Tag Archives: asylum-seekers

UNHCR concern over the Manus Island disturbance

UNHCR is very concerned about the recent developments on Manus Island in which one asylum-seeker reportedly lost his life and several others were reported injured. We are in discussions with the Australian Government and welcome their commitment to investigate these events. Continue reading

UNHCR seeking details on reports of boats forced back from Australia

UNHCR is seeking details from the Australian authorities about recent media reports of the Australian navy forcing boats, presumed to be carrying asylum-seekers on their way to Australia, back to Indonesian territorial waters, as well as reports of plans to buy and provide vessels for future push-backs. Continue reading

Australia’s detention of 46 refugees ‘cruel and degrading’

Villawood Immigration Detention Centre outside Sydney, Australia. Photo: IRINAustralia’s indefinite detention of 46 recognized refugees on security grounds amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, inflicting serious psychological harm on them, a UN Committee has found after examining their cases. The Geneva-based Human Rights Committee said Australia should release the Continue reading

Australia-PNG asylum agreement presents challenges

This is a view of the Palais des Nations, showing in the foreground the sphere, and the flags of the member states of the United Nations. [1959] 01 January 1959 Geneva (Palais des Nations), SwitzerlandThis is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 26 July 2013, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR has reviewed the measures announced by the Australian Government on 19 July in relation to asylum-seekers arriving by boat in Australia. Continue reading

New UNODC migrant smuggling data sharing system

UNODC Migrant SmugglingThe UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific launched the Voluntary Reporting System on Migrant Smuggling and Related Conduct (VRS-MSRC) in support of the Bali Process on Tuesday, 16 July 2013. The VRS-MSRC is an internet-based, secure system where state authorities can collect and share migrant smuggling data. To date, authorities Continue reading

EU border management: protecting the rights of migrants

EU border management: protecting the rights of migrantsIrregular migration in the European Union is not a new trend. However, since the 1990s, Europe has seen a sharp increase in irregular migration where people are willing to risk their lives in order to enter the EU, according to UN Special Rapporteur François Crépeau. Continue reading

Latest report on Manus Island Regional Processing Centre

Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. Photo: UNIFEEDDespite recent improvements, conditions at an offshore processing centre currently housing 250 people seeking asylum in Australia do not meet international standards, the United Nations refugee agency said today, citing “continued and worrying shortcomings” at the facility. “Living conditions are still harsh, processing Continue reading

Global forced displacement of people at 18 year high

Major refugee hosting countries, end 2012More people are refugees or internally displaced than at any time since 1994, with the crisis in Syria having emerged as a major new factor in global displacement. UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, covers Continue reading

Humanitarian response to asylum-seekers needed: UNHCR

Speaking ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June, UNHCR Regional Representative Richard Towle said that the arrival of asylum-seekers to Australia by boat, involving the tragic loss of many innocent lives at sea, “is a humanitarian challenge that requires, fundamentally, a principled and humanitarian response in line with Australia’s proud record of assisting those in need.” Continue reading