Wednesday, September 17, 2014

STAR National Conference 8th & 9th Nov         ‘Telling the Truth about Asylum!’

Join university students from all over the UK to find out the truth about refugees and asylum and learn how to take action to say “Refugees Welcome Here!” Book tickets now!
Programme Announced!!!


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution”, yet in recent years asylum seekers have faced increasingly harsh treatment in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. We think this is unacceptable and we campaign, volunteer and educate to change this.

Actually, during those one and a half days I learnt so much, was inspired by so many different motivational speeches by a variety of professionals from different backgrounds, received so much helpful information and advice, and had so much fun –as well as delicious food!- that it is pretty hard to try and sum up the experience in a few lines”

In this eye opening conference you’ll hear from expert speakers on the facts about asylum, take part in information and action workshops sharing ideas learning the skills to make a difference, watch brilliant performances from refugee artists and meet activists and volunteers from across the country.

Programme Announced!!!

The line up includes:

  • Jamal Osman – a multi-award winning journalist and filmmaker specialising sub-Saharan Africa. He has been working with ITN/Channel 4 News since 2008. Recently he retraced and documented the journey he took as a refugee from Somalia to South Africa, fleeing Somalia’s brutal civil war 18 years ago, and met those trying the same journey now. Check out his amazing interactive diary here

  • Shrouk El-Attar, NUS International Students’ Officer for Wales, who will be talking about the barriers asylum seekers face accessing higher education and how we can stand up and change this through the ‘Equal Access’ campaign.
  • Red Cross – Every year, the British Red Cross support 10,000 people who are in need of help, after fleeing conflict and oppression. Of these, around 6,000 are destitute asylum seekers – living a hand-to-mouth existence.
  • Paul Dillane is the Executive Director of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG), the only organisation dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people who seek asylum in the UK. In his past life, Paul was the lead on refugee litigation at Amnesty International UK and a former immigration and refugee law practitioner and advocate.
  • Jan Shaw is the Refugee Affairs Programme Director at Amnesty International UK and an expert on the UK’s asylum process. In 2013 Jan co-wrote A question of credibility: Why so many initial asylum decisions are overturned on appeal in the UK which examined the reasons why so many of the decisions to refuse asylum are being overturned by Immigration Judges.

So don’t delay, book your ticket today!

Posted by Emily Crowley on 17/09/2014 at 11:08 AM