Tag Archive: refugees
Review: Access to Asylum – Current challenges and future direction, Monash University 29-30 May (Prato, Italy)
The aim of this international conference was to determine how best to safeguard the rights of asylum seekers in balance with the responsibilities of states. It analysed the relevant standards under regional instruments, international human rights law and the 1951 Refugee Convention. The conference examined current challenges faced by asylum seekers in gaining access to international refugee protection, the implications of state practices for the rights of refugees, the responsibilities of states and their impact upon refugee status determination procedures (RSD). The two day conference had a range of plenary sessions with international representation.
Review: SIHMA / CPLO Seminar 2 The human cost of undocumented migration – 30 July 2014
The second seminar in the SIHMA / CPLO seminar series on migration took place on 30 July 2014. The journey across borders is often unsafe and includes unimaginable costs for migrants. It is estimated that since the year 2000 about 23,000 people have lost their lives in a desperate attempt to reach Europe. Undocumented migrants are amongst the most vulnerable people as they are forced to take dangerous routes due to the lack of alternative ways to reach their country of destination. South African borders are the gateway to a better life for refugees and economic migrants who have been repeatedly exposed to abuse, robbery and slavery. According to the international organisation Doctors without Borders more than 75% of the 4,000-5,000 migrants they treat each month have been raped while crossing the border. It is therefore necessary to find alternative and legal ways for migrants to enter South Africa and reduce the risks for their lives.
Review: SIHMA / Scalabrini Centre Seminar 1 Ethics of Migration – 3 July 2014
Catholic Social Teaching applied to migration is based on the principle that persons have the right to migrate and to improve their conditions of life in another country. Nations are called to respect the universal common good and to treat every individual who enters a nation, with or without proper authorization, with respect and dignity.