Daily Archives: Friday, April 17, 2015

CFP – Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, Vol 5 No 1

Human Rights Tools for a Changing World

The Advocates Post

Change the World front coverThe Advocates for Human Rights’ Executive Director Robin Phillips is in London today speaking about The Advocates’ human rights monitoring work at the International Bar Association’s colloquium on “Rule of Law Fact-Finding by NGOs: Monitoring Standards and Maximising Impact”.

This international convening to explore the standards and impact of non-governmental organization (NGO) fact-finding on human rights violations is also an appropriate setting to introduce The Advocates’ latest publication:

        Human Rights Tools for a Changing World:  A Step-by-Step Guide to Human Rights Fact-finding, Documentation and Advocacy 

Human rights advocacy takes many forms, and human rights activists can be found in every corner of the world.  Human Rights Tools for a Changing World was created with the express purpose of providing advocates of all backgrounds and experiences a full range of tools and resources to promote human rights in a changing world.

This manual provides practical, step-by-step…

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Publication: Migrant Voice Newspaper

Further details on the latest issue of the Migrant Voice Newspaper.  The following text is taken from the Migrant Voice website:

The Migrant Voice newspaper will be distributed on Monday April 20th in Birmingham from 3-6pm at Moor Street station; in London on Tuesday the 21st from 4-7pm at Waterloo, Victoria and London Bridge stations and on April 28th from 4-7pm at Kings Cross, Euston, Oxford Circus and Paddington stations.


Immigration is high on the news agenda and is being presented by some politicians as a burden on the country, feeding fears and fuelling prejudice. There are 7.8 million foreignborn nationals in the UK but they are largely underrepresented in mainstream British media.

Our research reveals that migrants’ voices are heard in only one in eight media stories on migration. Many of these articles reflect critical, sometimes explicitly negative, attitudes – not only towards migration policies but also migrants themselves.

Far from the idea that debating migration is off-limits, it turns out that the only people ‘banned’ from discussing it are migrants themselves.

Here, we place migrants at the centre of the debate and let them tell their stories.

We found that over 90 per cent of migrants feel at least partially integrated into British society yet feel totally excluded from the political conversation about migration. When politicians make ill-informed comments it creates distrust on both sides. Yet – thankfully – the vast majority of Britons feel positive about the migrants they encounter in their daily lives, and the feeling is mutual.

Migrant Voice aims to address the lack of balanced and accurate representation in the media and celebrate the contribution migrants make to the UK. Our paper includes vibrant, engaging and moving stories, created and distributed by migrants.

This year’s issue is particularly important as it coincides with Migrant Voice celebrating five years of movement building, mobilisation and engagement with the public debate.

In this issue we unveil a new ‘I am an Immigrant’ poster campaign which celebrates the immense contribution that immigrants make.

The posters, which go on display at hundreds of London tube stations and national railway stations this month, show immigrants are part of the fabric of British society.

We are also the first to report on the launch of the ‘Bloody Foreigners’ campaign mobilising migrant communities to give more blood, turning an old phrase on its head. It’s just one of the many ways today’s migrants are contributing to the health and wealth of our nation.

We give you a glimpse into the strong North Korean community in the UK, the largest defector community from that country in Europe.

We also take you on two long, horrifying journeys from Syria and Eritrea in search of safety in the UK.

And we share the inspirational story of Agnes, an orphan of the Rwandan genocide and a former child soldier, who is now settled in the UK and is campaigning to improve the lives of other children orphaned by war.

There are also stories about the everyday lives of migrants in Britain – in restaurants, on the sports field, in the arts, in business.

Many more stories are featured on our website www.migrantvoice.org.

We also want to hear your thoughts – write to us at [email protected]

We hope you enjoy reading our paper.

Nazek Ramadan Founder, Migrant Voice

To read the full paper: http://bit.ly/1GYTI9M

To request printed copies of the paper, please email [email protected]

News: Daily Telegraph (UK) – Mapped: The World’s Immigration Landscape


Daily Telegraph (UK) – Mapped: The World’s Immigration Landscape

As part of the media frenzy associated with the build up to the UK General Election on the 7 May, the Daily Telegraph has posted the following article entitled, “Mapped: the world’s immigration landscape.”

Using statistical data from the United Nations, an interactive map of world migration has been produced and is available via the afull article link at the end of this post.

The article highlights some very interesting statistics in relation to the current immigration landscape with the UK, especially in light of some of the anti-immigration rhetoric to be heard sections of the party election rhetoric so far. Just by way of example, the article highlights that “In 2013, Germany and Russia had more international migrants that the UK.” In its reporting of the UN figures, the article also indicates that between 2010 and 2013, the numbers of refugee “stock” within the UK had fallen from 238,150 to 193,510 refugees.

Full details on this story can be found as follows:

The Daily Telegraph: `Mapped: the world’s immigration landscape.’ By Raziye Akkoc, 14 April 2015.

Palestine’s Accession to the ICC May Strengthen Peace-first not Rights-based Approach

Justice in Conflict

With the fourth contribution to JiC’s ongoing symposium on Palestine and the International Criminal Court (ICC), we are thrilled to welcome Leslie Vinjamuri. Leslie is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations and the Co-Director of the Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice at SOAS, University of London.

(Photo: Mohammed Salem / Reuters) (Photo: Mohammed Salem / Reuters)

The prospect of the International Criminal Court (ICC) becoming mired in politics has been an ongoing concern for its supporters – and one that is not without just cause. Politics have shaped states’ trysts with international justice since long before negotiations in Rome. Palestine’s recent decision to join the ICC has reignited the passions and interests that infuse debates among civil society, international human rights advocates, and governments about the role of the ICC in ongoing conflicts. References to accountability and justice have figured surprisingly little in the official responses by…

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Nari Diganta denounces the heinous act of sexual harassment of girls and young women in Dhaka

Community Women Against Abuse

Bangladesh Government Must Take the Responsibility to Apprehend the Perpetrators

Rumana Hashem

In the evening of 14 April, during the celebration of Bangla New Year 1422, called Pohel Boishak, several young girls and women were attacked by a group of rapists who took possessions of women’s bodies by forcing them to be naked at the Dhaka University premise in the capital city of Dhaka. While the act of violence against these women was just less what we call rape in the West, the ferocity of the sexual assault was beyond account. The outrageous act of sexual harassment of young women in public went on for about two hours, near the gate of Teachers and Students’ Centre (TSC) and the Suhrawardy Udyan (the historical Suhrawardy Garden in Dhaka), known as a premise of the country’s progressive people. During the vicious incidence, a group of progressive students belonging to a left…

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Daily International News Stories Round-up 04/17/2015

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Refugee Council Archive: Daily News Stories On Refugee and Forced Migration 04/17/2015

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