Protecting the Refugee Rights

How many people have misunderstood and still fail to understand the plight of a Refugee?

How many believe that refugees are not supposed to be protected from harms and abandonment?

How many nations have closed down their open borders and erected huge walls of barbed wires that look like the walls of Jericho, and the nation of Babylon?

Do refugees deserve to have rights like everyone else?

Are refugees meant to live and live in peace without being forever displaced?

Part of the ongoing discussion and debates is about protecting the rights of the refugees and working with them through their traumatised experiences 

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Conference:  Second Biennial International Childhood Trauma Conference

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Location: Melbourne Convention Centre, South Wharf, Melbourne, Australia.

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Date: 8th June 2016

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Speakers:

1. Jean Daher

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2. Beulah Walsh

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3. Rosemary Signorelli

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Protecting the Refugee Rights

How many people have misunderstood and still fail to understand the plight of a Refugee?

How many believe that refugees are not supposed to be protected from harms and abandonment?

How many nations have closed down their open borders and erected huge walls of barbed wires that look like the walls of Jericho, and the nation of Babylon?

Do refugees deserve to have rights like everyone else?

Are refugees meant to live and live in peace without being forever displaced?

Part of the ongoing discussion and debates is about protecting the rights of the refugees and working with them through their traumatised experiences 

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Conference:  Second Biennial International Childhood Trauma Conference

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Location: Melbourne Convention Centre, South Wharf, Melbourne, Australia.

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Date: 8th June 2016

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Speakers:

1. Jean Daher

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2. Beulah Walsh

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3. Rosemary Signorelli

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Childhood Trauma

Second Biennial International Childhood Trauma Conference
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Location: Melbourne Convention Centre, South Wharf, Melbourne, Australia
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Date: 6th – 10th June

Pre Conference Day: 5th June

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First Conversation Title: Dan Hughes and Jon Baylin

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Welcome Refugees! 

9th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association fornRefugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)

Location:

EGH, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Date and Time

14 May 2016 / 9:00-10:15am
Keynote Address  Title: 

Welcome Refugees! 
Speaker:

Mr Francisco Rico-Martinez 

Co-Director, FCJ Refugee Centre 


Discussion:

– People who request asylum status since 2012 are still without response because the Canadian system is creating a long backlog of asylum seekers’ cases.

– There are 13000 case of asylum seekers are in the backlog of the IRB. And the IRB is still expecting 18500 cases this year 2016. 

– Somalians are difficult to reintegrate in Canada. 


– the refugee system of Canada needs a reform. There is a need to reset the system from the bottom up. 

– There is a need to create man immigration class to fix the broken system of Canada immigration. 

– Visa renewal in Canada takes about three to four months processes. 

– 50000 cases are currently opened for removal procedure (expulsion) in metropolitan Toronto. 

– There is no parliament committee in Canada that check the cases of migrants in long-term detention.

– How many temporary workers do we have in Canada? 

– Non-status people in Canada are being given educational opportunity thanks to the initiatives of the FCJ Refugee Centre.  

– During the Second World War, half a million were received in Europe. 

– give a hand to the neighbors and try tom protect them 

– We have not talked about now the issue of human trafficking when the Canadian government has not given Justice too their survivors of human trafficking. 

– In Canadian immigration system, there is bias. 

– The women are not entitled to say the truth because the man is given the chance and not the woman to talk.

 – The pre-removal risk assessment. 

Decolonising Human Thinking About Migration Crises 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS 


Date & Time:

13 May 2016, 8:45am-10:00am

Location: 

Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 
SPEAKER

Mr Arthur DeFehr, CEO of Palliser Furniture and Humanitarian Activist, former UNCHR Somalia, Officer of the Order of Canada, Order of Manitoba. 


TITLE

The Changing Dynamics of Refugee Movement

– relocation is the limited option in the face of crises. 

– it is not helpful to lose measure s of standard of the problem. 

– burden sharing at times may not be an acceptable principle. 

– the UN just announced talking 10 percent of the refugees and that leaves behind the question of; what happened to the remaining 90 percent refugees?

– does culture matters? 

– the role of culture on economy effect and it impact of the development of the country. 

– the clashes of civilization and the trend of history – culture matters; how values shapes human history.


– how does your culture speaks to economy problem?

– the legacy of colonization explains the underdevelopment of many countries.

– personal experiences based on cultural background determines the positive or negative responses to the life and occurrences. 

– cultural clashes and how it relates to the migration crises in Europe.


Conference: 

9th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugees and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)

Conference Theme:

FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT: Exploring a Path from Armed Conflict, Persecution, and Forced Migration to Conflict Resolution, Human Rights, and Development 

Where Are Their Rights? 

Panel Title: 

PROTECTING THE RIGHTS AND ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF THOSE AFFECTED BY FORCED MIGRATION

Date & Time:

12 May 2016, 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Location: 

Room MH 3M60, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Chair

JOBB ARNOLD, Assistant Professor, Conflict Resolution Studies, Menno Simons College/University of Winnipeg 
Speakers:

TOPIC: Towards a paradigm shift? Effective use of deterrence strategies for the protection of human rights of unaccompanied migrant children. 

1. Ana Beduschi: Lecturer of Law, University of Exeter Law School 

TOPIc: THEORISING UNACCOPAMIED YOUNG PEOPLE AFFECTED BY ARMED PEOPLE

2. Neil Bilotta, PhD Student, Social Work, McGill University. 

– how scholars and academic theorized the experiences of war-affected unaccompanied young people (URYP)

– Trauma -focused URYP

 – depression

 – PTSD

 – isolation 

  – Resilience -focused 

 – post secondary education    

THE QUESTION ABOUT KNOWING MORE ABOUT THESE WAR-SURVIVOR UNACCOMPANIED YOUNG PEOPLE? USING FOCUS GROUP IS GREAT BUT HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED PARTICIPANT OBSERVATION METHODOLOGY SINCE YOU WORK CLOSELY WITH THEM? 

I THINK In term of information sharing, you need to think about ethic principle, where there is a limit to what you ought to give out and what you ought to keep. 
TOPIC: Human Trafficking, Illegal Migration and Victim Identification on the Spanish Coast..

3. Alathea Enns, BA, Political Science, and Diaspora and Transnational Studies- illegal migration is not truly curtailed in Spain as the Spanish government indicated. 


– Spain has poorly trained authorities that lack proper guidance that will help them to identify and help migrant. They do not have any proper knowledge about how to handle human trafficking and how to help the victims in order to provide assistance and security for them. 

– interview process often goes wrong as 

– Recovery process ought to be extended up to three months instead of three weeks for victims of human trafficking who are trafficked to Spain. 

There is the need to collaborate on identifying and helping victims of human trafficking and there is the need to place strong emphasis on border controls> 
TOPIC: “We come with the spirit of going to school”. A Conceptual Framework on educational participation of refugee youth in Munich (Germany) and Toronto (Canada)

4. Annette Korntheuer, PhD student, Faculty of Psychology and educational sciences, Ludwig Maximillian – group specific biographic factors: resiliency & high educational aspirations through experiencing forced migration 


– structural factors

– integration philosophies 

– refugees often state they have high educational ambition

– the experience of forced migration enables refugees to see education as the only way out of their precarious situation

– they also see education, which they undergo in their host country, as having helped them to change their circumstances. – education for refugees help and foster for them positive self images 


– the structural asylum process overlap the educational pathways. In other words, the asylum system process often interfere with their desire to pursue their studies>

– the Canadian asylum system is supported by multiculturalism and support are offered to asylums who are in need of them. 

– assimilation in Germany versus multiculturalism system in Canada  
TOPIC: RETHINKING CRIMMIGRATION AND THE IMAPCT OF IMMIGRATION DETENTION ON CHILDEN IN CANADA


5. Vanessa C. Wachuku, PhD Student, Policy studies program, Ryerson University. 

– Canada’s immigration detention system 

 – Border control 

    Immigration Detention

 – Migrant Selection 

– 2015 – data on detention and recent events
 – 4258 individuals were detained – 232, 266 days in detention 

Has Europe Done Enough?

PLENARY PANEL ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PEACEBUILDING: The Refugee Issue: Roots and Responses 
Date & Time:

12 May 2016, 1:00pm – 2:15pm

Location: 

Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 


Chair

Stephanie Stobbe, Associate Professor, Conflict Resolution Studies, Menno Simons Coollege/University of Winnipeg
Participants:

1. Dean Peachey, Professor and Executive Director, Global College, University of Winnipeg

– Change starts with you.

– The invasion of Afghanistan was a grave mistake, as it has spread instability around the world. 

– Iraq invasion was not a mission accomplished as President George W. Bush announced. The mission was not a positive one and still create devastating gaps as well as lack of peace. 

– civil war is a proxy war and proxy war are long. 

Roots to mass migration 
– our neighbors and allies are directly implicated in the issues

– as they continued to encourages foreign policies 

– we need to understand the implication of our governments in fueling the global instability and mass migration, refugee crises. 


2. Omid Aeinehchi, OSCE, Former UNHCR Kosovo, Ukraine.


– is Europe doing enough to protect migrants?

– does Europe act faster in proving internal protection to refugees? 

– when refugees return home, who will be the minority or majority ethnic tribes? Will things be as it used to be prior to the war, which forced them to flee their communities and homes?


– part of the refugees are actually involved in smuggling business.

– security problem is one of the major that does impact the peace negotiations.

– the quota role system is just to confuse people. 

– what happen to refugees when they return home?

– how will they get jobs? 


3. Rana Khan, Legal Officer, UNCHR, Toronto

– negotiating peace in ongoing conflict is no easy task

– the conflict in Colombia has been going on for five decades 

– what happened when peace agreement are signed and you have to enforce peace on the ground?

– the peace agreement is often a transition period.

– the reintegration of the IDPs will contribute to the growth of the post-conflict country. 

– UNCHR has been in Colombia since 1997. 

– it is the only NGO assisting the internally displaced Colombians.  

– in the protection and solution lexicon, the UNCHR is protecting the words IDP.

– it gets the participatory of the local grassroots in the procedures of the peace negotiation.

– and its ensures the reintegration of the IDPs in their community after the peace agreement has been signed and respected. 

– however durable solution must be based on human rights 


4. Dr Christopher Mitchell, Professor Emeritus, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University 

– what can conflict resolution achieve in term of curtailing refugee crises. 

– there ought of be mediators for both parties to persuade both to come to the negotiating table. 

– supply a constitutional lawyer to ensure how they can get both sides to draft their new 


– lots of different organizations contribute to task of conflict resolution in conflict. 

– how much time and efforts are poured into the production of the agreement and what are to expect in the aftermath of the conflict, such as what do we do with the return of the refugees that want to come back home, how do we allow their voices to be heard, what are the required steps to peace processes. 


Conference: 

9th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugees and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)

Conference Theme:

FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT: Exploring a Path from Armed Conflict, Persecution, and Forced Migration to Conflict Resolution, Human Rights, and Development