PARDS Country-Specific Meritorious Claims

 

Country-Specific Meritorious Claims / Confidentiality Warnings

 

List of known, authoritatively authenticated, country-specific meritorious claims. Sources include internationally known and respected human rights organizations, U.S. Federal Court Decisions, and the Agency's case files. Where internal Agency cases are referenced, the petitioner's name has been omitted. The most recent version of the list is available for download here (rev. June 4, 2006 - DOC, 1.07MB).

  • Albania
    1. Individuals Targeted by the Blood Feud (Order of Leke Dukajin):
    2. Gay Men:
    3. Lesbian Women:
    4. Government Whistle Blowers:
    5. Women Targeted for Domestic Violence:

  • Algeria
    1. Individuals Targeted for Extortion by FIS: [Noureddine Chaib (1999), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, No. 02-9582]

  • Bangladesh
    1. Women Targeted for Honor Killings:
    2. Christians:
    3. Senior Officials of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Seeking to Remain Independent of the Ruling Parties:

  • Belarus (PARDS Confidentiality and Safety Warning - Belarus Intelligence Services: DOC, 33.5KB)

    TO: Belarus nationals, either contemplating filing, or with outstanding petitions for asylum, withholding of removal, or Convention Against Torture (CAT) in the U.S.

    REGARDING: Right to Confidentiality as a Petitioner, Your Personal Safety, that of Your Families and Colleagues in Belarus

    THREAT SOURCE: Ongoing Belarus intelligence service operations in the U.S., Belarus refugee assistance organization staffers in the U.S., and Belarus signal intelligence service intercept operations within Belarus

    U.S. based Belarus ethnic, religious, cultural and social groups have long been targeted and infiltrated by Belarus intelligence services. Members, visitors, and guests are routinely photographed without permission, interviewed by individuals employing pseudonyms (aliases) who proceed to engage you in conversation wherein they solicit your identity, biographic, and other personal information for conveyance to and use by Belarus intelligence services.

    Ostensibly established to provide assistance to fellow nationals seeking asylum in the U.S., Belarus ethnic organizations staffed by individuals with close ties and bonds of affection to Belarus based relatives, friends, and colleagues render them prime targets for and vulnerable to adverse influence, pressure, coercion, and exploitation by Belarus intelligence services. Refugee organizations can serve as portals through which highly confidential information volunteered by and obtained from and about petitioners and others is gathered and conveyed to their handlers in Belarus intelligence services. Information sought includes, but is not limited to the identity, etiology, evolution, and extent of their party membership, political opposition, activities, residence, education, employment history, together with that of family members, and former colleagues.

    ACTION: Avoid and do not communicate with Belarus ethnic, religious, cultural groups, social organizations, or attend events (meetings, religious services, gatherings, cultural festivals, rallies, demonstrations, protests, lectures, conventions, etcetera), either sponsored by, and/or at which they will be present. Do not initiate or participate in telephone calls, either originating from, or terminating within the borders of Belarus. Do not transmit or respond to emails, text messages, facsimiles, or written correspondences, either emanating from, or terminating within the borders of Belarus. When selecting an advocate, exclude those with a potential conflict of interest.

    In the absence of empirical evidence to the contrary one should assume that the intelligence services of your government have both the interest and operational capacity to intercept and monitor all communications traversing its borders, and no less interest and operational capacity to identify, gather information regarding, and monitor the activities of its nationals abroad, particularly those in the U.S.

    To learn whether your current attorney is providing you with the full range of services required, or a free referral to an ethical, competent, and diligent immigration attorney specializing in asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture (CAT) claims, contact PARDS. The time to become an educated consumer is prior to opening your wallet and signing a costly, ambiguous, and generic attorney retainer agreement.

