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The September 2015 issue of the International Refugee Rights Initiative’s Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter (formerly the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter) is out. Find the full newsletter .

In this issue:


South Africa to recognise separated children as dependents of their primary caregivers

A humane approach can work: The effectiveness of alternatives to detention for asylum seekers

Statement by the American Association for Justice on the lack of legal safeguards to protect refugees and non-citizens

The state of freedom of movement for refugees in Tanzania: an overview

Cessation of Rwandan Refugee Status: Two Years On

No-man’s land: life on the Serbia-Hungary border, a briefing on the current crisis

Launch of a voluntary repatriation program of refugees from Kenya to Somalia

The true human rights situation in Eritrea: the new UK Home Office Guidance as a political instrument for the prevention of migration

The impact of the legal aid reforms on refugees in the UK

Military service evasion as grounds for refugee status: the case of Syria


News on Countries of Origin

News on Countries of Asylum

Detention and Deportation News


UK Home Office Appeal Against DFT Decision - Booted out of High Court

House of Commons (UK) - Written answers and statements, Monday 3 August 2015: Charter flights 2015 numbers removed & costs

Officials deporting migrants by nationality “To fill charter flights”

Detainees in family detention file for USD 10M in damage claims

NIJC releases 90 immigration detention contracts and launches immigration detention transparency and human rights project

UK: Yarl’s Wood IRC - Not meeting the needs of vulnerable women

UK Appeals heard under Detained Fast-Track can be set aside and reheard

UK Parliamentary debate on detention, 10 September

United Kingdom: Immigration detention #UnlockTheDebate - Sept 2015

Dominican Republic defends its actions regarding the expulsion of Haitian-Dominicans

Gabon deports 500 people to Nigeria

Abuse of a Palestinian refugee detained for deportation


The creation of “trafficking”

Monitoring of the Italian externalisation policies on migration

UN condemns Canada’s arbitrary, indefinite detention of migrants

UNHCR warns of deepening refugee crisis in Greece and calls for urgent and bold action

Australia’s cruel treatment of gay asylum-seekers

UNHCR calls for comprehensive response to the Calais situation

116 Somali refugees from Kenya land in Mogadishu, spearheading new phase of voluntary repatriation

Stop the refoulement of Uyghurs from Thailand

Gender-nonconforming lesbian who fled persecution in DRC granted protection after three-year legal fight

European Court of Human Rights questions Spain over claims it violated European Convention on Human Rights

Hungary: Building a legal fence


The Lord Chancellor v Detention Action: UK Court of Appeal agrees Detained Fast Track appeals unfair

UK Upper Tribunal finds asylum applicant should not change profession to avoid persecution

Comments on China’s family planning laws in relation to asylum claim

Yusif v. Lynch, Aug. 7, 2015: Asylum petition granted to Chaldean Christian from Iraq

Positive result in Cyprus for stateless Kurds from Syria

LETTER TO THE EDITORS: Post Deportation Monitoring Network facebook group


Courses, conferences and workshops

Events: Launch of online resource for migrants, Leeds, UK, 3 September 2015

Calls for papers


Request: Contact from practitioners representing Sri Lankan victims of torture