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1 day ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] said [press briefing, text] Monday that the US and Turkey have agreed to establish a 'safe zone' for Syrian refugees fleeing the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] by. The State Department's spokesperson, John Kirby, answered questions saying that the US will continue to … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China has significantly restricted the freedom of movement [HRW report] for Tibetans and other minorities said Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday. Referencing a report [report] released by HRW last week, the rights group stated that China's two-tiered passport issuing system essentially requires residents of certain areas … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thailand on Thursday deported 109 Uighurs back to China despite international warnings that the refugees will experience severe treatment upon returning. Significant opposition to the decision [Bangkok Post report] erupted as pro-Uighur protesters attacked [BBC report] the Thai consulate in Istanbul, leading to security forces pepper spraying the crowd. … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] European Union [official website] leaders announced [press release] Friday that a final quota compromise had been reached regarding the large number of illegal immigrants arriving in Italy and Greece after crossing the Mediterranean sea. It is estimated that over 120,000 migrants have made the dangerous sea crossing in the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] on Thursday warned [UN Report] of the record high number of refugees around the world as a result of increasing global conflicts. According to data collected by the UNHCR in 2014 the number of refugees grew from roughly 51 … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The world is facing its worst refugee crisis since World War II [press release], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Monday, calling on world leaders to reform domestic and international policies. AI released a new briefing [text, PDF] Monday ahead of World Refugee Day on June 20. The report cites … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Eritrean government has committed "systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations," according to a report [materials] released Monday by a panel of UN investigators. The investigators were denied access to Eritrea but were able to conduct their investigation through confidential interviews and submissions. The report asserts that the … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A British warship sailing in the Mediterranean Sea launched a mission on Sunday to rescue over 500 migrants stranded at sea, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) [official website] said in a statement. A Royal Navy helicopter has found four migrant vessels in need of assistance so far. It was … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday expressed concern [press release] over the human rights issues raised by EUNAVFOR MED, an EU implemented naval operation to identify, capture and destroy boats used by smugglers in the Mediterranean. The Council of the European Union [official website] agreed [decision, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Foreign ministers from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia issued a joint statement [text] Wednesday addressing the recent influx of migrants arriving to their respective nations and agreeing to take in migrants in the most humanitarian fashion. While the countries have agreed on taking in migrants awaiting on ships, they have … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN human rights chief on Friday urged [press release] Southeast Asian governments to take action to protect the lives of migrants in difficult maritime situations and not turn away incoming migrant boats. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] said that he is … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Refugees and migrants crossing through Libya face human rights abuses [press release] including torture and rape, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [materials] Sunday. The report asserts that foreign nationals in Libya are subject to alarming rates of rape, torture and abduction, causing many to risk their lives crossing … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A United Nations body responsible for protecting displaced people on Friday warned [press release] 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 … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday called on the Thai government to authorize a UN-assisted inquiry into human trafficking [press release] in Thailand. The discovery of more than 20 bodies of ethnic Rohingya Muslims [Reuters report] near an abandoned trafficking camp inspired the call. Rohingya migrants fleeing … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The systematic anti-foreigner language used in British tabloids for decades, and a recent article in The Sun [media website] calling migrants "cockroaches," moved the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take action on Friday, calling on UK officials and the media to curb incitement to hatred. Zeid Ra'ad … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

Top UN human rights officials and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) [official website] issued a joint statement [text] Thursday calling on the EU to create a new rescue operation program for migrants attempting to traverse the Mediterranean and to commit to greater receipt of refugees. The statement, signed by … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Wednesday that asylum-seekers and migrants fleeing war-torn countries are suffering abuse at the hands of Serbian authorities [press release]. Most of the asylum-seekers are Syrian or Afghan, travelling through Serbia to seek shelter in western European states. Based on interviews with 81 … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A UN rights expert said Monday that the civilian refugees from Palestine and Syria trapped inside the Yarmouk refugee camp [JURIST report] have suffered "untold indignities" [UN News Centre report]. There are approximately 18,000 people within the Yarmouk refugee camp including 3,500 children. The UN Relief and Works Agency … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Kenyan government announced on Sunday that it asked the UN Refugee Agency [official website] to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees by July. The request comes in the wake of the Garissa University massacre, an attack [JURIST report] by Shebab insurgents that left nearly 150 dead. A … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN announced on Saturday that the Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) [official website] will make an urgent trip [press release] to Yarmouk, a Syrian refugee camp that has fallen under control of the Islamic State (IS). According to UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness, the … [read more]

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