Yazmin Juárez, the mother of a toddler who died shortly after being released from a for-profit detention center in Texas, offered a powerful testimony in front of a panel of U.S. House members on Wednesday. Juárez said she and her daughter fled violence in Guatemala and hoped for a better future in the U.S. “Unfortunately, that did not happen,” she told the lawmakers….more: yahoo
CJ Werleman documents his conversations with Faisal Thar Thakin, a Rohingya Muslim who has been held in the kingdom’s notorious Shumaisi detention centre for the past six years.
For several months, I have been holding regular conversations with Faisal Thar Thakin, a 20-year-old Rohingya Muslim asylum seeker who has been detained and separated from his parents in Saudi Arabia’s notorious Shumaisi detention centre since 2013.
“We would rather die now than be kept in here forever or sent to Myanmar or Bangladesh,” Thakin told me in early April when explaining why he and upwards of 1,000 Rohingya detainees had decided to launch a hunger strike in protest against their indefinite detention and threats by Saudi Arabia to deport them….MORE: bylinetimes.com
A controversial US mercenary group with ties to the UAE has signed a deal with China to build a training centre in Xinjiang where up to a million Uighur Muslims are reportedly held in detention camps.
Hong Kong-listed security firm Frontier Services Group (FSG), which is founded by Erik Prince, has signed a preliminary deal with the Chinese authorities. A statement posted on its Chinese website confirmed the deal but was later deleted in what appears to be an attempt to avoid a backlash against Prince’s activities.more: middleeastmonitor.com
The Australian government has announced the closure of a detention center in Melbourne, one of the nine facilities used to lock up immigrants who arrived in the country without papers. The government called the decision to close the facility a “milestone in the ramping-down of Australia’s onshore immigration detention network”.
Evidence of crimes against humanity being committed in Syria goes beyond photos and video footage of the aftermath of an airstrike or the chaos inside a hospital. President Bashar Assad’s regime also systematically detains and tortures people;…MORE: huffingtonpost
The UN Special Committee* on Israeli Practices in the Occupied Territories expressed serious concern about the treatment of Palestinian children in detention by Israeli security forces, and warned that a pattern of detaining and mistreating children “links to broader, longstanding…
US lawmakers legalise indefinite detention A new US law declares the world a battlefield, making virtually anyone vulnerable to indefinite military detention. D. Parvaz While it’s known that the US has used indefinite detention of suspects in its “war on…
Arrested Development The Senate passes a defense appropriations bill that allows the government to detain an American citizen indefinitely without a trial.