Daily Archives: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Seminars: UEL Centre for Human Rights in Conflict Seminar Series

The CHRC is hosting a series of seminars every term. The programme for the Spring 2013 Seminars is out now. Seminars are free to attend and open to all.

Link:  UEL Centre for Human Rights in Conflict

Wednesday 27 February 2013, 16.00-17.45h

Transforming Pain into Hope: Human Rights Defenders in the Americas

Human rights defenders in the Americas have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of human rights. However, they are systematically harassed, attacked, stigmatized and subjected to unfounded criminal charges in almost every country in the Americas to prevent them from speaking out for the rights of the most marginalized. Those particularly targeted include people working on issues related to land and natural resources; the rights of women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, abuses against migrants as well as those working to ensure justice for human rights abuses, plus journalists, bloggers and trade unionists. The speakers will present Amnesty International’s campaign and Amnesty International’s Report Transforming pain into hope: Human rights defenders in the Americas, which are based on the analysis of around 300 cases of attacks against human rights defenders in more than a dozen countries in the Americas, primarily between January 2010 and September 2012. (Report and current public campaigning actions are available at: http://amnesty.org/en/campaigns/human-rights-defenders-americas)

All welcome, admission FREE, refreshments provided

Room DH 110, Duncan House, High Street, Stratford, London E15 2JB

Public Transport: Stratford Station


Nancy Tapias Torrado, Researcher on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in the Americas, Amnesty International

Leonor Rebassa, Campaigner for the Human Rights Defenders in the Americas, Amnesty International

Wednesday 6 March 2013, 16.00-17.45h

The United States and the policy of targeted killings

The policy of targeted killings may be ‘the only game in town’, as then CIA Director Leon Panetta famously said in 2009, but there are significant legal hurdles in the implementation of the policy. The speaker will discuss the legal framework of municipal U.S. law, as well as the consistency of targeted killings with international law, including, in particular, the law of force, the law of armed conflict, and human rights law. The discussion will be based on the relevant case-law, and legal policy documents, including the recent legal opinion of the U.S. Department of Justice.

All welcome, admission FREE, refreshments provided

Room DH 110, Duncan House, High Street, Stratford, London E15 2JB

Public Transport: Stratford Station

Speaker: Achilles Skordas, Professor of International Law, School of Law, University of Bristol


Wednesday 17 April 2013, 16.00-17.45h

Topic: tbc
Room DH 110, Duncan House, High Street, Stratford, London E15 2JB

Public Transport: Stratford Station

Speaker: Dr.Illan Rua Wall, School of Law, University of Warwick


Wednesday 1 May 2013, 16.00-17.45h

The Binding Force of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Room DH 110, Duncan House, High Street, Stratford, London E15 2JB

Public Transport: Stratford Station

Speaker: William Schabas, Professor of International Law, School of Law, Middlesex University

New Human Rights Watch Report Published for 2013

The Human Rights Watch organisation have published the 2013 edition of their flagship World Report 2013: Events of 2012.

Further information is provided in the Human Rights Watch press release detailed below and a copy of this report has been ordered for the Refugee Council Archive here at UEL.  The report is also available online:

Human Rights Watch press release:

World Report 2013: Challenges for Rights After Arab Spring:  How to Build Rights-Respecting Democracies After the Dictator Falls

(London) – The euphoria of the Arab Spring has given way to the sobering challenge of creating rights-respecting democracies, Human Rights Watch said today in issuing its World Report 2013. The willingness of new governments to respect rights will determine whether those uprisings give birth to genuine democracy or simply spawn authoritarianism in new forms.

In the 665-page report, its23rd annual review of human rights practices around the globe, Human Rights Watch summarizes major issues in more than 90 countries. With regard to events in the Middle East and North Africa known as the Arab Spring, Human Rights Watch said the creation of a rights-respecting state can be painstaking work that requires building effective institutions of governance, establishing independent courts, creating professional police, and resisting the temptation of majorities to disregard human rights and the rule of law. But the difficulty of building democracy does not justify seeking a return to the old order, Human Rights Watch said.

“The uncertainties of freedom are no reason to revert to the enforced predictability of authoritarian rule,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “The path ahead may be treacherous, but the alternative is to consign entire countries to a grim future of oppression.”
The tension between majority rule and respect for rights poses perhaps the greatest challenge for the new governments, Human Rights Watch said. Leaders in the Middle East are naturally eager to exercise their new electoral clout, but they have a duty to govern without sacrificing fundamental freedoms or the rights of minorities, women, and other groups at risk.

