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More than 135,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe in the first half of 2015, according to a new report by the UNHCR, an increase of more than 80 per cent over the same period in 2014.
The report said the current maritime refugee crisis in Europe was of "historic proportions", adding that many more people had tried to make the crossing from Africa but did not make it.
In May, more than 800 people died when a crowded migrant boat capsized off Libya, an event which was described as "possibly ... the biggest tragedy to have ever taken place in the Mediterranean".
Between January and March, 479 refugees and migrants drowned or went missing, the report said, as opposed to 15 in the same three months of 2014.
In April, the deadliest month, an "unprecedented" 1,308 migrants and refugees died or went missing, compared to 42 in the previous year.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-03/more-than-135000-refugees-arrived-in-europe-by-boat-2015-unhcr/6593290
More than 135,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe in the first half of 2015, according to a new report by the UNHCR, an increase of more than 80 per cent over the same period in 2014.
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If the Australian Government are treating our Asylum Seekers Humanely then why all the need for secrecy? What are you hiding Mr. Abbott ?

Lawyers and asylum seeker advocates say they are concerned about new laws applying to some people working in detention centres.
The Border Force Act could see some government-contracted workers at onshore and offshore detention facilities risk up to two years in jail if they speak out about what they see.
Barrister and spokesman for the Australian Lawyers Alliance Greg Barns said the act had a "chilling effect".
"It effectively turns the Department of Immigration into a secret security organisation with police powers," he said.
"And what it does is [it] will prevent professional groups, international human rights bodies, doctors, counsellors, teachers, anyone who's working in immigration detention centres who raises concerns about the treatment of asylum seekers and conditions in those centres, if they don't have the authorisation of the department to reveal that information to the media or any other person or organisation then they can go to jail for up to two years, so it will have a chilling effect."
The Act was passed with bipartisan support, with only the Greens opposing it.
Mr Barns said it gave the Federal Government too much power over what can be said about immigration detention centres.
"If for example a psychologist is working in a detention centre, that psychologist then comes back from the centre and writes an article, for the ABC or for a newspaper documenting in that person's clinical opinion — the long-term physical and mental harm that's being meted out to asylum seekers — that person could go to jail," he said.
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"I mean, this is the sort of legislation that you wouldn't find unsurprising in countries that don't have real democracy.
"But for this legislation to pass an Australian Parliament, I think it's appalling."
Dr John-Paul Sanggaran used to work for the Immigration Department's healthcare provider International Health and Medical Services on Christmas Island.
He said it was already difficult to speak out when worried for the welfare of asylum seekers and was concerned about what the new laws would mean for people such as doctors, nurses and social workers who work in detention centres.
We're not going to stop talking about what we've seen. The things that we've seen are too terrible, human rights abuses, sexual abuse, child abuse, and we're not going to respond to these threats from the Government.
Dr John-Paul Sanggaran, ex worker of International Health and Medical Services
"We already have a situation where there's a significant veil of secrecy around immigration detention. Some of the barriers include the fact that you could lose your job," he said.
"That's obviously personally devastating for you and your family, and I guess we already signed secrecy or confidentiality agreements and people are already concerned about breaking those because they don't want to deal with the legal consequences.
"Add to that an explicit two-year jail sentence for doing what we all should all be doing — advocating for our patients, looking after those for whom we have a duty of care — and you're just simply going to increase the barriers that exist to people coming out and talking about what they see in immigration detention which is gross human rights violations."
Dr Sanggaran will today publish an open letter about the concerns he and others have.
"We're not going to stop talking about what we've seen," he said.
"The things that we've seen are too terrible, human rights abuses, sexual abuse, child abuse, and we're not going to respond to these threats from the Government."
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-30/detention-centre-workers-face-imprisonment-for-whistleblowing/6584392?section=world
Lawyers and asylum seeker advocates are concerned for new laws applying to some people working in detention centres.
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Papua New Guinea is breaking international law by restricting the freedom of movement of refugees on Manus Island, the United Nations says.
Refugees who are part of the Australia-funded offshore processing system remain effectively under "island arrest" until the PNG government approves a resettlement policy, which was due to be completed a year ago.
Iranian civil engineer Reza Mollagholipour thought he was doing the right thing and organised job interviews in Port Moresby. He borrowed money for a flight to prepare for his new life as a refugee in PNG.
But his plans and his spirits were crushed when PNG's chief migration officer forbade him to travel.
"I am really confused ... I don't know why I was given a PNG document and work permit [but] I am not allowed to leave Manus Island," Mr Mollagholipour said in a letter to PNG and Australian officials earlier this month.
"Let's show the world that you are not lower than developed countries and that you are planning very well with this new project for your country."
There are currently 43 men in the same position as Mr Mollagholipour.
Under international law, the fundamental right to liberty applies to all people regardless of their immigration or other status, including asylum-seekers and refugees.
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Their asylum applications have been processed, they have been released from detention and are living at the Australia-funded Lorengau transit centre on Manus Island.
Almost two years after former prime minister Kevin Rudd signed the Refugee Resettlement Agreement with PNG, no refugees have been resettled.
Those waiting say the legal limbo has added to their anguish.
"What makes me crazy is that everything they are telling about the law ... which law? I leave detention and I'm free, you told me I'm free," Mr Mollagholipour said.
A spokesman for the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said the travel restrictions imposed on the men was not legal.
"Under international law, the fundamental right to liberty and the prohibition of arbitrary detention applies to all people regardless of their immigration or other status, including asylum seekers and refugees," the UNHCR spokesman said.
"Contracting states to the 1951 Refugee Convention are obliged to provide refugees lawfully within their territory the right to choose their place of residence to move freely within its territory, subject to limited exceptions."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-25/png-breaking-law-by-restricting-refugees-movement-un-says/6572714?section=world
PNG is breaking international law by restricting the freedom of movement of refugees on Manus Island, the United Nations says.
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The Gosford Anglican Church and their messages of Peace strike again...... Well Done :)
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Dear friends around the world,

