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Nov. 30, 2018, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Starting on August 25, the country experienced an influx of more than 646,000 Rohingya migrants from Burma, more than doubling the existing refugee and undocumented migrant population in the refugee camps and makeshift settlements in Cox’s Bazar, near the Burmese border" (16-17). "According to the United Nations, more than 50 percent of the new arrivals since August 25 were female, including approximately 16,000 pregnant women. The new Rohingya arrivals took shelter in jungles, hill villages, and open spaces along the road from Ukhiya to Tenkaf and built homes mostly with bamboo poles and plastic sheets"(19). "Authorities displaced several indigenous families to create border guard camps and army recreational facilities" (19).more
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The country continued to experience a dramatic influx of refugees from Syria, as well as persons from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries. By law refugee status could be conferred only on persons of European origin. Persons from other countries could apply for recognition as “conditional refugees,” with the exception of Syrians, for whom the law establishes a “temporary protection” status. The renewal of conflict in the Southeast also resulted in an increased number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) . . . Conditional refugees and Syrians under temporary protection also experienced restrictions on their freedom of movement. Authorities assigned “conditional refugees” to one of 62 cities, where they received services from...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Nepali-speaking Bhutanese were subject to discrimination with respect to employment and occupation" (18).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

During the fighting between Government army and Shan State Army (North), Government’s health workers have not only failed to provide health care service to refugees in Murng Hsu area but have also prohibited SWAN’s health workers from providing any service. In one case the government appointed midwife stationed in Hai Pa village ran away during the fighting. She came back to the village only after the fighting stopped. Then she took all the medicines that people donated for refugees to the government clinic in the village (Source: Shan Women’s Action Network) . . . Ma Tin Su, a government health worker and village tract hospital administrator based in Tha-yet-chaung Township,...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"On Government-issued identification cards, women are listed as “dependent” even if they are employed and have their own careers and identification cards for children must bear the signature of the father not the mother. This also holds true in IDP camps, where residents must list a father’s not mother’s name on all documents" (page 6-7). "The situation is especially dire for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in camps in northern Shan, Palaung, and Kachin states, and others affected by conflict who are without means to provide for themselves and their families. Thus, they easily fall prey to brokers who promise safety and a job necessary for survival. For example, border immigration...more
Nov. 12, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Security concerns also limited the number of displaced Kosovo Serbs who sought to return" (para 76). "As of October UNHCR estimated that 16,893 persons remained displaced in Kosovo and throughout the region due to the 1998-99 war and riots in 2004. Significant numbers of Kosovo Roma, Kosovo Ashkali, and Kosovo Egyptians remained unregistered and uncounted by authorities, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center. Many of these persons resided in informal settlements lacking electricity and other basic services" (para 79)
Nov. 9, 2018, 2:01 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Before the Syrian conflict, child marriage would not have been a reality for Iman and her family, as it was a significantly less common practice. Some estimates show that child marriage rates are four times higher among Syrian refugees today [in Lebanon] than among Syrians before the crisis. This skyrocketing rate can be attributed to the terror, poverty and instability that the conflict has caused" (para 6).
Nov. 9, 2018, 1:53 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Before the Syrian conflict, child marriage would not have been a reality for Iman and her family, as it was a significantly less common practice. Some estimates show that child marriage rates are four times higher among Syrian refugees today [in Lebanon] than among Syrians before the crisis. This skyrocketing rate can be attributed to the terror, poverty and instability that the conflict has caused" (para 6).
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The government cooperated with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other humanitarian organizations to provide protection and assistance to internally displaced persons, refugees, returning refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, and other persons of concern" (page 18). "The government recognized 65 persons as refugees during the first six months of the year, out of 149 asylum seekers at various stages of the process . . . UNHCR also noted that the application of refugee criteria was not consistent throughout the country, and the recognition rate remained low" (page 19-20). "The law does not provide for differentiated procedures for persons with specific needs, such as separated children, and persons with...more
Nov. 1, 2018, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"the majority of both defectors and market traders in the North are female. Many women have more freedom of movement than men as they are not assigned a state job from which their absence will be noticed. North Korean women caught fleeing the country to China or who are repatriated from its neighbour face severe punishment including torture, imprisonment and sexual abuse, the report said" (para 12-14).