Other countries can be supportive both by setting positive examples in their own practices, respecting human rights themselves, and by consistently promoting rights in their relations with the new government and others. Turning a blind eye to repression may be politically convenient but it does enormous damage to the quests for rights-respecting democracies, Human Rights Watch said.

The full press release is available online – [here].

Notre Dame Refugee Centre

It was good to see a familiar face recently – Ngoy Muaku , a former client who came back to tell us that he has set up his own cleaning firm.

Ngoy, now 43,  arrived in the UK as an asylum seeker in 2005 from Kinshasa. He came to the Centre a year later, soon after he arrived in London from Stockton-on-Tees, where he was sent initially by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).  He came first for advice, and then joined the volunteer team.

“People (at the Centre) were really, really helpful,” he said. “First of all, they calmed me down. My morale was troubled. They gave me food, clothes.”

In 2008, he married a Congolese woman he met here and they now have children.  Ngoy was given indefinite leave to remain in 2010 and soon afterwards set up his own business.

“The inspiration came from the Centre. When I was…

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New Report: Parliamentary inquiry into asylum support for children and young people

News from The Children’s Society and The Refugee Council:

Parliamentary inquiry into asylum support for children and young people

Link: The Children’s Society

Based on the parliamentary hearings and the submitted evidence received, the panel released its findings as:

Read the press release about the report’s shocking findings.

Recommendations and our campaign

As a result of the shocking findings this inquiry uncovered, as well as our research and years of work providing direct assistance to young asylum-seekers, refugees and their families, we began the End Forced Destitution campaign.

The campaign’s goal is for the government to adopt recommendations made in the inquiry’s report.

Get involved in our campaign.


The inquiry collected written evidence on specific questions from a range of perspectives. They also conducted three oral evidence sessions.

Learn more about the:

See Also: The Refugee Council –

MPs’ report shows asylum support system fails children & young people

A damning parliamentary report published today has found that the asylum support system is failing to meet the needs of many children and families, and in a worrying number of cases, putting children in unsafe situations or ones that will be harmful to their heath.

The Refugee Council submitted written evidence to the parliamentary inquiry into asylum support for children and young people, led by former children’s minister Sarah Teather MP, in December 2012. The inquiry panel comprised MPs from all three main parties, as well as a Bishop, a barrister and the Chief Executive of the Children’s Society, who supported the inquiry. The report, released today, contains evidence from many different organisations and individuals, including experts in the health and well-being of children and asylum seekers living on section 95 support (for people waiting for a decision on their claim) and section 4 support (for those who have been refused).

The full news story is available [here].


New Report: When Maternity Doesn’t Matter: Dispersing pregnant women seeking asylum

When Maternity Doesn't Matter - Refugee Council and Maternity Action reportWhen Maternity Doesn’t Matter: Dispersing pregnant women seeking asylum is a joint report by the Refugee Council and Maternity Action. The Refugee Council has now released the following new stories providing further information on this report:

When Maternity Doesn’t Matter: Dispersing pregnant women seeking asylum

Link:  www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/maternity

This joint Refugee Council and Maternity Action report looks at the experiences of pregnant women in the asylum system, based on interviews with asylum seeking women and midwives responsible for their care.

The findings show that the UK Border Agency’s ‘dispersal’ policies are putting the health of pregnant women and their babies at risk. By moving them to acommodation around the county, women are uprooted from essential healthcare and their support networks, leaving them isolated and vulnerable.

When Maternity Doesn’t Matter – download full report 

Download the summary 

What you can do

#DignityinPregnancyJoin our campaign today to help ensure no women nor their babies have to suffer as a result of UKBA policies.

Please see also:

UK Border Agency putting health of mothers and babies at risk
By the Refugee Council


25 Feb 2013

– Midwives and MPs speak out in light of new report –

UK Border Agency policies are putting the health of hundreds of pregnant women and their babies at risk, a new report by Maternity Action and Refugee Council reveals today. The research found that the UK Border Agency is endangering the health of pregnant asylum seeking women and their babies by moving them to accommodation around the country, thereby removing them from essential healthcare and leading to isolation.

For the full news story, [click here].


Call for Papers: Turkish Migration Conference: Comparative Perspectives and Continuities: 30 May – 1 June 2014, London, UK

Call for Papers: Turkish Migration Conference: Comparative Perspectives and Continuities | 30 May – 1 June 2014, London, UK

Turkish Migration Conference – 2014


www.regents.ac.uk/tmc <http://www.regents.ac.uk/tmc>

Turkish Migration Conferenceinvites contributions from scholars and students from anthropology, demography, economics, psychology, sociology, development studies and other disciplines with a focus on human mobility from Turkey, in Turkey and to Turkey. The conference is devoted to investigating migration dynamics and patterns, migrant experiences, costs of migration, economic, social, educational and cultural outcomes. Inter-disciplinary research and comparative perspectives are particularly welcome.

