Daily Archives: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

UNHCR: 3,419 died in Mediterranean in 2014


More than 3,400 people have died in the Mediterranean this year trying to reach Europe, the UN refugee agency said Wednesday, urging governments to take more action to save lives.

More than 207,000 people have made the risky sea crossing since January, almost three times the previous high of 70,000 during the Libyan civil war in 2011, the UNHCR said.

Of these, a record 3,419 died, out of a total of 4,272 reported deaths worldwide on migrant vessels this year.

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Regulating ‘irregular’ migration – podcast on Sans Papiers

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Last November Roger Zetter, Alice Bloch (but Alice couldn’t make it) and I were invited to present ‘Sans Papiers: The social and economic lives of young undocumented migrants’ (Pluto, 2014) at the Refugee Studies Centre as part of RSC seminar series this term. The podcast of the presentation is available here.Pluto Bloch Sigona Zetter

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Why has this Italian politician’s neighbourly photo prompted such a furious backlash?

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This article was originally published on The Conversation.
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By Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham

Italy has been experiencing a resurgence of xenophobia recently. Migrants and Roma have been violently attacked by gangs, and people claiming to be “ordinary citizens” have organised marches in racially mixed neighbourhoods to stir up unrest.

Against this backdrop, Enrico Rossi, the left-leaning president of Tuscany, has turned what appears to be a rather mundane photograph into a bold political statement.

In the photo, Rossi stands flanked by a family of men, women and children. It’s a Sunday afternoon in Florence. “Let me introduce my neighbours” reads the description posted on Facebook. His neighbours are Romanian Roma.

Enrico Rossi, president of Tuscany, and his neighbours, 2014 Enrico Rossi, president of Tuscany, and his neighbours, 2014

Tense times

The picture was taken just a few weeks after Matteo Salvini, the new leader of the anti-immigration, anti-EU Northern…

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Bringing Conflict into the Peace Versus Justice Debate

Justice in Conflict

(Photo: Reuters) Graffiti depicting Muammar Gaddafi during the 17 February Revolution (Photo: Reuters)

This article first appeared on the new blog Post-Conflict Justice which I encourage all readers to check out!

The so-called ‘peace versus justice’ debate has come to dominate the politics of International Criminal Court (ICC). A tremendous amount of ink and number of neurons have been expended in the attempt to answer the question: do ICC interventions help or hinder ‘peace’?

A gamut of hypotheses have been proffered with regards to the effects of the ICC. On the one hand, it is claimed that the ICC yields a net positive effect on ‘peace’ by marginalizing perpetrators, deterring potential war criminals and inducing parties to enter peace negotiations. On the other hand, critics insist that the Court’s interventions undermine peace by instigating continued violence and leaving belligerents with few options but to continue fighting ‘to the bitter end’.

While recent…

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Scoping Out the Crime: Palestine, the Mavi Marmara and the ICC

Justice in Conflict

Dr Russell Buchan joins JiC for this guest-post on the ICC Prosecutor’s decision to close its investigation of Israel’s attack on the Gaza Flotilla. Russell a Senior Lecturer in International Law at the University of Sheffield and the author of International Law and the Construction of the Liberal Peace

(Photo: AFP / Getty) (Photo: AFP / Getty)

On 31 May 2010, a flotilla of vessels set sail with the express intention of delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza. They set out on the mission despite the fact that it meant violating a naval blockade that Israel had imposed against the Gazan coast in order to prevent war material from being delivered to Hamas fighters. Whilst the flotilla was in international waters, and anticipating that the flotilla was about to breach the naval blockade, the Israeli military intercepted the vessels. This occurred largely without incident. However several vessels, including the Mavi Marmara, the Rachel Corrie and…

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Syrian from Athens refugee protest dies trying to enter Albania


A doctor who was part of the protest that Syrian refugees started two weeks ago in Athens to highlight their plight has died trying to cross the Greek–Albanian border, other Syrians at the protest said on Thursday.

They named him as Dr Ayman Ghazal, who was around 50 and originally from Aleppo. Friends said that after spending a ten days at the protest, he felt it was in his best interest to continue his journey to northern Europe and what he hoped would be safety.

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Call for Papers: “Narratives of Peace and Conflict” (1-3 July 2015, Liverpool Hope University)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies
Annual Conference 2015

1 – 3 July 2015

“Narratives of Peace and Conflict”

KEYNOTE: Elizabeth Dauphinee, York University


Stories and narratives play a key role in contexts of peace and conflict. They give insights into the personal dimension of both conflict and peace, while offering a rich resource for peacebuilders. Conflict dynamics can be seen as replicated in the stories of victims and perpetrators on the one hand. On the other hand, the transformation of conflict dynamics through the use of narratives and stories has so far been under-explored. The potential of narratives is indeed manifold, ranging from the construction of media narratives to anthropological accounts of conflict, artwork and the acknowledgement that peace and conflict need to be understood through innovative sources, beyond ‘hard data.’

This conference aims to examine the origins and continuity of individual and collective narratives, and the challenges which are offered to them. A key theme will be the examination of the role of the stories, narratives and discourses in identity formation, historical understanding and media coverage. This will involve experts from a range of fields, and we welcome contributions from researchers in the areas of International Relations, Politics, Anthropology, Media and Peace Studies. Equally we would like to include experts whose primary fields might be in other disciplines. The conference is open to those from disciplines such as Geography, Sociology, Peace and Conflict Studies, Economics, Cultural Studies, History, Literature, Drama and Theatre, Theology, Religious Studies and Philosophy.

From conference participants, we would hope that among the themes that could be considered are:

• Assessments of methodological approaches to the role of the narratives and stories in peace and conflict
• Analysis of competing narratives in specific conflict situations past and present
• Analysis of alternative stories which challenge or have challenged dominant narratives in specific conflict situations
• Analysis of the media’s role in constructing narratives about peace and conflict
• Analysis of poetry, film, media and the arts which have contributed to peace and conflict.
• Storytelling of personal narratives of peace and conflict
• Analysis of the role that religious narratives play in conflict situations, on the one hand, and in peacebuilding, on the other
• Analysis of literary accounts which depict making use of stories to resolve conflicts (especially but not limited to the works regarded as ‘classics,’ including the sacred scriptures of different religions)
• Analysis of how stories about the past conflicts are used to help communities build a more peaceful future.

Keynote speaker:

Elizabeth Dauphinee; Associate Professor at York University, Canada, and editor of the Journal of Narrative Politics.

The conference is organised by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope University. The venue will be the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus, Shaw Street, Liverpool, L6 1HP.

Please submit abstracts for papers (word format) and posters of up to 300 words or full panel abstracts (4 papers max) to tutu@hope.ac.uk until 1 February 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by 27 February 2015. We encourage contributions which are beyond formal conference papers and include performative ‘provocations’, demonstrations, workshops, storytelling events; or any other suitable format. Poster submissions of analysis of the above themes are welcomed. Presentation posters should be no larger than A1 paper size.

The organising team:
Dr Stefanie Kappler, kapples@hope.ac.uk
Dr Terry Phillips, phillim@hope.ac.uk
Dr Florian Zollmann, zollmaf@hope.ac.uk
Dr Dominika Kurek-Chomycz, kurekcd@hope.ac.uk
Susan Forde 12009897@hope.ac.uk
Edd Corner
Candida Darling