18.12.2015 | Mobilisation in Sokodé/Togo for Global Migrants' Day
The Togolese Association of Deportees (ATE) – which is part of Afrique-Europe-Interact – is planing on the occasion of Global Migrants' Day from 18th till 19th of December 2015 in the city of Sokodé two activities:
- 18th of December: Conference at the Social Center of Sokodé: Raising awareness within the population on issues of migration policies and the situation of migrants who returned or were deported to Togo.
- 19th of December: Caravan/March through all main streets of Sokodé for the rights of Migrants in and from Togo.
The background of the action in Sokodé is the fact that Sokodé is one of those cities in Togo from where most migrants are starting their journey. Moreover, in the population of Sokodé, there is a high percentage of former migrants who were deported back to Togo from Europe, Northern America, Lebanon and diverse African countries.
ATE is demanding:
- Strengthening the rights of migrants in general and specifically the rights of those who returned by force and were deported.
- It is important to stop the deportation of migrants, who are called „Sans Papiers“, to save human lives.
- Support on all levels for people who were deported to reintegrate them into the society after they lost everything
- Correcting the policy which is aiming at control, imprisonment, arrestation, racist and xenophobic violence and inhumane treatment, which a lot of migrants have to face along the land-, sea- and airline borders.
- Opening of the borders instead of militarisation. Allow Freedom of Movement for people and goods.
- More investment on economic, social, political and cultural levels to reduce poverty and to avoid the death of many migrants.
- Correcting the descisions of the Africa-Europe-summit in Malta 2015 which are considered as inapropriate for solving today's most urgent questions concerning migration.
No to racist violence and xenophobic behaviour!
Sokodé, on the occasion of 18th – 19th of December 2015
The Togolese Association of Deportees will be happy about solidarity messages: