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November 16 2017


chestofletters: THIS. THIS IT. THIS IS ALL OF IT.

Tags: US Africa Refugee

September 21 2017

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July 16 2017


@irmahinojosa_: We have a lot of great events coming up! Monthly vigil is on July 30th in Laguna Beach for an LED light event honoring victims of illegals.

“ v i c t i m s  o f  illegals and refugees” … what does this mean?

June 30 2017

  • US Supreme Court agrees to hear Trump Muslim ban case (Al Jazeera, Jun. 26 2017)

    “Trump's executive order suspends new visas being issued to people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days. It also partly allows a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the United States to go into effect.

    Both bans are now due to partly go into effect in 72 hours, based on a memorandum issued by the Trump administration on June 14.

    In agreeing to hear the case later this year, the Supreme Court is allowing parts of the order to go ahead.

    Specifically, the court said the executive order would be enforced on foreign nationals who did not have a ‘credible claim of a bona fide relationship’ with a US person or organisation.

    In effect, that means that individuals from the designated countries who have never been to the US before or lacked a relationship with an American or American organisation could still have their visa denied during the three-month period.

    But what a ‘bona fide relationship’ exactly constitutes is a matter of dispute.”

  • US sets new criteria for travel ban against Muslims (PressTV, Jun. 29 2017)

    “The administration of US President Donald Trump has defined new criteria for visa applicants from several Muslim countries and is set to implement them on Thursday, according to a US State Department memo.

    Under the department’s new set of rules, citizens of Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen would be given a US visa only if they have a ‘close’ family or business tie there.

    The visa applicants, along with refugees from all countries awaiting admission to the US, should prove that they have at least one US-based parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in order to be allowed in.

    The list excludes extended family members such as grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers- and sisters-in-law, fiancées/fiancés.

    Business ties were required to be ‘formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading’ the travel ban, the memo noted.

    The new instructions, introduced on Wednesday, were put together by senior officials from the departments of state, justice and homeland security departments.”

June 06 2017


Far right raises £50,000 to target boats on refugee rescue missions in Med | World news | The Guardian

“Far-right activists are planning a sea campaign this summer to disrupt vessels saving refugees in the Mediterranean, after successfully intercepting a rescue mission last month.

Members of the anti-Islam and anti-immigrant ‘Identitarian’ movement – largely twentysomethings often described as Europe’s answer to the American alt-right – have raised £56,489 in less than three weeks to enable them to target boats run by aid charities helping to rescue refugees.

The money was raised through an anonymous crowdfunding campaign with an initial goal of €50,000 (about £44,000) to pay for ships, travel costs and film equipment. On Saturday the group confirmed they had reached their target but were still accepting donations. A French far-right group hired a boat for a trial run last month, disrupting a search-and-rescue vessel as it left the Sicilian port of Catania. They claimed they had slowed the NGO ship until the Italian coastguard intervened.”

“The crowdfunding campaign began in the middle of last month when a French faction, Génération Identitaire, set up a ‘defend Europe’ website to target refugee rescue boats, mimicking the direct action tactics of groups such as Greenpeace. Its mission statement says: ‘Ships packed with illegal immigrants are flooding the European borders. An invasion is taking place. This massive immigration is changing the face of our continent. We are losing our safety, our way of life, and there is a danger we Europeans will become a minority in our own European homelands.’

An accompanying video, filmed on the Sicilian coastline, features a far-right activist saying: ‘We want to get a crew, equip a boat and set sail to the Mediterranean ocean to chase down the enemies of Europe.’”

“Last month three young members of a French Identitarian group targeted a search-and-rescue vessel belonging to the charity SOS Méditerranée as it left Catania. Italian coastguards intercepted the far-right supporters and briefly detained them. The SOS Méditerranée website says that the charity was created because of the ‘dramatic increase of boats in distress and the insufficiency of existing measures’ to the Mediterranean crisis.

The efforts of humanitarian organisations have been credited with saving huge numbers of refugees. Médecins Sans Frontières began operations in the Med in May 2015 and rescued more than 22,500 people, many off the Libyan coast, over the next seven months.

During the first five months of 2015, no European or NGO search-and-rescue operations took place with 1,800 people drowning trying to make the crossing. In April alone 1,000 lives were lost. All search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean are coordinated by the official Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Rome in accordance with international maritime law.

