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Peter Dutton’s Extensive Briefings About Risks And Harm To Children On Nauru

Peter Dutton’s Extensive Briefings About Risks And Harm To Children On Nauru

  Australia’s immigration minister was extensively briefed about the impact prolonged detention was having on children held on Nauru, official correspondence shows, before he dismissed reports of sexual assault and abuse as “hype” and “false allegations”. Peter Dutton has repeatedly sought to diminish the significance of the Nauru files, published by the Guardian – more […]

‘Sexual Assaults On Children’ At Greek Refugee Camps

‘Sexual Assaults On Children’ At Greek Refugee Camps

Children as young as seven have been sexually assaulted in official European refugee camps, the Observer has been told. The claims come as testimony emerges suggesting that some camps are so unsafe that youngsters are too terrified to leave their tents at night. Charities and human rights groups allege that children stranded in supposedly safe […]

Government Cuts Will Enfeeble Italy’s Fight Against Sex Trafficking, Says UN

Government Cuts Will Enfeeble Italy’s Fight Against Sex Trafficking, Says UN

The Italian government’s decision to make a series of cuts to anti-trafficking programmes in Sicily and across the country will seriously undermine efforts to create a national response to the country’s growing trafficking crisis, NGOs and UN agencies are warning. The UN’s International Office for Migration warned this week that the trafficking of Nigerian women […]

Trafficking of Nigerian women into prostitution in Europe ‘at crisis level’

Trafficking of Nigerian women into prostitution in Europe ‘at crisis level’

Thousands of women and girls are being trafficked to Italy from Nigeria, into a life of forced prostitution. Abused and desperately vulnerable, they have a champion in Princess Okokon, who was herself trafficked from Nigeria in 1999. Okokon fled her captors, and, with her husband, Alberto, set up the NGO Piam Onlus. Together they have […]

UN Members Reject Concrete Refugee Resettlement Target

UN Members Reject Concrete Refugee Resettlement Target

World leaders are set to reject a concrete target for the number of refugees that should be resettled within developed countries, dashing hopes of a solution to the world’s unprecedented displacement crisis. Before a landmark conference in September, negotiators from every UN member country have failed to agree on a promise to share responsibility for […]

Hungry, Scared, And No Closer To Safety: Child Refugees Failed By Britain

Hungry, Scared, And No Closer To Safety: Child Refugees Failed By Britain

What does a 10-year-old living alone in the migrant camp in Calais worry about most? Abdul is bothered by the rats that rustle around him while he sleeps and by the effort involved in getting enough food, in the wake of a decision last month by the French authorities to close down the cafe that […]

‘We Are Dead Souls In Living Bodies’: Australia Accused Of Abusing Refugees

‘We Are Dead Souls In Living Bodies’: Australia Accused Of Abusing Refugees

Australia is deliberately abusing refugees in an offshore detention camp to try to stop people seeking asylum in their country by boat, human rights groups claim in a new report. Daily violence, suicide attempts and children left without medical treatment were among some of the allegations documented by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch during […]

Campaign Launched To Discourage Refugees From Heading To Europe

Campaign Launched To Discourage Refugees From Heading To Europe

Italy and a refugee rights group are turning to Facebook and Twitter as part of a new social media campaign to try to dissuade African refugees from making the treacherous journey to Europe over the Mediterranean. An estimated 3,000 people have been killed this year while attempting to reach Italy’s southern shore, while 60% of […]

Angela Merkel Defends Germany’s Refugee Policy After Attacks

Angela Merkel Defends Germany’s Refugee Policy After Attacks

Angela Merkel has delivered a staunch defence of her open-door policy towards refugees, insisting she feels no guilt over a series of violent attacks in Germany and was right to allow hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees to arrive last summer. “A rejection of the humanitarian stance we took could have led to even […]

Pope Francis Calls For Solidarity With Refugees During Speech In Kraków

Pope Francis Calls For Solidarity With Refugees During Speech In Kraków

Pope Francis has urged people to welcome refugees fleeing war and hunger in his first public words after arriving in Kraków, indicating that he would not duck the issue likely to be a significant cause of tension between him and the Polish government during the five-day papal visit. Speaking at the city’s Wawel cathedral two […]