Nobel Peace Laureates speak out on new U.S. government immigration xenophobia

Nobel Peace Laureates speak out on new U.S. government immigration xenophobia

(WNN Breaking / Thomson Reuters Foundation release) BOGOTA, COLOMBIA: Nobel Peace Prize winners meeting in Colombia criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration policies on Thursday, accusing him of xenophobia and discrimination. Last week Trump issued an executive order that put a 120-day halt on the U.S. refugee program, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely and imposed a […]

Displaced LGBTIs face critical & increased danger after leaving home countries

Displaced LGBTIs face critical & increased danger after leaving home countries

WNN Justice (WNN/IRIN) Geneva, SWITZERLAND, EUROPE: Refugees and asylum seekers face a host of challenges when crossing borders, but the obstacles are particularly pronounced for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) persons, say experts. According to UNHCR, targeting people based on real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity for persecution, discrimination, and harassment […]

Kenyan government encourages hostile environments for Somali refugees

Kenyan government encourages hostile environments for Somali refugees

Melanie Teff with Mark Yarnell from Refugees International – WNN Earth Watch (WNN/RI) Nairobi, KENYA, EAST AFRICA: In December 2012, the Government of Kenya announced a directive that would force all refugees living in cities to relocate to camps, and shut down all registration and service provision to refugees and asylum-seekers in cities. This effectively […]

Colombian women migrants say “life is not so easy” in Brazil

Colombian women migrants say “life is not so easy” in Brazil

Luisa Pascoareli – WNN Features (WNN) São Paulo, BRAZIL: Known throughout the world as a ‘welcoming’ country, Brazil in the last decade has opened its doors to more than 286,000 immigrants. They have come from a diverse group of global regions, all for different reasons, coming from the United States, Japan, Paraguay, Portugal and Bolivia, according […]

Iraqi women refugees face hard lens of discrimination in Syria

Iraqi women refugees face hard lens of discrimination in Syria

Dawn Calabia – WNN MDG Stories (WNN) IRAQ/SYRIA: For Americans living comfortably and securely, the life of a refugee seeking safety and survival is hard to imagine. Conflict, persecution, abuse, and threats force a refugee to flee, leaving behind their home and possessions, their friends, their community, and often their family. They flee without knowing […]