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Arkiveringsdatum 190826:

American Bar Association 19-07-25:

USA/ New online platform connects lawyers with immigrant children facing deportation till sidans topp

A new online platform operated by the American Bar Association and developed by a Florida technology company will match volunteer lawyers with immigrant children facing deportation in several states.

The website - Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation - offers help to immigrant children, 14,000 of whom are held in federal detention on any given day.

The platform was developed by legal technology company SavvySuit and will be operated by the ABA's Children's Immigration Law Academy (CILA), which trains and supports lawyers representing children in immigration proceedings. The ABA's South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) and Catholic Charities New Orleans also are participating in the pilot project, which is funded by the Vera Institute of Justice.

"Until children in deportation proceedings have the right to appointed counsel at public expense, pro bono attorneys are a key support to the legal service organizations that provide this critical representation," ABA President Bob Carlson said.

Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation provides a way for pro bono lawyers across the nation to search for cases posted by civil legal aid providers to address legal relief for unaccompanied children who have crossed into the United States from Mexico. Attorneys can search for cases by geographic location, case type and posting organization. Cases will be provided by legal aid and pro bono programs nationwide and include mentoring support.

The website and its data engine are based on the same technology as Florida Pro Bono Matters, which SavvySuit developed for The Florida Bar Foundation to match volunteer lawyers with civil cases in that state.

Lawyers can find more information at www.cilacademy.org/pro-bono.

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ScienceDirect June 2019:

Storbritannien/ Civic mobilisation around detention: Motivations and experiences till sidans topp

Anna Lindley

Abstract

While there is a burgeoning literature critically mapping the spatial logics of immigration detention around the world, there is relatively little systematic research on geographies of resistance, particularly the role of 'outsiders' - members of the public with relatively secure status. This article considers how people mobilise around immigration detention in the UK to challenge the status quo. Drawing on qualitative interviews and survey research, it offers in a fine-grained analysis of what nourishes civic mobilization, considering the concerns and positionalities of volunteers. It examines their experiences of taking action, visiting detention centres or campaigning for change, highlighting rewards and challenges. Probing divergences as well as convergences in people's approaches to the issue, a picture is built up of a vibrant detention movement working across multiple spaces and scales against government efforts to isolate, contain and exclude 'unwanted' migrants. How this civic mobilization challenges moral distance and political closure offers a fresh insight to the geography of detention and study of pro-migrant mobilisation.

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Amnesty International 19-08-19:

Schweiz/ Judgment day for pensioner convicted for showing compassion till sidans topp

Ahead of tomorrow's appeal against the conviction of Anni Lanz, a 73-year-old woman convicted and fined with 800 Swiss francs ($820 US) for giving a rough-sleeping frost-bitten Afghan asylum seeker a lift over the Italian border into Switzerland, Amnesty International's Senior Campaigner on Migration, Maria Serrano, said:

"Anni Lanz has done nothing wrong and committed no crime. By driving across the border to help a young and traumatized man who had been forced to sleep rough in sub-zero temperatures, she showed compassion, not criminality.

"The conviction against Anni should be overturned and legislation in Switzerland amended so it no longer punishes good Samaritans for acts of solidarity.

"Dragging her before the court on absurd charges makes a mockery of justice. Efforts by individuals and NGOs to help people seeking safety should be lauded and defended, not criminalised."

Background

Anni Lanz was charged with facilitating irregular entry into Switzerland, after she gave a lift to an Afghan asylum seeker she found sleeping outside a train station in freezing conditions in Italy, near the Swiss border. She had originally met the man in a removal centre in Basel.

He was suffering from serious psychological problems following the reported death of his wife and child and was desperate to stay with his sister in Switzerland. Despite medical reports provided to Swiss authorities recommending that he be allowed to stay with his sister, Swiss authorities had returned him to Italy.

After hearing that he did not have a place in the reception centre in Italy and was sleeping in the streets in temperatures of minus 10 degrees, Anni went to pick him up. Article 116 of the Federal Aliens Law in Switzerland criminalizes the facilitation of irregular entry, stay and circulation.

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Arkiveringsdatum 190801:

EU-kommissionen 19-07-25:

Ungern/ EU takes Hungary to Court for criminalising support of asylum seekers till sidans topp

Today, the European Commission decided to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice of the EU concerning legislation that criminalises activities in support of asylum applications and further restricts the right to request asylum. The Commission has also decided to send a letter of formal notice to Hungary concerning the non-provision of food to persons awaiting return who are detained in the Hungarian transit zones at the border with Serbia. Another decision taken today concerns the referral of Hungary to the Court of Justice of the EU for excluding non-EU nationals with long-term resident status from exercising the veterinary profession.

