Jul10

Taking Subjectivity Out of the Serious Harm Determination

July 10, 2018

The Sixth Circuit should have carefully laid out a standard for serious harm instead of simply rejecting the violation of a human right as an insufficient basis for granting asylum.

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Jun1

Anti-Gang/Guerrilla Opinions are Political Opinions

June 1, 2018

[W]hen adjudicators fail to recognize these opinions as political, they deny some deserving applicants protection the Convention guarantees.

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May1

The Inclusion of a Subjective Component in “Well-Founded Fear” and the Insufficiency of Strict Textualism

May 1, 2018

The United States Supreme Court should revisit its language requiring the assessment of the applicant’s subjective emotional state when determining whether that applicant meets the “well-founded fear” test.

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Mar31

Merging Sociology and Law: How Social Construction of Identity May Explain Differing Treatment of Women and Gay People as Social Groups in Refugee Law

March 31, 2018

The core differences in the social construction of gender and sexual orientation may explain the differing treatment of women and gay people in refugee law. Women are not seen as distinct individuals, while gay individuals' identities are not merged with a spouse or children.

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Feb23

Mexico and U.S. Still Lock Up Central American Refugees, but Make Moves Towards Ending Detention

United States, Mexico, February 23, 2018

In July 2014, the U.S. joined a new UNHCR initiative called “Global Strategy - Beyond Detention 2014-2019” (“Global Strategy”). The Global Strategy launched in 12 target countries, with the following goals: provide alternatives to detention for asylum seekers, improve detention conditions where detention is necessary, and end child detention. For the U.S. and its fellow signatory Mexico, the Global Strategy began at the peak of a humanitarian crisis.

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Dec9

Unsafe Third Country: Greek Court Returns Syrian Refugees to Turkey

Turkey, Greece, December 9, 2017

A recent decision by the highest Greek administrative court held that Syrians in Greece can be safely returned to Turkey in accordance with the safe third country doctrine. With evidence pointing to the contrary, this decision may open the doors to Greece and the EU violating European law and the Refugee Convention.

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Nov13

Protection in Word But Not in Practice: How Resettlement Countries are Failing LGBTI Refugees

Canada, Chechnya, Uzbekistan, Russia, November 13, 2017

Since LGBTI refugees face particular challenges because of the widespread animosity towards individuals with this immutable characteristic, resettlement countries should follow Canada’s lead and welcome LGBTI refugees currently suffering around the world.

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Oct5

One Year Later: Child Immigration Detention Continues Despite Promising Commitments by State Leaders

October 5, 2017

Within the past decade, non-governmental organizations and human rights advocates have increased advocacy efforts to end child immigration detention worldwide. They brought the issue of child immigration detention to sympathetic governments whose initial positive reactions have been followed by lackluster actions. This note explores the worldwide child detention regime and credits state actors for their newfound commitment to addressing child immigration detention. However, actual progress remains overshadowed by States’ continual practice of child immigration detention; the practice continues despite being inconsistent with international law.

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Aug1

The International Non-Refoulement Obligation and a Refugee’s Non-Compliance Under the Australian Migration Act of 1958

Australia, August 1, 2017

The Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal upholds the principle of non-refoulement and refuses to cancel a visa of a refugee who provided false information on visa application.

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Jun18

The Negative Effects of Relying on Inconsistencies to Determine Credibility in Asylum Claims Involving an Initial Omission of Sexual Assault

United States, June 18, 2017

The discovery of inconsistencies is often fatal to an asylum claim because decision makers see inconsistences and assume the asylum seeker is not credible. Sexual assault victims are especially negatively affected by this practice, as their victimhood often leads them to omit a sexual assault early in the asylum process.

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