Asylum Stories: Rwandan ‘peace camps’, persecution and the struggle to be believed

S is a hutu-tutsi girl who, like many young Rwandans was called to go to the Ingando camps. Described by the Rwandan government as “programmes for peace education” for Rwandan youth and as aiming to be a form of “education for good governance”, the idea of the Ingando camps seems in line with the stance that Rwanda has taken on grassroots, community led transitional justice. However, despite this description, there is strong evidence that Ingando camps are highly militarised.

This story tells the tale of S’s struggles and the way that Asylos’s research was able to support her in gaining asylum.

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Eight geolocation tools to support asylum claims

Confirming the existence of a place mentioned in a testimony can be of crucial importance for an asylum claim. Besides Google Maps, there are a number of mapping services that can help with identifying locations, especially through their street-view feature. Some of...

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How to research safely on the internet

Everyone knows that defending human rights around the globe can be a risky business. But even when sitting safely in front of a computer in Europe researching information for an asylum claim, we should be concerned about security: very often, we are trying to dig up facts about highly sensitive human rights issues, specific people or recent events.

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How do you measure persecution?

Recent tragic refugee deaths in the Mediterranean have proven how difficult it can be to reach Europe to claim asylum. But getting to Europe is just the first step. In many cases, receiving asylum requires evidence of persecution that can be difficult to produce.

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