    1. Individuals associated with the Belorussian Autocephalic Church:
    2. Anti-Lukashenka Political Activists:
    3. Women Targeted for Domestic Violence:
    4. Gay Men:
    5. Lesbian Women:

  • Brazil
    1. Street Children:
    2. Women Targeted for Domestic Violence:

  • Burma (Myanmar)
    1. Gay Men:

  • China
    1. Falun Gong Practitioners: [PARDS Case Files]
    2. Individuals who import or transport Falun Gong documents into China:
    3. Women who Violated the Family Planning, One Child Policy: [PARDS Case Files]
    4. Men who Violated the Family Planning, One Child Policy: [PARDS Case Files]
    5. Individuals who Interfere with the Activities of Family Planning Officials: [PARDS Case Files]
    6. Individuals who Emigrate without Permission: [PARDS Case Files]
    7. Individuals Accused of Revealing State Secrets (defined in part to include human rights violations, either to foreigners or foreign governments via claims for asylum): [PARDS Case Files]
    8. Practitioners of Domestically Based Unregistered Religions: [PARDS Case Files]
    9. Practitioners of Foreign Controlled Unregistered Religions: [PARDS Case Files]

  • Colombia
    1. Army Backed Paramilitaries:
    2. Individuals Targeted by Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, FARC:

  • Dominican Republic
    1. Human Rights Activists Working on Behalf of Dominican Republic Peasants, and Haitian Migrants Working on Sugar Cane Plantations:
    2. Gay Men:
    3. Lesbian Women:

  • Ecuador
    1. Human Rights Activisits:

  • Egypt
    1. Gay Men:

  • El Salvador
    1. Gang Members (by the government, rival gang members):
    2. Former Gang Members (by the government, members of the individual's former gang, members of rival gangs):
    3. Women Targeted for Domestic Violence:
    4. Gay Men:
    5. Lesbian Women:
    6. Trans-Gendered:

  • Eritrea
    1. Military Deserters: [Ukashu Nuru (1997), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, No. 03-71391]

  • Federated States of Micronesia
    1. Gay Men:

  • Georgia
    1. Gay Men:

  • Guatemala
    1. Gang Members (by the government, rival gang members):
    2. Former Gang Members (by the government, members of the individual's former gang, members of rival gangs):
    3. Women Targeted for Domestic Violence:
    4. Gay Men:
    5. Lesbian Women:
    6. Trans-Gendered:

  • Guinea
    1. Anti-Government Political Activists:
    2. Gay Men:

  • Guinea-Bissau
    1. Gay Men:

  • Guyana
    1. Women Targeted for Domestic Violence:
    2. Gay Men:
    3. Lesbian Women:

  • Honduras
    1. Gang Members (by the government, rival gang members):
    2. Former Gang Members (by the government, members of the individual's former gang, members of rival gangs):
    3. Women Targeted for Domestic Violence:
    4. Gay Men:
    5. Lesbian Women:
    6. Trans-Gendered:

  • Indonesia
    1. Ethnic Chinese Christian Women: [Marjorie Konda Lolong (1998), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, No. 03-72384]

  • Iran
    1. Iranian Journalists and Intellectuals who are Critical of the Iranian Government, Accused of `taking part in an attempt against national security' and `propaganda against the Islamic system ... collecting confidential state documents to jeopardize state security' and `spreading propaganda ...':
    2. Komala Party members, a proscribed anti-government organization:
    3. Advocates for Kurdish Human Rights:
    4. Individuals Having Contact with Dissident Organizations Abroad:
    5. Members of Arab Minority Community living in the Khuzestan Region of Iran:
    6. Individuals Associated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI):

  • Iraq
    1. Known or Suspected Collaborators with the U.S. and/or Coalition Forces:
    2. Women Targeted for Honor Killings:
    3. Apostates (Muslims who convert to another religion):

  • Jamaica
    1. Gay Men:
    2. Lesbian Women:

  • Lebanon
    1. Gay Men: [Nasser Mustapha Karouni (1998), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, No. 02-72651]

  • Lithuania
    1. Women Targeted for Domestic Violence:
    2. Gay Men:
    3. Lesbian Women:

  • Malawi
    1. Gay Men:

  • Malaysia
    1. Gay Men:

  • Mali
    1. Gay Men:

  • Marshall Islands
    1. Gay Men:

  • Mauritania
    1. Gay Men:

