Friday 5 April 2019

On Monday, refugee and disability rights activists Nujeen Mustafa and Shantha Rau Barriga will join Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow at another of our popular RightsTalk events, hosted in partnership with Human Rights Watch.

The event is fully booked, but those who missed out on registering can watch it live on our Facebook page.

The speakers will discuss the particular difficulties faced by refugees and asylum seekers with disability.

Despite being among those most at-risk, they are often neglected in the provision of basic services.

Nujeen Mustafa became an advocate for refugees with disability after travelling from Syria to Germany in a wheelchair as a 16-year-old.

Her advocacy, which has included lobbying senior European Union policymakers, was celebrated by Human Rights Watch earlier this year, when they awarded her the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism.

Shantha Rau Barriga founded Human Rights Watch’s Disability Rights Division, which she continues to direct today.

Her experience covers both research and advocacy on human rights issues relating to people with disability, including shackling, denial of education, and neglect during humanitarian emergencies.

She has worked with the United Nations, UNICEF and Amnesty International.

The event will be livestreamed on the Commission’s Facebook page from 5.30pm on Monday 8 April.