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Crimes For Humanity: Defending Solidarity Across Borders

Date
Mon 23.09.19
Timings
5:30pm – 7pm

40 days in prison for offering refugees a cup of coffee and a lift to the train station. Tried as terrorists for stopping a deportation flight. Placed under mandatory house arrest for rescuing 42 migrants from drowning in the sea.

Governments across Europe and the US are criminalising acts of solidarity with migrants, collaborating in an international assault on civil liberties. Hear from activists and organisations who have been prosecuted for their solidarity actions, including members of Stansted 15, Seawatch and others, and discuss how we can resist together.

Speakers

Anouk van Gestel is editor of Marie Claire magazine and organiser of Brussels Citizens Support Platform of Refugees, which hosts hundreds of migrants every night in private homes.

Haidi Sadik is a humanitarian professional and has worked with refugees in Mediterranean rescue missions with Sea Watch.

Ben Smoke is one of the Stansted 15, a group of non-violent human rights activists who took action to stop a deportation flight leaving from Stansted Airport, UK on 28 March 2018. The plane, a Titan Airways Boeing 767 was chartered by the UK Home Office to deport 60 migrants to Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The group were arrested, endured a ten week trial and later prosecuted in December 2018 under the 1990 Aviation and Maritime Security Act and convicted of terrorism related charges

Seán is a trained maritime search and rescuer who volunteered as a coordinator of civilian rescue operations in Greece in 2018. He was arrested and spent 106 days in prison, the case remains ongoing and he faces 25 years imprisonment for the criminalisation of saving lives.

Jeremy Corbyn is leader of the Labour Party.

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Anti-racist activist and co-founder of the Labour Campaign Against Prevent. She is currently researching for a PhD on Twentieth Century global anticolonial movements.

Organisers

Sea-Watch is a German non-governmental organization supporting the rescue of refugees in the Mediterranean, notably by commissioning rescue ships.

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Internationalism
Migrants' Rights
Crime and policing
Anti-racism

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