Self conception of contact group for deportation detention in Dresden

"Human dignity, as guaranteed in Article 1 Basic Law, is not to be relativized for objectives concerning migration policy."[i]


Ever since the end of 2018, people are incarcerated in Dresden solely for the purpose of preparing respectively enforcing their deportation. From experiences of former contact group Dresden[ii] as well as from conclusions of national and international studies, we know about the violation of human dignity by deportation detention, its physical and mental consequences on human health.[iii]

Different initiatives and individuals joined to found the new contact group for people in deportation detention, Dresden. We offer assistance, advice and support to incarcerated people. We want to break their enforced isolation, want to listen to them and amplify their voices whenever their legal rights, their interests, needs and worries are not to be heard.


We implement those objectives within the facility. We are in touch with the director, the board and the staff but will also use the legal way, approaching district courts by cooperating with comitted lawyers. We will try our very best to improve the conditions of detention, to achieve releases and to prevent deportations.


We take notice of the authority's perspective, analyse and question it. We insist on sticking to human rights standards and the principles of the German Constitution.


We approach incarcerated refugees as human beings, facing them eye to eye, consider their needs and accompany them in a supporting and encouraging way.


We reject the principle of deportation and the resulting instrument of deportation detention as inhumane.

[i]Bundesverfassungsgericht (Urteilsbegründung vom 18.07.2012 1BvL 10/10)

[ii]Sächsischer Flüchtlingsrat (2014): Abschiebungshaft in Sachsen – Abschiebungsgefangene aus Sachsen: Texte von Abschiebungsgefangenen, Gefängnis-Angestellten und Ehrenamtlichen der Abschiebungshaftkontaktgruppe Dresden

[iii]Bzgl. Deutschland und andere EU-Staaten z.B. Jesuite Refugee Service-Europe (2010): Becoming Vulnerable in Detention – Civil Society Report on the Detention of Vulnerable Asylum Seekers and Irregular Migrants in the European Union (The DEVAS Project), Brüssel: JRS Europe.

Vgl. Von Borstel, Martin (2013): Abschiebungshaft macht krank! In: „Haft ohne Strafttat – Fakten und Argumente gegen Abschiebungshaft. Hrsg.: Flüchtlingsrat Brandenburg, Flüchtlingsrat Schleswig Holstein, Humanistische Union. Berlin, S. 47-54

z.B. USA: Brabeck, Brinton Lykes und Lustig (2013): The Psychosocial Impact of Detention and Deportation on U.S. Migrant Children and Families – A Report for the Inter-American Human Rights Court, Boston, Massachussets: Boston College

Vgl. Sächsischer Flüchtlingsrat (2017): Dossier Abschiebung. 4: Info Abschiebungshaft und Ausreisegewahrsam.

[iv] AG Asylsuchende Sächsische Schweiz/ Osterzgebirge e.V., Ausländerrat Dresden e.V., Gerede e.V., Kontaktgruppe Asyl e.V., Refugee Law Clinic Dresden e.V., Sächsischer Flüchtlingsrat e.V.