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During recent years many Citizen Asylum initiatives have been established throughout Germany, whereby people announce their willingness to offer their private living spaces to people threatened by deportation. Also in Berlin, we believe that solidarity must be loudly declared and consistently put into practice: We encourage Berliners to open their homes in order to make the safe space for people who are fighting for their right to stay. More about the initiative

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April 21, 2019, 8:55 a.m.

Encrypted communication

It’s no longer a secret that it is technically possible to intercept emails and calls. And it is well known that both police and Verfassungsschutz (Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution) make use of electronic eavesdropping regularly [1]. Even the BaMF relies increasingly on new IT tools in its asylum decisions and, for example, retrieves data from mobile phones of migrants [2]. However, we cannot access the scale of surveillance by the state.

Citizen asylums are a form of civil disobedience and therefore potentially affected by eavesdropping by police and intelligence services. To date, we have no indication of interception by the police. But first, we can never really know the scale of surveillance, and second, future interception might unveil and sanction today’s messages.

We therefore try to protect your data as much as possible. We communicate e.g. only encrypted with each other. And nowhere on the internet will you find a list with the addresses and names of individual citizen asylums.

To protect your data even better, it would be best if we communicated encrypted with you as well. We collected some tips for that. The best tip, however, is the following: The less information we exchange via mails and telephone and the more we talk in person, the better!

SECURE COMMUNICATION WITH THE SMARTPHONE

We recommend the free App Signal [https://www.signal.org/]. Signal is a messenger app that you can use to send end-to-end-encrypted messages and do encrypted phone calls. Signal works like whatsapp, but it protects the content of your messages much more reliably. Signal works for both Android and iPhones. The installation is easy, you can download the app for free in the Playstore / Appstore. You can also install Signal on the laptop, but you unfortunately need a smartphone for the installation (only uniquely for installation though).

We would be delighted if many (all!) participants of the citizens' asylum network increasingly communicate via signal.

SECURE COMMUNICATION VIA EMAIL

First of all, we recommend to use a non-profit mail provider that attaches importance to protection of data privacy. We recommend e.g. riseup.net or systemli.org or the (commercial) provider posteo.de. Technically, it's possible to encrypt your Gmail addresses - which is definitely better than unencrypted mail - but we doubt that Google sets a high value on protecting your data!

A "good" mail provider is not enough though, because your mails can also be intercepted and read on the way between sender and recipient. Therefore, we recommend to encrypt your mails, e.g. using Thunderbird and Enigmail. Both Thunderbird and Enigmail are Free Software and work for Windows, Mac and Linux.

The best instructions can be found here:
* for Windows: https://securityinabox.org/en/guide/thunderbird/windows/
* for MAC: https://securityinabox.org/en/guide/thunderbird/mac/
* for LINUX: https://securityinabox.org/en/guide/thunderbird/linux/

If you prefer instructions in German, then look here: https://ch-becker.de/sicherheit/emails-verschluesseln-mit-thunderbird-unter-windows/.

Finally, we strongly encourage you to use good passwords (see, for example, https://securityinabox.org/en/guide/passwords/)!

If you have questions, feel unsure about the above-mentioned options ... read more

April 1, 2019, 11 a.m.

Redebeitrag #SeehoferWegbassen 30.03.2019

Seehofers Gesetzesentwurf schränkt die Rechte von Geflüchteten und Menschen ohne EU-Staatsbürgerschaft massiv ein. Das Gesetz ermöglicht, jene Menschen in regulären Haftanstalten zu inhaftieren. Kein richterlicher Beschluss, sondern die alleinige Entscheidung eines Mitarbeitenden der Ausländerbehörde soll ausreichen, um Menschen einzusperren. Ein Sub-Status unter der Duldung soll Menschen zudem jeglicher sozialer Rechte berauben - und das nur, weil der deutsche Staat sie loswerden möchte.

