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HPG course – Advanced Course on Conflict, Crisis and Transitions, 16-23 July 2013

HPG course:

Advanced Course on Conflict, Crisis and Transitions,
16-23 July 2013

Venue: Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York, York

The past decade has seen a surge in attention to supporting countries affected by and recovering from conflict. A parallel growth has also occurred in the number of professionals working in the fields of humanitarian, development and post-conflict recovery policymaking and practice. They are faced with a myriad of challenges associated with contexts transitioning from conflict to peace, yet rarely have the opportunity to reflect upon the critical concepts, practical challenges and policy dilemmas involved in supporting effective transitions.

The Advanced Course on Conflict, Crisis and Transitions aims to facilitate learning and guided reflection on these crucial issues. The course brings together midcareer and senior professionals in York for one week each summer. Course participants will engage in a participatory learning process that combines lectures with small group discussions and exercises, with the possibility of publishing an analytical piece.

If you are interested in attending the course, please complete the application form and submit it to hpgadmin@odi.org.uk. The deadline for applications is 31st March 2013.

For further information, please visit the ODI website at:www.odi.org.uk/programmes/humanitarian-policy-group/advancedcourse?utm_source=hpgalert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20130206



what happens to asylum seekers, whose asylum requests in Europe/in the US/ in … were denied?

what happens to those  deported back to Iran?

is there any documentation about their fates?

there is only little info available –  further info is greatly appreciated –

please email me !

Jan 2012 – by Ireland: Refugee Documentation Centre  – on  UNHCR | refworld
-Iran: Treatment of returned failed asylum seekers in Iran

“”In May 2011 Amnesty International notes:
“In February 2011, Rahim Rostami, a 19-year-old member of Iran’s Kurdish minority, who had arrived in Norway as an unaccompanied minor, and whose asylum claim had been rejected by the Norwegian authorities, was forcibly returned by Norway to Iran where he was reportedly arrested. He is believed to still be detained, with bail reportedly having been denied. On 17 February 2011, an article written by a former Supreme Court judge appeared in Iran…

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Re-blog: Human rights drama: ‘Bringing rights home!’

Re-blog from the Equality and Diversity Forum blog:  www.edf.org.uk/

Human rights drama: ‘Bringing rights home!’

‘Bringing rights home!’ is a play showing how an elderly couple benefit from the Human Rights Act.

The theme of the play is how the Human Rights Act can be of use in situations that any of us could face. Although fictitious, it is inspired by a true story.

The play was written by Debora Singer to raise awareness of the positive side of human rights in the UK. It was inspired by the real story of Mr and Mrs Driscoll, an elderly married couple separated when one of them needed residential care.

The play was first performed during the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) human rights tour in London in December where it was very well received, with participants commenting that it was moving, powerful and informative.

Click here for link to YouTube video performance of the play (22 minutes).


News: Bangladesh’s climate refugees: ‘it’s a question of life’ – audio slideshow

Disappearing world … a project for climate refugees near Cox’s Bazar, as people have been forced from islands such as Kutubdia in the Bay of Bengal. Photograph: Salman Saeed. The Guardian Online – Sea change: the Bay of Bengal’s vanishing islands.

The Guardian Online has recently published an interesting audio slideshow detailing the impact of climate change on refugees and Bangladesh.  The article is entitled, `Bangladesh’s climate refugees: ‘it’s a question of life’ – audio slideshow’ and the introduction to the article states:

Many Bangladeshis have relocated from the vanishing island of Kutubdia in the Bay of Bengal to Cox’s Bazaar. But they are being asked to move once again as sea levels rise and people’s livelihoods are put at risk by climate change. John Vidal interviews Kutubdia island administrator Firoza Ahmed, who defends the government’s attempts to protect people but recognises that food production is being hampered, and Aminul Hashim, who has been displaced and says: ‘I have lost all of my land, my house. It’s very hard here’

The full link to the audio slideshow is here:  www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/interactive/2013/jan/29/bangladesh-climate-refugees-audio-slideshow

