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New Research Paper: The true human rights situation in Eritrea: the new UK Home Office Guidance as a political instrument for the prevention of migration

Please, find in following link this paper:

‘The true human rights situation in Eritrea: the new UK Home Office Guidance as a political instrument for the prevention of migration’
by Sara Palacios Arapiles.

Link to Paper:  http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/6097/

This research paper aims at documenting the true situation in Eritrea,
in order to refute the credibility of the content and of some of the
sources of the new Guidance on Eritrea issued by the UK Home Office
(HO); and of the related policies that are being implemented in some
other countries, such as Israel. The HO country of origin Guidance
surprisingly claims that there are alleged signs of improvement inside
Eritrea for potential returnees. It is argued in this paper that the
reasons for this are entirely politically influenced, with the purpose
of preventing migration. The paper then brings to light the current
circumstances in the country – supported inter alia by the testimonies
gathered by the author, and the new findings of the UN Commission of
Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea- that would make the forcible return
of the Eritrean asylum-seekers and refugees unlawful.


Re-blog: Fictions of dignity: embodying human rights in world literature.

Re-blog from Librarians and Human Rights blog at: hrlibs.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/fictions-of-dignity-embodying-human.html

Fictions of dignity: embodying human rights in world literature.

Fictions of DignityAnker, Elizabeth S. 2012. Fictions of dignity: embodying human rights in world literature. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Over the past fifty years, debates about human rights have assumed an increasingly prominent place in postcolonial literature and theory. Writers from Salman Rushdie to Nawal El Saadawi have used the novel to explore both the possibilities and challenges of enacting and protecting human rights, particularly in the Global South. In Fictions of Dignity, Elizabeth S. Anker shows how the dual enabling fictions of human dignity and bodily integrity contribute to an anxiety about the body that helps to explain many of the contemporary and historical failures of human rights, revealing why and how lives are excluded from human rights protections along the lines of race, gender, class, disability, and species membership. In the process, Anker examines the vital work performed by a particular kind of narrative imagination in fostering respect for human rights. Drawing on phenomenology, Anker suggests how an embodied politics of reading might restore a vital fleshiness to the overly abstract, decorporealized subject of liberal rights.

Each of the novels Anker examines approaches human rights in terms of limits and paradoxes. Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children addresses the obstacles to incorporating rights into a formerly colonized nation’s legal culture. El Saadawi’s Woman at Point Zero takes up controversies over women’s freedoms in Islamic society. In Disgrace, J. M. Coetzee considers the disappointments of post-apartheid reconciliation in South Africa. And in The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy confronts an array of human rights abuses widespread in contemporary India. Each of these literary case studies further demonstrates the relevance of embodiment to both comprehending and redressing the failures of human rights, even while those narratives refuse simplistic ideals or solutions.

Publication: Report on Human Rights in Iraq: July – December 2012

Reblogged from Reliefweb – Report on Human Rights in Iraq: July – December 2012

Iraq’s human rights progress in question as violence takes its toll: UN Report

BAGHDAD / GENEVA (27 June 2013) – “Despite some progress, human rights in Iraq are under further threat from mounting violence”, says the UN on the release of its latest Report on Human Rights in Iraq.

The report, published by the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in cooperation with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), provides an overview of the human rights situation in Iraq from 1 July to 31 December 2012. Of primary concern is the upturn in armed violence. At least 3,238 civilians were killed and 10,379 injured in 2012 in a worrying reversal of the trend that had seen violence decline in recent years.

“The return to high casualty figures means that much more needs to be done to protect civilians,” said Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq. “We have consistently urged Iraqi leaders to engage in dialogue and develop policies that address the root causes of the problem. Too many innocent lives have been lost,” he added.

Iraq is also yet to respond to UN and international calls for a moratorium on the death penalty. “Weaknesses in the criminal justice system mean that the death sentence is often handed down under questionable circumstances in Iraq,” said Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. “With 123 prisoners executed in 2012, there is a great risk that the worst miscarriages of justice imaginable are taking place here,” said Ms. Pillay.

The UN welcomed progress made to implement the National Action Plan on Human Rights, and a number of laws passed by the Council of Representatives. It called for further efforts to empower the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights and to reduce interference by political blocs.

