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Human Rights Festival 2018 – Call For Event Submissions @ various
Dec 9 @ 9:30 am – Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm

NIHRF 2018: 9-15 December

Each year the 10th December is celebrated as Human Rights Day across the world. The date marks the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. Civil society groups across the world use this date as an opportunity to celebrate and mark the importance of human rights globally.

Every year a diverse range of organisations across Northern Ireland have traditionally held events in the week surrounding this date to mark the occasion and highlight different aspects of human rights as they apply locally and internationally. In 2012 a number of these organisations came together to pool those individual events into a programme of activities promoted together for the first time as the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival.

The dates for this year’s Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival have been confirmed as 9-15 December.

As with last year the Consortium will invite groups and individuals to submit events to be included in the festival programme.

If you have an idea for an event that you might like to host during these dates, please get in touch with Kevin (kevin@humanrightsconsortium.org) to discuss it.

For more information about the festival, please check out the website here.

Launch of the 2018 Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland – Belfast @ The Moot Court, QUB School of Law, Main Site Tower,
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am
Centre for Cross Border studies Invites you to attend the launch of the 
2018 Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland

“Human Rights, Equality and Citizen’s Rights –
the Potential Impact of Leaving the European Union”

Guest Speaker
Les Allamby
Chief Commissioner, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission 

Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 10.00am
The Moot Court, QUB School of Law, Main Site Tower, University Square, Belfast, BT7 1NN


In his talk, Les will discuss the potential ramifications of Brexit on rights issues including the loss of the EU Fundamental Charter of Rights, Citizens’ rights, the protection of existing rights and the development of future rights and the role played by the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.  Les has also contributed an article to this year’s Journal, “Protecting human rights and equality after Brexit: the implications for Northern Ireland”.

Les Allamby is Chief Commissioner at the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. Les is a solicitor and formerly the Director of the Law Centre (Northern Ireland). He was appointed honorary Professor of Law at the University of Ulster last year and is a trustee of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland. He was a former Chair of an Advisory group to Human Rights Commission on proposals for economic and social rights within a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. He was also formerly the Chair of the Social Security Standards Committee for Northern Ireland, a member of the Legal Services Commission (Northern Ireland) and a member of the Legal Services Review Group. He has undertaken election monitoring for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and International Organisation for Migration in Bosnia, Pakistan and Georgia. Les was also a former Chair of the immigration sub group (OFMDFM) and a former member of the Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership (Home Office).


To register for this event please click on the following link:  https://ccbsjournal2018.eventbrite.co.uk
For further information please email tricia.kelly@qub.ac.uk
FSWC Christmas Coffee Morning – Dungannon @ First Steps Women's Centre
Dec 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Christmas Celebrations Around the World – Coleraine @ Church of Christ
Dec 12 @ 5:30 pm
Know Your Rights Session HOUSING – Cookstown @ The HUB BT80
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Law Centre Training: Migrants’ Access to Services – Belfast @ Middleton Buildings,
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

What:              Free training migrants’ access to services

When:             Friday 14th December 10am – 4pm,

Where:            Middleton Buildings, 10-12 High Street, Belfast, BT12BA

This course gives advisers the tools they need to quickly identify what entitlement migrants have to social security and other public services.

Can a Somali refugee claim Universal Credit?

Can an American spouse claim disability benefits?

            Can asylum seekers receive assistance from Social Services?

Can a victim of trafficking get free healthcare?

            How can European citizens prepare for Brexit? 

Advisers will gain an understanding of different categories of migrants and their entitlements to public services. The course has a particular focus on benefit entitlement for European and non European citizens. It is also looks at the various processes for newly recognised refugees and includes a section on Brexit. The course is very interactive and includes a focus on case studies as well as practical tips and strategies. It breaks down a complex area of law into clear, straightforward and useful information.

Thanks to support from Belfast City Council, free places are available. For more information or to book a place, please contact Liz Griffith at Law Centre (NI) elizabeth.griffith@lawcentreni.org ( 02890 244401) 

The training is free but please book your place!

East Timorese Christmas Event – Cookstown @ The HUB BT80
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm



North West MIgrants Forum AGM – Derry @ NWMF
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
NOTICE OF ELECTIONS TO OUR COMMITTEE FOR 2019-2021 & Annual General Meeting
Thank you for your continued support during the last year. I am pleased to attach information relating to the election of members to NWMF Executive Committee for 2019-2021. Full NWMF members are eligible to submit resolutions, vote at the AGM and take part in the elections. Approximately one third of our committee is elected each year and you are invited to nominate candidates.
1. Election of members to serve on the Committee
2. The appointment of an independent person to examine the annual accounts
3. To receive and consider the Financial Report and the Reports of the directors and the Auditor for the financial year ended 31 March 2017
4. To consider and approve upcoming projects for 2019-2022

To request a nomination form please email info@nwmf.org.uk

Deadline is the 10th December 2018.

Our Annual General Meeting will take place Saturday 15th December 2018 10am-12pm.

East Timorese Christmas Event – Dungannon @ Dungannon Gardner's Hall
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm
Into the Unknown: an immersive, experiential simulated journey – Belfast @ New Life City Church
Jan 11 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Into the unknown: an immersive, experiential simulated journey, Friday 11th January 2019, 9.30 – 2.00pm

South Belfast Roundtable and South Belfast Alternatives have developed an event that aims to provide participants with an experiential insight into the journey of a refugee by taking part in an immersive, simulated journey called Into the unknown.

Over the last financial year we piloted versions of these first with groups of young people and then with adults and feedback has been exceptionally positive in both cases.

We will continue to run a series of these over 2019 and details will remain limited due to the nature of the event – hence the title!

Intrigued? You should be! Sign up, come along and see how you cope! A little further information will be provided nearer the time, but not much. If you have a mobility problem or some other concern about taking part then give us a call and let’s talk about it.

The next event for adult participants will take place on:

Friday 11th Jan 2019, at New Life City Church, 143 Northumberland Street, Belfast BT13 2JF, 9.30am – 2.00pm.

To reserve a place contact stephanie.mitchell@sbrtr.org.uk and please circulate to anyone else you think might be interested.