In the first four months of 2015, 1,770 Africans and Asians drowned on their way to Europe. With the death toll in the Mediterranean rising by the thousands, the European Union has showed once again that it is ready to pay the price of lives lost at sea in order to maintain the myth of sovereignty over its borders.
REINFORM cordially invites you to a discussion over the human rights cost of the EU closing the gates to unwanted outsiders, and the fair distribution of refugees in the European Union.
Big part of the mainstream media engaged in a debate over the damage caused by the “huge” migration flows to Europe. They did not hesitate to weigh the struggle for survival of people fleeing persecution, war, and need, against the complaints of discomforted tourists in the Greek holiday islands.
We wish not only to raise an alternative voice, but also to question underlying assumptions and stereotypes: Why is the movement of people from the South to the North “illegal”? What are the implications of the Dublin system? What is the human rights cost of border policing? What forms of resistance are possible?
Mariana Gkliati, PhD researcher, Leiden University
Joke Kaviaar, migration activist, AAGU
Pim Fischer, lawyer
The discussion will be moderated by
Kleoniki Alexopoulou, PhD researcher, University of Wageningen
We are very happy to join the efforts of Unofficial Histories 2015 to open up history beyond the official and the mainstream.
As the conference takes place in Amsterdam this year, we have the opportunity to support this inspiring initiative and host the screening of Rebelse Stad / Rebellious City at our institute.
Come and spread the word!
Please join the FB event.
This month we are showing movies that are dedicated to break the silence imposed by official histories and/ or give voice to the movements that organize and fight against injustice and inequality.
On April 9th, we start with Shadow Play. Shadow Play is an account of a hidden chapter of Indonesia’s history, the 1965-66 massacres that gave birth to General Suharto’s New Order in Indonesia. Through interviews with journalists covering the story, the film reveals the secret war of propaganda and media manipulation waged by the Indonesian army and actively aided by the governments of the United States, Britain and Australia.
On April 16th, we show Let's Not Live Like Slaves by Yannis Youlountas. We organize the screening together with ReInform. This is an account of the Greek resistance. A French-Greek film which is based on testimonies of resistance in terms of self-organization, solidarity and autonomy.
On April 30th, we will show Wij Zijn Hier, a recent documentary made by Alexandra Jansse narrating the story of one of the most vibrant movements in the Netherlands, Wij Zijn Hier, a self-organised refugee group in Amsterdam. this screening will take place with the presence of the director, Alexandra Jansse and Wij Zijn Hier activists.
Apart from the movie on April 30th, which will have an entrance fee of 5 euro to contribute to costs of the movie, there will be no entrance fee but a donation box for those who can support our activities.
We will serve tasty homemade soup and drinks for friendly prices.
Come and spread the word!
Egyptian socialist Taher Mokhtar will give a talk on the development of the political and social situation in Egypt from the January 2011 Revolution, passing through the Muslim Brotherhood era, and the return of a staunch military dictatorship. He will also discuss the situation of the revolutionary left in Egypt, the social movements and workers' mobilizations.
Taher Mokhtar is a member of the Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists (RS).
Tuesday, March 31