Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Labour Party Conference at the seaside…. and much more!

STAR and the Still Human Still Here campaign on the destitution of refused asylum seekers hosted a fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference.

‘Is Government policy making asylum seekers destitute?’ was the title of the fringe meeting held by the Still Human Still Here campaign on the 26th September in Bournemouth. The meeting launched the brand new ‘Still Human Still Here’ DVD, which highlights real stories of destitution told by refused asylum seekers. The DVD is a real eye-opener and further demonstrates how urgent and necessary this campaign has become.

After the DVD had been played, there was a lively panel discussion which included contributions from Jon Cruddas MP, Steve Rylance from Refugee Action, Donna Covey from the Refugee Council and also Harris Nyatasanza, a Zimbabwean refugee. Harris told how before being granted refugee status he had two asylum claims refused and was forced into destitution and gave his opinions on the current failings of the UK Government concerning asylum issues. There was a great turn-out including Labour councillors, members of the media and representatives from a wide range of NGOs who contributed some great questions from the floor.

STAR was represented by student members from Oxford and Bristol STAR, trustees and National Office staff. The meeting was a great success and will hopefully have a positive impact on the campaign in general. We even managed to squeeze in some fish and chips down on the beach! Not a bad day!

Copies of the Still Human Still Here DVD and several large Still Human Still Here banners are available for STAR groups to borrow. Contact the National Office for more details.

Posted by STAR team on 03/10/2007 at 12:02 PM