“Women, minorities, the disabled, and other vulnerable groups in Iraq continue to suffer from discrimination, economic and social barriers, and targeted attacks,” said Ms. Pillay. “I urge the Government of Iraq to do everything possible to implement the recommendations made in this report. Strengthening human rights institutions should be a top priority.”

“Iraqi citizens look to their leaders for protection,” concluded Mr. Kobler. “The human rights of all Iraqis should be of paramount concern for all members of the Iraqi Government.”

[Download Full Report]

See Also –Mounting violence in Iraq erodes progress on human rights – UN report

See Also – Iraq’s human rights progress in question as violence takes its toll: UN Report


For further information and interview requests, please contact:

In Baghdad: Eliane Nabaa, Chief of Public Information Office, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (+964 79 01 101 989 / Email: nabaa@un.org)

In Geneva: Mr. Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office – (+41 22 917 9767 / rcolville@ohchr.org); Liz Throssell (+ 41 22 917 9434 / ethrossell@ohchr.org) or Cécile Pouilly (+41 22 917 9310 or +41 79 618 3430 / cpouilly@ohchr.org).


Online Human Rights Library Opened in Belgrade | OneWorldsee platform for southeast Europe

Online Human Rights Library Opened in Belgrade

The Online Human Rights Library with close to 7,000 books on the subject of human rights was presented and officially opened on March 15, 2013, at the House of Human Rights and Democracy in Belgrade. On the URL http://www.hrlibrary.rs, the visitors can browse the available books on theory and practice of human rights.

The online library is a part of the first regional Human Rights Library and is opened for activists, students and researchers in the area of human rights. Maja Stojanović, Programming Director at Građanske inicijative (Civic Initiatives NGO) and Chairwoman of the Board of the House of Human Rights and Democracy officially opened the library and expressed her hopes that it will allow the students and researchers, but also members of the general public work more seriously on the subject of human rights.

The library offers, adequate literature, a place for visitors to read, learn and research, which will facilitate the process of researching of human rights and public advocacy. The library aims to contribute to the building of a culture of respect for human rights and raised awareness about the improtance of development of theory and practice of human rights in Serbia.

All interested citizens, students and researches can open a user account on the website http://www.hrlibrary.rs or log in through their Facebook profile, which will allow them to browse and reserve books to check out or read on the premises.

All books are indexed and easily searchable and the website intends to open a forum for commenting on the publications in the library.

The creation of the Library of Human Rights was supported by USAID, through the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC). (Source: Građanske inicijative/ISC)

via Online Human Rights Library Opened in Belgrade | OneWorldsee platform for southeast Europe.

News: Death and torture in a Libyan prison – human rights violations continue

Death and torture in a Libyan prison – human rights violations continue

By Mary Sutton  Wednesday, 13 March 2013.

Hopes for justice and human rights in Libya were dealt another blow as news has emerged of the death on 10th March of an Egyptian, Ezzat Hakim, whilst in custody.  Although the Libyan authorities claim that Ezzat’s death was related to a medical condition, this has been contested by Egyptian human rights lawyers who say that Ezzat died as a result of torture whilst in detention.

Ezzat’s arrest on 13 February 2013 came days after four people – a South African, a South Korean, a Swedish American, and an Egyptian – were arrested in Benghazi on suspicion of proselytisation.  Ezzat, along with three other Egyptians living in Libya, had the misfortune of being on the list of contacts on the phone of the arrested Egyptian, Sherif Ramsis, and, as a result, they were arrested.  It appears their only crime was an assumption of guilt by association and reports suggest they have been severely tortured in an attempt to make them confess.  Over the last two weeks, activists in Egypt received information, purportedly originating from lawyers at the Criminal Investigation Unit in Libya, that the four Egyptians were to be released because of lack of evidence of any involvement with Sherif Ramsis’s activities involving distribution of Christian literature.  Tragically, the delays have cost Ezzat his life.

Concern is now focused on the remaining three Egyptians.  Despite no clear charge they remain in prison.  The latest news is that imminently they will have to stand before the public prosecutor who will decide on their case.  As migrants in one country and part of a minority in their home country, the support and advocacy of human rights activists in the wider international community may prove to be crucial.

