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TV Documentary on ITV (UK) Tonight: “Exposure: Islam’s Non-Believers”

TV Documentary Tonight: Exposure: Islam’s Non-Believers
Today 10:40pm – 11:40pm ITV, (United Kingdom)

Details of a documentary scheduled to air on the ITV Channel in the UK by the award-winning film-maker Deeyah Khan.  The documentary, entitled “Exposure: Islam’s Non-Believers” investigates the experiences of ex-Muslims, some of who have faced extreme discrimination, ostracism, psychological abuse and even violence as a result of renouncing their faith. In Britain, many are forced to lead double lives to hide their true beliefs, while others have been attacked by their families, resorted to self-harm or even taken their own lives.

Details from ITV:

Current affairs series. In this documentary, award-winning filmmaker Deeyah Khan investigates the lives of people who have left Islam as they face discrimination, ostracism, psychological abuse and even violence in the UK and around the world. In Britain, many ex-Muslims are forced to lead double lives and hide their true beliefs because of the stigma they face in their own communities. Deeyah speaks to former Muslims at risk of suicide, self-harm and abuse from their closest family members and reveals how some senior Bangladeshi British imams – mainstream figures in society – have called for the execution of atheist bloggers in Bangladesh.



New resources: ‘Parenting the Missing’ (Refugee Law Project documentary)

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

New resources: ‘Parenting the Missing’ (Refugee Law Project documentary)

We are delighted to invite you to view our new short documentary: “Parenting the Missing” by following the link http://refugeelawproject.org/component/allvideoshare/video/latest/parenting-the-missing-suffering-ambiguous-and-unclear-loss-of-missing-children.html.

The ICRC recently estimated that more than 12,000 persons disappeared during the Government of Uganda – Lord’s Resistance Army conflict. Their whereabouts remain unknown to date.

The full numbers of disappeared in Uganda as a whole remain a mystery, but the relatives of the missing continue to grieve, even years after the person disappeared, unable to find closure. Cultural mechanisms for dealing with loss are themselves at a loss when confronted with the ambiguities of disappearance, and there is currently little space within Uganda’s transitional justice debates to discuss the needs and challenges of the families of the missing.

Unlike Argentina, where the mothers of the disappeared formed into the “Asociación Madres de Plaza de Mayo” (Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo), the parents, relatives and friends of the missing in Uganda have yet to organize, and thus suffer their loss in obscurity and silence.

This 15 minutes documentary is helping to break this silence: Four parents of missing persons voice what it means to them to suffer ambiguous and unclear loss. They recount their emotional hardships, their difficulties in life, and their perceptions of blame and forgiveness.

We hope that the testimonies in this short documentary will inspire the Ugandan government, CSOs, NGOs, donor countries, scholars and opinion leaders to take this issue seriously and engage with survivor populations who have missing relatives.
Please share the link http://refugeelawproject.org/component/allvideoshare/video/latest/parenting-the-missing-suffering-ambiguous-and-unclear-loss-of-missing-children.html in the format best suited to you, and if you have any comments, please direct them to info@refugeelawproject.org

Recent Programmes on BBC and Channel 4

It has been an interesting week for the airing of documentaries on UK television on issues relating to refugee and forced migration issues.  These will be touched upon below.

Sri Lanka's Killing Fields

Sri Lanka's Killing Fields is currently available online (UK only) on the 4OD website.

On Tuesday 14 June, Channel 4 presented a documentary entitled `Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ which presented `a forensic investigation into the final weeks of the quarter-century-long civil war between the government of Sri Lanka and the secessionist rebels, the Tamil Tigers.’ The Channel 4 website goes on to describe how the programme attempts to capture what appear to be serious war crimes committed in the final weeks of the conflict between the government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tigers:

Captured on mobile phones, both by Tamils under attack and government soldiers as war trophies, the disturbing footage shows: the extra-judicial executions of prisoners; the aftermath of targeted shelling of civilian camps; and dead female Tamil fighters who appear to have been raped or sexually assaulted, abused and murdered.

A full programme description is available on both the Channel 4 website and on the BUFVC Trilt database.  In light of this programme, several news stories detail the UK’s attempts to deport around 40 Sri Lankans back to potential danger.  On the Channel 4 news site, there is an article entitled `Sri Lanka’s face deportation despite safety fears‘ and Amnesty International have also published an article entitled, `Tamil set for UK deportation following suicide attempt.’

The BBC have shown two interesting documentaries this week.  The first of these was also shown on Tuesday 14 June as part of the This World strand.  It was entitled `The Invasion of Lampedusa’ and, according to the BBC wesbite the programme aimed to document:

How a crisis on a tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean is changing the face of immigration in Europe. This spring, in the wake of the uprisings across the Arab world, the Italian island of Lampedusa, just 70 miles from the African coast, has seen the arrival of over 40,000 migrants from Tunisia and Libya.

This programme charts how, within weeks, its small migrant reception centre is overflowing, and the island’s tourist economy faces meltdown. The islanders openly revolt, blockading the small port and riot in the streets. Local mayor Bernadino de Rubeis makes desperate attempts to keep everyone calm, with limited results.

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Photo: Kate Thomas/IRIN A boat carrying sub-Saharan African migrant workers arrives in Lampedusa from Tripoli

A recent article on the IRIN website, entitled, `LIBYA-ITALY: By boat to Lampedusa and a new life‘ further goes to demonstrate the difficulties currently being experienced.

Lastly, on Thursday 16 June,  BBC1 broadcaste a documentary entitled `Breaking into Britain’  as part of the Panorama documentary series.  The programme details the difficult and often distressing stories of the attempts by refugees to gain access to Britian, often thro

ugh the port of Calais in France.  Further details can be found on the BBC article entitled `The migrants risking death to break into Britain.’

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Both of the BBC programmes are currently available on the BBC iPlayer service, for UK users, for a limited time.