Tag Archives: Gender Issues

New Thematic Publications on Gender Issues; Legal/Protection Items; and Asylum 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 Gender Issues

“Crimes without Punishment: An Update on Violence against Women and Impunity in Guatemala,” Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, vol. 10, no. 2 (Summer 2013) [full-text via SSRN]

“Development of a Screening Tool to Identify Female Survivors of Gender-based Violence in a Humanitarian Setting: Qualitative Evidence from Research among Refugees in Ethiopia,” Conflict and Health 7:13 (June 2013) [open access text]

“Giving Shelter from the Storm: Colombians Fleeing Persecution Based on Sexual Orientation,” Tulsa Law Review, vol. 48, no. 1 (Summer 2012) [full-text via SSRN]

Internally Displaced Women: Record Number, Unresolved Challenges (UpFront Blog, May 2013) [text]

Safe Haven: Sheltering Displaced Persons from Sexual and Gender-Based Violence – Comparative Report (Human Rights Center, Berkeley School of Law & UNHCR, May 2013) [text]
– See also individual country reports for Colombia, Haiti, Kenya and Thailand, and related blog post.

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and the Refugee Determination Process in Canada (SSRN, June 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Legal/Protection Items

The Domestic Implementation of International Humanitarian Law: A Manual (ICRC, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Handbook on European Law relating to Asylum, Borders and Immigration (ECHR & EU FRA, June 2013) [text]
– Available in English, French, German and Italian.

Protecting Civilians in Armed Conflict, Chipping Norton, UK, 16-18 May 2013 [info]
– Follow link for conference summary.

Reclaiming the Protection of Civilians under International Humanitarian Law, Oslo, 23-24 May 2013 [info]
– Follow link for conference documents, including recommendations; see also related IRIN news story.

“Treaty Interpretation before the Supreme Court,” Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 2, no. 1 (2013) [free full-text]
– In part, discusses R v Secretary and the interpretation of Article 32 of the Refugee Convention.

The United States and Material-Support Bar for Refugees: A Tenuous Balance between National Security and Basic Human Rights, Drexel Law Review, vol. 5, no. 1 (Fall 2012) [full-text]

“U.K. Refugee Lawyers: Pushing the Boundaries of Domestic Court Acceptance of International Human Rights Law,” Boston College Law Review, vol. 54, no. 3 (2013) [full-text]

New Thematic Publications on Asylum Issues

As part of the “Towards Improved Asylum Decision-Making in the EU” project, UNHCR has released Beyond Proof: Credibility Assessment in EU Asylum Systems; the report aims in part to:

“…contribute to the further harmonization of Member State practices as they relate to the assessment of credibility. This report seeks to clarify some key concepts, reference key standards, outline factors that have a bearing on the credibility assessment, and provide some insights into state practices on specific aspects of the credibility assessment. …There is a pressing need for comprehensive and up-to-date guidance on credibility assessment to address the challenges faced by adjudicators in asylum systems. UNHCR has therefore embarked on the review of its own guidance with a view to producing updated guidelines on credibility assessment that reflect recent developments in international refugee law and other relevant areas of law. This report thus does not constitute that updated guidance, although its findings will be taken into account in the guidance’s preparation process.”

A summary version is also available.

Other relevant resources:

Asylum Information Database (ECRE, Forum Réfugiés-Cosi, Irish Refugee Council & Hungarian Helsinki Committee) [access]
– Forthcoming resource that aims to share information on asylum practice in 14 EU Member States.

Asylum Decisions (Immigration Equality, 2013) [access]
– Follow link for table highlighting U.S. precedential and non-precedential cases in the area of LGBT and HIV asylum law.

Asylum Narratives and Credibility Assessments: An Ethnographic Study of the Asylum Appeal Process in Scotland, Dissertation (University of Glasgow, 2012) [text]

“Harming Asylum Seekers’ Chances through Poor Use of Human Rights Treaties,” Forced Migration Review, no. 43 (May 2013) [open access text]

Protection Interrupted: The Dublin Regulation’s Impact on Asylum Seekers’ Protection (JRS Europe, June 2013) [access]
– Follow the link for the full report, an executive summary, a briefing paper, and individual country reports.

