AsylumConnect Week in Review 02/18/2019

Although border states have begun plans to withdrawal troops from the southern border, President Tump has declared a national emergency in order to secure funding for his proposed wall. This week the U.N. and German parliament raised concerns about the safety of the LGBT community in Chechnya and North Africa respectively. For more information, please read on…

Manus Island refugee No QNK002: Abdul Aziz Muhamat wins international human rights prize

The Guardian

“A Sudanese refugee activist who spent four years in an Australian detention centre has won an international human rights prize for exposing “the very cruel asylum seeker policy of the Australian government”.

Abdul Aziz Muhamat was named the winner of the Martin Ennals award 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday.”

‘A manufactured crisis’: California governor plans troop withdrawal from southern border

Lindsey Bever- The Washington Post

“Amid an intense debate over immigration and President Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) plans to issue an order Monday pulling more than 300 National Guard troops from the state’s southern border.”

As Trump Declares National Emergency To Fund Border Wall, Democrats Promise A Fight

Jessica Taylor and Brian Naylor- NPR

“Calling it "a great thing to do," President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday in order to help finance a long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. It's a highly unusual move from an unconventional president.”

North Africa seen as unsafe for LGBT people: rights groups

Kersten Knipp- Deutsche Welle

“The Bundesrat, Germany's upper house of parliament, is considering whether to recognize Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia as "safe countries of origin." Yet LGBT people are still persecuted in all three places.”

LGBT community in Chechnya faces ‘new wave of persecution’: UN human rights experts

UN News

“People in Chechnya who are suspected of being lesbian, gay or bisexual, are facing a “new wave of persecution” following a spate of killings involving torture, and other rights abuses, said a group of independent UN human rights experts on Wednesday.”