On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21, UNHCR Cyprus together with the Office of the Ombudsman and the University of Cyprus will host an event to raise awareness about racism and xenophobia, including hate speech, and the impact on refugees and asylum-seekers in Cyprus.
At the event, the findings of UNHCR’s latest opinion poll on the perceptions of Cypriots about refugees and asylum-seekers, will be presented as a springboard for discussion on society-wide ways to address and respond to these phenomena in Cyprus. The opinion poll was conducted by the University of Cyprus, Center for Field Studies on behalf of the UNHCR in Cyprus at the end of 2022.
Venue: University House Anastasios G. Leventis, Room B 108, University of Cyprus, 1 Panepistimiou Avenue, 2109 Aglantzia, Nicosia
18:00 Welcome by the Dr. Tasos Christofides, Rector of the University of Cyprus
18:05 Address by Dr. Antonis Ellinas, Dean of Social and Political Sciences
18:10 Welcome remarks by Ms. Katja Saha, UNHCR Representative in Cyprus
18:15 Keynote speech “Social inclusion of refugees – Interventions of the Commissioner for Administration and the Protection of Human Rights” by Ms. Maria Stylianou-Lottides, Commissioner for Administration and the Protection of Human Rights (Ombudsman)
18:25 Presentation of the Report and key findings of the Opinion Poll by the University of Cyprus, Center for Field Studies
18:55 Presentation on how hate crimes are addressed by the Cyprus Police by Lieutenant Elena Panayiotou, Head, EU & International Relations Office and Coordination Office of EU Representations, Cyprus Police Headquarters
19:05 “Social cohesion – a key element to reap the developmental benefits of migration” by Oxana Maciuca, Regional Human Mobility Adviser, UNDP
19:15 Personal testimony of a young refugee, a graduate of the University of Cyprus.
The event is open to the media, NGOs and other civil society actors, university students, the refugee and asylum-seeking community and the wider public. In addition to the confirmed speakers, Governmental counterparts have also been invited to participate.
Working language: English
Refreshments will be served after the discussion.
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