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Afghanistan: Afghan doctor helps refugees fight COVID-19, one phone call at a time

Fezzeh, a 38-year-old Afghan refugee, was recently appointed to head up the coronavirus public outreach programme in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s central Esfahan province. On top of her usual duties as head physician at the Razi health centre in … Continue reading

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Human Rights Commissioner calls for immigration detainees’ release over coronavirus infection fears

Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner has called for the “urgent” and “immediate” release of immigration detainees in line with recommendations of peak medical bodies advising the federal government on their response to COVID-19. Commissioner Edward Santow in an exclusive interview with … Continue reading

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Border Force defends handling of coronavirus risk as global report points finger at Australia’s asylum seeker treatment

Australian Border Force Commissioner Michael Outram has defended the management of coronavirus risk at immigration detention centres after two guards tested positive for COVID-19. On Sunday night, asylum seekers and refugees detained at a hotel Melbourne were informed a guard … Continue reading

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I was imprisoned, tortured and sold as a slave before my escape from North Korea

People often talk about heaven and hell. I spent 30 years in hell, and another 10 years in search of freedom, before escaping North Korea. Now, living in the UK for the past decade, I have finally found my heaven. … Continue reading

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Australia is failing to meet its basic human rights obligations, report finds

Australia: The Human Rights Measurement Initiative has found Indigenous people, refugees and asylum seekers in Australia suffer some of the highest levels of rights abuses in the world. Researchers also highlighted the importance of human rights during the coronavirus crisis. Without … Continue reading

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NEW ZEALAND: Report outlines distrust, claims of bullying, in refugee decision process

Distrust and disrespect, delays and allegations of discrimination and bullying are outlined in an independent report into the decision-making process for asylum-seekers. The review paints a picture of relationships between some lawyers and staff at the Refugee Status Branch breaking … Continue reading

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China: Trump Signs Uyghur Rights Act Into Law, Authorising Sanctions For Abuses in Xinjiang

U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 into law on Wednesday, authorizing the use of sanctions against Chinese officials deemed complicit in the persecution of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Rejects draft resolution tabled by EU at 43rd session of the Human Rights Council

Press Release 22-6-2020, Geneva Myanmar rejected the draft resolution on “Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar” tabled by the European Union (EU) on 22 June 2020 at the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. In … Continue reading

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