Jul20

Uighur Refugee Dispute Sheds Light on Thai Asylum Practices

Thailand, July 20, 2015

In March, a Thai court ruled that a group of 17 Uighur refugees would remain in detention until their nationalities were proven. Although the Turkish government had provided the group and other Uighur refugees with passports and travel permission, China claimed they were Uighur Muslims from Xinjiang, and asked Thailand for repatriation to China. The ensuing diplomatic tension has resulted in the repatriation of many Uighur refugees to China and shed light on Thai asylum practices.

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Jun3

Privacy and Impunity in South Africa

South Africa, June 3, 2015

On September 26, 2014 the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria handed down its decision in CoRMSA v President of the Republic of South Africa, upholding the grant of refugee status to former Rwandan general Faustin Kayumba Nywamwasa despite allegations of his involvement in war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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May12

Syrian Asylum Seekers Face Difficulties in Japan

Japan, May 12, 2015

Recently, four Syrian asylum seekers have decided to sue the government of Japan for its failure to recognize their claims for refugee status. This litigation move comes amid reports published by the Ministry of Justice, which states that Japan recognized only six asylum seekers in 2013 and only 11 in 2014, despite a clear upward trend in the number of asylum applications.

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Mar1

Forced Removals to Somalia Continue in the Netherlands

THE NETHERLANDS, March 1, 2015

On February 3, 2015 the highest administrative court in the Netherlands—the Dutch Council of State—handed down its judgment in a case concerning the lawfulness of an asylum seeker’s detention pending removal to Somalia.

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Dec8

No Refuge From Climate Change

New Zealand, December 8, 2014

In a June 4, 2014 decision the New Zealand Immigration and Protection Tribunal dismissed a Tuvalu family’s appeal from a 2013 Refugee Status Branch decision denying them refugee and protected persons status, while contemporaneously issuing a separate opinion granting residence visas to the very same family.

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Nov19

Supreme Court of Canada and “Serious Non-Political Crimes”

Canada, November 19, 2014

On October 30, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released its long awaited decision in Febles v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), interpreting the scope of Article 1F(b) of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees as implemented through the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

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Nov10

South African Court Affirms Refugees’ Right to Self-Employment

South Africa, November 10, 2014

In September the South African Supreme Court of Appeals affirmed the right of refugees to work and to open businesses in South Africa.

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Sep30

Israeli Supreme Court on Detention of Asylum Seekers

Israel, September 30, 2014

On September 22, 2014, the Israeli Supreme Court sitting as a High Court of Justice quashed a legislative scheme which authorized the detention of "infiltrators."

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