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Japan and Thailand: Refugee Aid from Japan’s Contribution of 450,000 USD to Thailand for the Prevention of COVID-19

The Government of Japan’s contribution of 450,000 USD to Thailand in aid of preventing COVID-19 is welcomed by the UN Refugee Agency.  The UNHCR Representative of Thailand states that this contribution will “allow UNHCR to share information on hygiene measures … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Afghanistan investigates reports Iran guards forced migrants into river

Afghanistan is investigating reports Afghan migrants drowned after being tortured and pushed into a river by Iranian border guards. The migrants were caught trying to enter Iran illegally from the western Herat province on Friday, according to local media. The … Continue reading

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Singapore: COVID-19 in Southeast Asia: non-citizens have a right to protection too

Singapore leads the region in COVID-19 with 28,794 confirmed cases as of 19 May 2020. The majority of Singapore’s cases come from crowded foreign-worker dormitories. Singapore is just one of a number of countries in the region where millions of migrant workers … Continue reading

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Struggling Asylum Seekers Plea for Equal Refugee Support: “Please Treat Us the Same”

New Zealand: Asylum Seekers say they’re struggling to survive in New Zealand and they’re pleading with the government to give them the same support as other refugees. Covid-19 crisis has added to their struggles, as many asylum seekers have been … Continue reading

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How UNICEF Australia Is Providing Life-Saving Support to Children on the Front Lines of COVID-19

Australia: UNICEF Australia’s support has focussed on reducing transmission and mortality as a result of COVID-19 by equipping health workers in 52 countries with knowledge on infection prevention and control, supplying necessary equipment and ensuring communities have access to handwashing … Continue reading

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More Manus Island, Nauru Refugees Moved to US

Australia and Papua New Guinea: RNZ reports 40 more refugees, who were detained in Papua New Guinea and Nauru by Australia, have been transferred to the United States for resettlement. Ads-Up, a US based group of Australian volunteers supporting refugees … Continue reading

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Newcrest in Papua New Guinea Aid Effort

Australia: Australia’s mining companyNEWCREST has put $600,000 towards a United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund initiative to get personal protective equipment to Papua New Guinea’s frontline health workers. Source: Australia Mining Monthly https://bit.ly/2BbECnE

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The Communities Left Behind in the Pandemic

Australia: While the government’s $130 billion JobKeeper package is designed to prop up workers that have lost employment during the pandemic, international students, working holiday makers, refugees, asylum seekers, and skilled temporary migrants – who are overrepresented in these industries … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Health D-G Dr Noor Hisham calls for concerted action on Covid-19 at immigration detention centres in Malaysia, warns against discrimination of foreigners

KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Immediate medical attention and decontamination are needed at immigration detention centres where Covid-19 has emerged, said health director-general (D-G) Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah while stressing that foreigners should not be discriminated against in terms … Continue reading

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Thailand: Let UN Refugee Agency Screen Rohingya

(Bangkok) – Thai authorities should allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) unhindered access to Rohingya from Myanmar to determine whether they qualify for refugee status, Human Rights Watch said today. The government’s inhumane policy of holding Rohingya … Continue reading

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