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Anti-Slavery Laws – and why they do not work

Why don’t anti-slavery laws prevent slavery?

Preserve Churchill’s vision of human rights, René Cassin tells Prime Minister

European Convention on Human Rights is essential to a ‘Global Britain’

‘Cruel and Disproportionate’

In response to Donald Trump’s ban on refugees from seven Muslim countries, Mia Hasenson-Gross, Director of René Cassin, commented: “Donald Trump’s ‘refugee ban’ is cruel, disproportionate and runs counter to international humanitarian law. René Cassin agree with broad swathes of civil society condemning Trump for his actions. The fact that this ban was announced on […]

Professor Sir Nigel Rodley – 1 December 1941 to 25 January 2017

We mourn the death of a friend who was a towering figure of human rights

Oppressing the stranger – another death in UK detention

There are community-based alternatives to the fatal inhumanity of immigration detention

It’s not all gloom and doom – newsletter 22 December 2016

2016 has been an unsettling year for human rights – but there are many reasons to be cautiously optimistic – and many ways you can help us keep the flame of human rights alight.

René Cassin @Limmud #RefugeeDay

Find out about René Cassin’s refugee-themed day at Limmud Conference 2016

Our Biggest Human Rights Shabbat to Date!

All the basics you need to know about modern day slavery

Government backtracks on 500% fee increases in Immigration Tribunals

René Cassin is pleased that the Government has reversed the 500% court fees increase in the immigration tribunal. Mia Hasenson-Gross, Director of René Cassin, previously said that the massive hike in costs would ‘result in justice being delayed and denied to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.’ It was announced that  fees […]

Modern Slavery – ‘Human Writes’ Essay Competition now open!

***deadline – 6 Feb*** “The great human rights issue of our time”. Do you agree?

Human Rights Shabbat 5777 Resource Pack

All the basics you need to know about modern day slavery

The René Cassin Fellowship Programme – Apply Now!

Join our one year educational programme on Judaism and human rights for young professionals

“If they are not counted, they don’t count”

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) children are significantly overrepresented in the youth criminal justice system. However, the failure to record GRT children in ethnic monitoring processes means that there is no official data on this. Indeed, the lack of data means that this overrepresentation cannot be addressed. As put plainly by the Traveller Times, “if […]

“I hate injustice” – Ruby

Ruby is generously raising money and awareness on the issue of modern day slavery

Today (18th October) is UK Anti-Slavery Day

‘No one shall be held in slavery or servitude’ – Universal Declaration of Human Rights

René Cassin submits evidence on Brexit and the Implications for Human Rights

Read our submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry

National Hate Crime Awareness Week, 8 to 15 October

We are highlighting the problem of hate crime against Gypsy, Roma & Traveller communities

“If we’re cut, we all bleed the same.” – the 80th anniversary of Cable Street.

“If we’re cut, we all bleed the same.” – James Masters writes about the 80th anniversary of Cable Street. For many the date of October 4 1936 is one that has slipped back into the annals of history. For others, it remains a day which will never be forgotten. Now, 80 years on since the […]

Shana Tova – Happy New Year!

With Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) fast approaching, and the Jewish year 5776 drawing to a close, we want to wish all our supporters a sweet new year and have a quick look back on our achievements. This year René Cassin: Raised a Jewish voice in opposition to the proposed repeal of the Human Rights Act. Human […]

How will your community mark Human Rights Shabbat on 10th December?

René Cassin have run the ‘Human Rights Shabbat’ programme for the past eight years. Human Rights Shabbat falls on the nearest Shabbat to World Human Rights Day. This year that is on the 10th December. It’s an opportunity for every Jewish community in the UK to engage with the issue of human rights. You can have a […]

Could the UK be doing more on human rights?

