University of Sussex flying the flag for human rights: Migration and refugees
The University of Sussex and the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA) are flying the flag for human rights this week.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, from 24-29 June we are proudly flying a flag designed by artist Ai Weiwei from the Sussex House building on our Falmer campus.
Throughout Fly the Flag week, we are also celebrating some of the ways we promote human rights in our research, teaching and the local community.
People cross borders for all sorts of reasons, and their human rights are very often trampled upon.
This is particularly the case with refugees, who escape persecution in their home countries to seek safety elsewhere, but are met with increasing hostility everywhere. That’s why at the University of Sussex we are studying many aspects of refugee lives.
For example, we are designing policy recommendations to improve the legal and social experiences of people claiming asylum on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. The four-year SOGICA project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC), aims to determine how systems across Europe can treat these asylum-seekers more fairly.
In another project we are working with partners across the globe to develop solutions for more than 13 million people – two-thirds of the 20 million refugees worldwide – who have been in exile for long periods of time without the prospect of return, resettlement or local integration. Members of the TRAFIG (Transnational Figurations of Displacement) project, funded by the European Union, first met in Bonn, Germany, in January 2019 and in June they met on our campus to discuss the progress so far.
Professor of Law, Nuno Ferreira, says: “We are trying to do our share to vindicate the rights of refugees around the world. We all need to contribute towards a more humane society.”