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First Lady Calls for Innovation in Aids Fight - AllAfrica.com

Google News - "forced migration" - اثنين, 2014/12/08 - 02:10

First Lady Calls for Innovation in Aids Fight
AllAfrica.com
"HIV/Aids rates are aggravated by conflicts, socio-economic inequality, gender based sexual violence and forced migration," Mrs Kagame said. "We need more innovative ways to sustain the gains made. It is good we have learnt valuable lessons about the ...

My Five Issues - Number 1: Asylum Seekers (Related issues ~ Racism and Minority Groups in Aus)

Wordpress Blogs on Refugees - اثنين, 2014/12/08 - 01:01

Those five(?) real-world issues are some of the things that easily get me talking. Not that I need much of an impetus anyway, but. They are also the things that help determine whether or not a political party, say, gets my vote. I speak as a white, young woman – my views are shaped with empathy and probably ignorance too.

The first issue: asylum seekers; or more specifically, how asylum seekers are treated, especially in Australia.
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the Australian government did something pretty damn stupid late last week. They pressured cross-bench senators and got enough to agree to a truly horrible piece of legislation, just in time for the parlimentary recess for the “holidays”.

This article/ open letter basically says everything: http://www.pedestrian.tv/news/arts-and-culture/an-open-letter-to-immigration-minister-scott-morri/cd14b28b-8608-4239-ab1d-7e8b8cfd66eb.htm

Newsflash: asylum seekers are people. They have come from horrendous circumstances, and are searching for somewhere safe to call home. They don’t leave their countries with light hearts. Before asylum seekers stopped being processed, over 90% of arrivals were found to be genuine refugees.

I agree that there needs to be some sort of processing measures in place – but not like this. Never like this.

I say, that what the government are doing, they do not do it in my name, or indeed in the name of many clear-thinking Australians. #We’rebetterthanthis – check out this video and website: http://wbttaus.org/

Compounding this issue is the fact that Australia (speaking generally) still has problems with race. Or rather ethnicity, to be completely, sociologically PC. Speaking extremely broadly, most asylum seekers are from non-English-speaking backgrounds, and are non-white. Many, particularly in the last decade or two, are (sarcastic gasp) Muslim. In other words, to many people (especially, unfortunately, many in govt): The Other. Dun dun dun!

As this article (http://mic.com/articles/105702/neuroscientists-may-have-discovered-how-our-brains-can-overcome-racial-prejudice?utm_source=Mic+Check&utm_campaign=a4dcec69da-Mic_Report_12_5_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_51f2320b33-a4dcec69da-285243449&mc_cid=a4dcec69da&mc_eid=9362b43b31) points out, curing feelings of “them vs. us” and “the other” is fairly simple in theory: get to know more people of diverse backgrounds, and be open-minded about it!

Unfortunately, because we’re humans, prone to making mistakes, we make it difficult. After all, it’s more comfortable to sit in our ethnocentric ivory towers and just “look after our mates”, while pretending to look out for all (isn’t that right, Morrison?).

Edit: http://theaimn.com/morrisons-powers-nobody-will-know-sends-back-killed/ (article from the AIMN for further clarification.)

Of course, Australia is far from alone in its problems with race/ ethnicity and ethnocentric ivory towers.

The fact is, most people want similar things in life: good food & shelter; a steady job; love and support from family and friends; feeling safe in our own communities and homes.

As that great lawyer, Atticus Finch, said: “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view […] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
I read To Kill A Mockingbird in Year 10 (and Twelve Angry Men in Year 12). That quote still stays with me.

التصنيفات: Blogs About Refugees

Why the new Paddington movie is really an asylum seeker story - The Age

Google News - "asylum seeker" - اثنين, 2014/12/08 - 00:46

The Age

Why the new Paddington movie is really an asylum seeker story
The Age
Entertainment. theage.com.au; Web; Entertainment. Why the new Paddington movie is really an asylum seeker story. Movies. Date: December 7, 2014. (3); Comments 1; Read later. Stephanie Bunbury. Film and arts writer. View more articles from Stephanie ...

