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The Modern Day Babel Fable

By Dr. Sheldon Stone, René Cassin Fellow and Campaign Associate, Advisory Group to STOPUYGHURGENOCIDE, World Uyghur Congress, London Office “Have you reserved?” “No!”  I was prepared to do anything.  Take […]

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Help us campaign to stop hate speech and hate crime

Standing Together Against the Pandemic of Hate

By Minnie Wiggins, René Cassin intern This year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week (10-17 October) seeks to bring people together to stand in solidarity against all forms of hate. As […]

The Human Rights Act – 20 years of our Key to Fairness!

Today marks twenty years since the Human Rights Act came into force in the UK.  For two decades fundamental rights and freedoms have been preserved and promoted in British law.  […]

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Human Rights Shabbat 5781 (2020)

‘How can Jewish experience and principles inform the prevention of genocide today?’  Over the past few months, the Jewish community and the world have been moved and troubled by issues […]

Why is genocide still happening, and what can we do to stop it? – ‘Human Writes’ essay competition

Judged by Lord Finkestein. £100 prize. Deadline 9 November.

Chained Women: Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery of Jewish Women in the 20th Century

By Lesley Urbach, René Cassin Fellow At the end of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century Jewish European women were trafficked across international borders to be sold into sex […]

What has the Human Rights Act got to do with us?

Discover how our human rights safety net helps ordinary people in their everyday lives. Debora Singer MBE is the safeguarding human rights lead at Rene Cassin.  In this 15-minute presentation […]

René Cassin Human Rights Ambassador Programme

An enriching, leadership-orientated initiative to empower young Jewish human rights activists

Make a donation today to … Stop Uyghur Genocide

Please help Rahima and her fellow Uyghurs

We will not forget Roma genocide, says Jewish human rights charity

Sunday 2 August is Roma Genocide Remembrance Day. It marks the 76th anniversary of the murder of 2,897 Roma men women and children in the gas chambers of Auschwitz in […]

Jewish Action to Stop Uyghur Persecution

The persecution of the Uyghurs, due to their ethnic and religious identity, serves as a chilling reminder to the horrors committed against the Jews in the Holocaust. We must honour […]

“Chilling Echoes” – the plight of the Uyghurs

Livestream event – Thursday 23 July, 8pm

End Uyghur Forced Labour in China Now

René Cassin joins worldwide coalition of 198 organisations

Women’s Environmental Leadership – how a human rights approach can help people and the planet

By Eva Rehse and Sandy McClure, Global Greengrants Fund UK We need to act now to protect our planet, which is facing mass biodiversity extinction and the threat of a […]

Remembering Srebrenica

11 July 1995

Virus crisis – yet another reason to close immigration removal centres

“… an unnecessary evil and a totally avoidable catastrophe”

Write to your MP!

Ask them to support amendments to the Immigration Bill on a time limit for detention

‘Reimagine our society as a diverse and knitted-together mass of communities’

I was asked recently, by the Jewish human rights organisation René Cassin to give a contribution as part of an evening looking at the issue of hate speech. I was […]

Imagine – an end to immigration detention

Coronavirus has shown us that radical change is possible

The kindness of strangers

A Refugee Week poem by Debora Singer

China’s systematic oppression of Uyghur Women

René Cassin Briefing Paper – May 2020 Close to three million Muslim Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic communities in East Turkistan, the Chinese North western region of Xinjiang, are forced […]

‘Safeguarding UK’s human rights law – partnership or challenge?’

René Cassin virtual roundtable, 20 May 2020 with Rebecca Hilsenrath, CEO, Equality and Human Rights Commission chaired by Daniel Silverstone (Chair of René Cassin Board of Trustees) An invitation-only roundtable […]

We choose to speak out and stand up in solidarity with black people. Black lives matter.

René Cassin strongly condemns the unjust acts of state violence over the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the countless others, and violence against protestors in the USA, especially […]

Call for action: this is what you can do for the Uyghurs

Support a Legal Challenge to Govt Decision to Allow Huawei 5G Network Access through this link. The legal challenge by two UK Muslims (Rahima Mahmut and Dr. Enver Tothi) to […]

Human Rights in Isolation – Top 15 recommendations to keep your mind active

Our Top 10 list of Human Rights related books, documentaries, films and webinars to keep your mind active and remind us why we are committed to change.

