Abolish Direct Provision launches “Voices From Direct Provision” online conference 

September 13, 2020.- Abolish Direct Provision will be hosting on September 27, 2020, at 10:00 A.M., the online conference “Voices from Direct Provision” in which asylum seekers, activists and experts on Direct Provision will discuss the faults of and alternatives to this system that has been denounced as illegal and degrading by many human rights organizations. 

The aim of the conference is to raise awareness of the severe difficulties faced within Direct Provision, while at the same time provide a platform through which asylum seekers will share their experiences and express their concerns of the asylum scheme that has kept thousands of migrants marginalized from Irish society. 

Panel discussions on the day will include:

Ticket prices for the event start at EUR 11.53 and are available via www.directprovision.org or Eventbrite.  

There are currently approx 7000 asylum seekers in Ireland, 44% of whom are women and 36% children, between the age of 0-16.  Many businesses have been profiting from the system while the asylum seekers live in deplorable conditions.

Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, said in 2019 that abuses in the Direct provision system are “the worst human rights issues I’ve probably ever seen in Ireland”.

The impact of this system shows no sign of abating as evidenced by the hunger strike of 32 asylum seekers in Kerry and the death of a young Afghan man in Monaghan in August. 

Abolish Direct Provision Ireland is a grassroots campaign launched in November 2018 with the purpose of empowering asylum seekers in their application process, and to create awareness about the difficulties they face in the Direct Provision system. The group seeks to engage the government in a productive discussion on the topic, with the goal of abolishing this inhumane system that has greeted asylum seekers to Ireland since 2000 and create sustainable, humane and safe alternatives. 

More information can be found on http://www.directprovision.org or by contacting Abolish Direct Provision Press Office on abolishdirectprovision@gmail.com

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