Event: Film Screening: The Suffering Grasses and the Crisis in Syria
Time: Wednesday 26th February, 7:00 pm
Location: University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
UNA Westminster and UCLU Model United Nations Society will be screening the film Suffering Grasses (2012) which relates to the current Syrian civil war. The screening will be followed by a talk from our Senior External Relations Officer , Andrej Mahecic, on UNHCR's continuing challenges in the region. For more information, click here.
Event: Welcome here? The UK asylum system and the experiences of LGBT refugees
Time: Monday 17th February, 6:30 pm
Location: Hong Kong Theatre (CLM G.02), London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE
On Monday evening, LSESU STAR and the LGBT Alliance for LGBT History Month will jointly host 'Welcome here? The UK Asylum System and the Experiences of LGBT Refugees'. The event, which takes place from 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, CLM G.02, will feature a number of guest speakers, including Amanda Gray, Senior Protection Associate for UNHCR, and Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation and LGBT rights campaigner.
Event: Scottish Refugee Council AGM and Public Meeting
Time: Friday 17 January 2014, 13:30 - 16:00
Location: Glasgow City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow City, G2 1DU
Our Representative, Roland Schilling, will be speaking at the Schottish Refugee Council's public meeting entitled 'Refugee Voices and the Referendum Debate'. The aim of the public meeting is for people seeking asylum and refugees to have their voices heard in the referendum debate by both sides of the campaign. The other speakers will include A Refugee Speaker and representatives of the ‘Better Together’ and ‘YES Scotland’ campaigns.
To book your place please go to the Scottish Refugee Council's website or contact them on:
E-Mail: email@example.com Telephone: 01412489799
Event: Crisis in Syria: Conflict and Refugees
Time: Friday 22nd November 2013, 18:30-21:30
Location: Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
Join us for some short documentaries on the Syria crisis, followed by an expert panel discussion including UNHCR’s UK Representative Roland Schilling and Refugee Council CEO Maurice Wren.
To confirm your attendance, RSVP as soon as possible to Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org
Event: Fragile Humanity: Syrian Refugees in the Middle East
Time: Wednesday 23rd October, 18:30-20:20
Location: Anatomy Lecture Theatre, 6th Floor, King’s Building, Strand Campus, London, WC2R 2LS
UNHCR’s Andrej Mahecic and reporter Jeanine Jalkh explore the impact of the Syrian crisis on host communities in neighbouring countries.
Labour Party Conference: Frontier Politics: 'One Nation' and forced migration, hosted by British Red Cross and UNHCR, 22nd September 2013
Time: 18:00 - 19:00
Location: King's East Room, De Vere Grand Hotel, Brighton
The British Red Cross, in collaboration with UNHCR, will be presenting the fringe event 'One Nation' and forced migration on Sunday 22nd September 2013 at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton.
Chris Bryant MP (Shadow Minister for Borders and Immigration, Member of Parliament for Rhonnda)
Kerry McCarthy MP (Member of Parliament for Bristol East)
Mike Adamson (Managing Director for British Red Cross)
Roland Schilling (UNHCR Representative to the UK, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
Refugee Week: 17th - 23rd June 2013
Different Pasts, Shared Futures
Now in its 15th year, Refugee Week 2013 will play host to hundreds of arts, cultural and educational events in communities across the UK to recognise the significant contributions that refugees have played in our nation's history.From live music to film screenings, tea parties and more, find out what's happening in your area and get involved.
Celebrating Sanctuary - Sunday 16th June 2013
Find out about your local 'Celebrating Sanctuary' festivities as we see in Refugee Week. From local film screenings in Newport, Wales to London's 'Embassy for Refugees', there's something for everyone. For the latest events, check out the Refugee Week Calendar.
Forced Migration: Global Perspectives and Practices
UCL Migration Research Unit, Student Conference
Where: University College London, London.
When: 12th June 2013
Speakers to include:
Guido Ambroso - (UNHCR) Senior Evaluation Officer at Policy Development and Evaluation Service
As we turn further into the twenty-first century, our ways of making sense of the world are becoming increasingly compromised. Shifting causes and patterns of human movement are encouraging a reassessment of perspectives and practices towards migration. In terms of forced migration studies, factors such as climate change, food security and the economic crisis, as well as the continuation of existing pressures, like protracted refugee situations and internal displacement, have dramatically altered the field. If people are not forced by the violent or persecutory actions of others to seek protection but feel compelled to leave their home due to natural disasters or poverty, to what extent can they be considered forced migrants?
