This year has posed so many new challenges to the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers, who deserve a just and dignified life. From the passage of the Nationality and Borders Act criminalising refugees, the shirking of our responsibility by sending asylum seekers to Rwanda, to the real-life refugee crisis unfolding in Ukraine.
In this complex and even bleak landscape for our human rights, the theme for this year’s Refugee Week, healing, poses a challenge. What might “healing” during refugee week look like, then? How can we as Jews seek to educate and understand the roll back of our rights when these very laws were written and ratified in the wake of our bitter persecution?
For Jews, it means finding a pathway from our historic experiences and values, to addressing some of the daily challenges of refugees today. Through collective education, listening, and recovering the deep similarities between our experiences, Jews can take a stand against refugee hostility and for all our human rights.
This year, we will be bringing our Jewish partners and our sector partners opportunities for action, which challenge the UK’s ever hardening hostile environment to migrants and refugees. From trafficking and exploitation to indefinite detention, you will hear from refugees themselves about their lived experience, and range of advocacy and grassroots activists taking the government to task on the hostile environment.
René Cassin is proud to support Refugee Week to raise our voice in solidarity and to strive for an approach to migrants that centres social justice and humanity. We look forward to seeing you at our events!
#Refugee Week 2022: Ways to challenge the hostile environment
Monday 20th 6pm in partnership with the Human Trafficking Foundation: A Twitter Space – war in Ukraine and crisis for modern slavery victims
Tuesday 21st at 7pm, in partnership with Generation2Generation: Then and Now, Learning from Refugee Experiences.
Thursday 23rd at 1pm No To Hassockfield – an Instagram live conversation with the campaign to shut down Hassockfield/Derwentside detention centre
We hope to see you there!
If you would like a more in depth look at the key issues facing refugees and asylum seekers in the UK for 2022, please find our briefing linked here.