Humanity

UN commissioner criticizes Bulgaria on refugee policies

The UN high commissioner for human rights raised concern on Aug. 11 about Bulgaria s policies and practices relating to migrants and refugees.. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein’s remarks came in a written statement after the second of two visits to Bulgaria by his staff in the past eight months… Source: UN commissioner criticizes Bulgaria on refugee policies – INTERNATIONAL Read More »

More than Charity

Why is the tag of being a “cost to society” so hard to shake for charities, asks Emma King the CEO of VCOSS on the release of the organisation’s latest research, More Than Charity.. Forget everything you think you know about community sector charities and Not for Profits. Those loss making “welfare” organisations run by do-good amateurs? It turns out they’re actually lean, well run and highly professional businesses… Source: More than Charity – Pro Bono Australia Read More »

Australia engages second agency for sole refugee in Cambodia

The Australian Government has refused to explain why it has added a second refugee resettlement agency in Cambodia, when only one person has resettled there from Nauru. Under the $55 million Australia-Cambodia deal, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) was contracted to provide services for the Nauru refugees…. Source: Australia engages second agency for sole refugee in Cambodia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Australian diplomats in UK and New Zealand may be called in to explain Nauru files

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British and NZ governments are facing calls to summon Australian high commissioners to explain revelations of child abuse and sexual assault The UK and New Zealand governments are facing calls to summon Australian high commissioners to explain revelations of child abuse and sexual assault in more than 2,000 reports… Source: Australian diplomats in UK and New Zealand may be called in to explain Nauru files | News | The Guardian Read More »

Nauru files reveal cases of alleged sexual violence and child abuse not disclosed to parliament

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Exclusive: Wilson Security, contracted to protect asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru, did not tell an Australian Senate inquiry about at least 16 serious allegations 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in offshore detention • Read the Nauru files The global security company employed to protect asylum seekers held on Nauruand Manus Island did not disclose at least 16 cases of sexual violence and child abuse to the Australian parliament… Source: Nauru files reveal cases of alleged ... Read More »

Syria conflict: UN says water and power cuts threaten two million

Children in the Syrian city of Aleppo are at “grave risk” of disease unless water supplies are immediately repaired, the UN children’s agency says. The United Nations says an immediate pause in fighting is needed to allow the water and electricity networks to be fixed… Source: Syria conflict: UN says water and power cuts threaten two million – BBC News Read More »

Fight or Flight: The Desperate Plight of Iraq’s “Generation 2000”

Iraqi youth who came of age during the post-2003 turmoil share a sense of hopelessness and disempowerment. Across the political spectrum, they feel trapped: join a protest movement or militia, or emigrate. Even amid the severe challenges the government and its partners face, this generation must be prioritised, lest Iraq’s most important resource… Source: Fight or Flight: The Desperate Plight of Iraq’s “Generation 2000” | International Crisis Group Read More »

Asylum seekers: Australia’s silence over ‘on-water matters’ faces legal test

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Freedom of information case pursued by Guardian Australia journalist Paul Farrell to be heard in administrative appeals tribunal A landmark freedom of information case set to be heard on Monday will test whether the Australian government can hide details of asylum seeker boat… Source: Asylum seekers: Australia’s silence over ‘on-water matters’ faces legal test | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Yusra Mardini delights with butterfly heat win for Refugee Olympic Team

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There will be plenty of inspiring swims in the Rio pool this week but few to match the personal odyssey completed by Yusra Mardini on the opening day of competition. Last year the Syrian teenager was battling in the sea for survival with fellow asylum seekers while trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. To go from there to winning the opening heat of the 100m butterfly at the Olympic Games is the ultimate illustration of drawing strength from ... Read More »

FactCheck Q&A: as the climate changes, are 750 million refugees predicted to move away from flooding?

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PETER SINGER: That is going to basically inundate every coastal city around the world, including, of course, all Australian major cities are coastal. It is going – estimated to cause something like 750 million refugees just moving away from that flooding. Never mind those who also because refugees because (indistinct)… VIRGINIA TRIOLI: Some of those claims are contested, of course? PETER SINGER: Well, they are contested but do you want to take the… Source: FactCheck Q&A: as the climate changes, ... Read More »

Human Rights Groups Claim Australia Is Ignoring Nauru Abuse

Australia is deliberately ignoring the inhumane treatment of refugees held on Nauru in a bid to deter further asylum seekers from arriving in the country by boat, according to two peak human rights groups.. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said the Australian Government’s “persistent failure” to address abuses committed under its authority on Nauru “strongly suggests that they are adopted or condoned as a matter of policy”… Source: Human Rights Groups Claim Australia Is Ignoring Nauru Abuse – Pro ... Read More »

UN members reject concrete refugee resettlement target

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Negotiators’ statement omits promise to move 10% of refugees to developed world but praises shared responsibility principle World leaders are set to reject a concrete target for the number of refugees that should be resettled within developed countries, dashing hopes of a solution to the world’s unprecedented displacement crisis… Source: UN members reject concrete refugee resettlement target | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Israel Knesset’s Education, Culture, and Sports Committee Recognizes Armenian Genocide

Urges Israeli Government to Also Formally Recognize the Crime JERUSALEM, Israel (A.W.)—Israel’s Knesset’s (Parliament) Education, Culture, and Sports Committee announced on Aug. 1 that it recognized the Armenian Genocide and urged the government to formally acknowledge the crime as such. “It is our moral obligation to recognize the Armenian genocide,” said committee chair Yakov Margi… Source: Israel Knesset’s Education, Culture, and Sports Committee Recognizes Armenian Genocide | Armenian Weekly Read More »

The Other People Opposed To Kevin Rudd’s UN Bid

Feeling bad for Kevin Rudd? The men held on Manus Island aren’t too worried that Rudd’s last shot at glory has gone down in flames, writes Max Chalmers. For perhaps the first time, and almost certainly the last time, Eric Abetz and the people detained on Manus Island agree on… Source: The Other People Opposed To Kevin Rudd’s UN Bid – New Matilda Read More »

Pope Francis walks alone through horrors of Auschwitz

OSWIECIM, Poland Pope Francis on July 29 walked alone through the notorious wrought-iron “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate as he visited the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Free for once of his security entourage or cardinals, he sat on a bench among the trees and bowed his head in prayer, remaining at length in silent contemplation before meeting Holocaust survivors… Source: Pope Francis walks alone through horrors of Auschwitz – EUROPE Read More »

Easy Prey: Criminal Violence and Central American Migration

Massive deportations from Mexico and the U.S. have not stopped Central Americans fleeing endemic poverty and epidemic violence. Erecting more barriers and forcing migrants and refugees underground deepens the humanitarian crisis – and strengthens the illegal networks turning much of Central America into a criminal battleground… Source: Easy Prey: Criminal Violence and Central American Migration | International Crisis Group Read More »