René Cassin have submitted evidence to the UK’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. The UPR is a UN process that all 193 member countries go through every four and a half years to review their domestic human rights situation, and set recommendations for future progress. In our submission, René Cassin raised four main issues for the UK […]

Asylum Workshops – November 8th & 15th

Want to help people through the asylum system? Find out how at these free workshops

Slavery Chief Warns of Modern Day Slavery Exploitation of Asylum Seekers

Kevin Hyland, the UK’s anti-slavery commissioner has written a letter to Theresa May highlighting that delayed efforts to provide asylum to unaccompanied child refugees in Calais exposes these children to the risk of modern slavery and exploitation. The letter comes shortly after Theresa May pledged millions of pounds to tackle the issue of modern day slavery. Kevin Hyland […]

500% court fee increase to go ahead despite opposition

The Government has announced that plans to implement increases of up to 500% in court fees for immigration and asylum cases will go ahead, despite all but five of 147 responses from the Government consultation opposing the move. René Cassin submitted evidence raising serious concerns around access to justice. Mia Hasenson-Gross, Director of René Cassin, responded […]

#RefugeesWelcome march

This Saturday, the 17th September, tens of thousands of people will be marching in solidarity with refugees. If you want to join the Jewish bloc, you can meet outside Marble Arch Station at 12.15. Read why this matters to the Jewish community here. Find out more about the march here.      

#OperationReportHate

We are proud to support the Traveller Movement with the #OperationReportHate campaign

René Cassin submits evidence to Hate Crime Inquiry

“There is no place for hate” René Cassin’s director tells Home Affairs Select Committee’s inquiry.

The Story of the ‘Refugee People’ is not over yet…

Kezia Niman writes about the indelible link between Jewish history and the refugee crisis

Concern over plans to repeal the Human Rights Act

Today, forty Rabbis – coordinated by René Cassin – have written to new Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, urging her to keep the UK’s Human Rights Act

What have our Work Experience students been up to?

Have a read and find out what our brilliant work experience students Soroh, Jessica and Julia, have been doing with us this Summer…

Rabbis urge new Justice Secretary to keep Human Rights Act

Today, forty Rabbis – coordinated by René Cassin – have written to new Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, urging her to keep the UK’s Human Rights Act

Open Letter to the new Home Secretary, Amber Rudd

Dear Home Secretary, Congratulations on your appointment. Your government has committed to leave the European Union while maintaining Britain’s position as a compassionate and outward facing country, meeting our global responsibilities. We are writing to urge you to maintain and increase the UK’s support for people who have fled violence, conflict and persecution, as part […]

A light has gone out of this world

Alex Goldberg, René Cassin Trustee remembers a personal encounter with Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate, who died on 2 July

Disbelief, Confusion and Apprehension

“In these turbulent and uncertain times, we need to hold firm to the values that bind us together as a society. Human rights laws developed in response to tyranny and genocide.Let’s not allow them to become the victims of political agendas” René Cassin Director, Mia Hasenson-Gross, responds to Brexit with a heartfelt personal plea

It’s Refugee Week!

The 20th June is World Refugee Day and the beginning of Refugee Week. Read our statement below and check out our twitter to look at all the different events going on up and down the country.   You can download our statement here

Latest news from René Cassin – newsletter 2 June 2016

Good news on asylum, the fight to save the Human Rights Act and much more – read the latest round-up of René Cassin’s work in our supporters’ newsletter, 2 June 2016

Latest statistics out on global modern day slavery

How many slaves are there in the UK? Is the UK better or worse than other countries at dealing with trafficking? What type of slavery is most prevalent in the UK? Recent statistics published by the Global Slavery Index paint an interesting picture. Read Zoe Paskett’s report for more detail. You can download Zoe’s thoughts here

18 months campaigning against indefinite detention

It has been an incredibly busy 18 months within our campaign to end indefinite detention. We’ve achieved some great breakthroughs but we still have plenty to do. Read our report on all the work that we’ve been doing with our partners below. You can download the full report here Members of the Jewish community putting […]

Justice is open to all – like the Ritz Hotel

The UK government has proposed increasing the fees that need to be paid to appeal an asylum or immigration decision in the First-tier and Upper Tribunal in England and Wales. René Cassin will be responding to the Government’s consultation. The consultation is open until 3 June 2016. Take part in the consultation You can also sign this […]

Reflections on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On 4 May 2016, René Cassin Trustee Alexander Goldberg spoke at the memorial seminar in honour of Clemens Nathan. Clemens was a long time friend and colleague of Monsieur René Cassin. Alex said: “Borne out of the ashes of the Shoah, Clemens … believed that the Declaration was a global attempt to proclaim the imperative ‘never again’. Never again would there be such inhumanity. Never again would a sovereign state be able to claim that it could deprive a minority of life, liberty and fundamental freedoms on the basis of their religion, ethnicity and other characteristics or be able to claim it had done this under law of the land”

Write to your MP today!

