On all continents individuals and their families are forced to flee their homes on account of their sexual orientation or gender identity. While all refugees are vulnerable, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees face particular challenges in accessing assistance and asylum procedures. They also experience instances of violence as a cause of flight or while in countries of first asylum. Human Rights First (HRF) highlighted many of these challenges earlier this month in a policy paper presented at a Roundtable discussion convened by the UN Refugee Agency – UNHCR – on Asylum Seekers and Refugees Seeking Protection on Account of their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. HRF’s paper includes a comprehensive set of recommendations directed at UNHCR and States.
|By: jessebernstein Wednesday October 13, 2010 5:11 pm|
|By: daphneeviatarhumanrights1st Friday October 1, 2010 12:28 pm|
|By: ElisaMassiminoHRF Tuesday September 14, 2010 11:05 am|
This weekend’s New York Times article was a wake up call to Microsoft and the entire Information and communications technology industry about the dangers of complying with government actions aimed at limiting freedom of expression and stifling dissent.
|By: tadstahnke Thursday September 9, 2010 2:48 pm|
Opposition is mounting to the “Burn a Koran Day” scheduled for September 11th in Florida. President Obama today condemned the event, urging Pastor Terry Jones to cancel. General David Petraeus said it could harm our troops, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called it unrepresentative of Americans. Attorney General Eric Holder called it “idiotic and dangerous,” and the Vatican has called the planned demonstration “outrageous and grave.”
|By: sharonkelly Wednesday September 8, 2010 1:21 pm|
Opposition is mounting to the “Burn a Koran Day” scheduled for September 11th in Florida. General David Petraeus said it could harm our troops, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called it unrepresentative of Americans. Attorney General Eric Holder called it “idiotic and dangerous,” and the Vatican has called the planned demonstration “outrageous and grave.”
|By: tadstahnke Friday August 27, 2010 9:22 am|
When President George W. Bush said those words to mark 2002’s Eid al-Fitr, I agreed with him. I still do. But as the controversy surrounding the plan to build a mosque in Lower Manhattan continues to intensify along political and religious lines, our national discussion increasingly points the way to a much dimmer future.
|By: daphneeviatarhumanrights1st Wednesday July 28, 2010 11:10 am|
Last week, the United States government transferred an Algerian national, imprisoned for the last eight years at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, back to his home country.
|By: Jeff Kaye Monday March 15, 2010 8:35 pm|
A family leaps to its death off the fifteenth story of an apartment building in Scotland. The immediate cause — their asylum application was denied, and they were about to be kicked out of government housing. Thousands of torture victims languish in UK and US prisons, waiting for their day in court to prove their asylum claims. But their waits grow longer, and their conditions more desperate.
|By: gaborronahrf Monday February 1, 2010 1:11 pm|
Andy McCarthy’s attack on the In Pursuit of Justice report is full of holes and false arguments.