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.

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.

News in Brief 24 July 2017 (AM)

Australia urged to end “offshore processing” of asylum seekers

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Australia's offshore refugee processing causes 'extensive suffering' and must end, says UN agency chief

Four years on, Australia's offshore processing has left some 2,000 people languishing in unacceptable circumstances – causing physical and psychological harm, according to the United Nations refugee agency, which today called for an immediate end to the practice.

News in Brief 13 July 2017 (AM)

Death of Chinese activist a loss for human rights worldwide: UN rights chief

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“I love my ocean and I want to protect it”: Aboriginal artist says

An Aboriginal Australian behind an exhibit at the United Nations has been using his art to sound the alarm over abandoned fishing nets.

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Ocean Conference shines light on illegal trade: CITES chief

The illegal trade in marine species is one of the major issues that needs to be under the spotlight at the UN Ocean Conference this week.

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