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"During the 30-year Casamance conflict, tens of thousands of persons left villages in the region due to fighting, forced removal, and land mines. The government estimated 10,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) remained in the Casamance. Some international humanitarian assistance agencies estimated the IDP number to be as high as 40,000. During the year a growing number of IDPs returned to their villages in the Casamance . . . Since 1989 the country has offered temporary protection to Mauritanian refugees, who generally lived in dispersed locations in the Senegal River valley along the Mauritanian border and enjoyed free movement within the country. According to UNHCR, the vast majority of the remaining...more
Oct. 25, 2018, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya minority in Rakhine State occurred during the year. In early August some security forces deployed throughout northern Rakhine State... displacing villagers, the majority of whom were Rohingya. Augmented security forces, as well as local vigilante groups acting independently or in concert with security forces, then reportedly committed widespread atrocities against Rohingya villagers, including... burning of tens of thousands of homes... This displaced more than 655,000 Rohingya to neighboring Bangladesh as of December, as well as an unknown number within Rakhine State, and more than 20,000 villagers from other ethnic groups, many of whom were evacuated by the security forces" (1). "The United Nations, media, human...more
Oct. 22, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The government cooperated with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with regard to refugees from Afghanistan and Iraq" (para 108). "The government had a mixed record in providing support for refugees, mostly from Afghanistan and some from Iraq. The government is responsible for refugee registration and status determination, and it undertook an annual reregistration of refugees under a system known as 'Amayesh,' through which authorities provided refugees with Amayesh cards. The cards enabled refugees to access basic services, and facilitated the issuance of work permits to refugees. There were 950,000 Afghan and 28,000 Iraqi Amayesh cardholders. Additionally, approximately 1.4 million 'nonrefugee' Afghans held visas under a...more
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The government cooperated with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and other humanitarian organizations in providing protection and assistance to internally displaced persons, refugees, returning refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, and other persons of concern" (para 99). "A lack of systematic monitoring of return and resettlement conditions as well as difficulties in defining who was still an internally displaced person (IDP) made it difficult reliably to estimate the number of IDPs. The international NGO Internal Displacement Monitoring Center reported that as of July there were an estimated 31,400 people 'displaced by violence or conflict,' nearly all of whom have been...more
Oct. 5, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The Committee is concerned at the increasing number of internally displaced women and girls in the State party, who are in need of a long-term intervention to ensure, among other things, their access to basic services and protection. While noting the adoption of the Act on Ensuring the Rights and Freedoms of Internally Displaced Persons in October 2014, as well as a number of resolutions and decrees on assistance to internally displaced women, the Committee is concerned at the lack of implementation measures. The Committee is further concerned that internally displaced women, including older women, women with disabilities, Roma women and lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, are at a heightened...more
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"UNHCR reported that, between September and the end of November, approximately 1,000 Nicaraguan displaced indigenous persons arrived in the Gracias a Dios Department in the border region with Nicaragua. UNHCR remained concerned about forced displacement due to high levels of violence, national and transnational gang activity, and human trafficking and migrant smuggling. The government maintained an interinstitutional commission to address the problem of persons displaced by violence. UNHCR reported that it collaborated extensively with the commission, which aimed to monitor displacement and develop policies and programs to prevent displacement and provide protection to displaced persons, focusing on the most vulnerable persons affected by organized crime and other situations of violence....more
Oct. 3, 2018, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1, CWC-DATA-3

"Women and girls face devastating and systematic sexual violence, with many arriving in Bangladeshi camps pregnant and lacking adequate maternal care" (para 2).
Oct. 3, 2018, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1, CWC-DATA-3

"Women and girls face devastating and systematic sexual violence, with many arriving in Bangladeshi camps pregnant and lacking adequate maternal care" (para 2).
