Daily Archives: Thursday, November 29, 2012

CNN Three-Part Documentary `A Forgotten People’

CNN has recently published online a three-part documentary entitled, “A Forgotten People.”  The documentaries look at the plight of the Rohingya Muslim people of western Myanmar and neighboring Bangladesh.  The documentaries have been made available online along with an articles entitled, `Terrorized, starving and homeless: Myanmar’s Rohingya still forgotten.’

In this article, it is stated that:

We called our documentary “A Forgotten People,” and it looked at appalling incidents where boatloads of refugees fleeing poverty and persecution arrived in Thailand only to be towed back out to sea and abandoned by the Thai security forces. Hundreds died or went missing.

Part One of the documentary is available below:


Part Two of the documentary is available below:


Part Three of the documentary is available below:


Courses: Upcoming HREA E-learning Courses on Migration & Asylum

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Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Courses:  Upcoming HREA E-learning Courses on Migration & Asylum

Dear Colleagues,

HREA will be offering two new e-learning courses “Migration and Asylum (Foundation Course)” and “EU Migration and Asylum Law and Policies” from 13 February-26 March 2013:


This course introduces the participants to the international migration system; discussing and analyzing the most commonly used categories of migration (including the migration-asylum nexus), its causes and consequences, current trends and figures, as well as the main international, regional and national policy and operational approaches and challenges.

Week 1. Introduction to Main Concepts in Migration Discourse Week 2. Global Trends in Migration Week 3. The Migration-Asylum Nexus Week 4. The Legal Framework Week 5. Policy Approaches: Migration Policies and Practice Week 6. International Migration and Social Justice

For more information and online registration, please visit:



The European Union (EU) is one of the central players of today’s international community. Composed of member states which were traditionally sending countries, they have become key destinations for migrants and refugees from all over the world in the past half century. The internal EU migration trends have also special features as older members and newer ones have different patterns for sending and receiving migrants. A number of complex policies and programmes have therefore been designed in views of addressing these phenomenons while cooperating with third countries in the areas of migration and asylum. For those living and working outside the EU, understanding its complex migration system can be a true challenge. This course aims to provide participants with a clear overview of the basic EU migration and asylum laws and policies and policy-making procedures, allowing them to focus deeper on a specific topic of their interest through assignments.

Course outline

Week 1. Introduction to EU Policy on Immigration and Asylum Week 2. Institutional Framework of European Immigration and Asylum Policies Week 3. Control of External Borders and European Visa Policy Week 4. Employment and Migration Week 5. Status and Integration of Third-Country Nationals Week 6. EU Migration and Asylum Law and Policies in the International Context

For more information and online registration, please visit:


The courses involve approximately 50 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction among students and instructors, webinars and quizzes, and are offered over a 6-week period. The courses integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25.


The courses are aimed at practitioners and professionals who want to gain knowledge in the field of (im)migration and asylum, government officials (local and national level) dealing with migration and migration-related issues; EU policy makers; national authorities of EU and non-EU countries dealing with migration and asylum policies; staff of inter-governmental organisations such as the IOM and UNHCR; NGO staff members and service providers; and students of law, international relations, politics and social science. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants. The maximum number of course participants is 25. It also possible to audit the course. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 435 (25% discount) if paid by 15 December 2012; $ 490 (15% discount) if paid by 15 January 2013; $ 575 after 15 January 2013.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.

Best wishes,

Paula Carello
Program Director Migration & Asylum
Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)
E-mail: p.carello@hrea.org

Call for papers: Europe at the Edge of Pluralism Conference

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Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Call for papers: Europe at the Edge of Pluralism Conference

The Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki and the Poznan Human Rights Centre are pleased to announce a Conference ‘EUROPE AT THE EDGE OF PLURALISM: LEGAL ASPECTS OF DIVERSITY IN EUROPE’. The conference will be held in Poznan, Poland on 13-14 June 2013.

The conference seeks to address theoretical and practical responses of European legal systems to the era of diversity and includes following panels:

1.        Multiculturalism – a New Identity for Europe?

2.        Migration Law, Human Rights and Beyond

3.        National minorities in Europe – a Need to (Re)Define?

4.        Religion in a Diverse Europe – Between Identities and Freedom of Conscience?

5.        Hate Speech Dilemmas in a Diverse Europe

6.        Europe – Identities, Memory and Law

7.        Borders of Pluralism

Abstracts of maximum 300 words, including name and affiliation, should be submitted by Friday **15th of February 2013** to law-diversity-conference@helsinki.fi , with an indication of the panel to which the abstract is proposed.

Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by 15th of March 2013.

Full-length papers (max 5000 words) should be submitted by 31st of May 2013.

Details and the call for papers can be found at:



Refugee Council Archive: Off Air recording Requests for the Week Beginning: 02/12/2012

The following off-air recording requests have been made for the Refugee Council Archive for the week beginning the 02/12/2012:

Sunday 02 December

2100-2200: Channel 4: (9/12). Homeland.  (Series 2 Part 9 Two Hats).  Series Recording.

2100-2200: BBC4: Storyville Why Poverty? Solar Mamas

Monday 03 December

2000-2030: Channel 4: Dispatches The Chinese are Coming.

2200-2300: BBC4: Storyville Why Poverty? The Great Land Rush.

Wednesday 05 December

2100-2200: Channel 5: (1/3) Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways.  (Series 1 Episode 1 – Republic of Congo).  Whole Series Please.

2230-2330: BBC4: Storyville Why Poverty? China’s Ant People.

Thursday 06 December

2100-2200: ITV1:Madeley Meets the Squatters.

Friday 07 December

1930-1955: Channel 4: Unreported World – (Episode 6.  Egypt: Sex, Mobs and Revolution).  Series Recording.


Refugee Council Archive: Off Air Recordings for the Week Beginning 25/11/2012

The following off-air recordings have been requested for the Refugee Council Archive for the week beginning the 25/11/2012:

Sunday 25 November

1730–1830: BBC2: (6/6) Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve. (Part 6 Indonesia and Australia).

2100-2200: BBC2: Storyville Why Poverty? Give Us The Money**

2100-2200: Channel 4: (8/12). Homeland.  (Series 2 Part 7 – I’ll Fly Away).  Series Recording.

Monday 26 November

2000-2030: Channel 4: Dispatches   Where Has Your Aid Money Gone?.

2200-2300: BBC4: Storyville Why Poverty? Stealing Africa.

Tuesday 27 November

2320-0020: BBC2: Storyville – The Albino Witchcraft Murders

Wednesday 28 November

2230-2300: BBC4:Poor Us: An Animated History of Poverty

Friday 30 November.

1930-1955: Channel 4: Unreported World – (Episode 5.  Mumbai’s Party Police).  Series Recording.


Updated Publication: Migration and Disaster-Induced Displacement: European Policy, Practice, and Perspective – Working Paper 308

This is a follow-up to an earlier posting to give details that a newly revised edition of this working paper is now available for access and download online.  Further details are as follows:

Migration and Disaster-Induced Displacement: European Policy, Practice, and Perspective – Working Paper 308
By Michael D. Cooper

Migration and Disaster-Induced Displacement: European Policy, Practice, and Perspective - Working Paper 308Abstract taken from the Center for Global Development webpage:

Over the last decade, a series of devastating natural disasters have killed hundreds of thousands of people, displaced millions, and decimated the built environment across wide regions, shocking the public imagination and garnering unprecedented financial support for humanitarian relief efforts. Some suggest that disaster migration must be supported by the international community, first as an adaption strategy in response to climate-change, and second, as a matter of international protection.

This study surveys the current state of law as it relates to persons displaced by natural disaster, with a specific focus on the 27 member states of the European Union plus Norway and Switzerland. Its findings show that a few express provisions are on the books in Europe and that there is reason to believe that judicial and executive authorities may interpret other, more ambiguous, provisions to encompass the protection needs of disaster-displaced individuals. Few, if any, of these provisions have been engaged for this purpose, but a number of recent European developments with respect to disaster-induced displacement merit further scrutiny.

[Download Full Working Paper]
(Source: Author: Michael D. Cooper.)


UK Human Rights Blog

C.N. v. THE UNITED KINGDOM – 4239/08 – HEJUD [2012] ECHR 1911 – read judgment here.

The European Court of Human Rights recently held that the UK was in breach of Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights by failing to have specific legislation in place which criminalised domestic slavery. 

Thankfully Article 4 cases (involving slavery and forced labour) are rare in the UK. Indeed this is only the fifth post on this blog about Article 4, which perhaps shows just how few and far between they are, and the UK has a proud history of seeking to prevent slavery. Although British merchants and traders, to their great shame, played a major part in the trans-Atlantic slave trade throughout the 1600s and 1700s, Britain was then at the forefront of the abolition of the slave trade and slavery from 1807 onwards and the common law has always considered…

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