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UN: Asylum applications in industrialized countries greatly increased
March 27, 2015
The UN refugee agency released a report on Thursday that identified a significant increase in asylum applications to industrialized countries as a result of the displacement effectuated primarily by the wars in Syria and Iraq. In the report, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres dr....... [more]

Amnesty: Palestinian militants committed war crimes during Gaza conflict
March 26, 2015
Palestinian militants committed war crimes during the 2014 conflict in Gaza by killing both Israeli and Palestinian civilians using indiscriminate rockets, Amnesty International (AI) reported Thursday. The report provides evidence that in July and August 2014, several rockets were fired from Gaza Ci....... [more]

Brazil judge orders extradition of former leftist Italian guerrilla
March 4, 2015
A federal judge in Brazil has ordered the deportation of former leftist Italian guerrilla Cesare Battisti, annulling a work visa granted by the Brazilian government in 2011. Battisti, a former member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism, was convicted of committing four murders during the 1970s....... [more]

European top court issues preliminary opinion on US soldier seeking asylum in Germany
February 27, 2015
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a preliminary judgment on Thursday that found a US soldier could possible seek asylum in Germany if he can show a proper reason for his desertion. André Shepherd deserted in Germany in 2007 and sought asylum there the following year. He allegedly deserted....... [more]

Syria rebel sentenced to 5 years for war crimes
February 26, 2015
A Swedish court sentenced Syrian refugee Mouhannad Droub to five years in prison after convicting him of abusing a captured member of President Bashar Assad's forces. Droub was part of a group under the Free Syrian Army, where he and other members beat a prisoner and posted a video of the abuse on F....... [more]

Supreme Court of Canada hears arguments in series of human smuggling cases
February 17, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada on Monday began hearing arguments in a series of five cases challenging human smuggling laws within Canada. Section 117 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the law at issue in all five cases, criminalizes the act of knowingly assisting an undocumented individu....... [more]

Amnesty: Bulgaria authorities failing to prosecute hate crimes
February 9, 2015
Bulgarian authorities are failing to address hate crimes, leading to a state of fear, Amnesty International (AI) report Monday. According to AI, over the past two years the number of asylum seekers crossing the border from Turkey to Bulgaria increased almost ten-fold, causing an increase in hate cri....... [more]

Hungary ruling party: stricter immigration policy needed
February 6, 2015
Hungary's ruling party declared Friday that the country must pass legislation to tighten the border and prevent migrants from abusing the EU's political asylum laws. Antal Rogan, leader of the Fidesz party parliamentary group, noted that in January alone, around 14,000 migrants applied for political....... [more]

Amnesty urges countries to support refugee programs for Syria expatriates
February 4, 2015
Countries around the world must show public support to Syrian refugees through resettlement and other humanitarian admission programs said Amnesty International (AI) in a report Wednesday. The report highlights the humanitarian crisis faced by individuals fleeing the conflict in Syria. The UN Refuge....... [more]

Syria rebel facing war crimes charges in Sweden
February 3, 2015
A Syrian rebel fighter was charged in Sweden Monday with war crimes for abusing a member of Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces. The assault on the representative of Assad's forces was not only carried out by this individual but also by other members of the Free Syrian Army. The suspect was indic....... [more]

Australia High Court rules high seas detention of asylum seekers lawful
January 28, 2015
The High Court of Australia on Wednesday ruled that the off-shore detention of more than 150 ethnic Tamil refugees aboard an Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) vessel was lawful under the Maritime Powers Act of 2013. The case was brought by 157 Tamil refugees fleeing Sri Lanka....... [more]




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