Court referral for criminalising activities in support of asylum and residence applications

In July 2018, the Commission sent a letter of formal notice to Hungary concerning the so-called "Stop Soros" legislation - which criminalises activities that support asylum and residence applications and further restricts the right to request asylum. In view of the unsatisfactory response, the Commission followed-up with a reasoned opinion in January 2019. After analysing the Hungarian authorities' reply, the Commission considered that the majority of the concerns raised have still not been addressed and has decided to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice of the EU. Specifically, the Commission finds that Hungarian legislation is incompatible with EU law in the following respects:

Criminalisation of support to asylum applicants: The Hungarian legislation curtails asylum applicants' right to communicate with and be assisted by relevant national, international and non-governmental organisations by criminalising support to asylum applications. This is in violation of the Asylum Procedures Directive and the Reception Conditions Directive.

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Arkiveringsdatum 190703:

Amnesy International 19-07-02:

USA/ Authorities are misusing justice to harass migrant human rights defenders till sidans topp

Since 2018, the US government has conducted an unlawful and discriminatory campaign of intimidation, threats, harassment, and criminal investigations against people who defend the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers on the US-Mexico border, Amnesty International said in a new report released today.

'Saving lives is not a crime': Politically motivated legal harassment of migrant human rights defenders by the USA reveals how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have increasingly misused the criminal justice system to deter activists, lawyers, journalists, and humanitarian volunteers from challenging - or simply documenting - the systematic human rights violations that US authorities have committed against migrants and asylum seekers.

"The Trump administration's targeting of human rights defenders through discriminatory misuse of the criminal justice system sets it on a slippery slope toward authoritarianism. The US government is disgracing itself by threatening and even prosecuting its own citizens for their vital work to save the lives of people in a desperate situation at the border," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International..

The US government has inappropriately investigated human rights defenders for alleged crimes including human smuggling, based on their humanitarian and human rights-related activities, and their expression of political or other opinions. While the most sweeping investigations targeted human rights defenders supporting a large caravan of migrants and asylum seekers in November 2018, authorities have continued to target those and other defenders since then, including simply for helping asylum seekers to know their rights and request protection at an official port of entry.

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Watch the Med 19-06-22:

Europa/ From Palermo to Naples: For the right to mobility and the right to rescue! till sidans topp

Joint Statement

Humanitarian rescue NGOs, civil society organisations, and activist groups, including Sea-Watch, Alarm Phone, Mediterranea, Seebrücke, Aita Mari, Jugend Rettet, Borderline Europe, Inura, Open Arms, and Welcome to Europe, as well as representatives of several European cities and municipalities, including Naples and Barcelona, have come together to work toward a collective European and Mediterranean initiative. Our movement was born in Palermo in 2018 and in the spirit of the Charter of Palermo, with its central demand for the right of mobility. Our slogan is: "From the Sea to the Cities!"

After our meetings in Palermo and Barcelona, we were hosted by the Municipality of Naples on 20-21 June 2019. Naples is a city that has declared its port a safe harbour in light of the restrictive and anti-migrant measures of the current Italian government, especially its interior minister. Over the past two days we have strengthened the collaboration between humanitarian rescue NGOs, civil society organisations, activist groups and city administrators. Our main aim is to join together in the struggle against the mass dying in the Mediterranean Sea. Those rescued at sea must be brought to safe harbours and be allowed to live freely and in dignity in European cities.

We declare our solidarity with the 43 survivors, including unaccompanied minors, who were rescued by Sea-Watch 3 but who are still today, 10 days after their rescue, stuck on the rescue boat. We condemn the refusal to allow Sea-Watch 3 and its guests to land at a safe harbour. Together with the survivors we demand from the Italian government as well as the European institutions and community to immediate guarantee their disembarkation.

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Arkiveringsdatum 190610:

ECRE 19-05-24:

Europa/ ECRE working paper: Refugee-led organisations (RLOs) in Europe till sidans topp

Policy contributions, opportunities and challenges

This working paper is examining the role that Refugee-Led Organisations (RLOs) can play in contributing to finding policy and practical solutions to refugee issues. Based on a literature review and interview with different stakeholders, including policy-makers and RLO representatives from different EU Member States, it analyses why RLOs are not practically involved in the development, evaluation and discussion of asylum and integration policies/practices at the EU level and how the major challenges they face can be addressed.

