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Australia’s offshore processing policy for refugees has taken huge toll, warns senior UNHCR official

Asylum seekers bound for Australia have been left mentally scarred by years of detention on Pacific islands, senior UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) official Indrika Ratwatte said on Wednesday. 

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Australia-bound asylum seekers left mentally scarred by years of detention on Pacific islands, warns UN refugee official

A senior United Nations refugee agency official warned on Wednesday about the “shocking” effects of long-term detention on Australia-bound asylum seekers who are being held on remote Pacific islands.

Sea boundaries treaty by Australia and Timor-Leste ‘example to follow’ – UN chief

Australia and Timor-Leste on Tuesday signed a bilateral maritime boundaries treaty, which United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres hailed as a ground-breaking event that could inspire other countries to peacefully settle disputes through mediation.

News in Brief 13 February 2018

  • Myanmar urged to address statelessness issue to resolve Rohingya crisis
  • Refugees perish seeking safety in Uganda: UNHCR
  • Refugees, asylum seekers “grasping for hope” on Manus Island
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UN urges Australia to find humane solutions for refugees, asylum seekers on Manus Island

The United Nations refugee agency warned on Friday that the situation of refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island continues to remain dangerous, and called on the Australian Government to “live up to its responsibilities” and urgently find humane and appropriate solutions.

Situation on Australian offshore processing facility at risk of further deterioration, UN warns

Stating that the beating of refugees and asylum-seekers at the former regional processing centre on Manus Island by uniformed officers is both “shocking and inexcusable,” the United Nations refugee agency has urged the Australian Government to take immediate action to ensure their safety and protection.

Situation on Australian ‘offshore processing’ facility deteriorates by the day – UN refugee official

Three weeks following the closure of the Manus Island regional processing centre, the situation on the ground is very serious and deteriorates by the day, a senior United Nations official on protection of refugees has said.

UN concerned over 'unfolding humanitarian emergency' at Australia's offshore processing centre

The United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed its concern over “an unfolding humanitarian emergency” at Australia's offshore detention centre, where refugees and asylum seekers are holding out after the Australian Government's decision to close the facility and pull out its support staff.

International rules-based order in jeopardy Australia’s Foreign Minister tells UN assembly

Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, told the General Assembly today that while the United Nations had been established to build an international rules-based order for peaceful dispute resolution, “we are now in a time when the challenges to that order are increasing.

UN refugee agency voices 'grave concern' as crisis escalates at Manus Island processing centre

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed a grave concern over the deteriorating conditions for refugees and asylum seekers at Australia's offshore immigration processing facility on the Manus Island of Papua New Guinea.