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Emaciated children in South Sudan point to looming famine

Wordpress Blogs on Refugees - ثلاثاء, 2014/07/22 - 10:34

Source: Reuters

A surge in the number of emaciated children arriving at a feeding center in Leer, a muddy rebel-held town in South Sudan’s oil-rich Unity State, is fuelling fears that the world’s newest nation is on the brink of famine.

Food stocks are running low across conflict-ravaged northern regions of the country, aid workers say, and the onset of the rainy season has dashed hopes that South Sudan’s displaced subsistence farmers will plant enough crops to feed themselves.

The country is the size of France but has hardly any paved roads and the United Nations and humanitarian agencies are struggling to provide aid to remote regions. Even plane deliveries are dwindling as rain soddens dirt roads that act as air strips.

Aid agencies say South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after decades of conflict, could be headed for the worst famine since the 1984 Ethiopian famine.

The charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said it had treated about 1,800 malnourished children at its feeding center in Leer since mid-May. In 2013 it treated 2,300 children during the whole year.

In relief agency feeding centers, mothers seeking medical help for skeletal children tell harrowing tales of life in the bush, where they could only scavenge for fruit or roots.

“We ran and hid in the bush for months without food,” said one woman who fled fighting in the Leer region. “We were eating wild berries and plant roots.”

Her three-year-old son weighs just 2 kg because of acute malnutrition, whereas a healthy three-year-old in South Sudan would normally weigh 10-12 kg, according to a pediatrician in Juba.

The United Nations has warned for months that a famine looms if there is no end to fighting that erupted in mid-December between the government and rebels. More than a third of the nation’s roughly 11 million people could be on the brink of starvation by the end of the year, U.N. officials have said.

Aid agencies, who say funds to deal with the crisis are running low, complain work has been hindered by rebel and government soldiers who have looted vehicles and plundered food stores.

“We lost all our nine cars,” said Sabrina Sharmin, an acting coordinator for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), speaking in Leer last week. “Delivering (supplies) from the airstrip to our compound is challenging; we are now using donkey carts.”

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said aid agencies in Leer were treating more than 1,000 cases of child malnutrition every month. Before violence broke out in December it was about 40 per month.

Western diplomats say the looming famine is “man made” and avoidable. But they expect thousands to die and much of the country to suffer as neither President Salva Kiir or rebel leader Riek Machar appear ready to strike a lasting peace deal.

 

FOOD PRICES SOAR

South Sudan sits on Africa’s third-biggest oil reserves and the United States and other Western backers hailed independence from Sudan three years ago as a foreign policy success.

But political turmoil and conflict threaten to plunge the country back into the same cycle of war and human misery that plagued its people when it was still part of Sudan and rebels were fighting the northern government in Khartoum.

At least 10,000 people have been killed and more than a million displaced since clashes between rival army factions broke out in December. Foreign investment has collapsed and the cost of the war has crippled the government’s budget.

In Unity state, rebels loyal to former vice president Machar have seized oil wells and halted production.

At Leer market, a handful of makeshift shops sell millet, soap and even music CDs, a rare sign of normality in a town devastated by clashes between government and rebel troops.

But Kuel Nin, 34, a sorghum seller, said days would pass without customers purchasing anything. With roads blocked and river transport too dangerous as barges have often been attacked, putting prices of basic commodities in rural South Sudan out of reach for many.

“It is expensive,” said Nin, standing near a towering tree shading two abandoned and rusting military tanks, baking in the midday heat. “People suffer hunger, they have no money.”

While there has been some small-scale crop planting in the last couple of months, Leer County rebel commissioner Peter Keak Jal said the effort was not enough to feed the population.

“We are approaching the end of the year so there will be no good food,” Jal said. “It’s going to be hard.”

The U.N. World Food Programme declared a famine in the region in 2008 due to drought. Famine is defined as when acute malnutrition exceeds 30 percent of the population and the deaths exceed two people per 10,000 each day, among other criteria.

