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  RAFIQ's Monthly Activities in 2014

2015/1/22 update
< In December >
12/7(Sun) Gave our introductory lecture on refugees: "I Want to Know More About Refugees", for the 24th time. (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)

An introductory meeting for volunteers. (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
12/9(Tue) RAFIQ Interviews at the West Japan Immigration Centre
12/16(Tue) Nanmin Cafe (Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network, Osaka)
12/18(Thu) Made an urgent visit to the Osaka Immigration Centre.
12/21(Sun) Regular RAFIQ meeting and RAFIQ's end of year party. (Minna na Ie, Takatsuki)
12/28(Sun) An educational event about deaths in immigration centres, and an emergency debriefing about forced repatriation (Crosspal, Takatsuki)
Speaker: Junpei Tamamura (A doctor at the Minatomachi Clinic, Yokohama)
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< In November >
11/11(Tue) RAFIQ's visit to the Western Japan Immigration Centre.
10/13(Thu) Gave a guest lecture at the Osaka University of Human Sciences
Attended a lecture and photography exhibition hosted by António Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. (Organized by UNHCR. Held at the Diet Building.)
11/18(Tue) Attended the Nanmin Cafe event. (Organized by the Neo Nanmin Cafe Network / Osaka City)
11/20(Thu) "Refugees Who Came to Japan" a special "Real" edition of KTV's "Anchor" programme, was broadcast. (The programme was produced in full partnership with RAFIQ.)
11/21(Fri)
11/22(Sat)
The Refugee Protection Symposium: "Systems of Refugee Protection: Comprehensive and Effective Approaches for Guaranteeing Human Safety from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, and Hong Kong". (Organized by Tokyo University CDR/HSP, in conjunction with IARLJ (the International Association of Refugee Law Judges)).
11/22(Sat) Took part in "Environmental Maintenance Day" at Minna no Ie.
11/27(Thu) Attended a lecture on refugee law by Allan Mackey (Osaka University).
The theme of the lecture was: "accepting more refugees makes economic sense".
What this meant was that, the high number of rejections of refugee applications means more appeals, which means that more adjudication counsellors are required and more interviews have to take place. More staff have to be hired, meaning a great deal of unnecessary cost.
11/29(Sat) Attended a special lecture by Min Ko Naing, the leader of Burma's democratic movement, who was visiting Japan.
11/30(Sun) Regular RAFIQ meeting. (Minna na Ie, Takatsuki)
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<In October >
10/11(Sat)-
12(Sun)
Takatsuki Food festival
We will have a booth in the festival!
Location:: Takatsuki Shiroato park
Organizer:Food Festival Organising Commitee
10/14(Tue) RAFIQ Interviews at the West Japan Immigration Centre
10/15(Wed) Attended the second session of the appeal hearing for state compensation relating to the death of Mr. Suraj, and the debriefing that followed.
(Tokyo. Debriefing organised by APFS.)
10/21(Tue) Nanmin Cafe (Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network, Osaka)
10/26(Sun) RAFIQ the 13th Annual General Meeting
Location: Takatsuki Civic Centre
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<In September>
9/9(Tue) RAFIC Nishi Nihon Immigration Center Visit
9/14(Sun) The 23rd "Refugees for Beginners" Lecture: "I Want to Know More About Refugees" (Takatsuki Minna no Ie)
9/16(Tue) Nanmin cafe (the monthly gathering about refugee matters)
Venue: Salon de AManTo
Organizer: Neo Refugee Network
9/21(Sun) Refugee Day Event report
Venue: Nakazakicho hall, Osaka
Organizer: Neo Refugee Network
9/28(Sun) RAFIQ Meeting (Takatsuki Minna no Ie)
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<In August>
8/5(Tue) RAFIC Nishi Nihon Immigration Center Visit
8/19(Tue) Nanmin cafe (the monthly gathering about refugee matters)
Venue: Salon de AManTo
Organizer: Neo Refugee Network
8/23(Sat) Clean day at Takatsuki minna no ie
We are going to clean Takatsuki minnano ie, where RAFIQ uses as its office, up together.
8/25(Mon) Lecturing at Josei Gakuin high school
8/31(Sun) RAFIQ Meeting (Takatsuki Minna no Ie)
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<In July>
7/8(Tue) RAFIC Nishi Nihon Immigration Center Visit
7/15(Tue) Nanmin-Café (the monthly gathering about refugee matters) at café Minto in Nakazaki-cho, Osaka city
7/26(Sat) The assembly of "World Refugee Day 2014 in Kansai" Debrief
Venue: Shuka Osaka city Kita-ward Nakazaki Nishi 1-1-18
Organizers: Same committees with the organizers of the event
Plan: Summary and debrief about the assembly of "World Refugee Day 2014 in Kansai" and activities for future refugee institutions, and a discussion for the next assembly of "World Refugee Day 2015 in Kansai" (10th anniversary).
7/27(Sun) RAFIQ Meeting (Takatsuki Minna no Ie)

