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24 May 2016 description

The United States and 47 other UN member states have endorsed the joint statement below affirming the importance of and adherence to international humanitarian law at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, May 23–24.

23 May 2016 description

When families struggle to get enough to eat at a time of crisis, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition. WFP’s specialized nutrition support has been a vital part of the response to the ongoing drought crisis in Ethiopia.

WAGHIMERA, Ethiopia – The first time 4-year-old Gebru’s mother took him to a health centre in Amhara last year, he was so sick with a bad cough that he could not eat properly. He did not recover after the first rounds of treatment for malnutrition.

21 May 2016 description

Australia is providing urgently needed assistance to Sri Lanka in response to recent flooding and landslides.

The Australian Government will contribute $500,000 to UNICEF for humanitarian assistance, including the provision of clean water and sanitation for children in shelters.

The disaster has affected 22 of the country’s 25 districts. It has so far claimed over 50 lives and authorities hold grave concerns for nearly 150 people who remain missing.

19 May 2016 description

19/05/2016 Bangkok, Thailand

The Asia-Pacific regional office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has offered to assist countries in the region as they implement a new international agreement to address illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU).

IUU fishing is about to become much more difficult once the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), a ground-breaking international accord championed by FAO, enters into force early next month.

19 May 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (No updates)

As of 31 March, there were 91 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016 (28 in January, 45 in February, 18 in March). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2015), the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased in 2016 (Figure 1).

Malaysia (No updates)

18 May 2016 description

Asylum seekers and refugees held on Papua New Guinea's Manus island have written to the country's chief justice and told him they are still being held against their will on the island.

Read the full story here.

16 May 2016 description

Executive Summary

The year 2015 was a dramatic and traumatic period for refugees, in Australia and internationally. The number of people forcibly displaced due to persecution, conflict, violence and human rights violations is now at the highest level since World War II.1 The enormous challenges of global displacement have come to be symbolised by dramatic images of Syrian children washing up dead on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Germans lining up to help refugees at train stations and Hungary’s barbed wire fence along its border.

16 May 2016 description

Climate change is now recognised as a factor driving the movement of people around the world.

Internationally, migration, displacement and human mobility are recognized in the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage, and further reinforced through the Paris Agreement in 2015. As Pacific Island countries increasingly experience the effects of climate change, more Pacific governments will need to consider options for dealing with human mobility.

12 May 2016 description

The Ministry of Immigration in Papua New Guinea says all asylum seekers detained on Manus Island are now free to come and go from the processing centre.

About 900 asylum seekers who were refused entry to Australia were detained on the island but the PNG Supreme Court ruled their detention is illegal.

Read the story on Radio New Zealand International

11 May 2016 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Wednesday 5/11/2016 - 06:41 GMT

A young Bangladeshi refugee has died on the Pacific island of Nauru, the second death in a month, prompting critics Wednesday to again urge Australia to stop sending asylum-seekers offshore.

Australia sends all boatpeople to Papua New Guinea and Nauru -- where two refugees recently set themselves on fire -- and insists they settle there or return home.

The immigration department said the 26-year-old died "from suspected heart failure".

09 May 2016 description
report IRIN

By Kristy Siegfried

OXFORD, 9 May 2016

International refugee law is in crisis. James Hathaway, a professor of refugee law, wrote those words nearly 20 years ago, but they could just as easily have been written today.

09 May 2016 description

Sydney, Australia | Monday 5/9/2016 - 03:08 GMT

Australia has intercepted three asylum-seeker boats so far this year, including one carrying women and children from Sri Lanka, the country's immigration minister revealed on Monday.

Under Canberra's hardline measures, asylum-seekers trying to reach Australia by boat are either sent back to where they departed or to remote Pacific island camps, where living conditions have been criticised.

The government has defended the policy as stopping deaths at sea.

06 May 2016 description
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Yangon May 2016 Australia has contributed an additional USD 7.5 million to help increase the resilience, income, food security and nutrition of low income rural people in Myanmar. Australia will channel the funds through the multi-donor Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT), which has been operating in the country since 2009. Australia was a founding donor and this new contribution brings Australia’s total support to LIFT to over USD 20 million.

06 May 2016 description

06-05-2016 - On 2 October 2014 the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the Department) directed one of its service providers at Nauru Regional Processing Centre, Save the Children Australia (SCA), to remove ten of its employees from the provision of services. Nine of those employees were subsequently deported by the Nauruan Government.

06 May 2016 description

By Michael Walsh, staff

The Nauruan Government has made what is widely seen as a conciliatory statement, calling for unity between Nauruans and the island nation's refugees.

"We are aware that you did not design to come to Nauru and that many of you do not plan to stay here permanently," Border Protection Minister David Adeang said in a national address broadcast over Nauru radio in several languages and on YouTube.

06 May 2016 description

ACFID Budget Analysis 2016-17: Cuts Disappointing, Transparency Welcome

While the Federal Budget’s fourth successive cut to Australian aid is disappointing, in its aid Budget Analysis 2016-17 published today the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) has welcomed the Government increasing the program’s overall transparency.

04 May 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Make Good on Commitment to Close Manus Detention Center

(Geneva, May 5, 2016) – The Papua New Guinea (PNG) government should present its plan and timeline for closing the Manus Island detention center at the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of PNG on May 6, 2016, at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Human Rights Watch said. Human Rights Watch welcomed PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s announcement on April 27, 2016, to close the Australian-funded Manus Island detention center, which houses refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants.

04 May 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (No updates)

As of 31 March, there were 91 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016 (28 in January, 45 in February, 18 in March). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2015), the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased in 2016 (Figure 1).