ECRE Working Papers present research and analysis on asylum and migration. Their purpose is to stimulate debate by showcasing emerging ideas. Working Papers are commissioned by ECRE; the views they contain are those of their authors and do not necessarily represent ECRE's positions.

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Amnesty International 19-06-05:

Frankrike/ Police harassing and even using violence against people helping refugees till sidans topp

French authorities have harassed, intimidated and even violently assaulted people offering humanitarian aid and other support to migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in northern France in a deliberate attempt to curtail acts of solidarity, a new report by Amnesty International has found.

"Targeting solidarity: Criminalization and harassment of people defending migrant and refugee rights in northern France" reveals how people helping refugees and migrants in Calais and Grand-Synthe are targeted by the police and the court system.

"Providing food to the hungry and warmth to the homeless have become increasingly risky activities in northern France, as the authorities regularly target people offering help to migrants and refugees," said Lisa Maracani, Amnesty International's Human Rights Defenders Researcher.

"Migrants and refugees did not simply disappear with the demolition of the 'Jungle' camp in 2016 and more than a thousand men, women and children are still living precarious lives in the area. The role of human rights defenders who offer them support is crucial."

Two-and-a-half years after the destruction of the so-called 'Jungle' camp, more than 1,200 refugees and migrants, including unaccompanied children, are living in tents and informal camps around Calais and Grande-Synthe. They have no regular access to food, water, sanitation, shelter or legal assistance and are subject to evictions, harassment, and violence at the hands of the police.

One Afghan man told Amnesty International that he was beaten on his back with a baton by police during a forced eviction, and another described how a police officer had urinated on his tent. An Iranian man told Amnesty International: "I left my country looking for safety, but here I face police abuse...The police come every day to take my tent and clothes."

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Arkiveringsdatum 190517:

Fire Brigades Union 19-05-09:

Europa/ Firefighters protest prison for rescuing refugees till sidans topp

UK firefighters will protest outside the Italian embassy in London today, on Europe Day, in support of a Spanish firefighter facing prison for rescuing refugees. Fire Brigades Union (FBU) activists will call on the Italian government to drop its investigation and end its anti-migrant crusade.

Spanish firefighter Miguel Roldan faces 20 years in prison for helping to rescue drowning refugees in the Mediterranean. Italian authorities have accused him of aiding illegal immigration and working with human traffickers, amidst pressure from far-right politician Matteo Salvini.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said:

"The charges against Miguel must be dropped. Firefighting is a humanitarian profession and Miguel was carrying out humanitarian work. We cannot stand idly by while one of our own is punished for trying to save lives.

"Across Europe, Salvini and politicians of his ilk are spreading hatred. We will not allow racists and fascists to divide us. We stand with those fleeing war and terror who seek safety, refuge and security."

Nottinghamshire firefighter Brendan Woodhouse was previously held off the coast of Italy for 10 days in a refugee-rescue vessel, as port authorities refused to let the boat land. The FBU called on Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to aid in his release. Brendan will speak at today's protest.

Brendan Woodhouse said:

"The criminalisation of humanitarian rescue has become all too commonplace. It's a stain on European politics to see rescuers threatened with prison.

"In January I was part of a rescue crew threatened with prosecution for saving lives at sea. We had done nothing wrong. In the same way, Miguel is being taken through the courts. His crime? Saving lives!"

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IRR 19-04-25:

Europa/ Government targeting of migrant solidarity activists for prosecution must stop till sidans topp

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) publishes today a compelling new report on 'crimes of solidarity', drawing attention to a dramatic increase in prosecutions, restrictions and penalties, against a variety of civil society actors.

The online publication of When Witnesses Won't be Silenced: citizens' solidarity and criminalisation comes just days after the Global Legal Action Network petitioned the European Court of Human Rights arguing that the prosecution in January 2016 of Salam Kamal-Aldeen, the founder of Team Humanity, for his rescue work in the Aegean Sea constitutes a violation of human rights law.

