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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.

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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