Refugee conference in Cambridge, Oct 8

Next month Cambridge will host the East Anglia regional Amnesty International conference – an opportunity for people to discuss migration issues and find out how to help.

The event, on Saturday 8th October at the United Reform Church on Trumpington Street will start with a global overview of the issues facing refugees and internally displaced people, from detention in the UK to the war in Syria. Steve Symonds, Amnesty UK programme director for Refugees, will share his knowledge and experience and also talk about the new Amnesty campaign.

Next keynote speaker Fathieh Yazdi will address the conference about her experience as a refugee and helping refugees. She was born in Mashad, Iran. She lived in Britain from 1970-1979 as foreign student and then in 1982 arrived as a refugee. She is a feminist and a Human Rights activist and worked for charitable organisations such as Ipswich Women’s Aid and the Refugee Council, advising on women and refugee rights.

After lunch there will be workshops on supporting refugee children, resettling refugees in the UK and the Right to Remain campaign to end detention.

The workshops will be followed by a panel discussion with experts focussing on the global perspective. The day will be interspersed with testimonies, good news stories and music.

For full details and to book for the event visit