New Zealand Red Cross is encouraged by the Prime Minister’s response to the suspension of the United States refugee programme and would like to see a practical response from New Zealand through an emergency refugee intake.
“We agree that it is the kiwi way to welcome refugees and believe that New Zealand has been a world leader in this regard,” says Anne Smith, acting Secretary General of New Zealand Red Cross.
In the current global climate support for refugees, and upholding obligations to protect them, has never been more important.
Long conflicts around the world have exacted a terrible price on civilians, among them high numbers of women and children and Red Cross is concerned that the current refugee quota in New Zealand does not match the global humanitarian need.
“The majority of refugees are women and children, an emergency intake could assist some of these families who are most vulnerable,” says Mrs Smith.
As the primary provider of refugee resettlement support in Aotearoa, Red Cross is confident that New Zealand has the capacity to do more to meet the ongoing humanitarian need.
“The continual offers of support we have from kiwis demonstrates that people care about what’s happening on the global stage and want to help.”
New Zealand has a world class refugee resettlement programme which means we are in a position to respond to urgent humanitarian need. An emergency intake now is both possible and urgently required.
Surviving Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam helped at least 10 Islamic State fighters enter Belgium as “refugees” through the Balkan route, local media reported Friday.
Of these, six went on to participate in the terror attacks which struckParislast November, and four were involved in the coordinated suicide bombings that hitBrusselsin March. The two attacks left 215 people dead, and wounded hundreds more. (more…)
ANGELA Merkel has defended her open-door immigration policy in the face of hecklers – but warned refugees to adapt to life in Germany.
It comes ahead of an important set of regional elections this weekend, following her party’s humiliating defeat at the hands of the anti-immigration AfD party earlier this month.
In a speech to a crowd of around 2,000, the German Chancellor said: “We want to help those who’d like to stay with us in the long term to integrate and to learn the language.
“We also tell them: Germany is such a beautiful country and such a strong country because we have a constitution that protects the dignity of every person, and at the same time it demands tolerance.”
Her defiant speech came as protestors called her to step down, chanting “Merkel has to go”.
The regional elections come at a time where support for Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) has plummeted to a four-year low.
With the national election just a year away, Merkel finds herself under increasing pressure from Germans over her handling of the migrant crisis.
Around 2.5 million voters in Berlin will vote for a regional government on Sunday, with Merkel hoping for a better result than her humiliating defeat at the hands of the AfD in her home region. (more…)
·Support for the CDU in Berlin has slumped to its lowest level since 1990
·Many voters turned to the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD)
·Far-right party won 13 per cent of vote and will enter capital’s parliament
·Mayor had warned a double digit score would be seen as return of ‘Nazis’
Angela Merkel’s party has made historic losses in elections for the Berlin state parliament after a mayor warned of a resurgence of Nazis in Germany.
Many voters turned to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), which with 13 per cent of the vote will enter the German capital’s assembly for the first time, according to initial projections. (more…)
·Mufiz Rahaman, 20, said he thought raping a 10-year-old boy was okay
·The Myanmar refugee said it was culturally acceptable in his home land
·The court heard Rahaman tried to offer the boy money and denied rape
·Rahaman is a Rohingya Muslim - as was his young victim
A refugee who raped a ten-year-old boy has claimed he did not know sexually assaulting the child was wrong as it was ‘culturally acceptable’ in his homeland.
Mufiz Rahaman told Sydney’s Downing Centre Court raping children was not seen as morally wrong in his native Myanmar when he pleaded guilty to the aggravated sexual assault of a 10-year-old refugee on Wednesday, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The 20-year-old and his young victim are both stateless Rohingya Muslims - a group of people considered illegal immigrants from Bangladesh by the Buddhist-majority in Myanmar - who came to Australia to flee religious persecution.
The court heard Rahaman preyed on the young boy while he was living with a group of refugees, including his father, at a vacant RSL club in Lakemba, a suburb in Sydney’s south west, on January 8, 2015. (more…)
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