South East Asian governments have so far failed to take sufficient action to protect refugees and migrants one month after a key summit to address the crisis that saw thousands of people stranded on boats over the past months, Amnesty International said in an open letter today.
The Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean in Bangkok on 29 May brought 17 countries together to discuss the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal.
Today I opened the World Humanitarian Summit Pacific Regional Consultation (Regional Consultation) in Auckland, with New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon Murray McCully.
The Regional Consultation is an opportunity to highlight our humanitarian response in the Pacific, one of the most disaster prone regions in the world. Of the top 20 countries with the highest annual average disaster losses by GDP, eight are from the Pacific.
The Australian Government has pledged further support for Nepal’s long term recovery following two devastating earthquakes earlier this year.
As the monsoon season approaches many people remain vulnerable and in need of ongoing support as they work to reconstruct their communities.
Today Australia has pledged an additional $6 million at the International Conference on Nepal's Reconstruction in Kathmandu. This contribution adds to Australia’s initial recovery package, which complements Australia’s significant aid program in Nepal.
Vanuatu has welcomed Australia's pledge to increase the numbers of seasonal workers accepted in Australia, in the wake of Cyclone Pam.
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Transfer of asylum seeker children to Nauru
On 13 August 2012 the Australian Government reintroduced a system of third country processing for asylum seekers who arrive by boat without a valid visa. Under this system these asylum seekers, including children, must be transferred to a third country as soon as is reasonably practicable, unless the Minister for Immigration decides to exclude them from transfer.
As a result of this policy, on 31 May 2015 there were 81 children detained in the Regional Processing Centre (the Centre) in Nauru.
Micronesia – The Republic of the Marshall Islands and other low-lying coral atolls are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Marshall Islands’ Foreign Affairs Minister, Tony deBrum, recently stated, “We’re starting to see climate change impacts in our local communities. While natural events have always occurred in small islands, it is irrefutable that there are climate drivers.”
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) received a fund grant amounting to P104.2 million from the Australian Government-Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for the implementation of a three-year Support Program for Disaster Response.
The project aims to enhance the Department’s capacity in providing leadership in disaster response and humanitarian assistance in times of calamities.
La crise des réfugiés la plus terrible depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale.
Un million de réfugiés ayant désespérément besoin d’être réinstallés.
Quatre millions de réfugiés syriens luttant pour survivre en Turquie, au Liban, en Jordanie, en Irak et en Égypte.
Plus de trois millions de réfugiés en Afrique subsaharienne, dont un petit nombre seulement se voit proposer des places de réinstallation depuis 2013.
15 juin 2015
Des appels sont lancés pour privilégier une perspective globale axée sur l'aide au développement sur une approche sécuritaire des migrations
Le Conseil des droits de l'homme a tenu, cet après-midi, un «dialogue renforcé» sur le thème des droits de l'homme des migrants.
15 June 2015
The Human Rights Council this afternoon held an enhanced interactive dialogue on the human rights of migrants.
• Worst refugee crisis since World War II.
• One million refugees desperately in need of resettlement.
• Four million Syrian refugees struggling to survive in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.
• More than three million refugees in sub-Saharan Africa, and only a small fraction offered resettlement since 2013.
• 3,500 people drowned while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in 2014 -- 1,865 so far in 2015.
• 300 people died in the Andaman Sea in the first three months of 2015 due to starvation, dehydration and abuse by boat crews.
Yesterday’s announcement that the Australian Government will count military and police deployments in humanitarian disasters and peacekeeping operations as part of its aid spend is of concern, according to the peak body for Australia’s aid and development agencies.
“While it is laudable that Australia contributes to peacekeeping missions and provides military support in humanitarian disasters, these deployments do not replace the need for counting accurately what is spent on aid programs to reduce poverty,” said ACFID Executive Director, Marc Purcell.
Cambodia - The first group of refugees to be settled from Nauru to Cambodia landed today (4/6) on a commercial flight in Phnom Penh.
The group, which comprised four people, volunteered to participate in the landmark settlement agreement signed between the Australian and Cambodian governments in September 2014.
The group has transferred to temporary accommodation in Phnom Penh, where IOM will begin to provide essential support, including language training, cultural and social orientation, education services, health services and employment services.
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Cambodia received its first batch of asylum-seekers from Australian custody on Thursday, with rights groups labelling them "human guinea pigs" for an uncaring policy by Canberra to offload refugees onto other countries.
The migrants -- three Iranians and one ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar -- were flown into Phnom Penh, the capital of one of Southeast Asia's poorest nations with a weak record of upholding human rights.
Cambodia will receive and resettle four refugees from the Pacific island nation of Nauru on Friday under a controversial deal in which Australia paid more than US $40 million in costs and aid to the Southeast Asian country.
The four -- an Iranian couple, an Iranian man and a Rohingya Muslim man from Myanmar -- will be temporary settled in Chbar Ampov precinct of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.
The Refugee Council of Australia has welcomed the commitment of the Baird Government in NSW to sign up to the Federal Government’s Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) scheme which encourages refugees to work or study in regional areas.
The Australian government has passed a law which criminalises whistleblowers who speak out against the conditions of the offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island.
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