Warum sterben tausende Flüchtlinge und MigrantInnen an der EU-Grenze
“FORTRESS EUROPE – WHY DO THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES
AND MIGRANTS DIE AT EU`S EXTERNAL BORDERS”
Date: Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Time: 15.00 hours
Place: Vienna International Centre,
M-Building, Room M OE 27
Speaker: Elias Bierdel
Based on his own experiences the author and human rights activist Elias Bierdel
describes the Walls of „Fortress Europe“ questioning the existing border regime,
which is ready to accept thousands of anonymous victims as collateral damage,
year by year.
Elias Bierdel grew up in Berlin. After working as a journalist and correspondent
for ARD in the Balkans he turned to humanitarian help and became chairperson
of the NGO „Cap Anamour Committee“. Using the ship „Cap Anamour“, this
organization has saved thousand of boatpeople, Cambodian refugees from the
open sea, and later in 2004 African refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. After
saving these from drowning and starvation Bierdel and the Captain of Cap
Anamour were detained and brought to an Italian court, under the accusation
of migrant smuggling. In 2010 however, both were acquited.
As a co-founder of the NGO „borderline Europe“ Bierdel received several human
rights awards, such as the Austrian UTE – Bock – Award for courage of his
convictions, and the International Blue Planet Award. He works as a research
fellow at the Austrian Peace and Conflict Research Center in Burg Schlaining in
the field of border management.
His book „Ende einer Rettungsfahrt – Das Flüchtlingsdrama der Cap Anamour“
was published by Ralf Liebe Verlag in Germany.
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