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New Thematic Publications on Resettlement; Children; and Statelessness

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Thematic Publications on Resettlement

The Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR) took place in Geneva from 1-3 July 2013. Held annually since 1995, “[t]he consultations have become an important vehicle for UNHCR’s cooperation with governments and NGOs and a mechanism to enhance partnership. They offer a forum to review progress on resettlement issues during the year, but more importantly, to re-focus and shape a joint strategy on resettlement.”  Here is the agenda.  Various operational guidance notes and assessment tools are also available.  This newsletter shares resettlement stories and notable developments; see also ICMC’s update.  Finally, here are UNHCR’s projected global resettlement needs for 2014.

Other publications:

CCR Responds to Government Announcement on Resettlement of Syrian Refugees (Canadian Council for Refugees, July 2013) [text]

The Integration of Resettled Refugees: Essentials for Establishing a Resettlement Programme and Fundamentals for Sustainable Resettlement Programmes (UNHCR, 2013) [text]

“Know Reset Project Maps Diverging Resettlement Practices and Legal Frameworks across Europe,” ECRE Weekly Bulletin (12 July 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Children

“Alone and Unrepresented: A Call to Congress to Provide Counsel for Unaccompanied Minors,” Harvard Journal on Legislation, vol. 50, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

Cash and Child Protection: How Cash Transfer Programming Can Protect Children from Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation and Violence (Save the Children, Sept. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Humanitarian Action for Children 2013 (UNICEF, July 2013) [access via UN Pulse]

L’enfant dans l’asile: prise en considération de sa vulnérabilité et de son intérêt supérieur (CBAR, June 2013) [text via Refworld]

Workshop Report – The Deportation of Unaccompanied Minors from the EU: Family Tracing and Government Accountability in the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM) Project, Oxford, 3 May 2013 [text]

New Thematic Publications on Statelessness

Compilation of Recommendations relating to Statelessness in Outcome Documents from the 1st Cycle (1st-12th sessions) of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UNHCR, July 2013) [text]

Compilation of Recommendations relating to Statelessness during the Second Cycle (13th – 16th sessions) of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UNHCR, July 2013) [text]

Legally Invisible, Fighting for Health Care (ENS Blog, July 2013) [text]

“Stateless in Shangri-La: Minority Rights, Citizenship, and Belonging in Bhutan,” Stanford Journal of International Law, vol. 48, no. 2 (Summer2012) [text via SSRN]

UNHCR’s Verdict on Statelessness Activities over Last Two Years: “Unprecedented” (Statelessness Programme Blog, July 2013) [text]

 

Re-blog: UNHCR’s verdict on statelessness activities over last two years: “unprecedented”

Re-blog taken from the Statelessness program Weblog at Tilburg University.  Read the full blog posting available here.

Every other year, UNHCR produces a report summarising the progress made in addressing statelessness. It discusses important international trends and developments, as well as UNHCR’s own activities and achievements. In other words, it’s a very nice little snapshot of what has been happening and this time around there is more to report than ever before. UNHCR’s overall verdict on the current interest and momentum in addressing statelessness…? “Unprecedented”. Here are some of the most interesting highlights from the report:

Read the full blog posting available here.

 

New Thematic Issues on Statelessness and Urban Issues

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Thematic Publications on Statelessness

Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Confronts Statelessness in al-Jedda Case (Open Society Foundations, June 2013) [text]

Estonia Should Eliminate Child Statelessness (Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, June 2013) [text]

Learning about Statelessness in the Netherlands (ENS Blog, June 2013) [text]

NGO Statement on Statelessness, 57th Meeting of the EXCOM Standing Committee, Geneva, 25-27 June 2013 [text via ENS Blog]

Note on Statelessness, 57th Meeting of the EXCOM Standing Committee, UN Doc. No. EC/64/SC/CRP.11, Geneva, 25-27 June 2013 [text]

One Year after the Violence Began: Civil Society Organizations Deeply Concerned by the Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation of Stateless Rohingya (Minority Rights Group International, June 2013) [text]

Prevention and Reduction of Statelessness and Protection of Stateless Persons in the Americas, 43rd Regular Session of the Organization of American States, La Antigua, Guatemala, 4-6 June 2013 [text via Refworld]

Reduction of Statelessness and Access to Nationality: The Need for EU-regulation. The Showcase of Stateless Roma in Slovenia, Thesis (Lund University, 2013) [text]

Setting the Bar Higher: The UNHCR NGO Consultations and Getting Serious about Eradicating Statelessness (ENS Blog, June 2013) [text]

Stateless Saudi Driven to Self-immolation (Refugees International Blog, June 2013) [text]

Stateless Zimbabwe Residents Gain Citizenship (IRIN, June 2013) [text]

Supra-national Citizenship: An Increasingly Powerful Tool of Protection… and Exclusion (Oecumene Blog, June 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Urban Issues

Knowledge into Action: British Red Cross’ Experiences Going Urban (British Red Cross, June 2013) [access]
- Webinar presentation.

