Bohemians announce partnership with Amnesty International

The club will wear a jersey with an image of a family fleeing war on their away jersey

Bohemians’ away jersey for the coming season. Photograph: @bfcdublin

Bohemians’ away jersey for the coming season. Photograph: @bfcdublin

 

Bohemian FC have announced a partnership with Amnesty International in which it will highlight the plight of families in direct provision and seek to promote the campaign to end the system which is used to accommodate more than 5,000 refugees in Ireland.

The club will wear a jersey with an image of a family fleeing war on their away jersey for the coming season which, for them, kicks off at the weekend with a game against Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park. The shirt will also carry an anti-racism message. The entire venture is said to have been supported by the club’s main shirt sponsor, Des Kelly Interiors.

“We’re delighted to unveil this very special shirt,” said Bohemians director Daniel Lambert. “At the core of the Bohemian identity is inclusiveness and a desire to utilise football as a means to improve our society as a whole.

“This builds on a deep and lasting relationship we have built with the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) and through multiple engagements with people living in direct provision.”

Amnesty International executive director Colm O’Gorman described the system, which often involves housing refugees in unsuitable conditions in former hotels in remote parts of the country, as “an ongoing human rights scandal.

“The system is fundamentally flawed,” he said, “trapping people for years in limbo and isolating them from communities in inhumane, institutionalised conditions. We know there are challenges like the current housing crisis, but this has been going on for 20 years through successive governments. We need a new approach, one that protects people’s human rights.”

Lucky Khambul of MASI said that the organisation was delighted with the relationship it has enjoyed with the club. “It is encouraging to see the club forge relations with asylum seekers who regularly attend matches and the team opening the stadium for us to use for events,” he said.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.