We research articles relevant to education, human rights and healthcare, and almost all are relevant to displaced, refugees, or migrant populations.
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By definition, refugee camps are temporary situations for displaced persons. However, ongoing conflict in Burma and the difficult naturalization process has prolonged refugees’ stay in the border camps. This article highlights how the displacement happened particularly to these ethnic minorities and how both the Burmese and Thai governments have sourced the issues.
Photo: © Melanie McCarthy
It is arbitrary how vulnerable asylum seekers transferred to Italy are received upon arrival. That’s among the conclusions in this new report from the Swiss Refugee Council and the Danish Refugee Council. States transferring vulnerable asylum seekers to Italy infringe on their obligations under European and international law – and risk exposing asylum seekers to indignity.
The experiences of the 13 case studies in this report show how they are received upon arrival back to Italy as Dublin returnees, and that they risk being unable to access reception conditions in Italy. When vulnerable Dublin returnees do access reception conditions, these are often far from adequate to meet their special reception needs and they risk losing the right to accommodation without due consideration of their vulnerable situation.
Read the report, published by Danish Refugee Council on 12/13/2018.
This is the story of Essam and wife Maria’s decision to start Humanity Crew, an international aid organization that “deploy[s] mental health and psychosocial support to displaced populations… to restore order in their lives, and to prevent further psychological escalation.”
Their passion for this cause perseveres, even in a philanthropic realm, mental health is continually marginalized.
When asked about helping people recover from their extreme traumas, Essam says “I think my interactions with refugees, whether at sea or on the beach or in a camp, are the kind that rarely occur in everyday life: meetings between two human beings without any shields or concerns about identity; encounters based on pure empathy. These are not easy engagements, to be sure, but I think each one has made me a better person.”
Written under a pseudonym by an Eritrean refugee held in Libyan detention, this condensed piece summarizes the injustices he and those with him experience.
Thomas Issak, published by The Guardian. November 8, 2018.
As one of the most influential players in global politics, the United States’ domestic policies are a matter of international importance. This article recounts only some of the recent immoral human rights violations by the United States Administration.
Written by: Andrew Bierle,Brown Political Review
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Read this summary from UNHCR on November 8, 2018.
Photo: Refugee families at the Vathy Reception and Identification Centre on the island of Samos, Greece. © UNHCR/Markel Redondo
“The most important thing is acknowledgement of people’s suffering. If we don’t identify the wound, how can we heal it?” - Surgeon, writer, activist and former political prisoner, Ma Thida (Sanchaung)
The findings of this report are based on interviews conducted with victims of human rights violations between 2017 – 2018. The majority of interviewees had experienced either the repression of the 8888 uprising, the military operation during the 1991 Bogalay crisis in Irrawaddy Region, or the ongoing conflict in northern Shan and Kachin states. Testimonies came from conflict survivors, former political prisoners, and land grab victims. Interviewees and their families had suffered a range of human rights violations, including arbitrary arrest, torture, killing, disappearance, rape, forced relocation, and arbitrary taxation.
“In order for national reconciliation to work it has to be systematic. So far there has been no reconciliation between the military and the people.” - Political analyst, U Win Zin
Read this report, compiled by the Network for Human Rights Documentation Burma (ND-Burma) and its Reparations Working Group.
Health and Human Rights Journal collected data from March 15 to 18, 2018 on demographics, mortality, education, livelihoods, access to food and water, vaccination, and health care. Among other things, the survey found high levels of mortality among young Rohingya men, alarmingly low levels of vaccination among children, poor literacy, and rising poverty. Denied formal refugee status, the Rohingya cannot access due protections and find themselves in a state of insecurity in which they are unsure of their future and unable to formally seek work or send their children to school. While the government of Bangladesh explores the options of repatriation, relocation, and third-country resettlement for these refugees, it is important to ensure that they are not denied a life of dignity.
Read this Report, by: Abhishek Bhatia, Ayesha Mahmud, Arlan Fuller, Rebecca Shin, Azad Rahman, Tanvir Shatil, Mahmuda Sultana, K. A. M Morshed, Jennifer Leaning, and Satchit Balsari. Published August 20, 2018.
How a brutal ethnic cleansing campaign in DRC was made worse by Trump’s “America First” policies and the world’s neglect.
“The number of people in need in Congo is the exact same as those in need in Syria. But people don’t care about Congo”
Read this article, By Nick Turse, VICE News. Aug. 1, 2018.
