Egypt/Sudan: A Call to End Torture of Refugees | Human Rights Watch
“(Geneva) – Members of the UN Human Rights Council called on Egypt and Sudan on March 14, 2014, to investigate and prosecute traffickers for kidnapping, torturing, and killing refugees in the Sinai Peninsula. The 24 countries sponsoring the German-led statement also called on both countries to identify and prosecute any security officials who may have colluded with traffickers.
On February 11 Human Rights Watch released a report titled “‘I Just Wanted to Lie Down and Die:’ Trafficking and Torture of Eritreans in Sudan and Egypt,” which documents how, since 2010, Egyptian traffickers have tortured Eritreans for ransom in the Sinai Peninsula usingrape, burning, and mutilation. It also documents torture by traffickers in eastern Sudan and 29 incidents in which victims said that Sudanese and Egyptian security officers facilitated trafficker abuses rather than arresting the traffickers and rescuing their victims.”
FRA Paper on criminalisation of irregular migrants | European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
“The paper is part of FRA’s ongoing work in the area of asylum and migration. It is also a contribution to the evaluation and possible modification of EU legislation on assisting unauthorised entry. This is an important aspect of the European Commission’s ‘Task Force Mediterranean’, which was set up following the deaths of almost 400 people off the Italian island of Lampedusa in October 2013.”
UNU-MERIT » Migrants Knocking at the Doors of Fortress Europe?
“his was the background to a Maastricht Studium Generale debate, “Knocking at the Doors of Fortress Europe: Migration Flows from the Maghreb to Europe: Is there a Long-term Solution?”, held on Wednesday 15 January 2014.
The debate started with an introduction by Natasja Reslow, Postdoc Fellow at Maastricht Law Faculty. She spoke about the controversial policies of the EU’s Frontex Agency, EU Mobility Partnerships and the changing nature of asylum flows and policies to Europe. Hildegard Schneider, Dean of the Faculty of Law led the debate and brought forth many questions on the relationship between EU asylum policy and migrants rights.”
Refworld | Somalis in Amsterdam
“Somalis in European Cities series produced by the Open Society Foundations’ At Home in Europe Project. It is the result of research that examines Somali living conditions in seven cities across Europe (Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Leicester, London, Malmö, and Oslo), as well as the ways in which municipal authorities counter growing social, political, and economic tensions and consider the needs of Somalis in key decision-making.”
Global Humanitarian Policy Forum 2013 – Analytical Summary: Transforming for the Future – World | ReliefWeb
“On 12 and 13 December 2013, humanitarian practitioners, academics, private-sector representatives, international organizations, non-governmental and government representatives gathered in New York to attend the 2013 Global Humanitarian Policy Forum, convened by the Policy Analysis and Innovation Section of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The forum discussed the future of the formal international humanitarian system and where it would stand in 2025.”
The Future of Humanitarian Security in Fragile Contexts – An analysis of transformational factors affecting humanitarian action in the coming decade – World | ReliefWeb
“The Future of Humanitarian Security in Fragile Contexts: An analysis of transformational factors affecting humanitarian action in the coming decade stems from a recognition that the humanitarian landscape has changed dramatically in the past decade.
The transformation of the humanitarian landscape has already made a significant impact on the operational security of INGOs and other humanitarian actors. Moreover, as contexts defined as ‘fragile’ increasingly draw the attention of the international community, humanitarian actors will need to give careful consideration to the impact of changes unfolding in fragile contexts.”
The “Invisible Suffering” of Migrants Detained In Greece – Greece | ReliefWeb
“ATHENS/BRUSSELS/NEW YORK—Prolonged and systematic detention is leading to devastating consequences on the health and dignity of migrants and asylum seekers in Greece, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned in a report released today, which called for an end to the practice.
In Greece, undocumented migrants are routinely detained when apprehended without valid documents. Since the summer of 2012 and the launch of widespread police checks—known as ‘Operation Xenios Zeus’—administrative detention has been used on a massive scale, often applied for the maximum period of 18 months.”