Press articles:




New Publication: Prison Service Journal – Special Edition Migration, Nationality and Detention

A special volume of the Prison Service Journal has just been published on the subject of `Migration, Nationality and Detention.’  The Prison Service Journal (PSJ) is published by HM Prison Service. Its purpose is to promote discussion on issues related to the work of the Prison Service, the wider Criminal Justice System and associated fields. The PSJ is hosted by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies following the re-structure of the Prison service and the loss of the Prison service website.

This volume is available to download here:   January 2013 No. 205

Call for Applications: Short Course on Refugee Law Monday 8 April –12 April 2013 Bangkok, Thailand

Call for Applications:

Short Course on Refugee Law

Monday 8 April –12 April 2013

Bangkok, Thailand

Applications received through 28 February 2013

The Centre for Applied Human Rights (University of York, UK), in partnership with the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), is offering a five-day Short Course on International Refugee Law and Advocacy in Bangkok in April 2013.

The course will cover the following topics:

  1. Understanding the legal and policy framework of the international refugee protection regime
  2. Developing national NGO networks for advocacy
  3. Conducting regional and transnational impact litigation of refugee rights
  4. Implementing refugee rights in domestic law
  5. Engaging elected officials and the development of national legislative caucuses
  6. Using national human rights institutions (NHRIs) to monitor and protect the rights of refugees
  7. Using UNHCR processes to protect the rights of refugees
  8. Engaging the human rights mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council, including its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and special procedures (Special Rapporteurs, Working Groups, etc.)

Fore more details and application please visit this website: Click here.


The short course provides an in depth examination of the law and politics of legal advocacy for the rights of refugees, with a particular focus on Asia. The course explores the various mechanisms through which refugee law is developed and can be enforced.

In adopting this focus, it seeks to address the contemporary challenge of those advocating on behalf of refugees: how can we engage the state and the international community so as to better allow refugees to enjoy the rights to which they are entitled?

The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) will convene this three-day workshop to meet the following objectives:

Why attend?

Whatever your level of involvement with refugee issues, this course will provide you with a deeper understanding of the legal frameworks that govern their rights and new ideas for advocacy based upon current case studies drawn from across Asia. Whether you are a post-graduate student, international agency staff, an NGO worker, lawyer or otherwise interested in refugee issues, the course will provide you with a new, rigorous, rights-based understanding of legal advocacy for refugee rights. Formal post-graduate academic credit available.

To apply, please fill out the application form here.

Please note, space and funding is limited, early application is, therefore, encouraged.  Selected candidates will be contacted during the first week of March 2013.

Finalised agenda and logistical information will be released and circulated to applicants and interested parties prior to mid-March 2013.

Queries are welcome and those seeking further information are encouraged to contact Danielle Grigsby atdanielle@aprrn.info or Shannon Murphy at  shannon.aprrn@gmail.com.

University of York, Centre for Applied Human Rights, and APRRN Secretariat
28 January 2013


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Human rights investigations

by Daniel Kovalik (reproduced by kind permission of the author)

When I studied law at Columbia in the early 1990s, I had the fortune of studying under Louis Henkin, probably the world’s most famous human rights theoretician. Upon his passing in 2010, Elisa Massimino at Human Rights First stated in Professor Henkin’s New York Times obituary that he “literally and figuratively wrote the book on human rights” and that “[i]t is no exaggeration to say that no American was more instrumental in the development of human rights law than Lou.”

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New Publications on Causes of Displacement; Human Rights Education; Human Security; Migration Control; Refugee Camps; and Trafficking in Scotland

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/

A Critical Introduction to Immigration and Asylum (International State Crime Initiative, Sept. 2012) [text]

Human Security Report 2012: Sexual Violence, Education, and War – Beyond the Mainstream Narrative (Human Security Report Project, Oct. 2012) [access]
– See also related IRIN news article and IntLawGrrls blog post.

Important but Neglected: A Proposal for Human Rights Education in Refugee and Displacement Camps (SSRN, Oct. 2012) [text]

“Refugee Camps not Designed for Refugees,” DW, 9 Oct. 2012 [text]

Warfare, Political Identities, and Displacement in Spain and Colombia, HiCN Working Paper 124 (Households in Conflict Network, Oct. 2012) [text]

Care And Support for Adult Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings: A Review.
A new report by the Scottish Government.
[Download Full Report]


New Publications on Humanitarian Action; UNHCR Statistics; Travel Documents; Rwanda; Serbia; Mexico;

Tools for the job: Supporting Principled Humanitarian Action

Tools for the job: Supporting Principled Humanitarian Action

Tools for the job: Supporting Principled Humanitarian Action.
A new report co-published by the Norwegian Refugee Council with the Overseas Development Institute’s Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG)..