Latest on the Immigration Bill. Lords Ramsbotham’s amendment on judicial oversight returns to the House of Commons on the 9th May. Now is the time to write to your MP asking them to shed a bit more light into the murky detention system. The Government also agreed for the first time to an element of […]

New Video. Detention in the 1940s: The story of Fritz Lustig

Europe is facing its worst refugee crisis since the Second World War as thousands of desperate people flee war-torn countries in the Middle East. Jewish experience is littered with episodes of fleeing persecution and seeking sanctuary. Like many people seeking asylum in Britain today, thousands of Jewish refugees were interned by their hosts. In the […]

From headlines to homes: media coverage and public perception of Europe’s refugee crisis

The lethal policy of immigration detention, defending the Human Rights Act … and much more – read the latest news from René Cassin – in our supporters’ newsletter, 24 February 2016

Put a key on your Seder plate this Pesach

As we celebrate freedom at our Passover Seder, we remind ourselves of those whose freedom is still restricted. Get involved and take a small step to help raise awareness of the plight of those in indefinite detention and tell people that it is time for a time limit. You can download the poster here or find more […]

René Cassin seeks specialist communications/PR trustee

Interested in joining a small but effective London-based human rights charity through a period of growth and development? We are seeking a new trustee with experience in communications and/or PR, enthusiasm for our mission and a willingness to commit time and energy to the role.

Just ‘Banter’…

‘Every instance of an ethnic slur, or a stereotype or any other attempt to discriminate against us and push us ‘back to our caravans’ should be vigorously confronted.’ Rachel Bailey writes about the Six Nations Rugby incident between Joe Marler and Samson Lee, in which Marler called Lee a ‘Gypsy Boy’ and told him to […]

‘Concrete forward progress’ for Overseas Domestic Workers

On March 7, the Government released its response to James Ewins’ December 2015 Independent Review of Overseas Domestic Workers’ Visas. René Cassin submitted written evidence to this review in May 2015. In his review, Ewins argued that visas which tie employees to a single employer create an environment in which abuse is more likely to […]

‘Amir died at his most vulnerable…’

On the 17th February, Amir Siman-Tov was sadly found dead at Colnbrook Detention Centre. The details around the circumstances of his death are still unclear. Amir is the 26th person to die in a UK detention centre. His death comes in the wake of  continued calls for reform to the immigration detention system. We hear a […]

Latest news from René Cassin – newsletter 24 February 2016

The lethal policy of immigration detention, defending the Human Rights Act … and much more – read the latest news from René Cassin – in our supporters’ newsletter, 24 February 2016

Response to death of Amir Siman-Tov at Colnbrook Detention Centre

On the 17th February, Amir Siman-Tov was sadly found dead at Colnbrook Detention Centre. The details around the circumstances of his death are unclear. The Jewish Chronicle have covered the story here The Jewish News have covered the story here The Israel National News picked up the story here His death comes in the wake […]

40th anniversary since the death of Monsieur René Cassin

40 years ago this Saturday (20th February) the man our organisation is named after, Monsieur René Cassin passed away. Read Catherine O’Neill’s thoughts on his legacy and what her time as a René Cassin intern has taught her:     You can download her thoughts here    

Right to Remain and René Cassin: Asylum Workshops

We will be repeating these sessions on the 8th and 15th November in 2016. email sam.grant@renecassin.org for more information   In the light of the biggest movement of refugees since the Second World War René Cassin has been inundated with requests from people seeking to understand how the UK asylum system works and how they can help those […]

Refugees, Asylum Seekers and the Human Rights Act

‘Refugee rights have always been precarious, and the state of politics in Europe and Britain make them look more vulnerable than ever’

Ben Brodie researches what impact repeal of the Human Rights Act might have on refugees and asylum seekers.