Detention in Canada | Detention & Asylum Research Cluster
“All detention practices are specified in their individual country contexts although rarely defined as such. In the United Kingdom, for example, detention is seen as the “most usually appropriate” immigration enforcement mechanism
to effect removal;
initially to establish a person’s identity or basis of claim; or
where there is reason to believe that the person will fail to comply with any conditions
attached to the grant of temporary admission or release.”
To be a lawful practice in that country, detention “must not only be based on one of the statutory powers and accord with the limitations implied by domestic and Strasbourg case law but must also accord with stated policy.”7 Likewise, in Australia, the regular detention policy is not defined as such but is understood in terms of its aims. The primary aim of the policy is to ensure the successful administration of new arrivals (“people who arrive without lawful authority do not enter the Australian community until their identity and status have been properly assessed and they have been granted a visa”) and removal (“people who do not have authority to be in Australia are available for removal from Australia”) of “unlawful” non-citizens who do not have a valid residence permit or visa.8″
Psychosocial Support for Youth in Post-Conflict Situations – A trainer’s handbook – World | ReliefWeb
“Every year, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world experience violent conflicts first hand. Violent conflicts interfere with youth development by disrupting everyday life, not only while the conflict is on-going, but also after the grenades and gunshots have fallen silent. Growing up surrounded by conflict and living in a post-conflict setting will have enormous impact on the lives of young people and their prospects as they grow into adulthood.
Over the years, Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers have provided support to young people in post-conflict situations through psychosocial activities. Providing this kind of help to vulnerable people can take many forms and requires trained staff and volunteers.”
Fragmented Lives: Humanitarian Overview 2013 – occupied Palestinian territory | ReliefWeb
“This is the third year in which the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has outlined the key humanitarian concerns in the occupied Palestinian territory in one Humanitarian Overview document. This annual report aims to provide a comprehensive overview or ‘snapshot’ of the humanitarian situation in the oPt in a given year, to monitor trends and developments, and to inform policy and programming.”
Hidden victims of the Syrian crisis: disabled, injured and older refugees – Syrian Arab Republic | ReliefWeb
“Hidden victims: Radical change needed for older, disabled and injured Syrian refugees
London, 9th April 2014. New research published today shows that older, disabled and injured Syrian refugees are paying a double toll as a result of the conflict. The report, released by Handicap International and HelpAge International, provides new data showing how much these vulnerable refugees are struggling to meet their specific needs.
The two agencies are calling on all national and international humanitarian stakeholders providing assistance to Syrian refugees to change the way aid is delivered so that disabled, injured and older refugees are no longer the hidden casualties of the conflict. More precise targeting and registration of refugees and better training of staff will ensure humanitarian assistance is accessible, appropriate and effective, says the report.”
Catching Up: The Labor Market Outcomes of New Immigrants in Sweden | migrationpolicy.org
“The considerable diversity among Sweden’s immigrants reflects a humanitarian migration policy. Refugees have arrived in the country since the 1970s and 1980s, with their countries of origin shifting according to the ethnic and political conflicts of any given period. Sweden is also a longstanding magnet for labor migration from surrounding Scandinavia, and has attracted mobile EU citizens since its entry into the European Union in 1995—and especially following the EU enlargements of 2004 and 2007. Sweden’s immigration flows continue to change today, as policy reforms in 2008 allowed employers to bring non-EU labor migrants to the country for the first time in decades. “
Assessment of the Impact of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon and their Employment Profile – Lebanon | ReliefWeb
“An ILO assessment of Syrian refugee employment in Lebanon finds that low wages, high unemployment and lack of labour market regulation pose serious challenges to livelihoods for both residents and refugees in host communities
BEIRUT (ILO News) – Almost a third of Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s labour market are unemployed, said the International Labour Organization in a study entitled “Assessment of the Impact of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon and their Employment Profile”.
The report says that most Syrian refugees working in Lebanon also suffer from low wages and harsh working conditions. It also points to refugees’ lack of skills and education.”
