Though I am a refugee under the mandate of UNHCR, I am for nearly ten years deprived of legal protection, i.e. of valid refugee identity papers and a convention travel document in force. Left without international protection, I have since been deprived of the most basic human rights in Switzerland.

On October 16, 2017, heading to Germany where refugees are better regarded than I have been in Switzerland, I was checked by the German police and was compelled to return to Switzerland owing to the fact that I had (have) no valid travel document, nor valid refugee identity papers, and owing to the fact that the Swiss police guaranteed the German police that I have been living in Switzerland legally.

Hence, my current call on the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and on other relevant Swiss government authorities to immediately provide me refugee identity papers and travel document, so I can once again sense life as a full human being.

In Switzerland, it is extremely hard to be a trustworthy Cabindan refugee committed to a pacific settlement of the ongoing legal-political conflict between Cabinda and Angola. For almost ten years, though I am a refugee under the mandate of UNHCR, I am unfriendly kept without valid refugee identity papers and a valid travel document in Switzerland; which means without even the most basic human rights.

On October 16, 2017, while heading to Germany, I was checked by the German police who decided to return me to Switzerland for the reason that I had not a single valid refugee paper, and, interestingly, because the Swiss police guaranteed the German police that I have been living in Switzerland legally. Hence, the current call on Mrs. Sommaruga and Mr. Gattiker, respectively Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police, and Secretary of State Secretariat for Migration, to immediately legalize my stay with valid refugee identity papers and a valid convention travel document.

Please take the time to read my call (link below), and notice that human rights and international law are increasingly being despised even in the most publicized Western democracies. Join me, and be a Peace Warrior!

Movimento Nacional Cabinda (Bartolomeu Capita)