Rebels blame the government for violating two ceasefires agreed earlier this year and for driving the nation to disaster. The government accuses the rebels of sparking the conflict.

“It is of course the rebels to blame, they are now in flagrant violation of the cessation of hostilities,” Information Minister Michael Makuei told Reuters in Juba, adding that only three of the 10 South Sudanese states would be affected.

Both sides have accused the other of violating two ceasefire deals – one in January and another in May.

The blame game holds little significance for Jared Tut. He fled Leer town after government troops attacked early in the year. He is now lying in an MSF-run hospital after diving into a river and being bitten by a crocodile.

“My house near the market was burned down (in the fighting) and I still cannot find my wife and child,” he said in hospital.

 

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UN agency renews call on donors to support Central African Republic refugees

UN News on Refugees and Humanitarian Aid - ثلاثاء, 2014/07/22 - 10:17
The United Nations refugee agency today called on donors to increase funding for programmes in neighbouring countries hosting refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR).
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Have some time to help with refugee ESL students? Read about these kids @cvilletomorrow

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Paul Quinet, a former Belgian refugee

Wordpress Blogs on Refugees - ثلاثاء, 2014/07/22 - 09:53

Paul Gustave Désiré Quinet (surname pronounced key-nay) was born in 1899 in Koekelberg, Brussels. At the age of four and a half, he moved with his parents to Persia but returned to Brussels in 1906 to go to boarding school, where he remained until 1914.

His mother died in childbirth in Persia in 1908 and his father remained working there until returning to Brussels in 1913.

In 1914, after Paul proudly told his father that he had seen German troops in nearby woods, the family quickly gathered together belongings and left Brussels for the Belgian coast, taking the last train to leave before the entry of the German troops into the city.

On 13th September 1914, the family decided to try to get to France, travelling from Belgium to Holland in a horse-drawn dray. They caught a boat from Flushing, Holland to Folkestone, England where they spent three nights before catching a boat to Dieppe, France, where they stayed until May 1915. Paul’s father, Alexandre, obtained a position as Consul at the Belgian Consulate in Geneva, Switzerland, where he remained until after the war.

Paul was sent back to England on 5th May 1915 on his own, with £5 in his pocket. He sought advice from the Belgian Consul in London, and on 7th May 1915, speaking only a little English, he became a boarder at Arnold House, King’s School, Chester. After the first term, he was told he would be spending his holidays with a Doctor Whitehouse in Solihull. Having no idea where Solihull was, Paul visited the library in Chester to find out!

He arrived at Solihull Station where Mr Smith, the porter, told him that Dr Whitehouse was a “nice gentleman”. Setting off for the half-mile walk, Paul was met en route by Dr Whitehouse in his open-topped tourer and driven to his home at 681 Warwick Road. Paul promptly developed mumps so stayed for two months with Dr Whitehouse and his sister, Mary, who kept house for him.

One day, Dr Whitehouse found Paul in tears and, after enquiring why, was told of Paul’s fears that he could not fulfil his ambition of becoming a doctor as the Germans had occupied the University of Belgium. Dr Whitehouse immediately informed him that there was a very good university in Birmingham and, twelve months later, with the kind help of Dr Whitehouse and Professor Gamgee who used his influence to overcome Paul’s lack of English qualifications, Paul entered Birmingham University at the age of 16. He lived with Dr Whitehouse and travelled to the University every day by train from Solihull. At weekends he helped Dr Whitehouse with minor operations and assisted him on his rounds.

In June 1918, whilst still a medical student, he was called up into the Belgian Army in France, joining the Medical Corps and serving as an anaesthetist until October 1919. After this, he returned to Dr Whitehouse at Solihull and resumed his medical studies at Birmingham University.

