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March 13, 1990 | SONNI EFRON
More than 2,214 Orange County residents have signed a petition protesting the forced repatriation of Vietnamese "boat people" by the Hong Kong government, Vietnamese-American community leaders said Monday. The petitions, which are addressed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, were presented to a U.N. adviser at a March 6 meeting in Anaheim to discuss the Vietnamese refugee problem.
May 24, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Better late than never, President Obama has moved to establish more rigorous standards for the targeted killings of Americans and foreigners alike away from a battlefield. The need for what he called "strong oversight of all lethal action" was one theme of the president's address Thursday at National Defense University. Another, equally overdue, was his renewed determination to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and expedite the repatriation of dozens of inmates who have languished there despite being cleared for release.
April 21, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
A United Nations plan to repatriate Rwandan Hutu refugees, already delayed by logistics problems, disease and local opposition, was further postponed until at least May. Yagi Sitolo, governor of the eastern Upper Zaire province, said the repatriation should not start until May 5 because of a cholera epidemic. Sitolo intervened last week to delay a plan to start an airlift this weekend of up to 100,000 Rwandan Hutu refugees from two camps south of Kisangani in eastern Zaire.
January 2, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - Two years after construction began, Israel has finished the bulk of the work on a fence along its border with Egypt. Closing off the rambling, 140-mile-long stretch of desert border will prevent the "unfettered flow of illegal infiltrators, the smuggling of drugs and weapons," said a statement from the Defense Ministry, which oversaw the $400-million engineering project. Speaking at a ceremony marking the completion of the main section, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the effort to curb the illegal entry of migrants from Africa, reduced from more than 2,000 a month in January 2012 to fewer than 40 in December.
January 12, 1992 | Reuters
The U.N. World Food Program began rescue flights Saturday to repatriate 2,800 Ugandan refugees stranded by fighting in the town of Juba in southern Sudan. The refugees fled civil strife in Uganda five years ago for Juba, scene of fighting between Sudanese government forces and the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army.
September 23, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Britain, Vietnam and the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees have reached an agreement that could lead to the repatriation of thousands of Vietnamese "boat people" from overcrowded camps in Hong Kong, officials in Hanoi said Saturday. The joint statement, released in London, said that Vietnam had agreed after two days of talks to take back refugees who have not volunteered for repatriation but are not opposed to returning.
June 18, 1989 | RICHARD BEENE, Times Staff Writer
Unable to persuade Hong Kong, Thailand and other "first asylum" countries to change their policies on Vietnamese refugees, Southern California Vietnamese leaders said Saturday that they will focus new attention on establishing regional holding centers to prevent people from being sent back to Vietnam against their will. Returning from the International Conference on Indochinese Refugees in Geneva, the local delegates representing Orange County's estimated 100,000 Vietnamese said the fate of tens of thousands of refugees holed up in camps throughout Southeast Asia remains uncertain because most of the countries housing the refugees have refused to reject the policy of forced repatriation.
January 19, 1995 | From Associated Press
Cuban and Haitian refugees detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base do not have the same constitutional rights as U.S. citizens and may be returned home, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. A government spokesman said there are no immediate plans to repatriate any of the Cubans. A key issue in the appeals before a three-judge panel of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals was whether the refugees have constitutional rights, such as access to lawyers.
Undocumented Mexican youths who commit minor crimes in Los Angeles County can be shipped back to their native country for punishment, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday. Under the Border Youth Project approved by the board, youngsters have a choice of facing prosecution in Los Angeles or being sent to Tijuana, where Mexican juvenile authorities will deal with them. Without comment, the supervisors unanimously authorized a $117,000 contract with Community Services Resource Corp.
Who, at the beginning of the Yugoslav wars, would have thought that Germany would become the refuge of choice for the shellshocked, homeless Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina? Just three years ago, Germany was being pilloried, with critics calling it an abject failure in protecting foreigners already in its midst. Racist skinheads and neo-Nazis were prowling its streets, roughing up Africans, laying siege to Vietnamese workers' hostels, chanting, "Foreigners out!"
September 23, 2012
In a conventional war, enemy soldiers can be captured and held as prisoners of war until the end of combat. In the criminal justice system, an arrest for a violent crime will lead to a charge, followed by a guilty plea or jury trial. But some individuals imprisoned in the war on terror declared after the 9/11 attacks face the worst of both worlds: detention without trial but without the consolation that they will be freed and returned to their families in a tolerable period of time. Someone who lived in that twilight world for a decade was Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, a Yemeni who was captured near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in 2001 and held at Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of involvement with Al Qaeda or other enemy forces.