Based on case studies conducted in Afghanistan, the DRC, Pakistan and South Sudan, this timely report analyses some of the challenges to principled humanitarian action from the perspectives of NGOs and donors. It examines hurdles and opportunities that humanitarian organisations face when trying to adhere to the principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality, especially in terms of funding.

The report lists several concrete recommendations for humanitarian organisations and donors, including establishing common NGO-positions on what constitutes principled humanitarian action and funding, and adopting safeguards to avoid humanitarian aid being instrumentalised as part of political and military strategies.

The report is part of a wider “Strengthening Principled Humanitarian Response Capacities”, project supported by ECHO and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which will culminate in a high-level conference in Brussels on 4th December 2012 entitled ‘Principles into Practice; Safeguarding Principled Humanitarian Action’.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Norwegian Refugee Council – New report on Principled Humanitarian Action).

UNHCR – Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries, First Half 2012: Statistical Overview of Asylum Applications Lodged in Europe and Selected Non-European Countries.
Produced by the UNHCR Statistics Division.
[Download Statistics]
(Source: UNHCR).

Guide for Issuing Machine Readable Convention Travel Documents
for Refugees and Stateless Persons.
Produced by the UNHCR.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: UNHCR).

What happens after the war? how refugee camp peace programmes
contribute to post-conflict peacebuilding strategies.
UNHCR New Issues in Refugee Research: Research Paper No. 245.
By Jane Elizabeth Lawson.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: UNHCR).

UNHCR Rwanda Refugee Bulletin No.VI, (June – August 2012).
Produced by UNHCR Rwanda.
[Download Full Bulletin]
(Source: UNHCR).

After Belvil: Serbia needs new laws against forced eviction.
Report by Amnesty International.
[Access Report]
(Source: AI Press Release – Serbia: Belvil forced eviction highlights need for new laws).

Abusers known, victims ignored: Torture and ill treatment in Mexico.
Report by Amnesty International.
[Access Report]
(Source: AI Press Release – Mexico: Authorities urged to end torture epidemic).

Foreign Affairs Committee – Third Report : The FCO’s human rights work in 2011.
The latest annual publication from the UK Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee.
[Access Report]
(Source: Press Release – Foreign Affairs Committee publishes report on human rights).


New Resource: A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education

Details of this online movie was recently posted on the Librarians and Human Rights blog and I thought that this was worth re-posting here.

Background to the movie, which is entitled, `A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education’ is taken from the Librarians and Human Rights blog posting as follows:

A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education is a 28-minute movie that presents three stories illustrating the impact of human rights education respectively on school children in India, law enforcement agencies in Australia and women victims of violence in Turkey. It is intended as a tool to raise awareness about the positive role that human rights education can play in realising human rights.
From Tamil Nadu, in Southern India, Maria Soosai Selvaraj, National Programme Coordinator for the Institute of Human Rights Education says that “each child can make a change through practising human rights values.” In addition to learning about the Indian Constitution, the children develop an understanding of the rights of the child, and the principles of non-discrimination and equality, and how these apply to their daily lives.
The movie can be found on the Path to Dignity website which can be found here:  http://path-to-dignity.org/film-english

Exhibition: East End of Islam at RichMix

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(Source: RichMix – http://www.richmix.org.uk/)

East End of Islam at RichMix


East End of Islam

East End of Islam
Copyright – Rehan Jamil .

The East End of Islam is a black and white photographic exploration of the Muslim community in Tower Hamlets and their relationship with the East London Mosque.  The mosque’s expansive building programme and incorporation of the London Muslim Centre qualifies it as being the largest capacity purpose built mosque in Europe.