Whilst at university, he had met fellow medical student, Doris Elizabeth Willcox, whose family lived at Fowgay Hall in Solihull. Paul and Doris travelled to Birmingham together, and both qualified in 1922, after Doris (known as “Doll”) had interrupted her own studies whilst Paul was in the Belgian Army in order that they might qualify together. As soon as they qualified, they became officially engaged, and they married at St Alphege Church, Solihull in 1924. Dr Whitehouse was best man.

The newly-weds set up home at the Doctor’s House, 321 West View, Stratford Road, Shirley, where they lived for about five years, setting up a consulting room in the house, and building a wooden shed in the garden to act as a dispensary. Paul joined Dr Whitehouse in general practice, and worked in the Bernays, Whitehouse and Thomas group until 1948. Doris also assisted in the practice during the Second World War.

In 1925, Paul became a naturalised British citizen. Although he applied for naturalisation before his marriage, it took some while for the papers to come through so, for a short period, Doris’s nationality was “Belgian by marriage”. After Paul’s naturalisation, Doris’s nationality on her passport was “British by birth; Belgian by marriage; British by naturalisation of husband”.

Paul and Doris had two children, and were much loved doctors in the ‘village’ of Solihull until their deaths in 1978 and 1981 respectively. Their home and surgery at the “Doctor’s House”, 681 Warwick Road, has become known as Quinet House and is now an office block.

Paul’s autobiography, My Life, was edited by his wife and published in 1982. It’s available in Solihull Libraries.

My Life by Paul Quinet

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Going West

Wordpress Blogs on Refugees - ثلاثاء, 2014/07/22 - 09:49

17 July 2014. In the Albanian port city of Vlora (in which Albanian is merely a geographical description because Vlora is such a typical Mediterranean tourism and port city that it might as well be in Italy or in Turkey) I go aboard a slightly older and not too large ferry for the passage to Brindisi in Italy. I am looking forward to a few hours on the sea, which happens to be absolutely calm today.

The setting off is delayed by an hour, probably because there are too many cars trying to squeeze into the ferry. Some of them have to back out again to make space for others and to use the storage room in the most optimal way. The banksmen are playing Tetris with caravans and station wagons. Only later upon disembarkation will I see the result: some of the cars are parked at a right angle, and all of them stand so close to each other that some of the drivers could have gotten out of their vehicles only through the roof hatch.

Yet the ferry is not really overloaded. There are still plenty of free tables and comfortable armchairs. The restaurant is almost completely empty. But I am drawn to the fresh air. Enjoy sun, wind and the sea for a few more hours before I have to return to my desk and my computer after two weeks of holiday.

The ferry is still in the port, but my basic knowledge of interstellar constellations tells me that if we are going west on the northern hemisphere, the sun will be shining from the port side at noon. Thus I spread myself out on the starboard tween deck. At first the sun hits me directly, but after leaving the port and chugging past the island of Sazan, which is exclusively used for military purposes, a welcome shade is covering me. Only my two feet, liberated from the sneakers and stretched out as far as I can, are reached by the sun’s rays. I light my first cigar; the backpack serves as my pillow. That’s the way to travel. Silly people who pay extra money for a cabin.

Flashback. Vague memories of TV news from back then, refreshed due to my trip to Albania now. 1991, on exactly the same route from Vlora to Brindisi, but also from Durrës to Bari, boats were going west on which no car would have had space and on which nobody could stretch their limbs the way I do now. The boats back then were packed full. More than full. Albania was in a phase of upheaval after decades of communist dictatorship, the future was highly uncertain. Many Albanians feared a violent crackdown by the government against the revolutionary people. Thus they hijacked ships in the Albanian ports and forced the captains to sail towards Italy.

The freighter Vlora allegedly had around 10,000 people aboard on its journey to Italy.

Back in the present, July 2014. Albania has become a stable and peaceful country. My personal impression was extremely positive. Some things, from foreign language skills to internet speed, were better than in some parts of Western Europe. And of course the geniality and helpfulness. Three weeks ago Albania became a candidate for accession to the European Union.