By the time you go to bed, more than 40 barrel bombs will have been dropped today from regime helicopters, submerging entire families into the rubble of their homes. Trapped in darkness, people have one hope: that the White Helmets will find them and dig them out.
My name is Raed Al Saleh and I am head of the Syria Civil Defence - or the White Helmets as we’re also known. Our 2,697 volunteer rescue workers have saved more than 21,967 lives. We face bombs, chemical attacks and sniper fire to reach people caught in the violence and bring them to safety.
Despite the risks, we go in always. Yet I know that if one of the volunteers is critically injured during a rescue operation, there is no money to pay for medical care. We have volunteers who right now still need surgery. A night in the intensive care unit is $300. Surgery can cost between $300-$5,000. These life-saving measures are out of our grasp.
I’m asking for your help to change this. If you and others around you contribute what you can, we can build a Hero Fund to get wounded White Helmets back on their feet. We can build a safety net so every volunteer knows that their hospital bills are covered should they get hurt. And if a White Helmet dies while saving others, I can make sure the families of our fallen heroes will not struggle to survive. Please give what you can to make this Hero Fund a possibility. Our brave men and women give everything.

The White Helmets have the highest fatality rate of any job in the world - and it’s gotten even more dangerous. Because of the lives we’ve saved, we are now a target. The Syrian regime’s helicopters wait until we rush to a bombing site to help the victims, then they come back to drop another barrel. 92 White Helmets have been killed - most of them in these “double-tap” strikes.

Just last week two ambulances were destroyed by the regime in Idlib. Six civil defence volunteers were wounded. Thankfully, all survived.
Last week I travelled to New York to ask the UN Security Council to tell me what they were going to do to enforce their promises to stop the bombs - they had no answer for me. This is why for Syrians they have become the Insecurity Council. We have lost faith in them in many ways, although we continue to make appeals to awaken their conscience. Whilst world leaders fail us, we have been humbled by the support of people like you around the world. People who share our vision of a Syria free from bombs. Now I ask you to stand with us again. We cannot build this fund to treat wounded volunteers and support the families of the fallen without you.

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The unarmed and neutral White Helmets are being targeted for saving lives in Syria. They're raising money for hospital care and prosthetic limbs. Show your support
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Thinking of all the kids in Gaza One Year on and still suffering ...............

Israel conducted 6,000 airstrikes and fired more than 50,000 tank and artillery shells on Gaza during last year's war, the United Nations says.
For Ahmad, 11, who lives in the Gaza neighbourhood of Beit Hanoun, it was 51 days and nights of terror he cannot forget.
"I get scared at night, the doctors and the dead people, this is what I remember," he said.
"I get scared and I go to mum."
As Ahmad and his family fled Israeli shelling, the young boy's leg was hit by shrapnel.
Today the wound has healed, but he has not been the same since.
"Ahmad is still wetting himself," his mother Tahrir said.
"Until today he tells me I am so scared. Even this morning he came to me wet."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-06/children-scarred-by-gaza-war-one-year-on/6596478
One year after the Gaza war, a new report from Save the Children finds children in the warzone remain deeply traumatised.
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+Pieter van Pelt A lot of these kids don't have the luxury of having parents left to raise them. STOP ALL ROCKETS AROUND KIDS !! 
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How to get peace in todays crazy world
 
by Dr. Kelly Neff TheMindUnleashed, We all do our best to stay positive, but occasionally we can slip into negative thinking patterns that can wreak havoc on our lives. We might worry about our pas...
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Mortality rates of Indigenous Australians are double that of the rest of the population.
On average, 65 per cent of all Indigenous people will die before they turn 65, compared to 19 per cent for the rest of population. 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-29/darwins-homeless-longrassers-tell-of-struggle-to-survive/6570440
Despite a resources boom, there are more people sleeping rough in Darwin than ever before.
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+Siam Siam Another good person trying to stop the Yulin dog eating festival in China
Yulin, a city in southern China, celebrates the summer solstice by throwing a festival that involves the slaughter and consumption of as many as 10,000 dogs. Not everyone in China supports such practices, however; 65-year-old Yang Xiaoyun, a retired teacher who runs an animal shelter in Tianjin, traveled more than 2,400 km (1,500 miles) and spent more than 7,000 yuan ($1,100 or €990) to save 100 dogs from certain death.
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Luv lots and take care Jo Jo
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A message to all my friends doing it tough right now. You are a true inspiration <3
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