Professor François Crépeau delivering the Inaugural Lecture as Francqui International Professor on February 08, 2018.
François Crépeau will be at the Université Catholique de Louvain from January to June 2018 as part of the Chair Francqui International Professor for Human Sciences, organised in collaboration with seven universities (UCLouvain, KULeuven, UAntwerpen, UGent, ULiège, USt-Louis Brussels, ULBrussels). He will be staying at the Centre Charles De Visscher pour le droit international et européen (CeDIE) within the Équipe droits européens et migrations (EDEM).
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« For the last six years, Canadian lawyer François Crépeau has served as the United Nations’ leading investigator and expert on the human rights of migrants. His post put him on the frontlines of an international crisis, during some of the most challenging years in recent memory…
He spoke to The Sunday Edition host Michael Enright about his time as UN special rapporteur and about why he believes resisting migration is an impossible goal.
In the last six years, in your position with the UN, you’ve travelled around the world. You’ve visited detention centres, camps, places where people try to cross borders. What stands out in your mind now from those visits ?
François Crépeau : I was expecting this to be very grim. And what stood out from day one, when visiting detention centres or camps, was the sheer determination, the grit, the courage of those people — the fact that even if they were detained, in their mind they were already somewhere else. They were already in the next step of their journey. They might be sent back home, but they would come back.
They are going to come whether we like it or not, because this is what humankind has always done. They are going to try to find a place where they can thrive, flourish, feed their kids and educate their kids. They don’t do it, often, because they like it. They do it because that’s where the future lies for themselves and their families »
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Vous pouvez lire la présentation en entier aux Journées des réseaux institutionnels de la Francophonie. Pour le faire, cliquez ici : 16.05 La mobilité et la diversité, défis des sociétés contemporaines
As part of the United Nations’ Social Media event, which started on December 10, 2015 (Human Rights Day) and which will culminate with a Webinar on December 18, 2015 (International Migrants Day), François Crépeau talks about the reasons that motivate him to work on migrants’ rights. Watch the video below :