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Group behind Naia-3 bomb try a threat to public safety – NSC - Inquirer.net

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Group behind Naia-3 bomb try a threat to public safety – NSC
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He also did not think the USAFFE could be considered a terrorist group, noting that the Human Security Act has stringent provisions for defining a terrorist organization. He believes USAFFE does not fall under the classification defined in the law. He ...

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War News - No One is Safe from War

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The Evening World September 2, 1914 Oddities in the War News A report to London says that the animal
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Ebola threatens food security in West Africa - FAO - defenceWeb

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Ebola threatens food security in West Africa - FAO
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AAD Expo 2014 · Aerospace · Book Reviews · Border Security · Civil Aviation · Civil Security · Diplomacy & Peace · Governance · Human Security · Industry · International News · Land · Logistics · Maritime Security · Middle East · Military Art & Science ...

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Social Change Needs Visuals Now More Than Ever

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You can say a book blew your mind or you can show it. Which is more powerful? Courtesy of mladenpenev.net.

Some issues don’t communicate well with only words to define them.

Try explaining the horror of an Ebola epidemic with a simple list of symptoms. Hemorrhagic fever sounds bad, but a photo of a sufferer bleeding from his eyes needs no other explanation. That’s why images have faster power to open people’s brains and spur them to action. The results are not always positive but at least they create the potential for change.

When Chocolate Moose Media tackles an issue, images are always a critical component of its approach. It uses animation to create strong visuals without reality’s harshness.  Animation has a way of crossing cultural, age and political barriers with ease. Many of the issues that company founder Firdaus Kharas wants to illustrate are highly emotion-packed. Using animated humour to confront HIV/AIDS prevention in The Three Amigos, malaria transmission in Buzz and Bite and domestic violence in No Excuses, among many other problems, makes the issues easy to absorb in a non-threatening way.

Its most-recent project about Ebola could find no humour, but makes use of smooth animated sequencing and poetry to get its message across. It deals with a young Ebola victim as he tries to get his family to understand how much he needs them but also how they should keep their distance.

“I spend a lot of time on design, which is a key part in creating breakthrough innovation and effective communications.  Creating magic starts with a blank piece of paper and built with words and drawings. We use visual media because we understand that human beings are influenced by all their senses, particularly hearing and sight,” says Kharas.

Chocolate Moose Media’s new Website was released today as Kharas prepared to speak at the Game Changers Summit in Nashville, Tennessee, about using media for social change.

The new site is all about using visuals to make behaviour change communication available to the maximum number of people. The site’s scope combines Kharas’ range of projects that run from early animated children’s TV series in Asia and the Gulf to refugees and dementia and to the quest to replace kerosene lamps with solar-powered ones (The Solar Campaign) right across the developing world.

Please drop by the site and see how magically stimulating Kharas’ images can be.

التصنيفات: Blogs About Refugees

Asylum seeker on life support - ABC Online

Google News - "asylum seeker" - أربعاء, 2014/09/03 - 08:58

ABC Online

Asylum seeker on life support
ABC Online
A young Iranian asylum seeker has been declared brain dead in a Brisbane hospital having developed septicaemia after cutting his foot at Manus Island Detention Centre and later having a heart attack.

The SkyNet factor: Four myths about science fiction and the killer robot debate - Washington Post (blog)

Google News - "human security" - أربعاء, 2014/09/03 - 08:35

The SkyNet factor: Four myths about science fiction and the killer robot debate
Washington Post (blog)
“Killer robots” are firmly on the United Nations agenda. Earlier this year, experts and governments met in Geneva at the United Nations to discuss the ethics of deploying weapons capable of autonomously selecting and destroying human targets. Seventeen ...

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An Untold Lebanese Refugee Story

Wordpress Blogs on Refugees - أربعاء, 2014/09/03 - 08:22

Someone recently forwarded me an article from the Anti-Racism Movement’s website, about a new, apparently unofficial, policy to stop renewing the residence permits for the children of migrant workers in Lebanon. Here’s a clip from the piece:

Since early this summer, the General Security had decided, without explanation or prior warning, with no new decision or decree, to no longer renew the residency permits of many migrant domestic workers who reside in Lebanon with their children, most of which have been born and raised here all their lives.

