Friday, 13 December 2013
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Sunday, 13 October 2013
Bristol asylum seeker Esam takes the message to immigration minister Mark Harper on Sunday Politics West - BBC1 West today at 11:15am
I told him that I am not an illegal person, I am a human being like you. I am an asylum seeker, my life is at risk, that is why I am here.
I hope he understood that I claimed asylum for my safety. I know my story is true, but his system didn't believe me and it has made me destitute. I can’t return to my country because it is too risky for me.
I asked him if he can imagine having £5 a day for food and everything, as this is the support he gives asylum seekers and I don’t even get that at the moment. I am lucky that I have friends helping me. Others are not so lucky, they are living outside or in bus shelters.
While me and Naomi didn't get a long time to speak, I hope we passed the message about asylum seekers being destitute and living a suffering life to Mark Harper and people like him. I hope he understands that asylum seekers are seeking a safe place in UK. Please watch the BBC programme on Sunday and tell your friends and leave your comments here.
You can watch the show at 11:15am on BBC One in the West only or watch online afterwards here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b019cfjw
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
BRR is our home and one of the most important place for us to see our friends and spend nice time there like a family,
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Leeds Dignity for Asylum Seekers | 02.07.2013 21:42 | Anti-racism | Migration | Repression
The first Leeds Dignity for Asylum Seekers protest was fantastic! It was part of a national day of action, which saw protests in Bristol, Sheffield, Bradford, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. There was a great atmosphere with special thanks to our friends from Bassa Bassa for all those fantastic tunes. It was great to see so many faces and let's continue to build on this.
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
|Marching along old market in Bristol|
"The scapegoat sends a message to everyone that we are not to blame, that punishing us does not help society. We want to contribute and be safe”
The asylum seekers who started self-organising last year have had to overcome language barriers and traumatic personal experiences to arrange the march, which aims to highlight the government policy of forced destitution.
Destitute asylum seekers are not permitted to work or claim any support so they are prevented from providing for themselves. This means that they are dependent upon charities and friends for housing, money and food and are unable to access education and some healthcare. Asylum seekers can be in this situation for years.
Manesh, 29, former student in electrical engineering, from Iran says
“I came here to be safe, I had to leave Iran because I was part of a humanitarian political group. I have had no support for over 4 years. I would like to share my skills and contribute to society.”City councillor Ron Stone spoke on the march saying that he wants Bristol and George Ferguson to lead the way in changing the national policy on destitution and to hold a national conference of asylum seekers in Bristol.
Councils in Glasgow, Bristol and Sheffield have all passed motions against destitution in the past year. Bristol Mayor George Ferguson said in January,
"We should not tolerate destitution in our city for any reason"
Marching just one week after refugee week, a celebration of all refugees have contributed to the UK. The asylum seekers and their supporters plan to continue working together to build a strong national campaign in order to change the policy that forces them into destitution.
Monday, 1 July 2013
Sunday, 30 June 2013
Saturday, 29 June 2013
There are lots of ways to help us through BHN, so do contact them http://bristolhospitalitynetwork.wordpress.com/community/
Right now our lives are on hold, due to the policy of destitution and the long wait for decisions about our cases.
Destitution is about more than money, we are denied the chance to move forward in our lives, contribute our skills and be successful. Asylum seekers want to sparkle and shine.
The Bristol march has gotten off to a great start, parading with a scapegoat through St Paul's and into Easton, stopping outside Junction 3 for speeches about education and destitution and on to Stapleton road when we gave a shout out for all the other cities holding events today!
This wordcloud shows how destitution makes us feel.
Come and join us at 11am from the Malcolm X centre in Bristol or at a march in your local city if you believe it is wrong we are forced to have nothing and want to help us change it.
Friday, 28 June 2013
I've been destitute for a long time, it has made me unwell both physically and mentally, hopeless and like I can't manage my life due to the threat of the unfair asylum system and the persecutors I fled from. I came here to rebuild my life, because I had no chance of survival in my country, please don't destroy me more.
