Joint statement by Australian organisations and community groups
We, the undersigned, call for an immediate moratorium on the transfer of asylum seekers to Nauru and Manus Island until the safety and security of vulnerable asylum seekers can be guaranteed.
New research commissioned by AusAID highlights the urgent need for increased action to prevent sexual violence during conflict and after crises. Hundreds of thousands of women are affected by sexual violence during conflict, and many more are at risk.
During the civil conflict and political
violence in Timor-Leste (East Timor) in late April and May 2006, over 3000
homes were burned and an estimated 150,000 people, around 15% of the entire
population were displaced. More than 64 camps for displaced people were
established in Dili, the capital city, and then supported through the delivery
of services. Instability and insecurity continued into 2007 with another
peak after the recent formation of the new government, under Xanana Gusmao,