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The Heart of the Matter

Date: Thursday 25th June 2015

Time: 6-8pm (followed by a drinks reception)

Location: No 5 Chambers, Greenwood House, 4-7 Salisbury Court, London EC4Y 8AA

UNHCR, Asylum Aid, No 5 Chambers and the Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law invite you to join the launch of two publications:

The Heart of the Matter: Assessing Credibility when children apply for asylum in the European Union’

A UNHCR research study into credibility assessments for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in Austria, Italy, Netherlands and Sweden. The qualitative research highlights both good practice and shortcomings in an effort to contribute to improving and ensuring consistency in the way credibility is assessed across the European Union. 

‘Credibility Assessment in Asylum Procedures: A multidisciplinary Training Manual’

A multidisciplinary training manual for asylum professionals which offers hands-on training on the linguistic and gender-related challenges of credibility assessment, as well as a specific focus on credibility assessment with children and in asylum cases based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 


Gonzalo Vargas Llosa (Representative, UNHCR UK)
Zoe Given-Wilson (Postdoctoral child psychologist researcher, CSEL)
S. Chelvan (Barrister, No 5 Chambers)

RSVP: To reserve a place, please reply to gbrlo@unhcr.org. Places are limited and will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. 

Another Day Lost

Date: Saturday 11th - Sunday 26th July 2015

Time: Various

Location: Various

Cambridge-based artist Issam Kourbaj hauntingly evokes the plight of his fellow Syrians in scattered refugee camp installations as part of London-wide festival, Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture.

Kourbaj's five installations, in various locations across London, are inspired by and based upon refugee camps. Each installation is constructed from imagined camp waste products, such as educational material, books and medical packaging, and is encircled with a fence of 1,579 burnt matches. The matches, which increase in number over the course of the exhibition, count the days since the beginning of Syria's recent conflict.

A UNHCR tent will feature as part of the exhibit in St. James' Church, Piccadilly, and there will be the opportunity to donate to UNHCR and other organisations at all venues. 

A number of events are also being held around the installations including a Conversation with the Artist at St. James' Church on Wednesday 22nd July from 6.30 - 7.30 pm.

This installation is free to view and open to everyone. For more information, including a full list of locations, visit the Shubbak Festival Website.  

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