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2 days ago
by Emelina Perez

Turkey must ensure that fewer refugees enter Greece by the time EU leaders meet later this month, European Commissioner Johannes Hahn said Saturday. Hahn stated [Reuters report] that a reduction was expected when Turkey agreed to an action plan two months ago and that Turkey has a duty to patrol … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] on Thursday released a statement [press release] finding that Julian Assange [BBC profile], founder of the controversial website WikiLeaks [website], has been arbitrarily detained in the UK since 2010. Assange was initially arrested in December of 2010 stemming from rape … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Miracle Jones

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez [official profile] on Thursday called [press release] on the Mauritanian authorities to protect suspects and detainees from abuse and torture while being held in the country. The call to implement already existing laws and safeguards comes after Méndez spent ten days on … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

The German Cabinet [official website] approved new asylum laws on Wednesday in response to the hundreds of thousands of refugees [CFR backgrounder] that have entered the country since the beginning of 2015. The bill [press release] will speed up asylum procedures and related legal appeals and will bar entry into … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

The High Court of Australia [official website] ruled [judgment] Wednesday that the country's offshore detention policy for asylum seekers is legal, rejecting a challenge that it violates the Australian constitution. The challenge was brought by lawyers for a female Bangladeshi detainee who was brought to Australia for medical reasons. Under … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Justin Cosgrove

Syrian refugee women are being abused in Lebanon, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] published Tuesday. The report explains [press release] how the refusal by the Lebanese government to renew permits causes refugee women to be exploited by people in positions of power such as … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) [official website] stated [press release] Tuesday that migrant detention facilities in Cyprus need better monitoring and should improve conditions. The SPT urged that individuals be promptly informed as to why they are being held if they are detained so as … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released its annual report [text, PDF] discussing human rights issues in more than 90 countries throughout 2015. World Report 2016, the rights group's twenty-sixth edition of the report, which spans 659 pages, includes short summaries of important rights topics before breaking down … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Danish lawmakers [official website] on Tuesday approved a controversial bill [text, PDF, in Danish] that will allow Danish authorities to seize assets from immigrants seeking asylum in order to cover their expenses. Under the law, police will be allowed to search and seize [The Local report] immigrants' cash or … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Approximately 180 Cuban migrants crossed the US border on Friday as part of an organized Central American effort to transport the 8,000 Cubans stranded in Costa Rica. Following recent diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, thousands of Cubans are attempting to seek asylum [New Yorker report] in the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Authorities in Germany arrested an unidentified 26-year-old Algerian man on Monday on suspicion of committing sexual assault during New Year's Eve celebrations in Cologne. The man, who is reported to be an asylum seeker, is accused [The Guardian report] of groping a woman and stealing her mobile phone. He was … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Lebanese residency laws risk creating a large undocumented community of refugees living at the margins of society, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report [text] released Tuesday. Residency regulations adopted in January 2015 require [HRW report] refugees to apply to renew their residency permits under two categories: … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi [official website], a recent recipient of the prestigious European human rights award, the Sakharov Prize, has suffered fainting spells and deteriorating health [Sydney Morning Herald report] owing to the lengthy hunger strike he initiated more than 20 days ago. According to Ensaf Haidar, Badawi’s wife … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday announced [UN report] that, in response to the unique prejudice and violence lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees face, it has implemented a new effort [press release] to train humanitarian workers on the protection of minority rights. The … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The United Nationals High Commissioner on Refugees's (UNHCR) [official website] Mid-Year Trends 2015 report, published on Friday, shows [UNHC report] that the current year is on track to have record breaking rates of forced displacement. The report details displacement rates from conflict and persecution during the first 6 months … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Thursday initiated an infringement action [press release] against Hungary's new asylum law and the country's response to the refugee situation. Hungary recently erected a fence along its border to keep migrants from crossing into the country. The government has also rejected and fought … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Hungarian government on Thursday filed a challenge [press release, in Hungarian] in the European Court of Justice to the EU's quota plan that will distribute refugees throughout the member states. Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban believes that migrants pose a threat to the nation after the attacks in … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Slovakia Prime Minister Robert Fico said Sunday that his country plans to file a lawsuit by December 18 challenging the EU's plan to distribute 120,000 refugees to each of its member states. Along with Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania also opposed the new measure, but the four were … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

Refugees who were released from a detention center in Ankara, Turkey still face deportation [AI report], despite the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] approving an application to indefinitely prevent their deportation back to Syria, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported Friday. The three refugees were detained in … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit against Governor Mike Pence [official website] and the state's Secretary of Family and Social Services Administration on Monday, on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration [advocacy website], after Pence announced his plans to suspend resettlement of Syrian refugees … [read more]

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