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The murky politics of Camp Ashraf

August 28, 2012


A former UN human rights chief in Iraq has issued a damning indictment on his former employers. In an article published congressional newspaper The Hill, Tahar Boumedra alleges that the UN’s has failed to ensure that international norms of human and humanitarian rights are maintained for Iranian exiles at Camp Ashraf, to the north of Baghdad. […]

7 ways to tackle GBV in refugee settlements

August 27, 2012


As conflict continues to escalate in both the Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, neighbouring countries are increasingly having to find new and improved strategies for dealing with the influx of refugees. In Uganda since 2008 the American Refugee Committee has been working with partners and refugee communities to specifically address the risk of […]

Australia’s conversation on asylum seekers

August 25, 2012


Watch the video here “Go Back To Where You Came From” is a brave and powerful series broadcast on Australian TV. The show takes participants on a three-week journey to Afghanistan and Somalia, retracing the journeys undertaken by thousands of asylum seekers each year. It’s refreshing to see that despite the country’s harsh policy on asylum […]

Syrian refugees report rise in child marriage

August 21, 2012


Netherlands Aid has an insightful report on how and why some Syrian refugees in Jordan are increasingly turning to child marriage for their daughters: Difficult conditions in Jordan have many parents pushing to have their daughters married at an earlier age.   The issue has created a concern among many international aid organizations that the […]

Politics at play in Sabah resettlement of refugees

August 20, 2012


The deportation of refugees from the disputed territory of Sabah, a territory claimed in part by both Malaysia and the Philippines, has long been a political hot potato. Over the last three decades, Malaysia has increasingly relied on the employment of a cheaper and more readily available, less-skilled foreign labour force from within the Asian region. […]

Rain is Beautiful: one refugee’s journey

August 17, 2012


  Catch a glimpse of this stunning, touching and insightful documentary by Nick Francis ( & Marc Silver ( The film features Omar, a Somali refugee who fled the war in Libya last year to live in a camp on the country’s border with Tunisia. This episode of his story, Rain is Beautiful, begins with emotional farewells […]

I want this Little Marc Jacobs baby!

August 16, 2012


Little Marc Jacobs