Living in the Shadows: Who is the Guardian of Urban Refugee Rights? (ODI, June 2013) [text]

Sanctuary in the City? Reframing Responses to Protracted Urban Displacement, HPG Policy Brief, no. 52 (ODI, June 2013) [text]

Sanctuary in the City? Urban Displacement and Vulnerability: Final Report, HPG Report, no. 33 (ODI, June 2013) [text]

Urban Violence: What Role for Traditional Humanitarianism?, London, 21 March 2013 [text]
- Conference report.

 

 

New Thematic Publications on Humanitarian Assistance and Statelessness

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Thematic Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

Access Denied: Dilemmas of Cross Line and Cross Border Humanitarian Engagement, Online, 13 June 2013 [access]
- Info. and background materials for this event are available here.

Helpdesk Research Report: The Impact of Integrated Missions on Humanitarian Operations (Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Making the Right Choices in Emergencies (IRIN, June 2013) [text]

Older Persons in Emergency Situations: A Case Study of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (WHO, 2013) [text]

“On the Politics of our Humanitarian Present,” Environment & Planning D: Society and Space (forthcoming) [preprint]

Paradoxes of Presence: Risk Management and Aid Culture in Challenging Environments (ODI, March 2013) [text]

Sharing Space: Adapting Military Approaches to Geospatial Analysis for Humanitarian Response and the Documentation of Human Rights Abuses (Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Thematic Publications on Statelessness

The Women’s Refugee Commission and the Statelessness Programme at Tilburg University have launched a report entitled “Our Motherland, Our Country: Gender Discrimination and Statelessness in the Middle East and North Africa.”  The study focuses on Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco and Egypt.  Follow this link to access the report, two short films, a photo essay, and a related blog post.

In addition, two recent papers prepared by the Statelessness Programme’s MENA Nationality and Statelessness Research Project are available via SSRN:
- The Stateless Syrians (May 2013) [text]
- The Stateless Tebu of Libya? (May 2013) [text]

Finally, read the stories of stateless women in Lebanon on the Huffington Post.

“Interview with UNHCR’s Statelessness Regional Protection Officer, Inge Sturkenboom,” ENS Newsletter, no. 3 (May 2013) [text]

Poor Judgement, Bad Judgment (ENS Blog, May 2013) [text]
- Comment on UK Court of Appeal decision in B2 v The Secretary of State for the Home Department.

Protection against Statelessness: Trends and Regulations in Europe (EUDO Citizenship Observatory, May 2013) [text]

Proving Statelessness: Evidential Issues for Refused Asylum Seekers (ENS Blog, June 2013) [text]

The Rohingya: Bargaining with Human Lives (Open Democracy, June 2013) [text]

 

 

New Thematic Publications on Statelessness; Health; and Gender Issues

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Publications on Statelessness

The European Network on Statelessness and the Statelessness Programme at Tilburg University are calling for the adoption of an “International Day on Statelessness,” similar to Human Rights Day or World Refugee Day.  Share your support/thoughts over at the ENS blog!

Publications:

“Becoming Stateless: Historical Experience and Its Reflection on the Concept of State among the Lahu in Yunnan and Mainland Southeast Asian Massif,” Southeast Asian Studies, vol. 2, no. 1 (2013) [full-text]

“Born Lost: Stateless Children in International Surrogacy Arrangements,” Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 21, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

“‘A Forgotten Human Rights Crisis’: Statelessness and Issue (Non)Emergence,”Human Rights Review, vol. 14, no. 2 (June 2013) [abstract]
- See also related ENS Blog postFMR article and thesis.

A Government Approach to Moving Statelessness Forward on the International Agenda (ENS Blog, May 2013) [text]

Litigation, Legal Aid & Law Clinics (ENS Blog, May 2013) [text]

[Nationality Laws in LiberiaNepal and Thailand] (Statelessness Programme, May 2013)
- Students in the ‘Nationality, Statelessness and Human Rights’ course at Tilburg University provide their analyses.

