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27.11.2018

U.S. Border Patrol Fires Tear Gas at Families Seeking Asylum

U.S. Border Patrol Fires Tear Gas at Families Seeking Asylum

In Tijuana, Mexico, U.S. border patrol officers fired tear gas Sunday into a crowd of desperate Central American asylum seekers as they tried to push their way through the heavily militarized border with the United States. Among those attacked were mothers and small children, who were left gagging and screaming… »

02.11.2018

#CaravanaMigrante: 5 keys to understand the phenomenon challenging Trump

#CaravanaMigrante: 5 keys to understand the phenomenon challenging Trump

DEMOCRACIAABIERTA 29 October 2018 The humanitarian crisis provoked by thousands of migrants that dream of obtaining asylum in the US has the entire region at crossroads. With the deaths of 2 migrants from Central America that were travelling with the caravan that departed from San Pedro… »

26.09.2018

Hungarian Helsinki Committee takes legal action to challenge the anti-NGO laws

Hungarian Helsinki Committee takes legal action to challenge the anti-NGO laws

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) filed a complaint with the Hungarian Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) against the new criminal provision threatening with imprisonment those assisting asylum seekers. As for the so-called ‘special tax on immigration’ this law can only be challenged in Strasbourg, as… »

21.08.2018

Hungary: Asylum-seekers with inadmissible claims are denied food in detention in transit zones

Hungary: Asylum-seekers with inadmissible claims are denied food in detention in transit zones

A new ground for inadmissibility, a hybrid of the concepts of safe third country and first country of asylum, has been in effect since 1 July 2018. The new provision stems from amendments to the Asylum Act and the Fundamental Law but it was only put into practice now, in… »

23.06.2018

Hungarian government marks world refugee day by passing law to jail helpers

Hungarian government marks world refugee day by passing law to jail helpers

We publish here the press release from the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, a non-governmental watchdog organisation that protects human dignity and the rule of law through legal and public advocacy methods. Budapest, 20 June 2018 — On World Refugee Day the Hungarian Parliament adopted Bill T/333, a new… »

25.04.2018

Greece: Government Defies Court on Asylum Seekers

Greece: Government Defies Court on Asylum Seekers

The Greek government’s move on April 20, 2018, overturning a binding court ruling ordering it to end its abusive policy of trapping asylum seekers on Greece’s islands raises rule of law concerns, 21 human rights and humanitarian organizations said today. Rather than carrying out the April 17 ruling by the… »

04.01.2017

German state of Brandenburg may not deport far-right victims

German state of Brandenburg may not deport far-right victims

Brandenburg is the first German state to pass a rule forbidding the deportation of asylum seekers who have been victims or witnesses of violent crimes. Authorities hope this could curb the rise in far-right crimes. The German state of Brandenburg will not deport asylum seekers if they have been victimized… »

08.09.2016

UNHCR spokesman: EU must do more for refugee children

UNHCR spokesman: EU must do more for refugee children

Children make up nearly half of refugees worldwide. DW’s Kathleen Schuster spoke with the UNHCR’s Babar Baloch about the perils that children face as refugees. Back in March – as the makeshift Idomeni camp on Greece’s border with Macedonia made headlines – Babar Baloch, the UNHCR’s spokesman for Central Europe,… »

24.06.2016

Xenophobic Rhetoric, Now Socially and Politically ‘Acceptable’ ?

Xenophobic Rhetoric, Now Socially and Politically ‘Acceptable’ ?

Human Wrongs Watch By Baher Kamal* ROME,23  June 2016 (IPS) – “Xenophobic and racist rhetoric seems not only to be on the rise, but also to be becoming more socially and politically acceptable.” The warning has been heralded by the… »

30.01.2016

European Governments Step Up Offensive against Refugees

European Governments Step Up Offensive against Refugees

Human Wrongs Watch By Marianne Arens* 28 January 2016 (WSWS) – At a meeting in Amsterdam this week, European interior and justice ministers sought to outdo each other with suggestions as to how the influx of desperate refugees from the Middle East could be stopped. No measure was too… »

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