There have been more than a few days which I can recall where I have woken up and wished for a day off from work. But then I think – what if I was to be completely deprived of the right to work at all? What if the government took away my freedom to use my skills, earn a living, support myself or contribute to society?
At Justice Centre Hong Kong, one of the things we do is help the most vulnerable refugees prepare their written testimony in support of their claim before the Hong Kong Immigration Department. The testimony contains a detailed narrative of what caused the refugees to flee their country and why they believe it is no longer safe for them to return to that country.
I came back to work this week with a heavy heart; fresh off the plane, leaving behind family, friends, parties and good food that I sorely miss in my home country, Bahrain. Every time I return from home, getting back into the way of life in Hong Kong is always a bit difficult, and I am usually reminded of how scary it was when I first arrived here as an overseas university student, having to learn everything you need to know when you move to a new country.
We’ve had a very exciting week at Justice Centre, with the final exhibition and auction of the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2014 which was held on Human Rights Day (December 10th). The turnout and enthusiasm for the Prize was overwhelming and inspiring, successfully bringing together members of the public and arts community to ignite creative dialogue on human rights – what a night it was!