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03 Mar 2015 description

By Pacific affairs reporter Liam Fox and Sam Bolitho

Hundreds of refugees on Nauru say they will continue to protest against what they say are slave-like living conditions on the remote Pacific island.

Around 400 people have been released from the Australian-run detention centre to live in the community after being given refugee visas by the Nauruan government.

Refugees have staged demonstrations in recent days to protest against conditions on Nauru and their treatment at the hands of locals.

27 Feb 2015 description

KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that new contributions from the United States and Australia will enable the agency to resume distribution of full-size food rations to all refugees in Uganda.

WFP welcomed the contributions of US$15.4 million from the United States and US$2.3 million from Australia. The generous funding from both nations will support refugees, and the US gift will also support extremely food insecure households in Karamoja by helping to fill their food gap between April and July.

26 Feb 2015 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

The cumulative number of reported dengue cases in 2014 was 47,331. This is about ten times and eighty times higher compared with the number in 2013 and 2012 respectively due to the dengue outbreak in Guangdong in end of 2014. In January 2015, 19 dengue cases were reported. This number is one-tenth of the previous month (December 2015), and almost the same as the same period in 2013 and 2012 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

26 Feb 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, Feb 25 2015 (IPS) - Weerasinghearachilage Ruwan Rangana had it all planed out last year in September: the big break that would change his life and those of his extended family had finally arrived.

26 Feb 2015 description

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.

23 Feb 2015 description

MYANMAR

Fighting that broke out on 9 Feb between the Government of Myanmar Army and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and other armed groups has continued in the Kokang self-administered zone, northeast Shan State.

20 Feb 2015 description

By Louise Yaxley

The Federal Government has defended sending four men back to Sri Lanka this month after intercepting their boat off the Cocos Islands, describing it as a people smuggling venture.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said interviewers determined the men were not refugees, and their return to Sri Lanka sent a "very strong message to the people smugglers".

12 Feb 2015 description

This Performance of Australian Aid report assesses the performance and results of the Australian aid program in 2013-14.

The report:

11 Feb 2015 description

Australia currently holds about 800 children in mandatory closed immigration detention for indefinite periods, with no pathway to protection or settlement. This includes 186 children detained on Nauru. Children and their families have been held on the mainland and on Christmas Island for, on average, one year and two months. Over 167 babies have been born in detention within the last 24 months. This Report gives a voice to these children.

11 Feb 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China

The cumulative number of reported dengue cases in 2014 was 47,331. This is about ten times and eighty times higher compared with the number in 2013 and 2012 respectively due to the dengue outbreak in Guangdong in end of 2014. In December 2014, 180 dengue cases were reported. Although this number is lower compared to the previous month (November 2014), it is still higher than in the same period in 2013 and 2012 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

11 Feb 2015 description

Niger - Conflict
• Over the last two to three days, active combats between Boko Haram insurgents and a mix of patrols from Niger and Chadian forces took place in Diffa. Although no report is currently available, significant causalities are reported among the civilian population. On 9 February, the Parliament of Niger gave a green light for the deployment of additional troops in the Diffa area.

05 Feb 2015 description

Today I announce a three-year package of assistance to support tuberculosis control in Papua New Guinea. PNG has the highest rate of TB infection in the Pacific, with an estimated 39,000 total cases and 25,000 new infections each year.

The additional $15 million in funding will bring Australia’s support for TB control in PNG to $60 million by 2016-17. The funding will focus on improving management of drug resistant TB, a growing problem due to patients failing to complete treatment, inadequate treatment regimes, and high rates of transmission within communities.

04 Feb 2015 description

Politics

The year started with another transition for Afghanistan – the Presidential Palace hosted a ceremony to mark the move of security responsibility from ISAF to the Afghan National Security Forces on the 1st.

04 Feb 2015 description

UNHCR has followed with deep concern Australia’s recent policies and practices of interception at sea, detention and removal of individuals who may be seeking Australia’s protection.

UNHCR made a submission as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the recent High Court case of CPCF v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, decided on 28 January 2015.