Political Asylum & Refugees. Legal news and articles for August 29 - 31, 2011

Refugee Emcee Alec Lomani Wins MTV IGGY's Artist Of The WeekGay Ugandan refugee finds home in Bay AreaAustralia's high court rejects Malaysian asylum seeker dealMalaysia solution backfires for government that failed to do its homeworkHigh Court decision on Malaysia swap deal an embarrassing blow for PMGay Ugandan refugee finds home in Bay AreaDarfur refugee encounters compassionate counsellors on YU Counterpoint Israel ...TAKE ME AMERICA Plays Village Theatre's Mainstage 9/15-10/24Cab driver accused of raping Lacey-area womanTales from a leaking boatQ&A - Why statelessness destroys lives – expertAustralia flouting international law over refugeesBloggings On Political AsylumJordanians pay price as Syria roilsRefugee Centres Breed Mental Illness

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Australians don't fully understand what is being done in their name
Sydney Morning HeraldAugust 25, 2011

Labor doesn't care that Malaysia has not signed the Refugees' Convention. It doesn't care that Malaysia has a bad track record with human rights generally and asylum seekers in particular. Although Malaysia has agreed not to mistreat the people we plan ...more »

Family's journey out of Africa in to Newcastle
Newcastle HeraldAugust 27, 2011

(According to the UNHCR, at the end of 2010 there were an estimated 43.7million forcibly displaced people worldwide, including 15.4million refugees, 837500 asylum seekers and 27.5million internally displaced persons. In 2008-09, Australia issued 11010 ...more »

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Refugee Emcee Alec Lomani Wins MTV IGGY's Artist Of The Week
Starpulse.comAugust 31, 2011

While vacationing here about ten years ago, war intensified in his home country-- with no place to go and no one to grant him political asylum, he spent 9 months in detainment. The stint fueled gave him a clear message to get out, and thus Kinshasa and ...more »

Gay Ugandan refugee finds home in Bay Area
San Jose Mercury NewsAugust 31, 2011

Most of those awarded refugee status belong to a political, ethnic or religious groups and are in danger in their homeland and have no place to live safely. LGBT status also can be considered a social class in countries where gays and lesbians have a ...more »

Australia's high court rejects Malaysian asylum seeker deal
The GuardianAugust 31, 2011

Ever since, the issue has been at the forefront of political point-scoring, despite the small numbers of refugees: about 5000 have arrived in the past year. The opposition has called on the government to reopen offshore processing of asylum seekers on ...more »

Malaysia solution backfires for government that failed to do its homework
Sydney Morning HeraldAugust 31, 2011

Announced some months ago, the Malaysia deal was going to put to rest the chronic political damage caused by the arrival of boats. Australia would send 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia and in return, receive 4000 people already assessed to be refugees...more »

High Court decision on Malaysia swap deal an embarrassing blow for PM
Herald SunAugust 31, 2011

After spending years attacking John Howard's Pacific Solution, Labor recanted its previous promises not to send people overseas and struck a deal with a country that has not signed up to the UN rules for protecting refugees. And it still can't win. ...more »

Gay Ugandan refugee finds home in Bay Area
San Jose Mercury NewsAugust 30, 2011

Most of those awarded refugee status belong to a political, ethnic or religious groups and are in danger in their homeland and have no place to live safely. LGBT status also can be considered a social class in countries where gays and lesbians have a ...more »

Darfur refugee encounters compassionate counsellors on YU Counterpoint Israel ...
Jewish TribuneAugust 30, 2011

The Israeli authorities gave political asylum to Yismael and a year later placed him at the Yemin Orde youth village in Carmel. “I want to return to Darfur when there will be peace,” Yismael told the Jewish Tribune, speaking in fluent Hebrew. ...more »

TAKE ME AMERICA Plays Village Theatre's Mainstage 9/15-10/24
Broadway WorldAugust 30, 2011

The new musical TAKE ME AMERICA follows seven desperate refugees seeking political asylum in the United States, and the three government agents who bear the responsibility of determining their fate. Inspired by true stories and based on the documentary ...more »

Cab driver accused of raping Lacey-area woman
The OlympianAugust 30, 2011

Husseno is a refugee from Somalia with political asylum to live in the United States, a court official said Monday. A friend of the 33-year-old woman called sheriff's deputies early Saturday morning to report the rape. A detective arrived at Providence ...more »

Tales from a leaking boat
Aljazeera.netAugust 30, 2011

Dubbed the "Malaysian Solution", her government will send 800 asylum seekers to Malaysian transit centres while the immigration department processes the claims. In return, Malaysia will send 4000 genuine refugees to Australia. ...more »

Q&A - Why statelessness destroys lives – expert
Reuters AlertNetAugust 30, 2011

Some live as refugees, others as illegal migrants. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad LONDON (AlertNet) - Tuesday marks the 50 th anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. Maureen Lynch, an expert on statelessness, explains the plight ...more »

Australia flouting international law over refugees
Eureka StreetAugust 29, 2011

International law does not promise refugees 'asylum'. What it does promise is non-refoulement. A state will not send back a refugee to the borders of a country where their 'life or freedom would be threatened' on one of the grounds in the Refugee...more »

Bloggings On Political Asylum
ILW.comAugust 29, 2011

Arizona Central reports that two Eritrean refugees and another man have been held without bond after they were arrested by the Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. ...more »

Jordanians pay price as Syria roils
Jerusalem PostAugust 29, 2011

RAMTHA, Jordan - A melting pot for refugees from around the world, Jordan has recently welcomed the latest batch of asylum seekers from neighboring Syria, but officials in Amman fear this bite is more than they can chew. Ever since the popular uprising ...more »

Refugee Centres Breed Mental Illness
Inter Press ServiceAugust 29, 2011

"There is a risk that in sending asylum seekers to Malaysia, Australia could breach its non-refoulement obligations under other international treaties including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Rights of ...more »

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