Cambridge University Student Action for Refugees



6th March: Medical Justice in Healthcare Detention Centres: Emma Mlotshwa
7.30pm Latimer Room

1st February: ‘The Life of a Displaced Person’: Robin Shawyer (joint event with Afrinspire)
8pm Riley Auditorium, Clare College
Robin Shawyer, executive director of the Windle Trust, will be presenting a talk on ‘The Life of a Displaced Person’. He has extensive experience with the issues faced by refugees in East Africa. He has been working to support Sudanese refugees for more than a decade, including those who were at Kiryandongo. Robin has also personally experienced the difficulties persecuted groups face, as he was imprisoned in Kenya for assisting refugees. Later, he came with his family to the UK as a refugee himself, where he played a part in initiating STAR.

1st February: FUNDRAISING Make a Real Difference to the Lives of Refugees
All day! Central Cambridge
Student Action for Refugees is teaming up with Cambridge RAG and volunteers from the Hindu Society for a big day of fundraising on Friday 1st Feb!

25th January: Free film night: The Visitor (shadowing-scheme friendly)
7.30pm Ramsden Room, St Catharine’s College

28th October: Free film night: In This World by Michael Winterbottom
8pm King’s College


25th December: Jazz night!

7th November: Emma Mlotshwa from Medical Justice.
UPDATE The speaker was ill; event will be rescheduled.


The Works:
STAR had a stall at CU’s ethical careers fair.

4th February: Film screening
: As part of CU’s One World Week STAR screened Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars in the Graduate Union.

1st March:
Oakington visit: STAR volunteers had their first visit to Oakington Detention Centre.

5th March: ‘Rave for Refugees!
Fundraising night at Kambar, raising money for Medical Victims of Torture. Music provided by Cambridge’s best student DJ’s!

25th April: Teaching at Comberton College:
STAR volunteers taught three classes on refugee and immigration issues to year 10 classes.

Throughout Easter Term: English conversation classes:
Every Saturday 3pm-4pm at the Café Project on 22 Jesus Lane. Come along and help local refugees improve their English in a relaxed environment.

16th June: Refugee Week: Come and help give refugees a fun day out around Cambridge. Local refugees often don’t get the chance to see the University, so this is an opportunity to give them a welcoming perspective, show them round the colleges and generally do some typical Cambridge activities such as punting and much more!

2007  the Amnesty International Migrant&Refugee Rights Campaign:

14th March: Open Meeting: Discussing local issues of refugee's rights. Come and listen to opinions from local groups and authorities, and voice your own view. 18:30 - 21:00, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane.

7 March: Cambridge STAR Squash, joint with an Amnesty International letter-writing session and film night! 6-10pm, Green Room, Gonville & Caius

2nd March: 'The Quest for Freedom, Security and Justice: who protects refugees and migrants in the EU?' A talk by Dr María-Teresa Gil-Bazo. 17:00, LG18, Law Faculty.

12th February: Debate. 'This House Believes Asylum Seekers Should be Detained.' 19:00 - 21:00 Emmanuel College, Queen's Building, followed by drinks in the Old Library. Speakers include Steve Moxon, Kate Allen and Graham Denholmn. (post-debate Drinks, 9-10pm)

16th February: Formal Hall followed by letter writing and films. Newhall.

22nd February: Salima's Experience. Salima is a refugee supported by SOAS detainee support group, currently campaigning against deportation back to Uganda, she fled to England after her husband was arrested and she was beaten up and raped by the security forces that came to search her house. 17:00, Emmanuel College, Robert Gardener Room.

2nd-3rd October: Freshers Fair at Kelsey Kerridge. Come talk to us at our stall!

Wednesday 10th October: STAR and Still Human Still Here squash! 18.30-21.30, Chetwynd Room at King's College.

Thursday 18th October: Asylum Monologues. Gonville&Caius College Bateman Auditorium, time TBC. "Asylum Monologues is an account of the UK’s asylum system, told first hand by the people who have experienced it. With personal testimony at its core combined with public opinion, political statements and statistical fact, this production will disseminate what it really means to be displaced in the UK." - produced by Actors for Refugees and hosted in Cambridge by STAR.

Wed 7th November. ‘Ghosts’ + New Nick Broomfield Documentary, 8pm, Graduate Union, 17 Mill Lane (donations welcome) In association with Soc Doc Soc: Broomfield’s new documentary highlights the plight of tens of thousands of refused asylum seekers who are being forced into abject poverty in an attempt to drive them out of the country. See this and last year’s ‘Ghosts’ as part of the Still Human Still Here campaign.

Sundays 21th and 28th October: Gateway refugees visit Cambridge
The Refugee Council office in Norwich have a welcoming/integration programme for refugees arriving there with the help of the Gateway protection programme. This programme takes refugees from camps in war-torn areas into the UK, and it brought 60-odd Congolese refugees
to Norwich. As part of the welcoming programme, the Refugee Council are organising excursions for them to some other places in the UK, and Cambridge STAR is organising a day-trip to Cambridge. This is an excellent opportunity to practice the language, and have a relaxing day. Lunch will be provided.


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