“Refugee Status Determination in Hong Kong: A New Era for Legal Aid Providers?,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 38 (June 2013) [full-text]

Treating Like Cases Alike in Refugee Law Adjudication: The Troubling Lack of Consistency in Refugee Status Adjudication within and across State Parties to International Refugee Rights Instruments, London, 25 April 2013 [info]
– Materials from this recent seminar are now available; see also related blog post.



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!


“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 Gender Issues; Asylum/Protection; 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 Publications on Gender Issues

Action Research with Refugee Women: Good Practice and Solutions to Community Participation (IARS &IDRICS, 2013) [text]

“Becoming Queer Here: Integration and Adaptation Experiences of Sexual Minority Refugees in Toronto,” Refuge, vol. 28, no. 2 (2011) [open access text]

Blind Alleys: The Unseen Struggles of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Urban Refugees in Mexico, Uganda and South Africa (ORAM, Feb. 2013) [access]
– Part I is “Guidance for NGOs, Governments, UNHCR & Program Funders”; Part II is country findings (presented in three separate reports).

Guidelines on the Transposition of the Asylum Qualification Directive: Protecting LGBTI Asylum Seekers (ILGA Europe, 2012) [access]

UN Report Highlights Displaced Women and Girls’ Risk for Sexual Violence, Demands Greater Action to Help Survivors (AlertNet, March 2013) [text]

Women’s Asylum News, no. 116 (March/April 2013) [full-text via Refworld]
– Lead article is “Missed Out Campaign – Success.”

New Publications on Asylum/Protection

Lettres Actualités Droits-Libertés (Centre de Recherches et d’Etudes sur les Droits Fondamentaux) [access]
– Browse back issues of these legal analyses to locate a number that focus on asylum and refugee issues; examples of “Letters” published so far in 2013 include: “Consécration du visa de transit aéroportuaire (VTA) comme instrument de police de mise à distance des demandes d’asile“; “Droit d’asile: Le Conseil d’Etat aux prises avec les mutilations génitales féminines”; and “État des lieux alarmant des conditions d’accueil des demandeurs d’asile en France.”

New Network Monitors Abuses of Deportees (IRIN, March 2013) [text]
– Discusses the Fahamu Refugee Programme’s Post-Deportation Monitoring Network.

A Numbers Game: Counting Refugees and International Burden-Sharing, Tasmania, 19 Dec. 2012 [text]
– Public lecture.

Oral Update on the High Commissioner’s 2012 Dialogue on Protection Challenges: Faith and Protection, 56th Meeting of the Standing Committee, 5-7 March 2013 [text]
– See also related presentation.

Refuge, vol. 28, no. 2 (2013) [open access text]
– Special issue on “Is the 1951 Refugee Convention Outdated?”; includes three feature articles on refugee camps, urban refugee livelihoods, and protection in Ireland, respectively. These are followed by three focused sections on asylum policy in Canada, protection in South Africa, and CARFMS 2012 conference presentations.


Refuge from Inhumanity: Enriching Refugee Protection Standards through Recourse to International Humanitarian Law, Oxford, 11-12 Feb. 2013 [info]
– A podcast is available for “Panel VII: Perspectives on Protection against Refoulement under IHL.”

Refugee Protection Seminar Series, Oxford, 16 Jan.-6 March 2013 [info]
– Podcasts of the various presentations are available on FMO.

New Publications on Statelessness

Adopting the Stateless (SSRN, Feb. 2013) [text]
– “This article proposes a nexus of statelessness and intercountry adoption where legislation is put forward to adopt stateless individuals, particularly children. This article will analyze pending legislation for the adoption of North Korean stateless persons and recommend legislation to address broader issues of statelessness.”

Background Note on Gender Equality, Nationality Laws and Statelessness (UNHCR, updated March 2013) [text]
– Reviews laws in 29 countries which do not allow women to confer nationality to their children.

Debating the ‘Right to Citizenship’ (ENS Blog, March 2013) [text]
– Comment re. recent seminar on “The Right to Citizenship: Towards fuller implementation of Article 15 UDHR,” Maastricht, 7 March 2013.

Lost in the Forest: Stateless Children in Borneo’s Palm Oil Industry (Pulitzer Center, Jan. 2013) [access]
– Video report.

No Residence, No Rights (ENS Blog, March 2013) [text]
– Focuses on Serbia.

Statelessness and Citizenship: Camps and the Creation of ‘Political Space’, Oxford, 20 Feb. 2013 [access]
– Podcast of this seminar now available.