*Australia has rejected refugees seeking asylum from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia and sent them to the Pacific island nation of Nauru. Now, Australia is offering to pay them to move to Cambodia. *
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — Refugees from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia – who are being held on the Pacific atoll of Nauru after being rejected by Australia – could soon be paid to resettle in impoverished Cambodia in an arrangement by the Australian government that has been condemned by human rights activists as inhumane and potentially dangerous.
Australia will provide additional assistance to Vanuatu to support its recovery from Tropical Cyclone Pam, meeting additional needs and to ensure its long-term recovery.
Education, health and food security have been assessed by the Government of Vanuatu and its partners as priority areas for assistance. Australia will provide an extra $5 million to help meet these needs, comprising:
$2.3 million for urgent school repairs and the replacement of damaged learning materials;
Today I announce Australian Government support to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in the wake of Typhoon Maysak. We stand with our friend and regional partner at this difficult time.
Typhoon Maysak has severely impacted FSM’s remote island communities of Chuuk and Yap, resulting in fatalities and extensive property damage.
Responding to a request from the Government of FSM, Australia will provide $100,000 to the International Organisation for Migration for humanitarian supplies - including shelter materials and tools, hygiene kits and logistical support.
China (No update)
As of March 24, there were 41 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015 (19 cases in January and 22 cases in February). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2014), the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased in 2015 (Figure 1)
By political correspondent Greg Jennett
Australian aid agencies have begun the first wave of cuts to overseas projects, as they start to feel the effects of the Government's budget decreases to foreign aid.
Plan Australia and World Vision have settled on more than a dozen projects, worth around $6.5 million between them, after negotiations with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade over the foreign aid cuts announced in last December's Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.
Sydney, Australia | | Wednesday 4/8/2015 - 05:10 GMT
Staff at an immigration camp on Nauru claim the Australian government was aware of the alleged sexual abuse of women and children asylum seekers on the Pacific island outpost for more than a year, but failed to act.
In an open letter released Tuesday, the current and former employees said the immigration department had been aware "of the sexual and physical assault of women and children on Nauru for at least 17 months".
Hospitals are at the front-line of disaster response. They treat the injured, care for families and help train communities to provide basic health care for victims. But the experience of many hospitals in Indonesia is not so positive.
The Australian Government has today announced it will provide ongoing support for life-saving assistance to help people impacted by the continuing violence in Syria.
Australia will provide an additional $20 million for food, medical assistance, shelter and protection to people in need inside Syria, as well as refugees and their host communities in Lebanon.
The Syrian conflict has entered its fifth year and an estimated 12.2 million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria – more than half the country’s pre-war population.
About this report
This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.
Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region
As of March 24, there were 41 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015 (19 cases in January and 22 cases in February). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2014), the number of dengue cases reported in China for the months of January and February 2015 has increased (Figure 1).
The Senate has voted to establish a select committee to review allegations of abuse and mistreatment at the Australian-run detention centre on Nauru.
Last Friday, the Australian Government released the long-awaited findings of the Moss review, which highlighted allegations of sexual and physical assault on asylum seekers, including children, at the Nauru centre.
Sydney, Australia | | Thursday 3/26/2015 - 02:16 GMT
Australia and Cambodia on Thursday sealed a second deal on immigration cooperation, vowing to tackle the "growing security threat" of asylum-seeker smuggling just months after agreeing to transfer refugees to the Southeast Asian nation.
The new memorandum of understanding will see the two nations exchange information on people-smuggling activities, building on September's deal to transfer refugees held by Australia on the remote Pacific island of Nauru to Cambodia.