The Guardian Online has published a number of related articles which are detailed below:

The Guardian Online – Bangladesh’s climate refugees: ‘it’s a question of life’ – audio slideshow

The Guardian Online – Sea change: the Bay of Bengal’s vanishing islands

The Guardian Online – Bangladesh: after the floods comes the hunger – in pictures

The Guardian Online – Bangladesh’s once welcome floods are now harbingers of disaster

The Guardian Online – Bangladesh farmers caught in vicious cycle of flood and debt

The Guardian Online – The threat posed by climate change in Bangladesh – in pictures

The Guardian Online – ‘We have seen the enemy’: Bangladesh’s war against climate change


Alessandro Penso: Adolescence Denied – Young Immigrants in Greece

Photograph: Alessandro Penso/OnOff Picture

A 20-year-old Moroccan is hit by a reversing car in a racially motivated attack in the city of Corinth. Penso says, ‘Mostafa El Mouzadhir sustained multiple injuries. When I went to see him in hospital he had a police form which asked him to leave the country within 15 days because he was there illegally’. Photograph: Alessandro Penso/OnOff Picture

The Guardian Online has recently published an article on Tuesday 22 January highlighting the latest work by the photographer Alessandro Penso, entitled `Adolescence Denied:  Young Immigrants in Greece.’  The article is entitled, “A lost generation: Alessandro Penso’s award-winning work – in pictures” and this describes the project as:

Italian photographer Alessandro Penso has won the Terry O’Neill Tag award for his series Adolescence Denied: Young Immigrants in Greece. Penso followed Afghan and North African refugees who had fled wartorn countries. More than one million immigrants live in Greece, and asylum requests are routinely refused

Further details can be found from the following links:

The Guardian Online – “A lost generation: Alessandro Penso’s award-winning work – in pictures

Alessandro Penso – Youth Denied (includes gallery 0f photographs)

Alessandro Penso – Official Website


New Book: Undocumented Lives

Undocumented Lives

Undocumented Lives

The Book

Undocumented lives is the first documentary book about the everyday life of irregular migrants in Europe.

Paperless people are living in Europe without residence permits. They are not included in any registers. Officially, they don’t even exist.

Photographer Katja Tähjä and journalist Kaisa Viitanen travelled around Europe meeting invisible people.

Undocumented children, women and men from Finland to Spain, Greece, Belgium, The Netherlands, UK and Sweden  told them what it is like to live under a constant fear of getting caught and being deported. This book was almost two years in the making.

The photographs and stories of 21 people or families reveal the little-known shadow people of today’s Europe.

Despite the wad of human rights agreements signed by the European Union member states, the paperless are left to fend for themselves.

Undocumented migrants are Europe’s outlaws.

You can buy the book here:

Website Link

Link:  http://undocumentedlives.com/#2a7/custom_plain

The Authors

Katja Tähjä is a Helsinki-based freelance photographer aged 35. She has been working for the main magazines and news papers in Finland. Katja is mostly interested in documentary photography, using natural light to make reportages and portraits. She believes that exceptional photography is achieved by trust, curiosity and a willingness to understand.

Katja Tähjä
Tel. +358 5036 04331

Kaisa Viitanen is a 36-year-old journalist. She has spent 11 years working for Finland’s biggest women’s magazine, Me Naiset. She is particularly interested in social issues and has travelled extensively around the world for her work. This book chainged her life, and Kaisa has recently quit her job and will continue as freelance journalist focusing to the immigration topic in The Netherlands.

Kaisa Viitanen
Tel. +358 400 408503 (FI)
Tel. + 31 6 84193982 (NL)

Oxford Migration Studies Society 1st Annual Conference ​4 May 2013 University of Oxford

Oxford Migration Studies Society 1st Annual Conference

​4 May 2013,  University of Oxford

Call for Papers

About the Society

The Oxford Migration Studies Society is a not-for-profit, student-run, graduate studies society that includes in its membership students from all disciplines across University of Oxford who share an interest in Migration.  Two of the society’s central tenets are:

— To build networks across institutional and disciplinary boundaries

— To generate dialogue both between universities but, equally of importance, amongst universities and practitioners

​The Oxford Migration Studies Society presents its 1st Annual Conference as a first step to realizing the important goal of connecting academic scholarship to real-world practice.

