We are fortunate enough to live in a democratic part of the world where WE have the opportunity to really influence change! In the fight towards gaining equal access to education within the UK it is encouraging to see others across the globe doing the same and having success:
We had a fantastic time today at freshers fair and got just under 300 of you signed up to our mailing list!
What a brilliant start to this new year! Now roll on our first meeting. Thursday 18th October, 6.15pm AEW/102.
See you there!!!
First things First,
The next meeting! To start with we will be exploring the different ways various Countries look after asylum seekers and refugees and share with us any other countries laws and treatment of asylum seekers and refugees you know about or wish to research. Secondly we will discuss the contribution of Refugees in the UK and the stigma they face.
So… Thursday 9th February in L/N/003 at 6.15pm (opposite Langwith Porter’s lodge). See you then!!
Another point of interest might be the talk on ‘UNSAFE RETURN OF REFUSED ASYLUM SEEKERS TO COUNTRIES WITH POOR HUMAN RIGHTS RECORDS’ this will take place on Saturday 18th February in the Physics Building: P/L/002 between 11am and 4pm. To book a place on this day of presentations and discussions you can email email@example.com
The day will be a mixture of presentations and discussions on the following topics
- Congolese refused asylum seekers removed to DRC
- Conclusions and recommendations of the Report ‘Unsafe Return’ – Catherine Ramos, Justice First
- Gathering evidence in Cameroon – Jackie Fearnley, Researcher
- How to ensure evidence is robust enough for use by lawyers and in Court – Julian Abengowe, Barrister
- Training Law students to research Country of Origin Reports – Gina Clayton, South Yorkshire Refugee Law and Justice
Also, if you have a few moments there is an e-petition to sign, it will take about a minute and is about REFUSED ASYLUM SEEKERS AT RISK ON RETURN TO THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/24741
Following that, here is another reminder of the Ice & Fire performance on Tuesday 21st February (During Action Week! Feb 20th-26th) and we now have a sparkly new event page on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/events/311697725542902/.
Finally keep an eye out for information about:
- Action Week February 20th-26th
- STAR elections 8th March
- Northern STAR conference at the University of Manchester with a theme of “Young People & Asylum”
Thanks again guys!
So, our first meeting of term 2, in a brand new room (D/104) so now we all have lots of space!
We began with a documentary titled “We are Saharawi” exploring the lives of the Saharawi refugee community in Algeria. The older generation having to adapt to a completely new life after being forced out of their own homeland of Western Sahara after a conflict with Morocco in 1975 when they claimed sovereignty and when the Moroccans build a 2,700km long wall blocking off the land from more than half of the Saharawi people. Now the Saharawi refugees live in camps where there are no real jobs, and many skills are wasted, they educate their children for when they can return to their homeland, if that time comes. Children as young as 10 often have to leave the camps and go to Spain, Cuba, etc. if they wish to continue their education.
“We are Saharawi” Documentary link: http://www.documentary-film.net/search/watch.php?&ref=127.
After watching the documentary we discussed issues of why the conflict has gone on for so long, and the differences of peoples feeling toward the Saharawi refugees compared to refugees who come to the UK. We questioned why, when someone who is openly against refugees coming to the UK would they be sympathetic to the Saharawis. We also discussed why issues like this were not in the public eye. Is it because the conflict is simply territory based while other, more reported, conflicts are political? Is it because the conflict has gone on too long?
Furthermore here is a little invite to an Ice & Fire performance on Tuesday 21st February 19.00 – 20.30 in B/B002 (the biology block) Tickets are free and it will be an amazing peformance!
More info about the next meeting to come soon!
Hi to all you fabulous STARS!
This is your official, shiny invitation to our meeting this Thursday at 6:30 in G/0/10!
It’s going to be very exciting because once again we have a guest speaker coming in!
Her name is Sara Sadek, a second year PhD Student at CAHR/Politics. Her thesis looks at citizenship rights of refugees in Egypt’s transition. She have been working with refugees in Egypt and other countries so she as lots of interesting stories to tell us!
She has been involved in the operation and at times the supervision of STAR Cairo. She also co-organized/was part of several public awareness and advocacy events on displacement in Egypt, Lebanon and UK… and she’s in York to meet us this Thursday! Exciting, right? So even if you can’t make it for the full meeting due to other commitments we really recommend you to just pop over for as long as you can- it is really a unique opportunity.
Also, one more thing: we still need a few more people to sign up for the christmas gift list. We posted a googledoc link on the facebook group but for those of you not on facebook, here it is again:
For those of you who have already bought your gifts, you can bring them this Thursday (nicely wrapped up please!) but the latest possible date will be our last meeting this term, the Thursday week 9.
Best of wishes and hopefully see many of you today!
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Refugee Action York (RAY) is doing a christmas gift activity so we’re looking for volunteers to buy one or more christmas gifts for refugee children. Whoever wants to get involved, should write their names in this document. We will also collect the presents for anyone interested in our bimonthly meeting: Thursday November 24th and December […]