The Price of Statelessness: Palestinian Refugees from Syria (Middle East Monitor, May 2013) [text]

U.S. Immigration Reform May Finally Help Stateless People (Refugees International Blog, May 2013) [text]

New Publications on Health

“Improving Early Detection of Refugee-Related Stress Symptoms: Evaluation of an Inter-Professional and Inter-Cultural Skills Training Course in Sweden,” Societies3(2) (May 2013) [open access text]

“Meaningful Change or Business as Usual? Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings,” Forced Migration Review 25th Anniversary Collection (April 2013) [open access text]

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Disaster Situations in the Caribbean (PAHO, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Piloting Community-based Medical Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault in Conflict-affected Karen State of Eastern Burma,” Conflict and Health 7:12 (May 2013) [open access text]

“Quality of Ultrasound Biometry Obtained by Local Health Workers in a Refugee Camp on the Thai–Burmese Border,” Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, vol. 40, no. 2 (Aug. 2012) [open access text]

War Surgery: Working with Limited Resources in Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence, vol. 2 (ICRC, 2013) [text]

New Publications on Gender Issues

Annual Review of the Human Rights Situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex People(ILGA Europe, May 2013) [text via Refworld]
- See also other related materials from ILGA Europe including score sheets per country.

Female Refugees Fleeing Conflict (IntLawGrrls, May 2013) [text]

Invisible in the City: Protection Gaps Experienced by Sexual Minority Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Urban Ecuador, Ghana, Israel, and Kenya (HIAS, Feb. 2013) [text]
- See also related U.S. State Dept. speech.

“Nexus with a Convention Ground: The Particular Social Group and Sexual Minority Refugees in Ireland and the United Kingdom,” Irish Law Journal, vol. 1, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

The Plight of LGBTI Asylum Seekers, Refugees (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

“Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and the Protection of Forced Migrants,”Forced Migration Review, no. 42 (April 2013) [open access text]
-”Around the world, people face abuse, arbitrary arrest, extortion, violence, severe discrimination and lack of official protection because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This latest issue of FMR includes 26 articles on the abuse of rights of forced migrants who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex. Authors discuss both the challenges faced and examples of good practice in securing protection for LGBTI forced migrants.”

UK Asylum Process Painful for Lesbians Fleeing Death Threats (Thomson Reuters Foundation, May 2013) [text]

“Women as a Particular Social Group: A Comparative Assessment of Gender Asylum Claims in the United States and United Kingdom,” Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol. 26, no. 2 (Winter 2012) [full-text via SSRN]

 

New Thematic Publications on Statelessness; Law/Policy Items; and Work Issues

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Publications on Statelessness

Addressing the Human Insecurity of Stateless People: Complementing our Legal Advocacy with a Development Approach (ENS Blog, May 2013) [text]

Addressing Statelessness in the Western Balkans – ENS and WeBLAN Joint Workshop (ENS Blog, April 2013) [text]

“All You Can Do is Pray”: Crimes against Humanity and Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Arakan State (Human Rights Watch, April 2013) [text]

Greg Constantine Talks @ Pulitzer [access]
- Discusses the In Search of Home e-book.

Is Nationality Always Relevant? – Reflections on Time Spent with a Lahu Community in Northern Thailand (Statelessness Programme Blog, May 2013) [text]

“Stateless in the United States: Current Reality and a Future Prediction,” Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, vol. 46, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

Statelessness: The Core of the Palestinian Issue, Washington, DC, 2 May 2013 [info] [access]

“Statelessness in International Law: A Historic Overview,” DAJV Newsletter, no. 3 (2012) [full-text]
- Select 3/2012 from the list of issues.

New Publications on Law/Policy Items

Coping with Contemporary Conflicts: “Conflict Refugees” and the 1951 Convention Protection Regime, Open Lecture at 70th Course on International Refugee Law, Sanremo, Italy, 23-27 April 2013 [text]

Culture of Disbelief Works against Asylum Seekers (IRIN, April 2013) [text]

“Helping the Helpless: The Foreign Policy Strategies Underlying Humanitarian Rhetoric in American Refugee Law and Policy,” Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary, vol. 32, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

International Criminal Justice, the Gotovina Judgment and the Making of Refugees (Lund University, 2013) [text via bepress]

“Judicial Review of Refugee Determinations: The Luck of the Draw?,” Queen’s Law Journal, vol. 38, no. 1 (Fall 2012) [full-text]

“My Name is Khan” and I Am Not a Terrorist: Intersections of Counter Terrorism Measures and the International Framework for Refugee Protection (SSRN, April 2013) [text]

New Publications on Work Issues

Agreement Reached in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers (ImmigrationProf Blog, April 2013) [text]

The Benefits of Granting Third Country Nationals Equal Rights to Work (ENARgy, April 2013) [text]
- From the European Network against Racism.

