Toggle text

World + 24 others
Ten years after 2004 Tsunami, successful exercise demonstrates the efficiency of Indian Ocean Warning System

The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim*.

According to the preliminary results of the simulated alert, all of the participating countries received timely tsunami advisory messages, and no delays were reported.

Toggle text

Somalia + 1 other
Humanitarian assistance to Somalia

The Australian Government will provide a further $5 million in humanitarian assistance to Somalia. The funding will be delivered through the United Nation's Somalia Common Humanitarian Fund to provide Somalis in need with emergency food, water, sanitation, shelter and medical assistance.

This contribution brings Australia’s total humanitarian and state‑building assistance for Somalia to $15 million in 2014.

Toggle text

World + 17 others
Opening Statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Human Rights Council 27th Session

Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Toggle text

Vietnamese asylum seekers say dozens hurt in targeted attack at Christmas Island centre, Scott Morrison says claims 'grossly inaccurate'

By Alexandra Fisher - exclusive

Vietnamese asylum seekers at the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre say members of the group were bashed and injured during a targeted attack on Friday night.

Three separate sources told the ABC they were contacted by Vietnamese asylum seekers on the island, who said they were mobbed by a group of Iranian detainees.

The Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network (DASSAN) said two Vietnamese asylum seekers from the centre contacted it in separate private messages on Facebook the next day.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

© ABC

Toggle text

New partnership to support communities in PNG

The Australian Government will provide $1.85 million to a two-year pilot program promoting economic and community development and disease prevention in Papua New Guinea’s Western Province.

The program is the product of a new partnership between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Cairns-based Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC).

Toggle text

Australia + 1 other
Manus Island whistleblower describes 'filthy' conditions inside detention centre

By Andrew Greene and Benjamin Sveen Updated 6 Sep 2014, 10:53pmSat 6 Sep 2014, 10:53pm

A former detention centre guard says he is not surprised an asylum seeker has died from an infection he caught at Manus Island because he witnessed filthy living conditions inside the facility.

Hamid Kehazaei cut his foot at the detention centre about three weeks ago, developed septicaemia and was sent to Brisbane's Mater hospital.

The 24-year-old suffered a heart attack, and was later declared brain dead.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

© ABC

Toggle text

World + 21 others
Indian Ocean-wide tsunami exercise to test readiness ten years after the 2004 disaster

Ten years after the strongest tsunami in living memory, 24 countries participate in an exercise to assess the effectiveness of communication flows between stakeholders, country readiness and the efficiency of emergency procedures.

Toggle text

Australia probes care of asylum-seeker fighting for life

09/05/2014 03:28 GMT

SYDNEY, September 5, 2014 (AFP) - Australia said Friday it has ordered a review into the medical care of an asylum-seeker who is reportedly on life support after cutting his foot at an offshore camp, as activists said he was the victim of neglect.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the man, named by refugee advocates as 24-year-old Iranian Hamid Kehazaei, was being treated in a Brisbane hospital but his condition was extremely poor.

Agence France-Presse:

©AFP: The information provided in this product is for personal use only. None of it may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the express permission of Agence France-Presse.

Toggle text

World + 55 others
Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

Toggle text

Humanitarian response to the Syria crisis July 2014

Summary

This document provides an overview of Australia's response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Description

The Syrian conflict is the biggest humanitarian, peace and security crisis facing the world today. Intensified fighting and a deteriorating humanitarian situation continue to cause massive people flows within Syria and into the region.

Toggle text

Iraq + 1 other
Australia steps up assistance to Iraqi people

Australia has completed a second humanitarian aid drop to assist the people of Iraq.

A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft has delivered 15 bundles of Australian humanitarian supplies to isolated civilians in the Northern Iraqi town of Amirli.

The supplies included high energy biscuits, bottled water and hygiene packs which are designed to feed and hydrate 2600 people for 24 hours.

Toggle text

Australia + 3 others
Iraqi Christians, Yazidi refugees fleeing Islamic State for Australia may miss out on visas

By social affairs correspondent Norman Hermant

As hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians and Yazidi refugees flee Islamic State (IS) militants, family members living in Australia are hoping to secure special humanitarian visas for their loved ones.

But groups representing the communities say the 4,000 places freed up by the Government are far too few.

In a bare apartment in western Sydney, the distinctive sound of Kurdish drifts out into the top floor hallway.

A Yazidi man is on his daily video call with his wife, now a refugee in Turkey.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

© ABC

Toggle text

Nauru + 1 other
Commonwealth Ombudsman investigating claims of substandard conditions at Nauru immigration detention centre

By Josh Bavas

The Commonwealth Ombudsman is investigating concerns about sub-standard conditions and treatment at Australia's immigration detention centre on Nauru.

The investigation comes amid a growing number of complaints lodged by detainees and staff at the remote Pacific island centre.

Hania, a 32-year-old Christian Iranian, was in the Nauru detention centre for 10 months after she tried to catch a boat from Indonesia to Australia last year.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

© ABC

Toggle text

Australia + 1 other
Asylum-seekers sue Australia over 'poor' medical care

08/26/2014 03:33 GMT

SYDNEY, August 26, 2014 (AFP) - Asylum-seekers including a six-year-old girl are suing the Australian government for compensation and medical care after they were allegedly injured while detained on Christmas Island, their lawyers said Tuesday.

Law firm Maurice Blackburn said a class action was filed on behalf of people who have been injured, or have seen their injuries worsen, due to the alleged failure of the government to provide "adequate medical care" in camps in the Australian territory.

Agence France-Presse:

©AFP: The information provided in this product is for personal use only. None of it may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the express permission of Agence France-Presse.

Toggle text

Solomon Islands + 1 other
Australia provides additional $2 million for Solomon Islands flood recovery effort

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Brett Mason, today announced Australia will provide an additional $2 million to assist ongoing recovery efforts following April’s devastating floods in Solomon Islands.

The disaster claimed 23 lives, displaced thousands and inflicted widespread damage to local infrastructure, including critical bridges and roads.

Senator Mason made the announcement while delivering a keynote address to business leaders and Solomon Islands Government ministers at the Solomon Islands Business Forum in Brisbane.

Toggle text

Myanmar + 5 others
South-East Asia Irregular Maritime Movements

UNHCR: Over 20,000 people risked lives in Indian Ocean in first half of 2014

A new UNHCR report on irregular maritime movements in South East Asia estimates that 20,000 people risked their lives in sea crossings in the first half of this year. Many were Rohingya who fled Myanmar and arrived in the region suffering the effects of malnutrition and abuse during the journey. Several hundred people were also intercepted on boats heading to Australia.

Toggle text

Sierra Leone + 2 others
Australia supports Ebola Fight with $1M through World Health Organization

The Government of Australia is providing the sum of One Million United States Dollars through the World Health Organization as additional support to fight the Ebola Virus. This is in addition to an annual 20 million dollars support the Australian Government provides to the WHO for Emergency Health issues.

Toggle text

Getting children safely out of detention

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Government has today announced new measures that will enable more children to be released onto bridging visas from detention and save taxpayers more than $50 million.

The Government has finalised new bridging visa arrangements that provide greater protection and support for young children, aged under ten, and their families that will enable them to now be released from detention into the community on bridging visas, if they arrived prior to July 19 last year.

Toggle text

Australia + 10 others
Immigration Detention and Community Statistics Summary - 30 June 2014

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.