Montag, 30. Januar 2017

Call for applications for structured PhD programme and sholarships (Deadline: 15 February 2017)

Four fellowships (doctoral researchers)

Sylff-Mikrokolleg “Forced Migration”, RUB Research School (Deadline: 11 February 2017)
The RUB Research School in cooperation with the Tokio Foundation offers 4 grants for doctoral researchers within the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF). The fellows will be funded for three years with 1200 Euros monthly. They will be part of a small, highly interdisciplinary research group and work on individual doctoral projects within different research perspectives under the overarching topic of forced migration. The Mikrokolleg is located at the Ruhr
-Universität Bochum and professors from different disciplines defined research perspectives doctoral candidates can apply for. The SYLFF Mikrokolleg invites the application of excellent young researchers with a strong interest in research on international forced migration, with a background in economics, law, political science or sociology and with a clear commitment towards cross
-disciplinary cooperation.

Donnerstag, 26. Januar 2017

Gambian ex-official held in probe of alleged abuses

Swiss authorities have opened an investigation into suspected crimes against humanity against a former Gambian interior minister who applied for asylum in Switzerland, officials said on Thursday. A Bernese court ordered the arrest of Ousman Sonko, who served under Yahya Jammeh, the dictator who ruled the West African country for 22 years. Sonko was sacked by Jammeh and then fled for Europe. He has been living in an asylum center in canton Bern since last November. "He has been arrested and will be heard soon," Amaël Gschwind, a spokesperson for the cantonal prosecutor, told Swiss public television, SRF. Authorities confirmed they also launched an investigation into suspected crimes against humanity by Sonko, who commanded an elite squad in Gambia notorious for its brutality. Last September, Sonko tried to obtain asylum in Sweden. He then fled to Switzerland, where he filed an asylum application. After his presence became known, the Geneva-based group TRIAL ...

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Two new members of the Appellate Body, Ms Hong Zhao of China and Mr Hyun Chong Kim of Korea, were sworn in at a ceremony at WTO headquarters on 25 January 2017.
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ECtHR: Switzerland ‘wrongly exposed Tamil asylum seeker to torture’

Switzerland violated its commitment to protect people from torture by denying a former Tamil fighter asylum and instead sending him, and his family, back to Sri Lanka in 2013, according to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The verdict, delivered on Thursday, condemned the Swiss authorities for failing to properly consider the man’s asylum application lodged in 2009. After an unsuccessful appeal to the Federal Administrative Court he was returned to Sri Lanka along with his wife and two children. On arrival in Colombo, the family was detained and subjected to 13 hours of questioning, the Strasbourg court heard. The man was then arrested and imprisoned, but was able to escape captivity after two years. Switzerland’s actions violated article three of the European Convention on Human Rights, ruled the ECHR. The man was one of two Sri Lankans known to have been tortured after being sent back home by Switzerland in 2013. As a result, Switzerland suspended a ...

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