The right of asylum (the word derives from the Ancient Greek) is an ancient juridical concept, under which a person persecuted by his own country may be protected by another sovereign authority.
That "Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution" is enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. Under this and other agreements an individual may claim asylum citing prosecution in his own country for fear of persecution on grounds including race, caste, nationality, religion, political opinions and participation in any particular social group or social activities. That persons persecuted on political grounds shall have the right of asylum is enshrined in the German constitution as a basic right. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to asylum.
The United Nations is warning of “climate chaos with millions of dead and refugees.” Can the climate conference in Katowice find ways to allow the human race to survive? Our guests: Claudia Kemfert (DIW), Grace Dobush (Handelsblatt Global), Petra Pinzler (Zeit)
Some six weeks after a pastor in the Netherlands began a fairly ordinary church service, that service is still underway. The Protestant Bethel Church in The Hague is trying to prevent the deportation of an Armenian family that was denied asylum after almost nine years in the Netherlands. It's the latest in a series of incidents fueling the debate on migration. Stefan Bos has more from The Hague.
It's not just warming temperatures and increasingly severe storms that are causing problems. There are also social implications to climate change. The Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami is seeing some of the earliest signs of climate gentrification in an area protected from rising sea levels. Wealthy people are driving up home prices and forcing current residents out. Maria Bakkalapulo reports.
The UK is being urged to continue to offer places to child refugees, 80 years after the first 200 Jewish children arrived from Nazi Germany. Their escape was made possible by British, Jewish and Quaker organizations.
Irish concerns over Brexit deal - Could Russia and Ukraine's naval standoff escalate to a war? - Making Waves for refugees in Berlin – Yellow Vest protests over fuel tax hikes in France - Dutch rail to pay compensation for transporting Jews to Nazi death camps – Latvia to publish files on KGB agents – ‘Black Pete sparks protests in the Netherlands – Greek kids pay the price for austerity.
Think refugees and boats and images of overcrowded inflatable boats probably spring to mind - desperate people risking their lives for a new life. An ambitious art project in Berlin wants to challenge that perception by working with refugees to build a luxury boat to explore the city's waterways and create a floating space for dialogue. Guy Degen visited the Making Waves project to find out more.