Independent Review of Overseas Domestic Workers Visas

In May 2015 René Cassin submitted evidence to a review of Overseas Domestic Workers visas. This is an area of concern that the Modern Slavery Act fails to tackle. Our worries, outlined in our submission, are echoed in James Ewins’ independent report, the system as it stands is open to abuse and sets out ideal […]

APPG on Refugees meeting

On February 2, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees held a meeting to discuss the UK’s response to the refugee crisis. The meeting, titled “From Damascus to Dunkirk: Responding humanely to refugees at our border,” was packed with activists and community members, with not a single seat left unfilled. The panel consisted of five members: […]

History Shows why we need a Human Rights Act – Dominic Grieve

Writing in this week’s Jewish Chronicle, Conservative MP and former Attorney-General, Dominic Grieve QC, sets out why the Jewish community should care about the Human Rights Act.

Human Rights are a legacy of the Holocaust

“On the day the world reflects on one of the darkest episodes in human history, we should also remember that our rights and liberties – vital to protect us from such tyranny in the future – are hard-won, but easily squandered.” Holocaust Memorial Day – joint René Cassin / Liberty statement

Latest Human Rights Act Briefing

Ahead of our sold out JW3 event with Dominic Grieve MP QC on January 21st we have put together a brief update on where the conversation surrounding the Human Rights Act is up to: You can download the briefing here. We will be live tweeting the event from 7pm until 8.30pm on Thursday night and […]

Shaw Review – positive but piecemeal

In May 2015, René Cassin submitted evidence to the Shaw Review into the welfare in immigration detention of vulnerable persons. Our submission highlighted the fact that the review would never be able to deal entirely with the issue of vulnerability whilst ignoring the central issue of indefinite immigration detention. The 350 page report out today again demonstrates […]

René Cassin and Tzelem Lobby Peers on Immigration Bill

The current Immigration Bill is so far a missed opportunity to put an end to the harmful practice of indefinite detention. We have joined together with Tzelem to Lobby Peers and you can read our joint letter below: If you want to get involved and help us on this campaign please don’t hesitate to email info@renecassin.org […]

Tackling Modern Slavery – How overseas domestic workers are still being ignored

The last year has has seen a marked improvement in the framework of legislation to tackle modern slavery in the UK. However, this improvement has not been extended to one of the most vulnerable groups, overseas domestic workers. In fact, legislation currently in place renders them more prone to exploitation. Aidan Shipman explains more in his […]

René Cassin Review of Limmud 2015

Limmud Conference 2015 saw René Cassin present a number of human rights talks on issues surrounding our campaign areas. Our Campaigns Manager, Sam Grant, joined Adam Wagner and Aviva Dautch to examine Magna Carta and its connections with today’s debate over the Human Rights Act. Sam also presented two sessions with Rabbi Natan Levy on the indefinite detention of […]

Human Rights Day – René Cassin signs joint letter to political leaders

  René Cassin has joined over 150 other organisations in calling on political leaders to stand with us this Human Rights Day. We have called on them to join in our celebration of the Human Rights Act and the way it strengthens our democracy, not weakens it. The letter was published in the Times today. Read […]

René Cassin briefs MPs before Human Rights Day Parliamentary Debate

Today, on International Human Rights Day, Backbench MPs will debate the following motion: ‘This House has Considered the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights Across the World on International Human Rights Day’. It is the first debate on human rights during this government so it was an important opportunity to have the Jewish voice heard. Have a look at […]

Happy Human Rights Day!

On this day in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Read our latest blog piece on why, 67 years on, it is as important as ever. Happy Human Rights Day!

