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21 May 2015 description

Phnom Penh, Cambodia | AFP | Thursday 5/21/2015 - 14:00 GMT

Cambodia said Thursday it has agreed to take its first batch of asylum seekers from Australian custody as part of a controversial deal between the countries that triggered widespread international criticism.

Four refugees held by Australia on the remote Pacific island of Nauru will soon be transferred to the impoverished Southeast Asian nation, Cambodia's interior ministry said.

21 May 2015 description

The Australian Government will provide additional humanitarian assistance for people in need in Burma, including vital support to improve security and livelihoods for vulnerable communities in Rakhine state.

This contribution builds on our long-term support to Burma’s economic, political and social reform process, and our commitment to address security challenges in Burma.

It will also undermine the ability of people smugglers to sell the false hope of unsafe boat journeys to neighbouring countries.

19 May 2015 description

The Australian Government has airlifted 1,000 shelter tool kits from UNHRD in Malaysia today, bringing much-needed gear to help Nepalese families rebuild their homes after the devastating earthquake. Also onboard and generously transported by Australia were two forklifts that the World Food Programme (WFP) will use to help manage supplies for the humanitarian community, as they race against the clock to deliver relief assistance before the start of the monsoon rains.

19 May 2015 description

JAKARTA, 19 May 2015 – ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General for Socio-Cultural Community, H.E. Alicia Dela Rosa Bala and Australia's first resident Ambassador to ASEAN, H.E. Simon Merrifield, today signed Amendment No. 6 to the Cooperation Arrangement between ASEAN and the Commonwealth of Australia represented by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the ASEAN Agreement for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) Work Programme 2010-2015 at the ASEAN Secretariat.

19 May 2015 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Tuesday 5/19/2015 - 06:34 GMT

Asylum-seekers are living in mouldy tents with little privacy on the Pacific island of Nauru, with women and children at risk of sexual assault, according to submissions to an Australian inquiry.

The Senate inquiry, which held its first public hearing on Tuesday, is looking into recent allegations about conditions for would-be refugees on Nauru, including of sexual and physical assault.

19 May 2015 description

The Royal Thai Government is organizing the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok. The Special Meeting is an urgent call for the region to comprehensively work together to address the unprecedented increase of irregular migration across the Bay of Bengal in recent years.

18 May 2015 description

129 asylum seekers at the Australian-run Manus Island processing centre in Papua New Guinea have been deemed genuine refugees, and are being offered the choice to live in PNG.

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15 May 2015 description

Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Friday 5/15/2015 - 04:55 GMT

by Guillaume LAVALLÉE

After losing one of his two sons to the worst attack against minority Shiites in Pakistan's history, Ali was determined for the other to find a new life abroad.

"Go," he told Iqbal Hussain, who left his job and family behind after losing his brother Muhammad Hassan to join thousands of others on treacherous waters in search of hope.

In the Shiite-dominated Mari Abad quarter of Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan, each family has tales of death and exile.

14 May 2015 description

Australian media is reporting that four refugees from Nauru have been secretly transfered to Darwin after accepting offers to be resettled in Cambodia.

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13 May 2015 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Wednesday 5/13/2015 - 03:02 GMT

Australia's slashing of foreign aid by almost Aus$1.0 billion (US$800 million) will hurt the most vulnerable people in Asia and Africa and damage the country's reputation, aid groups said Wednesday.

In its national budget on Tuesday, Australia confirmed that aid spending will fall by Aus$980.2 million to Aus$4.1 billion in 2015-16 as it looks for savings to rein in its deficit. The Asian region will lose Aus$522.5 million in assistance.

11 May 2015 description

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has established a Child Protection Panel to provide independent advice on child protection in immigration detention and regional processing centres (RPCs) and four additional Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers will travel to Nauru to advise local police.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said the establishment of the Panel and the dispatch of additional AFP officers to Nauru was partly in response to the recent Moss Review into allegations at the Nauru Regional Processing Centre.

11 May 2015 description

By Sallese Gibson

Rotary Tasmania's Nepal earthquake appeal has been given a boost by the State Government as the charity group aims to raise $250,000.

Today the Government announced it would donate $10,000 to Rotary Tasmania's Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

More than 7,000 people were killed and thousands more injured and displaced by last month's earthquake.

Braddon MP Joan Rylah said both Rotary and the Government wanted to see the country rebuild.

10 May 2015 description

Media release

10 May 2015

The Australian Government will provide additional support to help the people of Nepal recover from the devastating earthquake. Our thoughts continue to be with the millions of people affected by this tragic event.

Funding of an additional $10 million will provide critical assistance to help people rebuild their lives. It will support:

08 May 2015 description

During my visit to Islamabad and Lahore, I confirmed that the Australian Government will provide ongoing humanitarian assistance to support thousands of internally displaced people in Pakistan, the majority of whom are women and children.

The Australian Government will continue to work closely with Pakistan to generate sustainable growth and employment through trade and investment, improvements to agricultural productivity, water resource management and industry.

07 May 2015 description

LAHORE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Punjab Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) today inaugurated the fourth humanitarian response facility for Pakistan in Lahore, in the presence of Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, Major General Asghar Nawaz NI (M), Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Lola Castro, WFP Representative in Pakistan.

07 May 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no update)

As of 13 April, there were 66 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015 (Figure 1).