Film Synopsis: Noreen has lived for 18 years on the 17th floor of a high rise block in Glasgow. When the council started housing asylum seekers in her area she got to know many of them and some became friends. The Home Office policy of arresting and detaining asylum seekers whose appeal process was coming to an end meant that suddenly her neighbours were being woken

from their beds at dawn, doors beaten down, and taken away in handcuffs. She decided to do something about it. Arnaud is 18, originally from Congo, he has grown up in Glasgow. The estate where he was housed was in a deprived area and some kids used to assault him. As one of the only black faces in the area he was a target. Music has helped him come through difficult times. He is a rapper with a powerful voice and big dreams for the future. Safinah comes from Uganda. She is in her 20s and when she first arrived in Scotland she was pregnant with her daughter Miriam. She is still going through her asylum process. The film explores these 3 stories and the sense of powerlessness experienced by those living with the threat of deportation over their heads.

Workshop Objectives:

To introduce participants to Article 14 of the UDHR

To encourage open and well thought out participant led discussion on the issues surrounding asylum seekers in the UK, including the challenge they face in gaining asylum and their treatment once they are in the UK.

To relate the importance of community action in standing up for the Human Rights of others.

To introduce participants to the terms and language that surrounds issues of asylum, highlighting their misuse and misconceptions.

The Right to Asylum

Directed by Anna Jones

Article 14. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution. This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-politicalcrimes orfromactscontraryto thepurposesand principles of the United Nations.

Watch a short clip from the film

Learning Through Film:

Human Rights in Scotland

Film Menu:
The Right to Life 
The Right to Freedom of Assembly 
The Right to Asylum 
The Right to Freedom of Expression 
The Right to a Fair Trial 
The Right Not to be Tortured 
The Right to Liberty 
The Right to Privacy 
The Right Not to be Enslaved 
The Right to Freedom of Thought