REFUGEES
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Sweden top court rejects Assange appeal
May 12, 2015
The Swedish Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange seeking to overturn a 2010 arrest warrant for alleged sexual assault that was reissued by a lower court late last year. The warrant requires Assange to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has found....... [more]

UN agency: Burundi violence driving thousands to flee
May 9, 2015
A United Nations body responsible for protecting displaced people on Friday warned that many of the promising developments made in recent refugee history in Africa are at risk of being undone as over 50,000 people have fled Burundi in response to the start of the pre-election violence that began las....... [more]

HRW urges EU to implement search and rescue in Mediterranean
April 15, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged the EU to put into place a search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean following reports of 400 lives lost at sea. HRW acting deputy Europe and Central Asia director Judith Sutherland stated that if reports from a recent confirmed shipwreck, from whic....... [more]

HRW: asylum-seekers suffering abuse at hands of Serbia police
April 15, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Wednesday that asylum-seekers and migrants fleeing war-torn countries are suffering abuse at the hands of Serbian authorities. Most of the asylum-seekers are Syrian or Afghan, travelling through Serbia to seek shelter in western European states. Based on interviews....... [more]

UN: refugees in Yarmouk suffering 'untold indignities'
April 13, 2015
A UN rights expert said Monday that the civilian refugees from Palestine and Syria trapped inside the Yarmouk refugee camp have suffered "untold indignities". There are approximately 18,000 people within the Yarmouk refugee camp including 3,500 children. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine....... [more]

Kenya asks UN to repatriate thousands of Somali refugees
April 12, 2015
The Kenyan government announced on Sunday that it asked the UN Refugee Agency to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees by July. The request comes in the wake of the Garissa University massacre, an attack by Shebab insurgents that left nearly 150 dead. A statement released by the Kenyan....... [more]

UN human rights official to make emergency trip to IS-controlled Syrian camp
April 12, 2015
The UN announced on Saturday that the Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) will make an urgent trip to Yarmouk, a Syrian refugee camp that has fallen under control of the Islamic State (IS). According to UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness, the visit is prompted by the organizati....... [more]

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]




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