This exhibition is the culmination of a ten year period from 1997 – 2007, during which time photographer Rehan Jamil was granted unprecedented access to the Mosque and given free reign by the Muslim community to capture a number of revealing snapshots of everyday life, both at home and at prayer.  The long-term nature of the project enabled Rehan to earn the trust of his subjects to the extent that the camera was no longer a barrier.  The intimacy and candour of the resulting images is a testament to this, allowing a poignant and affectionate insight into both the privacy of worship and of the domestic interior.

The exhibition aims to explore notions of Muslim identity in 21st Century Britain and to raise awareness of a specific lifestyle and culture.  We believe this body of work documents a way of life and will promote a greater understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

The East End of Islam is a comprehensive educational tool for breaking down barriers and providing a platform for meaningful debate between two cultures.

More Information
Private View Rsvp: jessica.loveless@richmix.org.uk
Rehan Jamil www.rehanjamil.co.uk


Call for Papers: Human Rights and Climate Change

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ISCH COST Action IS1101
Climate Change and Migration: Knowledge, Law and Policy, and Theory
Working Group II: Law and Policy

First Networking Workshop on Human Rights Legal Frameworks in the Climate Change Regime

Date: 6-7 Sept 2012
Begin: 14:00, Thurs 6 Sept 2012
End:     14:00 Fri 7 Sept 2012
Place:  Utrecht University, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), The Netherlands   http://www.uu.nl/sim

Workshop theme

Is there a legal framework that adequately addresses human rights issues and the consequences of climate change? Is the current legal framework for the protection of human rights capable of addressing climate change and migration issues? Can the two regimes, both climate change and human rights, ever be reconciled or are they, for the time being, too different to target the issues of climate change from a human rights based approach?

In spite of its growing political and cultural significance, social science research on climate change and migration remains comparatively sparse. The interdisciplinary field of migration studies has engaged extensively in migration and refugee research in respect of war, poverty and globalisation. Legal scholars and human rights experts have looked at uprooted people such as so called “climate refugees”, working migrants or asylum seekers from the framework of the international human rights regime. The climate change issues are often seen in the borders of environmental law because there are (so far) not many other legal alternatives to deal with the direct consequences of climate change. Yet, the different disciplines have not exchanged much of their knowledge and experience in their fields.

In the light of the growing demand to link social and legal sciences, this workshop aims to a) bring together expertise from different disciplines with different perspectives of the issue b) initiate a dialogue between academic scholars, NGOs, governments and other stakeholders in the area of human rights and climate change and c) identify possible bottlenecks which impede cooperation between the climate change and human rights regimes.

Our major goals for the next three years are to improve understanding and cooperation in these issues, develop normative ideas and governance mechanisms that might be used for managing migration or potential migration resulting from climate change, assist in the alignment of human rights law and environmental/climate change law, and provide all beneficiaries with the outcomes of our research.

Workshop Application

This early working group meeting aims at inviting scholars to present and discuss legal and policy frameworks with particular consideration of human rights aspects on the consequences that climate change has for people and migrants in particular.

Possible themes of research in this workshop are – but not limited to – identifying the impacts of climate change to vulnerable states, the implications for and status of indigenous people, the legal status of those migrated due to climate change, community-based initiatives, climate change impacts on human rights such as access to food and water, relation of climate change induced migration with international and human security.
Therefore, we invite scholars from different disciplines to present expert papers on policy and legal frameworks for managing migration or potential migration resulting from climate change at all levels (national, regional and international level). Representatives from NGOs, government, and administration are also welcome to participate.

This workshop is a two half day scholarly event consisting of scholarly papers and discussion on human rights, climate change and migration. This workshop will aim to have an associated output most likely a themed issue of a peer-reviewed academic journal.

This Workshop is funded by the COST Action IS1101 Climate Change and Migration: Knowledge, Law and Policy, and Theory

Travel and Accomodation will be covered for those participants and paper givers that have been accepted to the workshop

Deadline for Application:
As soon as possible

Please respond and send your application to:

Send 1-2 pages (max) proposal to both organizers of the workshop
Anja Mihr, SIM, Utrecht University, The Netherlands A.Mihr@uu.nl
Dimitra Manou, University of Thessaloniki, Greece dimj@law.auth.gr

Applicants will be notified no later than the end of July whether they can participate in the workshop.


