Gay Egyptian married to Jewish spouse
We are in great need of an expert for a pro bono asylum case. Our client is a gay Egyptian man married to a Jewish man in Austin, Texas. We needs to demonstrate that our client will face persecution if he is sent back to Egypt. We are looking for an expert to opine on the current situation in Egypt, Sharia law, and/or the Muslim Brotherhood and their views on homosexuals and Jews. We are looking to file the asylum application within the next couple of months. To respond, please contact Tina Longoria.
Uzbek interpreter needed
Asylum Access, Thailand urgently requires an Uzbek interpreter for a case, rejected by UNHCR and the decision-maker there, whose appeal is in 30 days. S/he could work via Skype in this emergency. Contact Michael Timmins if you know of any such person.
‘Live fire’ used against refugees detained in Nagad Military Facility, Djibouti
The Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter is looking for any information regarding an incident anonymously reported to us in which Eritrean refugees being detained at the Nagad Military Facility in Djiboutiville, Djibouti were subjected to live fire and beatings on 9 August 2012. Any readers with knowledge of the event or with suggestions for legal representatives in Djibouti are encouraged to contact us.
Transperson from Guatemala
We are seeking advice about a political activist transperson who has been rejected asylum in Denmark. She has fled Guatemala because of persecution, but the Danish authorities have not found that being a transperson and political activist in Guatemala give grounds for an asylum claim. Currently there is a public campaign to make the authorities reconsider her case, but so far there it has had limited impact. If any readers know of similar cases in Denmark or other European countries, whether there are European countries that accept asylum claims from Guatemala, or any information/relevant reports about persecution of sexual minorities in Guatemala or legal praxis in Europe, please contact Anne Louise.
Is Ethiopia accepting those of Eritrean Nationality?
A legal aid provider has a client who is is a felon and is allegedly Ethiopian according to the ICE. He was born in a Sudanese refugee camp to parents from an area which is now Eritrea. He may be able to argue that he is Eritrean and not Ethiopian, and hence have a stronger UN CAT case, given the current situation in Eritrea. However, his family heard rumors that if we decide to keep him as an Ethiopian Citizen and National, based on his family’s background and on the fact that he has obtained an Eritrean identity card in the United States, that Ethiopia would not accept him, and that eventually he could be released. Advice from anyone with expertise or personal knowledge on returns to Ethiopia, particularly as it relates to Eritreans, would be appreciated. A rapid response is needed, as we must decide in the next few days. Please contact me privately if you have further questions and/or to refer me to someone with expertise in this area.