Yet the European far-right groups have accused NGOs of working with traffickers to bring migrants to Europe and claim that search-and-rescue boats are not carrying out a humanitarian intervention. The central aim of the new wave of far-right groups is preserving national differences in the belief that white Europeans will be replaced by immigrants, a stance that is articulated with anti-migrant, anti-Muslim, anti-media sentiments but repackaged for a younger audience.”

June 02 2017


German students clash with police over deportation of Afghan refugee (VIDEO) — RT News

“…the local office of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) sharply criticized the actions of the police, as well as the general practice of deportations. The Social Democrats denounced ‘taking students from a school’ as an ‘absolutely unacceptable’ approach in dealing with the issue.

‘Young refugees must feel secure at school. Otherwise they will not attend lessons at all out of fear. It would be fatal for our integration efforts,’ Thorsten Brehm, the head of the local SPD office, told Bavarian Radio.

In the meantime, the German Interior Ministry said that failed Afghan asylum seekers would not be sent back to Afghanistan in the next few days following a blast in Kabul that claimed lives of at least 80 people.

At the same time, the ministry also said that the policy of collective deportations of illegal Afghan migrants remains in place.

‘The employees (at the embassy in Kabul) have an important logistical part to play in receiving the deported people… they cannot carry out this job properly so soon after the attack,’ the ministry’s spokesman said, adding that ‘there will be no collective deportations to Afghanistan in the next few days,‘ Reuters reports.

‘But it is and remains the case that deportations must be carried out according to our laws. This principle applies to Afghanistan, especially for criminals, and we will continue to go down this path,’ the spokesman also said.”

May 14 2017

東京入国管理局で収容者がハンスト (Pars Today 2017年5月12日)
Tags: Japan Refugee

June 28 2015


nowinexile: Ghassan Kanafani, teaching Palestinian children of exile in the hills of Lebanon, early 1970s. He often repeated “Our children are the future”.

May 14 2015


fnhfal: This isn’t just “War in Syria”. This is the mass exodus of people from Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus that has been under siege by the Assad government and military since 2013.

April 05 2015


Syria: Palestinians flee fighting in Yarmouk refugee camp - BBC News

“Unrwa spokesman Chris Gunness told the BBC that the situation in Yarmouk was extremely difficult.

‘We now have an intense armed conflict raging in the streets, people are cowering in their homes, too terrified to move,’ he said.

Some civilians have managed to leave. Unrwa confirmed that 94 civilians, including 43 women and 20 children, had escaped and been given humanitarian support.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Damascus told the BBC that hundreds more had fled from this area of Damascus over the past two days.

A PLO spokesman said that two exits have been opened in the camp and that a rescue operation was being coordinated with the Syrian government and Palestinian factions inside Yarmouk.

Palestinian militiamen opposed to the Syrian government are thought to be leading the fight against IS militants in the camp, along with some Free Syrian Army fighters.

IS gunmen took over large areas of the camp on 1 April, in the group's first major attack near the heart of the Syrian capital.

According to Reuters news agency, IS posted photos of its fighters inside Yarmouk on Sunday.”

April 04 2015


Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees, Damascus, Syria.

March 21 2015



from IRIB Japanese Radio (2015年3月21日):



February 10 2015


nowinexile: Ara school in Damascus, photographed during a winter storm in January, is used as a temporary shelter along with fifteen other United Nations-run schools in Syria for more than 10,000 displaced Palestinian refugees in the country.

August 30 2014


June 23 2014


July 12 2013

Snowden most likely to ask for refugee status at UN/ICRC on Russia's advice...but in any case, according to Putin, he won't be extradited.
— Liberté-info (via Twitter)
According to human rights lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, the request for political asylum has already been written by Snowden. Kucherena said he will provide legal support for the former NSA contractor seeking asylum. The Russian authorities should be able to decide on Snowden’s asylum request in two to three weeks’ time, he added. Meanwhile, Russia’s presidential human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin suggested that it would be better for Snowden to ask the UN or the ICRC for refugee status instead of seeking asylum in Russia. That way it won’t harm Russian-American relations, he added.
Snowden wants asylum in Russia, ready to meet condition not to damage US (RT News, Jul. 12 2013)

June 25 2013

Assange's US attorney Michael Ratner told Monday's teleconference that whistleblowers were protected under the refugee convention. ‘The refugee convention protects people who are being persecuted for political opinion (and) whistleblower activities come within that,’ he said. ‘Whistleblowing and the protection under the refugee convention trumps any efforts to extradite Edward Snowden.’
Snowden made other asylum bids: WikiLeaks (SBS World News, Jun. 25 2013)
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