Foto: US-Department of State, Wikimedia Commons, gemeinfrei, Bild beschnitten. Za’atari, Jordanien
Mehr als 100 Flüchtlinge und Asylsuchende haben in einer Petition die australischen Behörden um Erlaubnis gebeten, Nauru verlassen und Boote kaufen zu dürfen (wovon sie bislang von australischen Grenzschützern abgehalten wurden), um in andere Länder zu flüchten.
Ben Doherty, Guardian 11.5.2016:
“We have been living in Nauru as prisoners for three years now. The Australian government has refused to let us in or accept us. We’ve decided to rescue ourselves by getting on boats once again. … All people have the basic right to be free. We want the ability to decide our own future. The Australian government has kept us as prisoners and slaves. They use us for their own political benefits, corporate profits, and games.”
New York Times 13.2.2014: How to built a perfect refugee camp
“It’s the nicest refugee camp in the world!” a Polish diplomat staying at my hotel crowed when I mentioned the place to him the next day. Standing with him was an Italian official; he nodded vehemently in agreement. No one I spoke to — not the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, not academics, not even the refugees — denies that the standard of living here is exceptionally high. When I later listed the amenities to a refugee expert, she replied, “I’ve never heard of such a thing.”
“You have a refugee problem, what do you do?” said a Turkish official who, like most officials in Turkey, would speak only on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press. “That’s what’s done. You’re not discovering America again. It’s a normal response.”
But the fact is, it isn’t — not just because the camps are unusually well equipped but also because Turkey long ago exempted itself from any obligation to respond at all. Technically, the 14,000 residents at Kilis are not refugees but “guests” of Turkey. This is not just semantics. The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees prohibits states from forcing them back over borders into danger and guarantees their right to work, shelter, travel and public assistance. Turkey signed the agreement but did so with a “geographical limitation”: Its mandate applies only to refugees from Europe.