European Union, Human Rights, LGBT

Migrants and Possible Asylum Seekers Being Deported from EU to Alleged Unsafe Third Country

The discussion in this video sheds some rational light on the European Union, the migrant inflow into the EU, and the lack of solidarity among EU Member States to settle this matter under both EU and international law.

In the 1951 United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees, it was affirmed that asylum seekers, defined as persons suffering persecution, violence, and life-threatening, human rights abuses, have the right to move to other countries to escape these conditions. The foundation for this understanding can be found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in December 1948. The European Union, likewise, has enacted laws and regulations to deal with asylum seekers moving to the EU.

This present situation deals basically with three types of migrants:

people fleeing Syria,

economic migrants who face no credible human rights abuses in their home countries, and

asylum seekers who qualify as persons fleeing persecution, violence, or death under international law.

At present, there is no bureaucracy of qualified persons in place to deal with the sifting of true asylum seekers from the hoards of other migrants besieging the EU. And because of this mass human migration, the rule of law has broken down and the EU, in its struggle to survive, is trying to do what it can to stay together.

The discussion in this video, moderated by Martine Dennis of Al-Jazeera, brings together three experts:

Basal Kale – Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara (Turkey),

Yves Pascauau – Director of Migration and Mobility Policies, European Policy Centre, and

Bill Frelick – Refugee Rights Program Director, Human Rights Watch.

With regards to the right of the EU to send asylum seekers to a “safe” third country, it is alleged that Turkey is not a “safe” country. In these mass deportations there are qualified asylum seekers who either were not given a chance to make their claims or didn’t know that they were supposed to do so. (For LGBTI persons, timely claim-filing can be especially difficult to do, because of the need to stay closeted as long as possible to avoid violence from other refugees.–Ed)

Is the migrants’ deportation from Greece legal?
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Human Rights

International Organization for Migration: Female Genital Mutilation

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), is an intergovernmental body dedicated to the safe and orderly flow of migrants and refugees from country of origin to destination country. Issues IOM deals with include cultural, health, and human rights practices taken for granted or ignored back home that are illegal, unsafe, and contrary to the equal treatment of women, children, and minority and oppressed groups under international human rights law. Under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Global Sustainability, raising the status of women to equality with men is one of many goals in this worldwide developmental program.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a common practice, to varying degrees, mainly throughout Africa and the Middle East. The removal of a girl or woman’s external genitalia, according to regional cultural practices, is entrenched in the cultural and religious expectations of many refugees and asylum seekers, both male and female, moving to Western destination and other countries.

Changing cultural mores while assimilating to a new culture in a new country is not an easy task. And there is the fear that FGM in North America and Europe will be, or already has been, driven underground by new arrivals wanting to hang on to the old ways of doing things in a strange, new world.

http://www.iom.int/jahia/webdav/shared/shared/mainsite/projects/documents/fgm_infosheet.pdf

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Human Rights, United Nations

UNHCR: Syrian Refugees Start Over in Canada. Här kommer en YouTube-video till dig!

This short video is about a Syrian family that has come to Canada to make a new life for their family. Produced by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) it speaks of human suffering and the response of ordinary Canadians to help a family make a new life in the New World.

Some of the difficulties in this resettlement that were obvious to me were:

the need for everyone to learn the Roman alphabet and the English language,

the need for the family to learn and adjust to all the little things (managing a bak account, riding public transportation, seeking employment, shopping, paying bills, etc.) that we just
take for granted,

and the role of the Canadian volunteer team to be a family for these new arrivals to their new home.

Here in Salem, Oregon a large number of residents have chosen to be like our Canadian neighbors: welcoming Middle East and African migrants and helping them settle here when vetted and allowed to come by the appropriate US agencies. Some of us are concerned, however, about the rhetoric spewed in the current election season against all Syrians and Muslims because of the actions of terrorist groups in Europe and the US. (In the video a child who looked middle-school age was going to school for the first time in her life in Canada.)

One of the sponsors reminded viewers that Canada is a nation of refugees. So is the United States! My grandparents came to the US to make a new life or flee the constant wars in Europe. To categorize all persons fleeing terrorist armies and persecution in their homelands as dangerous threats to national security is ludicrous. And through treaty and other agreements the US has agreed to receive migrants, like it or not.

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Human Rights

BBC News: Saudis seek virtual freedoms denied in real life

I must not underestimate the value of being online. Stories such as the ones presented in this BBC Trending post are all so real throughout the world.