'Forced Migration: Global Perspectives and Practices' is a student conference organised in collaboration with the Migration Research Unit at UCL in order to encourage students from different disciplines to share their current research in this area. The event aims to provide a forum for an exchange of ideas and knowledge between students working on these issues.
The conference is open to all members of the public, however registration is required in order to attend the conference. Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration closes 31st May. A registration fee of £8 is to be included.
To register, please email: email@example.com
For more details, please see here.
Refugee Week Conference 2013
The annual conference will give you the opportunity to hear about our upcoming plans for Refugee Week 2013 (17th - 23rd June) and get practical support for being involved on a national and local level, including setting up your own Refugee Week events.
We will be inviting you to join a number of creative workshops led by guest speakers who will be looking at areas such as: media and marketing; accessing local media; social media, Simple Acts and British history. Further details about the Conference programme will be released in the next few soon.
This is a free event but places are limited. To reserve your place, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more here
Exploring the humanitarian crisis in Syria
1. To educate the audience about the conflict and consequent humanitarian crisis in Syria.2. To facilitate open discussion between actors from governmental , NGO and journalistic backgrounds who are involved in the crisis.
3. To provide an opportunity for audience members to ask questions to the panel and engage in the discussion.Date: Tuesday 22nd January 2013
Venue: Royal society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G OAE
Time: 6 pm - 8.30 pm
Hidden Lives: The Untold Story of Urban Refugees
Exhibition to be held at St Pancras International station, London from 6–31 January 2013
Over half the world's refugees now live in large towns and cities where they are confronted by a unique set of challenges. The traditional image of life in tented, sprawling camps no longer tells us the full refugee story. As urbanisation reshapes much of the world, refugees too are increasingly moving to large towns and cities. In addition, urban areas are rapidly expanding, making them increasingly vulnerable to man-made and natural disasters. With this explosive growth come new types for risks, vulnerabilities and potential humanitarian crises.
The classic picture of a refugee camp is changing is changing. Refugees and displaced people move to the city in the hope of finding a sense of community, safety and economic independence. However, in reality, what many actually find are harsh living conditions, lack of security and poverty.
Working with the International Rescue Committee and the European Commission's humanitarian aid and civil protection department (ECHO), Panos Pictures photographer Andrew McConnell has spent many months documenting this new reality in eight cities across four continents. Through images, refugee testimonies and video, the resulting body of work presents a unique insight into the lives of urban refugees today and challenges the commonly held stereotypes. From Somali refugees in Nairobi to Syrian refugees in north Jordan, and from Burmese refugees in Kuala Lumpur to Afghan refugees in New York, the story of where people flee when all is lost is changing.
For more information on this touring exhibition, please contact Panos Pictures at email@example.com or click here
Giving is Winning
Giving is Winning is a world-wide solidarity campaign comprising of UNHCR, in partnership with the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and LOCOG (the Organising Committee of the London 2012 Olympic Games).
National Olympic Committees, International Federations, sponsors, recognised organisations, athletes and members of the Olympic Movement have all been invited to participate in Giving is Winning, donating unused clothing and sports outfits, which will then be distributed by the UNHCR to various refugee camps throughout the world.
For the first campaign in Athens 2004, around 30,000 items were collected. Four years later, at Beijing 2008, a total of 75,000 items of clothing were donated. For the London 2012 Olympic Games, UNHCR is aiming to collect 100,000 items. On Monday 23rd July the Giving is Winning campaign was officially launched at the Olympic Village. Athletes were encouraged to donate their kits, including the Team GB sportswear designed by Stella McCartney.
A team of volunteers will pack the clothes before UNHCR ships them off to refugee camps in South Sudan, Ethiopia and Bangladesh. Every single item helps!
"For many young refugees the gift of sportswear associated with famous athletes from across the Olympic spectrum is a tremendous morale booster - a sign that the outside world does still care" - Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
"The Olympic Games are not only a celebration of excellence, but also of friendship. Let's open up our team to refugees across the globe!" - Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman of LOGOS
To find out more about the Giving is Winning campaign and to make a donation, click on www.olympic.org/givingiswinning
Refugee Week 18th-24th June 2012
What is Refugee Week?
Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.