This clearly ‘internal’ decision has not been made public; yet we have already heard of at least fifty cases of migrant children whose ikama renewal has been significantly delayed and a few handful who have been officially rejected already. Some of these rejections, very sad to say, have come in the form of a notice of 72 hours max to leave the country.

These people have never had trouble with the law, or with the renewal of their papers in the past. They have always followed procedures as they should and they paid all their dues throughout the 10, 20, 30 years of their stay in Lebanon.

Some have been here for years, others for decades, others their whole lives.

I have not been able to find much more information about this issue, but have heard several anecdotes from friends and relatives suggesting that it is true. Many Lebanese feel that the country is already bursting at the seams with foreign nationals because of the refugee problem, but it needs to be understood that the many of these children have never lived anywhere else besides Lebanon.

I know a young girl (let’s call her Lina) who is currently in this situation. She was born to two migrant workers and grew up in Lebanon. Her father passed away a few years ago, and her mother works as a housekeeper. Lina has lived in Beirut for her whole life, visiting her mother’s home country only once. She attends a Lebanese parochial school, is one of the top students in her class, and speaks Arabic, English, and French like many other kids her age.

Lina’s annual residence permit will expire in two weeks. Her mother is terrified of going to the General Security office to get it renewed because she’s afraid that Lina will be given 72 hours to leave the country. At least, reasons her mother, two weeks will give Lina the chance to pack her things and say goodbye to her friends before she has to leave.

The saddest aspect of this story is that Lina’s mother will have to return to Lebanon after she takes her “home”, leaving her daughter behind in order to support her. A girl who lost her father a few years ago will now also lose her mother, being raised in a foreign “home” country by relatives she hardly knows.

I’d like to know if anyone else can confirm or deny that this policy is actually in effect, and what is being done about it. If you know of any immigration attorneys or authorities connected with General Security who might be able to shed light on the options available to children in Lina’s situation, please either leave a comment below or send me a note via the Contact page. Also, for any journalists who are interested in doing a story on this issue, please get in touch.

Update: A confirmation from Human Rights Watch.

التصنيفات: Blogs About Refugees

'Jihadi John is a dead man walking': ISIS executioner who threatens to behead ... - Daily Mail

Google News - refugee determination - أربعاء, 2014/09/03 - 08:14

'Jihadi John is a dead man walking': ISIS executioner who threatens to behead ...
Daily Mail
The 44-year-old aid worker from central Scotland is believed to have been taken hostage in a refugee camp near the north Syrian village of Atmeh in March last year, shortly after arriving in the country on a short-term contract. ... 'Our determination ...

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Reasons for Refusal Letter, 11 December 2013

Free Movement - أربعاء, 2014/09/03 - 07:47

Anxious scrutiny has been given the expert report from [name of expert]. It is noted that the report was produced for your solicitor “under her instruction” to aid your asylum claim. It is therefore not objective information and it is clear you were not subject to the cross examination that you underwent during your asylum appeal … The various sections of objective evidence raised in the report are also noted but do not relate to you personally.

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Australia asylum seeker 'brain-dead' after infection - activists - The Guardian Nigeria

Google News - "asylum seeker" - أربعاء, 2014/09/03 - 05:56

Australia asylum seeker 'brain-dead' after infection - activists
The Guardian Nigeria
AN Iranian man seeking asylum in Australia has been declared brain dead after an infected cut led to septicaemia, a refugee activist says. Hamid Kehazaei, 24, had been in a detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. The Iranian was ...

