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Re-blog: Is Iraq Entitled to the ‘Jewish Archive? – The Jewish Press

From The Jewish Press:

Is Iraq Entitled to the ‘Jewish Archive?

General Maude’s entry into Baghdad, March 11, 1917. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Ben Cohen has a dream: in a JNS article – already re-published in the Arabic press – he wishes he could take his family to visit the National Archives Museum in Baghdad to see the ‘Jewish archive’along with Iraqi schoolchildren. However, he recognises that so deep is Iraq’s hatred for Jews that his dream will never be realized. My dream is more ambitious: that Iraqi schoolchildren should be allowed to see the archive in the Babylonian Heritage Center in Israel where most Iraqi Jews now live. A few years ago, in response to a Palestinian critic who made a disparaging remark about the fact that I don’t speak Arabic, I felt compelled to write an article explaining why that is the case. I said that under different circumstances, I could have been born in an Arab country and grown up speaking Arabic. My father’s family had been settled in Iraq for generations, but they fled to England in 1941, the same year that Baghdad’s Jews were convulsed by a June pogrom known as the farhud, presaging a much larger exodus of Iraqi Jews over the next decade.

Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/guest-blog/is-iraq-entitled-to-the-jewish-archive/2013/09/24/

Re-blog: The Battle of the Archives: What Egypt’s Intellectuals and Muslim Brotherhood Lost : The New Yorker

From The New Yorker:

The Battle of the Archives: What Egypt’s Intellectuals and Muslim Brotherhood Lost

It was mostly coincidence that drew Khaled Fahmy into the fight over the Ministry of Culture. It was early June, less than a month before a mass protest movement, and then a military coup, would force the Muslim Brotherhood and its President, Mohamed Morsi, out of power in Egypt. Over the previous week, the Brotherhood had undertaken what would be its final project of “Brotherhoodization”—the process of stacking major government posts with friendly or Brotherhood-aligned officials. This time, the target had been the Ministry of Culture and several of its constituent bodies: the opera, the ballet, the national archives and library. Ahmed Megahed, the director of Egypt’s government publishing agency, found out that he’d lost his job when he read a form letter that had been left on his desk on a Sunday. Iman Ezzeldin, who runs the National Library, learned the news when she received a phone call at her home, at 11 P.M., from a secretarial assistant. “I’m sorry to tell you this,” the nervous voice on the other line said, “but you are no longer the director of the library.” The next day, there was a wax seal on the door to her office.

“I started getting all of these phone calls,” Fahmy said the other day from his home in New York, where he is teaching a course at New York University. Fahmy is a professor of history at the American University in Cairo, and in June he was conducting research at the National Archives on the historical use of Islamic law. By chance, the man that the Brotherhood chose to take over the administration of the archives and library was also named Khaled Fahmy. “Some of them were calling to congratulate me, some of them were confused and calling to ask did I really accept this job?” he recalled. “But those who understood what was going on started to phone me in alarm: ‘We have to do something about this. They appointed a Brotherhood person who will try to destroy the cultural heritage of Egypt.’”

Full article at:-   www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/09/the-battle-of-the-archives-in-egypt.html


The Plight of an Ethiopian Refugee Searching for Work in Nairobi

Refugee Work Rights

A 29 year-old Ethiopian refugee named Girma (name changed for anonymity) has been living in Nairobi, Kenya for over five years. Though he graduated from Kenyatta University in Nairobi with a Masters in Economics in 2010, Girma has been facing challenges in his job search. Many young people entering the job market will sympathize with the fact that employment is hard to find.

But Girma’s story is different – he has been facing discrimination in hiring just because he is a refugee.

