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EU Court of Justice: no more detailed sexual questions in gay asylum cases

The European Court of Justice has ruled today on 2 December 2014 that detailed sexual questions, intimate videos and ‘medical tests’ are no longer permissible to assess the credibility of people seeking asylum on the basis of their sexual preference. … Continue reading

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“Migrants’ and children’s rights need better protection in the Netherlands”

news Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, released a report after his visit to the Netherlands, stating that “The Netherlands has a solid human rights protection system, but in practice there are shortcomings, in particular as concerns … Continue reading

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Policy shift within UNHCR: alternatives for encampment

news UNHCR has just released a new policy on alternatives to refugees camps. The policy paper indicates that refugee camps, while remaining an important feature of the humanitarian landscape, might also have a signigicant negative impact on the longer term for … Continue reading

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UNHCR: Turkey receives as many Syrian refugees in three days as Europe did in three years

news article On Wednesday 26 September, UNHCR reported that Turkey received 138,000 refugees in three days, which is equivalent to the number of refugees received by Europe in the past three years. Spokesperson for the UNHCR, Melissa Fleming, revealed this … Continue reading

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Israeli Supreme Court orders closing detention center. Again.

The Israeli High Court of Justice ordered the state on Monday to close the Holot detention facility for asylum seekers within 90 days, a dramatic decision that marked the first time the court has ever struck down two versions of … Continue reading

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RSDwatch states: ‘UNHCR is once again the world’s largest RSD adjudicator’

Michael Kagan has dissected and analysed the numbers on UNHCR refugee status determination and came up with not only interesting figures, but also a nice analogy with McDonalds… The number of  people applying for individual refugee status determination at UNHCR … Continue reading

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UNHCR announces 2014 Nansen Refugee Award winner

The 2014 winner of UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award is the Colombian women’s rights group, Red Mariposas de Alas Nuevas Construyendo Futuro – or Butterflies with New Wings Building a Future (Butterflies), whose members risk their lives to help survivors of forced displacement … Continue reading

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Bulgaria builds anti-refugee fence; refoulement, according to scholars

news Overwhelmed by an influx of mostly Syrian immigrants, Bulgaria has taken steps to secure its EU border – including building a 30-kilometre barbed-wire fence, standing three meters high and fortified with razor wire coils. The fence was completed this week … Continue reading

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Unaccompanied children under Dublin III

On 26 June 2014, the European Commission published a proposal to amend Article 8(4) of the Dublin III Regulation, which determines the Member State responsible for examining the asylum application of an unaccompanied child. Currently, Article 8(4) provides that, in … Continue reading

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New report on “left-to-die boat” by Council of Europe

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has issued a new report on the tragic events in the Mediterranean Sea in May 2011, when a boat with 72 African migrants tried to reach Europe. A catalogue of failures by NATO warships and … Continue reading

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