-profit organization that uses the power of the law to promote and defend the rights of women and girls, as a senior lawyer, and has collaborated with the Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid (CEAR). Investigate issues mainly related to migration from a gender perspective.

 

Marina Forti (Italia)

Journalist based in Rome. She worked with the daily newspaper “il manifesto” for 30 years, mostly as a Foreign Correspondent and later Foreign Editor. She traveled in Iran, South Asia and South East Asia. She started the column “TerraTerra” (“Earth to Earth”) on environmental justice and the conflicts for the natural resources. Her book La signora di Narmada (Feltrinelli 2004) was awarded the Elsa Morante Prize for Communication. Her latest book is “Il cuore di tenebra dell'India” (Bruno Mondadori 2012). She contributes regularly to Internazionale.it.

 

Teresa Almeida Cravo (Portugal)

Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra and a Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies. She is currently co-coordinator of the PhD Programme Democracy in the XXIst Century and coordinator of the Master’s degree in International Relations – Peace, Security and Development Studies, both at the University of Coimbra. She holds a PhD from the Department of Politics and International Studies of the University of Cambridge. In the last years, Teresa has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Westminster, in the UK, at the University of Monash, in Australia, and a Predoctoral Fellow and later an Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her research interests include peace and conflict, security and development, interventionism, and foreign policy, particularly within the Lusophone context.

 

Comunicado de Prensa

Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos (TPP) sobre la violación con impunidad de los derechos humanos de las personas migrantes y refugiadas Audiencia sobre Espacios de “No Derecho” 29, 30 de junio, 1 de julio de 2018 RUEDA DE PRENSA DE PRESENTACIÓN Viernes 29 de junio, 11h30 Sede de Lafede.cat (C/Tàpies, 1-3, Barri El Raval, Barcelona) […]

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Programme PPT Hearing Barcelona

Permanent Peoples Tribunal on the Violations of the Human Rights of Migrant and Refugee Peoples

Hearing on “Sites without rights”

29th, 30th June, 1st July 2018
Auditori Eduard Toldrà, Conservatori Municipal de Música (Bruc 110-112, Barcelona)

 

Presentation

In Europe, migrant and refugees have lived through the various stages of the building of Fortress Europe. They have seen Europe's policy of exclusion being constructed year after year – a policy that has resulted in a sweeping rollback of people's human rights; the encampments, forcible detention and deportation; and criminalisation at the militarised southern and eastern borders of Europe. Inspired by solidarity between migrants, refugees and other social movements towards equality and inclusive society, since 2017 a large number of migrants organizations and civil society networks active in the defence of human rights in Europe, called on the Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PPT), with the aim to give clear visibility to the migrant and refugee peoples from all backgrounds as subjects of fundamental human rights; to identify and judge the chain of co-responsibility in the violation of those rights experienced throughout the whole migratory journey and to urgently identify and promote appropriate mechanisms for access to justice. The PPT responded and opened the Permanent Peoples Tribunal Session on the Violations of the Human Rights of Migrant and Refugee Peoples in July 2017 in Barcelona. Since then, Hearings have been held in Palermo (December 2017) and Paris (January 2018). The Tribunal returns again to Barcelona for a new Hearing on “Sites without rights”, focusing on: Southern Border, Gender and Diversity, Minors and Youth, on June 29, 30 and July 1.

 

 

 

Co-Convenors: Transnational Migrant Platform Europe (TMP-E), Centro Filipino-Barcelona, RESPECT Network Europe; ECVC ‑ Coordinadora Europea de Vía Campesina; Associació Catalana per la integració d’homosexuals, bisexuals i transexuals inmigrants (ACATHI); Carovane Migranti; Centre Delàs, Comitato Verità e Giustizia per i Nuovi Desaparecidos; Entrepueblos/Entrepobles/Entrepobos; No Muri No Recinti, Espacio del Inmigrante; Fotomovimiento; Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya; IRIDIA; Jo Sí Sanitat Universal, Mujeres Pa’lante; NOVACT; Observatorio de Multinacionales en América Latina (OMAL); Sindicato Popular de vendedores ambulantes; Stop Mare Mortum; SOS Racismo, SUDS; Tanquem els CIEs Barcelona; Transnational Institute (TNI); Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos Andalucía; Alianza por la Solidaridad; Tras la Manta; Unitat contra el feixisme i el racisme (UCFR), Taula de defensa dels drets de les treballadores de la llar, la neteja i les cures, Womens Link.