What happens during the week?
Every year during Refugee Week hundreds of events are organised across the UK. In 2011 there were over 500 small and large events, ranging from big music festivals and art exhibitions to political debates, film screenings, conferences, school activities, sports and community events etc.
Sunday 17th June: Celebrating Sanctuary festival, Southbank, London
2pm-7pm. Admission Free. Multi-art festival, with live music (inc. Cerys Matthews from Catatonia), free-flowing spoken word (inc. Jeremy Hardy, from Radio 4's Newsquiz), the sizzle of food and rhythms of dance.
Tuesday 18th June: Protecting People – Rebuilding Lives, Jewish Museum, London
7pm-9pm. Admission Free with Museum entry. A panel discussion on the challenges facing refugees and asylum-seekers, with input from David Aaronovitch (The Times) and Roland Schilling, UK Representative of UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), among others.
Friday 22nd June: Casablanca at the V&A Museum, London
6pm, 7.30pm and 7.50pm. Admission Free. For one night only, the V&A will be transformed into Rick's cafe as a backdrop to film showings of the greatest film ever made about exile.
Saturday 23rd June: Round the Bloc festival, Rich Mix, London
2pm – 1am. Admission Free. An Eastern European finale with dance, theatre and music from Cerys Matthews and the London Bulgarian Choir, amongst others. Not to mention the screening of the Euro 2012 quarter finals.
The Detention Forum and UNHCR would like to invite you to a presentation of the Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency’s thematic inspection report on Detained Fast Track which will be published on 23 February 2012.
Thursday 23 February 2012
3pm to 4:30pm
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Following Mr Vine’s presentation on the report findings, there will be panel discussion and a Q&A session.
Chair: Maurice Wren, Asylum Aid & Detention Forum Co-ordination Group
Panel: Dr Julian Huppert MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees
Roland Schilling, UNHCR Representative to the UK
John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency
Tamsin Alger, Detention Action
Heather Jones, Yarl’s Wood Befrienders
The panel will also be joined by people with first-hand experience of going through the Detained Fast Track.
The Detained Fast Track is an accelerated procedure in which asylum-seekers whose claims are considered to be straightforward are detained in Immigration Removal Centres while their cases are being decided. Many NGOs have expressed concerns that asylum-seekers, including vulnerable individuals, are held in prison-like conditions for the administrative convenience of the government. NGOs also question whether asylum-seekers have adequate access to legal advice and a fair opportunity to present their case within the limited timescales of the Detained Fast Track.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Ms Eiri Ohtani at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Detention Forum: The Detention Forum is a loose network of NGOs working to raise awareness of immigration detention amongst Parliamentarians. We are concerned that the UK’s use of detention for the purposes of immigration control has increased dramatically over the last decade, with a serious impact on migrants caught up in the system.
APPG on Human Rights panel discussion on: Statelessness and the plight of today's "Nowhere People"
To mark the 60th Anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the reduction of Statelessness, The All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG) and UNHCR invite you to a panel discussion on:
The first Platforma Festival will take place in London from 29th November 2011. Bringing together performers, artists and organisations from across the UK, the Festival will be a celebration of the arts by and about refugees and a chance to discuss different aspects of artistic practice.
Nowhere People: The World's Stateless
Award-winning photographer Greg Constantine's photographs of stateless people around the world will be on display in the Royal Albert Hall from 14th November to 5th December.
· Saturday 26 November, 11am – 4pm
· Sunday 27 November, 11am – 4pm
'Vulnerability or Resilience? Dilemmas in the asylum and therapeutic processes'
· Renos Papadopoulos, Professor and Director: The Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees of the University of Essex
· Gillian Hughes, Clinical Psychologist/Systemic Psychotherapist at Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and Team Leader, Child and Family Refugee Team
· Sue Clayton, UK film director, writer, composer and a senior lecturer at Royal Holloway's Department of Media Arts
· And a screening of Sue Clayton's new film, Hamedullah; The Road Home
Migration and climate change Speaker Night: Should we be planning for human movement?
· Agnes Hurwitz, UNHCR
· Clarissa Azkoul, IOM UK
· Professor Brad Blitz, Kingston University
· Professor Alexander Betts, Oxford University
· Janani Vivekananda, International Alert
· Steve Trent, Environmental Justice Foundation
UNHCR Regional Conference on Alternatives to Detention
Wednesday 16th November 2011, 8.30am - 5pm
Residence Palace (Polak Room)
International Press Centre
rue de la Loi 155
Entrance is free.
