Children in Detention September 2013
A total of 27 children were detained in September 2013, seven of them were under 5, ten between five and eleven, eight between twelve and sixteen and two seventeen year olds. Fourteen were detained at Cedars pre-departure accommodation for removal and twelve detained in Tinsley House Family unit trying to enter the UK, one seventeen year old was held in Colnbrook Short Term Holding Centre.
European Court of Human Rights Presses Turkey on Justice
On Tuesday 12th November 2013, tECtHR issued a landmark ruling on one of the many incidents of killings and disappearances of Kurdish civilians by Turkish government forces in the early 1990s at the height of the conflict with the armed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). During that period the army forcibly evacuated and burned thousands of villages, in some cases killing villagers through shelling or aerial bombardment.
The European Court held Turkey responsible for the deaths of 33 people, including women and children, in an air force bombing raid on the villages of Kuskonar and Kusag?l? on March 26, 1994.
In 1995 Human Rights Watch documented the bombing, which was the subject of an official cover-up, in a report on Turkey's violations of the laws of war in the southeast in the early 1990s. Human Rights Watch talked to some witnesses of that attack again for a report last year on the importance of securing justice for victims of state-perpetrated killings and disappearances.
In its ruling on Tuesday, the European Court ordered Turkey to pay €2.3 million in damages because of its violations of the right to life and inadequate investigation into the deaths, and took an important and unusual further step, ruling that Turkey should now conduct a full domestic investigation into the case, "with a view to identifying and punishing those responsible."
Read More: Human Rights Watch, <> November 13, 2013
UKBA: Operational Guidance Note: Ghana
This document provides Home Office caseworkers with guidance on the nature and handling of the most common types of claims received from nationals/residents of Ghana, including whether claims are or are not likely to justify the granting of asylum, humanitarian protection or discretionary leave. Caseworkers must refer to the relevant asylum instructions for further details of the policy on these areas
<>Published on Refworld, 13/11/13
UKBA: Operational Guidance Note: Zimbabwe
This document provides Home Office caseworkers with guidance on the nature and handling of the most common types of claims received from nationals/residents of Zimbabwe, including whether claims are or are not likely to justify the granting of asylum, humanitarian protection or discretionary leave. Caseworkers must refer to the relevant asylum instructions for further details of the policy on these areas
<>Published on Refworld, 13/11/13
Iraq: Executions at Their Highest in Post-Saddam Iraq
A sharp increase in the use of the death penalty in Iraq has brought the number of known executions to the highest in the decade since the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003, with at least seven prisoners sent to the gallows yesterday, sparking fears that many more death row prisoners are at risk, Amnesty International said.
"Iraq's increased use of the death penalty, often after unfair trials in which many prisoners report having been tortured into confessing crimes, is a futile attempt to resolve the country's serious security