‘No More Business as Usual’: Global supply chains tainted by forced Uyghur labour in China.

As the Coronavirus pandemic brings the rest of the world to a halt, China, several months after it declared a global pandemic, has begun to ease its lockdown restrictions. The […]

Suggested actions in the time of COVID-19

Continuing to support human rights In these unusual times, when our old ways of campaigning are impossible (for obvious public health safety reasons), creativity is needed in order to ensure […]

“They miss the drop-in and the things that made their lives more bearable”

COVID-19 and the Alyth Refugee Drop-in Response The Alyth drop-in for refugees is a small charitable organisation run by volunteers. We provide social Sundays, outings and a choir. Our aim […]

Windrush: Lessons Learned

“I can’t believe I have been treated like this by my beloved England”

Lock-down focuses our human rights glasses

By Student Rabbi Gabriel Kanter-Webber The glasses we usually associate with Pesach contain wine. But I think glasses have another connection with it as well. “During the emergency period, no […]

Righteous Women – René Cassin’s Women’s Seder

What is your Seder night like? Does your father or grandfather sit at the head of the table and lead the telling of the exodus? Do you remember our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Do you discuss what the four sons have to say?

What about the righteous women?

stay Hopeful, stay Helpful, stay Human

Coronavirus statement from Mia, René Cassin’s Executive Director

Remembering Amir Siman-Tov and the cost of the UK’s immigration system

by Michael Goldin, Coordinator of the Detention Jewish Visitors Group On Sunday 1st March I attended an event to mark the yatrzheit of a friend of mine, Amir Siman-Tov, who […]

René Cassin’s Women’s Seder Haggadah Companion

The 4 items on our Seder Plate: resistance, solidarity, empowerment & legacy

“They belong” – René Cassin submission to Home Office consultation on police powers and ‘unauthorised encampments’

Nomadic ways of life have long been a part of the country we call home – René Cassin’s submission responded to a Government consultation (March 2020) on “strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments”.

Purim, the Book of Esther and Human Rights

by Moses Seitler, Education and Community Engagement Officer at René Cassin A summary of most Jewish holidays is they tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat! Purim follows this […]

René Cassin honours the legacy of ‘Righteous Women’ on International Women’s Day 2020

René Cassin, the Jewish voice for human rights, strongly believes in the importance of learning from experience; we draw on our shared Jewish values and experience to advocate for human […]

Huawei and the internment of three million Muslim Uyghurs

by Sheldon Stone The UK government’s decision (28 January 2020) on future of Huawei, as a leading telecommunications provider in the country, undermines the UK’s long and celebrated tradition of […]

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Join us for an evening of discussion, sisterhood and solidarity

Reflection on session 1

The 2020 René Cassin-AJA Fellowship Programme began with an exciting and inspiring introductory session. The cohort comprises a diverse group of individuals who, while having a variety of professional and […]

‘Standing together’ or ‘a race apart’?

The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 is: ‘Stand Together’. While not a panacea in itself, there is a definite case for subscribing to such an approach, provided we remain […]

Meet the 2020 Cohort of René Cassin AJA Fellows

Meet the 2020 fellows and read their bios here

The UK’s Human Rights Act (1998) and why it needs protecting

by Debora Singer, Updated April 2020 History of the Human Rights Act In 1948 the United Nations published the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  This was written by our […]

China’s Xinjiang camps are eerily familiar

Policy is “designed to wipe the Uyghurs off the face of the earth”

The Uyghur Crisis – briefing paper (January 2020)

It is estimated that close to two million Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities are being detained indefinitely in ‘re-education’ camps in China’s western Xinjiang Region, where they are forced to deny their religion and culture as ‘backwards and dangerous.

Holocaust Memorial Day – standing together to say ‘Never again!’

China must stop its brutal repression of Uyghur Muslims

Standing Together Against Hate

With the dramatic rise in hate crime, now is the time to stand together

“Social media: friend or foe of human rights?” – winner of René Cassin ‘Human Writes’ essay competition announced

“… social media has an enormous potential for organising, inspiring and igniting political protest. However, authoritarian regimes have now begun to harness this potential in order to violate human rights.” Read Claudia Hyde’s winning essay in full.

