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15 Feb 2017 description
report Guardian

Submission argues ICC should investigate possible crimes ‘committed by individuals and corporate actors’

Australia’s offshore immigration detention regime could constitute a crime against humanity, a petition before the International Criminal Court from a coalition of legal experts has alleged.

Read more on the Guardian.

13 Feb 2017 description

RESEARCH PAPER SERIES, 2016-17, UPDATED 19 DECEMBER 2016

Elibritt Karlsen

Law and Bills Digest Section

This Quick Guide contains official statistics released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) from the resumption of offshore processing in 2012 until October 2016. The statistics contained herein include:

  • Cost of operating the offshore processing centres in PNG and Nauru

  • Total number of asylum seekers at Offshore Processing Centres

  • Number of asylum seekers at each Processing Centre

13 Feb 2017 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 31 December 2016, there were 1364 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1101 in immigration detention on the mainland and 263 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 566 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 25,810 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

07 Feb 2017 description

Joint Statement on Refugees

We, as a coalition of organisations and community groups from around Australia, are writing to express our concern regarding the humanitarian crisis that Australia has created.

Successive Australian governments have managed and funded offshore detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru. The people detained there are clearly Australia’s responsibility. This situation has reached crisis point, and immediate action must be taken.

06 Feb 2017 description

06-02-2017 - This statement provides an update on Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) activities related to the on-water reception and processing of illegal maritime arrivals.

The reporting period is from 1 January 2017 to 31 January 2017.

During this reporting period there were no illegal maritime arrivals transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.

No illegal maritime arrivals were transferred to regional processing centres.

25 Jan 2017 description

In a decisive move to combat the effects of climate change and disasters, Pacific Leaders endorsed the world's first ever integrated regional framework to build resilience to climate change and disasters at the annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) late last year.

18 Jan 2017 description

By Stephanie Anderson

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has been accused of mismanaging offshore detention centre contracts, with an independent audit alleging more than $1 billion was spent over the last four years without proper authorisation.

A report from Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) detailed "significant shortcomings" in the management of contracts for security and welfare services on Manus Island and Nauru.

13 Jan 2017 description

09-01-2017 - This statement provides an update on Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) activities related to the on-water reception and processing of illegal maritime arrivals.

The reporting period is from 1 December 2016 to 31 December 2016.

During this reporting period there were no illegal maritime arrivals transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.

No illegal maritime arrivals were transferred to regional processing centres.

05 Jan 2017 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 30 November 2016, there were 1414 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1158 in immigration detention on the mainland and 256 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 560 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 26,186 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

21 Dec 2016 description

By Katherine Gregory

A refugee in Nauru has told the ABC he has been unable to receive much-needed medical treatment on the island.

Key points:

  • Refugee named Yusuf who has been experiencing severe heart problems says he was told he'd go to PNG for treatment

  • Yusuf signed official paperwork and gave consent but was never transferred

  • The Australian Government defers responsibility to Nauruan Government

17 Dec 2016 description

Tsunami waves possible along some coasts of not only Papua New Guinea but also Indonesia, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

  • Quake downgraded to magnitude 7.9 from 8

  • PTWC says tsunami threat has passed, cancels earlier alert

  • PNG hospital evacuated - nurse (Updates with local residents, tsunami threat passing)

By Jonathan Barrett and Harry Pearl

09 Dec 2016 description

PDC is responding to the recent M6.9 earthquake reported to have occurred 90KM WSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands at 19:10 UTC on 09 December 2016. (U.S. Geological Survey) and Tsunami Threat. Attached is a PDC Situational Awareness Product depicting the reported epicenter and Tsunami Travel Times from the source to coastal locations. Please see below for additional information, as well as monitor DisasterAWARE for further updates.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has issued a Tsunami Threat message stating

07 Dec 2016 description

For the very first time, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has been officially activated to support emergency preparedness activities. The request for activation and inclusion of the ETC in the list of Pacific Humanitarian Team clusters was endorsed by the Emergency Relief Coordinator on 30 November, with the World Food Programme (WFP) as nominated lead.

06 Dec 2016 description

05-12-2016 - This statement provides an update on Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) activities related to the on-water reception and processing of illegal maritime arrivals.

The reporting period is from 1 November 2016 to 30 November 2016.

During this reporting period there were no illegal maritime arrivals transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.

No illegal maritime arrivals were transferred to regional processing centres.

29 Nov 2016 description

An Australian journalist given access to Nauru says there is strong opposition to an offer from the United States to accept refugees from the island.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

24 Nov 2016 description

Submission by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on the inquiry into the serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, and any like allegations in relation to the Manus Regional Processing Centre referred to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

21 Nov 2016 description

US officials have arrived in Australia to begin assessing Canberra's refugees who Australia wants to shift to the US.

Read more on New Zealand Radio International

19 Nov 2016 description

Good morning ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we are gathered upon today and pay my respects to their Elders past, present and future.

I would like to thank the Government of Australia for inviting me to undertake an official mission, which took place from 1 to 18 November 2016. Let me also express my gratitude for its cooperation throughout the visit and extend my gratitude for the cooperation from state and territory governments that I visited.

15 Nov 2016 description

This study maps out the major weaknesses of each fragile situation on the latest country performance assessment exercises and identifies overall common issues that need special attention.