It is mostly Albanian families who are on the ferry with me, many of whom have been living in Italy for a long time and have Italian citizenship by now. In Brindisi they carry and roll huge suitcases with clothes, food, electronic equipment and books onto land. In the photos from 1991, nobody even had a little bag or a small backpack.

(Diesen Artikel gibt es auch auf Deutsch.)

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Human Catastrophe at Gaza's Hospitals - Middle East Online

Google News - "human security" - ثلاثاء, 2014/07/22 - 09:47

Human Catastrophe at Gaza's Hospitals
Middle East Online
Health is not only a question of a health-care system, it is in as much a question of the basic commodities in life – water, food, human security, education, work and so on. And all these basic pre-conditions for public health are lacking in Gaza as a ...

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Researchers Develop First Minimally Invasive Gene Therapy Procedure to Treat ... - BioNews Texas

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BioNews Texas

Researchers Develop First Minimally Invasive Gene Therapy Procedure to Treat ...
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In summary, the article's coauthors conclude that although this was a short-duration study, their determination that minimally invasive TBX18 gene transfer creates physiologically relevant pacemaker activity in complete heart block constitutes evidence ...

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QUN FAYA QUN: The Role of CSO in Maguindanao Peacebuilding - Minda News

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QUN FAYA QUN: The Role of CSO in Maguindanao Peacebuilding
Minda News
ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 22 July) — This paper emerged from my personal experiences and engagements in the communities of Maguindanao when I was working as a UN Volunteer for the Government of the Philippines – United Nations Multi ...

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HJT Training Immigration Manual ebook edition

Free Movement - ثلاثاء, 2014/07/22 - 09:18

The HJT Training Immigration Manual is now available for download as a pdf ebook. Ideal for anyone studying for OISC exams or for the Law Society’s immigration accreditation exams, it is  the most comprehensive and up to date immigration law resource available for professionals. Simple illustrations and diagrams are used throughout and examples and ‘top tips’ are used to help bring practice points home.

The ebook runs to 540 pages and was last updated in September 2013, which is why it is on sale now as an ebook edition for only £29.99, down from its usual £70 in hard copy. £29.99 – Buy now Checkout Added to cart Includes 20% tax

The HJT manual covers how immigration control works and who does what, immigration categories and policies, Appendix FM, the Points Based System, international protection and the Refugee Convention, asylum process and practice, human rights law, European Union law, British nationality law, detention, deportation and removal, race discrimination, the law of appeals, immigration criminal offences, professional ethics and practical skills.

I used to write and update the manual myself but the excellent Julian Bild has taken on that mantle in the last couple of years.

There are also now ebooks available in the small shop on the Immigration Act 2014 and on challenging visit visa refusals. I’ve also just finished the first draft of a further ebook on Surinder Singh so watch this space if you are interested in that.

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ToC: International Journal of Refugee Law

Refugee Archives Blog - ثلاثاء, 2014/07/22 - 08:40

The latest edition of the International Journal of Refugee Law, Vol. 26, No. 2., (June 2014).  A table of contents is as follows:

Articles

Filling the Gaps? Subsidiary Protection and Non-EU Harmonized Protection Status(es) in the Nordic Countries
Liv Feijen
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 173-197
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Testing Repatriation Contracts for Unconscionability: The Case of Refugees in Israel
Mollie Gerver
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 198-222
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Another Brick in the Wall: Carrier Sanctions and the Privatization of Immigration Control
Tilman Rodenhäuser
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 223-247
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Caught in Limbo: How Alleged Perpetrators of International Crimes who Applied for Asylum in the Netherlands are Affected by a Fundamental System Error in International Law
Joke Reijven and Joris van Wijk
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 248-271
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Opinion

What Constitutes Persecution? Towards a Working Definition
Hugo Storey
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 272-285
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Case Law

