Family fun day marks first anniversary of Migrant Rights Centre Bristol

Issue date: 09 December 2011


The Migrants Rights Centre will celebrate its first anniversary on Human Rights Day, Saturday 10 December, with a Family Fun Day at Easton Community Centre.

The Migrant Rights Centre Bristol (MRCB) was set up by the Bristol Counter Trafficking Coalition and UWE Bristol's Human Rights Unit, and its creation was endorsed by Bristol City Council. MRCB is run by volunteers to promote human rights among migrants and their families and eliminate the risk of poverty, exclusion, exploitation and discrimination in Bristol and the greater Bristol area.

There will be a range of things to do for all ages at the event, including dance workshops, a bouncy castle, face painting, lots of music and refreshments– all for free. The fun day will run from 12:00 – 16:00 with volunteers on hand for anyone who wants to talk about difficulties experienced in accessing human rights as a result of migration.

Dr Christien van den Anker, Reader in Politics at UWE Bristol and one of the founders of the Migrant Rights Centre Bristol said, “Throughout our first year we have worked closely with many people in different organisations to assist migrants and their families with a variety of difficult issues. The Centre also contributed to local anti-deportation campaigns, government and UN consultations on human trafficking, migrant domestic workers and undocumented migrants and drafted a new code of practice for GP registration. The Fun Day will highlight the celebration of building new lives in Bristol as a City of Sanctuary.”

From Friday 9 December MRCB offers weekly drop-in sessions in Easton Community Centre between 12:00 and15:00 for anyone affected by migration with questions around immigration, employment, education, health, money or housing. The volunteers will offer listening and refer to relevant organisations to provide detailed support and advice. These drop-in sessions will replace the weekly sessions held at the Pierian Centre.

The first anniversary is extra special as it also marks global Human Rights day. Global Human Rights day reflects the day that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted back in 1948 and is a huge event all over the world celebrating the existence of human rights. MRCB also contributes to the event on Human Rights Detention Wrongs organised by a Bristol-based coalition of organisations supporting migrants in Newton Hall, Easton on 10 December 18:00-19:30 followed by a fundraising party.

-ENDS-

Editor's notes

Family Fun Day Easton Community Centre, Kilburn Street, Easton BS5 6AW

10 December 12:00-16:00

Human Rights, Detention Wrongs, Newton Hall, Newton Street, Easton, BS5 0QZ

10 December 18:00-19:30

Interviews, filming and photograph opportunities available, contact: Beth Legesse on 07827979641 or e-mail beth_legesse@hotmail.com

For interviews with Dr van den Anker, please contact UWE Press Office.

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