René Cassin again raises the indefinite detention of asylum seekers

Following our submission to the Immigration Bill Committee last month, René Cassin has written to the Joint Select Committee on Human Rights. We have again raised the issue of the indefinite detention of asylum seekers and called for the government to introduce a time limit to detention. The Immigration Bill provides the perfect opportunity for this. The […]

René Cassin at Limmud Conference 2015

This year’s Limmud Conference will see René Cassin involved in a series of enlightening human rights talks. The talks will be linked to some of our campaign areas and will attempt to draw the connections between Judaism and human rights. The Conference runs from 27-31 December in Birmingham. If you are planning on attending the Conference, then […]

From the Holocaust to the Human Rights Act – an evening with Dominic Grieve QC MP

On Thursday 21 January 2016 at 7pm

At JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET

Hear why Conservative former Attorney-General, Dominic Grieve, opposes repeal of the Human Rights Act – and how it deeply relates to and affects the Jewish community

Asylum Detention Past and Present – René Cassin hosts event at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue

Last Sunday, as part of Mitzvah Day, René Cassin hosted an event at the Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue in order to raise awareness of indefinite detention. We heard compelling talks from Thiru, a member of Freed Voices who has recently been through the detention system, and Fritz Lustig, a 96-year old German-Jewish man interned […]

‘Some are more equal than others…’

Read our latest update on policy and research developments regarding our Gypsy, Roma and Traveller campaign area: ‘Some are more equal than others…’

‘An opportunity that should not be missed’ – Submission to the Immigration Bill

The Immigration Bill is currently at committee stage in Parliament. There are many policy entry points within this bill and you can find a briefing on the Bill here. The Bill represents an opportunity to end the indefinite detention of vulnerable people. We’ve submitted our thoughts to the committee and you can see our submission […]

A ‘lose-lose’ situation

  The Government recently published the Housing and Planning Bill which contains measures that will remove the duty on local authorities to assess the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers for the purposes of planning for Traveller sites. The move will also get rid of the only piece of legislation that recognises Gypsies’ and Travellers’ […]

Modern Day Abrahams

We spent Shabbat at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue and gave the sermon on immigration detention. Click below to find out what the Torah portion ‘Chaye Sarah’ has to do with indefinite detention. D’var Torah – Modern Day Abrahams

Is Britain Fairer?’ – not for some, new report reveals

In the most comprehensive review ever carried out on progress towards greater equality and human rights protection in Britain, The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) today reveals ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ over the past five years. Jewish human rights charity René Cassin, which campaigns on issues that resonate with Jewish historical experience – such as […]

“Broken and unfair” – René Cassin Director calls for immigration detention time limit

Speaking at an event called in response to the refugee crisis, René Cassin’s director, Mia Hasenson-Gross was asked: “What changes in UK law do you think are needed to address the issue of indefinite immigration detention?”. Read her reply …

Response to Theresa May’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference

René Cassin was deeply concerned by the rhetoric and proposed plans set forward in the Home Secretary’s speech.

‘Immigration Detention – then and now.’ Mitzvah Day at NPLS

Harmondsworth fence

Sunday 22 November, 1pm Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue, 18-24 Oaklands Gate, Northwood, HA6 3AA The UK is the only country in the whole of Europe that does not have a time limit on how long an individual can be kept in detention. Join us and Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue as we explore the […]

Happy Birthday to the Human Rights Act

Happy Birthday to the Human Rights Act. Today marks the 15th anniversary of the Human Rights Act (HRA) as UK law. It’s a piece of legislation that has helped many seek justice and correct wrongs. Yet there is a chance it won’t have another anniversary as the government seeks to repeal it and replace it […]

Human Rights Tour – Day of Action

Sunday 4 October, 11am-3pm at JHub, Haskell House, 152 West End Lane, London, NW6 1SD

Join us for a Young People’s Day: awareness raising and community debate for young people, marking 15 years of the Human Rights Act and what it means for us all.

The Refugee Crisis – the Jewish community’s response

Wednesday 7 October, 7pm at JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET

As Europe faces its biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War, find out how the Jewish community has come together to offer tangible ways to make a difference.

