Tag Archives: law

Proving Torture – 29 June, 19:00

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.

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


Right to Remain – resources and activism on migration justice

Right to Remain is a UK-based human rights organisation working on migration justice.  Key areas of its work are:
– information and resources to groups and individuals on working to establish the right to remain and campaigning for migration justice.
– capacity-building training, workshops and meetings with grass-roots groups and networks.
– exposing the human impact of unjust immigration laws and policies, and we advocate for positive change.

Visit their website which is full of up-to-date information with:
– News
– Immigration and asylum legal advisors
– Details of immigration detention centres in the UK.
– Info and resources for researching country of origin information for asylum applications.
– a blog of legal resources for non-lawyers. With explanation of important legal developments in immigration, asylum and human rights law, and links to further resources.

Mustafa Y v. Secretary of State for the Home Department

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:janinamoninska@xs4all.nl

Refugees and Humanitarian Crisis

A multi-disciplinary line-up starts with Professor Howard Rush who will critically analyse humanitarian responses in general. This will be followed by Dr Nicola Khan discussing mental health issues of asylum seekers and Jo Wilding addressing the impact of cuts to legal aid on asylum seekers. The session will finish with Professor Avril Loveless and Riam Ismael highlighting the importance of hearing the voices of refugees.

19 May, Thursday, Mithras House, Room G5, 15:10-17:00

full programme
– Niki Khan: Mental Health intervention for Afghan Migrants on the Move
– Avril Loveless: Refugee Tales
– Jo Wilding: Legal aid cuts, quality of asylum legal services and the refugee protection crisis
– Eugenia Markova: poster re: Refugee crisis
– Howard Rush: Strengthening the Humanitarian Innovation Ecosystem

Chair: Mark Doidge

The event is part of the annual Festival of Social Science and it is taking place within the MARS sponsored Refugee Month.

Refugee crisis in Australia

note: changed date and time

Collaboration and resistance in Australia’s war on refugees
Nick Riemer, University of Sydney and Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney.

27 May, Friday, 17:00, G7, Pavilion Parade

For over two decades, Australia has fashioned the most punitive and inhuman asylum policies in the Western world. For refugees themselves, this has brought a litany of despair, self-harm,  suicide and destroyed lives. Within Australia, the policies have fed, and fed off, the nationalistic, racist and authoritarian inclinations deeply lodged in the political establishment. In a striking demonstration of social democracy’s inability to hold its most repressive and pathological tendencies in check, international condemnation, periodic outbreaks of public revulsion, and an energetic protest movement, including among refugees themselves, have so far been unable to trigger any fundamental alteration to this pattern; in some ways, indeed, the recent EU-Turkey deal represents a generalization of aspects of the Australian model. In this talk, which is offered strictly from an activist perspective, I will draw on my involvement with the Australian refugee rights movement to consider the current balance of forces over refugees in Australia. In particular, I’ll concentrate on the material and ideological collaboration which the most powerful echelons of Australian society provide to the detention regime. This collaboration constitutes a powerful, structurally embedded ‘counter-mobilizing’ force that systematically dampens resistance, and that has many analogues in societies outside Australia itself.

The “Refugee Crisis” – Whose Crisis?

an event organised by the UNDERSTANDING CONFLICT: FORMS AND LEGACIES OF VIOLENCE research cluster, part of its project on ‘Contesting Britain at War’

The “Refugee Crisis”
Whose crisis is it? Where is it?
What’s ethically and politically at stake?

Thursday 12 May: 17:00-19:30
City Campus, University of Brighton, Boardroom, M2, Grand Parade

The symposium seeks to contest Eurocentric assumptions behind this “crisis” by developing a conceptual critique of “the refugee” and situating the current “refugee crisis” in broader historical and geopolitical frameworks of imperial wars, neoliberal economic interventions and displacement. We believe that this form of critique is necessary for any viable transnational political solidarity and humanitarian action.

Frances Webber (Vice-chair, Institute of Race Relations, UK): Refugees and the crisis of values in Europe

Nicholas de Genova (Urban Geography, King’s College London): The “European” Question: Migration, Race, and Postcoloniality

Andrew Arsan (Middle East & World History, University of Cambridge): The Refugee Crisis: a Historical Perspective from Middle East Studies

Louise Purbrick (Art History & Material Culture, University of Brighton): The Politics of Representing Refugees: Image and Word

PROGRAMME: 1 hour of individual presentations, 15 mins. each, followed by roundtable discussion with the audience


This event is part of the MARS sponsored Refugee Month.

Legal solidarity to ‘returnees’

On 4 April the European Union started forcibly evicting en masse refugees from the Greek islands to Turkey, which it has designated as a ‘safe country’. The EU calls these ‘returns’. The United Nations has called them illegal.

A website has been set up, Returnwatch, as an accessible and practical tool for people after having been forcibly returned to Turkey. It seeks to connect ‘returnees’ with lawyers and human rights NGOs in Turkey, as well as to document the procedures implemented by Turkish authorities. The website is also for third country nationals who will be deported from other EU members states to Turkey after the 1st of June 2016.

Share this with ‘returnees’ and activists.