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  RAFIQ's Monthly Activities in 2015

2016/1/19 update
<in December >
12/1(Tue) Guest lecture at Konan University
12/2 (Wed) Talk Session: "Hands-On Support for Refugees"
Location: Takatsuki City
This was an extremely interesting talk session.
12/8(Tue) RAFIQ's Visit to the Osaka Immigration Bureau
12/13 (Sun) Refugees' End-of-Year Party (Bonenkai)
12/15(Tue) Nanmin Cafe (Organiser:Neo Nanmin Cafe Network)
12/17(Thu) Sudanese refugee A accepted as a refugee. We just about getting ready to appeal the decision not to grant him refugee status!
12/19(Sat) Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees". (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
An introductory meeting for volunteers.
(Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
12/22(Tue) Attended African refugee A's court hearing.
12/27(Sun) The West Japan Organising Committee's Preparatory Meeting for World Refugee Day 2016 (Takatsuki City)
A Talk Session With Junpei Yamamura, who Published "What Japan and the World can Learn from Refugees"
(Takatsuki City)

<In November >
11/10(Tue) RAFIQ's Visit to the Osaka Immigration Bureau
11/12(Thu) A court hearing for R, a refugee from Afghanistan.
11/13(Fri) A court hearing for K, a refugee from Africa.
11/17(Tue) Nanmin Cafe (Organiser:Neo Nanmin Cafe Network)
11/21(Sat) Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees". (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
An introductory meeting for volunteers.
(Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
11/24(Tue) Guest lecture at Mikage High School, Hyogo Prefecture
11/28(Sat) Attended a training session on how to provide legal support for refugees.
Organiser: Japan Association for Refugees / Location: Tokyo
11/29 (Sun) Gathering for Volunteers
Location: Takatsuki City
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<In October >
10/17(Sat) Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees". (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
An introductory meeting for volunteers.
(Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
10/20(Tue) Nanmin Cafe (Organiser:Neo Nanmin Cafe Network)
10/25(Sun) RAFIQ General Meeting (Takatsuki GendaiGekijo)
10/30(Fri) We sent our petition collecting signatures requesting the Japanese government to accept Syrian refugees to Amnesty International.
RAFIQ collected 131 signatures in total.

<In July >
7/14(Tue) Lecture Ritsumeikan University, Ibaraki Campus
7/18(Sat) Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees". (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
An introductory meeting for volunteers. (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
Debriefing event on RAFIQ's activities. (Minna na Ie, Takatsuki)
7/21(Tue) Nanmin Cafe (Organiser:Neo Nanmin Cafe Network)
7/25(Sat) Reflection meeting on "Refugee Day Assembly in Western Japan, 2015"
(Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
7/26(Sun) RAFIQ continuing support for refugee Lecture
Workshop "How is "Refugee" defined?"
(Kurosuparu Takatsuki JR Takatsuki)
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<In June >
6/2(Tue) Lecture Ritsumeikan University, Ibaraki Campus
6/9(Tue) RAFIQ's Visit to the Osaka Immigration Bureau
6/16(Tue) Nanmin Cafe (Organiser:Neo Nanmin Cafe Network)
6/20(Sat) Participated in "Discussing the protection of human rights in Japanese detention facilities from UK Inspection committee system experience - Inviting Chief Inspector of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMI) -"
Location:Osaka Bar Association
Lecturer: Mr.Nick Hardwick Chief Inspector of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMI); Mr.Hindpal Singh Bhui, Team Leader
6/21(Sun) Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees". (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
An introductory meeting for volunteers. (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
Debriefing event on RAFIQ's activities. (Minna na Ie, Takatsuki)
6/22(Mon) - 6/30(Tue) Showing movie in support of Nepal Earthquake "Olo"
6/28(Sun) Participated in A as a practice group "Refugee Day Assembly in Western Japan, 2015"
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<In May >
5/10(Sun) A meeting with Mr. R, a refugee from Afghanistan
Organiser:Lala Association, Kyoto
  • When Mr. R from Afghanistan was working at Japanese NGO "Lala association", he was threatened by Taliban and had to flee to Japan. While applying for a refugee status, he also took an entrance exam to Doshisha University, where he is now a 3rd year student. At university he's met new friends together with whom he can discuss issues of Afghanistan. Last year after his appellation was dismissed, he filed another lawsuit again in February of this year, and this month he is having the second hearing.
5/12(Tue) RAFIQ's Visit to the Osaka Immigration Bureau
5/15(Fri) Lecture (Ritsumeikan Uji Junior and Senior High School, Kyoto)
5/16(Sat) Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees". (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
An introductory meeting for volunteers.
(Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
Debriefing event on RAFIQ's activities.
(Minna na Ie, Takatsuki)
5/19(Tue) Nanmin Cafe (Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network, Osaka)
5/23(Sat) International Symposium
"Stateless Persons and Non-Citizens: A Conversation with Latvia"