Thursday, 27 June 2013
PRESS RELEASE - Dignity, not Destitution: Asylum seekers across the country standing up in a national day of action
Twitter hashtag #Dignity2013
Bristol Dignity for Asylum Seekers March – 29th of June 2013
Ending in Castle Park
Patrick sang his song about Bristol, city of sanctuary and spoke wonderful words about refused asylum seekers whose basic human rights are violated and some people wore boiler suits with slogans about asylum seekers on them.
Mahsa, an asylum seeker who has been turned down, gave speech about the experiences of herself, her mother and her brother. She told us how she felt when the refusal letter came and her family had to leave the house without any support. She asked how she could prove herself, she was just here in UK for one year, she talked about her unclear future, not even knowing what will happen tomorrow. The government may detain them, her mother needs to be looked after and her brother has to move from place to place.
|In the garden|
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
JUSTICE, FREEDOM AND DIGNITY FOR ALL
Monday, 24 June 2013
STAND UP FOR DIGNITY
film about asylum seekers who sign at police station weekly or month in Bristol and a film about other issues as well. We had discussions, gave a short speech about March on 29th, and of course there was music, food, cake and a lot of other things.
Oh it's a fantastic feeling of real home.
Thanks to everyone and BRR
Message from Leeds:
"dear friends, firstly THANK YOU so much for calling for this protest. There's a lot of excitement here in leeds :) the mural is amazing....
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
You may have spoken to one of us from Dignity for Asylum seekers at Celebrating Sanctuary Day on Sunday, we handed out loads of leaflets, spoke on the stage and in the talks tent and with lots of people at the day. We have a good presence at refugee week, we are talking at the Tea with Lord Mayor and City of Sanctuary tomorrow afternoon and at the Bristol Refugee Rights open afternoon at Malcolm X centre on Thursday from 2:30 - 6pm, so do come and speak to us if you are at these event!
For more information on all the events during refugee week in Bristol visit www.facebook.com/BristolRefugeeWeek
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Destitute asylum seekers do not usually have a secure home, moving between friends houses, sleeping out or relying on charity support. Asylum seekers who get support live in temporary National Asylum Seeker Support (NASS) accommodation shared houses. When somebody gets status they have 28 days to move out of the NASS accommodation and find alternative accommodation.
If you would like to help destitute asylum seekers who are homeless in a practical way visit http://bristolhospitalitynetwork.wordpress.com/
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Monday, 3 June 2013
Bristol Refugee Rights theatre group are creating a theatre show which will give audiences a glimpse in to what it is like to leave their country of origin, to journey 1000's of miles with the dream of finding safety, only to arrive and find destitution and discrimination. If you aren't sure about going on the march because you don't understand the problems, then go see this performance on 20th June first.
Theatre: Listen to Our Story
Thursday 20th June, 7pm, acta Centre
An original play by asylum seekers and refugees living in Bristol.
They tell their story with warmth, humour and dignity, leaving audiences laughing, sad and moved to act.
This play is written and performed by members of Bristol Refugee Rights, from their own direct experience, and is part of the growing national campaign to end the forced destitution of asylum seekers.
At the Acta Centre, Bedminster www.acta-bristol.com
You can also see the show on Monday 8th July as part of acta’s Get Together festival.
Sunday, 2 June 2013
Saturday, 1 June 2013
Friday, 31 May 2013
A group of us visited Woman Seeking Sanctuary Group in Cardiff to tell them about our campaigning history, what we have achieved so far, how we have done it and to invite them to join us in the next step - a national day of asylum seekers taking action against destitution.
Amie spoke about how when she got involved in Bristol Refugee Rights she was so shy and didn't dare speak out about what was happening but with lots of support, she began to take part in events where she told lots of people what it is like to live without anything - no rights to work, to housing, to a normal life.
Manesh spoke about how he started being allowed to go to college and how it was so important for him to learn to read and write in english. Then they turned round and told him he couldn't. He wanted to change this situation and so spoke out at a protest to stop cuts to english classes. from here he got more and more confident to take part in campaigning.
People listened attentively. They began to ask questions - aren't you scared that home office will punish you for speaking out and that it will jeapordise your case?
We were, but not any more. We know we have a lot of support and feel stronger because of this. We know people will speak out if the Home Office tries to deport any of us.