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Asylum seeker 'brain dead after delay' in treatment for infection - Sydney Morning Herald

Google News - "asylum seeker" - أربعاء, 2014/09/03 - 05:36

Sydney Morning Herald

Asylum seeker 'brain dead after delay' in treatment for infection
Sydney Morning Herald
An asylum seeker who contracted a skin disease on Manus Island, has been announced brain dead by doctors in Brisbane's Mater Hospital. The 24-year-old man, Hamid Kehazaei, was medically evacuated to the mainland last Thursday and was pronounced ...
Asylum seeker declared 'brain dead' after leaving Manus IslandThe Guardian
Asylum seeker brain dead after cut turned to septicaemia in 'shocking ...SBS
Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei brain dead in Brisbane hospitalNEWS.com.au
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Health provider blamed for asylum seeker's fate - Radio New Zealand

Google News - "asylum seeker" - أربعاء, 2014/09/03 - 05:30

Radio New Zealand

Health provider blamed for asylum seeker's fate
Radio New Zealand
Asylum seekers at Australia's Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea have signed a letter blaming the centre's healthcare provider for the situation that led to a man lying brain dead in a Brisbane hospital. 24-year-old Hamid Kehazaei was ...

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COMMENTARY: Detention of undocumented families is wrong - Monitor

Google News - refugee determination - أربعاء, 2014/09/03 - 04:10

COMMENTARY: Detention of undocumented families is wrong
Monitor
DHS's position is a radical departure from its prior practice favoring the release of asylum seekers and providing them with an individualized determination regarding the necessity of a bond, to ensure their appearance in immigration court. DHS's “no ...

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Encouraging those on the front lines...

Wordpress Blogs on Refugees - أربعاء, 2014/09/03 - 03:23

 God has opened up an amazing opportunity to bless the Kurdish Army so they will be helping them when invited. The team is still providing food, clothing, and medical aid to the refugees. Jeremiah was amazed at the doors God is opening, thank you all for the prayers. The team made 100 care packages and treated the soldiers who have been described as being worse off than some of the refugees with no medical aid, fatigued, and fighting alone. Here is Jeremiahs email below:

“Today, we went to give the Kurdish Peshmerga (army) aid. We showed up and the high ranking officers made us sit down for a large lunch. We felt guilty eating when there are people in such dire circumstances, but we would have offended them greatly. It is their custom to bless visitors. They explained to us that they are so grateful for us to come and help, because they really need medical aid. They said they are also VERY grateful for the US air strikes that have helped them push back ISIS they said they are not just fighting for Kurdistan, they are fighting for humanity, because ISIS is against all of humanity. “

 Please pray for the Kurdish fighters, Jeremiah was deeply moved by them and said they are fighting for all of us. They are alone on the front lines with hardly any equipment or medical aid. Many even use their own income to purchase their weapon and uniform. The kurdish army has pushed ISIS back out of a small village they took over and some refugees were able to return. Pray for them, please, they are the only ones laying down their lives on the front lives. The team attended a funeral yesterday for a Kurdish fighter who was captured by ISIS, tortured for weeks, and then murdered. 

“It’s amazing, they have opened their lands to refugees from any creed and ethnicity. Now they fight to push ISIS back from the cities they forced the refugees out of, so they can go back home. They defend themselves and the refugees who aren’t even Kurdish. They are the ones who fought to open the road and get the 40,000 Yizidis off Mt. Sinjar. I felt such a burden to help them, to really help them any way possible. I felt so guilty our country/administration could have wiped out and can wipe out ISIS completely and does the bare minimum or less. They are so noble and honorable, I felt so appreciative for their perspective and for their willingness to stand up and fight for all of us. They are warriors with strong spirits and noble character, we delivered many care packages and aid to dozens of soldiers.                                                                      They have been persecuted for years by Saddam, and now ISIS wants to destroy them and the refugees they have taken in. Many throughout history have tried to wipe them out. They have developed a warrior culture so similar to the Israelis it’s crazy, many of the commanders look and act like Benjamin Netanyahu does, such a calm confidence and air of firmness and respect. We tried to pray for and thank every soldier, but they would always thank us so much more for coming to support them and help them, it was so moving. We prayed with each one we treated, they where so open to the prayer and it blessed them. I love these men. “

 

  

It takes a lot to truly impress and move my husband, I immediately wanted to do all I could over here to rally help for them. I will post at the end what our plan of action is. 

