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Police reportedly used metal rods to force asylum seekers out of a former Australian detention centre

“Local police reportedly used metal poles to beat and force refugees and asylum seekers out of a former Australian detention center in Papua New Guinea on Friday” writes Rosie Perper for businessinsider.sg. On Thursday, local authorities entered the former detention center to try and move the men and there were reportsauthorities were being aggressive and threatening. Source: businessinsider.sg Share This:

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‘Bold step’: King County to look at youth crime as public-health risk

“The review could make King County the first jurisdiction in the nation to approach juvenile crime through a public-health lens” writes Claudia Rowe for seattletimes.com. He said King County could become the first jurisdiction in the nation to view juvenile crime through a public-health lens.By state law, he noted, juvenile detention must be aimed at rehabilitation, not punishment.By mid-February, Public Health-Seattle & King County must present a report on how best to effect the change, which could result in reorganizing Juvenile Detention Services under the health department. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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EU’s policy of helping Libya intercept migrants is ‘inhuman’, says UN

“People including children described horrific beatings by guards at detention centres, while many women said they faced rape and other sexual violence at the hands of smugglers and guards” writes Agence France-presse In for theguardian.com. Reacting to Hussein’s charges, an EU spokesperson said Brussels was funding UN agencies on the ground in Libya that were working to protect people. “We believe that the detention centres in Libya must be closed. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Advocates demand county end immigration detention contract

“Under the contract with Essex County, ICE conducts its enforcement actions but houses some of its detainees at the jail” writes Kyi Njadvancemedia Com for nj.com. NEWARK — Immigrant advocates, emboldened by Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’s strong pro-immigrant stance, called on Essex County Thursday to end its agreement with federal immigration agents to house more than 800 detainees. Source: nj.com Share This:

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Sexual Assault Victims Still Being Locked Up In UK Detention Centres, Latest Research Shows

“Women who are rape survivors and victims of other gender-based violence are still being locked up in UK immigration detention centres, latest research shows” writes unknown author for huffingtonpost.com. The group also wants an absolute exclusion on the detention of pregnant women and a 28-day time limit on detention.The Home Office policy stated that people most at risk of being harmed by detention, including women who have survived sexual and gender-based violence, should not normally be detained.The Home Office defended the policy, saying that detention is an “important part of…

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Under Trump, fighting for disability rights means fighting for immigration rights

“The intersections of disability rights and immigration rights extend far beyond any of these cases, and they predate the Trump administration” reports washingtonpost.com. The combination of the vulnerability of these individuals and the “just following orders” excuse from immigration officials make one thing very clear: Those of us who are fighting for disability rights cannot carry out our mission in President Trump’s America without also fighting for immigration rights.As of 2010, the ACLU reported that 15 percent of all people in immigration detention had mental disabilities.And then we must use…

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‘We can’t just keep doing what we’ve been doing’: King County tries risky alternative to youth jail

“Shortly afterward, detectives arrived at his home, cuffing Vincente and bringing him to a holding cell at juvenile detention” writes Claudia Rowe for seattletimes.com. With no prior record and not so much as a detention at school, Vincente became the second youth Hung approached with the peace-circle alternative. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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600 men refuse to leave Manus Island detention centre as closure imminent

“More than 600 asylum seekers and refugees are refusing to leave the Manus Island immigration detention centre, which is due to close next week” writes Ben Doherty for theguardian.com. PNG’s security forces have a troubled history at the detention centre.All Australian government staff will leave the centre at the closure date, but the government will continue to have oversight.The centre is closing because the PNG supreme court ruled in April 2016 that the detention of refugees and asylum seekers was “illegal and unconstitutional”. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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UN tells Beijing to release human rights activists and pay them compensation

“The United Nations has demanded that China should immediately release prominent human rights activists from detention and pay them compensation, according to an unreleased document obtained by the Guardian” writes Benjamin Haas for theguardian.com. Their detentions were due to “their activities to promote and protect human rights“, the UN found, while the opinion also encouraged China to amend its laws to conform with international standards protecting human rights. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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