Passionate about human rights? You could be our new trustee!

Are you a talented and strategic individual who is committed to the protection of human rights? Do you want to join a team that is determined to remake the Jewish […]

Don’t Forget the Photos!

Photographic exhibition of Nazi persecution of German Sinti and Roma families. Muswell Hill Synogogue, N10 1ND. From Sunday 19 to Sunday 26 January 2020

Intern-al Reflections

Alice Akca reflects on her internship at René Cassin at th end of 2019, and looks outlines her hopes for the organisation in 2020

Human Rights Shabbat 5780 (2019)

What does a Jewish response to Hate Crime look like? René Cassin’s Human Rights Shabbat Resource Pack

Marking the anniversary of the UN Convention Against Genocide – 9 December 2019

Today marks 71st anniversary of the signing of the UN Convention against Genocide and World Genocide Day, established by the UN, to commemorate and honour the victims of genocides and […]

Make Your Vote a Vote for Human Rights

With just over a week left until polling day, we have been thinking about what the future holds for human rights in the UK. We have read through the manifestos […]

Modern slavery and homelessness: René Cassin workshop

by Alice Akca, René Cassin Intern  “The majority of modern slavery victims in the UK are from the UK.” This statement, presented to us by Caroline Barnard, Communications Officer, from […]

Vote for Human Rights!

Key questions to put to anyone asking for your vote on 12 December

The UK and the Rule of Law: a crisis of national identity?

René Cassin roundtable discussion, held under the Chatham House Rule. Thursday 31 October 2019 at Matrix Chambers, London. Keynote speaker Professor Philippe Sands QC.

Where human rights begin – training youth group leaders

On 25 September, René Cassin hosted 30 JLGB volunteers for training on leading human rights education for their groups.

Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard’s Tale

Monday 16 December 2019, 7.30pm – at JW3, London NW3 6ET

2020 Fellowship Programme

New deadline for applications: noon, Monday 18 November

In China, “never again” is happening again

René Cassin Submission to Parliamentary inquiry into freedom of religion and human rights defenders

Standing together against hate: the launch of #CutItOut campaign in Parliament

Kate Green MP: “Hatred of one group is hatred of us all.”

Today, on Anti-Slavery Day we are focussing on those small, often unnoticed, places, close to home, where human rights begin

Slavery is not history. It would be comforting to think that it ended with William Wilberforce’s Abolition Act in 1833. But it didn’t. It is here and it is now. […]

René Cassin and the Traveller Movement launch a new anti-hate speech campaign calling for more respectful language in politics

On Wednesday the 16 of October, René Cassin and the Traveller Movement will launch a new anti-hate speech campaign. The #Cut It Out campaign aims to tackle hate speech and […]

Cut It Out Campaign

Gypsies, Roma and Travellers share a history of persecution with Jewish people. Targeted by the Nazis during the Holocaust, faced with open prejudice and official indifference, and now subjected to […]

Modern Slavery and Homelessness Workshops

Sign up for our free evening workshops on 6th and 13th November 2019

Sign up for Human Rights Shabbat 5780!

 This year’s Human Rights Shabbat is on the 7th and 8th of December, events can happen over that Shabbat and in the week leading up to it. Human Rights Shabbat […]

Gender equality and modern day slavery: is girl power the answer?

Intern Alice reports on the gendered aspect of modern slavery and suggests possible solutions.

National Hate Crime Awareness Week: Cut It Out

Launch of our anti-hate crime campaign, Wed 16 Oct 5pm, Houses of Parliament

René Cassin’s 2019 ‘Human Writes’ Essay Competition now open!

“Social media: friend or foe of human rights?” – deadline 11 November 2019

My Week at René Cassin

I learnt that when one advocates for the human rights of one particular group, all groups benefit.

Why is the Human Rights Act important for disabled people?

By Simone Aspis Increasingly, the government is enacting legislation and policies that have the potential to treat disabled people less favourably than their non-disabled peers.  Whilst law and policy is […]

Universal Human Rights – founded on Jewish experience, inspired by Jewish values

Event with Prof Francesca Klug – Tues 10 Sep, 7pm – book your free tickets

Misogyny as a hate crime: not so fast

Work experience student Mollie writes on the campaign to have misogyny classified as a hate crime

“I learnt the importance and significance of what René Cassin stands for and the crucial role the organisation plays within society”

Lily Compton reflects on how her work experience week has inspired her to not just observe events, but to take action to protect human rights.

