Aleppo battle: Calls to spare lives as battle nears end

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The UN and Red Cross have appealed for civilians to be protected, as fighting in Syria’s Aleppo nears its end. BBC News The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said people had “literally nowhere safe to run”. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced alarm “over… Aleppo battle: Calls to spare lives as… Read More »

UNICEF: One child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen

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At least 462,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition with 2.2m in need of urgent care, UNICEF says. Al Jazeera News More than 400,000 children are at risk of starvation in Yemen, with nearly 2.2 million in need of urgent care, according to the UN children’s agency UNICEF. New figures indicate that hunger among children has reached an UNICEF: One child dies every… Read More »

Asylum seekers will welcome another New Year still in limbo

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The remote Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus Island will be among the first places in the world to celebrate the arrival of 2017. Brisbane Times Madeline Gleeson Some 1500 refugees and asylum seekers will be there to greet it, stranded in a combination of semi-detention and community residences. Four New Years into their… Asylum seekers will welcome… Read More »

German State Passes Law To Force ‘Dominant Culture’ On Refugees

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The German state of Bavaria passed a new law Friday to force the local “dominant culture” on refugees. The Daily Caller Jacob Bojesson The ruling Christian Social Union (CSU) argues the law is necessary after the massive influx of refugees during the last two years. Extra funding will go to schools and daycare centers where… German State Passes Law To Force ‘Dominant… Read More »

Retiring Chief Justice Robert French stands by silence on asylum seeker ruling

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As he nears the end of eight years as the nation’s top judge, Robert French is standing by his response to critics of a controversial ruling on Australia’s asylum seeker policy. ABC Damien Carrick When the High Court struck down Labor’s Malaysia Solution in 2011 it ignited an attack on the courts from politicians the likes of which had not been seen since the Mabo and Wik decisions of the 1990s. Then prime minister Julia Gillard accused the court of… ... Read More »

Honeymoon for Syrian refugees over as ‘Month 13’ looms

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Uncertainty is in store for many of the 35,000 Syrian newcomers to Canada who will see their financial support from Ottawa and private sponsors soon coming to an end. The Star By NICHOLAS KEUNG, Immigration reporter Bedrettin Al Muhamad and his wife, Mariam, have been taking English classes and… Honeymoon for Syrian… Read More »

Broken Men in Paradise

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The world’s refugee crisis knows no more sinister exercise in cruelty than Australia’s island prisons. The New York Times Roger Cohen MANUS, Papua New Guinea — The plane banks over the dense tropical forest of Manus Island, little touched, it seems, by human hand. South Pacific waters lap onto deserted beaches. The jungle glistens… Broken Men in… Read More »

Broken Men in Paradise

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The world’s refugee crisis knows no more sinister exercise in cruelty than Australia’s island prisons. The New York Times By ROGER COHEN MANUS, Papua New Guinea — The plane banks over the dense tropical forest of Manus Island, little touched, it seems, by… Broken Men in… Read More »

Cape Town slave descendants share stories of strength

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An exhibit on South Africa’s history of slavery helps a new generation understand their heritage. Al Jazeera News Peter Lykke Lind Cape Town, South Africa – When Ruben November’s great-great grandfather Zyzer arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, at the beginning of the 19th century, like many other slaves, he was stripped of everything – his clothes, his papers, his identity. He was given a new name: Zyzer November. November indicated the… Cape Town slave descendants share… Read More »

Climate refugees in South Asia need protection, advocates say

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South Asia is the world’s most disaster-prone region according to the United Nations Thomson Reuters Foundation News Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – People forced to leave their homes because of climate change in South Asia should get the same protections given to political refugees, advocates said on Thursday. Governments in South Asia have failed to… Climate refugees in South Asia need… Read More »

Rights group urges Philippines action on HIV

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A human rights watchdog says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condom by men who have sex with men. Hurriyet Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday that HIV… Rights group urges… Read More »

Speaking up for asylum seekers on Nauru — but only when spoken to

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Have pro-refugee protestors in Parliament House inspired action for Australia’s stranded asylum seekers? Deputy editor Michelle Pini reports. Independent Australia Michelle Pini AUSTRALIA’S official position on asylum seekers is now their indefinite and inhumane imprisonment. Should any imprisoned refugees ever manage to… Speaking up for asylum seekers on Nauru — but… Read More »

Nigeria: Women and the Boko Haram Insurgency

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Women have suffered violence and abuse by Boko Haram, but they are not only victims: some joined the jihadists voluntarily, others fight the insurgency, or work in relief and reconciliation. ICG Women’s experiences should inform policies to tackle the insurgency, and… Nigeria: Women and… Read More »

UN launches record aid appeal of $22.2bn for 2017

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Appeal comes as crises in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and South Sudan have compounded the UN’s 2016 funding shortage. Al Jazeera The United Nations needs a record $22.2bn to cover humanitarian relief projects next year, covering the… UN launches record… Read More »

Torture acceptable in some circumstances according to 20pc of Australians, survey reveals

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One in five Australians think it is acceptable to use torture to obtain military information during war, a Red Cross survey has found. ABC Jean Kennedy The survey found Australian men were more likely than women to agree that captured soldiers can be tortured to obtain information. Overall, 24 per cent of men think Australian soldiers can be… Torture acceptable in some circumstances according to… Read More »

Melbourne suburb Eltham welcomes refugees


Plans to use part of an aged-care facility in an outer Melbourne suburb as temporary housing for refugees have been welcomed by the local community. The Saturday Paper Denham Sadler But that hasn’t stopped anti-immigration protesters descending. In 1987 a species of butterfly thought to be… Melbourne suburb Eltham welcomes… Read More »