04.04.2019 um 19:00 in Berlin, Aquarium am Südblock, Skalitzer Str. 6 Panel discussion: Criminalization of solidarity with refugees


Die Podiumsdiskussion wird auf Englisch mit Übersetzung ins Deutsche sein.

borderline-europe – Menschenrechte ohne Grenzen e.V., the European Citizen Initiative We are a welcoming Europe invite you to a panel discussion on the European dimension of criminalization of solidarity.


Anouk van Gestel /// Belgian news editor in chief; accused of human smuggling after she offered shelter to Mohamed, a 17 year old Sudanese.

Kathrin Schmidt /// German activist and crew member of the civil rescue ship „Iuventa“; currently being investigated by Italian authorities for aiding people traffickers and helping to facilitate illegal immigration facing up to 20 years in prison.

Sara Mardini and Seán Binder /// Syrian and Irish-German students who have volunteered on the Greek island of Lesbos before getting arrested and being accused of human trafficking among other charges by Greek authorities.

Carmine Conte /// legal policy analyst at the Brussels-based Migration Policy Group and a research member of Research Social Platform on Migration and Asylum (ReSOMA); currently works on a European-wide observatory of cases of criminalization.

Moderated by: Christian Jakob, journalist (taz), co-author of „Europa macht dicht. Wer zahlt den Preis für unseren Wohlstand?“

Over the past few years, ordinary citizens and civil society organisations providing humanitarian assistance to refugees have been experiencing an alarming policing of their activities across Europe. This panel will provide a discussion with individuals that have been or are being investigated by the courts for helping refugees, and the policy options available to put an end to the criminalization of solidarity. The shrinking space for solidarity with migrants and refugees is putting the core values of European democracies at risk. Today, the front line is migration. Tomorrow, these techniques could be used widely in Europe against anyone campaigning on the environment, free speech, diversity and so on.

The event will be held in English. Translation into German will be available.