“We as a community cannot sit back and watch as others experience the horrors of slavery”

Leah Malkinson explains how her work experience week was not just admin and making coffee, but rather “immersed [her] into the world of human rights activism”

Roma Genocide Remembrance Day 2019

Members of the Jewish community gathered at Hyde Park Holocaust Memorial to show solidarity with members of the Roma community for Roma Genocide Remembrance Day

CST Report Finds Shocking Increase in Antisemitism

New report finds that antisemitism is still on the rise, breaking record numbers this year.

County lines – the child criminal exploitation on our doorsteps

Ben Lewis reports on an often missed aspect of child exploitation in the UK

The Rule of Law and Socio-Economic Justice

Professor Geraldine van Bueren argues for a new approach

“René Cassin shines brightly in our country as an organisation that stands up to discrimination”

By Joshua Wuggenig I came to René Cassin at a particularly daunting time for human rights around the world, with Western countries catering further and further to far-right groups and […]

What’s the situation in Hungary and what’s it like for minorities? – Friday 24 May 2019

Our second day in Budapest – a deep dive into modern-day Hungary and the lived experiences of marginalised groups

Kindertransport to the Hostile Environment: Britain’s Immigration System Then and Now

Report of our Parliamentary event for Refugee Week 2019

The Lethal Policy of Indefinite Immigration Detention

René Cassin’s Campaigns Officer, Hannah Swirsky, writes in Jewish News Online: In Britain each year, around 25,000 migrants and asylum seekers are routinely locked up in detention centres – often […]

Refugee Week 2019

René Cassin is proud to support Refugee Week 2019 (17-23 June). Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, co-authored by our namesake Monsieur René Cassin, states that “everyone […]

Fighting Hate Crime and Discrimination: The Jewish Standpoint

Learn about the takeaways from our latest session by one of our Fellows

European Elections Statement

It’s election time! The right to vote, set out in Protocol 1, Article 3 of the Human Rights Act, is a vital prerequisite for a democratic society. We therefore urge […]

Parliamentary Event: Kindertransport to the Hostile Environment

Free event for Refugee Week 2019 – Monday 17 June, 3-5pm, House of Commons

Jewish Action Against Persecution of Uyghurs

Inspired to act? Here’s what you can do to oppose the persecution of Uyghurs.

That’s Not a Good Look: Fast Fashion and Modern Slavery

Lauren Chaplin explores whether, six years on from Rana Plaza tragedy, anything has changed.

Could you be René Cassin’s next Treasurer?

We are looking for a Treasurer to join our Trustee Board René Cassin, the Jewish voice for human rights, works to promote and protect universal human rights drawing on Jewish […]

Immigration Regulations Undermine NRM Despite Reforms

By Jane Kilpatrick Trafficking victim Peter came in contact with @ECPATUK after he ran away from his traffickers, in desperate need of support. In the #UK, the National Referral Mechanism […]

Reflection on Session Three: Immigration Detention

by Mo Makin The topic of discussion for this session was immigration detention. Immigration always seems to be in the News. Politicians and journalists are mostly seen questioning how much […]

Renewed Uncertainty on Future of Human Rights Act

Sidney and Edith’s story Sidney and Edith have been married for 60 years.  When Edith is allocated to a different care home to Sidney, she is distraught that she could […]

As Modern Slavery Starts to Emerge from the Shadows, are we Ready for it?

Will Bordell March was a month of modern slavery data-points – and they’re not as dull as they might sound. Across the board, statistic after statistic shows a steep increase: […]

Never Again? A Jewish response to the Uyghur crisis

This René Cassin event examines religious persecution in China – Thursday 9 May, 7-8.30pm

South Africa’s Human Rights Day

Josh Alston looks at the role that South African Jews played in the fight against apartheid, and remembers Ruth First’s struggle and sacrifice.