Photo: A soldier from the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) pauses to take a photo in the ruins of Marifa, one of the estimate 120 villages in the Djungu territory that were attacked by bands of militiamen earlier this year. Nick Turse for VICE News.
In this open letter from MSF clinical psychiatrist Dr Alessandro Barberio, Moria camp, Lesbos, Greece, he explain why the island should be considered in a state of emergency, and what has caused the deplorable conditions he has witnessed.
He writes, “I have never witnessed such overwhelming numbers of people suffering from serious mental health conditions, as I am witnessing now amongst refugees on the island of Lesbos. The vast majority of people I see are presenting with psychotic symptoms, suicidal thoughts – even attempts at suicide – and are confused. Many are unable to meet or perform even their most basic everyday functions, such as sleeping, eating well, maintaining personal hygiene, and communicating.
Considering the outright violation of human rights and the grave medical and psychiatric needs we face every day, it is clear that Moria camp is in a state of emergency. It would be both unreasonable and unethical not to consider the situation as such and take decisive action immediately.”
“We recognize the power of education as a way out of poverty, as well as a means to heal conflict, create social cohesion and spur economic growth,” said Munyambanza, who is now 27.
"Sixteen-year-old Loreen has been out of school since heavy shelling cut her off from the 7th grade in Syria. When she tried to enrol in Turkey, the school director said she would ‘have to join her age group, no exceptions,’ even though she spoke no Turkish. When her mother asked the school about language help, she was told ‘there wasn’t any.’ Loreen now works full-time in a dried-fruit factory."
by: Bill Van Esveld, Elin Martinez, Bassam Khawaja: Human Rights Watch
photo: © 2016 Bassam Khawaja/Human Rights Watch
Research weaving the fabrics of health as a human right and mental health within the Indian context, explaining the deprivation and discrimination toward India's deprived caste is corollary to their mental health difficulties and suffering.
"In the Indian context, where social diversity, stratification, reservations, social mobility, contempt, deprivation, discrimination prejudice, rejection and socio-technological change are operating in such a complex manner, mental health assumes great significance. Mental heath is not simply the absence of mental illness, but a positive concept of displaying an ability to adapt to social and interpersonal relationships and to reach a harmonious relationship with the society... India’s deprived castes present a number of difficulties related to mental health. Their developmental process to assume psychological maturity and to achieve mental health is retarded due to factors like deprivation of childhood experiences, lack of qualitative interaction for healthy cognitive and linguistic development, unrealistic motivation, external locus for success, harsh and rigid self-evaluation, high levels of social anxiety, avoidance behavior, and so on."
R. C. Jiloha, Indian Journal of Psychology
Photo: Mission India
The WHO Regional Office for Europe has developed a toolkit – the first of its kind – to help countries analyse and improve their health capacity and first response to large-scale migration.
“This toolkit is an extension of the European Region Strategy and Action Plan, which represents a comprehensive, concrete and practical response, and builds upon the experiences and many lessons learned from the past year” says Steven Corliss, Director of the Division of Programme Support and Management at UNHCR. “Ensuring that refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants can access adequate health care is an important building block in a sustainable solution-oriented response that benefits all. It also demonstrates countries’ commitment to “leave no one behind”, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
Rohingya refugees are weighing an impossible choice: wait in limbo or risk violence in the hope of a better future.
The Diplomat, July 27, 2018.
By: Margarite Clarey
Photo: Rohingya children playing in the camp, June 2018. Photo by Margarite Clarey.
The report by Fortify Rights documents how soldiers, police, and local non-Rohingya citizens hacked civilians, slit throats, and fatally shot and burned thousands of Rohingya men, women, and children in a matter of weeks. Soldiers raped masses of Rohingya women and girls, killed infant children, arbitrarily arrested men and boys, and destroyed several hundred villages in arson attacks, forcing more than 700,000 to flee to Bangladesh. Specifically, the new report analyzes three acts of genocide—killings, causing serious bodily harm, and creating conditions of life designed to be destructive—committed with a specific intent to destroy the Rohingya in whole or in part. The report also analyzes the commission of eight crimes against humanity—murder, extermination, rape, deportation or forcible transfer, torture, imprisonment, enforced disappearance, and persecution—committed by Myanmar Army soldiers and Police personnel against Rohingya civilians.
Read this report by Fortify Rights, published July 19, 2018.