<In June>
6/15(Sun) The assembly of "World Refugee Day 2014 in Kansai" (Organized by our committee in Osaka city)
6/17(Tue) "A Briefing Session for Inspection at the Detention Centres in the U.K." (Organized by Tokyo Bar Association Committee on Protection of Foreigners' Human Rights in Chiyoda-ward, Tokyo)
6/17(Tue) Nanmin-Café (the monthly gathering about refugee matters) at café Minto in Nakazaki-cho, Osaka city
6/29(Sun) RAFIQ Meeting (Takatsuki Minna no Ie)
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<In May>
May.6(Tue) Emergency session about the accident in Higashi Nihon Immigration Center. (Takatsuki Minami Square)
May.13(Tue) Visiting to Nishi Nihon Immigration Center
May.20(Tue) 19:00~ Nanmin-Café (the monthly gathering about refugee matters) at café Minto in Nakazaki-cho, Osaka city
May.24(Sat) The forth preparation meeting for the Refugee Day Assembly
Place:Kitakumin center Osaka city, The 6th meeting room
May.25(Sun) The 22th seminar for beginners about Refugee Matters
Place:Minna no Ie (RAFIQ's office), in Takatsuki city
Admission:1000yen(The member of RAFIQ:800yen, Student:500yen)
Inform us before you attend.

<in April>
April 8(Tue) Visit to Nishi Nihon Immigration Center (Ibaraki city)
April.15(Tue) Nanmin-Café (the monthly gathering about refugee matters) at café Minto in Nakazaki-cho, Osaka city
April.19(Sat) The third preparation meeting for the Refugee Day Assembly.
April.27(Sun) RAFIQ's monthly meeting at RAFIQ's office (Takatsuki city)

<In March>
Mar. 1(Sat) Briefing made by Mr. Shogo Watanabe, a Lawyer. He briefed the current movement within the Ministry of Justice about refugee recognition system.
Mar. 1(Sat) Preparation Meeting for the Refugee Day Assembly in June.
Mar.11(Tue) Visitation to Nishi Nihon Immigration Center (Ibaraki city)
Mar.18(Tue) Nanmin-Café (the monthly gathering about refugee matters) at café Minto in Nakazaki-cho, Osaka city.
Mar.22(Sat) Preparation Meeting for the Refugee Day Assembly.
Mar.23(Sun) RAFIQ’s monthly meeting at RAFIQ’s office (Takatsuki city).
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<In February>
Feb. 1(Sat.) and 2(Sun) Information about RAFIQ was exhibited in “One World Festival” held in Osaka International House.
Feb. 1(Sat) Preparation Meeting for the Refugee Day Assembly in June
Feb. 4(Tue) Visitation to Nishi Nihon Immigration Center (Ibaraki city):Five supporters met with 5 refugees from Iran, Nepal, Turkey and Ghana.
Feb. 9(Sun) The 21st Seminar for Beginners about Refugee Matters held in Minna-no-Ie (RAFIQ’s Office)
Feb.10(Mon) The Seminar about Refugee sponsored by Minori-Kai
Feb.18(Tue) Nanmin-Café (the monthly gathering about refugee) at Café Minto in Nakzaki-cho, Osaka city.
Feb.23(Sun) RAFIQ’s monthly meeting at RAFIQ’s office (Takatsuki city).

<In January>
Jan.10 (Fri.) A staff of JAR(Japan Association for Refugees) visited RAFIQ’s shelters in Takatsuki city and Osaka city.
Jan. 12 (Sun) Mochi-tsuki (making rice cakes) of Japanese traditional New Year's event in Minna-no-Ie(RAFIQ’s office). Some refugees joined and enjoyed.
Jan.14 (Tue) Visitation to Nishi Nihon Immigration Center (Ibaraki city). Seven supporters met with 4 refugees from Iran, Nepal, Burma and Turkey.
Jan.21 (Tue) Nanmin-Café (the monthly gathering about refugee matters) at café Minto in Nakzaki-cho, Osaka city.
Jan. 26 (Sun) RAFIQ’s monthly meeting at RAFIQ’s office (Takatski city). The visitation to Hong Kong based NGOs in last October was reported, and others were discussed.

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