MPs Call for End to Indefinite Detention

By Bella Lever Last month, the Joint Committee on Human Rights published a report which called for a time limit on indefinite detention. One of the key reasons they list […]

International Women’s Day 2019

Today is International Women’s Day, a day for celebrating how far we have come in securing women’s rights, but also for thinking about all those who have been left behind. […]

To Advance Women’s Rights, We Must Promote Human Rights

By Mia Hasenson-Gross, Executive Director of René Cassin When Minerva Bernardino from the Dominican Republic, Hansa Mehta from India and Shaista Ikramullah from Pakistan, joined Eleanor Roosevelt to ensure that […]

International Women’s Day 2019: Fundraising for Freedom

As we mark International Women’s Day, René Cassin is asking Youth Movements and local communities to organise fundraising events to raise money for female victims of modern slavery and human […]

Female Jewish Human Rights Heroes

As we mark International Women’s Day, it is important to celebrate Jewish women throughout history who have championed human rights. Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ruth Bader Ginsburg (or RBG) was appointed […]

Making the Jewish Case for Human Rights in the UK

René Cassin booklet – Jews must be at the forefront of promoting universal rights

We Must Call Out Prejudice

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities together constitute Europe’s largest ethnic minority and they share a history of persecution with Jewish people. Recent studies have shown that GRT communities experience […]

Parliamentary Committee Backs Call for a 28-day Time Limit

Last week the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) published its report on immigration detention in the UK, joining René Cassin, and many others, in the call to end indefinite […]

Human rights begin at home

René Cassin statement on Holocaust Memorial Day

Meet the 2019 Cohort of René Cassin AJA Fellows

We are excited to welcome our new Cohort of Fellows, read all about them here.

These Walls Must Fall in Bristol

Two Bristol students discuss the successful campaign for Bristol City Council to pass a These Walls Must Fall motion. Imagine this – you’re locked up, and you don’t know your […]

Victims of Modern Slavery Going Hungry

Despite the PM stating that modern slavery is the “greatest human rights issue of our time”, victims are going hungry. In a recent interview on LBC radio, Senior Reporter Matthew […]

Students Create History of Human Rights Podcast

Two student from JFS, Georgie and David, have created a wonderful short podcast outlining a brief history of human rights in UK.

Cultural Genocide in Xinjiang

By Baruch Solomon This week we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Seventy years is a long time however, and few of us will […]

“We need to make the case for human rights values” – René Cassin Director

Mia Hasenson-Gross marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

“We cannot be complacent” – Board of Deputies

BoD President marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

“We must work and fight for human dignity” – Chief Rabbi

Chief Rabbi marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights Shabbat 5779 (2018)

Welcome to the Human Rights Shabbat Resource Pack for 5779 (2018). Whether you are a synagogue, youth movement, University J-SOC, cheder teacher or just an interested individual we hope that […]

The Promise of the UDHR 70 Years on

By Rebecca Hilsenrath, Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission My father-in-law was 28 when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted; living in New York […]

René Cassin Praises the Human Rights Act in Submission to Parliamentary Inquiry

In evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights, René Cassin highlights the importance of the Human Rights Act (HRA) in improving people’s lives in the UK, by letting people […]

Happy 20th Birthday, Human Rights Act!

This week René Cassin is celebrating twenty years of UK Human Rights

Jewish Human Rights Heroes

Podcast of event now available

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70 [Cancelled]

René Cassin event – Wednesday 12 December, 7.30pm – London NW3 – Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope to reschedule for Spring 2019.

Sunrise, not Sunset: a short film celebrating the Human Rights Act

How the Human Rights Act helps ordinary people in everyday situations

Faiths to Freedom: Interfaith Action on Modern Slavery

Elliot Steinberg on why our faith communities are ideally placed to combat modern slavery

Anti-Slavery Day 2018

Slavery and trafficking are unavoidably connected to Jewish experience. As stated by the Chief Rabbi, “speaking out against the flagrant violations of human dignity implicit in this crime, should be […]

Ask Your MP to Stand Against Modern Slavery in Parliament Today!

