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Rights group urges UN to extend peacekeeping mandate for Western Sahara
April 11, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) urged the UN Security Council on Friday to extend the MINURSO mandate to include human rights monitoring for its peacekeeping force in Western Sahara. AI sent a report to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon illustrating the immediate need for human rights monitoring in Western....... [more]

Kenya deports 82 Somalis amid crackdown on immigrants
April 9, 2014
Kenya's Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku announced on Wednesday that Kenya deported 82 Somalis and rounded up hundreds of other undocumented immigrants in response to a series of attacks committed by Somali Militants since 2011. Since the crackdown, almost 4,000 have been arrested, nearly 500 of....... [more]

France court overturns extradition of former Kazakhstan energy minsiter
April 9, 2014
A French appellate court on Wednesday overturned the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. In January, a French trial court in the Aix-En Province agreed to extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, both o....... [more]

HRW: China pressuring Nepal to impose restrictions on Tibetans
April 1, 2014
Nepal has imposed increasingly harsh restrictions on Tibetan refugees under strong pressure from China, Human Rights Watch (HRW) claimed Tuesday. The statement cites a recent HRW report detailing Nepali authorities' abuses of Tibetans who have come to the country fleeing persecution in China. The re....... [more]

UN report shows increase in asylum claims to industrialized countries
March 22, 2014
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released a report on Friday detailing the asylum trends in industrialized countries in 2013. The report shows a notable increase in asylum claims across industrialized countries compared to recent years. Unlike in recent years, however, where Afghanistan....... [more]

AI: Cyprus detention of asylum-seekers violates EU law
March 19, 2014
The Cyprus government's practice of detaining migrants seeking asylum in the island nation violates EU law, Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. Individuals who have regularly been detained include Syrian refugees and women who have forcibly been separated from their young children. Research....... [more]

UN human rights office urges Australia reconsider asylum policy
February 21, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called for changes to the way Australia deals with asylum seekers. As of August 2013, Australia transfers all individuals seeking asylum to a holding camp in Papua New Guinea. From here, they are processed and eventually resettled outsi....... [more]

AI urges Spain not to extradite terror suspect to Kazakhstan
February 19, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday urged the Spanish government to reverse its decision to extradite Alexsandr Pavlov to Kazakhstan. Pavlov, an associate of opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, whose extradition was originally ordered in January by a French court, has been detained by Spanish au....... [more]

Australia to investigate effects of detention on undocumented immigrant children
February 3, 2014
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on Monday launched an official government inquiry into the ways in which immigration detention affects the health, well-being and development of child detainees. According to AHRC, more than 1,000 undocumented immigrant children are currently detained be....... [more]

HRW: Thailand must end trafficking of Rohingya asylum-seekers
January 7, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged Thailand to work with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to screen detained persons for refugee status and the mandate to protect refugees and stateless people. Thousands of ethnic Rohingya fleeing abuse in Rakhine state enter Thailand seeking asylum. According to....... [more]

HRW: Israel is effectively detaining Africa asylum-seekers
December 18, 2013
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report Wednesday claiming that Israel's new detention facility violates an order of the Supreme Court of Israel, which ruled in September that the detention of undocumented immigrants for up to three years without trial was unconstitutional. In response, the Isra....... [more]




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