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The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries shares a public lecture by S. Chelvan, a globally recognised legal expert on refugee and human rights based at No5 Barristers’ Chambers (London), in the University of Portsmouth King Henry Building.

Date: Wednesday 19 June 2019

Time: 6-7 pm, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: University of Portsmouth, King Henry Building, King Henry I Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DY

Parking: Milldam car park on Burnaby Road (PO1 3RE) is available after 5pm


Countries across the world continue to criminalise people who identify as LGBTQ+ and to subject them to barbaric and humiliating treatment. Establishing refugee status for people who do not conform to their country’s expected behaviours or “normal” sexual identities raises a number of complex legal and human rights issues. Understanding how these challenges are met and overcome helps us to understand the potential for, and limits of, human rights protection. In this talk, S. Chelvan will discuss his work as a Barrister in the field of immigration and asylum law. He will reflect specifically on the challenges of representing those who are fleeing persecution on grounds of sexual and/or gender identity or expression.

This talk is organised as part of the celebration of Portsmouth becoming a City of Sanctuary and the University’s work towards becoming a University of Sanctuary and is supported by the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA).

The City of Sanctuary initiative aims to ensure that cities and universities actively welcome and support refugees and asylum seekers, and others who may experience isolation and exclusion within their communities, and seeks to foster a culture of awareness and inclusion.

Portsmouth is a city proud to offer safety and sanctuary to anyone fleeing violence and persecution or who is vulnerable and isolated.

Admission is free, but please book a place on Eventbrite.