The Oxford Migration Studies Society​ Conference

The Oxford Migration Studies Society 1st Annual Conference to be held Saturday, 4 May 2013, provides an interdisciplinary forum that hopes to connect scholars and practitioners with an interest in migration from around the world.  This year’s conference, themed ‘Theory and Practice’, will explore different approaches to understanding migration as a fundamental part of today’s world, highlight the way practice can inform theory, and discuss how academic theory can be used in real-world situations to understand the importance of migration for all involved.  The Society welcomes papers from all disciplines and practitioners around the world and papers can focus on the migration experience from the state’s perspective, the migrant’s perspective, the migration industry’s perspective in sending and receiving countries as well as on the journey.  The Society encourages the submission of papers about migration in any region in the world and which use various methodologies.

Submission abstracts are due on Saturday, 9 February 2013.  Full papers will be due Sunday, 31 March 2013.  Please send all submissions to Oxford Migration Studies Society at oxford.mss@gmail.com.  Include in the subject heading: Conference Submission – your name – title of your paper. Please note that the word limit for abstract is 200 words.

Accepted presenters will be put in contact with distinguished professors from Oxford International Migration Institute (IMI), Center for Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), and the Refugee Studies Center (RSC) for feedback and comments on their submissions.


The conference will be held in Oxford, United Kingdom

Contact Oxford Migration Studies Society for any further questions: oxford.mss@gmail.com.

All submissions are to be submitted at: oxford.mss@gmail.com. Include in the subject heading: Conference Submission – your name – title of your paper.

Travel Bursary

Partial travel funding will be granted to student and practitioner participants.  Please download the funding application and submit the application along with your abstract before Saturday, 9 February 2013.

Further Information:  http://cheukk.wix.com/oxfordmigration#!conference/c1iwz


Call for Proposals – International Conference on Gender and Migration: Critical Issues and Policy Implications

Call for Proposals – International Conference on Gender and Migration: Critical Issues and Policy Implications

Irrespective of the causes of migration, there are a combination of factors that may play out differently for men and women at every stage of the migration cycle. While in many cases migration can improve the conditions of women’s life by providing more income and social status, in other cases – especially if they are irregular migrants – they may also face abuse and discrimination. Approaches that link theory, policy and practice are needed in the global policy agenda to address the gender equality concerns in the migration context. This international conference invites expert contributions on the following areas:

  • Transnationalism, diasporas and gender
  • Gender and labour migration
  • Gender-based violence and forced migration
  • Migration and gender in the media
  • Healthcare and migrant women
  • Gender and migrant family relations
  • Gendered experiences in Turkish migration

The conference is organised by the London Centre for Social Studies (LCSS) in collaboration with the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics (LSE), the Centre for Migration Policy Research at Swansea University, and the Department of Sociology at Marmara University.

The decision process for the contributions will include two steps: in the first instance abstracts (up to 350 words) will be reviewed by the conference committee and those invited for the second step will be asked to submit a full proceedings paper (up to 4000 words). All papers invited for the final programme will be published in the conference proceedings and will also be considered for a potential edited book that will be compiled by the organisers after the meeting. Formal meetings will be followed with a social programme and relevant site visits organised by the host institutions.

Dates: 11-13 May 2013

Venue: Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey

Further details:  www.socialstudies.org.uk/events/forthcoming-events/338-international-conference-on-gender-and-migration-critical-issues-and-policy-implications


Human rights investigations

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency embarked on a highly classified program of secret detention and extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects. The program was designed to place detainee interrogations beyond the reach of law. Suspected terrorists were seized and secretly flown across national borders to be interrogated by foreign governments that used torture, or by the CIA itself in clandestine “black sites” using torture techniques.

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