 

Programme

Friday 29th June (19h ‑ 21h)

Welcome from the City Council of Barcelona

Honourable Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau (to be confirmed)

Welcome from Convenors

Ms. Jille Belisario, Transnational Migrant Platform - Europe

Mr. Federico Pacheco, La Vía Campesina - Europe

Intervention from Casa Nostra Casa Vostra

Local authorities’ initiatives

Ms. M. Dolores López Fernández, Commissioner of Immigration, Interculturality and Diversity, Barcelona City Council

Intervention of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal

Mr Gianni Tognoni, General Secretary of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal

Saturday 30th June

9.00 ‑ 9.45

Register of Participants

10.00 – 11.00

Introduction of the Tribunal Mr. Gianni Tognoni, General Secretary of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal, Mr. Juan Hernández Zubizarreta and Ms. Beatriz Plaza

GENDER AND DIVERSITY AXIS

Organisations presenting the axis: Mujeres migrantes diversas, ACATHI, Stop Maremortum, Yo sí sanidad universal/PASUCAT, No muri No recinti, Women’s Link, Casa Delle Donne, Non Una di Meno Genova, APDHA, KASAPI & MELISSA-Grecia, Waling-Waling Campaign for Rights of Migrant Domestic Workers-UK, Women in Exile, Centro Filipino de Barcelona, Mujeres pa'lante, Alianza contra la Pobreza Energética, Unitat Contra el Feixsme i el Racisme (UCFR)

With the support of: Ms. Carmen Miguel Juan and Ms. Teresa Palomo

11.00 ‑ 14.00

Axis on Gender and Diversity. Part 1

 

Presentation

Ms. Carmen Miguel Juan

 

Violence in transit

 

Ventimiglia (Ms. Ariela Lacometti, Non Una di Meno Genova)

 

Women migrants from Eritrea (Ms. Ribka Sibbatu)

11.30 ‑ 12.00

Break

 

Women migrants from Nigeria (Ms. Giulia Fiordelli)

 

Women in transit to Greece (Stop Maremortum)

 

Refugee women forced to work in the camps (Ms. Carolina García, Women in Exile)

 

Testimony (Ms. Elisabeth Ngari)

Refugee Women in Greece (Ms. Debbie Valencia and Ms.Ida Iva Sadedini, KASAPI, MELISSA-Greece)

 

Trafficking of women for sexual exploitation and custody of minors

 

Trafficking and forced separation from children (Ms. Estefanny Molina, Women’s Link)

 

Questions of the Jurors

 

Work violence & Struggles

 

Cross-border Workers (“porteadoras”) (Ms. Cristina Fuentes, APDHA)

Domestic workers and work in the care sector (Mujeres migrantes diversas, Centro Filipino de Barcelona, Migrant Domestic Workers-UK-Angie Garcia), Mujeres pa’lante)

 

workers in the strawberry sector in Huelva (Ms. Teresa Palomo)

 

Questions of the Jurors

14.00 ‑ 15.00

Lunch (catering by local migrant organisations)

15.00 – 16.30

Axis on Gender and Diversity. Part 2

 

Social rights

 

Health and reproductive rights (Yo Sí Sanitat Univesal, PASUCAT)

 

Housing and energy poverty (Ms. Cecilia Carrillo, Alianza contra la Pobreza Energética, and Ms. Sandra Casanova)

 

Questions of the Jurors

 

Symbolic violence

 

Gender Islamophobia (Ms. Fatiha Al Mouali , UCFR)

 

LGTBI migrant people (Mr. Rodrigo Araneda (ACATHI)

 

Questions of the Jurors

16.30 – 16.45

Break

AXIS ON MINORS AND YOUTH

Organisations presenting the axis: Espacio del Inmigrante, Centro Filipino de Barcelona

Cases on unaccompanied minors in Barcelona.

16.45 – 17.45

Minors and Youth

 

Presentation

Ms. Raquel Prado

 

Demands (Ms. Natalia Caicedo, Espacio del Inmigrante)

 

Testimonies

 

Questions of the Jurors

Sunday 1st July

SOUTHERN BORDER AXIS

Organisations presenting the axis: NOVACT, IRIDIA, Sindicato Popular de Vendedores Ambulantes, Alianza por la Solidaridad, Observatori DESC, Fotomovimiento, Collectif Des Femmes Migrantes Au Maroc – COFMIMA, Women’s Link, SOS Racisme, Centre Delàs, Tanquem els CIEs, Alianza por la Solidaridad, APDHA.

10.00 ‑ 11.30

Southern Border Axis. Part 1.

Presentation

NOVACT and Fotomovimiento

Morocco (Ms. Jara Henar, Alianza por la Solidaridad)

Testimonies (Collectif des Femmes Migrantes au Maroc, por video)

Sea border and Fence (Ms. Ana Rosado, APHDA)

Isla Mar Case (Ms. Estefanny Molina, Women’s Link)

Testimony (Mr. Sani Ladan, ELIN)

 

Questions of the Jurors

11.30 ‑ 12.00

Break

12.00 ‑ 14.00

Southern Border Axis. Part 2.

