Emmanuel Nebafuh is a multi-award winning refugees’ rights campaigner who has scooped one of the highest accolades in Britain for standing up for asylum seekers from around the world with passion, humanity and cogency.
He served as Amnesty International (UK Section) Speaker for Schools, Colleges and Universities for six years, portraying the stories of uprooted people in school assemblies, student conferences, and worked behind the scenes to bring refugee matters to the attention of decision makers - lobbying for changes in Government Asylum Policies.
Persuaded that Arms Trade was the main ingredient for terrorism and violent conflicts’ responsible for refugees’ situation, Emmanuel delivered a far-reaching successful Arms Trade Motion at the 2004 Amnesty AGM in Manchester, England – the Amnesty campaign which became template for the creation of the first ever United Nations Global Arms Trade Treaty.
He was propelled into the glare of International News media during the 2008 International Day for Refugees, when he walked for 130 miles (17 days) barefoot to 10 Downing Street London, delivering a petition to then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and raising huge public awareness of the plight of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced communities particularly in Africa.
His extraordinary dedication to people fleeing war, persecution and famine was further demonstrated in 2011 when he organised the “Big Society Initiative for Africa” Event in the House of Commons (UK Parliament), bringing together influential UK-based African Diplomats, NGO representatives, Members of the African Diaspora and senior UK policy and decision-makers, including the then Cabinet Minister for Civil Societies Rt. Hon Nick Hurd MP, leading efforts to gain extensive government funding for Humanitarian organisations supporting forcibly displaced children in Africa.
Previous experience includes Co-Director of the Amarachi Group England, Managing Director of Fondation Swiss-Exile Switzerland, an early trustee before becoming chair of the Derby Refugee Forum, and author of “Research Study of Domestic Violence Services and the Impact of Working Through the Family Justice Centre Model”, which was commissioned by the Derby Community Safety Partnership. He championed equality and diversity in Policing Services - particularly within the Derbyshire Constabulary Independent Advisory Board, where he was a board member.
Emmanuel has been involved in many campaigns for democracy, human rights and social justice, internationally. He is a Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Ambassador for Peace in Geneva-Switzerland and was knighted by Traditional Rulers of his native Cameroon for championing efforts to consolidate national unity.
He holds a BA (Hons) in Applied Community Work and Social Care from the University of Derby, England.