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Refugee policies in Brazil, Uganda, Turkey offer lessons for India, but realities of influx, political contexts cannot be ignored
India

Refugee policies in Brazil, Uganda, Turkey offer lessons for India, but realities of influx, political contexts cannot be ignored

In the first part of this series, we analysed refugee policy in three countries that, like India, have also not signed the RC51 (and its1967 Protocol) – Bangladesh, Lebanon, and Jordan. In this part, we will explore the refugee policy regimes of key countries in the Global South that have – Brazil, Turkey, and Uganda.

Opening up India's borders for refugees isn't a zero sum game, nation can learn from Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon
India

Opening up India's borders for refugees isn't a zero sum game, nation can learn from Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon

Over the years, despite no national framework, India has followed a relatively generous, though ad-hoc, approach to incoming refugees. Considering this strong historical record, the recent Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) building on the 2015 amendments to the Foreigner Act Rules, appears particularly arbitrary.

Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah among favourites in Afghan election but winner can do little to alter US-Taliban dynamic
World

Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah among favourites in Afghan election but winner can do little to alter US-Taliban dynamic

Ashraf Ghani would certainly project a victory as a mandate from Afghan people in any future peace process with the Taliban.

Afghanistan presidential election 2019: Sharp drop in voter turnout as only 20% vote; 7 million had voted in 2014
World

Afghanistan presidential election 2019: Sharp drop in voter turnout as only 20% vote; 7 million had voted in 2014

The figure is a sharp drop from the roughly 7 million who turned out to vote in the last presidential election in 2014

70 Afghan delegates attend two-day gathering in Doha to resume peace talks with Taliban and end 18-year-old conflict
World

70 Afghan delegates attend two-day gathering in Doha to resume peace talks with Taliban and end 18-year-old conflict

Dozens of powerful Afghans resumed talks with the Taliban on Monday in Doha, where a possible ceasefire is on the table along with key issues such as women's rights. Stakes are high for the talks which follow a week of US-Taliban negotiations with both sides eyeing a resolution to the 18-years-old conflict. Washington has said it wants to seal a political deal with the Taliban ahead of Afghan presidential polls due in September to allow foreign forces to begin to withdraw.

'It was just about money', say Afghan Shia recruits lured by Iran to fight Syrian civil war
World

'It was just about money', say Afghan Shia recruits lured by Iran to fight Syrian civil war

Fleeing grinding poverty and unemployment, thousands of Afghan Shiites have been recruited by Iran to defend Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Pak strengthens border control, bans Afghans from entering without Visa
World

Pak strengthens border control, bans Afghans from entering without Visa

Islamabad applied a rigorous border control regime on Wednesday, banning Afghans from entering Pakistan without a visa or travel documents.

Afghans revolted as husband cuts off wife's nose in fit of rage
World

Afghans revolted as husband cuts off wife's nose in fit of rage

A photograph of an Afghan woman whose nose was sliced off by her husband in a fit of rage has sparked online anger, with activists demanding punishment for what one called a "barbaric act".

Desperate to flee, many Afghans are using Taliban threat letters as ticket to asylum
World

Desperate to flee, many Afghans are using Taliban threat letters as ticket to asylum

Stamped with the Taliban's crossed sabres emblem, the threat letter in Ahmadzia Abbasi's hand reads like a death warrant -- but like many Afghans he sees the document as a ticket to a new life and asylum in Europe.

Afghans travel far and wide for World Cup cricket debut
First Cricket News

Afghans travel far and wide for World Cup cricket debut

The Afghan diaspora in Australia came from far and wide to see their country's proudest moment in a short history of cricket — its World Cup debut.

Taliban prisoners freed by U.S. will rejoin battle, fear Afghans
World

Taliban prisoners freed by U.S. will rejoin battle, fear Afghans

The release of five Taliban prisoners in exchange for a U.S. soldier has drawn criticism from some Afghans, who say the detainees are dangerous and will rekindle ties with terrorist networks to resume fighting, just as most foreign troops leave.