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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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Quandary for Trump: American Is Held as ISIS Suspect

“The Trump administration has said almost nothing about the detainee beyond acknowledging that he exists and was recently visited by the International Committee of the Red Cross” writes Charlie Savage for nytimes.com. The Trump administration would also face political risks in holding an American as a long-term enemy combatant.Because Trump administration officials have refused to disclose his name, rights groups have been unable to track down any close relative to grant that assent on his behalf.The senior administration official partly opened a window onto the matter.The Trump administration should not…

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Private immigration detention center must follow state laws | Editorial

“The corporation running a for-profit immigration detention center in Tacoma is exploiting workers by not paying them the state minimum wage” writes The Seattle Times for seattletimes.com. Although ICE has said it’s more efficient to have a private company run its detention center, efficiency does not trump human rights or obeying the law.But Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has another description for the way immigrants are paid at the for-profit detention center in Tacoma: against the law.Ferguson has filed a lawsuit demanding the multibillion-dollar corporation that runs the Northwest Detention…

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The first group of refugees from what Trump called the ‘worst deal ever’ with Australia are heading to the US

“In exchange, Australia is accepting refugees held in US-run detention centers in central America” writes Michelle Mark for businessinsider.com. Trump had raged about the deal to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a now-infamous phone call that took place in January.A group of roughly 50 refugees formerly held in Australian-run detention centers on two Pacific islands have reportedly departed for the United States, in a major step to fulfill what President Donald Trump once called the “worst deal ever.”. The only reason I will take them is because I have…

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Trump Sent Judges to the Border. Many Had Nothing to Do.

“The U.S. immigration court backlog has increased under Trump, moving from 540,000 in January to 600,000 in July” writes Meredith Hoffman for politico.com. In January, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the DOJ to deploy U.S. immigration judges to U.S. detention facilities—most of which are located on or near the U.S.-Mexico border.On September 4, immigration judge Denise Slavin followed orders from the Department of Justice to drop everything and travel to the U.S.-Mexico border.The temporary reassignments were intended to lead to more and faster deportations, as well as…

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Asylum-seekers held in Australian-run detention centers are in limbo ahead of a major deadline

“SYDNEY (Reuters) – Approximately two hundred men held in a remote Australian-run detention center will be moved to a new facility within weeks, the country’s immigration minister said” writes Colin Packham for businessinsider.com. Former U.S. President Barack Obama late last year agreed to resettle up to 1,250 asylum seekers held in Australian immigration centers in PNG and Nauru.Canberra’s hardline immigration policy requires asylum seekers intercepted at sea trying to reach Australia to be sent for processing at camps on PNG’s Manus Island and on Nauru. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Polish man dies days after suicide attempt at immigration removal centre

“A 28-year-old Polish man has died after an earlier attempt to kill himself at an immigration removal centre in London” writes Diane Taylor for theguardian.com. The incident happened at the Harmondsworth detention centre last Sunday, the day before the BBC aired a damning documentary that showed guards at another IRC mistreating vulnerable people, including those who were suicidal.The detainees said the man had been granted bail two weeks before the incident, but the Home Office had failed to release him. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Manus Island: judge approves $70m compensation for detainees

“Lawyers hope to be able to get the compensation paid to current and former Manus Island detainees before the offshore immigration detention centre closes at the end of October” writes Ben Doherty for theguardian.com. A judge has approved a $70m compensation payout to current and former Manus Island asylum seekers and refugees over their illegal detention in dangerous conditions in what is Australia’s largest human rights class action settlement. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Obama administration urged Australia to change offshore detention refugee policy

“The Obama administration urged Australia to change its policy of offshore detention of refugees while agreeing to accept up to 1,200 people to relieve their suffering, a former senior US official has said” writes Paul Karp for theguardian.com. The United Nations has called Australia’s policy of offshore detention of asylum seekers unjustifiably punitive and unlawful, “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment”.Higginbottom, who is now the chief operating officer of the aid organisation Care, singled out the “policy of detention” as the aspect of Australia’s policy rejected by the Obama administration.Turnbull also…

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