Human Rights and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities

We consider the ways in which human rights legislation affects Gypsy and Traveller Communities living in England and Wales. It is written in the context of government plans to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998. Human Rights legislation protects everyone but especially minorities within society. Any repeal or back-stepping on current protections will leave many groups […]

Hope and Despair for Gypsy, Roma and Travellers

Read our latest update on policy and research developments regarding our Gypsy, Roma and Traveller campaign area Download the article here:Hope and Despair for Gypsy, Roma and Travellers

Detention Debate in Parliament

Today, 10th September 2015, Parliament sat down to debate detention for asylum seekers and refugees. Impassioned pleas were made by over 25 MPs, from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Scottish National Party. All MPs who spoke commended the report and called for radical change to the detention system. There was unanimous support for the […]

Government introduces “discriminatory” planning policy for Traveller sites

A report from the Traveller Movement has highlighted the harmful, troublesome and at times discriminatory effects of a new planning policy introduced in late August. The policy does not acknowledge that a Gypsy or Traveller who stops travelling permanently, even for the reasons of education, health or old age, is eligible to apply for planning […]

#UnlockTheDebate – Alternative debate on detention

In Britain, asylum seekers can be held indefinitely in detention centres. This means that people, who have often escaped unthinkable situations to seek refuge in the UK, will not know when they will walk free once again. After being traumatised by war, imprisonment, religious persecution, torture, rape and sexual abuse, these people are trapped once […]

The Refugee Crisis

Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” Refugees fleeing Syria and other nations where they are facing unprecedented levels of persecution have this fundamental human right. It is our duty to ensure these rights are fulfilled […]

New Article: Creeping conservatism of UK courts in Article 8 cases

The Human Rights Act is often criticized for affording too many people the right to stay in the UK due to their right to a family life, even if they have committed crimes. Melissa Goldstein analyses recent cases surrounding Article 8 and finds that UK judges are currently interpreting Article 8 in far narrower terms. Download the […]

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons joins call for a time limit on detention

Nick Hardwick, the HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, has today found that Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre ‘is failing to meet the needs of the most vulnerable women.’ For the first time, the government-appointed inspector has joined calls from a parliamentary inquiry, which René Cassin collected and submitted evidence to, for a time limit on […]

The René Cassin ‘Human Writes’ 2015 Essay Competition – results

We asked ‘Religion and human rights – compatible or conflicting?’ Danny Finkelstein, Associate Editor of The Times judged the shortlisted entries. His verdict: “These were all very good essays, a credit to their writers and to the prize.

Read the winning and shortlisted essays and what Danny says about them.

Religious Leaders on Immigration Detention: A Force to be Reckoned With

Leaders from René Cassin and Tzelem attended the London Church Refugee Network meeting to discuss interfaith campaigning on indefinite detention. Read more here.

Detention Interfaith Tent

Recently, Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders assembled at Harmondsworth Moor. The Moor sits five miles from the home of Magna Carta and a few feet away from Harmondsworth Detention Centre. The faith leaders met to raise their voice together in solidarity with those held in indefinite immigration detention in the UK as part of the […]

From Magna Carta to Harmondsworth

From Magna Carta to Harmondsworth Article on the contradiction of celebrating the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta in an era where the UK is the only country in Europe not to have an upper time limit on detention.

Launch of Trafficking Survivor Care Standards

Although it is difficult to establish the exact scale of human trafficking, due to the hidden nature of this crime, available data suggest that there could be millions of trafficked people across the world. The Human Trafficking Foundation has formed an Expert Working Group which brings together practitioners from the anti-trafficking field to discuss ways […]

Detention Fast-Track Procedure Suspended

Minister for Immigration James Brokenshire has today announced the suspension of the Detained Fast Track asylum process in its entirety, following a series of successful legal challenges brought by Detention Action. The announcement follows the suspension of the appeals stage of the Fast Track by the Court of Appeal on Friday. The Minister said: ‘Recently the […]

‘Time for a Time Limit’ – Interfaith Tent

Harmondsworth fence

On Sunday July 5 (Ramadan and 17th of Tammuz) at Harmondsworth Moor (UB7 0PD)

‘ … since you were foreigners in the land of Egypt’

We call on people of all faiths and none to gather near Harmondsworth Detention Centre – in solidarity with the strangers at our gates.