During our interview, Girma noted that many potential employers both within the private sector and the government are not interested in hiring refugee graduates. In fact, he was explicitly told in a recent interview that the organization simply didn’t offer jobs to refugees. Girma added,

“even though Kenya’s economy is a developing one . . . there should at least be a legitimate ground for refugees to assert…

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Re-blog: Stuck in traffic: How helpful is the trafficking framework? | The COMPAS Blog

By: Bridget Anderson, Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director of COMPAS

‘Trafficking’ seems to extend the audience of those engaged with the human rights of migrants. Even those who are not usually sympathetic to the plight of undocumented migrants can engage with the plight of ‘victims of trafficking’ and respond to calls for their protection. Trafficking also seems to offer a rare patch of common ground between migrant advocates and state actors, both concerned to stop exploitation and abuse.

However in practice, anti-trafficking approaches have proved deeply problematic. How helpful is the trafficking framework?

Stuck in traffic: How helpful is the trafficking framework? | The COMPAS Blog

To ask this question is not to put into question the undoubted abuse, injustice, extortion, rape, violence and murder experienced by migrants, particularly undocumented migrants. There is also no question that this happens, and that the vulnerable are exploited (a tricky term though) in myriad horrendous ways.

Full article available via Stuck in traffic: How helpful is the trafficking framework? | The COMPAS Blog.

Re-blog: Feature: Monitoring Failed Asylum Seekers

This posting 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/

Feature: Monitoring Failed Asylum Seekers

Very little information is available about what happens to failed asylum-seekers after they are deported to their countries of origin.  Some may actually have had genuine claims for refugee status but for various reasons (e.g., problematic asylum procedures, poor legal assistance, etc.) were denied; their subsequent deportation could therefore potentially amount to refoulement.  The Post-Deportation Monitoring Network was launched last fall by the Fahamu Refugee Programme as a mechanism for monitoring deportees after their return, to provide assistance and protection, and to document human rights violations.

For more information about the need for such a network, read:

  • “Avoiding Refoulement: The Need to Monitor Deported Failed Asylum Seekers,” Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 2, no. 2 (Nov. 2012) [text]
  • Monitoring the Unknown: Improving Adherence to the Principle of Non-refoulement through a Proposed ‘Monitoring Network’, Working Paper, no. 4 (Univ. of Cape Town Refugee Rights Unit, 2012) [text]

Here are a few other related resources that either document mistreatment post-return or discuss policy approaches to take towards asylum-seekers whose claims for asylum have been rejected:

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Dilemma Facing Refused Asylum Seekers (Refugee Council, Dec. 2012) [text]

Broken Futures: Young Afghan Asylum Seekers in the UK and on Return to Their Country of Origin, New Issues of Refugee Research, no. 246 (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Comparative Study on Best Practices in the Field of Forced Return Monitoring (European Commission, Nov. 2011) [text]

Deported to Danger (Edmund Rice Centre, 2004-2006) [access]
– A research project that investigated the fate of rejected asylum-seekers deported from Australia. Includes link to a documentary called “A Well-Founded Fear.”

Following Them Home: The Fate of the Returned Asylum Seekers (Black Inc. Books, 2005) [info]

No Direction Home? The Politics of Return for Refused Asylum Seekers, PAFRAS Briefing Paper no. 8 (PAFRAS, Jan. 2009) [text via Statewatch]

“Nowhere to Run: Iraqi Asylum Seekers in the UK,” Race & Class, vol. 54, no. 2 (Oct.-Dec. 2012) [abstract]

The Removal of Failed Asylum Seekers: International Norms and Procedures, New Issues in Refugee Research No. 145 (UNHCR, Dec. 2007) [text]

The Return of Persons Found Not to Be in Need of International Protection to Their Countries of Origin: UNHCR’s Role, Protection Policy Paper (UNHCR, Nov. 2010) [text]

Safe Return: How to Improve What Happens When We Refuse People Sanctuary (Independent Asylum Commission, June 2008) [text]

“Uganda: The Silent Practice of Deportations,” Pambazuka News, no. 480 (May 2010) [text]

Unsafe Return: Refoulement of Congolese Asylum Seekers (Justice First, Nov. 2011) [text]

Vol spécial (Fernand Melgar) [info]
– Documentary on the forced deportations of failed asylum-seekers in Switzerland.

For additional information, search in Refworld on, e.g.,  >failed asylum seekers< or >rejected asylum seekers<.