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UN refugee agency issues new guidelines on detention of asylum-seekers

[JURIST] The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] on Friday issued new international guidelines [materials, PDF; press release] regarding the detention of asylum-seekers. The new guidelines were presented amid statements of concern over the growing use of detention in a number of countries as global asylum...

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Philadelphia resident sought in Germany Nazi probe: report

[JURIST] Germany is seeking the extradition of an 87-year-old Philadelphia man who is accused of committing war crimes as an SS Guard at Auschwitz concentration camp, the Associated Press (AP) reported [AP report] Sunday. Retired Toolmaker Johann Breyer told the AP that he was a guard at the camp but was not involved in the killing of Jewish and...

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Daughter of Iran ex-president taken into custody to serve 6-month sentence

[JURIST] Faezah Hashemi [The Iranian profile], the daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was arrested on Saturday and taken to Evin Prison to serve a six-month prison sentence. Faezah Hashemi, an outspoken critic of Iran's incumbent government, was arrested [RFE/RL report] upon returning from a trip to London. She was...

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Belarus elections deemed valid amid opposition protests

[JURIST] Belarus held elections for members of parliament Sunday, despite a boycott by opposition parties. Many of the largest opposition parties agreed to not vote in the elections and pull their candidates, believing the results are predetermined. Despite the boycott, voter turnout was reported as at least over 50 percent [RFE report], which...

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Afghanistan bans newspapers from Pakistan due to propaganda concerns

[JURIST] The Afghan Interior Ministry [official website, in Persian] on Saturday ordered a ban on all Pakistani newspapers from entering Afghanistan because, they claim, the papers are a source of propaganda on the part of the Taliban. The papers are to be barred from entry [Reuters report] at the popular border crossings of Nangarhar, Kunar and...

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