Spotlight on migrants, human rights

Spotlight on migrants, human rights
December 07 06:40 2018 Print This Article

…Non Assistance a Swiss documentary on the challenges faced by migrants screens in Harare

By Masline Mavudzi

Non Assistance, a documentary highlighting the plight of refugees and migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe will be screened at Ster Kinekor Eastgate in Harare to mark the International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2018.

The screening courteous of the Embassy of Switzerland in partnership with the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum also commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

A discussion on the issues highlighted by the film, in particular the relevance of human rights to migration will follow the screening. The discourse will be led by representatives of International Organisation for Migration and the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum

Non Assistance is a documentary film produced Frédéric Choffat and Caroline Abu Sa’Da. It shines a spotlight on the response of Governments, civil society and ordinary citizens to this human tragedy.

“Since 2011, thousands of migrants fleeing wars are trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe. While governments are more and more criminalizing migratory fluxes, some women and men are getting organized: some are chartering boats to save the shipwrecked. Others are hosting them on land, and yet others are filing criminal complaints against States for having failed to provide assistance to people in danger. All these individuals, moved by determination and courage, are actively offering an alternative to general indifference. Among them, Charles Heller, a young Swiss researcher who has created the first Watch the Med platform and documents cases of disappeared-at-sea migrants boats,” reads the synopsis.

 

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