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UNHCR: Australia urged to ensure protection, assistance and solutions for refugees on Manus Island  

The following is a transcript of what was said by Nai Jit Lam, UNHCR’s Deputy Regional Representative in Canberra (on mission to Manus Island) at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, 21st November 2017. Nai Jit Lam spoke to the briefing by phone.  Background: In October, UNHCR appealed to Australia to

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CIEL: UN Committee Calls on Norway to Revise its Energy Policy, Noting Climate Impacts of Arctic Oil Extraction

Today, the UN human rights committee mandated to review states’ respect for and protection of women’s rights (CEDAW Committee*), expressed concerns about the climate impacts of oil and gas extraction in the Arctic and the adverse consequences for women’s rights. The committee noted that, given the disproportionate impacts of climate change on women, the Norwegian

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Newshub: Australia ‘criminal’ for refusing Manus Island refugees – Golriz Ghahraman

A Green party MP has labelled Australia as “criminal” for its handling of refugees trapped on Manus Island. “I started by calling [Australia] callous, but it’s criminal,” Green trade spokesperson and former refugee Golriz Ghahraman told The AM Show on Tuesday. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has not yet accepted New Zealand’s offer to take

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OpenGlobalRights: Climate change talks must focus on the most vulnerable: the world’s children

Across the globe, more extreme weather and climate change are displacing the most vulnerable, including children. Yet not enough is being done to uphold their human rights. In November, countries will gather in Bonn, Germany for the international climate change negotiations. Since meeting last year, governments have been forced to shift their focus from analyzing

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