#AceNewsServices UNITED STATES (Illinois) – October 11 – Two teenage asylum seekers from Guatemala have escaped a detention centre in Illinois and car-jacked a 91-year-old Navy veteran’s car.
The incident has prompted the federal government to order a security review at all 139 shelters across the country that house illegal immigrant minors, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.
The boys, age 16 and 17, were able to walk away unchallenged from Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, Illinois, outside Chicago, on Wednesday morning and carjack two victims before they were arrested more than 225 miles away outside Iowa City, Iowa, according to authorities.
Police say they targeted an elderly man in Moline, Illinois, who was picking up his prescription at Walmart.
They threatened him with violence, forced him out of his car and then sped off with his Buick LeSabre.
Police tell MaiIOnline they were headed for California, where one of the teens has family.
The teens had been transferred to the Illinois facility after crossing the US-Mexico border as unaccompanied minors and requesting asylum in the United States.
#AceNewsServices – GERMANY (Berlin) October 04 – German police Monday started an investigation into six private security guards at a refugee centre accused of assaulting and humiliating asylum seekers in ways that drew comparisons to abuse against Guantanamo Bay prisoners, with some nicknamed the SS The Local reported.
Police also questioned hundreds of refugees after disturbing photo and video footage emerged at the weekend, including an image showing a security guard pinning a handcuffed Algerian man to the floor with his boot on the man’s neck.
Police said they launched their investigation after a journalist passed on to them cellphone video footage that showed security guards forcing an elderly man to lie on a mattress covered in vomit while threatening to beat him.
North Rhine-Westphalia state Interior Minister Ralf Jaeger pledged to pursue “with utmost determination” the case in the refugee centre in Burbach, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south-east of Cologne, vowing to ensure “that this never happens again”.
“These are images of the kind we’ve seen from Guantanamo Bay,” said Frank Richter, police chief of the nearby city of Hagen, referring to the controversial US military detention facility in Cuba.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said that if investigations confirm that “refugees were abused and humiliated, then these would be repulsive acts”.
“We are a humane country. In Germany, the dignity of man is respected… and that must be true in asylum centres and refugee camps,” said Steffen Seibert.
Sources: The Local – AFP – Relief Web
#AceWorldNews says one asylum seeker was killed and at least 77 others were injured during the second riot in a week at a detention centre in Papua New Guinea,
Reuters quoted Australia’s Immigration Minister as saying on Tuesday:
`The centre is used for processing asylum seekers trying to come to Australia. Clashes began as asylum seekers broke out of the centre. One of the injured was in critical condition’
The centre is part of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s policy against asylum seekers and has faced criticism over human rights concerns.
“Our sympathies are extended to the transferees – that person’s family and friends who would have been in the facility as well,” Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said in reference to the dead asylum seeker.
“If people choose to remove themselves from that centre then they’re obviously putting themselves at much greater risk and in an environment where there is violent behaviour.”
#AceWorldNews says Australia apologized to Indonesia on Friday for naval breaches of Indonesian territory, Reuters reported. The breaches happened as Canberra stop boats carrying would-be asylum seekers from entering its waters. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison had been told earlier this week about the “inadvertent breaches” on multiple days and immediately informed the Indonesian navy. A formal apology would be issued by Australia’s embassy in Jakarta on Friday. Indonesia downgraded its relations with Australia in November as a result of spying allegations.
#AceWorldNews says the United Nations refugee agency today warned that Israel could be breaking international law by limiting the rights of asylum-seekers with a new amendment to the country’s anti-infiltration law.
Of particular concern to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a provision in the new Amendment requiring asylum-seekers to reside in a so-called open residence facility.
“Since the facility was housing people who cannot be returned to their countries of origin for reasons of non-refoulement, the organization is concerned that this facility could, in effect, result in indefinite detention, with no release grounds,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said in Geneva.
The facility, located in the Negev desert, also restricts movement by mandating people reside there, and report in three times per day, among other discipline measures.
Mr. Edwards said that UNHCR understands the challenges faced by Israel in managing the reception of migrants and asylum-seekers. However, it was important that the treatment of asylum-seekers “be in line with international refugee and human rights law,” he concluded.
Under the Amendment, new asylum-seekers arriving in an irregular manner will automatically be detained for at least a year, as will people whose conditional release visas have expired.
Difficulties in renewing visas are meanwhile growing, the spokesperson noted, with reports of long queues and limited access to visa services.