 “It looks like they will invite us back regularly to give medical aid and they specifically requested a combat trauma class from us; what to do if your buddy gets shot…etc. Right up our alley. It will be amazing help to them to pass that knowledge on. They have guys dying from the simplest gunshot and shrapnel wounds…stuff that they shouldn’t be dying from. If they had a couple hours training, they would have lived. They are in desperate need of CAT tourniquets, if you can provide bulk shipments or get donations so we can purchase, it would be amazingly helpful and could save many lives. “

How you can help:

1.  CAT tourniquets &  sunglasses. A more detailed list is on the way. We are asking people to call military companies, gear suppliers, military surplus stores etc and see if they are willing to donate. If they are I can arrange shipping (its complicated) and can provide them documentation if needed. 

2.  Donations at the paypal button under the donations tab above and will be making purchases in country whenever the needed items are found.

3. Pray, Pray for this amazing group of men that are standing alone against such an evil. They have told Jeremiah that they feel like the world has forgotten about them and they are alone but they also tell him how grateful they are for the airstrikes.

Look for the Post titled “Plan of Action” coming soon once a detailed list and more information is finalized.

 

 

 

التصنيفات: Blogs About Refugees

Conflict in Ukraine creates one million refugees - Irish Independent

Google News - refugee determination - أربعاء, 2014/09/03 - 03:21

Irish Independent

Conflict in Ukraine creates one million refugees
Irish Independent
People loosen parts from a burned-out Ukrainian armored personnel carrier in the village of Hrabske, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The fight for Ilovaisk and surrounding areas, including the village of Hrabske, between Ukrainian government ...

A short digression on Australia's Asylum Seeker policy.

Wordpress Blogs on Refugees - أربعاء, 2014/09/03 - 03:02

Turn back the boats,” cry the right-wing Australian public. “They [asylum seekers] are a menace to our society

There is so much hype over refugees attempting to seek asylum in Australia by boat. They have accessed people smugglers to help them get the job done.

It’s disgusting,” sing the right-wing. “They steal our money, they take benefits. Then they reward people smugglers by paying them to get here in an illegitimate way!


Well… Yeah.. If you are fearing for your life, it doesn’t matter how you will get to a place of refuge, so long as you get there. Many of the people who have come to Australia in fear of their lives, have come by boat because taking a plane could mean capital punishment. Air travel is a form of registered transport. In fact, any form of registered transport may be impossible for many refugees. After all, not conforming to the ways of a country (particularly some of the backwaters that many of these frightened refugees come from) is considered “treason.” Why do they burn their passports? To conceal their identity. Does anyone realize what would happen if they were caught fleeing their country?

Refugees caught fleeing their home country would likely be shot at the border, shot at the airport, shot at the wharf. How do I know this? Because two generations ago, many europeans fled their country of origin to come to Australia. The thing is, if their countrymen found them sneaking across the border, they would have been shot on site.

Fair enough, there are people who will financially exploit the fear of people fleeing their country of origin. Fair enough, there are people who are currently offering very “unsafe” transportation to get to the “promised land.” Fair enough, there haven’t been many people dying in Australian waters since the Liberal government put her massive stamp of approval on Scott Morrisson’s anti-boat-people campaign. But you know what, it is better than where they have come from; where they may have been tortured and killed for who they are.

Reality check: Scott Morrisson is correct about one thing: there have been significantly less people dying in Australian waters. The reason that they haven’t been dying in Australian waters during the “turn the boats back campaign” is because they have been dying in Indonesian waters, they have been dying in oceans around East Timor, they have been dying in the Indian Ocean. So yeah, Scott Morrisson Morrisson is correct, they haven’t been dying in Australian waters. They have been dying elsewhere.

So for people who are naive enough to think that legitimate transport is actually an option for these people, think again.

They say that for every rat you see, there are ten more waiting in the darkness.

