MSF UK & THE TAKE ACTION GROUP PRESENT
What next for asylum seekers in the UK? Resisting the Nationality & Borders Act
Through extraordinarily hard work, refugee advocates and ‘activist lawyers’ managed to stop the first flight to Rwanda taking place. But this is only a temporary reprieve – the government will continue to try to send people overseas. The so called ‘Migration and Economic Development Partnership with Rwanda’ is only the highest profile initiative. The Nationality and Borders Act has brought many more changes to the way asylum seekers and refugees will be treated in the UK.
This online event, presented by MSF UK and The Take Action Group, will host speakers at the forefront of pushing back on these policies and changes to talk about what they are likely to mean in practice, and to reflect on what we can all do to fight for refugee rights.
Thursday 23 June, 19:00 – 20:30
Dr. Liz Clark, Clinical Advisor at Medical Justice, which works to uphold the health and associated legal rights of people in immigration detention and provides medical evidence, so the devastating health harms of detention are understood and acted on. Medical Justice has been providing medical assessments and care to some of the men in detention served with notices of intent to be removed to Rwanda. Liz is a GP and has been carrying out clinical assessments and writing medico-legal reports for asylum seekers for over 10 years with Medical Justice and Freedom from Torture. She has also worked as a medical manager for MSF working with survivors of violence, sexual violence and torture in Greece, Lebanon and Egypt.
Clare Moseley, Founder and Head of Care4Calais, supporting migrants and asylum-seekers in Napier Barracks and asylum accommodation. Care4Calais challenged the Government’s proposals to forcibly remove people seeking UK to Rwanda in court, alongside the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) and Detention Action.
Nadine Tunasi is an expert by experience, a leading member of the Survivors Speak OUT network & a Survivor Champion for the FCDO’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative. She advocates against harmful asylum and immigration policies, fighting for the adoption of positive policies for people navigating the asylum and immigration system. She has contributed to several research projects including Freedom from Torture’s ‘Beyond Belief’ report which calls for fundamental culture change at the Home Office. Nadine is also a writer and uses her writing to express the difficulties that asylum seekers and refugees encounter. One of her poems, ‘My Hands’, was interpreted in music by the distinguished composer Kate Whitley, performed at the Aldeburgh Festival. Recently, Nadine has been an expert working to develop the ‘stigma toolkit project’ for Synergy for Justice, and as a survivor legal expert drafting a chapter in ‘Access to Justice: A Pathway for survivors seeking Justice’.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors is a leading public law team, which has been fearless in holding the government to account, representing a range of organisations in challenging the legality of removals to Rwanda and lack of meaningful access to legal support for women in detention, among other cases.
Please join us for an evening of fascinating discussion during Refugee Week on Thursday 23 June, 19.00 – 20.30 – remember to register here!