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2018

22

Jun

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Italy asks Malta to take in, seize migrant rescue ship

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Friday called on Malta to take in a rescue vessel carrying more than 200 migrants, and insisted the NGO-operated ship be impounded and its crew detained. “For the safety of the crew and passengers we have asked Malta to open its ports,” the leader of the far-right League tweeted, claiming the […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Politico

21

Jun

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Hungary steps up anti-immigration stance with plans for NGO tax

The Hungarian government has stepped up its anti-immigration measures with plans to introduce a 25% tax on aid groups it says support migration. Viktor Orbán’s administration has been among the most hostile to immigration in Europe. His Fidesz party was re-elected in a landslide victory in April, promising to crack down on non-governmental organisations it says […]

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Country: Hungary
Source: The Guardian , TRT Haber

21

Jun

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Nonprofit to be paid $458 million by Trump administration to detain migrant children

The Trump administration plans to pay a Texas nonprofit nearly half a billion dollars this year to care for immigrant children who were detained crossing the U.S. border illegally, according to government data. The nonprofit, Southwest Key Programs Inc., is to be paid more than $458 million in fiscal 2018, according to the data — […]

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Country: United States
Source: TIME

20

Jun

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US quits ‘biased’ UN human rights council

The US has pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling it a “cesspool of political bias”. Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the UN, said it was a “hypocritical” body that “makes a mockery of human rights”. Announcing the decision to quit the council, Ms Haley described the council as a “hypocritical […]

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Country: United States
Source: BBC

20

Jun

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Court orders Denmark to compensate 18 Iraqis over torture

A court in Denmark has ordered the government to compensate 18 civilians who were tortured during the Iraq war in an operation carried out by Iraqi security forces along with a Danish battalion. In total, 23 plaintiffs had sued Denmark after they were arrested and subjected to “torture and inhumane treatment” in 2004 during operation ‘Green Desert’ […]

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Country: Denmark
Source: Al Jazeera

19

Jun

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French police cut soles off migrant children’s shoes, claims Oxfam

French border police have been accused of detaining migrant children as young as 12 in cells without food or water, cutting the soles off their shoes and stealing sim cards from their mobile phones, before illegally sending them back to Italy. A report released on Friday by the charity Oxfam also cites the case of a […]

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Country: France
Source: The Guardian

19

Jun

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French President Emmanuel Macron scolds teen for calling him ‘Manu’

President Emmanuel Macron was attending a ceremony in northern France to commemorate General Charles De Gaulle’s call for popular resistance during World War II. The young man, who looked to be in his mid-teens, was standing behind a barrier as Mr Macron passed along the crowd. He was captured on LCI television singing the words of […]

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Country: France
Source: ABC , Sputnik

19

Jun

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Hundreds of migrant children caged along US border

Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets. One teenager told an advocate who visited that she was helping […]

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Country: United States
Source: AP

14

Jun

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Austrian rightist calls for prohibition of fasting in schools

The Secretary General of the Austrian People’s Party, Karl Nehammer, called for a ban on fasting for school-age children. He said that he had received “innumerable” reports from teachers about the welfare of children during Ramadan. “If religious rituals, regardless of religion, endanger the health of children, this is clearly going too far,” Nehammer said. “If religion […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Gatestone Institute , TRT Haber

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Jun

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Wilders’ Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest gets green light from Dutch counter-terror agency

The Freedom Party of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders will hold a competition of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad, it said on Tuesday. The party said the plan to hold the competition in the party’s secure offices in Dutch Parliament had been approved by the Dutch Counter-terrorism Agency NCTV. Wilders’ Freedom Party is the leading […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: Reuters