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    Egypt: Release of activist Mahienour el-Massry a rare moment of justice

    In response to the release of human rights lawyer Mahienour el-Massry from prison today, Najia Bounaim, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director of Campaigns for North Africa said: “This is fantastic news for Mahienour who walks free today. She should never have spent a moment behind bars, as she was detained only because of her peaceful activism […]

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    Bangladesh: Returning Rohingya to Myanmar illegal and premature

    Responding to an announcement by the Bangladeshi Foreign Ministry that it will aim to repatriate all Rohingya refugees within two years, James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said: “With memories of rape, killing and torture still fresh in the minds of Rohingya refugees, plans for their return to Myanmar […]

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    Yemen: Release of Hisham al-Omeisy must be followed by release of all prisoners of conscience

    Responding to the news that Yemeni journalist Hisham al-Omeisy was released after being detained incommunicado by Huthi forces in Sana’a since August 2017, Samah Hadid, Director of Campaigns for Amnesty International in the Middle-East Amnesty International said: The release of Hisham al-Omeisy today is a welcome step, however, Huthi authorities must also immediately and unconditionally […]

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    Jewish family finds Syrian Muslim is the perfect guest

    By Nadine Alfa  |  16 January 2018 Simon Goldhill, a professor at Cambridge University, his wife Shoshana, a lawyer, and their student daughter Sarah are hosting Syrian refugee Faraj.   © UNHCR/Aubrey Wade CAMBRIDGE, England – The Goldhills have always kept an open home, welcoming students and friends to stay. However, for the first time the devout Jewish family […]

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    From Manchester B&B to hosting a Syrian

    By Nadine Alfa  |  16 January 2018 Hamish Dunlop and his partner Tamsin Chowdry used to let out their spare room to bed-and-breakfast guests. Then, one weekend, they visited a family friend who was hosting a refugee. Within hours, the couple had signed up to do the same, with an organisation called Refugees At Home. The room is […]

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    Couple spend time making sculpture and reading with Eritrean guest

    By Nadine Alfa  |  16 January 2018 Hilary Parle, a retired family doctor, and her husband Jim, a professor of family medicine, are hosting 72-year-old Yonasskindis*, a refugee from Eritrea.   © UNHCR/Aubrey Wade BIRMINGHAM, England – Birmingham couple Hilary and Jim Parle decided to offer to host refugees after hearing the tragic story of three-year-old Syrian refugee Alan […]

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    Great British Welcome exhibition shows refugee-hosting as 'win-win'

    LONDON, United Kingdom – Great British Welcome, a series of photographs and texts portraying refugees and their hosts at home in Britain, will be on display at St Martin-the-Fields in London until mid March. The collection helps demonstrate that even as the numbers displaced by war and persecution have surged, Europeans have shown compassion, hope and […]

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    UK family helps Syrian teenager forget horrors of the "Jungle"

    By Nadine Alfa  |  16 January 2018 Ingrid Van Loo Plowman, a volunteer and former doctor, hosts three refugees in her home in Epsom, near London.   © UNHCR/Aubrey Wade EPSOM, England – Nineteen-year-old Syrian refugee Abdul left a lasting impression on charity volunteer Ingrid Van Loo Plowman when she met him at a hotel for asylum-seekers in the […]

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    The Dream Diaries

    Credits: UNHCR/@krispouw/@humansofamsterdam/@fetching_tigerss  |  16 January 2018 The Dream Diaries The Dream Diaries is an online series by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and social media influencers Humans of Amsterdam and Fetching_Tigerss. 

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    From refugee to friend: hosting refugees a 'win-win' for some in UK

    By Matthew Saltmarsh  |  16 January 2018 Social worker Emily Reynolds and her boyfriend Gijs Van Amelsvoort are hosting Areej from Sudan. The three spend time together watching movies and sharing meals.  © UNHCR/Aubrey Wade LONDON – Opening one’s home — and life — to someone who has been forced to flee their own country is not a decision to […]