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Migrants and asylum seekers remain locked up near front lines

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Human Rights Watch said, on Friday, noted concern over Migrants and asylum seekers locked up in a migrant detention centre in Mykolaiv on the edge of the front lines in southern Ukraine. 

Ukraine should urgently release the dozens of migrants and asylum seekers …… and allow them to reach safety in neighbouring countries.

Nadia Hardman, refugee and migrant rights researcher at Human Rights Watch notes that the detainees are terrified of being kept in immigration detention during the war.  

Detainees are terrified and in danger, and there is no justification for keeping them in.

In April, Human Rights Watch conducted multiple interviews with the detainees of two detention centres in Ukraine. 

The interviewees from both the centre noted that they had been detained months prior to the Russian invasion.

Irrespective of the reason, the Human Rights Watch says,

their continued detention is arbitrary and places them at risk of harm from military hostilities

On March 9 and April 20, Human Rights Watch wrote to the Ukrainian authorities about the situation but has not received a response.

The Global Detention Project, in March, reported that migrants and asylum seekers were taken out of the Chernihiv Temporary Holding Center.

Chernihiv centre’s deputy director, Borys Kryvov later told Human Rights Watch that the facility after being emptied was hit by munitions. The damage was limited; shattered windows and roof.

This, however, emphasises the urgent need of evacuating people from Zhuravychi and Mykolaiv centres.

Failed attempt at giving freedom

Interviewees in both, Zhuravychi and Mykolaiv centres said guards told them they could leave the facilities if they joined the Ukrainian war effort.

The guards also promised that they would be granted Ukrainian citizenship and documentation if they joined.

However, none of the detainees accepted the offer.

Witnesses of the war

People in both facilities have felt terrified of being locked up in a war zone. 

Due to its proximity to the Belarusian border, people in Zhuravychi centre heard explosions and artillery fire.

Similarly, the detainees at Mykolaiv facility could hear and see military planes flying over the detention facility and the sounds of explosions and artillery at regular intervals.

In a text message to Human Rights Watch on April 28, one man at the facility said,

I lost hope … I think death is very close.

All the interviewees noted that they wished to leave as soon as possible and seek refuge in neighbouring countries. 

Few people from both the facilities have been released and evacuated to Poland with the aid and assistance of their embassies.

Need for urgent Assistance

Verification of Identity and travel documents from the embassies might be needed for detainees from third countries.

However, this might also result in delayed releases of the detainees at both centres.

According to diplomatic sources, all released detainees formerly at Chernihiv have crossed the border out of Ukraine. They were released right after the danger became evident.

The European Union has funded Ukraine’s border control and migration management programs to construct the perimeter security systems at Zhuravychi migrant detention centre.

The aim was to stop the flow of migrants and asylum seekers into the EU by shifting the responsibility to the EU’s neighbouring countries, in this case, Ukraine.

As the EU aids Ukrainian refugees, the migrants and asylum seekers still await assistance to get out of danger in Ukraine.

 

Shreya Vats contributed to the story

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Cybersecurity experts on the best ways to protect your business

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Cybersecurity experts agree its essential to get the basics of protecting your business and customers first.

 
Regulators around the world are stepping up scrutiny of corporations who have failed to uphold proper cybersecurity protocols.

And on the eve of cybersecurity awareness month, experts are warning that it’s important to get the basics right of protecting your customers – or your own data.

For more, we’re joined by Annie Hagger of Cyber GC, and Sam Fariborz, group manager of cybersecurity services & program at the Kmart Group.

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How Ukraine succeeds in attacking Russian military targets

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Ukraine has managed to launch successful attacks on key Russian military facilities, leaving experts and analysts baffled by the unexpected outcomes.

These strategic assaults have raised questions about Ukraine’s military capabilities and the effectiveness of its tactics in countering Russian forces.

Ukraine’s recent victories can be attributed to several key factors. First and foremost, the country has significantly improved its intelligence gathering and information warfare capabilities, allowing it to pinpoint vulnerabilities in Russian defenses. This enhanced situational awareness has enabled Ukraine to launch precise and coordinated strikes on critical military installations.

Additionally, Ukraine has received substantial support from international allies, both in terms of military equipment and training. This assistance has bolstered the Ukrainian military’s effectiveness and provided them with advanced weaponry, giving them an edge in their confrontations with Russian forces.

Furthermore, Ukraine’s determination and resilience in the face of adversity cannot be underestimated. The country’s citizens and armed forces have shown unwavering commitment to defending their sovereignty, driving them to devise innovative strategies and tactics to outmaneuver the Russian military.

The world watches with bated breath as Ukraine’s successful attacks continue to unfold, highlighting the evolving nature of modern warfare and the adaptability of smaller nations facing formidable adversaries.

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Jorge Vilda under investigation amid Luis Rubiales ‘Kissgate’ probe

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Former Spain manager Jorge Vilda is set to come under scrutiny as part of the ongoing investigation into the ‘kissgate’ controversy involving Luis Rubiales.

The investigation, which has sent shockwaves through the footballing world, centers around an alleged incident where Luis Rubiales, known for his fiery personality, kissed a reporter without her consent during a press conference in 2022. The incident quickly gained attention on social media and was widely condemned.

As part of the probe, authorities are now turning their attention to Jorge Vilda, who was the head coach of the Spanish national women’s team at the time of the incident. It is alleged that Vilda may have had knowledge of the incident or been aware of Rubiales’s behavior during the press conference.

Vilda, a respected figure in women’s football, has denied any wrongdoing and maintains that he had no prior knowledge of Rubiales’s actions. He expressed his shock and disappointment at being dragged into the controversy.

The investigation is being closely followed by football fans and stakeholders alike, as it raises questions about the accountability of individuals in positions of power within the sport. The ‘kissgate’ scandal has already had far-reaching implications for Rubiales, who resigned as the president of the Spanish Football Federation amidst the controversy.

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