New Publications on Witchcraft; Refugee Protection; Turkey; Al-Qaidi; Egypt; Migration Statistics; Human Rights

Seeking meaning: an anthropological and community-based
approach to witchcraft accusations and their prevention in refugee situations.
By Julia Powles.
UNHCR New Issues in Refugee Research, Research Paper No. 235.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source: UNHCR).

Urban refugee protection in Cairo: the role of communication,
information and technology.
By Nora Danielson.
UNHCR New Issues in Refugee Research, Research Paper No. 236.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source: UNHCR).

Humanitarians without borders: work, mobility and wellbeing in UNHCR.
By Ranji Devadason.
UNHCR New Issues in Refugee Research, Research Paper No. 237.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source: UNHCR).

Israel: The injustice and secrecy surrounding administrative detention.
By Amnesty International.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Amnesty International).

Turkey: New Report On Women Human Rights Defenders In Kurdish Regions.
By Roj Women’s Association.
(Source: AWID).

The Current Status of Al-Qaida.
By the Oxford Research Group.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: DocuBase).

The Anatomy of Egyptian Revolution: From 25th of January to The New Constitution.
[Download Full Publication]
(Source: DocuBase)

UK: Migration Statistics Quarterly Report May 2012.
By the Office for National Statistics (UK).
[Download Full Report]
(Source: DocuBase)

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011.
By the U.S. Department of State.
(Source: DocuBase).


New Publications on Internal Displacement; FCO Annual Report; Indonesia; Bahrain; asylum; UK Border Agency

Internal Displacement Global Overview 2011

Internal Displacement Global Overview 2011

Internal Displacement Global Overview 2011:  People internally displaced by conflict and violence.
The latest annual publication from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, (IDMC).  The report details:

The circumstances of people’s displacement and their long- term prospects were as diverse as the situations of violence or conflict which had forced them to flee. For example, while the Arab Spring uprisings resulted in short-term spikes of dis- placement throughout the year, in Iraq well over two million people remained locked in situations of protracted internal displacement. In Afghanistan, displacement was becoming increasingly protracted by 2011. As 60 per cent of the internally displaced population in Afghanistan are children, the prospects for this next generation are particularly bleak.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre).
IDMC Press Release – Conflicts worldwide uproot millions; six-­fold increase in Middle East.

Nepal: Unresolved property issues and IDP policy hiatus undermine search for durable solutions.
By the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, (IDMC).
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre).

Afghanistan: Durable solutions far from reach amid escalating conflict.
By the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, (IDMC).
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre).

Human Rights and Democracy

Human Rights and Democracy

Human Rights and Democracy: The 2011 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report (Cm. 8339).
The latest annual report published by the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
(Source: The Stationary Office).
News: The Daily Telegraph – New immigration rules will keep out human rights abusers.

Indonesia: Excessive force: Impunity for police violence in Indonesia. A new report published by Amnesty International.  The report argues:

Despite moves towards reform, Indonesia’s police continue to be implicated in beatings, shootings and killings. Reports of human rights violations committed by the police continue to emerge, with police routinely using unnecessary and excessive force and firearms to quell peaceful protests. Illustrative examples are given in this briefing. Although the authorities have made some attempts to bring alleged perpetrators to justice using internal disciplinary mechanisms, criminal investigations into human rights violations by the police are all too rare, leaving many victims without access to justice and reparations.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Amnesty International).
Amnesty International Press Release – Indonesia must end impunity for police violence.

Bahrain: Flawed reforms: Bahrain fails to achieve justice for protesters.
By Amnesty International.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Amnesty International).
Amnesty International Press Release – Bahrain: Reforms risk appearing hollow as violations continue.

A briefing from The Children’s Society Highlighting the gap between asylum support and mainstream benefits.
Published by The Children’s Society.
[Download Policy Brief]
(Source: The Guardian – Young migrants living ‘far below poverty line’).
The Children’s Society Press Release – UK asylum system forces thousands of children to live in severe poverty.

Work of the UK Border Agency (August-December 2011).
The latest report by the UK Home Affairs Committee.
[Access] and the [Table of Contents]
(Source: UK Parliament)
Press Coverage:  Refugee Council – Home Affairs Select Committee Report on the work of the UK Border Agency – Our response ; and
The Guardian – UK Border Agency unable to fulfil its basic functions, MPs warn.