The IRR's second report on 'crimes of solidarity' in eighteen months highlights the escalation in prosecution of migrant solidarity activists throughout Europe under aiding illegal immigration laws since the publication in November 2017 of our first report, documenting seventeen new cases involving ninety-nine people in 2018 and the first three months of 2019. (1)

Case studies reveal that people have been prosecuted for rescue at sea and on land, or for giving homeless people shelter, or halting deportations. Not only has there been a dramatic increase in prosecutions but, significantly, a step change in the type of charges being brought as well as greater restrictions on individuals once place under investigation. For instance:

*Charges have included membership of a criminal network or gang as well as, in the Stansted 15 case, terrorism-related offences

* In some cases, individuals and organisations have had phones tapped and bank accounts frozen

* In the case of search and rescue NGOS investigation and/or prosecution has been accompanied by 'smear campaigns' which seem to be spearheaded by the Italian government to delegitimise, slander and obstruct aid associations

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Legal Centre Lesvos / Statewatch 19-05-11:

Grekland/ Peaceful demonstration and the human right to freedom of assembly prevails till sidans topp

Yesterday, 9 April 2019, in the Misdemeanours Court of Mytilene, the 110 on trial for resistance against authorities, rioting, and illegal occupation of public property were found not-guilty of all charges against them.

The charges were brought last year, after a peaceful sit-in of approximately 180 refugees took place in a small part of Sappho Square in the centre of Mytilene, Lesvos, between April 17- 23, 2018, in protest against poor living conditions in Moria Camp, lack of medical care and access to health services, imprisonment on the island and the long delay in their asylum process. The trigger of the mobilisation was the hospitalisation and death of an Afghan asylum seeker with serious health problems.

What fundamentally differentiated this peaceful demonstration from previous demonstrations by refugees in Sappho Square was the unprecedented organised violent assault against the protestors by far-right elements with fascist and racist motives from the afternoon of 22 April up to 4 a.m. the following day, 23 April.

While the police initially made efforts to protect the protestors during the attack, as is their duty, and formed a protective ring around them so as not to come in direct contact with the attacking mob, they did not manage to protect them from the continuous throwing of stones, glasses, flaming objects, tiles, and bottles; which resulted in many injuries to the demonstrators and those standing in solidarity with them.

Throughout the night, the police did not arrest any of the attackers, as one might expect. Instead, in the early morning when the situation was seemingly calm, the police continued the assault against the demonstrators and carried out a swift and violent evacuation of the Square, using tear gas and riot gear to forcibly encircle the demonstrators. The fearful and panicked demonstrators, including many mothers and young children, were arrested and led to the police vans without any prior warning, making it self evident in the trial that no rioting or resistance during the operation of the evacuation could have taken place.

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Arkiveringsdatum 190503:

Legal Centre Lesvos 19-04-17:

Grekland/ April 2019 Report on Rights Violations and Resistance in Lesvos till sidans topp

Last week, it was reported that in response to criticism the director of the notorious Reception and Identification Centre outside Moria village in Lesvos stated that "anyone who thinks they can do better than us is welcome to try."

What he misses is that it is actually an obligation of the State to provide adequate reception facilities for asylum seekers. It is also an obligation of the state to respect, protect, and ensure the enjoyment of human rights for all residing in its jurisdiction, including all migrants and refugees.

Three years after the EU-Turkey Statement, time has shown that the Greek state, and the European Union in its role implementing European migration policies, have utterly failed to meet these obligations. The horrible conditions and systematic procedural violations are not only morally, but legally unacceptable.

The practices we have documented in the first quarter of 2019 demonstrate a continued policy of dehumanization, discrimination, and structural violence against migrants entering Europe via Lesvos. Below is just a sampling of the continuing violation of migrants we have repeatedly reported on.

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1. Bureaucratic Obstacles to Realizing Rights

2. Identification documents denied to individuals granted status

3. Increased scrutiny of claims under Dublin III delay and deny family reunification

4. Arbitrary Detention Practices and Collective Punishment of Detainees

+ Resistance and Organizing in Greece 3 Years after EU-Turkey Statement

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Arkiveringsdatum 190415:

UNHCR April 2019:

UNHCR's seven key calls to European Parliament candidates till sidans topp

Conflict, violence and persecution are forcing more and more people to flee their homes. Most of them stay in their own country or flee to neighbouring countries, not Europe. Even though fewer people now seek safety in Europe, too many are still tragically dying at sea in search of a new future. Pushbacks and abuses at land borders also continue and many people seeking protection cannot enter Europe.

