Category: Refugees

UN refugee agency voices ‘grave concern’ as crisis escalates at Manus Island processing centre

Photo: UNHCR/V. Tan

The United Nations refugee agency has expressed a grave concern over the deteriorating conditions for refugees and asylum seekers at Australia’s offshore immigration processing facility on the Manus Island of Papua New Guinea. The Government of Australia has announced the closure of the Manus Regional Processing Centre, seeking to relocate people in detention to Lorengau […]

ISIL’s ‘genocide’ against Yazidis is ongoing, UN rights panel says, calling for international action


Marking three years since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) attacked the Yazidis in Syria, a United Nations-mandated inquiry has called for justice and rescue plans. “The Commission of Inquiry calls on the international community to recognize the crime of genocide being committed by ISIL against the Yazidis and to undertake steps to refer […]

Conflict-affected rural families in Iraq to benefit from mobile cash-transfer technology – UN

Local farmers in Erbil and rural areas of Iraq will be able to restart farming activities with rehabilitated irrigation and other infrastructure. Photo: FAO/Cengiz Yar

Many vulnerable rural families in Iraq will now be able to safely receive income thanks to a newly adopted mobile money transfer technology that is part of a cash-for-work programme to rehabilitate farming infrastructure, according to the United Nations agriculture agency. “The use of mobile technology will streamline the safe delivery of cash transfers to […]

‘None of us should stand silent’ while civilians suffer in Syria, Security Council told

In the makeshift camp at Ain Issa, north of the Raqqa in Syria, a girl carries a UNICEF backpack and some clothing. More than 6,000 people live in harsh conditions and the numbers continue to rise as violence escalates in the area. UNICEF/Souleiman

Despite the remarkable hope and strength shown by most Syrians, daily life remains dangerous for millions of people across the country, a senior United Nations aid official warned today, calling for the parties to the six year conflict to stop targeting of civilians, to allow humanitarian access, and to end the “horrific” practice of besiegement. […]

In Mosul and beyond, sustained efforts needed to support millions of displaced Iraqis – UN official

Families fleeing from Yarmouk neighbourhood in western Mosul, Iraq. Photo: OCHA/Themba Linden

Witnessing “complete devastation” in districts of Mosul, a senior United Nations relief official visiting Iraq lauded the massive humanitarian effort under way while indicating that the crisis is “far from over,” including for millions of Iraqis displaced throughout the country. “I commend the achievements of the humanitarian operation in Iraq and wish to highlight the […]

Australia’s offshore refugee processing causes ‘extensive suffering’ and must end, says UN agency chief

Four years on, Australia’s offshore processing has left some 2,000 people languishing in unacceptable circumstances – causing physical and psychological harm, according to the United Nations refugee agency, which today called for an immediate end to the practice. “Australia’s policy of offshore processing in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, which denies access to asylum in […]