According to a Department of Homeland Security news release, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered restrictions on specific visas typically used by officials of Myanmar and Laos. Many of the Laotians facing deportation from the U.S. are refugees, including people who arrived after the Vietnam War.
Katrina Dizon Mariategue, director of national policy at the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center: “This Administration is continuing to amp up its efforts to expand detention and deportation of immigrants, regardless of their background and how much they contribute to this country. Their anti-immigrant and anti-refugee message is loud and clear based on this policy as well as subsequent policies allowing for family separation in many forms.”
Read this article, Written by: Kimbery Yam, Huffington Post. 07/12/2018
“Saving lives at sea is not a crime,” continued Kleijer. Yet, the message from European governments is loud and clear: humanitarian assistance is not welcome. Scapegoating NGOs is a tactic to distract from the real issues: lack of solidarity or vision in the EU, and a broken asylum system. These actions block and obstruct us from doing the work EU governments are failing to do, all the while dehumanising people in need. Any deaths caused by this are now at their hands.”
Read this report from MSF, published June 29, 2018
In Canada, too, children are held in immigration detention or separated from detained parents, and this needs to end.
Written by: Michelle Cohen, Huffington Post,.June 29, 2018.
Also Read: “Refugee Children Face Unique Mental Health Risks, Canada's Doctors Say” Natalie Stechyson, Huffington Post.
US government records summarizing investigations of the deaths of 15 people in immigration detention support a conclusion that poor medical care contributed to at least eight of the deaths.
Read this report, by: Human Rights Watch
This report briefly covers the arrangements that have led to U.S child detention and immediate steps, illustrated by Human Rights Watch, to respond to the crisis.
Read this report, by: Human Rights Watch
President Donald Trump’s new executive order probably doesn’t change anything for the 2,300 or more children torn from their parents’ arms. We don’t know how or if the government will reunify the thousands already separated.
Image: Satellite image of newly-constructed detention camp for migrant children in Tornillo, Texas. Satellite image taken June 19, 2018. © 2018 Planet Labs
After being passed by the National Assembly and the Senate, the “Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018” went into effect this past weekend with the assent of the acting President of Pakistan. The historic measure provides comprehensive protections for transgender people across several important aspects of life, including employment, education, healthcare, housing, public transportation, and a host of other areas.
Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis continues to worsen with no end in sight. Its neighbors face the pressure of a mass exodus of Venezuelans that is increasingly hard to contain, and which will only intensify in the coming months. In this conference, AS/COA bring together international migration and humanitarian experts to discuss lessons learned in similar crises around the world and explore solutions that can be implemented in Venezuela and the region to tackle the migration crisis in the short and long term.
Americas Society/Council of the Americas
Watch the conference, here.
The European Network on Statelessness developed The Statelessness Index as a comparative tool that assesses European countries’ law, policy and practice on the protection of stateless people and the prevention and reduction of statelessness, against international norms and good practice. It is a tool created for civil society, government, researchers, the media and other interested individuals.
The Index is currently in a pilot phase with comparative data available for 12 countries: France, Germany, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, The Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Ukraine.
Learn more and use the index, here.
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We all saw the videos released of the slave trade occurring in Libya of African migrants and refugees being auctioned and sold at a market.
Don't let this horrific occurrence pass as another news story. Modern slavery has been integrated into our daily consumerism; be smart about what you purchase, who and what businesses you support. Vote with your dollar, stay informed, and be aware of what economies you support when you travel and when you purchase.
Stuck with no shelter, no washing facilities, only a few possessions: the scene repeats itself in border towns across the EU.
Alex Fusco reports from Ventimiglia, on the French-Italian border.
Getty image, Ventimiglia Italy
This piece examines four countries in North America and Europe – Canada, the United States, Sweden, and France – as places that are rich in financial and social resources, innovating many of the current interventions helping refugees, and hosting a notable segment of the global refugee population. It addresses common challenges faced and the practical efforts that the higher education community can undertake — UNHCR statistics indicate that only 1% of refugees will eventually find their way into higher education, what is being done to change these numbers?
Written by: Bryce Loo, World Education Services; Bernhard Streitwieser, George Washington University; Jisun Jeong, George Washington University. Published by: World Education News & Reviews
"SEVEN DOORS is a long-term documentary project by photographer Greg Constantine. The project explores how governments are increasingly using detention as a significant component of immigration policy and exposes the impact, trauma and human cost detention has on asylum seekers, refugees, stateless people and migrants around the world."
Photo: From the chapter, "Malaysia" in "Seven Doors"