The European Union (EU) can play a leading role in protecting refugees in Europe and abroad, including by supporting the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees. This new global deal will help provide stronger support for the countries where most refugees live. It also encourages sharing more fairly the responsibility of helping those who are forced to flee their country and seek refuge elsewhere.

With a common response, EU countries can securely and humanely manage arrivals of people in a way that works for both refugees and the communities that host them. By supporting countries outside of Europe, the EU can also reduce dangerous journeys and help find long-term opportunities for refugees to thrive and not just survive.

Better protect refugees in the EU and globally

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Arkiveringsdatum 190302:

Danish Refugee Council / ECRE 19-02-15:

Danmark/ Return counselling: Supporting informed decision-making till sidans topp

Making returns more effective has been on the Member States' agenda for many years and the Danish Refugee Council has published a policy brief, Return Counselling: Supporting informed decision-making through impartial, independent and non-directive counselling, on best practices for return counselling to encourage a dignified return procedure that takes into consideration the individual needs of the rejected asylum seekers.

"Return Counselling" focuses on five main areas, which are important to ensure a dignified return process: impartial and non-directive counselling, sufficient time for building trust to the counsellors, access to legal counselling, dignified stay and prevention of detention, Holistic reintegration support.

Based on decades of experience providing counselling to asylum seekers through all levels of the asylum procedure the Asylum Department of the Danish Refugee Council finds that rejected asylum seekers are more capable of relating to their own situation, if they are actively included in the return process and experience it as being dignified. On that basis the Danish Refugee Council thus calls for the EU co-legislators to incorporate return counselling in all return procedures.

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Arkiveringsdatum 190219:

Amnesty International 19-02-11:

Thailand/ Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi's extradition case dropped till sidans topp

Responding to news that footballer Hakeem Ali al-Araibi will not be extradited to Bahrain, Amnesty International's Minar Pimple, Senior Director of Global Operations, said:

"This was a baseless and cynical extradition request from the Bahraini authorities, who wanted to punish Hakeem for his peaceful political views. Hakeem spent more than two months behind bars in Thailand, when he should not have been detained for a single second. It is only right that he should go back to Australia - where his family, his football club, and the country that gave him sanctuary are waiting.

"Today's decision is an example of the impact of solidarity with refugees, and a victory for people power. Over 135,000 Amnesty supporters joined the global call to free Hakeem.

"Today, the Thai government showed a willingness to respect international law and do the right thing by allowing Hakeem to return to safety, rather than be sent to likely torture. The Thai government has also recently pledged to strengthen its refugee protections, a much needed step, as on several occasions in the past it forcibly returned people to countries where their lives and well-being were at serious risk."

Background

Travelling on an Australian travel document, Hakeem was detained upon arrival in Bangkok on 27 November last year, based on an irregular Interpol red notice. On 1 February, Thai prosecutors submitted a request for Hakeem's extradition on behalf of the government of Bahrain. On 4 February, Hakeem appeared in court and formally lodged his objections to the extradition.

A former player of Bahrain's national football team, Hakeem has been a peaceful and outspoken critic of the authorities there since he had been detained in November 2012 and subjected to torture. He fled to Australia in May 2014, where he was recognized as a refugee in 2017. The Bahraini authorities have an appalling track record of cracking down on peaceful dissent.

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Arkiveringsdatum 181204:

EASO November 2018:

Italien/ EASO Greenline Italy live session on Facebook till sidans topp

The EASO Greenline Italy was launched in May 2018 with the aim of providing useful information to asylum applicants in Italy who have family members already living in other European countries and want to be reunited with them.

After some months of activity, it has been possible for the Agency to re-assess the functioning of this service according to the received requests. This is why the list of languages spoken by our cultural mediators working at the Greenline has been reformulated and now includes Arabic, Amharic, Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Rohingya, Tigrinya and Urdu, as well as English, French and Italian.

In parallel, EASO has continued the online promotion of the Greenline. Not only has a specific page been created on EASO's official website, available at the address https://www.easo.europa.eu/campaigns, but the existence of this service has been constantly advertised via EASO's social media.

For example, the Facebook page exclusively dedicated to the Greenline, https://www.facebook.com/easogreenlineitaly/, has been reshaped and fed with messages in all the spoken languages. A live video session of one hour was also organised on 16 October, with the help of the Bengali speaking cultural mediator who, at first, explained the general activity of the Greenline in English and Bengali, and then answered specific questions received by the followers via both the written chat and the phone numbers displayed on the video.

