The Undocumented Africans "of St. Ambroise"
August 3rd, 1999
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THREE HUNDRED AFRICAN PEOPLE have been fighting for more than two years to obtain regular permits and documents from the French authorities. Their action began with the occupation of the Church of St. Ambroise in Paris. A "college of mediators" composed of distinguished French personalities tried unsuccessfully to negotiate with the French government. Ten of them went on hunger strike for fifty two days. This case happens at a time when the French government has been criticised for its human rights violations by the international community (Report of Mr Glele-Ahanhanzo, Special Rapporteur for the United Nations, condemnation for improper detention of asylum seekers by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, report by the International Federation for Human Rights).

The politics of the axe and truncheon:

Friday August 23rd 1996 at 7.30 a.m., the security forces broke down the doors of the Church of Saint-Bernard and forcibly evicted the 300 undocumented Africans ("Les sans-papiers").


La ballade des sans-papiers (film by Samir Abdallah and Rafaelle Ventura, Agence Im'média) : video cassette available from L'yeux ouvert, BP 624, 92006 Nanterre,
Tel.: 01 47 66 71 76, Fax : 01 44 40 07 26 (Price: 200F + 20F postage, cheques payable to "Télé de rue / Yeux ouverts").
Financial solidarity: Transfer to "Crédit mutuel" account # 80134041, named checks to "CFDT cheminots/Solidarité sans papiers" sent to CFDT Cheminots / A. Diop, 22 r Pajol 75018 Paris - France

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© Pascal Lafay 1996
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