On 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