This live session, still available on the Facebook page, was a perfect occasion to create a direct contact with asylum applicants potentially eligible for the family unity provisions under the Dublin Regulation, and to remind everyone that the service is available from Monday to Friday 9:00am/5:30pm, on the free phone number 800 126 389, plus +39 340 67 67 895 for WhatsApp and Viber, Lycamobile +39 351 25 96 874/+39 351 25 22 378 and via email and Skype at greenline.it@easo.europa.eu.

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Arkiveringsdatum 181108:

IOM 18-11-06:

Mexiko/ Historic launch of global movement of families of the missing till sidans topp

Each year, the Caravana de Madres de Migrantes Desaparecidos (Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants) crosses Mexican territory in search of their children who went missing trying to reach the United States.

For the first time, the Mothers' Caravan was joined in Mexico City by mothers from other continents, with the aim of building a transnational movement to remind the international community that one disappearance, one death, is one too many.

Over 40 mothers and other family members searching for missing migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Senegal, Mauritania, Tunisia and Algeria came together to share their stories, to build ties, and to exchange experiences of searching for information on the whereabouts of their children.

IOM's Missing Migrants Project attended this historical event as an observer.

The summit was convened by the Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano and the Italian Carovani Migranti, two NGOs which assist mothers and families of missing migrants in Central America and Italy, respectively. Associations representing families of the missing sent delegations to the Summit, including the Tunisian Association Mères des Disparus, the Algerian Collectif de Familles des Harraga d'Annaba, the Mauritanian Association des Femmes Chefs de Famille, the Salvadoran Comité de Migrantes Desparecidos, the Honduran Comité de Familiares de Migrantes Desaparecidos del Progreso and the Mexican Red de Enlaces Nacionales.

Rosa Idalia Jiménez has been looking for her son, Roberto Adonai Bardales Jiménez, since 28 May 2013. He disappeared when he was 14, as he fled poverty and violence in his home country towards the US border. He wanted a safer, better life. The last time Rosa heard from him, he was preparing to cross the US-Mexico border into Texas from Reynosa, Mexico.

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Arkiveringsdatum 180831:

Amnesty International 18-08-16:

USA/ US-Mexico asylum deal would put many at risk till sidans topp

"Urgent action"

In recent closed-door discussions, the US and Mexico are considering declaring Mexico a "safe third country". This would block all asylum seekers passing through Mexico from seeking protection in US and force them to stay in dangerous and under-equipped Mexico. The deal could be agreed in coming weeks putting thousands at risk.

The US government has repeatedly tried to outsource its international responsibility to the Mexican government in terms of protecting refugees and asylum seekers. On 25 April, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen publicly called on asylum seekers from Central America to seek asylum in Mexico and threatened them with criminal prosecution if they approached the US border. On 1 May, US Vice President Mike Pence called for assistance from the US Congress in ensuring asylum seekers who have passed through other safe countries stay in the country they first travel through. The deal could be agreed in coming weeks putting thousands at risk and meaning all US land borders would be closed to people seeking asylum.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), an estimated 400,000 to 500,000 people enter irregularly through Mexico's southern border each year, and at least half of these people could need international protection as refugees. Many of these people come from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, some of the most dangerous countries in the world. In 2017, Mexico received 14,596 asylum claims of which 4,272 were from Honduras, 4,042 from Venezuela and 3,708 from El Salvador.

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Arkiveringsdatum 180819:

Europarådets parlament juli 2018:

Europa/ The Parliamentary Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children till sidans topp

The situation:

Europe continues to be faced with unprecedented numbers of migrants seeking protection. Migrant children are the most vulnerable group, whether they are arriving with their families or as unaccompanied minors. A worrying number of them end up in administrative detention as a result of existing immigration laws and policies. In detention facilities they are at high risk of abuse and neglect. Moreover, minors that are unaccompanied or separated from their parents or guardians are often unable to advocate for their fundamental human rights.

As shown in a number of relevant studies and documents, irrespective of the conditions, detention can lead to a number of negative health consequences to children. Even if detained for short periods, the children's psychological and physical well-being can be undermined and their cognitive development compromised.

The action needed:

There is a great need to raise awareness on the problem of immigration detention of children in Council of Europe member States. As Doris Fiala recalled, member States have the "obligation to expeditiously and completely cease this serious violation of children rights in compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child".

