On Thursday, 10 December, starting at 6.30pm at the Secular Hall on Humberstone Gate in Leicester, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Programmes Adviser for Humanitarian Issues, Sandrine Tiller will give a presentation on Britain and the EU’s response to the Mediterranean migrant deaths.
Sandrine Tiller will be speaking alongside MSF nurse, Alison Criado-Perez who will give a talk about her experiences working on search and rescue boats in the Central Mediterranean and the work she has done in the past with refugees on the Libyan and Syrian borders.
Michaela Smith and Sophie Cottis-Allan who are part of LE Solidarity, a local group, will also talk about how, since last summer, they have been collecting supplies and taking them to the people who are looking for refuge and are currently stuck in camps in Calais, Dunkirk and four other sites along the French north coast.
Another speaker who is involved in refugee relief efforts in Greece might also be joining the panel through Skype.
The event, which is being held as part of the Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, will be chaired by Somali Development Services managing director, Jawaahir Daahir.
Festival organiser, Ambrose Musiyiwa said: “This year alone, over 3,000 men, women and children have drowned trying to reach Europe.
“We hope that this event will encourage people to do all that they can to ensure that those seeking refuge get the support they need.”
The Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival starts on 4 December runs through to 10 December every year. It explores human rights issues through presentations, discussions, music, film and The Arts.
It aims to draw attention to International Human Rights Day which is celebrated annually, across the world, on December 10 and to give people in Leicester a platform through which to engage with human rights issues at home and abroad.
This year the festival has also been fundraising for groups and charities that provide assistance and support to people who have fled conflict and persecution and are looking for places of refuge and safety.
1. For more information, on Britain and the EU’s response to the Mediterranean migrant deaths, see https://www.facebook.com/events/193131071021975/.
2. Admission, attendance or entry to the presentation is free.
3. For more information on the Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, contact Ambrose Musiyiwa at email address firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07814 368606.
4. For a copy of the programme for the 2015 Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival blog https://hraffl.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/4-10-december-2015-the-leicester-human-rights-arts-and-film-festival-various-venues-leicester/.
5. See also the festival’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HRAFFL/posts/886552304768738.
6. For information on Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), see http://www.msf.org.uk.
7. For information on LE Solidarity, see https://www.facebook.com/groups/484063968431994/.