Some have suggested:
“Let’s urge the humanitarian interception of refugees on their way here and not once they get onto boats.”
So, what you are asking is that humanitarians are to cross over into the country they are fleeing from and perform rescue operations? You do realize how that might look to a foreign country. If we had operatives shifting their civilians, that may be an act of war. Allow me to reiterate: many of the countries that refugees flee from would kill them on sight if they saw them trying to “leave.” It’s betrayal to their flag. Treason. How are a group of humanitarians going to stop them from boarding the boats if the very reason they are boarding boats is to find an anonymous way to escape prosecution in their home countries?

On top of this, let’s not forget that the Australian government is breaking international law. This is discussed in an earlier blog post that you can read here. “Operation Sovereign Borders” is a disgusting policy. An instance of this policy at work; 157 Tamils were suspended out at sea for weeks by Australian Customs boats. They were fleeing persecution in India. After weeks of detaining them, the boats were sent back to Indian waters without further investigation. People like this are left with no resolution for their crisis.

So what’s wrong with our current policies?

Detention Centers are substandard as are the alternatives:
Many asylum seekers are being held in detention centers on Christmas Island, Nauru and Manus Islands. The UN has determined these centers to be extremely inadequate, showing substandard living conditions and inadequate facilities. Many of the refugees are on suicide watch and there is gross concern for the mental health of many of the children.

Australia’s Navy have pushed Asylum seekers back to Indonesia, where they either drown at sea or end up in a country where they receive no government assistance and end up starving. Many of these people end up begging to be detained just so that they can have a meal.

Australia has the most draconian policy on asylum seekers:
Our government is unique in that it is the only country in the world that palms off its’ asylum seekers to other countries (usually small developing nations). Length of detention is extremely long and the living conditions of the refugees as they are being processed are disgusting.

No other country has employed an ‘intercept and tow-back‘ policy with asylum seekers. Australia also has a really bad reputation world-wide for its’ policies on asylum seekers. If you don’t believe me, then ask some informed people from the United Kingdom or Canada about what they think of Australia’s policies. The fact that Australia is using her Naval fleet to stop people coming over the borders is quite unique, not to mention quite draconian.

Australia is keeping it secret:
We barely know anything about what is happening to the asylum seekers. We hear reports from foreign countries and from first hand accounts. The military is keeping it secret and we are not allowed access to most of the information regarding asylum seekers. Why isn’t this information public? We have heard some terrible reports already. They say that for every rat you see, there are ten more waiting in the darkness.

 

Sorry, but Australia really needs to review what they are doing. If not only for humanitarian reasons, but also for her reputation. Her reputation is steadily declining, and the more we sit back with our arms folded, the more our government helps to establish its’ horrible reputation world wide.

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Secularism, Security and the Limits of the State: The Displacement Crisis and the Role of Religion Part Two

Wordpress Blogs on Refugees - أربعاء, 2014/09/03 - 03:00

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Rethinking “security”, the role of the state, the secularist biases that exist in policy and practice around displacement and religion’s potential to address these problems are crucial issues to consider in terms of religion’s intersection with the global crisis of displacement. These are the main insights that emerged from the second of two workshops on Religion and the Global Asylum Crisis hosted by the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain, University of Groningen and the Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University, and funded by the British Council USA “Bridging Voices” program. On World Refugee Day, we posted reflections from the first workshop held in DC in May, which engaged the perspectives of US-based scholars, policymakers and practitioners on the crisis of displacement and its intersection with religion. On Monday we posted Part One of our discussion of four key points coming out of the second workshop held in Brussels in late June, which focused especially on European perspectives on this global problem. Today, Erin Wilson continues the discussion, focusing on current and future roles for religion in displacement and ongoing challenges. 

