Tag Archives: Government Policies

“Blanket Ban on Mobile Phones Would be Unacceptable”

Australia: The Australian Human Rights Commission has raised concerns about new proposals to amend the Migration Act 1958 (Cth), which would unreasonably limit a range of human rights for all people in immigration detention, including  a blanket ban on the … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Afghanistan investigates reports Iran guards forced migrants into river

Afghanistan is investigating reports Afghan migrants drowned after being tortured and pushed into a river by Iranian border guards. The migrants were caught trying to enter Iran illegally from the western Herat province on Friday, according to local media. The … Continue reading

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Korea: Even with “Refugee” Status, Anything More than Mere Survival in South Korea Is a Mirage

A was oppressed for engaging in anti-government activities in Ethiopia, so he left his country with a passport he borrowed from a friend in 2016. He applied for refugee status after entering South Korea. When it was revealed that A … Continue reading

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Philippines: Analysis of State Emergency Response on Humanitarian Aid

The intensified lockdown measures and enhanced community quarantine have resulted in severe movement restrictions, impeding the capacity of humanitarian response from agencies and national and local authorities to engage with vulnerable communities including migrants and refugees. Conflict affected IDPs in … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Concerns over Immigration Detention Centre Conditions and Migrant Worker Rights

Human rights lawyers have raised concerns over the high risk conditions of Immigration Detention Centres for the spread of COVID-19 amongst detainees. Castle Peak Bay Immigration Detention Centre has been particularly criticised following reports of “rats in the premises, malfunctioning toilets, … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Mass Arrests of Refugees

Raids and mass arrests of refugees and undocumented migrant workers as part of an anti-Covid-19 campaign despite Malaysia’s previous announcement reassuring they wouldn’t be arrested. Those arrested include young children and Rohingya refugees. Source: Global Detention Project

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Bangladesh: ‘Covid-19 Aid Limits Imperil Rohingya’

The Bangladesh Government’s new COVID-19 restrictions (from the 8th April) on access to aid and the internet for Rohingya, cutting humanitarian workers in refugee camps by 80%, , has put refugees at severe risk. This has affected aid workers capacity … Continue reading

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Thailand: Crowded Conditions in Immigration Detention Centres

Authorities have reportedly started shifting immigration detainees to different facilities to assist social distancing but immigation detention centers remain crowded, risking risk of infection and no measures regarding immigration detainees in prisons have been announced. The Border Consortium released a … Continue reading

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