"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Tuesday 26 February 2013

Today's links

Burnley dad wins battle to stop children from being deported to South Africa.


A DAD has won the battle to stop his two young children from being deported from Burnley to a South African children’s home.

Last week the Lancashire Telegraph reported the plight of Seth Tutt, and his five-year-old sister Leigh, who were brought here by their father Justin Tutt, 29, after the sudden death of their mother.

The children had been facing the prospect of deportation in four weeks when their holiday visa runs out, but Mr Tutt has now been told by the UK Border Agency that they can stay on five-year settlement visas, and after that period they can apply for permanent passports.

Via https://twitter.com/ncadc


Anti-rape campaigner in Sheffield fears death if deported.


Odette Sefuko, an asylum seeker from Sheffield, fears that she could face imprisonment, rape and death if she is deported to Uganda as currently planned on Monday of next week.

Sefuko, who is currently being detained at Yarls Wood Detention Centre , was arrested by the UK Border Agency on Wednesday 13 February. Campaigners say that the Home Office are seeking to deport Sefuko to Uganda despite evidence from UN experts that she is from the Democratic Republic of Congo.





https://twitter.com/britcits tweets :
The semantics of migration..scare tactics from #UKBA and impact on our daily lives

My view is that the vast majority of reasonable people who desire a sensible balance on migration need to clearly tell politicians not to give into the extremes. Migration can be the subject of reasoned debate without all the vitriol. Clear and reasonable policies can be adopted. In this regard, the media has a special responsibility to serve the public interest. It should avoid anecdotal evidence which then becomes the norm in the public conscience and instead publish research-based evidence. Unfortunately, both the government's reluctance to provide coherent immigration policy and the media's discriminatory portrayal of migrants inhibit our ability to have a healthy debate on migration, to the detriment of my adopted country which I have come to love as much as my homeland.


https://twitter.com/19pst tweets :
Stay vigilant. 70 years ago today: the first transport of Roma and Sinti Gypsies reaches Auschwitz


https://twitter.com/ecre tweets :
Detained migrants in Greece claim violent attack by police to end their hunger strike left many with broken limbs

https://twitter.com/MigrantVoiceUK tweets :
Seeking asylum from 'safe' countries. One woman's story of rape and fear from govt forces


https://twitter.com/ncadc tweets :
Immigration and asylum news round up -


Obama's immigrants: The best, the brightest and the borders.



Fear stalks South Sudan, the world's newest country.



Syria: 'Lens of a young Homsi', photos of a city under siege.



Police torture continues in Egypt.




Scores of families have fought back against a controversial campaign in China's central Henan province to raze millions of graves for farmland and resurrected their ancestors’ resting places during the Lunar New Year.

In the latest pushback against the government's plans to free up land, local residents throughout the province restored about half of the dug-up graves, or about one million [zh], throughout February 2013, according to a local news report.



As Japan's star fades, many struggle for hope.


As Japan's economic growth continues to shrink each year, the Japanese, more and more disconnected from their families and friends thanks to grueling works days and the Internet's erosion of personal relationships, are finding it difficult to put on a happy face.


Pollution is steering China towards a cancer crisis.


China's top Internet entrepreneur Ma Yun has warned that no amount of money can protect the rich from China's cancer-causing pollution. His comments resonated with web users, many of whom are already alarmed by the country's toxic combination of air and water contamination and food safety issues.


Defending capital punishment in Japan.



Human rights organization Amnesty International called for the death penalty to be abolished in Japan and criticized the Japanese Ministry of Justice for hanging three inmates. Beth at JapanCrush takes a look at reactions from netizens who are in favor of capital punishment in the country.


General Luo Yuan's battle on Weibo.



High-ranking Chinese military officer Luo Yuan opened a personal Weibo account on Feb 21. Since then, his pro-war comments on how to manage China's relationship with Japan and the recent nuclear test in North Korea have triggered sharp criticism from netizens.


Macedonian anti-fascists protest against harassment.


Vanco Dzambaski published a photo gallery from the gathering that took place on February 16 in the center of Skopje, commemorating the February Campaign of 1944, when Macedonian partisans marched through the snowy mountains to deal a decisive blow to the fascist forces in Macedonia and Northern Greece.


God exists and He serves the Kremlin.


Though the Pussy Riot trial is over, the culture war it launched in Russia drags on unabated.


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