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Belgium

2017

16

Sep

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Belgium deports Danish woman wearing niqab to Tunis

A Danish woman, who allegedly refused to take off her niqab at the Brussels airport, has been deported after police were unable to identify her, according to a Belgian official Saturday. State Secretary for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken confirmed the incident on his official Twitter account. “A Danish citizen coming from Tunis refused to […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Anadolu Agency

12

Sep

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Belgian NGO hits out at police action against refugees

Clearing refugees from public parks and transport hubs in Brussels has been described as “inhuman” by a Belgian NGO. Brussels-based aid organization Humain on Tuesday said recent increased police action against refugees taking shelter in parks and metro stations had caused anxiety. It claimed the 500-600 refugees who had been based in the Maximilian Park […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Anadolu Agency

12

Jul

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Open NGO Letter to EU Member States and Institutions Regarding the Export of Surveillance Equipment

Open NGO Letter to EU Member States and Institutions Regarding the Export of Surveillance Equipment Following the alarming evidence that EU-made electronic surveillance equipment is still being exported to authoritarian countries around the world, we strongly urge all EU member states and institutions to respect their human rights obligations and call on them to prioritise […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Bahrain Watch

11

Jul

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ECtHR upholds Belgium’s Muslim face veil ban

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) upheld Belgium’s Muslim face veil ban in a ruling announced Tuesday. The court ruled that the restriction sought to guarantee social cohesion, the “protection of the rights and freedoms of others” and that it was “necessary in a democratic society.” The court rejected arguments by three Muslim women […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Daily Sabah

21

Jun

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One year on: EU’s approach to migration is failing

12 months ago the EU launched a partnership approach for working with African countries on managing migration. To date this has failed to provide safe and regular channels for migration or offer long-term solutions that improve the lives of people on the move, said Oxfam today. European heads of state and government, meeting today in […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Oxfam , DW

17

Jun

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Europol says the PKK is targeting Turkish institutions across the EU

A report by the European police body Europol says the PKK terror group remains operative in Europe and has strong support in France, Italy and Switzerland. The PKK terror group attacked Turkish institutions and private property across Europe last year, the EU’s top law enforcement body said on Thursday. “A number of incidents targeting Turkish […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: TRT World , Europol

25

May

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Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

Africa is poor, but we can try to help its people. It’s a simple statement, repeated through a thousand images, newspaper stories and charity appeals each year, so that it takes on the weight of truth. When we read it, we reinforce assumptions and stories about Africa that we’ve heard throughout our lives. We reconfirm […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Al Jazeera English

17

May

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EU countries opposed to migrant resettlement quotas have been issued with a warning

The European Commissioner for migration issues has given Poland and Hungary one month to comply with the EU’s migrant relocation package or face legal action. There is a target to relocate 160,000 refugees from Greece and Italy by September, but so far less than 20,000 have been moved to other EU states. At a parliamentary […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Euronews

12

May

Three-year-old triplet brothers, Recep, Tayyip and Erdogan Yasin, named after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, sit in front of a container at the Harran refugee camp in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Drop in lone migrant children asylum claims in EU, but many slip through the cracks

The number of lone migrant children applying for asylum in Europe dropped by a third in 2016, according to the European Union’s statistics office, but child rights advocates said many unaccompanied children are not reflected in official figures and remain at risk of abuse. Eurostat this week said 63,290 lone children applied for asylum in […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Eurostat , Reliefweb

08

May

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Belgium just banned kosher and halal slaughter in its biggest territory

Belgium’s Wallooon region has voted to ban kosher and halal meats by outlawing the slaughter of unstunned animals. The environment committee of southern Belgium’s Walloon Parliament voted unanimously for the ban, which will take effect on 1 September, 2019. Both Jewish kosher and Islamic halal rituals require the butcher to swiftly slaughter the animal by […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Independent