This evening, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on Tackling Modern Slavery in Parliament 6.30-7.30pm. The event will be streamed live here. In advance of the debate, please email […]

Victim Protections Undermined: René Cassin’s evidence to the Parliamentary Inquiry on Modern Slavery Legislation

René Cassin recently submitted evidence to the Home Affairs Committee inquiry, looking at what progress has been made in the three years since the Modern Slavery Act (MSA) came into force […]

René Cassin submits evidence to Parliamentary inquiry into immigration detention

Post-Brexit, the UK has a unique opportunity to set the tone when it comes to progressing human rights. We promote a 28-day limit for immigration detention, and an increase in the use of alternatives to detention

“A thoroughly enjoyable, educational and fulfilling experience”

Yoram Goodman reflects on his internship at René Cassin

The 2nd August – Roma Genocide Remembrance Day

74 years ago today, the Nazis killed 2,897 Roma men, women and children at Auschwitz

Trafficked children in UK “continue to be exploited”

On World Day against Trafficking, Ben Lewis considers children “trapped in their exploitation”.

Shaw Review 2: “The time that many people spend in detention remains deeply troubling”

Stephen Shaw has published his long-awaited second review into UK immigration detention.

Passionate about human rights? Fundraising experience? – join us as a Trustee

As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, there has never been a more important time to get involved in our work.

“They are playing with people’s lives” – treatment of Jewish refugee highlights the UK’s shameful policy of indefinite detention

“I thought that Britain was a country of human rights but this is not the case in detention”

US withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council – we need politicians to keep talking

Responding to the United States’ decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, Mia Hasenson-Gross, Director of René Cassin, said today: Lasting solutions to the many serious abuses of […]

Its Refugee Week!

Refugees enrich our society – but many suffer unfair and disproportionate treatment

Winner announced in René Cassin ‘Human Writes’ essay competition

Joshua Rozenberg finds winning essay “… a convincing thesis and a pleasure to read”.

Over 30 Rabbis and other leaders of the Jewish community sign our letter to David Davis MP

René Cassin urges the govt to use Brexit to protect and strengthen human rights.

Modern slavery numbers are increasing – is that to be welcomed?

Aidan Shipman on the latest National Crime Agency figures

Ruling on religious burials recognises our individuality, our freedom and our humanity

High Court upholds principles laid down 70 years ago in Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Solidarity as a Jewish Value: Why René Cassin is Setting up a Jewish Visitors Group

Interested in supporting someone in immigration detention? We want to hear from you!

EU Withdrawal Bill Update

Find out the latest updates as the bill goes through the House of Lords

Children’s Rights After Brexit

“The legacy of UDHR is protected especially when it comes to children and other vulnerable groups”

Protesting at Yarl’s Wood: How Judaism Informs My Activism

By Jess Baker

Let’s Vote for Human Rights

Don’t forget to vote at the local elections – Thursday 3 May

‘The Windrush Generation’ – statement by René Cassin

The Government must provide adequate resources to confirm the secure immigration status of all affected

René Cassin statement on anti-Semitism – Wednesday 28 March

Many women continue to suffer from inequality in their homes, employment and in state institutions

Let’s take the Human Rights road to Brexit

Please help us make sure nobody loses their rights on the Brexit journey

Women in Hunger Strike at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre

Government criticised over treatment of detainees

René Cassin ‘Human Writes’ essay competition now open!

Deadline Tuesday 8 May

René Cassin statement on International Women’s Day – Thursday 8 March

Many women continue to suffer from inequality in their homes, employment and in state institutions

The Human Rights Act – protecting the victims of crime

The Supreme Court has put down a very clear marker for victims’ rights

Rights, Recovery and Reform – The Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill

Lord McColl’s Bill will both help victims and ensure more offenders are prosecuted

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70 – a cause for celebration, a time to remember

The UDHR was the civilised world’s response to the horrors of the Holocaust

‘A Matter of Routine’ – the cruelty and absurdity of indefinite immigration detention

28 day limit and community-based schemes offer more humane alternatives

2018 – Time for a real modern slavery strategy?

Victims of modern slavery deserve a strategy that is more than just a slogan

Diplomats and the Abuse of Domestic Workers

Modern slaves – made to work exploitative hours, but totally dependent on employers

René Cassin Goes Live – Immigration Detention Discussion

Our Campaigns Manager, Sam Grant, took 30 minutes to discuss the issue of Immigration Detention with Jeneration Students. Have a listen to Sam discussing what René Cassin do, what Immigration […]

‘Why We Must All Fight Slavery’ – Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

‘It is likely that every one of us has unwittingly encountered and perhaps even benefited from modern-day slavery.’ – Chief Rabbi Mirvis On the 10th December 1948, 69 years ago, […]

Human Rights Shabbat 5778 Resources

On International Human Rights Day – René Cassin shines a light on modern slavery

Leaving the EU should not cost us important rights

René Cassin joins 30 other organisations to express concerns about impact of the EU Withdrawal Bill

The Fight Against Modern Slavery…

Domestic progress is being undermined by international failures

Human Rights Thought for the Week

Connecting each portion of the Torah to human rights

What have Human Rights got to do with us?

