List of people granted asylum
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This is a list of people granted asylum.
People granted asylum
|Year||Name||Country which granted asylum||Occupation||Notes / References|
|1929||Leon Trotsky||Turkey, France, Norway, Mexico||Soviet politician, and the founder and first leader of the Red Army||In exile in Turkey from 1929–1933, in France 1933–1935, in Norway 1935–1937, in Mexico 1937–1940.|
|1954||Peter Norwood Duberg||Switzerland||United States citizen, United Nations official, employed in Paris at UNESCO||For reasons of his early adulthood membership in the Communist Party, Duberg, along with several other U.S. citizens working in international organizations, became the subject of U.S. official investigation in the early 1950s. This led to a loyalty investigation by the U.S. State Department in 1953, also his name being discussed in the U.S. Congress House Committee on Un-American Activities. During 1953, Mr. Duberg refused to answer a series of loyalty-related questionnaires. This resulted in decisions taken which led to termination of his professional employment at the United Nations in 1954 and eventual need for political asylum, which was granted in Switzerland.|
|1956||József Mindszenty||United States||Cardinal of the Catholic Church as the Archbishop of Esztergom in Hungary|||
|1959||His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso||India||Head monk of the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism (Dalai Lama)|||
|1967||Svetlana Alliluyeva||United States||Writer and lecturer|||
|1984||Assata Shakur||Cuba||United States citizen, African-American activist, member of the Black Panther Party (BPP) and Black Liberation Army (BLA)|||
|1986||Choi Eun-hee||United States||South Korean actress|||
|1986||Shin Sang-ok||United States||South Korean film producer and director|||
|1997||Christoph Meili||United States||National of Switzerland, bank-security guard and whistleblowers at the Union Bank of Switzerland (now UBS)||Mr. Meili was a security guard at UBS, where he witnessed the destruction of documents related to world war II accounts of Jews. He reported the destruction, and was subjected to prosecution, also death threats. The family fled to the United States and were granted political asylum via a private law passed specifically for the Meili family. Unhappy in the United States, Mr. Meili later returned to Switzerland safely.|
|1999–2004, 2007||Alex Konanykhin and his wife||United States||Russian entrepreneur, former banker|||
|2001||Mohamed El Ghanem||Switzerland||Former officer of the Egyptian Ministry of Interior, lawyer, Doctor of Law and Professor.||Several years after receiving refugee status in Switzerland, Dr. El Ghanem later was arbitrarily detained without charge for refusing to collaborate with Geneva Police in a spying project on local Muslim community. He remained detained without trial for six years.|
|2001||Alexander Litvinenko||United Kingdom||Former officer who served in the Soviet KGB and its Russian successor, the Federal Security Service (FSB)|||
|2002||Pedro Carmona||Colombia||Venezuelan businessman, declared interim President of Venezuela during the 2002 Venezuelan coup d'état attempt|||
|2003||Akhmed Zakayev||United Kingdom||Former Deputy Prime Minister and the current Prime Minister of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria|||
|2003||Boris Berezovsky||United Kingdom||Former Russian government official, businessman and mathematician, member of Russian Academy of Sciences|||
|2004||Ilyas Akhmadov||United States||Former politician and foreign minister of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria|||
|2005||Bobby Fischer||Iceland||Chess Grandmaster and the 11th World Chess Champion, chess author|||
|2007||Irakli Okruashvili||France||Georgian politician|||
|2008||Chere Lyn Tomayko||Costa Rica||United States citizen||Chere Lyn Tomayko, wanted in the United States for parental kidnapping, was granted asylum in June 2008 by Costa Rica. Tomayko's claims that her actions were justified by domestic violence she suffered were taken into account by the Costa Rican authorities.|
|2009||Manuel Rosales||Peru||Venezuelan educator and politician|||
|2010||Alexander Barankov||Ecuador||Belarusian former policeman or army captain|||
|2010||Virginia Vallejo||United States||Colombian writer, journalist, columnist, media personality, television anchorwoman, and socialite|||
|2011||Savva Terentyev||Estonia||Russian blogger and musician|||
|2012||Julian Assange||Ecuador||Australian editor, activist, publisher and journalist||Since 19 June 2012, he has been inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.|
|2013||Edward Snowden||Russia||United States citizen; U.S. Intelligence Officer: system administrator for the NSA and CIA. Booz Allen Hamilton contractor.||Granted temporary asylum in Russia.|
|2014||Denise Harvey||Canada||United States citizen||Granted asylum in Canada after being sentenced to 30 years in prison by a Florida court for having consensual sex with a 16 year old teenage boy. The crime she was convicted of is not a crime in Canada (i.e., consensual sex between a 16 year old and an adult not in a position of authority with respect to the teen) and the Canadian Immigration and Review Board ruled that the 30 year sentence was "cruel and unusual punishment".|
|2014||Suren Gazaryan||Estonia||Russian citizen, Green activist||Goldman Prize recipient in 2014|
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- Thomson, Mike (5 March 2003). "Kidnapped by North Korea". BBC News. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- U.S. Congress: Bill S. 768: A bill for the relief of Michel Christopher Meili, Giuseppina Meili, Mirjam Naomi Meili, and Davide Meili, private bill sponsored by New York Senator Alphonse D'Amato (R-NY), signed into Private Law 105-1 by President Bill Clinton on 29 July 1997; accessed 30 October 2006.
- Swiss parliament, Summer session 1997
- Question Schlüer
- Response of Federal Councillor Flavio Cotti, who claimed the United States was not granting the Meili family "asylum", but rather a facilitated fast-track immigration. Accessed 30 October 2006.
- "Venezuelan coup leader given asylum". BBC News. 27 May 2002. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- U.S. Asylum for Chechen Draws Protest From Russia
- "Wanted US woman freed in Costa Rica". USA Today. 26 July 2008.
- The Vatican grants asylum to Nixon Moreno
- ""Платформа" папрасіла Эквадор не выдаваць Баранкова" (in Belarusian). Belsat TV. 26 June 2012. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
- "Corte analiza la extradición de bielorruso". Expreso (Ecuador). 15 August 2012. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
- Küffner, Stephan; Megan Gibson (16 July 2012). "Assange's Special Asylum: Why Ecuador Isn't Nice to Anyone Else". Time. Archived from the original on 20 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
- Virginia Vallejo, anchorwoman 1994 on YouTube,
- Virginia Vallejo – Biografía (Archived at WebCite)
- Estonia grants political asylum to Russian blogger
- Declaración del Gobierno de la República del Ecuador sobre la solicitud de asilo de Julian Assange (Spanish) (Archived at WebCite)
- "Statement on Snowden's Successful Russian Asylum Bid". WikiLeaks. 1 August 2013. Archived from the original on 1 August 2013.
- "Florida sex offender granted asylum in Canada". cbc.ca. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
- "Goldman Prize Recipient Suren Gazaryan". 29 May 2014.