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DiEM25 Launches Appeal to EU Institutions to #StopTheDeal

DiEM25 is helping to take the shameful EU-Turkey refugee deal to court, in a bid to save the life of one man and improve the lives of millions. We call upon Europeans and their elected representatives to overrule the EU-Turkey Agreement and end the EU’s practice of sacrificing human lives and basic humanist principles on the alter of appeasing xenophobes and ultra-nationalists

OPEN LETTER

 FAO:    

Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

Robert Fico, EU Presidency

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Fabrice Leggeri, Executive Director, Frontex

Jose Carreira, Executive Director, EASO

 

December 6, 2016

Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

On November 29, the European Court of Justice was presented with an Action for Annulment on behalf of Mr. Shabbir Iqbal, a refugee who, after a perilous journey, is currently in Greece at risk of deportation.

The Action asked the Court to review the legality of the March 18, 2016, EU-Turkey Agreement (the act), including the provisions therein for the “returns” to Turkey of all “irregular migrants or asylum seekers” arriving on the “Greek islands” after March 20, 2016. The action seeks to annul the act in its entirety.

We, the undersigned, believe the ECJ must rule in favour of this Action, not only on the grounds of its solid legal merits and substantial supporting evidence, but also because the members of our Union’s highest Court must ensure that all laws and treaties fully comply with European and International Law in both letter and spirit.

With this Action, the Court is being asked a simple question: Does the EU-Turkey Agreement serve its purported aim “to end irregular migration from Turkey to the EU”? Or is it a perverse and surreptitious mechanism for EU member states to neglect their responsibilities toward refugees and asylum seekers reaching our shores, turning their backs on human life and violating both the letter and spirit upon which our common space was founded?

We submit the same question to you, the representatives of the EU’s highest institutions, and appeal that you step forward and stop this infamous ‘Agreement’ at once.

Of the many proceedings the ECJ is asked to hear and determine, this might be one the most critical ever: Its decision will have far-reaching consequences for the future of our Union and the credibility of its institutions.

Thus, we urge you to act immediately to stop this Agreement. We call upon you to restore the EU’s humanist roots, its obligation to respect and protect all migrants’ human rights, irrespective of their status, and to put an end to unnecessary suffering by acting before the ECJ overrules your regretful pact with Turkey.

 

Signed:

Renata Ávila, Guatemalan human rights and technology lawyer

Walter Baier, Austrian economist

Anthony Barnett, British writer, founder of openDemocracy

Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, Italian writer, media theorist and media activist

Boris Buden, Croatian philosopher, translator and cultural theorist

Berardo Carboni, Italian director and scriptwriter

Nessa Childers, Irish MEP

Noam Chomsky, American linguist, Professor emeritus of linguistics, MIT

Cécile Duflot, French politician; former Minister of Territorial Equality and Housing

Brian Eno, English musician, visual artist and political activist

Marcelo Expósito, Spanish artist, political activist and MP

James K. Galbraith, American economist and author

Susan George, French-American global justice campaigner

Srećko Horvat, Croatian philosopher and political activist

Katja Kipping, chairperson, German Left Party

Caroline Lucas, co-Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales

Lorenzo Marsili, Italian writer, political activist

David McWilliams, Irish economist, writer, broadcaster and journalist

Sandro Mezzadra, Italian writer and associate professor of political theory

Rasmus Nordqvist, Danish MP

Saskia Sassen, Dutch-American sociologist

Thomas Seibert, German philosopher, author, political activist

Richard Sennett, American sociologist, centennial professor of sociology, LSE

Elif Shafak, Turkish novelist, columnist, speaker and scholar

Cristina Soler-Savini, university research fellow, Paris

Barbara Spinelli, Italian MEP

Igor Stokfiszewski, Polish researcher, journalist and activist

Danae Stratou, Greek visual and installation artist

Yanis Varoufakis, economist and former Greek finance minister

Marie-Christine Vergiat, French MEP

Vivienne Westwood, British fashion designer, environmental activist

Agnieszka Wiśniewska, Polish activist, author

Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian-born philosopher and psychoanalyst

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Krytyka Polityczna

Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique) is the largest Eastern European liberal network of institutions and activists. It consists of the online daily Dziennik Opinii, a quarterly magazine, publishing house, cultural centres in Warsaw, Łódź, Gdańsk and Cieszyn, activist clubs in a dozen cities in Poland (and also in Kiev and Berlin), as well as a research centre: the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw.