Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Migrant Health Guide

The Migrant Health Guide

An online resource for primary care practitioners Karen Wagner Travel and Migrant Health Section, Health Protection Agency

New multilingual guide seeks to tackle UK migrant worker exploitation

An online guide to help combat the exploitation of migrant workers, so that everyone is treated fairly, has been launched by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), with European support. The guide, Working in the UK, is available in 13 languages, including Polish, Bulgarian and Romanian.
Working in the UK provides workers with information and guidance on crucial issues such as pay, employment contracts, working hours, sick pay, and health and safety. It also explains how trade unions help workers deal with mistreatment, such as bogus self-employment or non-payment of the minimum wage, and bargain for better pay and conditions. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Unscrupulous employers have taken advantage of the fact that migrant workers are often unaware of their employment rights. “Migrant workers are regularly forced to accept appalling working conditions, low wages and a complete absence of rights. The issue of migrants undercutting existing workers has been exploited by some politicians to win support for anti-immigrant policies that only increase social tension and do nothing to clamp down on bad bosses and improve conditions for all workers.

Brain drain: Migrants are the lifeblood of the NHS, it's time the UK paid for them

Globally, universal health coverage – access to quality health services without the risk of financial hardship – is now firmly in the spotlight. Listed as a priority by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and even the World Bank, it also appears prominently in the post-2015 framework. This is an exciting moment for those of us who work towards the realisation of Health for All, and in particular for all those who are are currently denied healthcare.
But the realisation of the dream requires strong health systems, and strong health systems require health workers. Yet the WHO predicts that the current global shortage of 7.2 million health workers will increase to 12.9 million by 2035, with the poorest countries bearing the brunt of those shortages.

‘Inequality has become a challenge to us as moral beings’

Britain is beset by a crisis of purpose. We don’t know who we are any longer, where we are going or even if there is a “we”. The country is so passionately attached to past glories because there are so few to celebrate in the present. The crisis is compounded since we have been told for 30 years that the route to universal wellbeing is to abandon the expense of justice and equity and so allow the judgments of the market to go unobstructed. Private decisions in markets supposedly are morally and economically better than any public or collective action. As a result the sense of the “we” that binds a society together and gives us reason to belong is being lost. We take refuge in looking after number one, because there is no sense in, nor reason for, doing anything else.

Migrants to face NHS emergency care charges in England

They include extended prescription fees, the introduction of charges for some emergency care and higher rates for optical and dental services.
However, GP and nurse consultations will remain free, and nobody will be turned away in an emergency.
Ministers say they are keen to clamp down on any abuse of the system, but doctors' leaders have voiced concerns.
The government had considered charging for GP consultations, but decided that easy initial access was important to prevent risks to public health such as HIV, TB and sexually transmitted infections. Other types of primary care services that are being considered for charging include minor surgery that is carried out by a GP and physiotherapy that has been referred through a GP.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

CARA-Scholars at-Risk UK Universities Network Newsletter, December 2014 Issue


January 2015 Issue

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CARA Scholars At Risk UK Universities Network Newsletter





CARA Scholars at Risk UK Universities Network Newsletter

The CARA Scholars At Risk UK Universities Network is a joint initiative of CARA and Scholars at Risk aimed at protecting threatened academics and promoting academic freedom and university values worldwide. This newsletter summarises the efforts of CARA and SAR, respectively, in serving this mission.









Durham University Sign MoU in support of CARA

CARA Director Stephen Wordsworth and PVC Education Professor Tom Ward signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Durham on Thursday 11 December 2014.  The MoU creates a new basis for the two institutions to work together even more effectively to provide appropriate support, advice and guidance to persecuted and threatened academics, on the basis of shared values and a shared belief in the importance of education.

'The Art of Resistance: Defending Academic Freedom' Student Art Competition

CARA has now launched its annual 'Art of Resistance: Defending Academic Freedom' Student Art Competition in the UK and Australia, to raise awareness of on-going violations of academic freedom and to engage a new generation of potential academic freedom defenders. Network universities with art faculties/departments and dedicated arts HEIs will help to promote the competition to the student body. 

Click here for more information.

Cambridge - CGHR Talk by CARA Fellow on 27/01/2015

CARA alumnus Mikdam Turkey will join James Savage (Amnesty International) and Valdenia Paulino (York University Human Rights Defenders) for a panel discussion at the University of Cambridge Centre for Governance and Human Rights (CGHR).

The CGHR Practitioner Series brings together highlevel experts working in these fields and creates in forum in which students can listen and ask questions about the skill set and experience needed to forge a career in the seemingly similar but clearly distinct fields of international politics, security, development and humanitarianism. 


Link to CARA webpage, provide details on speakers from CARA Facebook description.








The Fellowship Scheme is seeking academics to join disciplined-based solidarity groups to extend its own expertise. Fellow profiles reflect the full academic spectrum in terms of seniority and discipline. 







Without the involvement of willing volunteers, CARA might not exist.  From its earliest days, when W. H. Beveridge drew together a founding council which included luminaries such as John Maynard Keynes, Margery Fry and A. E Housman, to the present, CARA has depended on supporters to act as advocates, mentors, in some cases offering accommodation.

You can help in many ways.  The support of UK academics as mentors to at-risk academics, advocates for CARA within their institutions, or workshop and research leaders is always welcome.  Student supporters have been involved in events including sponsored challenges and book swaps, and have organised public discussions with some of our scholars.

If you wish to help please contact mundy.cara@lsbu.ac.uk

 "Coming from an atmosphere of political oppression and persecution, of hate and violence, of lawlessness, blackmail and of intrigue, we found here a spirit of friendliness, humanity, tolerance and fairness… and above all, respect for humanity." 
Sir Hans Krebs





A lifeline to academics in need

The fate of academics threatened by tyrannical regimes is a matter of deep concern to all and a profound threat to society.

It only takes the death of one academic to silence hundreds.








The UK Programme is seeking support for persecuted academics in the UK. We request that Representatives disseminate profiles to relevant faculties and departments in their institution to enquire about possible placement opportunities.

Contact: info.cara@lsbu.ac.uk





Field: Human Rights Law
Seeking: Fellowship

H is a lawyer and human rights activist and has extensive experience in political reform, human rights and political process. Research interests include; Kurdistan law, competitive struggle in Kurdistan's public sphere and other law/human rights focused areas and is seeking an opportunity to continue research.





Field: Mathematics
Seeking: Fellowship

T is from Iraq and currently in the UK. He was previously in the



Netherlands as a Visiting Researcher in mathematics. T holds a PhD focused on complex  analysis and an MA in Mathematics. T has worked as a lecturer in Iraq and as a professor in China and has pursued a post doctoral programme and research in Algebraic Number Theory. T seeks an opportunity to continue his research.







Field: Human Rights Law
Seeking: Fellowship

L is a lawyer and human rights activist with a Master's and PhD in Law, both from British universities. L has worked as a human rights lawyer and has done advocacy and legal work against child execution in Iran. Research interests include Islamic Law and Gender Equality. L has published 13 articles, presented at over 30 conferences and won numerous awards. L seeks opportunities to continue her research in the UK.







Field: Human Rights Law
Seeking: Fellowship

K is a lawyer and human rights activist with a degree in 



Law from a Kurdish university. K has served as a spokesperson for activists calling for political reforms in Kurdistan. K has been a research fellow at a UK university and conducted a case study on the application of international law in Iraqi Kurdistan. Research interests include; the legitimacy and legal responsibility of power. Looking to continue his research and writing in a stable environment. 







Field: Islamic Law
Seeking: Work shadowing opportunity

M has a BA in English Language and a PhD in Comparative Jurisprudence, both from Iraqi institutions.  He has 10 years' experience as a lecturer in Iraqi Law Faculties and has served on a number of Committees in higher education and Islamic finance institutions. Further, he was also Dean of the Law Faculty at Hawler University, Iraq for two years. Newly arrived in the UK, he is keen to shadow an academic to develop his understanding UK Higher Education and to find out what areas of the Shari'a are being studied here.










Education Under Attack 2014 - Global Coalition to Protect Education under Attack (GCPEA)

Education Under Attack 2014 is an inter-agency coalition publication organisations working in education in emergencies and conflict-affected contexts, higher education, human rights and humanitarian law who were concerned about attacks on educational institutions, their students and staff in-countries affected by conflict and insecurity.






Special Issue: Medicine, Conflict & Survival

In the context of the CARA Iraq Research Fellowship Programme, staff from Hawler



Medical University in Erbil, Iraq and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK collaboratively conducted a multimodal research project analysing challenges and opportunities for reform of the primary care system in Iraq. The study proved positive in terms of direct research outcomes, in boosting academia with skill development and use of new methodologies, and in re-engaging displaced Iraqi academics.






Art of Resistance: Defending Academic Freedom

Several artists share their personal or family stories of exile in the auction publication. 



Art of Resistance: Defending Academic Freedom

Several artists share their personal or family stories of exile in the auction publication. The full auction publication is on sale for £20+pp (unsigned) or £40+pp for copies signed by Steven Appleby, Edmund de Waal, Maggi Hambling, Marcella Hanselaar, Hanaa Malallah, Jane McAdam Freud and Shelagh Atkinson.









·         McGill University, Canada, welcomed an Ethiopian scholar to campus for a six-month position, beginning in January 2015






·         Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen joined Scholars at Risk as part of the UAF-Scholars at Risk Netherlands Network







February 12-13, New York: The Center for Public Scholarship is pleased to present the 32nd Social Research conference, "The Fear of Art" at The New School in New York City. The conference aims to examine how art can threaten, terrify, and provoke the wrath of political, religious, and cultural regimes. Speakers—including a SAR scholar-artist—will examine the history of art censorship, the role of artists as collaborators and rebels, and the self-censorship of gallery and museum directors. The agenda also pairs artists and scholars to discuss activist art, the threat posed by art, the potency of art, artists at risk, and artists in exile. The event is free and open to the public.For more information, please see:  http://www.newschool.edu/cps/fear-of-art/

March 4, Canada: Carleton University and University of Ottawa will celebrate the joint launch of the Scholars at Risk program on their campuses with an event featuring talks by two SAR scholars. More information forthcoming. 



November 7, Norway: The present Steering Committee and Chair/Secretariat of the SAR Norway Section were re-elected for the next two years at the Section's annual membership meeting and general assembly at University of Tromsø - Arctic University of Norway (UIT). The evening before, November 6, an International Seminar was held for over 70 people, arranged by UiT and the local chapter of the Norwegian Students' and Academics' International Assistance Fund (SAIH). The theme was "Malala in context – gender, education and freedoms in Pakistan".  There were introductions and discussions with a professor at UIT and a SAR scholar.

December 2-3, Belgium: SAR European Director, Sinead O'Gorman, participated in a workshop in Brussels organized by the European Commission on "Enhancing Coordination between Programmes for Temporary Relocation of Human Rights Defenders".

December 3-5, Sweden: SAR Speaker Series events took place in Gothenburg, Malmö and Lund featuring Dr. Shirin Zubair from Pakistan, Marit Egner from the University of Oslo, Sinead O'Gorman, SAR's European Director, and representatives from the host institutions in three cities.

December 10, Ireland: Universities Ireland in partnership with Scholars at Risk held an event at Trinity College Dublin to launch a new SAR-Ireland section coordinating committee and to mark Human Rights Day. SAR's European Director Sinead O'Gorman, Shadi Sadr, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran participated in the event. For more information, please contact: eimear.donnelly@qub.ac.uk .

December 10, Washington DC: SAR Executive Director Rob Quinn gave the keynote presentation at the AAAS Human Rights Day 2014. For more information please see: http://www.aaas.org/event/human-rights-day-2014 .

December 15, New Jersey: SAR Program Officer Denise LiGreci will present on "Human Rights and Social Responsibility of Scientists" at the 112th Statistical Mechanics Conference, taking place at Rutgers University. For more information, please see http://www.math.rutgers.edu/events/smm/.






The SAR Academic Freedom MONITOR focuses on developing greater understanding of the volume and nature of attacks on higher education communities in order to develop more effective protection responses.  The MONITOR aims to identify, assess and track incidents involving conduct which may constitute violations of academic freedom and/or the human rights of members of higher education communities. 


On Saturday, December 13, 2014, Michele Dunne, a senior associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and U.S. scholar who has been publicly critical of the Egyptian government, was barred from entering Egypt to attend a conference hosted by the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, where she was scheduled to appear as a panelist. To read more about this incident and for other incidents reported during the month of December, please see http://monitoring.academicfreedom.info/






I hadn't realised a list of Scholars of the Month was contained as part of the update - include those, instead of the ones included in the emails I forwarded to you.

Dear friends,

Following are the summaries of scholars currently seeking placement assistance. We ask for your help in reviewing the information and encourage you to share it with your institution and other colleagues who may be able to help. More information is available from the SAR network office at scholarsatrisk@nyu.edu and +1 212 998-2179. Thank you for your help.

• Ethiopian scholar of development studies
• Syrian scholar of theater
• Ivorian scholar of religion
• Congolese scholar of political science
• Pakistani scholar of human rights, religion and political science
• Eritrean scholar of molecular and cell biology

• Azerbaijani scholar of history and politics
• Togolese scholar of educational administration
• Iraqi scholar of English literature
• Syrian scholar of biology and ecology
• Iranian scholar of political satire and journalism
• Congolese scholar of law and human rights


Scholars of the Week


Field: Development Studies; Food Security
Risk: Threat of arrest/violence; Harassment/Intimidation (displaced)
Language: Amharic (native), English (fluent)
Education: PhD (Netherlands)
Seeking: Teaching and research opportunities in the United States beginning as soon as possible



Field: Theater
Risk: Threat to life/person (displaced)
Language: Arabic, Bulgarian, French (intermediate), Russian, English (advanced)
Education: MFA (Bulgaria)
Seeking: Opportunities beginning Fall 2015 to continue her writing and teaching in the United States


Field: Religion, History, Sociology, Francophone Studies
Risk: Threat to life/person (displaced)
Language: French (native), English (intermediate)
Education: PhD (France)
Seeking: Opportunities beginning immediately to continue teaching or research in a safe and stable environment


Field: Political Science, Sociology, Conflict Resolution
Risk: Threat to life/person
Language: French, Kiswahili (fluent)
Education: MA
Seeking: Opportunities beginning immediately to continue his teaching or research in French-speaking Africa, Europe, or North America


Field: Human Rights, Religion, Political Science
Risk: Threat to life/person
Language: Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Seraiki, Farsi, Arabic (fluent), English (advanced)
Education:  MA
Seeking: Currently in the Pakistan, this scholar seeks opportunities beginning immediately to continue his research and writing in Europe.


Field: Molecular and cell biology
Risk: Threat to life/person (displaced)
Language: Amharic, Blin, Tigrigna, Tigre, Geez, English (fluent)
Education:  MFA (Bulgaria)
Seeking: This scholar seeks opportunities beginning Summer 2015 to continue his research and writing in Norway.



Field: History; Politics
Risk: Threat to life/person; Threat of arrest/violence
Language: Azeri (native), English (fluent)
Education: PhD
Seeking: Opportunities beginning immediately to continue his research and writing in the United States


Field: Educational administration
Risk: Harassment/Intimidation (displaced)
Language: English, French (fluent), German (basic)
Education: PhD (United States)
Seeking: Opportunities beginning immediately to continue his teaching and research in the United States


Field:  English Literature
Risk: Threat of re-arrest/violence (displaced)
Language: English, Arabic (fluent)
Education: PhD (ABD) (UK)
Seeking: Research and teaching opportunities in North America and the Middle East beginning Spring 2015


Field: Biology, Ecology
Risk: General situational risk (displaced)
Language: Arabic, English (fluent)
Education:  PhD (UK)
Seeking: Opportunities to continue his research, writing, and/or teaching beginning Fall 2015


Field: Political satire; Journalism
Risk: Harassment/Intimidation; Loss of position/profession (displaced)
Language: Persian, English (fluent)
Education: PhD (ABD) (Malaysia)
Seeking: Opportunities beginning immediately to continue researching and writing in a safe environment


Field: Law; Human Rights
Risk: Threat of arrest/violence (displaced)
Language: Swahili, French (fluent), Lingala, English (intermediate)
Education: LLM
Seeking: Opportunities to continue his research, teaching, and/or graduate studies, beginning Summer 2015

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Unless otherwise indicated (such as in articles written by SAR), the language and views contained in the search results reflect those of the originating author and/or publication and do not necessarily represent the views of Scholars at Risk or its members, affiliates, board or staff. Archived media reviews are available on the SAR website.











CARA (Council for At Risk Academics)
LSBU Technopark
90 London Road

Our Vision and Services

Our vision is of a society where no one should experience discrimination on the grounds of their mental health.

Mental health problems are extremely common across society, with one in four of us experiencing them in any year. Despite being so common, people from all communities will still experience discriminatory attitudes and behaviours that can prevent people from speaking out, seeking support and playing full and active roles in our communities. The impact of mental health stigma and discrimination will vary between communities as mental health has a cultural context that affects the way communities talk about the subject and engage with people who have mental health problems. In some cultures depression, for example, doesn't exist and in others an experience of a mental health problem can be attached to a sense of shame.

For the African and Caribbean communities a key issue is the overrepresentation of young African and Caribbean men in mental health services. Misconceptions and stereotypes have led to a perception that this group is more likely to pose a risk of violent behaviour and, as a result, they are more likely to be treated as inpatients and sectioned when compared to other groups. It is well documented that this has led to a fear of talking about mental health issues more openly and a fear of using mental health services. Research by the Race Equality Foundation (2011) also highlighted fears that discrimination against Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) communities and migrant service users will increase in the austerity climate and whilst commissioning arrangements change.

Our Services

· Provide information, advice, advocacy

· Represent diversity communities in Health Care services, policies and strategies

· Organise training in health and social care in collaboration with local colleges

· Provide human resources ( including interpreters) who are suitable to the diversity communities especially to break language and cultural barriers

· Provides domiciliary care and support

· Provide services such specialised support for people with mental health needs, including people who suffer from short-term memory problems, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

· Provide visits to elderly people and help them with outings and home services

· Participate in local authority and NHS consultations , research events and programmes to voice the needs of diversity communities.

· Increase access to services and rights for disadvantaged people and the most vulnerable of our society

· Help and support unemployed people to look for work, including training and job preparation

· Provide legal advice in a range of issues from on Immigration and Asylum , welfare benefits, housing, health, education, community care, and training, employment, etc.

· Provide advice and guidance, information and practical help so that our service users can access opportunities they are entitled to

· Organise training and other community learning opportunities that provide new skills, increase confidence and motivation

· Support our service users to overcome barriers to learning, employment and training

· Provide support for young people with their education, training, confidence building, employment and social needs.

Objectives of our Diversity Living Programme:

· To promote the inclusion and participation of diversity communities* in integrated care.

· To inform policy, locally and nationally, and assisting in the formulation of effective policies, strategies and good practices in integrated care in order to contribute to improved health outcomes for the people from the diversity communities (e.g. Black and minority ethnic communities) and to ensure health services are able to meet their specific needs.

· To improve the quality of life for diversity people with disability, mental health problems and their families and carers through integrated care by providing inclusive advocacy and information.

· To provide service that enable diversity groups and individuals with disability /elderly and their carers to make the right choice for themselves and have an influence on decisions made about their future.

· To promote the rights of diversity people with disability, their families and carers and make sure their rights are safe and protected.

· To promoting access to information regarding healthcare issues and to raise awareness of the needs of diversity disabled children, young people, older people and their families.

· To promote the rights of older and disabled diversity people, helping them overcome and enable them to participate in decisions about their future

· To provide support and information to those suffering the isolation and loneliness that can be associated with disability and old age

· To fight against mental health stigma in refugee, black and minority ethnic communities and ensure no one should experience discrimination on the grounds of their mental health or disability.

*Diversity communities are older people, disabled people, Black, Asian, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and other ethnic minorities.