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Danae Zachari - Blog 6: Unaccompanied and Separated Refugee Children

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In this last blog of an incredible experience at MSRI, I look at one of the sub-population of MSRI beneficiaries - Unaccompanied and separated children (UASC). I discuss some of the challenges these children face and I look at the UNHCR guidelines for determining the best interest of the child.

 

 

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Danae Zachari – Blog 5: Forced Migration

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In this blog post I briefly discuss the work of Foucault and Agamben, two of my favourite theorists, on biopolitics. They explore the relation between human life and political power, and discuss how a sovereign's power enables the killing of those perceived to be a threat to the overall population. This power often leads to discrimination and to the justification of brutal acts. Then, I briefly discuss one of my roles at MSRI and some of my views on qualitative and quantitative studies.

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Danae Zachari – Blog 4 (Part 3/3): Interview with Jeanne Makinadjian – Legal Advisor at MSRI

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In this final section of my interview with Jeanne Makinadjian, I ask Jeanne how UNHCR supports UNHCR appointment cardholders and UNHCR asylum seeker and refugee cardholders who are in detention. Jeanne explains the important role UNHCR plays in releasing individuals from detention and how the new UNHCR card offers higher protection.   

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Danae Zachari – Blog 4 (Part 2/3): Interview with Jeanne Makinadjian – Legal Advisor at MSRI

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In this second section, Jeanne Makinadjian explains the resettlement process and how resettlement countries, such as USA, implement their own refugee status determination, security and medical checks. We discuss the long process of being granted refugee status and that only a small proportion of the refugee population is resettled. The process of seeking asylum and the resettlement process often take a few years and individuals go through rigorous screening.

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Danae Zachari – Blog 4 (Part 1/3): Interview with Jeanne Makinadjian – Legal Advisor at MSRI

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In this three-part podcast I am interviewing Jeanne Makinadjian, the legal advisor at the Malaysian Social Research Institute, on how MSRI works as partners with UNHCR, as well as, her role at MSRI in assisting individuals to prepare for their UNHCR interviews and with writing appeals, when necessary. Jeanne briefly discusses the difference between migration law and international humanitarian law, and also defines for us the terms migrant worker, asylum seeker and refugee.

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Danae Zachari – Blog 3 (Part 3/3): Interview with Gloria Martinez – senior program manager at MSRI

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In this final section of my interview with Gloria Martinez, Gloria discusses the complexities of reporting a perpetrator, especially in an asylum and refugee context. She also explains how the course of action varies from one case to another and the possible drawbacks a legal case can have for refugees.

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Danae Zachari – Blog 3 (Part 2/3): Interview with Gloria Martinez – senior program manager at MSRI

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Children’s Rights

In this second section, Gloria Martinez talks about the UN convention on the rights of the child, which articulates the rights of children and recognizes their agency and evolving capacities. She explains what it means when countries, such as Malaysia, entered reservations on articles of the convention when they ratified it. This podcast ends with a discussion on the child protection policy introduced at MSRI and the training that has begun to take place. 

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Danae Zachari – Blog 3 (Part 1/3): Interview with Gloria Martinez - senior program manager at MSRI

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In this three-part podcast I am interviewing Gloria Martinez, the senior program manager at the Malaysian Social Research Institute, on child protection policies and children’s rights. Gloria introduced a child protection policy at MSRI and has organized workshops and training for staff that I have been fortunate to attend. Over the past couple of months, I have been learning and growing in so many ways. How to safeguard children’s wellbeing and how to be mindful of the long-term impact our actions have on young individuals, are a big part of my learning experience. 

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Danae Zachari - Blog 2: UNHCR in Malaysia

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International Instruments Protecting Refugees’ Rights

Danae Zachari - Blog 1: Privilege and What Laws Mean to Different Individuals

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My socio-economic privilege and the fact that I hold a Canadian passport give me the freedom of mobility that the majority of the world’s population may not have. Many are using their life earnings to take on this journey in hope for a better future, while I have the freedom and privilege to be planning trips for personal pleasure. When I arrived in Kuala Lumpur, the border control officer asked how long I intended to stay and was not even concerned about the purpose of my trip, as it was likely assumed that I was a tourist.