Daily Archives: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Symposium on the Protection of Persons Fleeing Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence

Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law

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On Monday 20 October 2014, the University of Luxembourg will host a symposium, jointly organised with the UNHCR, on the protection of person fleeing situations of armed violence.  The event will consider the issue of assessing claims for international protection for persons fleeing armed conflict or other situations of violence: using Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Geneva Convention or Article 15 of the EU Qualification Directive? Particular attention will be paid to the new UNHCR guidelines on the subject.

Participants will include Pascale Moreau (UNHCR), Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston (CJEU), Judge Lars Bay Larsson (ECJ), Judge Ledi Bianku (ECHR), Alice Edwards (UNHCR), Prof. James Sweeney (Lancaster University), Blanche Tax (UNHCR), Serge Bodart (ULB), Prof. Matthew Happold (University of Luxembourg), and Philippa Candler (UNHCR).

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May the Crowd Be With You

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Three years ago, 167 digital volunteers and I combed through satellite imagery of Somalia to support the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on this joint project. The purpose of this digital humanitarian effort was to identify how many Somalis had been displaced (easily 200,000) due to fighting and violence. Earlier this year, 239 passengers and crew went missing when Malaysia Flight 370 suddenly disappeared. In response, some 8 million digital volunteers mobilized as part of the digital search & rescue effort that followed.

May the Crowd be With You

So in the first case, 168 volunteers were looking for 200,000+ people displaced by violence and in the second case, some 8,000,000 volunteers were looking for 239 missing souls. Last year, in response to Typhoon Haiyan, digital volunteers spent 200 hours or so tagging social media content in support of the UN’s rapid disaster damage assessment efforts. According to responders at the time, some 11 million people in the Philippines were…

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Nauru detention centre: Labor, Greens demand investigation into claims of sexual abuse against women and children