In Case You Missed It: Last Week’s International News, Today: October 31st

Article 31

Following the lead of his predecessor, Australia Prime Minister Turnbull and his Immigration Minister Dutton proposed a law that would ban refugees and asylum seekers from ever applying for a visa if they attempted entry illegally on a boat. Many have said this will explicitly violate Article 31 of the Refugee Convention which disallows discriminating on the basis of how a refugee enters the country.

Uber

The Central London Employment Tribunal ruled that Uber drivers are entitled to minimum wage and holiday pay as employees, and not self-employed contractors. Uber has been trying to settle a case with similar issues in the Northern District of California in the U.S. This marks a huge legal loss in the so-called global “gig economy.”

Mosul

The offense on Mosul continues. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes and reports of ISIL using civilians as human shields have been reported.

Canada-E.U.

On Sunday, the European Union and Canada signed a trade deal to open markets to increased competition. The deal would cut tariffs on industrial goods and food items while opening other service sectors.

20,000

Renewed violence in the Central African Republic has led to over 20,000 people retreating to a UN base. This number adds to the nearly 1 million people who have been internally displaced or  who have fled to nearby countries since the 2003 coup.

145 Child Soldiers

Armed opposition groups in South Sudan released 145 child soldiers according to UNICEF. The children may have been recruited by the rebel faction of former Vice President Riek Machar.

 

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