Direct ProvisionOn April 10th 2014, direct provision will be 14 years old. On this date, Human Rights in Ireland will dedicate 14 hours (from 7am to 9pm) to discussing direct provision: its impact on people, law , physical and mental health, politics, art, pain , human rights and asylum processes.  Over the last number of years, we have had a number of such events, and it has contained a mix of different contributors, but has tended to been overly focused on academics and the NGO community.

Call for Blog Submissions 

If possible, I want others whose voices are not heard on direct provision to contribute to this blogathon. . If you want to submit a post then please do the following:

  • If you are interested in contributing a blog post, you should email me liam.thornton[at]ucd.ie with a description of the topic, so I can put it on a Masterlist of blog posts.
  • The blog post should be forwarded to me by Monday, 7th April 2014 at 12 noon (no exceptions or late arrivals!).  The blog post may be a picture, your thoughts or reflections, may be your personal experiences- but it must relate to the direct provision system.
  • If it is a more traditional blog post, then the shorter, the better! Try not to go over 700 words.
  • A number of organisations  and individuals have already been invited to contribute.

Call for Engagement on Direct Provision

For those not wishing to submit a blog post, but wishing to other wise engage, please let others who may be interested know about this blogathon:

  • Call your local TD (or their office) and let  know about direct provision, ask your TD what they are doing on your behalf to highlight the direct provision system.
  • Write or email your local TD on 10 April 2014 asking them what they are doing to bring an end to the direct provision system (email addresses available here).
  • On Twitter, use the hashtag #directprovision14 , please share blog posts, engage in debate and discussion, raise awareness with friends, family and colleagues
  • All of the posts will be available on Human Rights in Ireland Facebook page, so please share these onto your own Facebook timeline

 

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Written by Liam Thornton

Liam Thornton is a lecturer in law and director of clinical legal education in University College Dublin. His particular research interests are on issues relating to the welfare state, human rights, socio-economic rights, Governmentality, immigration law and EU law. You can contact him at liam.thornton[at]ucd.ie or (+353) 1 716 4129.