18 November 2017 — Institute of Race Relations
Institute of Race Relations weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice
No one should be stigmatised, harassed or prosecuted for saving lives at sea or assisting weary and displaced people at a border. This week, the IRR launches its new report Humanitarianism: the unacceptable face of solidarity which charts the hostile political and legal environment facing humanitarian actors who seek to protect life at Europe’s land and sea borders. On 4 December, we will be discussing the report with colleagues from Watch The Med and Médecins Sans Frontières. We invite you to join us for this launch event – but please note that registration for this meeting is essential, as space is limited.
Also, this week, John Grayson continues his series of investigations into the appalling conditions which those asylum seekers who make it to the West are forced to accept. This week he examines the conditions in South Yorkshire’s privately contracted housing.
If you want to know more about the policies which are helping to produce so many refugees, do listen to the interview that Arun Kundnani carried out with journalist Anand Gopal and filmmaker Madiha Tahir about Trump and Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
And finally, our regular calendar of racism and resistance, a fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, is available here.
IRR News Team
Humanitarianism: the unacceptable face of solidarity
Humanitarianism: the unacceptable face of solidarity is the product of a six-month research project into the hostile political and legal environment facing humanitarian actors who seek to protect life at Europe’s sea and land borders.
EU member states, in criminalising humanitarians, are feeding Europe’s far Right
The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) publishes today research showing that EU member states are using laws, aimed at traffickers and smugglers, to criminalise those acting out of humanitarian motives.
‘I killed three … maybe four rats in my kitchen this summer’
Asylum campaigner John Grayson examines the appalling conditions in privately contracted housing for asylum seekers in south yorkshire.
Calendar of racism and resistance (3-16 November 2017)
A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe.
Stop the criminalisation of human rights defenders
To mark the publication of IRR’s new research into the hostile political and legal environment facing humanitarian actors who seek to protect life at Europe’s sea and land borders, the IRR invites you to a wide-ranging discussion of how EU policies are shrinking the space for humanitarian action while feeding the far Right.
Migrant Children Dreams and Realities
A fundraiser for Hackney Migrant Centre with films, discussion and live music.
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