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Baltic states rule out asylum for Russian draft-dodgers

The Baltic states have ruled out the possibility of accepting Russian draft dodgers or granting them asylum after Moscow announced a partial mobilization on Wednesday. Latvia cited the measure as a reason to step up support for Ukraine and enhance its own security. “Latvia will not issue humanitarian or other …

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UK poised to send first asylum seekers to Africa

The High Court of Justice and The Court of Appeal in London are hearing last-minute legal challenges to a new British government policy, under which asylum seekers are to be deported to Rwanda while their applications are being processed. The first flight to the Central African country is expected to …

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Capitol riot suspect receives asylum in Belarus

US citizen Evan Neumann has been granted asylum in Belarus after fleeing “political persecution” by the FBI in the form of six charges stemming from his alleged participation in the January 6 riot in Washington, DC, local media outlets have reported. The Belarusian news outlet BelTA confirmed Neumann had received …

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US congresswoman proposes asylum for Canadian protesters

A US congresswoman has promised to introduce legislation to grant asylum to Canadian truckers facing persecution from their government for being involved in the recent ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests against Covid-19 restrictions. Republican New Mexico Congresswoman Yvette Herrell announced her campaign to provide refuge to dissident Canadians on Saturday, comparing Canadian …

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Ukrainian opposition leader responds to Putin’s asylum offer

Former Ukrainian president and current MP Petro Poroshenko, who is on bail on charges of state treason, aiding terrorist organizations, and financing terrorism, has rejected an invitation of political asylum from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Writing on Facebook, Poroshenko, who says his case is politically motivated, responded by telling the …

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Assange offered asylum just across US border

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he sought a pardon for Julian Assange under the Donald Trump administration but was ignored, while reiterating an asylum proposal he first floated last year. President Obrador described efforts he made to secure the anti-secrecy activist’s freedom and repeated an offer for political …

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UK asylum claims soar to record high

The number of claims reached 37,562 in the year to September, which is the highest total since 2004, the figures show. That is an 18% jump on the previous year and even more than at the peak of the European migration crisis in the year ending June 2016, when 36,546 …

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Poland ‘illegally’ refused entry to asylum seekers at border with Belarus, stranding them without food, water & shelter – Amnesty

That’s according to London-based human rights NGO Amnesty International, which, on Thursday, slammed the government in Warsaw for what it called an “unlawful forced return.” Through a digital investigation, Amnesty discovered that, on August 18, many of the Afghan migrants had crossed over to Poland and were surrounded by Polish …

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