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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Court Obligates Australia to Pay Damages to Refugees

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Court Obligates Australia to Pay Damages to Refugees

Victoria State’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the Australian government had to award the litigants AUD 70 million (USD 56 million) for detaining them illegally and mistreating them. The filing of the legal complaint marked the largest human rights class action settlement involving Australia.

Rory Walsh of the law firm said, “These detainees came to Australia seeking refuge, compassion and protection, which were all denied to them by successive Commonwealth governments.”

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USA POLITICS: Donald Trump Officially Scraps DACA

USA POLITICS: Donald Trump Officially Scraps DACA

Obama bypassed Congress and created DACA through an executive order. Trump appeared determined to pressure U.S. lawmakers to act.

“Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” the president wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning before the policy announcement was made.

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AFRICA POLITICS: United States to Stop Issuing Visas to Citizens From Eritrea, Guinea, Sierra Leone

AFRICA POLITICS: United States to Stop Issuing Visas to Citizens From Eritrea, Guinea, Sierra Leone

“We follow a standard process to implement a visa suspension as expeditiously as possible in the manner the secretary determines most appropriate under the circumstances to achieve the desired goal. That process includes internal discussions with, and official notification to, affected countries,” a State Department official said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Federal Government to Launch Welfare Crackdown on Asylum Seekers

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Federal Government to Launch Welfare Crackdown on Asylum Seekers

Human Services Minister Alan Tudge said the crackdown was in line with the Government’s stance on immigration.

“We’ve got a very firm principle that anybody who arrives by boat will not be granted access and permanent residency in Australia” he told Sky.

“They came to Australia for a reason, that reason has now been accomplished and now they need to return.”
Government ‘making these people destitute’

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CANADA POLITICS: Canada Frets Over Possible Huge Surge in Asylum-Seekers: Sources

CANADA POLITICS: Canada Frets Over Possible Huge Surge in Asylum-Seekers: Sources

Trudeau said Canada was enforcing immigration rules:

“We are an open and welcoming country because citizens have confidence in our immigration and refugee system and we have been able to continue to defend and protect the integrity of that system.”

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QATAR POLITICS: Qatar Enacts Law to Protect Foreign Domestic Workers

QATAR POLITICS: Qatar Enacts Law to Protect Foreign Domestic Workers

Like other wealthy Gulf Arab states, Qatar hosts tens of thousands of mostly female domestic workers, mostly from the Philippines, South Asia and East Africa. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have long complained that Gulf states do not properly regulate working conditions for low-income residents helping tend homes or toiling at omnipresent construction sites.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Rohingya Villagers Blockaded Amid Tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine: Residents

MYANMAR POLITICS: Rohingya Villagers Blockaded Amid Tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine: Residents

Police said Rakhine Buddhist villagers were restricting the amount of food the Rohingya could buy, but denied their movement around the village and access to work had been blocked.

“I think they are just afraid and aren’t going out,” said Myanmar police headquarters spokesman Colonel Myo Thu Soe.

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IRAQ POLTICS: UN Aid Workers Urge Safe Passage for Civilians Fleeing Northern Iraq Ahead of Battle

IRAQ POLTICS: UN Aid Workers Urge Safe Passage for Civilians Fleeing Northern Iraq Ahead of Battle

Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told journalists in Geneva about the ongoing operations to retake the city. “We fear that Iraqi civilians are likely to be held as human shields again and that attempts to flee could result in executions/shootings. Many talk of seeing dead bodies along the way, and there are reports that some were killed by extremist groups. Others appear to have died due to dehydration or illnesses.

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LIBYA POLITICS: Armed Group Stopping Migrant Boats Leaving Libya

LIBYA POLITICS: Armed Group Stopping Migrant Boats Leaving Libya

The power of the smuggling networks would not be broken until there was a “legitimate source of order” in Libya, said a senior diplomat, speaking of the change in Tripoli airport and comparing the situation to broken vase.

