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A Sudanese asylum seeker's advice for the Israeli government

Date: 3.2.15 Source: HAARETZ
A refugee held in Israel's Holot detention center wants Israel to stop treating asylum seekers as criminals, and to empower them to be good leaders for the future generations in our country. By Adil Aldao

Israel fails to heat asylum seeker detention center, despite promise

Date: 22.1.15 Source: Ilan Lior, Haaretz
Following petition by three rights groups and complaints over bitter cold conditions in detention center, state said it would install heaters in every cell of Holot.

NGOs to High Court: Save detained migrants from cold conditions

Date: 11.1.15 Source: The Jerusalem Post

group of NGOs on Sunday filed an emergency petition with the High Court of Justice pleading that it order the Holot detention center to allow migrants to bring heaters into their quarters or release them until the quarters are properly heated due to the extremely cold weather conditions

Hundreds of asylum seekers protest outside migrant detention facility

Date: 27.12.14 Source: Haaretz, Ilan Lior
Holot currently holds 2,242 asylum seekers, many of whom were ordered to report to there shortly after it opened a year ago, and have since been compelled to remain.

Calls for Israel to grant illegal Darfuri migrants refugee status

Date: 7.12.14 Source: Sudan Tribune

December 6, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The chairman of Israel’s Yesh Atid party and the outgoing finance minister Yair Lapid said that Israel must recognise Darfuris who entered the country illegally as refugees.

Israel should recognize Darfur migrants as refugees, says Lapid

Date: 6.12.14 Source: Haaretz, Ilan Lior
But the state should treat Eritreans as illegal immigrants, the outgoing finance minister says on his Facebook page.

With two drafts rejected, Interior Ministry writes new version of asylum seekers bill

Date: 20.11.14 Source: Omri Efraim, Gilad Morag, YNET
Residents of south Tel Aviv slam bill as insubstantial and insufficient; human rights groups cry foul

High Court orders closure of detention facility for African asylum seekers

Date: 22.9.14 Source: Ilan Lior, Haaretz
Some 2,000 Eritreans and Sudanese are incarcerated in Holot 'open facility’ in Negev, which court rules must be shut within 90 days; court cancels amendment allowing incarceration without trial.

Switzerland grants entry to Eritrean asylum seeker fearing detention in Israel

Date: 28.8.14 Source: Ilan Lior
Judge says petitioner 'in genuine danger of being imprisoned or held indefinitely in what is called an open facility' in Israel.

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