Measures need to be taken at national level to ensure that all migrant children can enjoy their full rights. This entails implementing relevant laws and adopting alternatives to immigration detention that fulfil the best interests of children.

The legal framework:

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child defines that the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration in all actions concerning children (Art. 3) and that "no child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily" (Art. 37).

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Arkiveringsdatum 180528:

Inter Agency Working Group to End Child Detention 18-05-15:

Europa/ Call on states to end child immigration detention: There are alternatives till sidans topp

The Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) to End Child Immigration Detention commends States' efforts towards developing child-sensitive and human-rights based Global Compacts and highlights the need to ensure that the Global Compacts do not fall below minimum child rights standards and do not allow for the possibility of detaining children for immigration purposes. The IAWG emphasizes the potential of the Global Compacts as a multilateral multi-stakeholder process and calls on States to use this process to work together to ensure that in practice alternatives are always available to safeguard the rights, dignity and welfare of migrant children and their families, regardless of their status. The IAWG stands ready to further support States' efforts through the implementation of the Global Compacts by offering guidance on alternatives to detention, engaging in national capacity-building, sharing positive practices, and tracking progress and achievements

Ending Child Immigration Detention: Successful State practices

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Arkiveringsdatum 180119:

UNHCR 17-12-15:

Internationellt/ UNHCR welcomes launch of "Refugee Coalition for Europe" till sidans topp

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomed today the launch of an innovative "Refugee Coalition for Europe".

The Coalition, which brings together refugee representatives living in different European countries, aims at giving a voice to refugees in Europe and at ensuring that their opinions and needs are better taken into account in decisions and policies impacting their lives. It will also promote concrete actions to strengthen refugee rights and enhance their integration in host countries.

The first meeting of the Coalition, which was organized thanks to the support of the Municipality of Milan, Italy, and in partnership with Independent Diplomat, a non-profit diplomatic advisory group, and UNHCR was held this week, from 13 to 15 December 2017.

Some 15 refugee representatives currently living Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania and Sweden discussed the scope of the Coalition and set up a platform where they will be able to discuss issues relating to protection and integration needs of refugees in Europe. The group members, originating from Afghanistan, Algeria, Ethiopia, Iraq, Nigeria, Russia, Somalia and Syria, include teachers, journalists, published authors, LGBTI activists, students, and heads of organizations supporting refugees and victims of trafficking.

"UNHCR strongly believes in the importance of the Refugee Coalition for Europe. This initiative will help increase refugees active participation in decisions reacting to their situation and needs, and ensure that such decisions are relevant, effective and well-targeted," said Pascale Moreau, UNHCR Director of the Bureau for Europe. "We intend to consult the Coalition on a number of policies and initiatives which UNHCR is pursuing in Europe."

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Harekact 17-12-16:

Grekland/ Freedom to the 35 arrested at Moria till sidans topp

Joint announcement by the panhellenic network of antiracist and solidarity collectivities

In Solidarity with the 35 people arrested after uprisings in Moria camp in July 2017, we repost this Joint Statement by the Panhellenic Network of Antiracist and Solidarity Collectivities:

On 18/7/17 refugees and immigrants, victims of wars but also extreme poverty or persecutions in their countries, demonstrated in Moria, protesting for the failing to have their substantiated asylum claims examined, resulting in them being held in the infamous Lesvos hot spot for a very long time in which, indicatively, killed at least 5 people last winter, due to the unacceptable living conditions as well as the dozens of suicide attempts reported.

Several hours after the refugees' protest, the MAT riot police, along with some dressed as civilians, proceeded with a "sweep" operation and arrested 35 people of African descent, without any evidence of them having committed a particular offense, but using the only criteria, the color of their skin since there were mainly people of African origin attending the morning protest.

Of the arrested thirty were detained, charged with "destroying public property" and "committing arson in a particularly dangerous manner for the public safety", in conjunction with the aggravating provision 187 of the Penal Code ("criminal organization"). Moreover, the indictment does not contain any detailed narrative of the "danger" that occurred, while, on the contrary, BBC videos indicate the brutality of police repression and the beating of refugees far from the scene of the demonstration. The 30 out of 35 are kept scattered at Korydallos, Chios and Avlona in an attempt to render their case "invisible" and to reduce the dynamics of their resistance, but also against solidarity while the other 5 have been "released" on restrictive conditions.