5/30(Sat) Participation general for "Current state of Refugee Support in Japan - Looking into Syrian Case"
Location:Amnesty International Japan, Tokyo Office
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<In April >
4/14(Tue) RAFIQ's Visit to the Osaka Immigration Bureau
4/18(Sat) Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees". (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
An introductory meeting for volunteers. (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
Debriefing event on RAFIQ's activities. (Minna na Ie, Takatsuki)
4/21(Tue) Nanmin Cafe (Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network, Osaka)
4/25(Sat) The Third Meeting of the 2015 World Refugee Day Western Japan Action Committee

< In March >
3/7(Sat) "A Memorial to 3-11: Listening to Families Displaced from Fukushima"
(Organiser: Takatsuki Citizens' Action Network. Location: Takatsuki)
RAFIQ attended the event as supporters of evacuees within Japan.
3/10(Tue) RAFIQ's Visit to the Osaka Immigration Bureau
3/17(Tue) Nanmin Cafe (Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network, Osaka)
3/19(Thu) Attended a court hearing relating to the reconsideration of the denial of asylum to an Afghan refugee, as well as the debriefing which followed. (Location: Osaka)
  • This was the first hearing, and it lasted around 10 minutes. In the debriefing, the solicitor explained his predictions for the hearing. The refugee in question was persecuted for religious reasons, by the Taliban and the religious police. The refugee came into contact with staff from a Japanese NGO locally, and sought asylum in Japan for that reason.
    Requests were made to check the activities of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
3/21(Sat) Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees". (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
An Introduction for Volunteers (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
3/28(Sat) The Third Meeting of the 2015 World Refugee Day Western Japan Action Committee
(Organiser: World Refugee Day Western Japan Action Committee)
Debriefing event on RAFIQ's activities.
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< In February >
2/7(Sat)-2/8(Sun) We had a booth at One World Festival
(Organiser: The Festival's Action Committee. Location: Osaka)
  • More than 10 people came to help us run our booth. We were able to spread the word about RAFIQ. We were joined by representatives of displaced families from Fukushima, who spoke about "domestic evacuees". We also met some RAFIQ members we hadn't seen for a long time, as well as refugees we have helped. Lots of people showed an interest in RAFIQ's activities, and we were able to spread the word about issues facing refugees in Japan.
2/10(Tue) RAFIQ's visit to the Western Japan Immigration Centre.
  • As well as visiting detainees, we also asked staff about the forthcoming closure, and made our views known.
2/15(Sun) A debriefing on the recent forced repatriations and the situation in Sri Lanka.
Location: the Tkatsuki City.
2/17(Tue) Nanmin Cafe (Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network, Osaka)
2/21(Sat) Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees". (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
An introductory meeting for volunteers. (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
Debriefing event on RAFIQ's activities. (Minna na Ie, Takatsuki)
2/28(Sat) The Second Meeting of the 2015 World Refugee Day Western Japan Action Committee
(Organiser: World Refugee Day Western Japan Action Committee)
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< In January >
1/11(Sun) Mochi pounding at Minna no Ie (Organized by the Minna no Ie Administrative Council / Minna na Ie, Takatsuki)
1/13(Tue) RAFIQ Interviews at the Osaka Immigration Centre
1/17(Sat) Debriefing event on RAFIQ's activities. (Minna na Ie, Takatsuki)
Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees". (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
An introductory meeting for volunteers. (Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
1/20(Tue) Nanmin Cafe (Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network, Osaka)
1/24(Sat) Attended "How Should Immigration Detention Facilities be Inspected? Learning from the Practices of British Inspectors"
(Organiser: Japan Federation of Bar Associations. Location: Tokyo)
1/31(Sat) Attended the First Meeting of the 2015 World Refugee Day Western Japan Action Committee
(Organiser: World Refugee Day Western Japan Action Committee)

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