Here in a “free” country like the US, the government allows LGBTI persons to exist as the persons we really are. Last year we even achieved the right to marry someone of our own sex. But family rejection, job discrimination, and violence from hate groups are still all too real in our lives.

As a sexual, gender, and biological minority, going online puts one in a world community of likeminded sisters, brothers, and nongendered fellow travelers. Things that you can’t tell those close to you can be shared with others in similar situations. We are social beings who need love and acceptance in order to love and grow.

The current controversy around whether or not to allow the FBI to break into a terrorist’s iPhone must also be viewed from a human rights, LGBTIQ standpoint, as illustrated in this article. US politicians and others may naively think that the. freedoms enjoyed by North American and European countries are the same worldwide. This is not the case in Saudi Arabia and so many other places, where being “different” can get you a lengthly prison term or executed. Any and all attempts by government, any government, to freely tap into the encrypted privacy of others must be challenged, because of the harm it will bring to the struggle for universal equality worldwide.

I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

Saudis seek virtual freedoms denied in real life_88569278_shia.jpgSaudis who are atheists, transsexuals or different in some other way are using social media to find the freedom they cannot achieve in real life.
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Human Rights

Random Tankar (random thoughts) 29 februari 2016 – Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize Speech

A child is born into a family. The responsibility of the family is to provide safety, sustenance, and love to the child so it can grow to maturity. How the child will become an autonomous human being as it grows up may or may not what the family expects or desires. Since the child is responsible for its own destiny, the child is the final judge in these matters.

That is the way of raising a child that sounds good to the Western liberal mindset. That is the way Malala Yousafzai was raised in Pakistan. The Taliban and others didn’t see this as the “proper” way to raise a girl. So in 2012 she was shot in the head at point blank range. This violence inflicted on her for her feistiness for women’s rights did not silence her. This determination and resultant worldwide publicity made her the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Prize.

Even though she no longer lives in Pakistan, she is using the Nobel Prize money to help women back home in their struggles for education and equality. The violent act that was meant to silence her four years ago made her a stronger person. And other girls in situations of forced submission to masculine authority will be motivated to do what Malala did because of this international recognition.

For those of us in the struggle for LGBTI equality, the relationship of Malala’s situation to our own is obvious. There was something that called her to speak out, and it almost killed her. Perhaps she read the Koran and prayed with a trusting heart, hearing what Allah: the Compassionate, the Merciful, was calling her to do. Martin had been to the Mountain and had seen the Promised Land. You may not believe in a Supreme Being, yet be called to do what you can to make the world you live in a better place. If you life is more important than what you are willing to die for, get out of THIS business!

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Human Rights

Professor Gillian Triggs — Strengthening health and wellbeing: The role of human rights

This discussion of human rights from an Australian viewpoint looks at UN International Law, the Australian Constitution, and needed improvements in human rights for LGBTI persons.
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Human Rights

Refugee realities in the US

Back in 1997 I had the privilege, along with many others, of helping a family from Kenya settle into living in the US. It was shortly after the American Embassy in Nairobi was bombed and other terrorist activities had recently occurred in Kenya. The head of the family had a student visa and the wife had a green card. Free housing was available for a limited time. They had no savings.

The anxiety of both Mom and Dad, being in a new country with an uncertain future, was beyond intense. As Christians they prayed for help and guidance, but couldn’t help those moments when things seemed hopeless.

The children who were school age started school and I helped Mom get a job. Someone gave Dad a car and opportunities started coming in from people who needed help with home repairs, painting,etc. The school Dad attended was a distance from where the family lived. But people near the school stepped in and gave Dad a place to eat and sleep when he had to attend classes.

All along the line from arrival until Dad completed his Doctorate at a midwest university several years later, people stepped forward and opportunities presented themselves.

After Dad completed his college studies, the family was going to return home. But political developments in East Africa made returning to Kenya a dangerous, life-threatening probability. So they ended up staying in the US..

Now and then Dad and the family came to visit when I lived in that area. Dad told me many times that they could not have made it without my help. I wasn’t the only one. When I came out as transgender, Dad could not accept that. You can’t win all the battles. 🙁 But when the face of the Other presents itself, coming off an airplane, hanging on to a sinking migrant boat, or whatever, the Creator has created us to respond.

Right-wing speech hides refugee realities in the US
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