Last Rights Project
The Last Rights project will address legal gaps and failures and develop international best practice and procedure for working with dead, missing and bereaved refugees and migrants to ensure their rights are respected. This will take the form of an over-arching protocol setting out the relevant international law, followed by best practice/procedure guidance for all those working in the field. Explanatory Notes will accompany the protocol and guidance. Following an electronic consultation process that will include sight of documents in draft, to be issued widely by September 2017, it is proposed to complete the Protocol, Guidance and Explanatory Note, ready for adoption through the Mytilini Declaration, at a two day conference on Lesbos in May 2018.
We know of no other project that will focus on these difficult, in some ways taboo and unattractive issues and transform research and legal principles into deliverable, real benefits and respect for human rights. There is no over-arching best practice framework. The phenomenon of the missing and dead as a consequence of migrant and refugee flows is insufficiently examined and understood in terms of the impact this loss has on many thousands of families and in terms of effective deployment of valuable resources to address these issues in a humane, dignified and appropriate way.
An incorporated association formed in 2013, Oz Kiwi is the peak body representing New Zealanders in Australia. Our campaign advocates for the fair treatment of all New Zealanders resident in Australia. Since 26th February 2001 New Zealanders arriving in Australia can reside indefinitely on the Special Category Visa (SCV) but with limited rights. They are denied access to social security payments, HELP loans, public housing, cannot access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) despite paying the Medicare levy, and many SCVs have no pathway to citizenship. Oz Kiwi has a policy paper that outlines options for reforms in six areas, and continues to lobby for change to improve the rights of SCV New Zealanders.
Watch the Med
Watch the Med is an online mapping platform to monitor the deaths and violations of migrants’ rights at the maritime borders of the EU. The WatchTheMed project was initiated as part of the 2012 Boats4People campaign in the Central Mediterranean. Today the project further involves a wide network of organisations, activists and researchers.
International Detention Coalition
The International Detention Coalition (IDC) is a unique global network, of over 300 civil society organisations and individuals in more than 70 countries, that advocate for, research and provide direct services to refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants affected by immigration detention. The IDC envisions a world without unnecessary immigration detention.
Migreurop is a network of 44 associations and more than 40 individual members (including researchers and activists) from 17 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe who work for the promotion and defense of the rights of migrants trapped at borders. It focuses its work in analysing the European Union policies in migration and asylum especially on detention of migrants, externalisation of border controls, readmission agreements and other associated issues. Contact email@example.com
Institute of Race Relations, UK
The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) is a London-based educational charity that publishes the international quarterly journal Race & Class. They also publish weekly bulletins on race and refugee issues in the UK and Europe (IRR News).
The Executive Director – Liz Fekete – heads the IRR’s European Research Programme and is author of A Suitable Enemy: Racism, Migration and Islamophobia in Europe.
Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, Bangkok
The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) is an Alliance of more than 100 non-governmental organisations from Africa, Asia, Europe, LAC and North America. GAATW’s mission is to ensure that the human rights of all migrating women are respected and protected by authorities and agencies.
GAATW promotes rights of women migrant workers and trafficked persons and believes that ensuring safe migration and fair work places should be at the core of all anti-trafficking efforts. They advocate for living and working conditions that provide women with more alternatives in their countries of origin, and to develop and disseminate information to women about migration, working conditions and their rights.
Vision First, Hong Kong
Vision First is a watchdog and advocacy powerhouse aiming to providing activism and advice to refugees in order to mobilize them to effectively safeguard their rights and intervene to oppose abuse. Our programs seek access to refugees confined in isolating socio-legal structures, to inspire social change and encourage betterment of material support through community participation and compelling research.
Urban Refugees is a non-government organisation (NGO) dedicated to advancing the rights of urban refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) worldwide. They do so by facilitating communication and fostering debate among key stakeholders, informing widely on urban displacement situations and advocating at different levels. The approach used is both modern and innovative, taking advantage of new communication tools to generate real change. Sonia Ben Ali is the Founder and Chair of the organisation.
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