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Why the new Paddington film is really an asylum seeker story - Sydney Morning Herald

Google News - "asylum seeker" - اثنين, 2014/12/08 - 00:45

Sydney Morning Herald

Why the new Paddington film is really an asylum seeker story
Sydney Morning Herald
More on Paddington · Movie session times · Full movies coverage. As the benign squire of Downton Abbey, Hugh Bonneville has become the recognisable face of traditional, tea-and-scones Englishness; people who stop to snap selfies with him in the street, ...

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Morrison ‘Deeply Disappointed’ With Hanson-Young’s Stance

Wordpress Blogs on Refugees - أحد, 2014/12/07 - 23:30

The Minister for Immigration and Boarder Protection, Scott Morrison, is reportedly “surprised and deeply disappointed” by the strong opposition with which his attempt to reintroduce Temporary Protection Visas has been met by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

On Thursday afternoon, Morrison introduced the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment Bill to the parliament in hope of ending the parliamentary year on a note of constructive, cross-party consensus. The minister’s hopes were then quickly dashed as Senator Hanson-Young took to Twitter to denounce Morrison as “immoral and sick.”

In  a press release Minister Morrison was critical of the Senator Hanson-Young’s remarks, considering them to be both hostile and personal.

“It’s very saddening to see these kind of comments coming from Sarah Hanson-Young. I’ve always felt that the pair of us had an excellent professional relationship built upon mutual respect and cooperation and as such this invective  is altogether very hurtful.”

Senator Hanson-Young was too upset to comment.


Nathan Lentern

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التصنيفات: Blogs About Refugees

Asylum seekers get cold shoulder - Times LIVE

Google News - refugee determination - أحد, 2014/12/07 - 23:26

Times LIVE

Asylum seekers get cold shoulder
Times LIVE
"The department's refugee status determination decisions are terrible. We're worried that some of these changes will make an already inefficient and dysfunctional system worse," said Johnson. Amit agreed: "Many of these questions are not relevant for ...

Aftermath

Wordpress Blogs on Refugees - أحد, 2014/12/07 - 23:06

As a result of the Syrian Civil War, over 200 000 people have lost their lives.

As living conditions worsen by the day and safety becomes scarce, millions are forced to leave the country or enter the conflict.

Millions of others had been forced to move and exile, with the number of refugees rising up to 3 000 000 as of November 2013.

#160326795 / gettyimages.com

This has led to the further implication of neighbouring countries into the conflict as refugees seek shelter in mostly Turkey and Lebanon.

Furthermore, ravage and chaos has taken hold of Syria. Most of it’s major cities lay in rubble, due to the relentless bombings.

#162505160 / gettyimages.com

Assad is for the time being remaining as President and keeping power until further notice while the rebels keep trying to overthrow his government.

As the conflict is still unresolved, Syria’s future lies in the balance as it’s citizens await the verdict.

This war has the potential to run on for quite some time until any conclusions are reached, the only certain thing is that the death toll keeps rising day by day.

التصنيفات: Blogs About Refugees

What it was like to be an asylum seeker in 2014 - Crikey

Google News - "asylum seeker" - أحد, 2014/12/07 - 21:20

SBS

What it was like to be an asylum seeker in 2014
Crikey
Last week's announcement that temporary protection visas would be reintroduced was the latest change to asylum seeker policy this year. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon said he had voted for the bill because doing nothing would be worse for asylum ...
Comment: New law gives Morrison unprecedented control over asylum seekersSBS
Australia's immigration changes 'cruel'Turkish Press

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A day of great moral failure

Wordpress Blogs on Refugees - أحد, 2014/12/07 - 21:10

The Uniting Church in Australia has expressed its dismay at changes passed to the Migration and Maritime Powers Acts which will cause greater suffering for those vulnerable people seeking refuge in Australia.

“Today is a day of great moral failure for Australia,” said Uniting Church President, Rev Prof Andrew Dutney, in response to legislation that passed the Senate in the early hours of Friday morning.

“The Federal Government has now made it legal to punish the strangers that Jesus called Christians to welcome, simply for seeking our protection.”

These measures will only cause more suffering for refugees who have already suffered so much,” said Andrew.

The Uniting Church has long-standing concerns about the policies of successive governments which aim to punish and deter rather than protect people in need.