R (on the application of EM (Eritrea)) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 12
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 286-306
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Case BVerwG 10 C 26.12 German Federal Administrative Court
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 307-314
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Book Reviews

Reworking the Relationship between Asylum and Employment
Michelle Foster
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 315-318
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Human Trafficking: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Claire Healy
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 319-321
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Protection of the Right to Seek and Obtain Asylum under the African Human Rights System
Marina Sharpe
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 321-324
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Cover / Standing Material

Abbreviations
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: NP
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Subscriptions
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Iran Stresses Good Relations with UNHCR - Fars News Agency

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Iran Stresses Good Relations with UNHCR
Fars News Agency
"The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has important duties in the region and Iran deems as important its relations with the UNHCR," Zarif said in a meeting with UNHCR Chief Sivanka Dhanapala in Tehran on Tuesday. The UNHCR's new ...

Israeli Crimes and World Hypocrisy - CounterPunch

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Israeli Crimes and World Hypocrisy
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Events: Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration Conference Conference: 24th – 25th July 2014

Refugee Archives Blog - ثلاثاء, 2014/07/22 - 07:27

Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration Conference Conference: 24th – 25th July 2014
United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)

This conference focuses on a range of issues related to the wellbeing and recognition of people who traverse continents devoid of citizenship. Issues related to refugees remain crucially unanswered in debates and policies surrounding migration. In the wake of acknowledgement within the academy that it is not always possible to isolate refugees from migrants, this conference analyses a range of contexts where dignity and human rights are compromised through the absence of legal and political recognition. By focusing on situations of extreme vulnerability and on lives lived on the borderline, this conference seeks to articulate and address urgent needs with regard to the stateless migrants who have entered Europe.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Eduard Sagarra i Trias, ‘The Necessity of Immigration in the Globalized World’, President of the United Nations Associations of Spain (ANUE), Barcelona / University of Barcelona
Professor Khadija Elmadmad, ‘Statelessness and Migration: The Case of de facto and de jure stateless children in Morocco’, Director of The UNESCO Centre, The Law and Migration (CUDM), Rabat
Attendance:  Please confirm attendance by emailing franzil@unu.edu with full name and ID number by July 21st 2014

More info: http://gcm.unu.edu/index.php/events/conference/268-statelessness-and-transcontinental-migration-conference-conference-24th-25th-july-2014

 


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Families of S. Sudan child soldiers speak out - Radio Tamazuj

Google News - "child soldier" - ثلاثاء, 2014/07/22 - 07:13

Radio Tamazuj

Families of S. Sudan child soldiers speak out
Radio Tamazuj
“Matthew,” a 16-year-old student, was forced to be a child soldier by the SPLA-In Opposition. He said that rebel soldiers came to his school and ordered 300 students to join their fight, threatening to kill his family and take their cows if he did not ...

13 000 protests a year stretching police capacity - defenceWeb

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defenceWeb

13 000 protests a year stretching police capacity
defenceWeb
Police budget stretched by service delivery protests An indication of South Africans' unhappiness with the lack of service delivery from, among others, local authorities and employers, comes with the revelation by Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko that ...

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Nigeria Boko Haram attack causes over 15000 to flee - defenceWeb

Google News - "human security" - ثلاثاء, 2014/07/22 - 06:53

defenceWeb

Nigeria Boko Haram attack causes over 15000 to flee
defenceWeb
Housed destroyed by Boko Haram attacks. More than 15,000 people have fled an area around the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa after a spate of lethal assaults by Islamist Boko Haram fighters during the weekend, the emergency services said on ...

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13 000 protests a year stretching police capacity - defenceWeb

Google News - "human security" - ثلاثاء, 2014/07/22 - 06:29

defenceWeb

13 000 protests a year stretching police capacity
defenceWeb
Police budget stretched by service delivery protests An indication of South Africans' unhappiness with the lack of service delivery from, among others, local authorities and employers, comes with the revelation by Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko that ...

