News October 2023

29 October 2023

Over 114 Million Displaced by War, Violence Worldwide

More than 114 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes by the end of September 2023, due to conflict, persecution and human rights violations, UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Wednesday 24th October.

28 October 2023

World fails 2.3M Palestinians, and hostages, amidst total failure of moral responsibility and leadership, as Israel blacks out Gaza

At our 28th AGM in the Glasgow City Chambers, a 29-year-old Palestinian doctor from Gaza told an audience of 100 about his fears for his mother and little sister, who, along with thousands of others, had been ordered to evacuate from the north of Gaza to the south.

27 October 2023

Refugee Medic reveals plight of family members trapped in Gaza

Hashem Salim, a 29-year-old doctor from the Gaza Strip, came here in April 2022 to seek asylum. Here, he writes about his struggles to rebuild his life and the torment of family members trapped in Khan Younis under intense bombardment and collective punishment.

26 October 2023

Starvation as a method of war

Starvation is being used as a weapon of war against Gaza civilians, Oxfam said today as it renewed its call for food, water, fuel and other essentials to be allowed to enter. 

24 October 2023

UN chief denounces ‘clear violations’ of international law in Gaza

The Financial Times Newspaper reports that the UN chief António Guterres has condemned “clear violations of international law” in Gaza as the US added to mounting pressure on the Israeli government to pause its bombardment of the besieged coastal enclave and allow in more aid. 

24 October 2023

Never again is now

A Palestinian doctor supported by Positive Action in Housing since March 2023 has broken the tragic news that seventeen members of his family, including his beloved uncle Abdulmajeed Isleem on his father’s side, his cousins, their wives and husbands and their young children, the youngest aged 2,  were killed today in a block of flats in Khan Younes, Gaza while sheltering from Israeli bombing.

20 October 2023

Private companies profiting from asylum accommodation contracts

The Government relies on private contractors at all stages of the asylum system, allowing private companies and individuals to get rich whilst people seeking safety suffer.

13 October 2023

NHS Doctor’s family trapped in North Gaza as UN warns of “devastating humanitarian consequences”

Hussain* is an asylum seeking Palestinian doctor working for the NHS. He is being supported by our Room for Refugees Network. His wife’s family and his mother and little sister are trapped in the North of Gaza and have been ordered to move 40 KM to the South.

12 October 2023

1,400 Refugee families in Glasgow To Be Made Homeless Within Weeks After Mass Asylum Decisions by Home Office

Charities are deeply concerned over the impending homelessness crisis in Glasgow faced by approximately 1,400 individuals expected to be granted asylum by the end of this year. We believe this is the same picture in towns and cities with significant asylum populations across the rest of the UK.

12 October 2023

Rwanda plan heard by Supreme Court

The Government's attempt to remove people seeking asylum in the UK to Rwanda was this week heard in the Supreme Court, the final court of appeal in the UK.

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