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  1. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Dengue outbreak at Australia's Pacific island refugee detention centre sparks fresh concerns

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 12:30pm by Reuters in Sydney

    ... Reuters in Sydney Refugees held in Australia's detention centres on Nauru island infected by Dengue fever as opposition figures call for greater oversight An outbreak of dengue fever at an Australian refugee detention centre in the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru sparked calls on Thursday for greater oversight at the facility, which has been criticised by rights groups ...

  2. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian PM Tony Abbott under pressure over refugee ‘back-pedal’

    Posted Oct 02nd 2013, 04:21pm by AFP

    ... of information about refugee boats to a weekly briefing, even when a vessel sank last week off Indonesia, killing at least 39 people. ...

  3. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian opposition pledges refugee savings

    Posted Aug 31st 2013, 03:57pm by Associated Press in Canberra

    ... lawyers and migration agents to advise refugee seekers on lodging asylum claims and appealing rejections of the claims. “There is no provision under the [United Nations] Refugee Convention which ... many refugee claims denied by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) were overturned on appeal. “It’s clear that DIAC assessors make mistakes in their first assessments ...

  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    UN watchdog slams Australia over refugee detentions

    Posted Aug 22nd 2013, 02:56pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Geneva Australia broke global human rights rules by denying a group of refugees from Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Kuwait a chance to challenge their detention, imposed ... of boat-people in centre stage. “Australia’s indefinite detention of 46 recognised refugees on security grounds amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, inflicting serious psychological harm ...

  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia's PNG refugee solution 'already working'

    Posted Jul 23rd 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australian minister cites reports of potential boatpeople reconsidering options rather than face forced resettlement in Papua New Guinea Refugee solution 'already working' Australia's new policy of resettling refugees in Papua New Guinea was already deterring boatpeople, the government said yesterday, as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd attacked ...

  6. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia awards HK$8.35b asylum seeker centre contract amid controversy

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 02:47pm by Reuters

    ... rights groups and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Last week, one asylum seeker was killed and at least 77 injured in violent clashes at the Manus Island detention centre. Australia uses ... for assessment and eventual resettlement. Several accommodation buildings were destroyed by fire. Refugees detained on Nauru have staged hunger strikes and committed other forms of self-harm, with some ...

  7. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia publishes identities of 10,000 asylum seekers, raising safety concerns

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 01:00pm by Reuters

    ... detention centres in Papua New Guinea and on the tiny Pacific island of Nauru to process would-be refugees sent there after trying to get to Australia, often in unsafe boats after paying people ... of refugees have had their private details published online and the government must now take that into account when considering their claims for protection,” she said in a statement. ...

  8. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Australia dispatches refugees to Nauru for first time since 2008

    Posted Sep 15th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Refugees land in Nauru for first time since 2008 The first planeload of asylum seekers sent to the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru arrived yesterday as part ... Guinea's Manus Island as a way of deterring refugees from paying people smugglers to bring them to Australia. It follows a flood of boatpeople this year, with some 10,000 arriving so far, many ...

  9. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia tightens secrecy over ‘success’ in blocking asylum seekers

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 05:33pm by Reuters

    ... to Indonesia, had dramatically reduced the number of refugees risking the perilous journey. At the same time, he said the government would maintain its refusal to comment on “operational matters” and go ... of boats to Indonesia, the main departure point for people-smuggling boats headed to Australia carrying would-be refugees from around the world. The number of refugees reaching Australia pales ...

  10. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia urges Malaysia boatpeople swap after tragedy

    Posted Mar 26th 2013, 03:33pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday renewed calls for a refugee swap with Malaysia to deter boatpeople after two asylum-seekers drowned in the latest tragedy at sea. Canberra clinched a deal with Malaysia in 2011 to transfer 800 boatpeople to the Southeast Asian country to deter refugees from making the risky journey by removing ...




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