Free event – all welcome

“He was the human of Human Rights”

We are sad that our great friend, advisor, supporter and one of our founding figures, Clemens Nathan, has passed away. Clemens has been a guiding force in our work since René Cassin’s inception, and his presence and shepherding of our organisation extended from attending our events and speaking to our lawyer and activist supporters, to […]

Save the Human Rights Act

Human Rights are Equally Ours Sometimes you can’t appreciate the value of something until it is taken away. So it is with human rights. Here is Ruth Barnett, talking about why she believes that as a Holocaust survivor human rights are vital for everyone.The government has announced its intention to ‘bring forward proposals for a […]

Fear and prejudice here and abroad

Fear and prejudice here and abroad Gay, lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers face discrimination at every step of the process. The already harrowing experience of indefinite detention is worsened when you experience an extra layer of prejudice. The UK must do more to prevent harm coming to people seeking sanctuary on our shores.

Submission made to independent review of ODW visas

René Cassin Submission to ODW Review Overseas domestic workers in the UK are especially vulnerable to abuse, as they may not speak English, may not have knowledge of their rights, and have limited access to justice. Tying workers to their employers fosters labour and criminal abuse and must be opposed. René Cassin advocates reform of […]

René Cassin submits evidence to review of immigration detention

René Cassin were invited to submit evidence to the the Shaw Review of Welfare in Immigration Detention. Our central proposal is a simple one – the abolition of indefinite detention. René Cassin Shaw Review

Sudan Update: Bashir Sweeps Election

Bashir Sweeps Sudanese Elections Omar al-Bashir has extended his quarter-century rule of Sudan after a dubiously run election that saw him win 94 percent of the presidential vote, and his National Congress Party win 323 of 426 parliamentary seats. The international community must not forget the victims of genocide, and an ICC warrant for his arrest […]

Expert panel: How to break the chains of modern slavery?

Breaking the Chains On the 22nd of April, René Cassin was pleased to hear from renowned experts Parosha Chandran and Dr Aidan McQuade to discuss the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the future direction of anti-slavery advocacy. Chaired by Dr Rosa Freedman of Birmingham University and hosted by Berwin Leighton Paisner, the event was a great […]

Faith leaders meet at roundtable on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Rights

Interfaith Roundtable Summary Faith leaders from a wide range of religions and denominations came together on the 15th of April to discuss the problems faced by Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in the UK. They gained a fascinating insight into the severe and institutionalised discrimination experienced by these groups, with community activists, legal experts and academics also […]

Rabbis speak out after visit to detention centre

Rabbis speak out after visit to detention centre Representatives from the rabbinical social justice group Tzelem attended the Harmondsworth Detention Centre to see conditions first-hand. They spoke to detainees and their stories shocked and moved them. After seeing the physical and mental damage caused to vulnerable people, they brought a message home to their communities: […]

‘Lost Souls’ of the Detention System

‘Lost Souls’ of the Detention System The House of Lords debated immigration detention on the 26th of March 2015, demonstrating great compassion for the plight of some of the most vulnerable people in Britain. Lord Lloyd of Berwick, in his valedictory speech, chose to discuss this pressing issue, and René Cassin was present to capture […]

Modern Slavery – breaking the chains

A René Cassin free public event on Wednesday 22 April at Berwin Leighton Paisner, London EC4R 9HA.

Slavery is not history. In the UK today there are as many as 13,000 victims. Two leading experts examine this modern scourge and what can be done to combat it.

