Daily Archives: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New Publications on Sri Lanka; Displacement; Conflict; Nepal Conflict Report

The Nepal Conflict Report

The Nepal Conflict Report

Sri Lanka Urban Multi-Hazard Disaster Mitigation Project – Project Completion Report.
Produced by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, and the United States Agency for International Development.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: ALNAP)

Gulu Town in War…and Peace? Displacement, Humanitarianism and Post-War Crisis
By Adam Branch.
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(Source: ALNAP)

Cities, Conflict and State Fragility
By Jo Beall, Tom Goodfellow, Dennis Rodgers.
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(Source: ALNAP)

The Nepal Conflict Report.
Produced by the The United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Between 1996 and 2006, an internal conflict between the Government of Nepal and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN (Maoist)) left at least 13,000 people dead and 1,300 missing. By signing the Comprehensive Peace Accord on 21 November 2006, the Government of Nepal and the CPN (Maoist) committed to establishing the truth about the conduct of the war and to ensuring the victims of the conflict receive both justice and reparations. To that end, the Comprehensive Peace Accord references commitments to form two transitional justice mechanisms: a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Commission on Disappeared Persons.

[Access and Download Full Report]
Further Information: The Himalayan – Some conflict cases amount to war crimes: Nepal Crisis Report

Accompanying the 233-page Report’s release is a database of some 30,000 documents – known as the Transitional Justice Reference Archive – which aims to provide Nepali institutions and civil society with the means to kick-start the process of seeking truth, justice, and reconciliation for the crimes committed during the 1996-2006 conflict.

The Archive, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), records “up to 9,000 serious violations of international human rights law or international humanitarian law may have been committed during the decade-long conflict… However, at the time of writing, no one in Nepal has been prosecuted in a civilian court for a serious conflict-related crime.”


New Publications on: Borderline Justice; PICUM Newsletter; Trafficking; EDL; Minority Languages; Children; and Overseas Students

Borderline Justice: the fight for refugee and migrant rights

Borderline Justice: the fight for refugee and migrant rights

Borderline Justice: the fight for refugee and migrant rights.
A new book written by Liz Fekete, vice-chair of the Institute of Race Relations.
The book will be published by Pluto Press and their is a launch event for this work which is due to take place on Monday 22 October.  Further details can be found on the Institute of Race Relations website [here] and please also Download an invite (pdf file, 144kb).
From the product description:

From pre-arrival to detention and deportation, Borderline Justice describes the exclusionary policies, inhumane decisions and obstacles to justice for refugees and migrants in the current legal system.

Frances Webber, a legal practitioner with over 30 years experience, provides a unique insight into how the law has been applied to migrants, refugees and other ‘unpopular minorities’. The book records some of the key legal struggles of the past thirty years which have sought to preserve values of universality in human rights – and the importance of continuing to fight for those values, inside and outside the courtroom.

With its combination of legal and political analysis with insider insights, Borderline Justice will appeal to both academic and non-academic audiences. The themes and analysis cross boundaries of law, politics, sociology, criminology, refugee studies and terrorism studies, appealing to the radical tradition in all these disciplines.

[Further Details from Pluto Books]
(Source: Institute of Race Relations).

PICUM Quarterly Newsletter, April-June 2012.
Produced by The PICUM Secretariat.
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(Source: The PICUM Secretariat).

Second General Report on GRETA’s activities covering the period from 1

Overseas Students and Net Migration

Overseas Students and Net Migration

August 2011 to 31 July 2012.
Produced by the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, (GRETA).
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See Also – BBC News Story: Trafficked children in UK council care ‘going missing’

A STUDY OF THE ENGLISH DEFENCE LEAGUE: What draws people of faith to right-wing organisations and what effects does the EDL have on community cohesion and interfaith relations?
By H.S. Lane for Faith matters.
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“European Policy-to-Outcome Indicators and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML)”
ECMI Working Paper #61
By Federica Prina.
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Into the unknown: Children’s journeys through the asylum
A new report produced by The Children’s Society.
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See Also:-
The Independent – UK criticised over child asylum
The Telegraph – Children fleeing wars facing ‘culture of disbelief’ – charity

Overseas Students and Net Migration: Fourth Report of Session 2012–13 : Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence.
New Report by the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee.
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Reblogging of an interesting article published today on the UK Human Rights Blog – http://ukhumanrightsblog.com/

UK Human Rights Blog

R (on the application of EH) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 2569 (Admin) – read judgment

1 Crown Office Row’s Robert Kellar was instructed for the Defendant in this case.  He is not the writer of this post.

The High Court has ruled that the failure to consider the continued detention of a mentally ill failed asylum seeker in accordance with immigration policy rendered his detention unlawful in part.

The Claimant applied for asylum based upon his account of an attack during the Rwandan genocide and subsequent events.  The Home Secretary refused the application and the Claimant appealed.  At the appeal he was unrepresented and he adduced no medical evidence.  The Immigration Judge dismissed his appeal, disbelieving the entirety of his account. Once his appeal rights had been exhausted (that is, he was unable to appeal any further through the courts), the Secretary of State…

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