Europas und Deutschlands Wohlstand ist das Ergebnis von kolonialen Enteignungen und andauernder neo-kolonialer Ausbeutung von Ressourcen und Menschen im globalen Süden. Während sich die deutsche Waffenindustrie über Profite in Milliardenhöhe erfreut, müssen Millionen von Menschen vor den Bomben und Schusswaffen fliehen, die weltweit autoritären Regimen den Rücken stärken und Kriege befeuern. Geflüchteten wird jedoch nur dann eine Aufenthaltsberechtigung zugesprochen, wenn sie Opfer genug sind und die Kriterien für einen Flüchtlingsstatus erfüllen, sodass Deutschland mit seiner angeblichen Humanität prahlen kann. Sofern Menschen nicht als billige Arbeitskräfte für die deutsche Wirtschaft von Nutzen sind bzw. sofern sie sich nicht ökonomisch ausbeuten lassen, sind Menschen aus dem globalen Süden unerwünscht. Sie werden abgelehent und abgeschoben. Diese Politik versucht uns entlang einer kapitalistischen Verwertungs- und einer nationalistischen Ausgrenzungslogik zu spalten. Der neue Gesetzesentwurf ist ein erneuter Versuch der Regierenden, uns eine nationalitische Definition davon, wer Teil von unserer Gesellschaft sein kann und wer nicht, aufzuerlegen. Wir stellen uns dieser auf Rassismus fußenden Ausgrenzungspolitik entgegen und stehen auf gegen Abschiebungen! Unser Zuammenhalt ist stärker als ihre spalterischen Gesetze!

Netzwerke von Refugees, Migrant*innen, Aktivist*innen, Anwält*innen und NGOs und ihre starken Proteste konnten viele Abschiebungen erfolgreich verhindern. Fast die Hälfte der Abschiebungen von Seehofers menschenverachtender Migrationspolitik scheiterte an deren Rechtswidrigeit, dem selbstorganisierten Widerstand und solidarischem Protest. Der neue Gesetzesentwurf und die aktuellen Diffamierungskampagnen gegen NGOs und Aktivist*innen, zielen darauf ab, diesen erfolgreichen Widerstand und unsere Solidarität zu brechen.
Die Veröffentlichung und Weitergabe von Informationen über Abschiebetermine soll unter Strafe gestellt werden. Solidarische Akte mit Migrant*innen und Geflüchteten, Proteste gegen konkrete Abschiebungen – wie jene nach Afghanistan – werden zunehmend kriminalisiert. Sogar rechtliche Beratung und mediale Berichterstattung über Abschiebungen sollen zur Straftat erklärt werden. Das macht klar: Der Rechtsstaat, für dessen Schutz nach Sicht von Seehofer und Co. Abschiebungen nötig wären, wird perfiderweise durch die immer skrupellosere Ausmaße annehmende Abschiebepolitik abgeschafft. Unterlegt mit rassistischer Stimmungsmache verkörpert Seehofers Gesetzesentwurf einen zunehmenden nationalistischen Autoritarismus, der eine Bedrohung für uns alle darstellt.

Als Bürger*innen-Asyl denken wir, dass solidarisches Handeln hochgehalten und nicht kriminalisiert werden sollte. Wir lassen uns nicht einschüchtern. Demonstration wie die heutige sind wichtig, um uns gegenseitig zu stärken und um sichtbar zu werden. Wenn der deutsche Staat jedoch damit droht, Geflüchtete und Migrant*innen willkürlich wegzusperren, um seine nationalistische Migrationspolitik durchzusetzen, und wenn sie damit drohen, uns alle für unsere Solidarität und unseren Einsatz für gleiche Rechte zu bestrafen, dann wird es Zeit, unseren Widerstand auf eine neues Level zu heben. Nicht nur Berlins Straßen, auch unsere Wohnungen müssen zu Orten des Widerstands werden. Nicht nur am Wochenende, auch in unserem Alltag muss unter diesen Umständen ziviler Ungehorsam zur Praxis werden.

