New Pope, son of a migrant, sign of hope and justice
Rome, 14 March 2013 – The announcement of Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope Francis was made public last night. Pope Francis invited the faithful on "a journey of fraternity, of love, of trust among us"; a proclamation to the world that along the way, the new Pope will strive to lead in faith and justice.


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Thailand: Friends in detention
Bangkok, 10 October 2011 – I have been living in Bangkok’s Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) with my wife and three small children since December, when we were arrested while sleeping in our home. We were considered illegal migrants after overstaying our visa while we were seeking asylum in Thailand. Luckily, since our arrest we have finished our refugee status determination and have been accepted as refugees.
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Sri Lanka: accompanying us through war and death
Mannar, Sri Lanka, May 10 2011 – Shakti is one of thousands of Sri Lankans who were caught in the crossfire of the civil war between the Sri Lankan Armed Forces (SLAF) and the now defunct insurgent group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
I was born in the village of Kokkilaai in Mullaitivu district in 1983, the year of the “holocaust” for the Tamils in Sri Lanka, when they were targeted in widespread rioting, and also the time when the Tamil militancy was coming of age.

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Sri Lanka: government urged to demonstrate commitment to the truth
Rome, 28 January 2011 – In its submission to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the Catholic Diocese of Mannar has urged the government to demonstrate public commitment to the objective truth regarding the events that took place during the decades of conflict. The diocese described this commitment as indispensable in any attempts at reconciliation.
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Thailand: Spending teen years detained
Bangkok, 14 January 2010 – Looking at Divea, she seems like an average 18-year-old girl. Wearing a fashionable denim skirt with a t-shirt and long, black hair, she could easily fit in at her high school back in Sri Lanka. But after speaking with Divea for a few minutes, you may forget that she is only 18. Unfortunately, she seems to have forgotten as well. After spending over a year detained in Bangkok's Immigration Detention Centre, she says she has been forced to grow up fast.
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Nepal: one third of Bhutanese refugees resettled
Rome, 19 October 2010 – More than 36,000 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled in third countries, according to statistics recently produced by the Nepali government. This is a significant increase on the numbers resettled in the last 20 months. Since January 2009, 28,000 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled.
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Thailand: Sri Lankan refugees left languishing in Bangkok
Bangkok, 23 July 2010 – Nathan and his family are recognised refugees. They fled Sri Lanka after Nathan was kidnapped and held for ransom by a paramilitary group known as the People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE). Now residing in Thailand, Nathan and his family face a daily struggle for survival in a country that refuses to acknowledge their status as refugees; leaving them exposed to the risks of arrest, indefinite detention and removal to a country where their lives or freedoms would be threatened.
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Sri Lanka: I know who holds the future
Nepal, 8 February 2010 – One of those accompanied by JRS in the war zones of Sri Lanka is 22-year-old Aravinth. His family bears the scars of ethnic violence and the war that pitted the army against the now defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Although Aravinth has moved on, his past haunts him.
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Afghanistan: status in their own nation land – returnee or refugee?
Sohadat, 1 September 2009  – On their return, they often feel like refugees in their homeland. For those coming to Sohadat, which initially lacked even the most basic facilities, the reality could be devastating, leaving the returnees broken and discouraged. For them, humanitarian assistance from the government and NGOs was not enough to begin life anew.
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