WSCF-E at the 2017 Summer School on Human Rights

July 15th, 2017 9:42 am

Between 2nd-6th July, the Conference of European Churches, in collaboration with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe, organised the Annual Summer School on Human Rights, which this year focused on the rights of migrants and asylum seekers.

The programme took place in Palermo, Italy, and included in-depth discussions on legal frameworks, which could make human rights central to migrants and refugees policies, and reflections on the securitisation of migration on the world’s current socio-political stage. In addition, testimonies of migrants themselves provided insides to the various struggles that they are facing, which opened the floor for discussions surrounding ways in which the Church could help migrants more.

In preparation for the WSCF-E conference on migration that will take place in October, in Ireland, our Treasurer, Clare, had the opportunity to participate in the summer school. Briefly reflecting on her experience, Clare stated:

“I was a bit daunted by the programme which had a lot of content about
the legal frameworks, but found it very accessible. I heard also about
practical examples for supporting migrants, and have made some
connections with organisations throughout Europe that I will follow
up in the coming months. I am really grateful to CEC and WSCF-E for
this opportunity!”.

 

All in all, the summer school represented a great forum for an open discussion on migrants’ rights and a chance of voicing support for the enforcement and protection of these rights.

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