Reporting on Humanitarian Crises: A Manual for Trainers & Journalists and an Introduction for Humanitarian Workers – World | ReliefWeb
“Reporting on Humanitarian Crises: A Manual for Trainers & Journalists and an Introduction for Humanitarian Workers presents a combination of standard, professional reporting techniques for journalists covering humanitarian response scenarios, plus a basic education in and understanding of the humanitarian sector, its architecture, mandates and modus operandi. The goal of the manual and the handouts section is to prepare journalists to cover natural and man-made disasters in a more informed, balanced way, and to show how a utilitarian approach to information content and dissemination can an effective life saver. It is intended to function as both an educational guide that journalists can read and learn from, and as an outline for a workshop focusing on the training of local reporters.”
IPI Global Observatory – Humanitarian Aid vs Resilience Debate Should Put Priorities in Context
“A heated debate over whether humanitarian aid should also include building longer-term resilience in communities was triggered in the blogosphere in February by Jonathan Whittall, Mit Philips, and Michiel Hofman from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). They argued that the resilience concept, as a bridge between humanitarian response and development aid, distracts humanitarian actors from short-term life-saving activities by focusing on supporting local and national systems to better face and recover from shocks over the longer term. “
The right to seek and obtain asylum under the African human rights system | Chaloka Beyani — Refugee Studies Centre
“[Podcasts] Listen to the 26 February seminar by Dr Chaloka Beyani (London School of Economics; UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons), part of the Hilary term 2014 Public Seminar Series
In this seminar, Dr Beyani explores the results of his research into the right to seek and obtain asylum under African human rights instruments, also contained in his recent book Protection of the Right to Seek and Obtain Asylum Under the African Human Rights System (Brill | Nijhoff 2013).”
Press release – 15.11.2013
“Strasbourg, 02.04.2014 – The Committee of Ministers today made public the annual report for 2013 on its supervision of the execution of judgments and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. In accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights, the Committee of Ministers is responsible for supervising the execution of the Court’s judgments by the states concerned.
The statistics 2013 confirm the positive trends of 2011 and 2012, and reveal a first decrease ever in the total number of pending cases. One can also note an all-time high in the number of cases closed through final resolutions. Like in 2012, the statistics 2013 also reveal improvements as to the respect of deadlines in the payment of just satisfaction.”
Minority Rights Group International : Press releases : New online map shows Middle East, Africa states dominate Peoples under Threat 2014 survey on risk of mass killing
“Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Egypt are among the most significant risers in this year’s internationally acclaimed global ranking Peoples under Threat, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) says.
‘A number of states which rose prominently in the index over the last two years – including South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Syria – have subsequently faced episodes of extreme ethnic or sectarian violence,’ says Mark Lattimer, MRG’s Executive Director. ‘The 2014 release of Peoples under Threat analysis shows that the risk in those states remains critical – but also that threat levels have risen in other states.'”
Minority Rights Group International : Press releases : African countries dominate global ranking of communities facing greatest risk of mass killings
“African countries dominate the list of major risers in this year’s release of the internationally-acclaimed global ranking Peoples under Threat, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG).
Risks have climbed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Central African Republic (CAR), Mali and Guinea Bissau, as recorded in Peoples under Threat, which identifies communities facing the greatest risk of genocide, mass killing or systematic violent repression. In countries at the very top of the list, including DRC, South Sudan and CAR, mass killing is already ongoing. ”
WOMEN MAKE MOVIES | My Stolen Revolution
“A student activist in Iran’s 1979 revolution that overthrew the dictatorial Shah, Nahid Persson Sarvestani fled to Sweden with her baby after Islamists seized power and began persecuting leftists who had been their revolutionary allies. Three decades later, events in Iran inspire Nahid to revisit that part of her life. Prompted by brutal crackdowns on anti-government protests in 2009 and long-suppressed guilt for abandoning a younger brother to imprisonment and death, the internationally acclaimed filmmaker locates and reunites with five female activists who survived torture and terror in the Islamist regime’s jails. Now living in exile, the women share gripping accounts of how their jailers tried to break them physically and spiritually, and describe what sustained them during these horrible ordeals. With the support of these stalwart survivors, Sarvestani finds answers to haunting questions about her brother’s last days. Shifting skillfully between past and present, this deeply personal documentary is an essential resource for understanding Iran today. “