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Riot at Trandum Detention Centre
A riot took place at Trandum Detention Centre for asylum seekers close to the Gardermoen International Airport tonight. The riot started at 6.50 pm.
Norway suspends returns to several countries
Returns are suspended to Libya, Uzbekistan and certain parts of Iraq.
Norway suspends returns to Uzbekistan after asylum arrests
In a propaganda film shown on national television in Uzbekistan former Uzbek asylum seekers to Norway are depicted as returned traitors. On Christmas Eve they were sentenced to up to 13 years in prison. (video)
Heavy criticism of government's return policy
Norway is obliged to monitor what happens with people who are deported to dangerous countries. But it does not happen, writes researcher Maja Janmyr in an article in the magazine Røyst.
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Afghan minister asks Norway to take back family - (Norwegian)
The Afghan Refugee Minister says family's security can't be guaranteed in their region of Ghazni.
 - VG
Afghan authorities will stop all forced returns from Norway
Afghanistan will close its borders to all individuals who are deported from Norway, says the country's refugee minister. He adds that the country wants a new return agreement with Norway.
 - Aftenposten
National Police Immigration Service was ready to give up government's demands for more deportations - (Norwegian)
In August last year the National Police Immigration Service (PU) alerted the authorities that they would not be able to meet Minister of Justice and Public Security Anders Anundsen's demand of 7700 deportations of asylum seekers. Mr. Anundsen did not accept this, and he asked PU to speed up the work with the deportations. Later it was agreed on a total of 7100 deportations in 2014.
 - nrk
Reza sent back to Afghanistan tonight - (Norwegian)
The immigration authorities did not believe that Reza (21) was a Christian. He was deported to Kabul, Afghanistan tonight.
 - UDI
The Norwegian immigration authorities open up for return to Gaza
UDI and UNE believe the security situation in Gaza is better and opens up for return to the region. The return of Palestinians from Norway to Gaza was halted last summer as a result of the war between Israel and Hamas.
 - nrk
Reza should have been here today - (Norwegian)
21 year old Reza converted to Christianity in the summer of 2011, and he has since been participating in the Christian community in Varden, Stavanger. But the immigration authorities didn't believe his story, and tomorrow night he will be sent out of the country.
 - Oslo

Teenager imprisoned after being deported to Iran

Kurdish Rahim Rostami (age 19), known from a documentary on Norwegian television, was imprisoned in the Evin prison, Tehran after he was deported from Norway to Iran in early February.
Rahim Rostami (19). Photo: Frode Olsen

Rahim Rostami whose asylum application had been rejected by the Norwegian authorities was arrested by the police on February 8th and deported to Tehran, accompanied by two Norwegian policemen, the next day.

After being handed over to the Iranian authorities he has been taken to interrogation and later to the notorious Evin prison where he has been held in solitary confinement.