Tag Archives: refugees

Australia | UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi calls on Australia to end harmful practice of offshore processing

Australia’s policy of offshore processing in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, which denies access to asylum in Australia for refugees arriving by sea without a valid visa, has caused extensive, avoidable suffering for far too long.

Four years on, more than 2,000 people are still languishing in unacceptable circumstances. Families have been separated and many have suffered physical and psychological harm.

Anti-immigrant ship C-star enters Mediterranean waters after being stopped in Suez Canal

Lucy Pasha-Robinson

A ship chartered by far-right activists to confront refugees and send them “back to Africa” has reportedly entered Mediterranean waters after being held up in the Suez Canal.

The ship, operated by Defend Europe, set sail from the east African nation of Djibouti where it was chartered earlier in the month in a bid to block search-and-rescue vessels operated by humanitarian organisations.

Australia | Iranian refugee’s film shot on mobile phone shows life inside Australian detention centre

by Eric Tlozek

Audiences around the world will soon have the chance see what life is like inside one of Australia’s offshore detention centres.

An Iranian refugee in the Manus Island detention centre has released a feature film he shot from inside its walls.

Burundi : à visage caché

Par Julie DUNGELHOEFF , Nicolas GERMAIN

Le Burundi ne fait jamais la une des journaux. Pourtant les violences y sont quasi quotidiennes. Depuis l’annonce de la candidature de Nkurunziza à un troisième mandat en avril 2015, des centaines de personnes ont été tuées. Plus de 320 000 autres ont fui dans les pays voisins. Nous voulions aller au Burundi, donner la parole au pouvoir et à ceux qui lui résistent, mais notre demande de visa a été refusée. Nous sommes donc partis à la rencontre des Burundais exilés en Ouganda et en Tanzanie.

Gambians seek refuge in Senegal amid political tension

By Hélène Caux

DAKAR, Senegal – Several thousand people, mainly children, have crossed into Senegal from the Gambia in the last 10 days to escape growing tension over the results of last month’s presidential election.

While some people have decided to stay in the Gambia, many have begun sending their children to Senegal as a precautionary measure amid the political impasse, fearing potential unrest.