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24 Apr 2017 description
report CARE

CARE Australia welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment of $10 million to support people facing starvation and other effects of ongoing conflict in Yemen.

The aid agency’s Chief Executive Sally Moyle said: “The situation in Yemen is catastrophic. The Australian Government’s funding is vital to help alleviate the suffering. It is also a welcome recognition of just how dire the situation has become. But unless a political solution to the conflict is found, people in Yemen will continue to suffer.”

24 Apr 2017 description

Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide a package of assistance to address the immediate needs of the people of Yemen.

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has worsened significantly. Over three million people have been displaced from their homes and 14 million people do not have sufficient food, including seven million on the verge of starvation.

Our assistance of $10 million will help to deliver food, healthcare, water and sanitation to protect the lives of vulnerable people, including women and children affected by the crisis.

22 Apr 2017 description

The Senate
Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

Chair's foreword

Australia's policy of offshore processing has been the subject of a number of Senate inquiries. These inquires have been highly critical of many aspects of the Regional Processing Centre (RPC) policy.
The evidence which this committee has received has fallen primarily within three main areas:

  • the operation and administration of RPCs, including service delivery, incident reporting, and health, safety and welfare;

21 Apr 2017 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 16-22 April 2017 and includes updates on influenza, cholera, poliomyelitis, measles, legionnaires' disease and yellow fever.

20 Apr 2017 description

People brought to Australia under the Federal Government’s refugee resettlement program have the most to lose from foreshadowed changes to the citizenship process, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) says.

RCOA chief executive officer Paul Power said the tougher English language requirements and the restrictions on the number of times an applicant can sit the citizenship test would most likely result in fewer former refugees seeking citizenship and more failing in their attempts to become citizens.

18 Apr 2017 description

By Joy Kisselpar

Authorities in Papua New Guinea are investigating a shooting at the Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island allegedly committed by PNG Defence Force personnel on Friday.

The soldiers allegedly fired shots into the detention centre after a fight with asylum seekers.

The shooting was reportedly in response to an earlier fight between asylum seekers and PNG Defence Force personnel from the adjacent Lombrum Naval Base.

16 Apr 2017 description

One inmate was reportedly hit in the head by a rock thrown over the fence

By Peter Gosnell

SYDNEY, April 15 (Reuters) - Violence has flared at an Australian asylum-seeker detention centre in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and shots were fired when local people tried to break into the centre after an argument got out of hand, media and a rights group reported on Saturday.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

14 Apr 2017 description

Benjamin Robinson-Drawbridge, Reporter

Refugees detained by Australia on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island say uncertainty about their future fuelled this week's riot over food.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

13 Apr 2017 description

The Australian Government today announced additional support worth one million dollars to the Government of Pakistan and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Pakistan to improve nutrition, eliminate hunger and attain food security by fortifying food.

13 Apr 2017 description


Horn of Africa

Affected areas Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan

Cause of displacement Disaster (Drought, food insecurity and conflict)

Figures More than 464,000 new displacements between 1 November 2016 and 24 March 2017

12 Apr 2017 description
report Médicos del Mundo

Médicos del Mundo comenzó un proyecto de cooperación técnica y humanitaria en gestión de riesgos de desastres en la zona del Municipio de Tilcara y el distrito municipal de Volcán en la provincia de Jujuy, ambas localidades afectadas por eventos climáticos extremos por lluvias e importantes deslizamientos y derrumbes en los últimos meses. La respuesta a estas Emergencias y Desastres cuenta con apoyo de la Embajada de Australia en República Argentina.

10 Apr 2017 description

A controversial visit by Australia's prime minister to Papua New Guinea has shed little light on how the hundreds of refugees stuck on Manus Island will be resettled.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

10 Apr 2017 description

60 refugees and guards fought a running battle yesterday at Australia's refugee detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

07 Apr 2017 description

The leaders of Australia and Nauru have discussed the future of Canberra's detention camp on the island amid speculation the centre may close.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

05 Apr 2017 description

Under the Government of Australia’s “offshore processing” regime, everyone who arrives in Australia by boat seeking asylum is forcibly taken to a “Refugee Processing Centre” on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea or the Pacific island of Nauru. The policy is designed to be punitive and has been widely promoted by a succession of Australian governments as a deterrent to potential asylum-seekers.

05 Apr 2017 description

By Washington bureau chief Zoe Daniel with additional reporting by Stephanie Anderson

Officials from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are now on Manus Island fingerprinting and photographing refugees as part of the US-Australia refugee deal.

The officials are expected to spend three days on the island and plan to return to conduct further interviews at the end of this month.

Refugees who have expressed interest in moving to the United States have been provided with documents outlining the support that will be provided should they be accepted.

05 Apr 2017 description

A support team for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) patients on Daru Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) aims to provide psycho-emotional support, facilitate adherence and improve the wellbeing of people undergoing treatment. This innovative model engages and empowers the affected community in Daru by training a team of five peer counsellors, called “TB-PALS” (People Affected by, Living with, or having Survived TB) who support patients through 20 months of treatment to cure.