The Economic and Political Impact of Immigrants, Latinos and Asians State by State (Immigration Policy Center, Jan. 2012) [access]
- Note: Some state factsheets were updated May 2013.

How a Stateless Refugee Overcame Low Self-Esteem to Become a Successful Entrepreneur (Huffington Post, April 2013) [text]

“Immigration Reform Overlooks Asylum-seekers – Harsh Rules Enacted in 1996 Prevent Them from Working for Months or Years, Making Many Destitute,” Los Angeles Times,25 April 2013 [text]

The Plight of an Ethiopian Refugee Searching for Work in Nairobi (Refugee Work Rights, May 2013) [text]

 

New e-Book: `In Search of Home’ by Greg Constantine and Stephanie Hanes

In Search of Home

In Search of Home

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has recently published a new e-book entitled `In Search of Home’ with photography by Greg Constantine and reporting by Stephanie Hanes.

To get the technical bit out of the way first.  This is an e-book which is currently available to download from iTunes for use on an iPad using iBooks 2.0 or later on an iPad. iOS 5.0 or later is required.  The official description describes the work as:

This award-winning* e-book focuses on an under-reported global crisis: statelessness. People who are stateless are not refugees, not exactly. Often they are living in their homes in a country they consider to be their own. Yet they are stateless—without the basic right to get an education, to work in the legal economy, receive health benefits, get married, vote or own property. The cause is often rooted in religion or ethnicity, but even when the stateless are not actively persecuted, they remain the most vulnerable. With reporting by Stephanie Hanes, and photography by Greg Constantine, this interactive book takes you on a journey to visit the stateless people of Kenya, Burma and the Dominican Republic. *Honorable Mention, NPPA’s Best Photojournalism 2013, Tablet Category*
(Source:  iTunes – bit.ly/13x6wzs).

Photographer Greg Constantine and reporter Stephanie Hanes have taken thisin search of home 1 opportunity to provide a very worthwhile and intriguing study on the impact of statelessness, focusing upon those stateless–people without nationality or citizenship within Kenya, Burma, and the Dominican Republic. Presented in this relatively new iBook format, this provides a new interactive way to explore the complexity of the global issue of statelessness.

Constantine argues:

“Stateless people are some of the most neglected, vulnerable and invisible people in the world today and statelessness is one of the most complex, politically sensitive and devastating human rights issues most people don’t know about,” Constantine said. “It is a story and an issue that demands attention. Exposing how this condition impacts individuals, families and entire communities has been my primary motivation these past seven years.”
(Source: “In Search of Home” Receives Honorable Mention in 2013 NPPA Awards).

in search of home 4This e-book stems from the Pulitzer Center project “Statelessness: A Human Rights Crisis,” a reporting project by Hanes and Constantine that explores the world-wide phenomenon of statelessness by looking at how the international community is defining, and responding, to this human-rights crisis.  Focusing on the plight of the approximately 12 million stateless people across the world, this work utilises a multi-media platform to incorporate both photographs and narratives to illicit and contextualize the notions of statelessness as they impact upon the individual, whilst at the same time, highlighting the need for an international response to the growing problem that statelessness provides.

The importance of this work cannot be over-stressed and it is refreshing to see the use of new multi-media methods being employed  in just a worthy cause.  Indeed, the use of the-e-book format as allowed for an interaction between the narrative and photographic material to provide greater clarity and depth to the work and as Hanes argues,  “The e-book format allows for far more nuance and background information than a traditional print piece. There is an ability to truly incorporate photos, maps, and historical information. Overall, it allows for an excitingly textured new way of story-telling.” (Source: GUEST POST: Stories of Statelessness – Burma, the Dominican Republic and Kenya).

The The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has also produced an Educator’s Guide to “In Search of Home” E-book, which can be downloaded from the link below.  This educator’s guide provides:

The Educator’s Guide to In Search of Home (available for download below) has questions and assignment ideas to help guide classroom discussions before, during and after the visit.

Click here to download the full Educator’s Guide.

Further Information:

In Search of Home on iTunes – http://bit.ly/13x6wzs

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reportinghttp://pulitzercenter.org/

Greg Constantine Official Website – http://www.exiledtonowhere.com/

Further News Stories – “In Search of Home” Receives Honorable Mention in 2013 NPPA Awards; and “In Search Of Home” E-Book Live in iTunes.

Image Gallery:
(Images Copyright to Greg Constantine/iTunes.).