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21 Nov 2014 description

Rome, Yogyakarta, 21 November 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service observes with deep sadness yet another sudden retroactive change in the policy of Australia towards people seeking international protection in Southeast Asia. Yesterday, the government of Australia announced its decision to stop the resettlement of refugees who had registered with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Indonesia on or after the 1 July 2014. The number of refugees resettled by Australia from Indonesia will also be further reduced in 2015.

21 Nov 2014 description

By Felicity James

An Australian company setting up an Ebola treatment centre in West Africa has confirmed the hospital should be ready to take patients by early December.

In early November the Federal Government committed up to $20 million in funding for private company Aspen Medical to run the 100-bed Ebola treatment clinic in Sierra Leone.

20 Nov 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

Extortion, Discrimination, Abuse Await Those Resettled Under Australian Deal

(Sydney) –The Australian government should press Cambodian authorities to implement key reforms to improve treatment of refugees in Cambodia before transferring any refugees from Nauru, Human Rights Watch said today.

20 Nov 2014 description
report Bangkok Post

Republished with permission. © Post Publishing PCL. www.bangkokpost.com

When Abid was five, immigration officials arrested him and his family, Pakistani refugees fleeing religious persecution. The officials took them to the squalid immigration detention centre in central Bangkok. There, they joined hundreds of other refugees detained indefinitely, awaiting some distant possibility of release.

18 Nov 2014 description

11/19/2014 - 03:41 GMT

by Martin PARRY

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison Wednesday said he was "taking the sugar off the table" in controversially announcing that Canberra was slamming the door on UN-registered asylum-seekers in Indonesia.

Morrison said that asylum-seekers who arrived in Indonesia after July this year would no longer be eligible for resettlement in Australia.

11 Nov 2014 description

A dedicated team will be formed within the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to strengthen assurance oversight of the integrity and the management of immigration detention services, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon. Scott Morrison, said today.

'Service providers contracted to manage immigration detention do a good job in what can be challenging circumstances but it is important the government has the ability to independently ensure the integrity of service providers at detention centres,' Minister Morrison said.

06 Nov 2014 description

KEY POINTS

  • World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has urged Asian countries to send trained health workers to the West African countries hit by Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

  • UNMEER SRSG Banbury concluded his visit to the three affected countries in Liberia, where he had a meeting with the President and Vice President, among others.

  • Australia is contracting a private company to staff and operate an EVD Treatment Unit (ETU) in Sierra Leone, which is currently being built by the UK.

06 Nov 2014 description

The World Health Organization welcomes the Government of Australia’s commitment to providing health professionals and more funding to boost the fight against Ebola virus disease.

Australia joins a growing band of countries now providing health care workers as well as other desperately needed resources-funding, medical equipment and supplies-to boost efforts to control the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

05 Nov 2014 description

Prime Minister
Minister for Health

The Commonwealth Government will increase Australia’s $18 million contribution to the response to Ebola in West Africa and strengthen preparations to detect and respond to a possible Ebola case in Australia.

A health service provider will be contracted to manage and run a 100-bed Ebola treatment facility in Sierra Leone, as part of the United Kingdom-led international efforts in that country. Discussions are underway with Aspen Medical, an Australian company, in this regard.

29 Oct 2014 description
report IRIN

PHNOM PENH, 29 October 2014 (IRIN) - As Australia moves ahead with a plan to resettle some 1,000 refugees in Cambodia, its government is trying to change a range of laws so as to give it a freer hand to dismiss future asylum claims.

29 Oct 2014 description

Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide an additional $50 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, our key global partner in delivering vaccines to children in developing countries.

The $50 million pledge for this year brings Australia’s commitment to Gavi to $250 million over five years.

Australia’s support for Gavi helps save millions of lives in the world’s poorest countries by providing vaccines to combat preventable diseases. Since 2000, Gavi vaccines have immunised 440 million children in developing countries, giving them a healthy start in life.

29 Oct 2014 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11617
7289th Meeting (AM & PM)
SECURITY COUNCIL
MEETINGS COVERAGE

During Day-Long Debate, Over 70 Speakers Take Stock of Progress, Recommending Targeted Solutions to Stem Threats from Violent Extremism

The Security Council today urged States, other parties to conflicts and the United Nations system to step up measures to protect and empower displaced women and girls and those facing threats of violent extremism, ahead of a day-long debate on women, peace and security.

22 Oct 2014 description
report UN News Service

21 octobre 2014 – L'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a annoncé mardi qu'un candidat vaccin contre le virus de l'Ebola sera bientôt mis à disposition dans le cadre des efforts pour lutter contre cette maladie. L'agence attend l'arrivée à Genève mercredi 22 octobre d'une livraison de ce vaccin de provenance du Canada.

22 Oct 2014 description

Today I announce that Australia will provide an additional $15 million for life-saving assistance to people in Iraq and Syria affected by the ongoing violence perpetrated by terrorists.

An estimated 16 million people inside Iraq and Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance – half of whom have been forced to flee their homes in the face of the onslaught of ISIL or Da’esh.

With winter approaching, displaced people in both countries are at risk of exposure to harsh weather, particularly those residing in unfinished buildings, crowded camps or in the open.

22 Oct 2014 description

SG/SM/16271

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

21 Oct 2014 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Japan

16 Oct 2014 description

The Australian Government today announces the launch of an agricultural research and development project in partnership with the Swiss-based Syngenta Foundation to mark World Food Day.

This year’s WFD theme is Family Farming – “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” and aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers.

The Australia/Swiss project will ensure new crop varieties better meet the needs of African smallholders and their customers.

13 Oct 2014 description

Continuous protests in the Nauru refugee detention camp peaked with up to 600 people breaking out of the family compound just after midnight on October 10.

An asylum seeker told Sydney’s Refugee Action Coalition (RAC): “Day to day, night to night, the situation on Nauru is getting more serious for us.”

The protests have been accompanied by self-harm and suicide attempts, including one person hanging themselves, a 15-year-old girl swallowing detergent, others ingesting washing powder, lip-stitching and a hunger strike.

09 Oct 2014 description

The Australian High Commission recently handed over 44 newly built toilets to beneficiaries in resettled villages in Manthai West, Mannar. The High Commission has to-date built 160 toilets in Manthai West for resettled villages in both Tamil and Muslim areas at a total value of Rs 10 million.

The project was part of the Direct Aid Program, the Australian Government’s small grants scheme, which provides fast, high-impact development needs to grass roots communities.