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"By year’s end the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) had surpassed 3.2 million. The country also hosted 245,000 Syrian refugees, most of whom have settled in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR). Although donor funding increased, government response fell short of rapidly rising humanitarian demands, and displaced populations became destitute, leading some citizens to seek refuge abroad" (para 2). "By year’s end the number of displaced Iraqis surpassed 3.2 million, according to UN figures.Human rights abuses included mass executions, abductions, and repression of ethnic and religious minorities. Government security forces also made gains, liberating Tikrit in April, Sinjar in November, and Ramadi at year’s end. More than 150,000 IDPs returned...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Almost thirty of the Rohingya women and girls I interviewed were brutally gang-raped by the Myanmar military and then had to walk for days to reach safety in Bangladesh. When asked to describe the journey, one woman said “there was just so much pain,” and burst into tears recalling the agony of walking on very serious injuries, with very little to eat, having lost everything" (para 1). "The women I spoke with reported feeling too ashamed to confide in their doctors. Often they are treated for emergency medical services in makeshift tents, without privacy or confidentiality to report rape... many of the women and girls I interviewed do not know...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Almost thirty of the Rohingya women and girls I interviewed were brutally gang-raped by the Myanmar military and then had to walk for days to reach safety in Bangladesh. When asked to describe the journey, one woman said “there was just so much pain,” and burst into tears recalling the agony of walking on very serious injuries, with very little to eat, having lost everything" (para 1). "The women I spoke with reported feeling too ashamed to confide in their doctors. Often they are treated for emergency medical services in makeshift tents, without privacy or confidentiality to report rape... many of the women and girls I interviewed do not know...more
Sept. 20, 2018, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"A situational assessment of IDPs in the northeast in July 2016 by NOI Polls, a Nigerian research organization, reported that 66 percent of 400 displaced people in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states said that camp officials sexually abuse the displaced women and girls" (para 5). "The Boko Haram conflict has led to... the abductions of at least 2,000 people, mostly women and children and large groups of students... restricted movement in the IDP camps in Maiduguri, compounds the vulnerability of victims – many of them widowed women and unaccompanied orphaned girls – to rape and sexual exploitation by camp officials, soldiers, police, members of civilian vigilante groups, and other Maiduguri...more
Sept. 14, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Ilhan Omar made history Tuesday night as the nation’s first Somali-American legislator, with a commanding win in a state House race. Omar... continues an unlikely political journey that began amid the Somali civil war and a Kenyan refugee camp" (para 1-2). "She immigrated to the United States as a preteen, knowing only a few words of English, living with her family in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside area. They escaped the Somali civil war when she was 8 and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp" (para 16).
Sept. 10, 2018, 5:07 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"In July the government agreed to accept 1,300 asylum seekers, mostly from Iraq, Syria, and Eritrea, who arrived from Greece and Italy over the previous months. In September the government agreed to take another 14,931 refugees who were already in Europe, also mostly from Iraq, Syria, and Eritrea. By the end of the year, 12 asylum seekers arrived in the country from Italy for relocation" (7).
Sept. 6, 2018, 9 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"One in three Central American women interviewed by the UN refugee agency (UNHRC) on Mexico’s southern border at the end of last year were fleeing gender violence" (para 15). "Mexico’s 2011 refugee law is broader than the 1951 Geneva convention and is regarded as one of the region’s most progressive. It specifically identifies gender violence as a valid basis for seeking asylum. Victims of sex trafficking, forced prostitution, child marriage and domestic violence can qualify as refugees under the legislation. But in practice, it is hard for traumatized domestic violence survivors to convince the Mexican refugee agency, Comar, that they require international protection. After two brief interviews, one of which...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:02 a.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: CWC-DATA-3, CWC-DATA-4

"During the year many countries in the EU and Southeast Europe experienced an unprecedented wave of migration from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, consisting of a mix of asylum seekers/potential refugees, economic migrants, and trafficking victims, among others" (6).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Most IDPs were women and children...In Mindanao, from January to October, UNHCR reported 267,312 displaced persons caused by armed conflict (including violence between local communities) and 100,946 persons displaced due to natural disasters. By the end of October, many of those IDPs had returned home or found durable solutions, although 169,501 persons displaced in Mindanao since 2012 continued to seek durable solutions" (18).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"During the year the NEC reviewed and made formal determinations on pending asylum cases, including for Syrian, Pakistani, and Iranian applicants, and reviewed pending asylum cases of individuals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When political unrest in Burundi led thousands of persons to cross the border into Tanzania, the government granted prima facie refugee status to the new arrivals. During the year the government agreed to allow UNHCR access to three former refugee camps to accommodate the large increase in the refugee population, which by December had reached an estimated 121,000 new arrivals" (14).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The government allowed UNHCR to monitor the protection status of the more than 110,000 Burmese refugees and asylum seekers living in nine camps along the border with Burma but prohibited UNHCR from any assistance role in the camps" (26). There are a large number of refugees coming from Burma (aka Myanmar), which borders Thailand (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"In September the government stated it had granted residency permits to more than 100,000 Syrian nationals since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, bringing the total Syrian population in the country to approximately 240,000" (16).