Geographic Updates

Malaysia: Court Overturns Caning Sentence for 27 Rohingya Refugees

A court in northern Malaysia’s Kedah state threw out a lower court’s ruling that 27 Rohingya be caned for entering the country illegally, calling it inhumane to punish refugees with strokes from a rattan stick, setting aside a lower court’s … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Rohingya face ‘cruel’ caning sentence in Malaysia as hostility to refugees grow

Survivors of dangerous sea journey convicted amid a rise in hate speech and mass detentions in centres rife with Covid-19.  A group of 31 Rohingya men who disembarked from a boat in April have since been convicted under the Immigration … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: Rohingya face ‘cruel’ caning sentence in Malaysia as hostility to refugees grows

A group of Rohingya refugees who survived a treacherous journey at sea now face caning and seven months in jail after they were convicted under the immigration act in Malaysia, where activists have warned of an alarming rise in xenophobia … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Afghan doctor helps refugees fight COVID-19, one phone call at a time

Fezzeh, a 38-year-old Afghan refugee, was recently appointed to head up the coronavirus public outreach programme in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s central Esfahan province. On top of her usual duties as head physician at the Razi health centre in … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: We cried a lot’: Hong Kong family torn apart as protester seeks asylum in Australia

“Leaving a place that I love was very difficult. We’re all Hong Kong people who come out to protest because we love Hong Kong. But now we are forced to leave.” Jay* is a former Hong Kong resident who attended many … Continue reading

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Human Rights Commissioner calls for immigration detainees’ release over coronavirus infection fears

Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner has called for the “urgent” and “immediate” release of immigration detainees in line with recommendations of peak medical bodies advising the federal government on their response to COVID-19. Commissioner Edward Santow in an exclusive interview with … Continue reading

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Border Force defends handling of coronavirus risk as global report points finger at Australia’s asylum seeker treatment

Australian Border Force Commissioner Michael Outram has defended the management of coronavirus risk at immigration detention centres after two guards tested positive for COVID-19. On Sunday night, asylum seekers and refugees detained at a hotel Melbourne were informed a guard … Continue reading

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Anxious wait for New Zealand deportees as Australian guards isolate due to Covid-19 risk

Australia and New Zealand: Guards at Sydney’s Villawood detention centre have gone into isolation after going to a pub that was now the source of a Covid-19 outbreak. It comes as a group of New Zealanders being held there anxiously … Continue reading

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Indonesia: EU provides Humanitarian Aid for Rohingya Refugees in Aceh

The European Union has allocated 35 thousand euros in humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees who were rescued recently and allowed to land in Aceh, Indonesia, after spending more than 120 days at sea. The humanitarian aid is part of the European … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: EU provides humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees in Aceh

The European Union has allocated 35 thousand euros (about Rp573 million) in humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees who were rescued recently and allowed to land in Aceh, Indonesia, after spending more than 120 days at sea. The funds have been channeled … Continue reading

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