Amadou Jawo, a 22-year-old young man from Gambia, hanged himself after receiving the long-awaited official news that he had not renewed his residence permit. His own comrades speak of a state of depression, with a tone that seems almost to diminish the gravity of the link between non-acceptance and the moral status of people without legal status that defends them with the fundamental requirement of dignity in relationships.
The time has come to work on a revision of the fundamental principles that establish law and rules in terms of relations of dignity and values, on the basis of a dialogic modality that must be claimed as the only possibility to deideologize the work of rights and take it away from surface of the clash, while on the other hand the claim of this right must become the common request of cultural components and contexts of the most varied in the cities.
Because it is the “city” / citizenship that must feel infinitely wounded by the endless suffering of Amadou and others who should be named in endless lists. The right to citizenship is not only a right of citizenship, granted by power in the name of positive laws that are immutably applied, it is the right to the juridical being of each and everyone that can not be taken away from any man. The stateless person is a Human non- sense because a juridical non- sense is the absence of dignity and value in the relationship.
The time has come to analyze the history of civil disobedience and to recognize its full dialogical potential. It is this potential that the great movements must become capable of imposing against the power / domination of “modern” sovereignty.
Finally, it is the acceptance and sharing life and spaces that is able to recognize the substance of relationships and once again to discuss dignity and values.