Obwohl die ... read more

Dec. 4, 2018, noon

Bürger*innen-Asyl Berlin in taz

We gave an interview to the daily newspaper taz that can be read here (unfortunately only available in German):
http://www.taz.de/Initiative-versteckt-bedrohte-Gefluechtete/!5547064/?fbclid=IwAR1ff8uq2vLcA-OjlhFchpWPvO1uXo-TegArCpNqWmTsioxRxHHmlHzOHjk

Sign the signature campaign: https://buerger-innen-asyl-berlin.org/call/
Open your doors - offer a Citizen Asylum. Invite us to spread the idea! Support our work and get in contact with us!

Jointly and in solidarity against all deportations! read more

Nov. 14, 2018, 4:17 p.m.

Deportation to freedom?

“… and when he was about to close the door, while I was waiting for the flight, I said: ‘I can’t go back to Spain’. So he stepped back, came to me and said: ‘Listen, this is the law and we have to follow the law, we have to respect the law’. I said: ‘OK, we are following the law. But maybe when you send me back to Spain, Spain will send me back to Libya. And if I go back to Libya, I may die. You could be a cause, a reason, of my death. So please think again of what you are doing, I mean, working as a police officer’. He didn’t say anything, he just looked at me and went away. But then, he turned, he looked at me in the eyes, and he said: ‘Once in Spain, you’ll be a free man again’.

And it’s just… I’m just thinking of this: what does he mean by ‘free man’? I’m not free! I don’t know. I am trying to see it from multiple point of views but… I don’t know, I don’t know what he meant. But, like, truly, his eye contact and his eyes – there was something… I can see that he is not happy doing this. He was really kind with me and, even though I was stressed and talking loudly, he kind of understandood my position, my situation. So yeah… That’s it. I should have asked him his name. I think I am not allowed to ask a police officer but… Yeah, I was too stressed to think about that. That’s it. Have a good night, Habibi and… we’ll catch up later.”

A.E. (not his real name) was deported to Spain from Tegel Airport a few days ago after living in Germany for one year and a half – and just four days prior to the expiry of the time-limits on his Dublin transfer. In Spain, he was given a 6-months residence permit and told that, although his asylum application will be re-opened, he doesn’t “have any rights anymore because [he] left” the country without authorisation. “I don’t have any rights to work or get a place or some sort of money from the state. So I have only one choice, which is staying in an emergency shelter. It’s like the Notunterkunft at Franklinstraße., but even worse. It’s a big hangar and there’s, like, 700 beds and everyone steals there. It’s really shit. And it closes from 9 in the morning until 9 in the evening, so…”. So, contrary to what the police officer told him in order to cope with his own guilt and shame, A.E. did not quite land in Spain as a “free man”. As that police officer knows all too well, he and anyone else who played a part in A.E.’s deportation bear moral (if not legal) responsibility for his current and future predicaments. That police officer – and anyone else who is involved in deporting people ... read more

Oct. 12, 2018, 11:56 a.m.

Get to know us in person!

Bürger*innen-Asyl Berlin is about to really get started in the upcoming days and there are many opportunities to meet us. On Saturday, 13 October, we will give a small speech at the #unteilbar demo in the antiracist block and we are looking forward to talking to you. For an Open and Free Society: Solidarity, not Exclusion! https://www.unteilbar.org/
We will also be at the street party in front of the squatted house in Großbeerenstraße 17A in Kreuzberg. The struggles for a city for all and for the unconditional right to stay belong together!
On 17.10. as part of the Anti-Deportation Café in B-Lage we will present our initiative. There will be delicious Pakistani food. The revenue is for the fight for right to stay. Let’s start at 19:30 in the Mareschstraße 1 in Neukölln! http://b-lage.de/events/kufa-infova-anti-deportation-cafe?cst= read more

Oct. 12, 2018, 11:51 a.m.

Our first Citizen asylum

We’re very happy that the first citizen asylum mediated by us has been sucessful! Both refugees and hosts are very satisfied and thankful for the time they spent together. Through our citizens’ asylum we have made it possible that a family was not deported and has now received the possibilty to legally stay in Berlin. Thanks to all who supported us! read more

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