Debora Singer writes movingly about her own family history…

“I cried from joy” – RSY-Netzer raises £350 to support survivors of human trafficking

Lack of support puts slavery and trafficking survivors at risk

Modern slavery and the media: What we don’t know can hurt us

Lack of support puts slavery and trafficking survivors at risk

Keir Starmer ‘put through his paces’ at René Cassin event

Click here to view full video recording of Keir’s conversation with Jo Coburn

Happy birthday to ‘the Father of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’

René Cassin was born 130 years ago today

Sign up for Human Rights Shabbat 5778!

All the basics you need to know about modern day slavery

Europol and Eurojust – two vital EU agencies in the fight against modern slavery

Lack of support puts slavery and trafficking survivors at risk

Abuse in Detention is a Symptom of a Wider Problem

In response to an upcoming BBC Panorama undercover documentary examining immigration detention, G4S have suspended nine members of staff pending abuse allegations. You can read their statement here. The mistreatment […]

Expect more stories of slavery – and demand more victim support

Lack of support puts slavery and trafficking survivors at risk

More must be done to combat human trafficking in hotels

Lack of support puts slavery and trafficking survivors at risk

A Tale of Two Countries

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

Where now for Human Rights?

Times columnist David Aaronovitch leads expert discussion of challenges and opportunities ahead

All hate crimes are equal, but some …

It’s time to end ‘hierarchy of hate’ – by equalising sentences for all hate crimes

Freedom – or Freefall?

Lack of support puts slavery and trafficking survivors at risk

What a human rights hero!

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

Minorities amongst Minorities

Minorities amongst Minorities: The LGBT experience in UK Detention Centres  René Cassin Personal Project Emma Falley July 2017 René Cassin works towards a world where everyone can fully enjoy their […]

Simone Veil Obituary

Jewish experience tells us that unity must mean ensuring rights for the vulnerable

‘The Boy Who Changed the Law’ – Human Rights Act School Resources

A free education pack aimed at citizenship education for key stage 4 and 5

Let’s Remake the Case for Human Rights Together

The election results are in … now our real work starts

What do the Manifestos say about Human Rights?

The key questions to ask your candidates

Five key questions to ask your local candidates

Human Rights and the General Election

‘Inexcusable’ failures in UK’s response to modern slavery

System puts survivors at risk and plays into the hands of abusers

Who is at the centre of Britain’s Modern Slavery Act?

Read our latest blog on modern day slavery

Theresa May says this snap election is about unity

Jewish experience tells us that unity must mean ensuring rights for the vulnerable

Brexit – human rights are vital to a successful transition

Human rights allow prosperity, peace and freedom to flourish

Hate Crime – Jewish and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities unite

Landmark meeting on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Modern Slavery – ‘Human Writes’ essay competition winners

Read the winning entries and what our judge, Joshua Rozenberg, says about them

Reflections on my internship with René Cassin

‘I became enthralled by the topic, as slavery affects so many millions of people around the world, and I know that it is something I will continue to work on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

“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 […]

“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: This is a time to be vigilant and ensure that none of our hard earned human rights protections and mechanisms are weakened”.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

#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 […]

#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

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, 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 of the UK’s response to the global refugee emergency”.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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

Like many people seeking asylum in Britain today, thousands of Jewish refugees were interned by their hosts. In the 1940s, along with tens of thousands of other individuals, mainly Jews, Fritz Lustig was detained on the Isle of Man.

Watch our video to learn about his story and what the differences and similarities are between then and now.

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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

Despite negative reports from the media and political sectors, the public tends to be very receptive to the concept of legal protections of basic rights. Much of the important work the HRA does is rarely reported on.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 Bill represents an opportunity to end the indefinite detention of vulnerable people

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

#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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]