What is Torture?
This is not a rhetorical question.
Asylum decisions depend on how torture is defined.
But definitions seem to be much more flexible than what you would imagine. As policies change, words change too.
Come to the Brighton launch of the Freedom from Torture report on ‘Proving Torture – the Asylum Maze’ to learn more about the current asylum policies and methods and their effects.
THURSDAY 29 June
6.30 for 7.00pm start
Chapel Royal, North Street, Brighton BN1 1EA
The event is jointly organised by MARS and the Brighton & Hove Freedom from Torture Supporters
NEW LOCAL ACTIVIST GROUP
Brighton & Hove Freedom from Torture Supporters Group meet regularly to organise local events fundraising for Freedom for Torture and raising awareness of its work and issues around torture in general. We have organised a musical evening, a singing ‘busk’ in Brighton’s Open Market and are planning more events, from tea-and-cake get-togethers to film nights and discussions.
Continue reading Freedom from Torture – Brighton branch
Saturday 25th June at 4.30 pm in The Old Courtroom
‘Do you know what it feels like to witness an asylum trial?
Do you know what happens, how decisions are made, and who makes them?’
Come to The Old Courtroom, located in the heart of Brighton, right next to Café Côte in Church Street, and find out!
Mustafa Y is a Palestinian who is fleeing an UNRWA refugee camp in Lebanon. In 2007, he applied for asylum in the UK.
His case is still pending.
This will be his 5th appeal.
This free event, using a real and ongoing court case, has been created by Janina Moninska, a British actor, theatre practitioner and director, who has spent the last five years doing PhD research on Live Art and Refugees at the University of Brighton.
For more information or to reserve please mailto:email@example.com
23 May, 7pm. Free, non-ticketed [2hrs 25m]
M2 Grand Parade, University of Brighton
Ages 14+ Audience Interaction
Two dramatized pieces dealing with the rights and expectations of refugees:
Mustafa Y v. Secretary of State for the Home Department 
In 2007 a Palestinian fleeing an UNRWA refugee camp in Lebanon, applied for Asylum in the UK. His appeal is still pending. This live art event created by Janina Moninska, will attempt to address the following questions:What is my responsibility towards those seeking refuge from conflict or resisting occupation in their homelands? What are our options for response as individuals, communities or citizens?
You, Me and the Distance Between Us
A showcase of a new play under development. This one woman show uses music, storytelling and puppetry to address the expectations, experiences and insecurities of its performer in relation to the current ‘refugee crisis’: a white, middle class drama graduate who found herself volunteering in the midst of those making the journey across Europe.
This will be followed by a response from Professor Marie-Benedicte Dembour and Jo Wilding, specialists in human rights and asylum law at the University of Brighton, and a Q and A with the audience.
This event is part of MARS, Migrant and Refugee Solidarity month at the University of Brighton
seminar: Unaccompanied Children Seeking Asylum in the UK: from Centres of Concentration to a Better Holding Environment
Dr Jo Wilding (University of Brighton)
Wednesday 27th April, 6-7.30pm
Room A500, Checkland Building, Falmer Campus, University of Brighton
an event organised by the Social Movement Network