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Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture 2017 - Jemilah Mahmood (IFRC)

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The displacement paradox: good refugees, bad migrants. Where can the unwanted go?

Speaker Dr Jemilah Mahmood

Under Secretary General for Partnerships,International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Migration is set to become one of the defining features of the 21st century. The combined impact of crises, poverty, inequality and violence around the world has led to unprecedented numbers of people fleeing their homes in search of safety, better living conditions and employment opportunities. At the same time, significant gaps exist in humanitarian protection vis à vis the increasing numbers of migrants who do not fit into conventional categories of international protection. This phenomenon is further exacerbated by increasing negative attitudes towards migrants. As States scale up their border controls, where do you turn to when you become the world’s most unwanted? Why has the world turned a blind eye towards the significant – and evidence based – litany of abuses faced by people on the move: death, arbitrary detention, rape, trafficking, violence…to name just a few.

All people who leave their homes—for whatever reason—deserve our respect and our support: this is the essence of the Fundamental Principles of Humanity and is why the approach of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is one of helping migrants in need irrespective of their status.

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Dr. Jemilah Mahmood began her mandate as Under Secretary General for Partnerships at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in January 2016.

Before joining the IFRC, Dr. Mahmood was the Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit secretariat at the United Nations in New York. She is well known as the founder of MERCY Malaysia, which she led from 1999-2009. Her previous appointments include Chief of the Humanitarian Response Branch at UNFPA; Senior Fellow at Malaysia’s Sovereign and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Humanitarian Futures Programme at Kings College in London. In 2006, she was one of 16 members appointed by United Nations Secretary-General to the Advisory Group of the Central Emergency Response Fund.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

For any enquiries, please contact susanna.power@qeh.ox.ac.uk

Location: The Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford, OX1 4AU

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