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Alternatives to Detention: Evidence from Canada and Switzerland

Alternatives to Detention: Evidence from Canada and Switzerland

This is republished from Border Criminologies: Foreigners in a Carceral Age A new report in the UNHCR Legal and Protection Police Research Series co-authored by Cathryn Costello and Esra Kaytaz from the University of Oxford explores the nature and impact of alternatives to detention for refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in Geneva and Toronto.  Based [...]

Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal ruled on refugee law gateway issue

Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal ruled on refugee law gateway issue

On 25 March 2013, the Court of Final Appeal (CFA) in Hong Kong unanimously allowed an appeal by three asylum seekers, C, KMF and BF. The appeal is based on the repatriation orders of the Director of Immigration (DOI) of the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), which were made after the [...]

Contesting Refugee Status Cessation: The Rwandan Case

Contesting Refugee Status Cessation: The Rwandan Case

By Kelly O’Connor – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recommends that the refugee status of all Rwandans who fled the country between 1959 and 1998 should cease in June 2013. Rwandan officials argue that the country is safe. Fahamu, Human Rights Watch, and refugees themselves respond that ending refugee status could lead to [...]

Solidarity, fair sharing of responsibility, and refugee protection in the EU

Solidarity, fair sharing of responsibility, and refugee protection in the EU

Article 80 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) requires that asylum policies of the Union and their implementation be governed by the principle of solidarity and fair sharing of responsibility among the Member States.  The EU is currently in the process of finalising its legislative package for the Common European [...]

Trapped between the Fences

Trapped between the Fences

Following Laura’s post on new Australian policies on asylum seekers, events on Israel’s border with Egypt shed light yet again on the Israeli government’s (mis)handling of (primarily Eritrean and Sudanese) asylum seekers. For a week, a group of about 20 Eritreans fleeing Egypt have been trapped, after they crossed the rather flimsy Egyptian fence into Israeli territory, only [...]

Stigma and Stereotyping of Asylum Seekers: Is this the Australia We Want?

Stigma and Stereotyping of Asylum Seekers: Is this the Australia We Want?

Continuing with our Australian asylum seeker theme this week, the Oxford Human Rights Blog is delighted to welcome Australian writer, comedian, social commentator and participant from the SBS programme Go Back to Where You Came From,Catherine Deveny, to comment on the stigmatisation and stereotyping of asylum seekers in Australia. The Australian government policy to ‘stop [...]

A Quick Overview

Blog posts have been coming in thick and fast over the last month. To help you get up to speed, the editorial team has put together a quick summary of some of the major themes. Justice Verma Committee on Indian sexual violence laws The Justice Verma Committee submitted its report on the reform of India’s [...]