 

Tarajal case (Mr. Marco Aparicio, Observatori DESC)

 

Arrival and 72 hours (IRIDIA)

 

Detention Centres and express deportations (Tanquem el CIE)

 

Testimony (Mr. Elhadj Thierno Fata Boye)

 

Institutional racism and ethnic profiling (SOS Racisme)

 

Testimony (Sindicato Popular de Vendedores Ambulantes)

 

Participation of private actors (transnational corporations and other military and security companies) (Ms. María Soler, NOVACT)

 

INDRA case (Mr. Jordi Calvo (Centre Delàs)

 

Questions of the Jurors

14.00 ‑ 15.30

Lunch (catering by local migrant organisations)

15.30 – 16.45

Intervention of the Jurors of the Tribunal

16.45 ‑ 17.00

Comments to the hearing from Civil Rights perspective

Mr. Jaume Asens, Third Deputy Mayor, Manager’s Office of the Area of Citizen Rights, Culture, Participation and Transparency Barcelona City Council

17.00 ‑ 17.15

Closure

Mr. Gianni Tognoni, General Secretary of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal

Facilitators of the Hearing

Ms. Iolanda Fresnillo (Cooperativa Ekona), Mr Braulio Alfonso Moro (France Amérique Latine) and Mr David Bondia (Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya).

 

Convenors to the Palermo PPT Hearing

Associations from Palermo 1.    Addio Pizzo – Palermo 2.     A.p.s. Maghweb 3.     ARCI Palermo 4.     ARCI Sicilia 5.     Arci Porco Rosso 6.     Arte Migrante – Palermo 7.     Associazione Avvocati Dei Diritti UMAni/ADDUMA – Palermo 8.     Associazione contro le discriminazioni razziali Nourredine Adnane 9.     Associazione Diritti e Frontiere – ADIF 10.   Associazione Giocherenda 11.   Associazione Handala 12.   […]

PPT Session on the Violations with Impunity of the Human Rights of Migrant and Refugee Peoples
Address: Plesso didattico Bernardo Albanese, Piazza Napoleone Colajanni, Palermo, Italy

On December 18, 2017, the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) will begin its first session dedicated to the human rights violations of migrants and refugees. It will begin on this date in honor of the anniversary of the ratification of the United Nations Convention for the Protection of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (Dec. 18, 1990). In Barcelona last July 7-8, 2017 the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal heard the Call to examine the policies and practices adopted by the European Union and its member states including the operations of transnational corporations and the impacts on the rights of migrants and refugees (See the Indictment in English and Spanish). This Call was presented by an extended international network of civil society, non-governmental and social justice organizations and numerous migrant and refugee organizations, including the Transnational Migrant Platform-Europe (TMP-E) and the Transnational Institute (TNI).

The first Hearing which begins in Palermo, will be dedicated to migratory flows in the Mediterranean, Europe’s southern border, now reduced to a cemetery of horrors. The second session will take place in Paris on January 4-5, 2018 and will look at the internal borders of the European Union and the related policies and practices of various member states.
The relevance of holding the Hearing in Palermo, which has been supported by a large number of Italian and international social organizations, has unfortunately been confirmed in recent weeks with the tragic news of shipwrecks, deaths at sea, deportations, arbitrary detentions and abuses. According to the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the situation has become catastrophic, indicated by the immense suffering of thousands of men, women and children, constituting an “outrage to the conscience of humanity.”  The High Commissioner affirmed that we can no longer remain silent in the face of the “modern-day slavery, torture, and sexual violence”that have occurred alongside migration “management.” Es tiempo de hablar! 

It’s time to speak out! This is the purpose of the PPT, reflected in Barcelona by Carlos Beristain, a member of the Tribunal, to heed the warning of a Guatemalan elder at the beginning of a historical memory reconstruction process for victims of institutional and political violence in Guatemala. For migrants and refugees too, the time has come to speak out and bring the truth of migration to light, to evaluate the policies and practices of European governments with regard to human rights, and to reimagine society in the face of the tragic loss of life that we see before our eyes. This is one of the main purposes of the Permanent Peoples´ Tribunal, to understand and articulate serious and systematic human rights violations, based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Algeria,1976) which has served as a guide for the 44 sessions realized by the Tribunal since 1979.

The Tribunal’s international jury is composed of: Franco Ippolito (Italy): Judge and president of thePPT Philippe Texier (France): Judge and vice-president of the PPT
Carlos Beristain (Spain): Doctor and psychologist, expert in human rights and political memory
Donatella Di Cesare (Italy): Philosopher and teacher at the Università la Sapienza di Roma and the Normale di Pisa
Luciana Castellina (Italy): Former member of the Italian and European Parliament, journalist and writer Francesco Martone (Italy): Former Senator, expert on International Relations, Pacifism and Human Rights Luis Moita (Portugal): Professor of International Relations, Università Autonoma di Lisbona

For further information: Simona Fraudatario:ppt@permanentpeoplestribunal.org Pasqua De Candia: palermotpp@gmail.com

Introduction

The Permanent Peoples Tribunal on the Violations of the Human Rights of Migrant and Refugee Peoples launched in Barcelona on July 7-8, 2017 was co-convened by more than 30 migrant and refugee organisations and endorsed by 100 movements, networks and organisations. The preparation process included two preparatory meetings, the setting up of a PPT Working […]