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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: PNG to Refugees: Leave Shuttered Australian Camp Now Or Be Forced

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: PNG to Refugees: Leave Shuttered Australian Camp Now Or Be Forced

PNG Immigration Minister Petrus Thomas said in a statement on Sunday that the remaining refugees have until Monday to leave “so that they can have access to basic necessities such as food, water, medical care and security and that the work on decommissioning of the facility can be completed for the PNG defense force to take complete control of their land and property,” Reuters and The Guardian reported.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australians Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder With Refugees on Manus

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australians Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder With Refugees on Manus

“We are pleading the international community to rescue us,” said asylum seeker Abdul Azziz Adam in a video message from the camp in Papua New Guinea. “What is going on on Manus Island at the moment is a humanitarian crisis and no one will help us.” The men have resorted to drinking rain water and have dug their own wells in order to survive. The UN has called the crisis an “unfolding humanitarian emergency”.

“We are begging the New Zealand government to rescue us because New Zealand is the only country today, they have been fighting again and again and again, they want to get us out of detention centre,” Adam said in the video message.

“I think the situation on Manus Island is completely and utterly deplorable,” a young, male demonstrator told Al Jazeera. “I think it’s really important that the government takes a stand … so we can bring these men who are scared and suffering to Australia.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tension Rises as Australia Starts to Dismantle Papua New Guinea Detention Center

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tension Rises as Australia Starts to Dismantle Papua New Guinea Detention Center

The Manus center has been a key part of Australia’s controversial “Sovereign Borders” immigration policy. The country refuses to allow asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores, detaining them in camps in Papua New Guinea PNG and Nauru in the South Pacific.

Lawyers for some of the 600 men filed a last-minute lawsuit in PNG to prevent the camp’s closure and allow the men to be relocated to a third country. A ruling is expected on Wednesday.

The detainees were left alone for the first time in more than four years after camp staff all left on Tuesday morning, Sudanese refugee Abdul Aziz told Reuters.

“The water and electricity are still on but we are vulnerable now after the staff left us all alone,” Aziz said.

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USA POLITICS: Trump to Add New Screening for Refugees

USA POLITICS: Trump to Add New Screening for Refugees

Trump’s new travel restrictions announced on Sept. 24 affect eight countries and have also been challenged in court. Two different judges have blocked the new policy, which does not include a refugee ban.

Trump took office in January with a goal of sharply cutting refugee admissions, in line with the hard-line immigration policies that were a focal point of the Republican’s 2016 election campaign. He quickly issued the temporary bans on refugees and travellers from some Middle Eastern and African countries that were challenged in court.

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CAMEROON POLITICS: 100,000 Nigerian Refugees Illegally Deported By Cameroon: Human Rights Watch

CAMEROON POLITICS: 100,000 Nigerian Refugees Illegally Deported By Cameroon: Human Rights Watch

“Cameroon’s army has been aggressively screening newly arriving Nigerians at the border, subjecting some to torture and other forms of abuse, and containing them in far-flung and under-serviced border villages,” the report said.

“This policy of blocking asylum seekers from accessing protection has made it easier for Cameroon to deport them,” it said, adding that the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) has been denied access.

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BANGLADESH POLITICS: Government Bans Phones for Rohingya Muslim Refugees

BANGLADESH POLITICS: Government Bans Phones for Rohingya Muslim Refugees

Roadblocks have been set up along major routes from the camp zones to stop the refugees from moving further into Bangladesh. The Rohingya refugees have been fleeing government-sanctioned violence in Myanmar, where they face death, torture, and rape at the hands of the Myanmarese military and Buddhist mobs, according to numerous reports and eyewitness accounts.

The United Nations has described the practices against the Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar as “ethnic cleansing.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Passport Program Modernization Initiative $75m Over Budget and Behind Schedule

CANADA POLITICS: Passport Program Modernization Initiative $75m Over Budget and Behind Schedule

The passport mess joins the botched Phoenix payroll system, the struggling email transformation initiative and the Canada.ca project as IT schemes inherited by the Liberal government that have bogged down in delays and cost over-runs.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Court Obligates Australia to Pay Damages to Refugees

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Court Obligates Australia to Pay Damages to Refugees

Victoria State’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the Australian government had to award the litigants AUD 70 million (USD 56 million) for detaining them illegally and mistreating them. The filing of the legal complaint marked the largest human rights class action settlement involving Australia.

