Week of events to highlight the experiences of refugees

Posted by pt91 at Mar 05, 2012 05:07 PM |
The University of Leicester’s first Refugee Week, organised entirely by students, aims to give a voice to refugees in Leicester and promote the human rights of asylum seekers detained after entering the UK.

The week, which runs from March 5 to 9, was funded by the United Nations society and will feature a series of events and activities on campus to raise money for asylum seeker charity City of Sanctuary.

Tonight sees a screening of Canadian drama 'Incendies' in the Attenborough Film Theatre at 6pm, but events continue throughout the week with regularly updated information on the UN Society's Facebook page.

Tuesday 6 March

Informal discussion session at 6pm in Attenborough LG02.

Wednesday 7 March

Performance by a Zimbabwean Choir, followed by testimonials from Leicester refugees and a speaker from City of Sanctuary. 6pm, The Cave, Percy Gee Building.

Thursday 8 March

Full panel discussion on Refugees and Human Rights at 6pm, Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 2.

Friday 9 March

Refugee Week 'Simple Acts' pub quiz in the Square. 5.45pm in The Scholar.

Organisers have also put together a magazine, Article 14, to accompany the week's events, which includes interviews with asylum seekers living in Leicester, including Leicester writer Ambrose Musiyiwa, and opinion columns by City of Sanctuary staff and volunteers.

All money raised will be donated to City of Sanctuary, Leicester. City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK.

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