Political Asylum & Refugees. Legal news and articles for January 29 - 31, 2012

The agony and the ecstasyTurning back the boats - back to the future on asylum policyZim crisis fuels refugee increaseChina's brutal face: Uyghurs sentenced to life imprisonment1500 migrants died trying to reach Europe in 2011-UNThe Middle East's 'Invisible Refugees'Dr No impedes a fair compromise to stop the boatsLGBT asylum seekers fleeing persecution risk being turned back by denying ...When will the West act against persecution of Christians in the Middle East?UK court rules on asylum for Zimbabwe homosexualsNorway-Eritrea deal on the cardsJamil Maidan Flores: The Huddled MassesBreaking the 'boat people' deadlockCivil War 150th: Flood of refugees creates second wartime crisis in VirginiaUS-based Refugees from Burma Completed Training for College

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Asylum seeker talks hit a brick wall
ABC OnlineJanuary 24, 2012

After the deaths of more than 200 asylum seekers off the coast of Indonesia last year, both sides of politics agreed to talk. But now a return to verbal slanging matches has taken the place of the political truce. It's been revealed that the Federal ...more »

I'll turn back every boat, says Tony Abbott
The AustralianJanuary 20, 2012

Labor's border protection regime has been in limbo since August, when the High Court struck down the government's plans to swap 800 asylum-seekers for 4000 refugees from Malaysia. The Coalition, which would prefer to reopen the Howard-era refugee...more »

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The agony and the ecstasy
Manawatu StandardJanuary 31, 2012

The man who fled to New Zealand in 1976 as a political refugee now organises the New Zealand Cycle Classic, the men's section of which was staged for the first time in Manawatu last week. One of the biggest races in Oceania, both men and women cyclists ...more »

Turning back the boats - back to the future on asylum policy
On Line opinionJanuary 31, 2012

Refugee law experts condemned 'turn-back' policies as undermining the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees, since the international asylum system could not function if nations refused to accept asylum-seekers and process their claims.more »

Zim crisis fuels refugee increase
Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness NewsJanuary 31, 2012

...political crisis in Zimbabwe was still attracting people to South Africa. He said hundreds of Zimbabweans were flocking to the church in the Johannesburg central business district with asylum seekers finding it difficult to renew their permits.more »

China's brutal face: Uyghurs sentenced to life imprisonment
NewsReleaseWire.com (press release)January 31, 2012

These sentences highlight the harsh persecution, including torture and imprisonment, facing Uyghur asylum seekers and refugees who are refouled to China, and underline the urgent need to ensure the safety of Uyghur asylum seekers and prevent their ...more »

1500 migrants died trying to reach Europe in 2011-UN
ReutersJanuary 31, 2012

* Record toll linked to political upheaval in North Africa GENEVA Jan 31 (Reuters) - A record 1500 migrants, mainly from Somalia and other parts of Africa, died trying to reach European shores in 2011 and the deadly odyssey continues from Libya, ...more »

The Middle East's 'Invisible Refugees'
AllAfrica.comJanuary 31, 2012

Wedged between violence, politics, overlapping identities and restrictive definitions, these "refugee-migrants" or "refugee-students" are often overlooked and under-protected, according to Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, a lecturer in forced migration at ...more »

Dr No impedes a fair compromise to stop the boats
The Daily TelegraphJanuary 31, 2012

Then the coalition says asylum seekers should only be processed in countries that are signatories to the UN Refugee Convention, to protect their human rights. This is despite Nauru not being such a signatory under the Howard government's Pacific ...more »

LGBT asylum seekers fleeing persecution risk being turned back by denying ...
Irish TimesJanuary 31, 2012

And yet this reluctance to disclose the basis of their claim is commonly cited by immigration authorities as a reason to doubt the asylum seeker's credibility. While “political asylum” is the generic term that covers asylum sought on the basis of ...more »

When will the West act against persecution of Christians in the Middle East?
Fox NewsJanuary 30, 2012

Take the example of Habib Bastam, an Iranian who converted to Christianity and sought political asylum in Romania. In 2009, one of Tehran's star chamber courts sentenced him to death for “apostasy.” Earlier this month, the Romanians denied him asylum.more »

UK court rules on asylum for Zimbabwe homosexuals
New Zimbabwe.com (blog)January 30, 2012

By Rumbidzai BvunzawabayaImmigration, Legal, Politics Last updated on: January 30, 2012 ON JANUARY 8, 2012, the United Kingdom's Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) handed down an interesting determination in the case of LZ (homosexuals) ...more »

Norway-Eritrea deal on the cards
The ForeignerJanuary 30, 2012

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have both advised against return. Human rights organisations report torture of political opponents is widespread. The Foreigner is an online publication ...more »

Jamil Maidan Flores: The Huddled Masses
Jakarta GlobeJanuary 30, 2012

Abbott, the leader of Australia's political opposition coalition, had just said in effect that things were so much better for the Australian Aborigines now that it was time to move on — implying that the Aborigines no longer had much to feel aggrieved ...more »

Breaking the 'boat people' deadlock
Eureka StreetJanuary 29, 2012

Much of the analysis regarding asylum seekers does not seem to drive home the core truth: that the debate conducted by politicians is not really about solving the so called refugee problem. It is predominantly a show for an audience.more »

Civil War 150th: Flood of refugees creates second wartime crisis in Virginia
Richmond Times DispatchJanuary 29, 2012

And still, the refugees came. More than 700000 Southerners — white and black — fled from or toward advancing armies during the Civil War in search of safety or freedom, disrupting their lives and the lives of those who gave them shelter.more »

US-based Refugees from Burma Completed Training for College
chinland guardianJanuary 29, 2012

It is a privilege to welcome the Chin and Burmese refugees into our community," said Kane. The Chin are one of more than one hundred ethnic groups from Burma who have sought asylum in the United States due to political, religious and ethnic persecution ...more »

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