Witness Bearing in Calais

Published: 19 July 2016

Hear eyewitness accounts of conditions in the notorious 'jungle' camp at Calais housing refugees and migrants.

  • Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre, University of Glasgow
  • Date: 26th July 2016
  • Time: 6pm to 7:30pm

In April 2016, a witness bearing delegation from Scotland visited the infamous 'jungle' camp in Calais. The delegation formed part of a sustained series of high profile visits which has enabled the situation in Calais to become a matter of public concern after years of obscurity. Those who formed part of the recent delegation included SNP MPs from the Justice and Home Affairs Select Committee, academics, clinicians and campaigners.

Please join members of the delegation as they share what they witnessed during their four days at the camps and also reflect on the potential impacts of the recent EU referendum result. 

"At times of chronic humanitarian crisis, an active approach is that of bearing witness. Bearing witness is uncomfortable and provoking. There is a need for us not to flinch from the acute discomfort, even anger and helplessness, of being witnesses to what, wittingly or unwittingly, our policies and voting habits, foreign and domestic, have done" (Alison Phipps).

Speakers include:

  • Anne McLaughlin MP (Shadow SNP Spokesperson Civil Liberties)
  • Professor Alison Phipps (GRAMNet Convenor)
  • Dr Teresa Piacentini (Lecturer, GRAMNet)
  • Amal Azzudin (‘Glasgow Girl’ and Mental Health Foundation)
  • Pinar Aksu (Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees Activist)
  • Joe Brady (former Head of Protection and Integration at the Scottish Refugee Council, now Parliamentary Advocacy Manager)

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First published: 19 July 2016

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