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Amnesty International 17-10-31:

Norge/ Family at risk of deportation must not be sent back to danger in Afghanistan till sidans topp

The Norwegian government will be putting a teenage girl and her family at grave risk of serious human rights violations if it goes ahead with plans to return them to Afghanistan, Amnesty International said today.

Eighteen-year-old Taibeh Abbasi, who has never even visited Afghanistan, is in danger of being returned at any moment along with her mother and two brothers. Amnesty International is backing a grassroots campaign to stop their return, led by classmates at Taibeh's school in Trondheim.

"Taibeh Abbasi is a popular, well-integrated teenager who dreams of becoming a doctor. But her life could be about to change forever. Like thousands of other Afghans who have found safe homes in European countries, she now faces being uprooted and sent to a war zone," said Charmain Mohamed, Head of Refugees and Migrants Rights at Amnesty International.

"The vast outpouring of support from Taibeh's peers shows just how out of touch Norway's government is with young people. Through their determination to protect their friend and her family, these students have set a shining example, reminding us that we can all do something to welcome people fleeing war and persecution."

Taibeh Abbasi was born in Iran to Afghan parents and fled to Norway with her mother and brothers in 2012. The Norwegian government has justified the family's deportation by claiming that Afghanistan is safe for returns. This claim is contradicted by the findings of both Amnesty International and numerous other organizations.

European governments are forcing increasing numbers of asylum-seekers back to the dangers from which they fled, in brazen violation of international law. Last month, Amnesty International's report Forced back to danger documented the sharp increase in the number of Afghans being forcibly returned from Europe, at a time when civilian casualties in Afghanistan are at their highest rate ever.

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Take action: Tell Norway: Stop returning people to Afghanistan (Extern länk)

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Arkiveringsdatum 171027:

Statewatch 17-10-16:

Europa/ Solidarity is not a crime: the Observatory of the Milan Charter is born till sidans topp

On 30 September 2017 around thirty activists, journalists, jurists, citizens acting in solidarity, members of NGOs and associations met in Milan to set up the Observatory which the 'Milan Charter: solidarity is not a crime' proposed in its document launched on 20 May 2017 during the demonstration 'Together without any walls', to safeguard the honour, freedom and rights of civil society in all its humanitarian expressions: when it saves lives at sea; when it protects and rescues people experiencing hardships at the borders; when it monitors respect for the principles of legality and equality; when it reports the failure to respect fundamental rights in procedures for administrative detention and forced removals; when it complies with the binding duty of solidarity which is a foundation of the Italian Constitution.

The people who drafted and signed the Charter are alarmed by evidence that the activities of independent monitoring, testimony and acts of solidarity by civil society - which constitute an essential guarantee for democratic life - are at risk, in Italy and in Europe. Instead of being protected and encouraged, the autonomy of activists acting in solidarity has been undermined by an intensifying process of criminalisation. We have witnessed the attempt to curb NGOs' activities through a code of conduct that sought to do away with their independent nature, systematic attacks against the possibility of enacting rescues at sea, trials against citizens who were "guilty" of offering assistance to refugees, charges against people who express dissenting opinions for "contempt for the institutions", the issuing of bylaws which prohibited giving food to refugees and the adoption of 'fogli di via' (orders to leave a town and not to return there for a specified period) which forbid activists from returning to border towns for three years.

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Statewatch 17-01-16:

Frankrike/ Manifesto marks start of campaign against the "solidarity offence" till sidans topp

Over 100 trade unions and local and national associations across France have signed a new manifesto that calls for an end to the "solidarity offence" and denounces the trials of "activists who are only helping people in very precarious situations, victims of dangerous, violent and even inhuman decisions," such as the farmer Cédric Herrou, who was recently tried for aiding illegal arrivals after helping people cross the border from Italy to France.

Amongst others, there are 13 people currently facing prosecution for helping migrants cross the French-Italian border, which remains closed and where French rail authorities (SNCF) have recently demanded that their staff help identify "groups" of migrants on board trains, something that many SNCF staff have denounced, stating that they refuse to take part in a "hunt" for migrants.

The coordinators of the manifesto have announced a day of action on Thursday 9 February, calling for: "Gatherings, speaking, forming human chains to proclaim that we are all "delinquents" and in solidarity with foreigners."

The French authorities wrote to the Council of the EU last week (10 January) to permit the continuation of border controls "at the internal land borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, the Swiss Confederation, Italy and Spain, and at the air and sea borders," until 15 July 2017.

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