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Spain: The Difficult Path to Asylum
Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
19 Jun 2015

According to the UNHCR, there are more than 60 million refugees worldwide, who had to flee their homes because of prosecution, wars and human rights violations. This is the highest figure since the end of World War II.

Once again, the number of people who managed to seek asylum in Spain has been very low: only 5,947, which just represents 0.95% of the total in 28 countries from the European Union. And among all those asylum seekers, only 384 got the refugee status by the Spanish government.
Barcelona is the second city in Spain with the highest number of asylum requests (690). Only Madrid shows a higher figure (1,861). This photo collection shows the story of 6 migrants, most of them asylum seekers and refugees who live and survive in Barcelona.

World Refugee Day is held every year on June 20.

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Egyptian Court adjourns Al-Khosous tr...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
02 Jun 2013

On Saturday June 1st, Egyptian courts adjourned on the trial of 33 defendants for their involvement in the violence that took place in the town of Al-Khosous, north of Cairo, last April. The violence claimed the lives of seven people, and later sparked further sectarian violence. The trial will resume July 6, 2013.

The case was postponed to hear witnesses for the prosecution and the judge refused the defense’s request to release the defendants on bail.

The public prosecution has accused the defendants of murder, illegal possession of weapons, damage to public and private property, inciting panic and possessing Molotov cocktails.

Though the case is being tried by the Banha Criminal Court, the trial was moved to New Cairo Criminal Court in an attempt to ensure the safety of the accused.

The sectarian violence in Al-Khosous broke out between two families, who happen to be Muslim and Christian in Al-Khosous, north of Cairo after Christian children allegedly painted offensive drawings on the wall of an Islamic institute.

The defense lawyers and relatives of the defendants argue that they are innocent, demanding the formation of a new fact-finding committee.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Ghareeb, defense lawyer of number of the defendants:
“We would like to say that the state security apparatus still has the same policies like the former regime and they still arrested people from their homes. The defendants were arrested after four or five days of the incident. They do not have any relations with the clashes and they found nothing with them. We ask God to reveal the truth. God willing, they will be announced innocent soon.”

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Brother of one of the defendants:
“We hope that the authorities form a new fact-finding committee to discover the truth and I accept that my brother being tried if they proved that he is not innocent. There must be a transparency in the investigations.”

The clashes resulted in the killing of a Christian by a Muslim, prompting some Muslim residents to seek retribution. The violence resulted in the deaths of six Christians and one Muslim.

The funeral for four of the Christians was held at St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral two days after the violence in Al-Khosous broke out. Following the funeral, unidentified men attacked mourners outside the cathedral, which prompted rock throwing. Some eyewitnesses reported gunshots.

On the other hand, earlier on Thursday north Cairo court ordered the release of seven people who had been arrested for suspected involvement in clashes outside St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo.

The suspects have been released from police custody with bail set at LE 2000 each. Prosecutors, meanwhile, have appealed the release order.

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Egyptians To Be Executed For Killing ...
Ismailia Criminal Court, Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
24 Sep 2012

On Thursday, October 11, Ismailia Criminal Court sentenced and referred the papers of 19 convicts to Egypt’s Mufti to get his opinion on their execution for killing a young man inside a mosque while he was praying during Ramadan in 2010.
Two the convicts were present inside the dock while the other 17 were sentenced in absentia.
The execution verdict will finally be pronounced on November 10 after the Mufti’s approval.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) Judge Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Sabeely:
“The court decided with consensus of its members to refer the convicts’ papers to the Mufti of Egypt to provide the Islamic legal opinion on the case and set the session of November 10 to review the case. The session is adjourned.”

The first convict explained that they did it in revenge for his brother who had been killed by the victim’s cousin.
The investigations confirmed that the victim, a 24-year-old young man, was repeatedly stabbed in the head, the back and the stomach, and the convicts professed committing the crime and reenacted it before the prosecution.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: September 24, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: September 24, 2012
Length: 0:01:21
Video Size: 66.9 MB
Language: Arabic
Organized by:
Camera: VCS

1. Wide shot of Ismailia Criminal Court
2. Various shots of the court session
3. Various shots of the convicts inside the dock during the court session
4. Various shots of the judges and attendees
5. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) Judge Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Sabeely:
“The court decided with consensus of its members to refer the convicts’ papers to the Mufti of Egypt to provide the Islamic legal opinion on the case and set the session of November 10 to review the case. The session is adjourned.”
6. Various shots of the convicts reenacting the crime before the prosecution inside the mosque

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Lawyer Representing Victims of the Re...
Cairo, Egypt
By Beirut Editor's Picks
10 Jan 2012

January 10, 2012 - Cairo
A lawyer representing victims in Mubarak's trial said the judge heard arguments from five lawyers, who explained how the ex-president and his men killed protesters.