Bringing together representatives from States, international
organizations, national and international non-governmental
organizations, the conference aims to:
- examine legal standards and emerging practice around
- alternatives to detention in the asylum context;
- present the outcomes of the Global Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention, organized by UNHCR and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in May 2011;
- draw and share lessons from State practice and latest research with a view to the establishment of alternatives to detention in the asylum context;
- identify areas for cooperation and the establishment of
- specialized partnerships.
The conference will be held in English and French and simultaneous interpretation will be provided throughout.
Please complete the attached registration form and return it, preferably by email, to email@example.com, by 6pm on Friday 11th November 2011 at the latest, including in the subject line "Registration - Conference on Alternatives to Detention". As the number of attendees is limited, you are encouraged to register early.
Arab Spring: Libya Briefing
The political crisis in Libya has gone through several stages - from rebel advance (in tune with the wider 'Arab Spring'), regime counterattack, and international intervention. What is not clear is how the internal dynamics of Libyan politics have shaped the crisis, and how they may affect the development of a post-Gadaffi state, or a state in which both rebels and regime play some role.
Libyan expert George Joffe (Cambridge University) examined the situation, looking at:
* Is this a civil war in the shape of a rebellion?
* Who are the rebels?
* How strong is Gadaffi, and who are his supporters?
* What might a post-Gadaffi Libya look like?
* What is the current role of political Islam in the country?
Respondent: Mans Nyberg, UNHCR
Chair: Baroness Stern
Date: 4th April 2011, 6:00 - 7.30pm
Venue: Committee Room 8, Houses of Parliament
You must leave at least 15 minutes to clear security
Burma Bangladesh Bradford: Photographs of the Rohingya people by Tim Smith & Saiful Huq Omi
Two exhibitions came together in one space. Living Silence, a photographic exhibition of one the world's most enduring refugee crises by photographer Saiful Huq Omi and A Celebration of Integration, a collection of photographs of the Rohingya refugees settling in Bradford by Yorkshire-based photographer, Tim Smith.
Date: 12 - 26 March 2011
Venue: Pop Up, Centenary Square, Bradford
Conference: Contemporary Challenges for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons
The twelfth annual Student Human Rights Conference reviewed the current concerns regarding the protection afforded to refugees and internally displaced persons and the real impact of statelessness on the lives of millions of people worldwide.
Speakers: Dr Chaloka Beyani (Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons), Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill (Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford University), Maria Stavropoulou (Senior Regional Protection Officer, UNHCR Regional Representation for Southern Europe), Dr Guglielmo Verdirame (Lecturer Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge).
Date: Saturday 26th February 2011, 09.00 - 17.00
Venue: University of Nottingham
Professor Sir Nigel Rodley KBE to deliver Nottingham University's HRLC Spring Lecture
Professor Sir Nigel Rodley KBE, Vice-Chair of the UN Human Rights Committee and Chair of the University of Essex Human Rights Centre, delivered the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centreâ€™s Spring Lecture on Counter-Terrorism: The Human Rights Deficit.
Date: Tuesday 22nd February 2011, 18:00 - 19:00
Venue: Senate Chamber, Trent building, University of Nottingham
Centre LGS presents FEMINISM WITH FIZZ!: FEMINISM, Law and Asylum
Speakers: Debora Singer (Policy and Research Manager, Asylum Aid), Christel Querton (Womenâ€™s Project Legal Analyst, Asylum Aid), Anne Shamash (Immigration Judge), Gisela Thater (Legal Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).
Date: Tuesday 22nd February 2011, 18.00 - 21.00
Venue: The Board Room, 309 Regent Street
University of Westminster, School of Law
APPG on Refugees: Reflecting on our responsibilities; 60 years of the UN Refugee Convention
2011 is the sixtieth anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention. The Convention has saved thousands of lives and no country has ever withdrawn from it. This meeting marked the beginning of the sixtieth anniversary year, reflecting on Britain's historic role in providing protection to refugees, and the continuing importance of refugee protection in the 21st century.
Speakers: Karen Pollock (Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust), Roland Schilling (UK Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees), Lord Dubs.
Chair: Julian Huppert MP.
