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18 Jan 2017 description

Two Iranian men who were bashed by police in Papua New Guinea return to court after being arrested for a second time.

Two Iranian men who were bashed by police in Papua New Guinea have returned to court after being arrested for a second time.

Police arrested Mehdi Bohlouli and Mohammad Rabani — who are housed at Australia's offshore detention centre on Manus Island — for failing to appear in court on January 11 on charges of being drunk and disorderly and resisting arrest.

18 Jan 2017 description

By Stephanie Anderson

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has been accused of mismanaging offshore detention centre contracts, with an independent audit alleging more than $1 billion was spent over the last four years without proper authorisation.

A report from Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) detailed "significant shortcomings" in the management of contracts for security and welfare services on Manus Island and Nauru.

16 Jan 2017 description

By political reporter Stephanie Anderson

The death of a 27-year-old refugee housed in the Manus Island detention centre is set to be investigated by an Australian Senate committee.

Sudanese refugee Faysal Ishak Ahmed died in a Brisbane hospital on Christmas Eve after collapsing in the Oscar compound at the detention centre two days before.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection said in a statement it was unaware of any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

16 Jan 2017 description

Help, not heels and handbags in humanitarian crises

A new report has found that more than 70 shipping containers packed with high heels, handbags, heavy blankets, canned food and other unrequested goods were sent to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam in 2015. Ten months after the cyclone, 18 containers remained uncollected, accumulating nearly $2 million in storage fees, while more than half of the canned food items had expired.

13 Jan 2017 description

09-01-2017 - This statement provides an update on Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) activities related to the on-water reception and processing of illegal maritime arrivals.

The reporting period is from 1 December 2016 to 31 December 2016.

During this reporting period there were no illegal maritime arrivals transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.

No illegal maritime arrivals were transferred to regional processing centres.

06 Jan 2017 description

By political reporter Henry Belot

Australia's foreign aid programs are facing fresh scrutiny after an independent audit revealed transparency reporting has dropped significantly under the Coalition Government.

The foreign aid budget has fallen to its lowest level in eight years at $3.87 billion and experts have raised concerns about accountability and access to reports and results.

05 Jan 2017 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 30 November 2016, there were 1414 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1158 in immigration detention on the mainland and 256 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 560 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 26,186 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

04 Jan 2017 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere


As of 31 December 2016, there were 2098 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than that reported during the same period in 2015.


03 Jan 2017 description
report Guardian

The two men were reportedly confronted by PNG immigration on New Year’s Eve and told they were not allowed to be outside detention centre

By Ben Doherty

Two Iranian refugees on Manus Island have been released from police detention more than 36 hours after being reportedly assaulted by police and immigration officials on New Year’s Eve.

Read more on the Guardian

31 Dec 2016 description

Australia's thoughts are with the people of the Philippines as they respond to the devastating impact of Typhoon Nock-ten.

Typhoon Nock-ten made landfall in the northern Philippines on Christmas Day causing at least seven deaths, damaging 70,000 homes and affecting more than 950,000 people.

30 Dec 2016 description

Over 200 refugees on the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea have a signed a letter calling for the investigation of International Health and Medical Services after a Sudanese refugee died.

Faysal Ishak Ahmed was evacuated to Australia from Manus last week after collapsing at the Australian-run detention camp but died in a Brisbane hospital on Christmas Eve.

The Australian based Refugee Action Coalition's Ian Rintoul said Mr Ahmed's ill health was well documented but he was denied proper medical care.

29 Dec 2016 description

The Australian based Refugee Action Coalition says a Sudanese refugee who died in an Australian hospital should never have been kept at the Manus Island detention centre in the first place.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand

29 Dec 2016 description
report Government of Samoa

By Nanai Laveitiga Tuiletufuga

A complete opposite to his predecessor, Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull outlined a new additional support package from his government to manage climate change and improve resilience in the Pacific.

21 Dec 2016 description

By Katherine Gregory

A refugee in Nauru has told the ABC he has been unable to receive much-needed medical treatment on the island.

Key points:

  • Refugee named Yusuf who has been experiencing severe heart problems says he was told he'd go to PNG for treatment

  • Yusuf signed official paperwork and gave consent but was never transferred

  • The Australian Government defers responsibility to Nauruan Government

20 Dec 2016 description
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20 Dec 2016 description

The added value of the CHF has been demonstrated again in 2016, combining flexibility and strategic focus, with the timely allocation of approximately $40 million for 66 projects, strengthening the leadership of the Humanitarian Coordinator and enabling humanitarian interventions and assessments by 38 partners (4 UN, 23 INGO, 11 NNGO), in alignment with the Strategic Objectives of the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).

20 Dec 2016 description
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Screenshot of the interactive content as of 20 Dec 2016.

The map below shows asylum applications by under age 18 year olds and gender. Darker colours mean more people have applied in a certain country. Use the slider to select a year or the drop down menus below to display data for different age groups or different home countries.

16 Dec 2016 description
report Oxfam

Less than 3% of 5 million Syrian refugees resettled in rich countries: Oxfam

Less than three per cent of nearly five million refugees living in Syria’s neighbouring states have been resettled in rich countries according to a report published today by Oxfam. The UK has resettled just 18 per cent of its fair share of Syrian refugees when compared to the size of the country’s economy.