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Report shows flaws in Home Office asylum reasoning

Free Movement - ثلاثاء, 2014/07/22 - 06:26

Asylum Aid has published a new report, Even If… The use of the Internal Protection Alternative in asylum decisions in the UK, analysing the reasoning on internal protection or internal relocation in Home Office asylum decisions, identifying a number of failings appearing frequently in the decisions read for the research. To lawyers practising in asylum, the flaws in reasoning will be familiar, but it is useful to have this detailed analysis of patterns emerging from thematic analysis of a number of refusal letters.

Their overview of decision letters suggested that decision makers frequently fail to identify new risks in the purported area of protection, particularly for those who belong to marginalised groups such as women and LGBTI individuals. New risks are treated as matters going to reasonableness instead of being considered as Article 3 risks. This goes along with the use of the term “internal relocation” rather than “internal protection”, the latter relating expressly to the person’s safety.

Weighing up levels of harshness which the applicant can be expected to tolerate is unlawful if there is a real risk of serious harm.

by André Hofmeister, on Flickr”>

They found that reasoning is often backward-looking (“you did not seek the protection of the state authorities, therefore you cannot say they would not have protected you”) whereas the question of internal protection is inherently forward-looking: will the person be safe in future if they return? In some cases, the “failure” to seek protection from the state authorities was taken against credibility of the fear itself, not merely as a part of the consideration of whether protection would be available in future.

Where a refugee has not sought the protection of the authorities or not moved elsewhere in their own country, there is a gap in the evidence as to what would happen if they now did that. This may be filled by a combination of their own testimony and COI. It cannot be filled by treating internal protection as something that should have been tried, and therefore should now be relied on.

They noted a failure by the Home Office to properly address the issue of how a person might be found by a would-be persecutor in the country of return, pointing out that this information is rarely covered in Country of Origin reports. There was a need for local and anthropological knowledge to be taken into account.

Often the main source of evidence was the applicant themselves. However, in the files analysed, leads given by the applicant as to the reach of the persecutor were not followed up by COI. They were rejected on the basis of ideas about the persecutor or the country of origin which were untested with the applicant and not grounded in the context of the country in question.

Another issue arising was Home Office reliance on largely irrelevant Country of Origin information, such as the existence of NGOs campaigning on the issue in question, descriptions of government bodies, the size and structure of the police force and legal provisions without understanding of “the real power structures” or whether the protection existed in practice. The report notes that

In informal conversation during the research, asylum seekers expressed puzzlement that the Home Office considered their education would keep them safe.

In that respect the analysed decisions showed that:

  • The comments of the applicant in interview might not be given any weight;
  • The refusal letter applied COI selectively. Even when COI substantiating the applicant’s assertion was quoted, the link was not made, and the COI might even be used to opposite effect;
  • Leads given by the applicant were not followed up by COI research.

In particular the research showed that Home Office decisions often conflated the safety limb and the reasonableness limb of the test for an internal protection alternative “and this obscured the possibility that reliance was placed on an NGO as an actor of protection.” Likewise where the Home Office relied on family support as the basis for an IPA, the writers point out that this reasoning is lawful only if the presence of family mean that the persecutor would not target the person. If, on the other hand, the family is expected to protect the person from the persecutor despite targeting, “this would cast the family as an actor of protection, which would not be legitimate under the Refugee Convention or QD Article 7.

The report’s conclusion highlights the risks inherent in placing the whole burden of proof on the applicant as well as the flaws in Home Office reasoning which often fails to reach the root of the most important question: will this person be safe?

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Asylum seeker numbers doubled in 1 yr - NL Times

Google News - "asylum seeker" - ثلاثاء, 2014/07/22 - 06:16

NL Times

Asylum seeker numbers doubled in 1 yr
NL Times
A total of 12,300 new asylum seekers were admitted to centers in The Netherlands in the first half of this year, which is double the amount that entered the country in the same period last year. This is the highest number of refugees coming into The ...

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