“In one corner we stuck it together, but everything else is in pieces.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Canada Tackling Refugees Surge From United States

CANADA POLITICS: Canada Tackling Refugees Surge From United States

Most of the new arrivals are Haitians who face expulsion from the United States at the end of the year. Then, temporary asylum granted to 60,000 Haitians affected by a devastating 2010 earthquake is due to expire. Their numbers have soared from about 400 in May to 3,800 in the first weeks of August. Under a Canada-US agreement, asylum seekers traveling through the United States would be turned away at Canadian border checkpoints and told to file a refugee claim in the United States. The Canada-US border is the longest between any countries in the world. There are no fences along the vast stretches of dense forests and mountainous terrain, and security is relatively low.

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UGANDA POLITICS: 1m South Sudanese Refugees Now in Uganda

UGANDA POLITICS: 1m South Sudanese Refugees Now in Uganda

“The government response to accepting the South Sudanese refugees has been overwhelmingly positive, progressive, and welcoming,” said Sacha Manov, deputy director in Uganda for the International Rescue Committee, which provides health and protection services for refugees.

But refugee agency UNHCR said Uganda was struggling to provide food and shelter.

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CANADA POLITICS: Quebec Border Camp Swells With Asylum Seekers From US, Many Haitian

CANADA POLITICS: Quebec Border Camp Swells With Asylum Seekers From US, Many Haitian

Most of the recent arrivals have been Haitians, officials say, who fear they will be deported from the U.S. as their “temporary protected status,” which granted more than 50,000 Haitians residency in the U.S. after the 2010 earthquake, is set to expire in January. Spurred by false accounts of guaranteed residency in Canada, they made for the border.

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INDIA POLITICS: 40,000 Rohingya Muslims Now Face Deportation

INDIA POLITICS: 40,000 Rohingya Muslims Now Face Deportation

“These things are being discussed at [the] diplomatic level with both Bangladesh and Myanmar,” Interior Ministry spokesman K.S. Dhatwalia said. “More clarity will emerge at an appropriate time.” No better conditions would be awaiting the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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UK POLITICS: Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking ‘Prevalent’ in UK

UK POLITICS: Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking ‘Prevalent’ in UK

“It’s likely in the tens of thousands,” the NCA’s vulnerabilities director Will Kerr said. “The more we look for modern slavery the more we find evidence of the widespread abuse of the vulnerable. The growing body of evidence we are collecting points to the scale being far larger than anyone had previously thought.”

Human trafficking into modern slavery was now so widespread that ordinary people would inadvertently come into contact with victims every day, Kerr said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: UN Warns of Worsening Crisis at Australian Refugee Camp After Death

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: UN Warns of Worsening Crisis at Australian Refugee Camp After Death

“The announcement of the closure of the center, in the absence of appropriate alternatives, is causing acute distress among refugees and asylum seekers,” said the UN statement.

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MEXICO POLITICS: US Sued for Turning Away Mexican Asylum Seekers at Border

MEXICO POLITICS: US Sued for Turning Away Mexican Asylum Seekers at Border

Amnesty International and Human Rights First confirmed the report, saying such incidents have occurred at crossings along the 2,000-mile US-Mexico border over the past year.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Gaza ‘Unlivable’ Ten Years After Hamas Seized Power: UN

PALESTINE POLITICS: Gaza ‘Unlivable’ Ten Years After Hamas Seized Power: UN

“Across the board we’re watching de-development in slow motion,” Robert Piper, U.N. coordinator for humanitarian aid and development for Gaza Strip, West Bank.

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USA POLITICS: Trump ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’ Sparks Protest in New York City

USA POLITICS: Trump ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’ Sparks Protest in New York City

“The use of national security as rationale for implementing Muslim ban is comical, to say the least,” said Murad Awadeh of New York Immigration Coalition.

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CANADA POLITICS: Asylum Seekers in Canada Who Fled Trump Now Trapped in Legal Limbo

CANADA POLITICS: Asylum Seekers in Canada Who Fled Trump Now Trapped in Legal Limbo

Canada’s refugee tribunal has put people from certain war-torn countries such as Syria and Yemen on an expedited track that requires no hearings.

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USA POLITICS: Supreme Court Gives Trump Victory, Allows Temporary Travel Bans on Travelers from Six Muslim Countries

USA POLITICS: Supreme Court Gives Trump Victory, Allows Temporary Travel Bans on Travelers from Six Muslim Countries

Supreme Court grants President Donald Trump emergency request allowing parts of refugee ban to go into effect.

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