Press releases and statements

Justice for Ukraine – We Owe it to the Brave Jewish Pioneers of Human Rights

René Cassin statement on the first anniversary of the invasion  One year on from Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, we seem to have slipped back 80 years. Russia’s actions have […]

René Cassin submits evidence on the state of the asylum system

We have submitted evidence to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, reasserting our “grave concerns about the state of asylum seekers rights today.” Read it in full HERE. Our […]

Jewish Bloc attends Shut Down Manston Protest

YESTERDAY: On Sunday 6th November, dozens of British Jews formed the Jewish Bloc of the Shut Manston Protest outside the Manston Migration Centre in Kent. The protest, organised by SOAS […]

Enough to Live: René Cassin Signs Letter to the Prime Minister on Cost of Living Crisis

On 21 September 2022, over 50 faith, charity and organisational leaders signed an open letter to the Prime Minister, calling for direct support for the poorest households in response to […]

Our Response to Government Food Strategy 22

We are in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, hitting poor families the hardest and affecting all our lives. The Government Food Strategy was released as tens of thousands of […]

Our statement on the government’s plan to process asylum seekers in Rwanda

These measures are inhumane, dangerous, and ineffective

Call to action: stop the Anti-Refugee Bill

CLICK HERE to use our template letter for Jewish constituents to write to your MP. (You can find your MP by typing your address here.) The Anti-Refugee Bill (Nationality and […]

René Cassin Statement on National Hate Crime Awareness Week

This week is National Hate Crime Awareness week. We reflect and stand in solidarity with all those affected by hate crime, and we continue to campaign for humanity and equal […]

Refugee Week 2021

Celebrating the contribution, creativity and resilience of people seeking sanctuary

René Cassin statement on antisemitism, Thursday 20th May

As a Jewish human rights organisation, René Cassin draws on Jewish experience and values to speak out for dignity, equality and solidarity with vulnerable and marginalised people. Carrying in our […]

Uyghur Week of Action

René Cassin joins in a worldwide call for action on Uyghur genocide

Evil will not triumph

René Cassin statement on government’s blocking of ‘Genocide Amendment’

Remember Edmund Burke – do something about Uyghur genocide

Mia’s plea to MPs: “Support ‘Genocide Amendment'”

Being a light in the darkness

René Cassin’s Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 statement

Food, clothing and a home are human rights too

René Cassin statement on Human Rights Day 2020

Genocide Prevention Day

“The Uyghurs need us look at what is happening to them, condemn it, and act to stop it.

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

stay Hopeful, stay Helpful, stay Human

Coronavirus statement from Mia, René Cassin’s Executive Director

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 […]

Vote for Human Rights!

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

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Human rights begin at home

René Cassin statement on Holocaust Memorial Day

Roma Genocide Remembrance Day

On 2nd of August, representatives of the Jewish community joined with the Roma community to mark Roma Genocide Remembrance day. Standing at the Holocaust Memorial in Hyde Park, Grattan Puxon, Roma rights […]

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 […]

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

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

Simone Veil Obituary

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

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

Brexit – human rights are vital to a successful transition

Human rights allow prosperity, peace and freedom to flourish

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 […]

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 […]

National Hate Crime Awareness Week, 8 to 15 October

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

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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

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.

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 …