Date: 7 February 2011, 5-6pm
Venue: Grand Committee Room, House of Commons
Refugee Week Conference 2011
The 2011 Refugee Week conference featured five workshops covering a range of issues and a number of speakers sharing good practice and ideas.
Date: Friday, 21 January 2011, 10am - 4.30pm.
Venue: Amnesty International Headquarters, London
Human Rights Denied: Indefinite Immigration Detention - Is There No End In Sight?
A conference hosted by the LSE Migration Studies Unit in conjunction with Student Action for Refugees and the London Detainee Support Group
Date: Saturday 6th November 2010, 9.00 - 17.30
Venue: London School of Economics
International Refugee Law
To mark the 60th anniversary of UNHCR and the Refugee Convention we are pleased to inaugurate the following seminar series on International Refugee Law
Tuesday 24 May 2011, 5.30pm
Professor James Hathaway - University of Michigan
"The evolving law of refugee status"
Tuesday 15 March 2011, 5.30pm
The geography of refugee protection “exclusions, limitations and exceptions from the 1967 Protocol to the present"
Professor Elspeth Guild - University of Nijmegen; Partner, Kingsley Napley
Monday 25 October 2010, 5.30pm
Rethinking the detention of asylum-seekers and other migrants: Exploring the alternatives a comparative perspective
Dr Alice Edwards - University of Oxford. Opening speech by Mr Roland Schilling - UNHCR Representative to the United Kingdom
Thursday 18 November 2010, 5.30pm
The effect of legal status on Iraqi refugees in Jordan: a socio-legal study
Professor Dallal Stevens - University of Warwick
Thursday 9 December 2010, 5.30pm
A transnational legal order and European refugee law
Professor Lambert - University of Westminster
Tuesday 18 January 2011, 5.30pm
Implications for refugee law of the HJ (Iran) judgment on homosexuality as a ground for international protection
Professor Satvinder Juss - Kings College London; Barrister, 3 Hare Court
Tuesday 15 February 2011, 5.30pm
Family reunification of refugees and trans-jurisdictional marriages: a United Kingdom case study
Dr Prakash Shah - Queen Mary University of London
Honoring our commitments - putting refugee protection at the heart of asylum policy
UNHCR, Refugee Council and Still Human fringe meeting at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference
Speakers: Tom Brake (MP for Carshalton and Wallington), Julian Huppert (MP Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees), Roland Schilling (UNHCR Representative to the UK), Donna Covey (Chief Executive, Refugee Council) and Abdul Aziz Turay (Secretary, Gbakama Foundation).
Ensuring refugee protection while building public trust in immigration
UNHCR, Refugee Council and Still Human fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference
Speakers: Phil Woolas (MP, Shadow Minister for Borders and Immigration), Chuka Umunna (MP for Streatham), Roland Schilling (UNHCR Representative to the UK), Donna Covey (Chief Executive, Refugee Council) and Ali Tarbosh (Vice-Chair, Iraqi Community in Sheffield).
Chair: Kim Catcheside
Honoring our proud tradition of protecting refugees
UNHCR, Refugee Council and Still Human fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference
Speakers:Damian Green (MP, Minister of State for Immigration), Roland Schilling (UNHCR Representative to the UK), Donna Covey (Chief Executive, Refugee Council), Karyne Tazi (Chair, African Women of Substance)
Chair: Kim Catcheside
The UN Refugee Agency presented a captivating portrait of Rohingya refugees held at Brick Lane's East Gallery, by award-winning photographer Saiful Huq Omi. Displaced from their home country of Myanmar, the Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group who have spent the last twenty years living in refugee camps in Thailand and Bangladesh. Faced with poor living conditions and little hope UNHCR has been working with the Rohingya to create a better future.
Date: 15 - 24 June 2010
No Place Like Home
UNHCR, in partnership with the world-renowned Tavistock Clinic and the Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees (University of Essex), organised a special event to mark Refugee Week 2010. The event provided a platform to discuss the concept of home, and what this might mean for a refugee or asylum seeker living in this country. Speakers included Sarah-Jane Savage of the United Nations Refugee Agency, Renos Papadopoulos, Director of the Centre for Trauma at the University of Essex, and Jo Stubley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic.
The event featured entertainment in the form of a short dramatisation of 'My Life Away from Home', enacted by a group of African refugee women, and free refreshments.
Date: Friday 18 June 2010