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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Here’s Why The Zimmerman Verdict Matters -

Sunday, July 14, 2013

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Swiss Support Tougher Asylum Legislation as Refugee Numbers Spike -

Monday, June 10, 2013

American Woman Killed in Syria Fighting for Terrorists, Syrian TV Claims (Video) -

Friday, May 31, 2013

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History -

Friday, May 10, 2013

Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet -

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Boston In Lockdown As Manhunt Intensifies -

Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Dead, Dozens Injured After Boston Marathon Bombing -

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fast Food Workers in New York Stage Surprise Strike -

Saturday, April 6, 2013

N. Korean Rhetoric Provokes Missile Shield Deployment -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eyewitness Accounts from Meiktila Massacre -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners -

Monday, April 1, 2013

A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cyprus Reaches Last-Minute Bailout Deal With EU -

Monday, March 25, 2013

Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide -

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Follow-up on “A Syrian Refugee in Switzerland: Jailed For Survival, While Government Holds Humanitarian Speeches”

Last month, Rasha Alzrir, a young Syrian woman, seeking asylum in Switzerland with a Schengen-visa from Italy after first arriving in Germany, had her asylum request rejected and was put into a detention center where she had to wait for extradition to Italy. Rasha’s support committee, with the help of a state Representative, contacted the Federal Council to inform him about Rasha’s case and ask him to take action on her behalf.

The Federal Council decided to continue with the extradition process. They didn’t take into account that Rasha had first arrived in Germany and therefore shouldn’t be extradited to Italy. They also ignored the fact that German courts have ruled against the extradition of Syrian refugees to Italy, due to inhumane and unacceptable treatment of refugees in Italian detention centers. In short, the Swiss Government saw nothing wrong with Rasha’s case and reassured that she would be extradited.

Rasha was indeed transferred to Italy on the 13th of March and was held by Italian police for the next few days, never having committed a crime in her life. While her support committee organized for her accommodation and a lawyer contacted local friends of the support committee, she will have to stay in a special place for asylum seekers for at least one month, until her case gets handled. According to a source, the handling of these cases can take up to six months.

Rasha has been able to meet with some of the support committee’s friends in Rome and has reached out to all of her supporters on Facebook, saying that she has never felt that overwhelmed in her life, finding out about everybody that has been fighting for her and everything that has been done for her. She let everyone know that ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ and that she is now stronger than ever.

In the mean time the fight in Switzerland continues. She was treated like a criminal when the only thing she was guilty off was trying to survive by fleeing the civil-war-like conditions of Syria and wanting to rebuild her life in a secure and safe environment. She fully collaborated with authorities and posed no threat to society. In addition to being extradited, she was sanctioned with a three-year entry ban for Switzerland with the explanation that Rasha entered Switzerland without a valid passport or a valid visa, bBoth of which are not true, since valid copies of both these documents have been found in her file.

The biggest fight lies ahead. The fight to unite Switzerland’s official discourse on its compliance with human rights and reality.

Clarissa Frankfurt (20 Posts)

Clarissa Frankfurt is a law student at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. While her country of origin is Switzerland, she has also lived in America for 4 years and in Germany for 3 years. Her Master studies are concentrated on International law and Human Rights, as well as Diplomacy. When she’s not studying, you can find Clarissa online blogging about politics, mainly American politics, social issues such as Women’s Rights and equality for the LGBT community, Democracy and Human Rights (http://tocareornottocare2012.wordpress.com/). Offline, you can find Clarissa playing the violine in the university orchestra, teaching English, taking part in Model UNs (...MUN) or fanatically shooting hoops.