At least 90 refugees drown in Mediterranean as boat capsizes off coast of Libya

More than 90 people are thought to have drowned after their unsafe boat was damaged and sunk after leaving Libya for Europe. General Ayoub Gassim, spokesperson for the Libyan navy, said on Thursday that the overcrowded inflatable dinghy carrying 126 people ripped and began taking on water about 26 miles (42 kilometres) off the Libyan …

Calais: ‘No shelter’ for unregistered children in fire-ravaged camp

Children have been sent back to a demolished and burning campsite in Calais despite French authorities declaring the “jungle” had been emptied. Aid organisations have told The New Arab that dozens of children who were turned away when the registration office closed at 12.15pm on Wednesday were left with no choice but to go back …

Poster mocking child refugees found in UK parliament communal kitchen, MP reveals

A poster mocking child refugees has been displayed on the wall of a communal kitchen in Parliament. Labour MP, Chi Onwurah, tweeted the picture that shows an elderly man wearing a keffiyeh. The text reads: “Just £3 from you could clothe and feed his 12yr old Syrian child for a week.” Ms Onwurah tweeted: “Upset …

Australia intentionally torturing refugees on Nauru, says major Amnesty International report

The Australian government is responsible for the deliberate and systematic torture of refugees on Nauru and should be held accountable under international law, according to a major new report informed by unprecedented access to the secretive island. Amnesty International said it had interviewed 62 refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, and more than a dozen …

Swedish asylum center burns down in arson attack

A Swedish asylum center burned down overnight in a suspected attack by arsonists, police said on Friday, the second incident of its kind in a week in the Stockholm region. Staff alerted police in the early hours of Friday after hearing noises and seeing lights outside the building, Stockholm police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said. A …

Calais refugee children in UK subjected to ‘unethical’ dental test to verify age

The age of child refugees being brought to the United Kingdom from the Calais Jungle camp in northern France, has got considerable attention from the British media suggesting that those arriving in Britain on Monday may not be under 18. An anti-humanitarian reaction has come from a Conservative deputy, David Davis calling for child refugees …

Dozens of refugees protest conditions in Madrid detention center

Dozens of refugees held in a detention center in Madrid have protested, climbing on the building’s roof, a spokesperson for the city’s mayor said. “We don’t know the exact number, 30 or 40. They climbed onto the roof and the police are there attempting to negotiate,” the spokesperson for Madrid mayor Manuela Carmena said Wednesday, …

Calais camp children arrive in UK, concerns raised over ages of 14 child refugees

Fourteen “teenagers” on Monday arrived in the UK from Calais as a fast-track system was launched to transfer youngsters from the “Jungle” camp before it is demolished. The Home Office insisted it had “verified” the ages of all the refugees and that all of those who were brought to the UK were aged between 14 …

French police accused of ‘stealing phones and shoes of refugees to stop them leaving Calais Jungle’

French police have been stripping refugees and migrants of their shoes and forcing them to walk in bare feet to deter them from venturing outside the Calais Jungle, The Independent has learned. Refugees failing to comply with officers’ demands have then felt they were being threatened by police officers with force, it has been alleged. …

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