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17 Oct 2017 description


Between 1 January and 31 July 2017, 25,556 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement to 22 countries in Europe, only 11% less than the total for 2016 and already 130% more than the average rate of 11,100 submissions per year during the last decade.

17 Oct 2017 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue of the ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) covers the period 8-14 October 2017 and includes updates on Legionnaires' disease, influenza, rubella, measles, West Nile fever, chikungunya, cholera and plague.

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

16 Oct 2017 description

Australia was elected overnight by a majority of United Nations member states to serve a three-year term on the Human Rights Council, the world’s peak body for promoting and protecting human rights.

16 Oct 2017 description

Manus Island detainees have written to Papua New Guinea authorities pleading not to be forcibly resettled in PNG.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

16 Oct 2017 description

Detainees taking medication on Papua New Guineas' Manus Island have been given a month's worth of pharmaceuticals, prompting fears some may overdose.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

14 Oct 2017 description

Today we announce additional assistance for people affected by volcanic activity on Vanuatu’s Ambae Island, and the conclusion of the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the relief and recovery effort.

The additional assistance will enable NGOs and the Government of Vanuatu to extend affected communities’ access to basic services, including education and healthcare. It will allow displaced people to resume more normal lives following their evacuation to the nearby islands of Espiritu Santo, Maewo and Pentecost and upon their return to Ambae Island.

12 Oct 2017 description

Vanuatu Red Cross has almost emptied its warehouses as it works to provide much-needed relief to the communities evacuated from Ambae when the island’s volcano threatened to erupt.

Replacement supplies are now on route from Australia ahead of the cyclone season, which starts next month.

Some 11,000 people from the island are now being sheltered in schools, church grounds and sports fields on surrounding Santo, Pentecost and Maewo islands. Many have also been taken in by generous host communities.

12 Oct 2017 description

Numerous countries in Africa are facing conflict, drought, food shortages and widespread displacement. The UN estimates millions of people are on the verge of starvation in Southern and Eastern Africa.

In September 2017, Australia provided $20 million to support international relief efforts in Somalia and South Sudan. This is in addition to the $19.3 million of humanitarian assistance provided to South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya in May 2017.

12 Oct 2017 description

A human rights lawyer says Australia is scrambling to find places to move Manus Island detainees as its Papua New Guinea detention centre is closed.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

11 Oct 2017 description

The majority of families in the Dong Thap and Tien Giang provinces in Southern Vietnam live at or below the poverty line in unsafe homes, in an area that is one of the most disaster-prone in the region. These provinces sit within the Mekong Delta, and are at risk from seasonal floods, mudslides and typhoons, causing loss of life and injury, damaging essential infrastructure and destroying livelihoods.

That’s why Habitat for Humanity’s disaster risk reduction program works in these provinces to help communities prepare for disaster and mitigate the impact when they strike.

11 Oct 2017 description

By political reporter Tom Iggulden

People at the Manus Island detention centre who are waiting to hear if they can resettle in the United States are being offered transfers to Nauru, but one refugee says nobody wants to move to "another island prison".

Refugees on Manus Island are being offered transfers to Nauru while they wait to hear whether they will be resettled in the United States.

Posters went up around the Manus camp yesterday calling for volunteers to move to Nauru.

10 Oct 2017 description
report Shelter Cluster


This document provides an overview of responses to the Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) online survey, conducted in preparation for the annual GSC Meeting. Findings are based on a total of 106 responses, as of 26 September 2017.

Participant profile

06 Oct 2017 description

Violence in Rakhine State in Myanmar has led to the displacement of over 515,000 people since August 2017, including over the border to Bangladesh. There are significant humanitarian needs for these people, including a lack of food, poor access to health care or clean water, and risk of sexual and gender based violence.

Australia is working closely with humanitarian partners to provide assistance to affected communities, both in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Australia's humanitarian assistance

06 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

6th October, 2017 **The Government of the Commonwealth of Australia has sent an Australian Defence Forces (ADF) contingent to provide humanitarian assistance to Vanuatu in the face of a volcanic eruption threat on Ambae Island. The ADF contingent includes a platoon of Royal Tonga Marines from His Majesty’s Armed Forces.**

06 Oct 2017 description

The lack of psychiatric care available on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island has raised fear of more deaths when Australia's refugee detention centre is closed at the end of the month.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

05 Oct 2017 description

Australia is deploying additional humanitarian supplies to provide relief to communities displaced from Vanuatu’s Ambae Island due to volcanic activity.

The evacuation of the residents of Ambae Island - approximately 11,600 people - is now complete. Around 8,000 people have been evacuated to the island of Espiritu Santo, and around 3,000 more to nearby islands of Pentecost and Maewo.

04 Oct 2017 description
report The Guardian

Behind the policy of offshore processing are stories of genuine tragedy. We need to let recognised refugees rebuild their lives here

Thomas Albrecht

Last week the first refugees from Nauru and Papua New Guinea departed to start a new life in the United States. After more than four years spent in limbo, in harsh and punitive conditions, those who sought Australia’s protection will finally find the chance to rebuild their lives elsewhere in safety and with dignity.

03 Oct 2017 description

Published: 03 October 2017

Three Royal Australian Air Force C-17 aircraft will arrive in Vanuatu today and tomorrow (3-4 October) carrying equipment and humanitarian supplies including tents and kitchen kits to help those displaced by Ambae’s volcano

The C-17’s will also carry a Royal Australian Navy MRH-90helicopter which will help deliver supplies, personnel and equipment to evacuation centers and communities on Santo, Pentecost and Maewo.