|* 13th November 2016 Kokuro Kaikan, Osaka City
Door to Asylum Nagoya (DAN)
- Activities for September 2015 - August 2016
- Planned Activities for September 2016 – August 2017
- Financial Report for fiscal 2015
- Modification of RAFIQ's bylaw
30 people took part in the Annual General Meeting including a women and
men, younger and older. Among them there was student who recently established
a student group at Osaka University of Economics and Law to support refugees.
Three new people joined RAFIQ on the day. RAFIQ's report on our activities
and financial report in 2015, and RAFIQ's plans in 2016 were accepted by
those who were present. The address of RAFIQ's office was updated (to Nanmin
House, Osaka City) in the bylaw. Having two accounting auditors from this
year for more transparency was suggested and agreed upon.
An important goal in this year (September 2016 – August 2017) is:
Based in the new ‘Nanmin House', we make active efforts to find places
in the local communities by enhancing refugee support functions, and by
dynamic involvement of the members and volunteers.
To achieve this goal, your continuous support will be very much appreciated.
Ms. Hadano, Door to Asylum Nagoya (DAN), gave a presentation. In this presentation,
she explained their activities to support refugees in Nagoya, and discussed
three successful lawsuits at the Nagoya High Court in this year. The decisions
by the Nagoya High Court referred to international laws and the Handbook
and Guidelines on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status,
UNHCR. We understood that the court decisions would have very important
effects for future cases.
Following the presentation, Ms. Hirokawa invited everyone present to take
part in a "World Cafe" session in which participants formed four
groups and briefly discussed the question of "What we can do at Nanmin
House?" The time was limited, but wide variety of support activities
was suggested. Many ideas and suggestions from the participants are the
reasons for hope.
We hope to support members bring ideas into shape. Members are welcome
to use Nanmin House for further discussions.
(Japanese version by K.T: Translation into English by H.H）