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25 Oct 2016 description

A refugee advocacy group says teachers should also be exempt from the threat of imprisonment as punishment for speaking out on Australia's detention centres.

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24 Oct 2016 description

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An initial review of Amnesty International’s report ‘Nauru: Island of Despair’ has confirmed it contains a wide range of false claims and allegations previously debunked by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

The Department was not approached during the development of this report or given a copy of the final report prior to its publication.

The Department was offered no opportunity to respond in a meaningful way to the alleged concerns raised in the report or to make a contribution to it.

20 Oct 2016 description


Since its inception in 2014, the CHF-Afghanistan pooled fund has received just over US$120 million in contributions from eight key donors dedicated to coordinated humanitarian action in Afghanistan.

20 Oct 2016 description

Amnesty International stands by its evidence that people, including children, are suffering insurmountable long-term damage and are attempting suicide while on Nauru.

Amnesty International’s report ‘Island of Despair’: Australia’s “processing” of refugees in Nauru provides evidence of mental health deterioration, evidence of the lack of appropriate medical care and evidence of the length to which the Australian Government has gone to to cover up what’s really going on in Nauru.

19 Oct 2016 description

Following the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew, today I announce Australia will provide urgent humanitarian assistance to Haiti.

Australia will contribute $2.5 million to the international effort to assist Haitians in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. When at least 546 Haitians were killed, thousands of homes destroyed, there was a surge in cholera cases, leaving more than 1.4 million Haitians in need of humanitarian assistance.

18 Oct 2016 description

The commencement of the operation to retake the city of Mosul is an important milestone in the campaign to defeat Daesh.

Freeing Mosul from Daesh will liberate its people from the terrorist group’s brutality and result in Daesh’s loss of its last major stronghold in Iraq.

Australia will provide an additional $10 million in life-saving support to Mosul’s civilians. This will include emergency food, medical assistance, temporary shelter and support to women and girls for reproductive health.

17 Oct 2016 description

Amnesty International’s latest report on Australia’s regional processing arrangements in Nauru entitled ‘Nauru: Island of Despair’ repeats claims that have been refuted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and its service providers, on numerous occasions.

17 Oct 2016 description

NEW REPORT: Australia’s regime of cruelty has turned Nauru into an open-air prison

  • Australia is flagrantly violating international law and encouraging others to do the same

  • Amnesty International found that the system to which refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru are subjected amount to torture

  • Australia will do everything it can to make sure refugees don’t reach its shores and to punish people who dared to try, Amnesty International says

16 Oct 2016 description

Suicide attempts and self harm by refugee children on Nauru have prompted a forensic psychiatrist to expose the damage caused by Australia's offshore detention.

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16 Oct 2016 description

An Australian review has found that 19 cases of alleged violence or sexual assault on Australia's detainees in Nauru were reported to police but none led to prosecution or conviction.

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13 Oct 2016 description

A detainee held by Australia in Papua New Guinea says about half of its 900 male detainees take pills every day for mental disorders.

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12 Oct 2016 description

A detainee on Manus Island says there'll be more violence between refugees and local people if the government pushes ahead with plans to re-settle asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea.

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12 Oct 2016 description

Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.

10 Oct 2016 description

The Human Rights Law Centre in Australia said continuing violent attacks against refugees on Manus Island demonstrated Australia's offshore detention centres must close and people detained there should be brought to safety in Australia.

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07 Oct 2016 description


The Guidance Note on Recovery: Private Sector draws from the wider body of knowledge on private sector recovery and from documented experiences of past and present disaster planning and recovery e orts. Materials have been collected through desk review and direct consultations with relevant experts. These experiences and lessons learned are classi ed into the following four major issues:

  1. The Disaster Recovery Role of the Private Sector

  2. Engaging the Private Sector in Disaster Recovery

03 Oct 2016 description

The latest Caritas State of the Environment Report for Oceania has found widespread hunger and thirst across the Pacific in 2015/2016. The report Hungry for justice, thirsty for change shows extreme weather events, combined with ongoing climatic changes, are contributing to a severe loss of food and water supplies in the region.

29 Sep 2016 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 31 August 2016, there were 1602 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1355 in immigration detention on the mainland and 247 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 619 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 27,453 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

The table below reflects figures based on records in Department of Immigration and Border Protection systems.

28 Sep 2016 description

It is often people’s immediate community that provides the first, last and perhaps best tactical response for many people affected by or under threat of displacement. In the 23 feature theme articles in this issue of FMR, authors from around the world – including authors who are themselves displaced – explore the capacity of communities to organise themselves before, during and after displacement in ways that help protect the community.

FMR 53 also includes eight ‘general’ articles on other aspects of forced migration.

28 Sep 2016 description

Papua New Guinea Immigration is planning new accommodation arrangements for the men at the Manus Regional Processing centre.

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