The conference will feature invited talks, parallel and special sessions, workshops, and policy sessions where practitioners, politicians and media representatives will discuss Turkish migration. There will be opportunities for side-meetings and social activities.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, internal and international migration, movers and non-migrants, culture, gender, family, borderlands, trafficking, irregular migration, high skilled, arts, identity, ethnicity, religion, transnational networks, religion and religious communities, discrimination, xenophobia, education, employment, remittances, trade and competitiveness, entrepreneurship, conflict and insecurity, diaspora, associations, citizenship, political participation, integration, fertility, ageing, sexuality, health and well-being, legislation, law, data and methods.

Further details and submission pages: www.regents.ac.uk/TMC <http://www.regents.ac.uk/TMC>

Important Deadlines:

3 September 2013: Submission of abstracts (300 words) and session proposals.

29 October 2013: Author notifications

15 January 2014: Submission of full papers (7 pages maximum) or extended abstracts (word or pdf files).

28 March 2014: Early Bird Full Conference Registration

9 May 2014: Final Registration deadline

Some of the confirmed workshops and special sessions are:

Migrant Neighbourhoods and Urban Residential Areas | Convener: Dr Tahire Erman, Bilkent University

Migration, Development and Competitiveness | Convener: Prof Philip L. Martin, UC-Davis

Migration in Balkans and Turkey: Comparative cases | Convener: Mirela Sula, Regent’s College

Kurdish Migration and Borderlands | Convener: Dr Welat Zeydanlıoğlu, Swedish Migration Board

Remittances and Crisis | Convener: Prof IbrahimSirkeci, Regent’s College London

Migration from Turkey to Nordic Countries | Convener: Dr Martin Bak Jørgensen, Aalborg University

Dealing with Uncertainty in Migration Research | Convener: Dr Jakub Bijak, U. of Southampton

Grounded Theory in Migration Studies | Convener: Prof Dilek Cindoğlu, Artuklu University

From Multisite to Multi-generation Migration Research | Convener: Dr Ayşe Güveli, Univ. of Essex

Phenomenology and Ethnography in Migration Studies | Conveners: Prof Jeffrey H. Cohen, Ohio State University and Dr Stephane Vinolo, Regent’s College London.

Confirmed Invited Speakers include:

Alice Bloch, City University London

Ozan Ceyhun, Former MEP, SPD, Germany

Barry Chiswick, George Washington University

Philip L. Martin, University of California Davis

Ayse Cağlar, University of Vienna

Jeffrey H. Cohen, Ohio State University

Thomas Faist, Bielefeld University

Yasemin Soysal, University of Essex

Submission Guidelines <http://www.regents.ac.uk/home/research/turkish_migration_conference_2014/guidelines_for_submissions.aspx> : www.regents.ac.uk/TMC <http://www.regents.ac.uk/TMC> .

Submission Deadline: 3rd September, 2013. Author Notifications:29th October, 2013.

Conference Committee

Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci(Chair), Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies, Regent’s College London, UK

Prof Philip L. Martin, Dept. of Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, USA

Prof Ali T. Akarca, Dept. of Economics, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA

Prof Gudrun Biffl, Dept. of Migration and Globalization, Danube University Krems, Austria

Dr Jakub Bijak, Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton, UK

Prof Ayse Cağlar, Dept. of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, Austria

Prof Jeffrey H. Cohen, Dept. of Anthropology, Ohio State University, USA

Prof Dilek Cindoğlu, Dept. of Sociology, Artuklu University, Turkey

Dr Ipek Demir, Dept. of Sociology, University of Leicester, UK

Dr Mehmet Ali Dikerdem, Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University, UK

Dr M. Murat Erdoğan, Migration and Politics Research Centre, Hacettepe University, Turkey

Dr Tahire Erman, Dept. of Political Science, Bilkent University, Turkey

Prof Thomas Faist, Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany

Dr Ayşe Güveli, Dept. of Sociology, University of Essex, UK

Dr Mireille Hebing, Dept. of International Relations, Regent’s College London

Prof Sibel Kalaycıoğlu, Dept. of Sociology, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Dr Maria Luca, School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology, Regent’s College, UK

Dr Altay Manco, l’Institut de Recherche, Formation et Action sur les Migrations, Belgium

Dr Helga Rittersberger-Tılıç, Dept. of Sociology, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Dr Assia S. Rolls, Faculty of Business and Management, Regent’s College London