May 20, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Nobody thought much about the locked metal cabinet in the medical school at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. It was another forgotten fixture in the anatomy department - until a researcher last year found seven skulls with yellowing labels indicating the remains were those of Native Americans from California's Central Coast. Earlier this month, the skulls and several bone fragments were boxed and gingerly placed aboard a jet to LAX at London's Heathrow Airport.
September 8, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
A huge, one-time tax break to lure back about half of the $1.4 trillion in earnings held abroad by U.S. companies would produce nearly 3 million jobs nationwide over two years, according to a study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. A so-called repatriation tax break, which would temporarily reduce the tax rate on foreign earnings to 5.25% from 35%, has been pushed by the chamber and major U.S. corporations, including Cisco Systems Inc. and Oracle Corp. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this online article said a repatriation break would lure $700 billion in foreign earnings back to the U.S., $500 million more than would come back over the next 10 years, according to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.
September 1, 2011 | By Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times
The impromptu tributes began on a spring day in 2007 when church bell ringers stopped their weekly practice and tolled instead for two passing coffins carrying soldiers slain overseas. The rituals ended Wednesday with a sunset ceremony, as the town of Wootton Bassett said a solemn goodbye to its unique role in honoring Britain's war dead. The bodies of slain military personnel, which had been passing through the south England market town from nearby Lyneham air base, will now return to Brize Norton military airport close to the mortuary outside Oxford and Lyneham air base is to close this year.
March 23, 2011 | By Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The J. Paul Getty Museum's iconic statue of Aphrodite was quietly escorted back to Sicily by Italian police last week, ending a decades-long dispute over an object whose craftsmanship, importance and controversial origins have been likened to the Parthenon marbles in the British Museum. The 7-foot tall, 1,300-pound statue of limestone and marble was painstakingly taken off display at the Getty Villa and disassembled in December. Last week, it was locked in shipping crates with an Italian diplomatic seal and loaded aboard an Alitalia flight to Rome, where it arrived on Thursday.
June 5, 2010 | Edmund Sanders
One was a college student hauled off a public bus in the West Bank, blindfolded and deported to the Gaza Strip, two months shy of her graduation. Another was a beekeeper, left at the Gaza border after being seized in his West Bank home. He hasn't seen his wife and daughters, ages 8 months and 2 years, since December. The bees are dead and his business has collapsed. They are two of dozens of Palestinians ensnared by Israel's controversial practice of removing former Gaza residents from the lives and families they've led in the West Bank and sending them back to the restive Hamas-controlled seaside territory against their will.
A Republican proposal to offer millions of dollars in new U.S. aid to Vietnamese asylum-seekers has been blamed for revolts in refugee camps across Asia, causing outbreaks of violence and the cancellation Tuesday of flights to return several hundred people to their homeland. Officials of the Office of the U.N.
Countries that forcibly repatriate refugees violate their human rights, and Roman Catholics indifferent to their suffering commit sin, the Vatican said Friday. It appealed for international solidarity on behalf of more than 30 million castoff people around the world. "The tragedy of groups and even of entire peoples forced to go into exile is felt today as a constant attack on essential human rights.
January 16, 2010 | By Richard Fausset
In an attempt to ensure the flow of remittances to devastated Haiti, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Friday that the Obama administration would temporarily grant legal status to the tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants who were living in the United States illegally before this week's earthquake. But Napolitano emphasized that Haitians living in the island nation would not be eligible for temporary protected status, and would be repatriated if they attempted to enter the country, an implicit acknowledgment of the fear, thus far unrealized, that the earthquake could trigger a mass migration of Haitians to U.S. shores.
August 21, 2009
The release by Scotland of Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi, who was expected to spend his life in prison for the 1988 bombing of a Pan American jetliner, was merciful, certainly, but an outrage nonetheless. The "compassionate release" of the terminally ill Libyan terrorist showed no compassion for relatives of the 270 people killed when the jet exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. Compounding their trauma was the muted protest of the Obama administration. Instead of viewing the special relationship between the United States and Britain as a cause for candor, the president, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Atty.
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