As well as discussing each of these different problems, participants in the Brussels workshop explored ways in which religion could contribute to addressing them. In addition to those we have briefly mentioned above, our participants highlighted the more relational aspects of the displacement crisis that religion can contribute to resolving. One such area relates to the tensions that can arise between host populations and displaced persons. One of our participants shared a story of a welcome project in Paris, facilitated by a faith-based organization, where individuals and families hosted newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers in their homes for three months. While the experience involved significant adjustment, negotiation and stress for many of the participants, it was also an enriching and transforming experience for both the host communities and the refugees. In this example, religion assisted in creating space for meeting between different others – Parisians and refugees – and created spaces for people to engage in hospitality towards unknown others, as far as they felt comfortable to. While there are also multiple examples of religion fuelling division and hostility, this example highlights that the story is not so simple. It also highlights that religious actors, alongside other civil society actors, have the capacity to find alternative discourses, such as hospitality, welcome, common humanity, that contrast with dominant, security-centred discourses that often dominate asylum and displacement debates in the media and policy.

This example also speaks to another critical role that can and is being taken up by faith-based actors, that of advocates for refugees and asylum seekers, as well as advocates for citizens who desire to see a more humane policy approach towards protection. This is obviously not a role that can be exclusively played by religious actors, and many organizations, religious, secular and those in between, have already engaged in advocacy. One of the clearest and most radical examples of such advocacy is the current movement in Australia with the goal of having all children released from immigration detention centres – Love Makes A Way.[1] Pastors, Rabbis, lay church leaders and activists have staged pray-ins in the offices of Members of the Australian Parliament, including the Prime Minister, the Opposition Leader, the Immigration Minister and the Foreign Minister, to demand the immediate release of children from detention.[2]

Part of what enables religious, faith-based, spiritual institutions, actors and agents to engage in this advocacy role is the power and influence they possess in diverse cultural, social and political contexts. Despite widespread secularization in industrialized Western contexts, religious institutions, particularly Judeo-Christian establishments, retain substantial symbolic and moral power and influence, to the extent that politicians will still justify many of their policies in relation to their faith, and they will seek support and/or endorsement from these agents for their political campaigns and policy innovations. This power and influence is exponentially greater in contexts outside the West where the sense of the spiritual, metaphysical and transcendent retain a central place in collective life. This gives religious agents the potential to challenge prevailing discourses of exclusion and marginalization, as well as a responsibility to act on behalf of the voiceless, both in terms of the requirements of their own faith traditions, but also expectations from broader society, (though this is also true of other non-faith-based actors, organizations and institutions).

A further role that religion and religious agents can assist us with is to understand that asylum and displacement are not merely legal, political, security issues, but are real human problems with consequences for individuals and families that are felt and experienced on a daily basis. Religious agents, alongside other civil society actors, can assist us in appreciating the lived, human, emotional and spiritual dimensions of these traumatic experiences.

Ongoing challenges

Despite this significant potential identified by our workshop participants for greater roles to be taken on by religious actors, there remain a number of concerns, limitations and challenges in acknowledging the capacity of religion and in softening the boundaries between the religious and the secular in relation to development. There does remain, of course, the danger that opening space for religion will open up space for increased proselytizing, which must be guarded against. Yet one of the stories shared by a participant in the DC workshop suggests that it is not just religious organisations that are prone to try to “convert” people to their perspectives. One participant related the story of a UNICEF assignment they participated in regarding identifying and addressing risks for children. While the program sought to address vulnerabilities experienced by children, UNICEF encountered criticisms from the faith leaders in the community for ignoring the religious growth and identity they desired for their children, which for them should have been incorporated as part of the education and awareness raising on risks. They were concerned that their children were being introduced to secular worldviews and values at the possible expense of their religious values, culture and tradition. Secular actors, just like religious actors, must be sensitive to the partiality of their own views. The secular is not a neutral, universal perspective, but is one that is culturally specific. Nonetheless, there are possibilities for combining secular and religious approaches to displacement and other humanitarian problems. While religious actors and agencies have endeavoured to incorporate secular values and approaches into their own worldviews and practices for some time, the same accommodation has not, thus far, been made by secular actors. It is time to begin addressing this imbalance.

