Daily Archives: Wednesday, March 11, 2015

UEL Centre on Human Rights in Conflict Spring 2015 Seminar Series

Event: LMRG Seminar March 10: Giorgia Dona (UEL) on Child and Youth Migration in Rwanda

The London Migration Research Group (LMRG) presents:

Child and Youth Migration:
Mobility-in-Migration in an Era of Globalization

Forced Migration, and Material and Virtual Mobility
among Rwandan Children and Young People

Giorgia Doná

Professor of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies
School of Social Sciences
University of East London
Tuesday, March 10th 5:30pm
NYU Centre London
6 Bedford Square


This paper analyses Rwandan children’s and young people’s mobilities taking place during conflict and forced migration, and it highlights the centrality of mobility to the understanding of their lives. By bringing together the literature on forced migration and on mobilities, the paper shows the connections that exist across contexts that are generally kept separate in the literature on internal displacements, regional refugee movements, repatriations and diasporic migrations. The mobility-in-migration concept is introduced to explain the intersection of multiple forms of mobility that take place within the broader arc of forced migration. Methodologically, mono-sited research that started in Rwanda is combined with multi-sited ethnography with diasporic Rwandans living in Africa and Europe and netnography of Rwandan mobilities in virtual space. The findings indicate that in glocal contexts, mobilities fulfill multiple functions: they are a survival strategy, a driving force to achieve one’s aspirations, a means to explore identity issues and a way to strengthen social ties. Children and young people express agency through their engagement with mobility in material and in virtual spaces where young e-diasporas are promoters, audiences and actors of glocal movements.  The findings are then linked to the key themes of Child and Youth Migration: Mobility-in Migration in an Era of Globalisation co-edited by Veale and Doná, of which the paper is one contribution.


Giorgia Doná is Professor of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies in the School of Social Sciences at the University of East London and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research focuses on forced migration and refugee movements, child protection and migration, psycho-social interventions, and participatory research methodologies. Publications include Child and Youth Migration: Mobility-in-Migration in an Era of Globalisation (2014); Empowering Refugees: An Evaluation of Paiwand Advocacy Service (2012); Research Methodologies in Forced Migration, Special Issue for the Journal of Refugee Studies (2007); Child and Youth Migration, Special Issue for the International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care (2006); Overview of the Conditions of Children Outside Parental Care in Institutions and Communities in Bangladesh (2003); and The Rwandan Experience of Fostering Separated Children (2001).

All Welcome. For more information please see lmrg.org.uk or https://www.facebook.com/events/1621290704773362/


Feminist Activisms Summer School 19-22nd May 2015, Centre for Gender & Women’s Studies Lancaster University

Social Abjection


Feminist Activisms: Feminist Media and Cultural Studies Summer school/ MA course, Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, Lancaster University 19th-22nd May 2015

Enroll online here http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/sociology/event/5178/

Campus Map http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/maps/campus.pdf

Programme At a Glance

Tues 19th May Faraday SR3

9–‐10 Registration and welcome

10–‐1 Session 1: Introduction to feminist media and cultural studies: with Anne-Marie Fortier and Maureen Mcneil

1–‐2 Lunch (self–pay)

2–‐5 Session 2: Media Activisms: A workshop with Debra Ferreday

7.30 Dinner location The Borough (Lancaster city centre, £20 per head, self-pay)

Wed 20 May Faraday SR3

10-1: Session 3: Think before you pink? Feminist health activism: a workshop led by Celia Roberts with Vicky Singleton

Lunch 1-2 (catered)

2-5: Session 4: Opening up (In)Security: Feminist activism against wars on the Other led by Lucy Suchman and Imogen Tyler

7:30: Documentary Screening: ‘Women, Art, Revolution’ at the Gregson Community Centre, Lancaster City Centre…

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Healthcare in Campsfield 2

Close Campsfield

MARCH 2015

Doctors make 41 Rule 35 reports about people detained in Campsfield but only one is released

A recent Home Office reply to a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed that:

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Close Campsfield

The Campsfield expansion planning application will NOT now be considered at the next Cherwell District Council planning meeting.
It is expected that the application won’t be considered until after the general election. It’s possible that it could go to the planning meeting due to be held on Thursday 21 May.
Updates to follow when possible.

See also http://www.asylum-welcome.org/index.php/campsfield  for the full list of organisations supporting the Stop Campsfield Expansion coalition.

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UN Special Rapporteur on HRDs, Michel Forst, first presentation to Council

Hans Thoolen on Human Rights Defenders

humanrightslogo_Goodies_14_LogoVorlagenIn his report, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, [presented to the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on 9 March 2015 and published earlier as A/HRC/28/63] underscores that violations of freedom of expression are a central feature of attacks against human rights defenders.

As well as outlining his recent activities, the report sets out a clear and comprehensive “road map” for the issues the mandate will address during his tenure based on extensive consultations. In this regard, Michel Forst emphasises that he will interpret his mandate as broadly as possible, and identifies nine key themes he will address through his work. On this basis, he calls on all States to, inter alia:

  • Combat impunity for threats and violations aimed at human rights defenders;
  • Repeal laws criminalising the work of human rights defenders;
  • Pay particular attention to defenders “most…

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On the Forefront: Helping torture survivors in San Diego

World Without Torture

WWT - Members series

At IRCT member centre, Survivors of Torture International (SURVIVORS) it is the little things that matter. Something as small as a bus ticket can mean the difference between treatment and no treatment for torture victims.

Staff at SURVIVORS treat many refugees and asylum seekers who have limited or no financial resources and support network. Getting to the centre is a big challenge for those who do not live nearby, especially because public transportation in Southern California is restrictive and challenging to navigate, even for those who speak the language and are familiar with the city.

Then there are the exorbitant costs of public transportation. One thing is to work out how to get there, another thing is to pay for the tickets.


Until now, SURVIVORS has been able to offer bus tickets or other help with transportation to any client in need, but a reduction in funding…

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Brilliant map but it misses a few important points

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Map by reddit user JimWillFixIt69 - widely circulated by @brilliantmaps Map by reddit user JimWillFixIt69 – widely circulated by @brilliantmaps

This map has had a wide circulation lately, retweeted and shared hundreds of times. It has that ‘easy to ‘ quality that makes a good map successful but, I argue, it is also misleading on a number of levels and, ultimately, part of the problem that it is trying to cast light on.

It naturalises one of the fundamental socio-political constructions of our time the equation ‘one person = one nation-state’ and reduces migration to mobility across national borders – what about IDPs or internal migrants in China (one of the largest contemporary migration)? This map – but there are plenty of others circulating around, including on migration textbooks! – is problematic on many accounts, but for sake of briefness i’ll mention just two: a) it reduces individual stories to a national flag. How would you feel if you were…

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EU to consider (again) offshore asylum/migration processing centres

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The Guardian, 5 March 2015 The Guardian, 5 March 2015

The Guardian reports that the European commission wants to open offices (or using existing ones) in third countries to process asylum applications. The article validly points out that similar proposals have been tabled in the past but never reached the implementation stage. The new EU commissioner for home affairs, Dimitris Avramopoulos, signals a u-turn on the matter… but for how long? Proposals like this are easier to write on paper than implement in practice and would require a significant devolvement of financial and human resources. The ‘side effects’ of such a move also involve some more in-depth thinking.

If one were to use the information in The Guardian article to make a judgement, it would seem that the EC is still a long way to go to move from the policy announcement to a serious policy development and impact assessment. The article refers interchangeably to asylum and immigration…

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