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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]

HRW: France police abusing asylum seekers in Calais
January 20, 2015
French police are abusing and harassing asylum seekers in the port city of Calais, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. These asylum seekers and migrants are reportedly living in destitution in Calais and have been subjected to "routine abuses by police officers," including "beatings and attac....... [more]

UN refugee chief urges increased support to Syrian refugees
January 14, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres on Wednesday appealed for an increase in funding to help Syrian refugees. The new UNHCR report entitled Living in the Shadows highlights the condition of these refugees and shows many of them falling into deeper poverty. The UNHCR reported t....... [more]

EU court bans homosexuality tests for asylum seekers
December 2, 2014
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Tuesday that refugees seeking asylum on the basis of homosexuality can not be subjected to tests or interrogations in order to prove their sexual orientation. The court nullified the previous practice of verification based on homosexual stereotypes and detai....... [more]




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