The René Cassin ‘Human Writes’ Essay Competition

“Religion and human rights – compatible or conflicting?” Every year René Cassin runs an essay competition to get people thinking about important human rights issues. This year we tackle the two concepts at the core of our organisation; religion and human rights. Do you have an interest in human rights and would like the opportunity […]

Immigration detention – “expensive, ineffective and unjust”

Harmondsworth fence

René Cassin welcomes today’s report by The Parliamentary Inquiry into the use of Immigration Detention in the UK. The report damns the current system as “expensive, ineffective and unjust” and calls for fundamental reform. The cross-party inquiry recommends that: There should be a time limit of 28 days on the length of time anyone can […]

There’s No Such Thing as Trivial Rights

There’s No Such Thing as Trivial Rights The Conservative Party’s proposal to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), argues that one of the HRAs shortcomings is its failure to distinguish between serious and trivial human rights. This article, by Talina Hurzeler, explores how this proposed distinction contradicts the contemporary international understanding of the human […]

Joint Letter on Responsibility To Protect

Last week René Cassin, together with a number of civil society organisations, took part in a joint initiative calling for all UK political parties to maintain commitment to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and atrocity prevention.   We are deeply disturbed by the on-going conflicts in the Central African Republic, Syria, Iraq, Burma and North […]

Protecting Parliamentary Sovereignty: A Justification for Repealing the HRA?

The legislative framework for safeguarding human rights came about because of the need to protect people from the overweening power of the state – as witnessed by Nazi and Soviet atrocities in the 20th century. The UK was one of the first countries to ratify the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) by enacting the […]

Hidden Detainees: the Secret Struggle

Hidden Detainees: the Secret Struggle There is a significant discord between the number of immigrants detained in the UK and that reflected by the official Home Office figure. This is because government statistics arbitrarily ignore an entire class of immigrant detainees: those held in Prison Service Establishments. This article, by Talina Hurzeler, explores the implications […]

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today, 27 January 2015, is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

René Cassin believes that one of the most critical legacies of the Holocaust is the understanding that the fight against human rights violations will never end, and that we as a society must be vigilant to any erosion of our human rights …

Statement on attacks in Paris – 7 January 2015

René Cassin is shocked by the murders that took place last week. We have a particular connection to these dreadful events. We hope and believe that the human virtues of tolerance and respect will triumph over hatred and suspicion …

Objection to Campsfield expansion

Immoral, Inefficient, Ill-timed … René Cassin calls for halt to plans to expand Immigration Removal Centre 14 January 2015 As part of our work with the Detention Forum and our ongoing campaign to end indefinite detention, René Cassin has called for a moratorium on the expansion of the detention estate. In line with this call we have submitted […]

Valley of Sighs – film screening

Saturday 31 January 2015, 7pm – Conway Hall, London WC1R 4RL

In Holocaust Memorial Week, this powerful documentary remembers a forgotten genocide from the Second World War.

Screening is followed with Q&A session with the film’s writer, director and producer.

‘Human Rights: Protecting. Empowering. Inspiring.’

Concentration camp with rail line

We mark International Human Rights Day 2014 by publishing ‘the Jewish case for human rights’. Read how human rights laws are vital to real people who are suffering, or have suffered, persecution and discrimination.

René Cassin wins an award and commendation from the Prime Minister

René Cassin has been honoured during Interfaith week by FaithAction for our work with the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community. Read what Prime Minister David Cameron has to say about it here.

New Website Launched

Welcome to our new website, we hope you like its fresh look and feel! It is supposed to be more user-friendly but please let us know if you encounter any issues or errors, sometimes it takes a while to get these things right. Happy browsing.

New Faces at René Cassin

René Cassin is growing and over the summer we have been joined by two new members of staff. Sam Grant joined the René Cassin team in June as our Campaigns and Programmes Officer. You may already know Sam from his time with Liberal Judaism. Sam has also just completed his Masters in Human Rights at […]

Helping asylum seekers tell their story

During my time with René Cassin, I have been meeting with asylum seekers who had been detained in UK immigration removal centres. They had very different stories but with something in common: they all had experienced great suffering in their lives. It was not easy for me to hear their stories, but obviously it was even […]

Resources and Reports

René Cassin produces educational resources that our supporters can use to educate their communities about human rights issues and Jewish teachings. We also produce research and reports on human rights issues.

The ‘simplicity’ of Human Rights

By Sam Grant, René Cassin Campaigns and Programmes Officer, July 2014   “Human rights are inscribed in the hearts of people; they were there long before lawmakers drafted their first proclamation.”  Mary Robinson  What is a Human Right? Briefly put, a human right is a right you have by virtue of being human. However, this […]