Dr Levent Soysal, Faculty of Communications, Kadir Has University, Turkey

Dr Yasemin Soysal, Dept. of Sociology, University of Essex, UK

Prof Aysit Tansel, Dept. of Economics, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Dr Östen Wahlbeck, School of Social Science, University of Helsinki, Finland

Dr Welat Zeydanlıoğlu, Kurdish Studies Network, Sweden

Dr Sinan Zeyneloğlu, Dept. of City and Regional Planning, University of Gaziantep , Turkey

Local Organisation Committee

EvincDogan, Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies

Dr Mireille Hebing, Dept. of International Relations

Dr Maria Luca, School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology

LuisaMorettin, Dept. of Languages

Dr Assia S. Rolls, Dept. of Languages

Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies

MirelaSula, Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies

Contact: tmc2014@easychair.org <mailto:tmc2014@easychair.org>  | t. +44 (0)207 487 7758 | f. +44 (0)207 487 7465


Re-blog: The Humanitarian Side of Statelessness – Statelessness within the Framework of the Millennium Development Goals

Re-blog from the   at the Tilburg Law School, the Netherlands.

The Humanitarian Side of Statelessness – Statelessness within the Framework of the Millennium Development Goals

The issue of statelessness has begun to receive attention from a legal perspective. While this work should be commended and continue this article argues that we should also remember that at its core statelessness is a human issue that deeply affects the lives of those who suffer from it. It causes and perpetuates, amongst other things, extreme poverty and human insecurity. Statelessness is still greatly under-examined and under-appreciated as a potentially significant barrier to progress in the humanitarian and development fields.

A working paper on this issue, now available for download on SSRN, aims to begin to situate statelessness as an important issue within these fields. This is done by taking the framework of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and looking at how statelessness affects the realization of each and every goal. This approach shows that by overlooking statelessness development actors and agencies could be failing to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. While far from being a comprehensive analysis of all available literature on statelessness and its relationship to each goal, this article is as an exploratory piece with the aim of encouraging development actors and agencies to recognise the importance of statelessness in their current and future projects and work to gain a greater understanding of the relationship between statelessness, poverty and human insecurity.

Please CLICK HERE to view the paper that outlines these issues. Looking forward to a greater discussion of this side of statelessness in the months to come.

Jason Tucker, Visiting Scholar at the Statelessness Programme

ToC: Citizenship Studies

Citizenship Studies

Citizenship Studies

The latest Table of Contents for the journal Citizenship Studies, Vol. 17, No. 1, 01 Feb 2013 is now available on the  Taylor & Francis Online.

This new issue contains the following articles:

Through the European looking glass: citizenship tests in the USA, Australia, and Canada
Christian Joppke
Pages: 1-15
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2012.669965

‘But this is a park’! The paradox of public space in a Buenos Aires ‘no man’s land’
Jacob Lederman
Pages: 16-30
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.764212

Incorporating immigrants as foreigners: multicultural politics in Japan
Chikako Kashiwazaki
Pages: 31-47
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.764216

Irregular migration and democracy: the case for inclusion
Ludvig Beckman
Pages: 48-60
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2012.669964

From New Labour to New Conservatism: the changing dynamics of citizenship as self-government
Pathik Pathak
Pages: 61-75
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2012.716215

Political citizenship and local political participation for disabled people
Ingrid Guldvik, Ole Petter Askheim & Vegard Johansen
Pages: 76-91
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.764219

Towards cultural citizenship? Cultural rights and cultural policy in Taiwan
Li-Jung Wang
Pages: 92-110
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2012.716213

Uneven inclusion: consequences of universal healthcare in Thailand
Joseph Harris
Pages: 111-127
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.764220

Citizenship education in divided societies: teachers’ perspectives in Northern Ireland
Ulrike Niens, Una O’Connor & Alan Smith
Pages: 128-141
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2012.716214


Scholarships Available for 2013 International Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, March 1 Application Deadline

Scholarships Available for 2013 International Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, March 1 Application Deadline

Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m. CST is the receipt deadline for scholarships to the June 10-13, 2013 International Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya on the Santa Ana Pueblo in New Mexico. Qualified applicants must work with a tribal archive, library, museum or cultural center, or be enrolled full-time in a museum, library, archival, or Native Studies-related program.  Scholarships range from $250 to $665 and may include registration fees and three-nights shared lodging. Travel typically is not covered, but will be considered.   Funding for scholarships is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and individual donors. Approximately 100 scholarships will be awarded from a $50,000 Scholarship Fund. To apply, or view the conference program, visit the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museum’s website at www.atalm.org.

We appreciate your help!

Susan Feller, President and Conference Director

Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums