A Human Rights and Ethical Lens on Security and Human Dignity: The Case Study of Syrian Asylum Seekers

by Francesca Vietti & Roberto Franzini Tibaldeo
1 April, 2016

The article tackles the plural and evolving concepts of security by analysing their relation to human rights and ethics. Although the general impression is that seldom the security discourse is associated with the respect of human rights and ethics, at least from a theoretical point of view security is indeed intertwined with those normative features (first thesis). Moreover, ethics and human rights can be valuably and usefully employed to clarify issues related to security and eventually to suggest improvements in the political management of security issues (second thesis). We argue our theses by focusing on a case study of particular relevance to the present day debate on security: the Syrian asylum seekers headed to Europe. In our ethical and human rights enquiry into this case study we consider multiple aspects related to security (‘de jure’ or normative, ‘de facto’ and perceptive-societal) and the interpretative lens provided by ethics and human rights sheds light on the crucial and manifold centrality played by the notion of human dignity.

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Click here to read the abstract of the article “Caught in the crossfire, the impact of foreign fighters on IDPs, refugees and asylum seekers” by Francesca Vietti and Mike Bisi, published in the book “Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond”.


International Summer School in Forced Migration

Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford
31 March, 2016

About the Summer School
The Summer School offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced.

Now in its 27th year, the three-week course combines the very best of Oxford University’s academic excellence with a stimulating and participatory method of critical learning and reflection.

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Débat public dans le cadre de la semaine d’actions contre le racisme

La crise migratoire des réfugiés: dérives sécuritaires et xénophobes
23 March, 2016

Mardi 29 mars 2016
18h00 à 21h00

A-M050, Pavillon Hubert-Aquin, UQAM
Inscription obligatoire (sans frais) : criec2@uqam.ca

Conférencière et conférenciers
Emily Regan Wills, professeure adjointe, École d’études politiques, Université d’Ottawa
Victor Piché, professeur honoraire, Département de démographie, Université de Montréal
Me Richard Goldman, coordonnateur, Comité d’aide aux réfugiés et responsable, Volet protection de la TCRI

Paul Eid, professeur, Département de sociologie, Université du Québec à Montréal

Depuis qu’a éclaté la crise des réfugiés syriens, au printemps 2015, les réactions des États occidentaux ont été pour le moins contrastées. Certains ont d’emblée cherché à endiguer par tous les moyens les flots de réfugiés affluant vers leur territoire (ex. : Hongrie), d’autres ont, au contraire, cherché à leur ouvrir toutes grandes leurs frontières (ex. : Allemagne), tandis que la majorité a oscillé entre ces deux extrêmes. Mais quelle que soit la posture adoptée, les autorités concernées doivent composer avec de fortes pressions sociales et politiques leur enjoignant à soit fermer les frontières, soit ralentir le rythme d’accueil des réfugiés. Si ce type de réactions traduit, dans une large mesure, des considérations pragmatiques légitimes quant à la capacité des États à accueillir autant de réfugiés en un si court laps de temps, d’autres considérations se sont également faites entendre pour justifier la fermeture des frontières.

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Palestine Refugees and International Law

Two-day course at the British Institute, Amman (Jordan)
11 March, 2016

About the Course
This two-day short course places the Palestinian refugee case study within the broader context of the international human rights regime. It examines, within a human rights framework, the policies and practices of Middle Eastern states as they impinge upon Palestinian refugees. Through a mix of lectures, working group exercises and interactive sessions, participants engage actively and critically with the contemporary debates in international law and analyse the specific context of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank, Gaza and Israel).

The short course commences with the background of the Palestinian refugee crisis, with special attention to the socio-political historical context and legal status of Palestinian refugees in the region. This is followed by a careful examination of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights including its philosophical underpinnings and ensuing human rights instruments in international law. The key themes, which have taken centre stage in the debate on the Palestinian refugee crisis, are statelessness, right of return, repatriation, self-determination, restitution compensation and protection. These themes are critically examined along with current discussions about the respective roles of UNRWA, UNHCR and the UNCCP in the Palestinian refugee case.

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GOETHE FILMS: A Long Way – Europe between refuge and fortress

Presented by the Goethe-Institut
24 February, 2016

March 3 + 8 + 10

Over 1 million refugees have arrived in Germany over the past year. Feature films including “Colour of the Ocean” (TIFF11), Oscar-shortlisted “We Are Young. We Are Strong.”, and recent shorts and documentaries examine Europe’s future.

Series introduced by Jason Anderson, film critic for Cinema Scope, BFI’s Sight & Sound and lecturer at University of Toronto.

March 3, 6:30pm: Colour of the Ocean (2011) by Maggie Peren
A controversial and at the same time touching European drama following the intertwined stories of a Spanish border officer, a German tourist, and a group of Congolese refugees in the Spanish island paradise of the Canary Islands.

TIFF2011 World Premiere

“A muscular, moving thriller with a three-sided perspective on the moral complexities of immigration.” – Variety

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