The legislation passed by the Senate grants unprecedented powers to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, placing the Minister’s decisions out of reach of the courts and giving him permission to act contrary to international law.

Rev Elenie Poulos, National Director of UnitingJustice Australia says these changes will not protect refugees.

“A genuine regional solution founded on the principles of protection was the right way to stop people boarding dangerous boats. This legislation is the wrong way. The Minister will now be unaccountable to the public and the culture of secrecy will continue unchallenged.”

“This Bill was sold as the only way to help those currently stuck in our immigration centres but over the years asylum seekers have been released into the community without leaving them in limbo for years on Temporary Protection Visas.

“By making it legal for Australia to breach international law and removing references to the Refugee Convention from the Migration Act, Australia has declared to the world that we have little respect for human rights.

“Any calls we now care to make on other countries to improve the protection of people’s human rights will surely fall on deaf ears.

“This legislation sends a message to the rest of the world that the complex global problem of refugees fleeing violence and persecution is no longer Australia’s problem. It is a dark day for democracy and a dark day for human rights in this country,” said Elenie.

التصنيفات: Blogs About Refugees

Supreme Court Sides with Iraqi Asylum Seeker - IcelandReview

Google News - "asylum seeker" - أحد, 2014/12/07 - 21:10

IcelandReview

Supreme Court Sides with Iraqi Asylum Seeker
IcelandReview
The Supreme Court of Iceland this week overturned a decision by the Ministry of the Interior denying responsibility for processing the case of an Iraqi asylum seeker under the European Dublin Accord. The Supreme Court's decision is a confirmation of ...

Governments urged to resettle 5 per cent of refugees from Syria by end of 2015 - Amnesty International

Google News - "refugee resettlement" - أحد, 2014/12/07 - 20:50

The Guardian

Governments urged to resettle 5 per cent of refugees from Syria by end of 2015
Amnesty International
Given the magnitude of the refugee crisis, it is time that the wider international community significantly stepped up its efforts to share responsibility with Syria's neighbours in the region. We need to see far greater pledges from countries that have ...
Take in Syrian refugees, aid agencies tell rich countriesThe Guardian
NGOs urge countries to take in Syrian refugeesDeutsche Welle

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التصنيفات: Google News

'Fast track' asylum processing risks fairness for efficiency - The Conversation AU

Google News - refugee determination - أحد, 2014/12/07 - 19:23

The Conversation AU

'Fast track' asylum processing risks fairness for efficiency
The Conversation AU
Departmental statistics indicate that over the four years prior to 2013, an average of about 70% of asylum seekers arriving by boat were determined (at first instance) to be refugees. Also, 93% of those who had their applications reconsidered following ...

'Fast track' asylum processing risks fairness for efficiency - The Conversation AU

Google News - refugee determination - أحد, 2014/12/07 - 19:23

The Conversation AU

'Fast track' asylum processing risks fairness for efficiency
The Conversation AU
Departmental statistics indicate that over the four years prior to 2013, an average of about 70% of asylum seekers arriving by boat were determined (at first instance) to be refugees. Also, 93% of those who had their applications reconsidered following ...

Exclusive: House GOP Leaders Trick 216 House Republicans into Accidentally ... - Breitbart News

Google News - refugee determination - أحد, 2014/12/07 - 19:08

Breitbart News

Exclusive: House GOP Leaders Trick 216 House Republicans into Accidentally ...
Breitbart News
“I know that this language is in there for people claiming asylum and for refugee status, but not ever for providing work permits. But by adding this to this .... That was a determination and decision that was made by our office, given Rep. Yoho's ...

Google News

Take in Syrian refugees, aid agencies tell rich countries - The Guardian

Google News - "refugee resettlement" - أحد, 2014/12/07 - 19:01

The Guardian

Take in Syrian refugees, aid agencies tell rich countries
The Guardian
The UN has invited governments to send ministers to Geneva this week to pledge higher targets for the resettlement of refugees. The UN high commission for refugees set a goal of 30,000 Syrian refugees to be accepted by the international community in ...

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Relief Fund for Persecuted Christians in Iraq

Wordpress Blogs on Refugees - أحد, 2014/12/07 - 16:45
The Islamic State has captured large swaths of territory in the Middle East. In the process they hav
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