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Human Rights Watch Research on Returned Tamils Facing Torture in Sri Lanka Cited

The seven ethnic Tamil men waited on the tarmac of a London airport last May, literally minutes from take-off and from being deported to Sri Lanka. British authorities had rejected their applications for asylum, despite increasing information that Tamils…
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On October 6, the British government announced that it will allow Iraqi interpreters and other key support staff to settle in the United Kingdom. Iraqis who worked for British forces are particularly vulnerable to being targeted by insurgents and militia…
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Following high-profile media reports about Iraqi interpreters whose lives are threatened because they worked for British forces, the British government announced on August 7 that it will review its policy of non-preferential treatment for Iraqi employees…
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Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has granted special asylum rights to lesbian and gay Iranians. According to the ministry’s October 18 statement, the decision was motivated by Human Rights Watch’s forthcoming report on serious and systematic abuse…
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Citing Human Rights Watch’s work, Dutch members of parliament successfully pressured Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk not to deport lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) asylum-seekers back to Iran, where they face the threat of torture, ill-…
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On the eve of the European Union summit in Seville in June, Human Rights Watch released a detailed letter to EU heads of state regarding the agenda for the summit. We expressed serious concerns about the continuing absence of adequate rights protections…
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Every year thousands of Moroccan children, some as young as ten, enter Spain alone without proper documentation. Many arrive via the Spanish port cities of Ceuta and Melilla, where they face beatings by Spanish police and staff at residential centers for…
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The government of Spain is violating the rights of migrants and asylum seekers who arrive illegally on Spanish shores. The report, "The Other Face of the Canary Islands: Rights Violations Against Migrants and Asylum Seekers," criticizes substandard…