Nov 27

Closing the Door: The challenge facing activists from the former Soviet Union seeking asylum or refuge

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Date: Monday December 4th 2017
Time: 6pm–7.30pm

Venue: Committee Room 5, House of Commons, London, SW1 0AA


  • Claire Rimmer Quaid, Senior Policy and Project Officer, European Council on Refugees and Exiles
  • Dr Leila Alieva, Academic Visitor, University of Oxford
  • Dr Saipira Furstenberg, Postdoctoral fellow and Project Manager, Central Asian Political Exiles Project, University of Exeter

Chair: Baroness Stern, Secretary, All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights

This event will examine how countries, particularly in Europe, are making it more difficult for activists and others from the former Soviet Union who are at risk of persecution to seek refuge or secure asylum. It will discuss at the ways in which countries are increasingly sending those at risk back to their country of origin, sometimes misusing the concepts of ‘Internal Protection’ and ‘safe third countries’ . The event will explore the need for asylum systems to better respond to how regimes target the families of activists.

This event will launch the new Closing the Door publication, part of the Exporting Repression Series in partnership with the Open Society Foundations. The FPC is grateful for the support of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights to host the event.

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