Bangladesh plans to relocate Rohingya refugees to prevent ‘intermingling’

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Bangladesh has resurrected a plan to relocate thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar’s north-western Rakhine State to a flooded island in the Bay of Bengal to prevent them from “intermingling” with Bangladeshi citizens. ABC The United Nations says around 69,000 people have fled the Muslim-majority northern part of Rakhine to Bangladesh since attacks that killed nine Myanmar border police on October 9. The attacks, believed to… Bangladesh plans to… Read More »

People with disabilities are not a diagnosis. They are human

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Underfunded services are not the only problem. Paddy Connolly Irish Examiner Worse is a culture that labels people as ‘severe’ or ‘profound’, or something similarly dehumanising, says Paddy Connolly. IN the aftermath of… People with disabilities… Read More »

Poland’s refugee challenge: Play ball or sit on the sidelines

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Warsaw risks losing out if it’s not seen as a team player. Adam Traczyk Politico WARSAW — If Poland wants to play a major role on the European stage, it will have to make a U-turn on its approach to migration policy. Polish Minister of… Poland’s refugee challenge… Read More »

Australia will support Donald Trump on strong border protection policies: Julie Bishop

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the Turnbull government will support Donald Trump’s “strong immigration and border protection policies”, as the leaders of Britain and Germany criticise an executive order banning entry to the… Tom McIlroy The Sydney Morning Herald Speaking in Los Angeles after events promoting Australian business and… Australia will support… Read More »

Turnbull news conference an exercise in avoidance and obfuscation

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There were several take-outs from Malcolm Turnbull’s rather odd Monday news conference, which followed his Sunday telephone conversation with Donald Trump. Michelle Grattan ABC First, Australians are still not to be given any detail about the agreement – forged under the Obama administration and now confirmed by Trump – that the US will take refugees from Nauru and Manus Island. Second, Turnbull appears to… Turnbull news conference… Read More »

Trump’s order barring refugees flies in the face of logic and humanity

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With an irony that hasn’t gone unnoticed, US President Donald Trump signed his executive order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the US on January 27, Holocaust Memorial Day. Geoff Gilbert The Conversation The order’s instructions are harsh and shocking. Not only does it suspend the US Refugee Admissions Programme for 120 days and all refugee arrivals from Syria indefinitely, it suspends all new arrivals from designated countries… Trump’s order barring… Read More »

Fear deliberately spread on Manus Island

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Crude stories about criminal asylum seekers and cannibal locals were used to foster division and suspicions on Manus Island, aiding Australia’s agenda of obfuscation. Janet Galbraith The Saturday Paper Many in Australia reiterate one story about Manus Island and Manusians. It is a crude story, developed to… Fear deliberately spread on… Read More »

Pope Francis: You cannot reject refugees and call yourself a Christian

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Pope Francis condemned the hypocrisy from Christians who are merciless to refugees and people of other faiths, addressing a gathering of a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany, reports Catholic News Service. Kenneth Lipp U.S. Uncut Francis rebuked “the contradiction of those who want to… “This is not… Pope Francis: You… Read More »

International Holocaust Remembrance Day – in pictures

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Auschwitz survivors gather at the former camp in Poland on the 72nd anniversary of its liberation, as commemoration events are held around the world… The Guardian The main entrance to Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camp in Oświęcim, Poland… International Holocaust Remembrance… Read More »

On Holocaust Memorial Day, let us remember our duty to child refugees

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As attitudes towards those fleeing persecution hardens, today is a good day to remember the Kindertransport – and Britain’s humanitarian tradition Alf Dubs The Guardian Holocaust Memorial Day is a time of great reflection for many of us across the country. Today I will think about the… On Holocaust Memorial Day, let… Read More »

France decriminalizes Armenian genocide denial as constitutional council emphasizes freedom of expression

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The French Constitutional Council has ruled late Thursday that the criminalization of denying the Armenian genocide is an “unnecessary and disproportionate attack against freedom of speech” and rescinded the ruling which formerly labeled the denial as a “hate crime.” Daily Sabah According to the council, “This ruling causes uncertainty regarding expressions and comments on historical matters. Thereby, this ruling is an… France decriminalizes Armenian… Read More »

Assisted dying: The complications of legalising killing humans

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As an intensive care specialist in the emergency department of one of Canada’s leading teaching hospitals, Dr Scott Anderson has seen a lot of people die. Larry Cornies ABC He has delivered bad news to grieving families at hospital bedsides. He has had to tell them that… Assisted dying: The complications of… Read More »

Turkish anger as Greece rejects extradition of eight soldiers

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Turkey has reacted with anger after a Greek court ruled against extraditing eight Turkish soldiers accused of involvement in an attempted… BBC Turkey accused Greece of failing in the “fight against terrorism” and said the decision was “politically… The eight men fled in a helicopter to… Turkish anger as… Read More »

Doctors plead for pregnant refugee on Nauru to be moved to Australian hospital

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Kuwaiti is more than 35 weeks’ pregnant, her baby is in breech and she has a fibroid or benign tumour on the wall of her uterus Ben Doherty The Guardian Doctors have pleaded for a heavily pregnant refugee on Nauru facing a complex and… Doctors plead for… Read More »

“I couldn’t sleep at night. Had I sent them home to their deaths?” – An ex-asylum officer tells all

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Some of the details described below may be upsetting. I worked for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for 10 years, three of which were spent reviewing asylum applications.. BBC It was my job to review the cases of people coming to Britain in fear of their lives, and work out whether they were telling the truth or not… “I couldn’t sleep… Read More »

“I couldn’t sleep at night. Had I sent them home to their deaths?” – An ex-asylum officer tells all

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Some of the details described below may be upsetting I worked for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for 10 years, three of which were spent reviewing asylum… BBC It was my job to review the cases of people coming to Britain in fear of their lives, and work out whether they were telling the truth or… “I couldn’t sleep… Read More »