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10th December 2018

International Human Rights Day events

Mon 10 Dec 2018, 12-2pm

12-12.45pm, Sheffield City Amnesty International group will be gathering outside Sheffield Town Hall to read out parts of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

1pm, following this, at Crucible Theatre bar, Tudor Square S1 1DA, a City of Sanctuary event to mark 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Three speakers on how human rights can help us to find a safe place to call home.

Lord Alf Dubs will be speaking about his work to protect child refugees. He came to the UK on the Kindertransport from Czechoslovakia, as part of the rescue attempt to get children to safety before the outbreak of the Second World War. He is now a Labour Peer. He has been a leading voice in Parliament and throughout the country, promoting the rights of child refugees. He set up his Children’s Fund with the support of Safe Passage, to help young people find safe, legal routes to protection and support them in rebuilding their lives.

Sue Pearson also left Prague on the Kindertransport aged 11, to escape the invading Nazis. She made her home in Sheffield, working as a teacher and raising her family here. She recently presented a petition to Sheffield Council urging them to take in more child refugees.

Pride Mbi Agbor will speak about his work in Sheffield volunteering with groups like Student Action for Refugees, Assist and City of Sanctuary. Pride has taken his own refugee experience to try and improve the lives of people seeking asylum in Sheffield.

There is disabled access and there will be a bar open where you can buy refreshments. Entry is free but they would be grateful if you can register to give an idea of numbers. Please get in touch if you have any questions: sheffrights70@gmail.com

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Human Rights Futures Conference

10-12 Dec 2018, various venues, Sheffield

The Human Rights Futures Conference aims to explore the contested legacy of human rights in these increasingly uncertain times. It seeks to foster dialogue and scholarship from a wide range of inter-disciplinary perspectives in order to strengthen the resolve and impact of human rights defenders in responding to significant challenges in the coming decades.

Sheffield Human Rights is a non-party political voluntary group that was set up to put on events around the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They want to work with anyone interested in human rights in the city. For more information and to register: Eventbrite booking

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Zimbabwean asylum protest against Home Office

Mon 10 Dec 2018, 11am, Vulcan House Home Office building, 6 Millsands, S3 8NU

Zimbabwean people in South Yorkshire, with South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG), have organised a protest on UN Human Rights Day. It was triggered by the Home Office summoning Zimbabweans asylum seekers for questioning at Vulcan House, apparently part of a "redocumentation" process to make deportation to Zimbabwe possible. (This has happened at other Home Office buildings in the UK). This questioning was in the presence of representatives of the Zimbabwean government, without a Home Office representative present. Asylum seekers from government violence in any country fear recriminations, spying on them, and even the possibility of violence. The experience was therefore very distressing. They were called to answer detailed and personal questions from an Zimbabwean Embassy official. One woman said she felt "treated like an animal", and the experience upset and angered all of those subjected to this treatment. Another Zimbabwean refugee said: "Why is the Home Office giving this person my file? How do I know my family is safe now in Zimbabwe?"

Zimbabwe is still not safe, and no deportations or intimidation are justified. The UK government has had an uncritical relationship with the new Zimbabwean government of Emmerson Mnangagwa, and has discussed possible deportation of 2500 Zimbabwean refugees from the UK.

Please join the protest at Vulcan House, or at a pre-meeting at The Sanctuary, Chapel Walk from 10am to make placards and plan.

Full details on the SYMAAG website

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