  • Mexico
    1. Individuals targeted through `a long running communal conflict between San Isidro Vista Hermosa and authorities of the municipality of Santa Cruz Nundaco (abductions and rapes):
    2. Women Targeted for Domestic Violence:

  • Moldova
    1. Individuals Targeted by Police:
    2. Women Targeted for Domestic Violence:
    3. Gay Men:
    4. Lesbian Women:

  • Morocco
    1. Women Targeted for Honor Killings:
    2. Gay Men:

  • Mozambique
    1. Gay Men:

  • Namibia
    1. Gay Men:

  • Nauru
    1. Gay Men:

  • Nepal
    1. Individuals Suspected of Membership in/Association with the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) by Nepal Security Services (torture, detention, denied access to attorneys)

  • New Zealand (Tokelau)
    1. Gay Men:

  • Nicaragua
    1. Gay Men:

  • Nigeria
    1. Ogoni:
    2. Women Targeted for Honor Killings:
    3. Women who are Pregnant out of Wedlock:
    4. Women Targeted for Female Genital Mutilation, FGM:
    5. Gay Men:
    6. Lesbian Women:

  • Pakistan
    1. Apostates (Muslims who convert to another religion):
    2. Christians
    3. Ahmadi
    4. Women Targeted for Honor Killings:
    5. Women Targeted for Domestic Violence:
    6. Gay Men:
    7. Lesbian Women:

  • Palau
    1. Gay Men:

  • Palestinians/Israel
    1. Women Targeted for Honor Killings:
    2. Perceived or Known Collaborators with Israeli Security Services:

  • Papua New Guinea
    1. Gay Men:

  • Peru
    1. Individuals Targeted by the Shining Path (S.L), A Terrorist Organization:
    2. Individuals Targeted by the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA):

  • Qatar
    1. Gay Men:

  • Romania
    1. Romani (Gypsies):
    2. Women Targeted for Domestic Violence:
    3. Gay Men:
    4. Lesbian Women:

  • Russia
    1. Orphans, Former Orphans: [PARDS Case Files] Victoria,Dimitri,Evgueni TCHOUKHROVA Birth Defect
    2. Non-Ethnic Russians with Dark Skin:
    3. Jews, Anti-Semitism:
    4. Women Targeted for Domestic Violence:
    5. Gay Men (residing outside Moscow or St. Petersburg):
    6. Lesbian Women:
    7. Individuals afflicted with a Physically Handicapped or Genetic Deformation:

  • Sao Tome and Principe
    1. Gay Men:

  • Saudi Arabia
    1. Gay Men:

  • Senegal
    1. Gay Men:

  • Seychelles
    1. Gay Men:

  • Sierra Leone
    1. Gay Men:

  • Singapore
    1. Gay Men:

  • Solomon Islands
    1. Gay Men:

  • Somalia
    1. All Females (Female Genital Mutilation, FGM): [Khadija Mohammed (not date specific), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, No. 03-70803]
    2. Gay Men:

  • Sri Lanka
    1. Gay Men:

  • Sudan
    1. Gay Men:

  • Swaziland
    1. Gay Men:
  • Syria
    1. Individuals Espousing Anti-Government Views on the Internet:
    2. Gay Men:

  • Tajikistan
    1. Gay Men:

  • Tanzania
    1. Gay Men:

  • Tonga
    1. Gay Men:

  • Trinidad and Tobago
    1. Women Targeted for Domestic Violence:
    2. Gay Men:
    3. Lesbian Women:

  • Tunisia
    1. Gay Men:

  • Turkmenistan
    1. Gay Men:

  • Tuvalu
    1. Gay Men:

  • Uganda
    1. Gay Men:

  • Ukraine
    1. Ethnic Minorities:
    2. Individuals Targeted by the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists:
    3. Individuals Targeted by the Ukrainian Revolutionary Army (Nationalist Party):

  • United Arab Emirates
    1. Gay Men:

  • Uzbekistan
    1. Gay Men:

  • Venezuela
    1. Members of the Barrios Family:

  • Yemen
    1. Gay Men:
 

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