Part of what we are suggesting here and in previous posts on religion and displacement is that the strict division between religion and secularism must be broken down in order to create circumstances that enable more equal participation of actors with different perspectives and worldviews. There is a danger, however, that in collapsing this boundary and the identities of different actors, we become unable to identify the diverse perspectives and consequently unable to incorporate them into dialogue. An example of another situation where this has potentially happened is in relation to gender. One of the drawbacks of “gender mainstreaming” is that gender has arguably received less attention and emphasis, rather than the support and advocacy it received before it was mainstreamed.[3] The same may occur if we “mainstream religion”, so to speak. If we break down the barriers between the religious and the secular so much that we are no longer able to distinguish between them, there is a danger that spirituality and transcendence receive less space in dominant discourses than they otherwise would have, had we maintained the distinction between the religious and the secular. Perhaps what is required then is a recognition, in line with Riet Bons-Storm’s observation, that boundaries and barriers are important, because they help us to define who we are, but they cannot be so solid that we are unwilling to meet others, to adapt our ideas, to transform.[4] Boundaries and barriers must have gaps in them. The distinction between the religious and the secular must have spaces where the two merge and perhaps become indistinguishable for a time.

Such willingness to merge and overlap at times while retaining identities of secular and religious will require a greater sensitivity to, awareness of and reflection on values, identities and implicit embedded assumptions that form the background to policy and practice, on the part of actors who identify as secular and those that identify as religious. Both secular and religious organizations make assumptions about themselves, about each other and about the role that religion could, should or does play in displacement that need to be challenged. Further, both secular and religious actors must recognize that they are entangled in each other’s processes of identity and value formation, that faith-based actors are embedded within, not separate from, policy frameworks governing displacement and that they can at times contribute to the very problems they are also attempting to resolve.

These are but a few of the many suggestions and insights to arise from our discussions in Brussels in June. We are excited to announce that we will be developing these into a policy briefing paper that will be launched at the European Parliament on 19 November, at an event hosted by Dennis de Jong, MEP for the Dutch Socialist Party, and in collaboration with the Sustainable Society Institute, University of Groningen. But these recommendations are just the beginning. There is an urgent need for further research and reflection on each of these ideas and on how the distinctions between the religious and the secular are affecting policy, practice and the lives of individuals, families and communities of displaced persons in different settings around the world.

One of the participants in our Brussels workshop referred to the recent work of Joseph Carens on the Ethics of Immigration, where he highlights the need to keep the real world (what is pragmatically possible) in tension with the just/ideal world (what we would ideally like to see).[5] What is pragmatically possible must be kept in relation with what is ideal. In the same way, notions of what would constitute just or ideal policy and practice in displacement must be informed by and make space for, spirituality, the transcendent and the metaphysical, alongside currently dominant and more widely accepted “secular” immanent frameworks.

Erin Wilson is the Director of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen

[1] Sherlock, Peter. 2014. “Asylum Seekers: Praying for Change” The Conversation 20 May 2014. Available at http://theconversation.com/asylum-seekers-praying-for-change-26953 Accessed 21 May 2014; Love Makes A Way. 2014. “About” Available at https://www.facebook.com/LoveMakesAWayForAsylumSeekers/info Accessed April 2014

[2] Bedding, Chris. 2014. “Cranky Christians against asylum seeker cruelty” The Drum. Australian Broadcasting Corporation 20 May 2014. Available at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-20/bedding-love-makes-a-way/5465300 Accessed 20 May 2014; Farr, Malcolm. 2014. “Eight church leaders detained for refusing to leave Tony Abbott’s electoral office” News.com.au 19 May 2014. Available at http://www.news.com.au/national/eight-church-leaders-detained-for-refusing-to-leave-tony-abbotts-electoral-office/story-fncynjr2-1226922778876 Accessed 20 May 2014; Hyde, Ben. 2014. “Nine Adelaide religious leaders arrested over protest at office of Federal MP Jamie Briggs” 24 June 2014. Available at http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/nine-adelaide-religious-leaders-arrested-over-protest-at-office-of-federal-mp-jamie-briggs/story-fni6uo1m-1226965180365?nk=3157eb91639193895668de8ffd8b4893

[3] Ramya Subrahmanian. 2004. “Making Sense of Gender in shifting institutional contexts: Some thoughts on gender mainstreaming” IDS Bulletin. 35(4): 89-94

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