Sexual violence and rape against Syrian women, reported by the International Rescue Committee

By Mark Tran, The Guardian, 14.01.2013Women interviewed for International Rescue Committee report tell of attacks involving kidnap, rape, torture and murder. The International Rescue Committee has described reported sexual violence against Syrian women and girls as horrific. Rape is a "significant and disturbing" feature of the Syrian civil war, with women and girls citing sexual [...]

La moitié des « Cas Dublin » disparaîssent dans la nature selon l’ODM

Selon l'ODM, 50% des requérants qui reçoivent une décision de non-entrée en matière (NEM) en Suisse disparaissent dans la nature ce qui empêche leur transfert dans le pays où leur procédures d'asile doit être examinée. Près de la moitié des requérants d'asile qui doivent quitter la Suisse selon les règles de l'accord de Dublin disparaissent [...]

Unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Europe, good reads for our Swiss asylum authorities!

Recently two studies came out on the treatment of unaccompanied minors asking for asylum in Europe. UNICEF's report on the Judicial implementation of Art. 3 of the CRC in Europe: The case of migrant children including unaccompanied children ( Another report on the Right to asylum for unaccompanied minors in the European Union was published [...]

UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2012


UNODC released its 2012 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons on 10 December 2012.  The 98 page report “provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based on trafficking cases detected between 2007 and 2010 (or more recent). The report also includes a chapter on the worldwide response to trafficking in persons. The Country Profiles of the Global Report present a national level analysis for each of the 132 countries covered by this edition of the report.”

In regard to trafficked persons in Europe:

“Of the [trafficking] victims originating outside Europe, those from African countries are most prominently detected. About 18 per cent of the total number of victims detected in Western and Central Europe are African. Victims from West Africa, especially but not only Nigerians, comprise the vast majority. West Africans accounted for about 14 per cent of the total…

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Beautiful Europe…Syrian Refugees Turned Back by Greek and Frontex Border Guards


A Guardian article today describes an incident which occurred earlier in the year which, if accurate, would indicate that Greek border guards and possibly border guards operating under Frontex Joint Operation Poseidon Land have returned Syrian asylum seekers (and migrants of other nationalities) to Turkish territory without registering and screening the migrants.

Excerpt: “This summer two people smugglers left 25 Syrian refugees to cross the Evros alone at night. There were two rubber dinghies. The first disappeared across the river into the night. The second …capsized. Most of the men, women and children could not swim. Some survived … The bedraggled Syrians who made it ashore [were detained].  After [irregular migrants are arrested], they are usually detained in administrative holding centres by the EU border police, Frontex, which has been deployed a few miles from the border since 2010. However, the group of Syrian refugees who made it across the…

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Le centre de rétention des demandeurs d’asile à l’aéroport de Genève est inadapté aux enfants

La Commission nationale de prévention de la torture (CNPT) a publié vendredi dernier 23.11.2012, son rapport sur les visites effectuées dans les quatre principaux centres d’enregistrement et de procédure (CEP) de Suisse, à savoir ceux de Kreuzlingen, Chiasso, Vallorbe et Bâle, entre les mois de mars 2011 et de mars 2012. La CNPT a retiré [...]

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