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Q.Identification for Malian Native/Asylum Case
By Adrian (San Diego, California, United States) On May 02, 2012 Public
Asylum Country : United States,
Description : I represent Malian native seeking asylum in the US, on a pro-bono basis. He arrived at the border months before the coup and humanitarian crisis began. He is a farmer from a rural area of northern Mali, and arrived at the US border with no documents. He has undergone persecution including bodily injury. I am seeking help/advice in locating any ID documents for him, or identifying an expert who might submit a declaration or testify that people of my client's ethnic group (Tamasheq) are often enslaved or live in quasi-slavery conditions, and that government ID records likely do not exist, or would be very difficult to locate and obtain. Any help is appreciated. Adrian Cyhan, UM Law '00.

Replied By Palmer (Ann Arbor, Michigan United States) On May 21, 2012

Thank you for your question, Adrian. Though the Refugee Caselaw Site cannot make referrals, American caselaw confirms the importance of identity documents or a reasonable explanation of their absence in asylum claims. In In re M-D-, The Board of Immigration Appeals denied the applicant’s asylum claim because he did not meet the burden of proof on material facts of identity and Mauritanian nationality. Where it is reasonable to expect corroborating evidence, such evidence or a reasonable explanation for its absence must be provided. Though the applicant claimed his identity documents were destroyed, the court found it reasonable to expect the applicant to attempt to acquire replacement documents, or adequately explain their absence. The applicant provided only general country of origin information, and nothing to corroborate the specifics of his claim. http://refugeecaselaw.org/redirectpdf.aspx?caseid=642

Replied By Ali ag (Adelphi, Maryland United States) On Jul 10, 2012

I am a malian living in dc metro area. The truth is that through out the malian history from the Mali Empire (8 century ago) to today Republic of Mali, the tamasheq ethnic people always have been the slaves masters, even today has I am writing this there is still a lots of tamasheq who own slaves. That is there culture and customs. The tamasheq (touareg) are the masters and their slaves are the "bela" ethnicity The ancient city of Timbuktu was named afer a teenage black slave belonging to the touareg(tamasheq) named buktu. I sucject you to do some research on the Malian et touareg history customs and culture before filing anything based on lies and fabrications...

Replied By Ali ag (Adelphi, Maryland United States) On Jul 10, 2012

I am a malian living in dc metro area. The truth is that through out the malian history from the Mali Empire (8 century ago) to today Republic of Mali, the tamasheq ethnic people always have been the slaves masters, even today has I am writing this there is still a lots of tamasheq who own slaves. That is there culture and customs. The tamasheq (touareg) are the masters and their slaves are the "bela" ethnicity The ancient city of Timbuktu was named afer a teenage black slave belonging to the touareg(tamasheq) named buktu. I sucject you to do some research on the Malian et touareg history customs and culture before filing anything based on lies and fabrications...

Replied By Ali ag (Adelphi, Maryland United States) On Jul 10, 2012

I am a malian living in dc metro area. The truth is that through out the malian history from the Mali Empire (8 century ago) to today Republic of Mali, the tamasheq ethnic people always have been the slaves masters, even today has I am writing this there is still a lots of tamasheq who own slaves. That is there culture and customs. The tamasheq (touareg) are the masters and their slaves are the "bela" ethnicity The ancient city of Timbuktu was named afer a teenage black slave belonging to the touareg(tamasheq) named buktu. I sucject you to do some research on the Malian et touareg history customs and culture before filing anything based on lies and fabrications...

Assigned Cases

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In re MD

Date Decided : Mar 13, 1998 Court : Board of Immigration Appeals
Jurisdiction : United States Country of Origin : Mauritania
Hathaway Number(s) : 3.2.2, 5.1, 5.2 Site Name :
Description : Half-black member of Peurh ethnic group was arrested, beaten and imprisoned by police after being accused of being Senegalese and was expelled to Senegal, and family forced to go to Senegal because of race and ethnicity, but credibility is questioned.

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Rozina Gebrehiwot Teweldbrhan et al. v Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Date Decided : Mar 29, 2012 Court : Federal Court
Jurisdiction : Canada Country of Origin : Eritrea
Hathaway Number(s) : 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.2.3 Site Name :
Description : Two cousins fear further arrest, detention and torture by police on the basis of ethnicity and political activities.
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