Rory Walsh of the law firm said, “These detainees came to Australia seeking refuge, compassion and protection, which were all denied to them by successive Commonwealth governments.”

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UGANDA POLITICS: 1m South Sudanese Refugees Now in Uganda

UGANDA POLITICS: 1m South Sudanese Refugees Now in Uganda

“The government response to accepting the South Sudanese refugees has been overwhelmingly positive, progressive, and welcoming,” said Sacha Manov, deputy director in Uganda for the International Rescue Committee, which provides health and protection services for refugees.

But refugee agency UNHCR said Uganda was struggling to provide food and shelter.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Will Accept Dozen Central American Refugees Within Next Few Months: Sources

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Will Accept Dozen Central American Refugees Within Next Few Months: Sources

Canberra pledged to take an unspecified number of Central American refugees under a deal struck with US president Barack Obama late last year.

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AFRICA POLITICS: United Nations to Algeria, Morocco: Release Trapped Syrian Refugees

AFRICA POLITICS: United Nations to Algeria, Morocco: Release Trapped Syrian Refugees

United Nations says: Algeria and Morocco should assure safe passage to 41 Syrian refugees stranded along the border between both countries.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Peter Dutton to ‘Fake Refugees’: Game Up!

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Peter Dutton to ‘Fake Refugees’: Game Up!

“This is a very serious situation and it’s costing Australian taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year,” Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Repatriation of Afghan Refugees Resumes

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Repatriation of Afghan Refugees Resumes

Human Rights Watch has accused the U.N. of allowing Pakistan to forcibly evict Afghan refugees in violation of international law. Rights activists say they expect little change this year in either Pakistani policies or the inability of the Afghan government and aid groups to support the tide.

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EUROPE POLITICS: Refugees in Europe Facing Police Brutality

EUROPE POLITICS: Refugees in Europe Facing Police Brutality

“I could not imagine that European police could be so violent,” said Najim Khan, a 21-year-old asylum-seeker from Pakistan in the Serbian capital Belgrade.

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CANADA POLITICS: Why Somalian Refugees Are Seeking Refuge in Canada

CANADA POLITICS: Why Somalian Refugees Are Seeking Refuge in Canada

Somalis are fleeing Somalia to seek refuge in Canada making risky trek from U.S. to Canadian border to flee President Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban and immigration crackdown.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Turkey Threatens to Send Europe ‘15,000 Refugees a Month’

TURKEY POLITICS: Turkey Threatens to Send Europe ‘15,000 Refugees a Month’

“If you want, we could open way for 15,000 refugees that we don’t send each month and blow the mind” of Europe, Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

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CHINA POLITICS: Refugees Surge into China As Myanmar Ethnic Border Conflict Escalates

CHINA POLITICS: Refugees Surge into China As Myanmar Ethnic Border Conflict Escalates

“Every day, more people come,” said Li Yinzhong, an aid manager in the camp, gesturing at the mostly Han Chinese refugees from Myanmar’s Kokang region.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Officers Find Islamic State Members Hidden Among Refugees Fleeing Mosul

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Officers Find Islamic State Members Hidden Among Refugees Fleeing Mosul

The officer pulled a teenager onto a raised platform and asked the group if he belonged to Islamic State (IS).

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CANADA POLITICS: One in Four Canadians Support Temporary Syrian Refugees Ban: Poll

CANADA POLITICS: One in Four Canadians Support Temporary Syrian Refugees Ban: Poll

Sixty percent of those surveyed in an online poll said the Canadian government had done a good job of resettling Syrian refugees since the Liberals came to power in 2015.

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CANADA POLITICS: UN to Negotiate With US, Canada to Resettle Rohingya Refugees

CANADA POLITICS: UN to Negotiate With US, Canada to Resettle Rohingya Refugees

1,000 Rohingya refugees had been identified as priorities for resettlement on medical grounds or because they have been separated from their family members living abroad.

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