Daily Archives: Wednesday, December 23, 2015

As Sea Levels Rise, Bangladeshis Seek Higher Ground

Deterring ‘Potential Extremists’: The BNA and the Scope of the Naturalisation Discretion

United Kingdom Immigration Law Blog

MM & GY & TY v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 3513 (Admin) (03 December 2015)

This damaging decision for the British government was published immediately after David Cameron slanderously accused those opposed to expanding UK airstrikes against “Islamic State” of being a “bunch of terrorist sympathisers”. Overall the crude ultimatum probably deterred MPs from defying Cameron. To compliment existing British military strategy in Iraq, they voted 397 votes to 223 to approve airstrikes against ISIS in Syria; a move that made bombing jihadi militants in Raqqa – the “head of the snake” which must be crushed – a reality. But in this robust judgment handed down the very next day, Ouseley J defiantly quashed three decisions by the home secretary to refuse British citizenship to the wife and two adult children of a former member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ); a bloodthirsty preacher named

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‘Distance from Home’: a song generated using UN refugee data 1975-2012

Jordan: Deporting Sudanese Asylum Seekers

Burundi: UN Proposes Measures to Prevent Mass Atrocities

10 human rights cases that defined 2015

UK Human Rights Blog

Supreme Court Photo credit: Guardian

It has been a fascinating year in which to edit this Blog. Political and social challenges – from continued government cuts to the alarming rise of Islamic State – have presented new human rights conundrums that have, as ever, slowly percolated to the doors of the country’s highest courts. And all this during the year of an astonishing General Election result and amid continually shifting sands around the future of the Human Rights Act.

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Syrian refugee painter paints for young war victims

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 18 December 2015 video is about Syrian painter Jomard Dirki, now painting while a refugee in the Netherlands.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

“I do it for my country, Syria is my heart.” The 47-year-old artist Jomard Dirki says that with a deep sigh. Three months ago he and his son arrived in the Netherlands after a long and dangerous journey.

“I was fleeing the fighting in Syria. The whole day there was fighting there. For nothing, they’re crazy.” Dirki and his son first stayed in Ter Apel and then moved to a refugee center in Apeldoorn.

There he paints almost every day in the Experience Centre of paint factory Royal Talens. Ten paintings will be up for sale tonight. The money is not for himself but for Serious Request. …

A Dutch radio charity activity

That Dirki can paint…

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Calais and the refugee crisis: building solidarity and thinking through the politics

Mitch Mitchell from London2Calais looks back at six months of activism to deliver aid to refugees trapped in northern France.

london2calais Activists delivering aid in the Jungle earlier this year (pic: London2Calais)

The refugee crisis in Europe has rarely been out of the headlines this year. Our group, London2Calais, was formed in mid-August to take food, clothes and solidarity to refugees stranded in a makeshift camp in Calais which they had dubbed the Jungle.

A couple of weeks after we set up there was a surge in public support for refugee solidarity. People were horrified by photographs of Alan Kurdi, a three year old Syrian child found drowned on a Turkish beach. A march held in London on 12 September attracted 90,000 people.

However, this also led to a stepping up of the pressure applied to us by various authorities. Members of London2Calais received home visits from officers attached to the UK…

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Following up on Sumte, the tiny German town with 650 refugees (video)

Uganda hosts record 500,000 refugees and asylum-seekers

Daily News and Updates on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 12/23/2015

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Daily News and Updates from ReliefWeb 12/23/2015

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