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Stories about Refugees

Israel appoints its first Ethiopian-born minister, Pnina Tamano-Shata

Israel has just appointed its first black minister from the Ethiopian Jewish community. Despite this encouraging gesture, the community still faces discrimination and racism in Israel.

Uyghur human rights advocate Dilnur Reyhan laments lack of Muslim solidarity

Hatred against the West has blinded ordinary Muslim citizens to the point of refusing to believe news brought by the Western media, even when it concerns concentration camps for Muslims

Burundi voted — but will the political situation change?

Burundians voted on May 20 for a new president, with official results expected next week. The new president will face pressing questions on international relations, media repression, inclusive economic policies and...

The nightmare in Syria continues amid new coronavirus fears

The gathering of displaced persons in Idlib, Syria, has sparked international concern that this community — living under the harshest conditions — could be deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemic pushes more than 34,000 Venezuelan migrants home

Around 500 migrants are arriving at the Colombian border city of Cúcuta every day intending to return to Venezuela. As of April 15, a total of 34,000 people had passed...

A feeling of hopelessness: Interview with a Uyghur refugee in Turkey

The Chinese government policy of racial and religious profiling has forced young Uyghurs to leave China and remain in exile.

New video gives clues about motives behind attacks in northern Mozambique

Recorded in Ntchinga village, the video shows the armed group bearing an Islamic State flag and a leader addressing the local people in Kimwan and Kiswahili languages, resembling a rally.

COVID-19 is also affecting Venezuela's indigenous migrants

Venezuela's borders with Brazil and Colombia have been closed since mid-March,  the use of illegal paths and crossings has increased, with its related dangers.

Ahead of contentious elections, Burundi faces its first COVID-19 cases

The upcoming election in Burundi has been surrounded by concerns over security and transparency. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic poses another public safety concern.

COVID-19 on the frontline: Insights from an Australian humanitarian nurse

"there are areas around the world where people cannot buy soap and do not have access to running water. It is these countries that will suffer the most..."

Refugees in Ethiopia's camps raise privacy and exclusion concerns over UNHCR’s new digital registration

Biometric registration enables refugees to secure a digital ID that gives them access to aid. Their use has raised serious concerns about privacy and exclusion among refugees in Ethiopia.

For Rohingya refugees, ID systems have brought coercion, violence and denial of ethnic identity

"They told us they would withhold rations and that we couldn’t stay in the camps. So we had no choice."

India's forgotten persecution of Chinese migrants

"If this episode destroyed so many lives, what kind of chaos, let alone wholesale injustice, can we expect with citizenship laws and tests applied much more widely than in 1962?"

Czech Parliament elects ombudsman with history of racial discrimination

His appointment speaks of the poor state of human rights in the country.

Doing journalism in a deadly narco state

"The country is in pain. Telling these stories means it’s also necessary to tell what causes them, but that’s just where more problems begin."

Subdued recognition in Japan for Sugihara Chiune on 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

As a diplomat in Lithuania in 1940, Sugihara issued 6,000 visas for Jews looking to flee to the Americas via Japan.

From Cox's Bazar to Yangon, poets show solidarity with Rohingya minority in Myanmar

"Myanmar’s oppression dispersed our ethnic minorities, now our poetries bring us together."

The real reasons people are fleeing Honduras

Hondurans live in a narco-state whose leadership is supported by the United States and which suffers from widespread corruption, gender violence, gang control, land-grabs, and the effects of climate change.

From Indonesian exile to Czechoslovakian pop star: An interview with Rony Marton

Jaroni Surjomartono, an Indonesian scholar, arrived in Prague in 1963. He and hundreds of scholars were later banned from returning home after General Suharto rose to power.

Protests, internet shutdowns and biryani: 2019 in South Asia

Overall, our coverage in the past 12 months highlighted stories of protests and internet shutdowns from across the region.

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