» 08/10/2012, 00.00
INDONESIA - AUSTRALIA
Canberra rescues over 200 refugees, set sail from Indonesia
All seek political asylum in Australian territory. On board the boat, intercepted off Christmas Island, citizens from Sri Lanka, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Controversy in Australia about the condition of vehicles used to patrol. In 2012 more than 7 thousand refugees received.
/ Agencies) - Authorities in Canberra rescued more than 200 refugees, who set
sail onboard a makeshift boat from the Indonesia in search of a refuge and
political asylum on Australian soil. Official
sources confirm that the national coast guard is facing a real emergency in an
attempt to stem the tide of boat people. In
order to reach the people in time the Navy had to push their vessels to the
limits, succeeding to rescue about 211 people adrift near the Christmas Island
in Indonesian waters, through a much used route to reach - not without enormous risks - the coasts of
Bowen, Australian Minister for Immigration, said that "the boat was
rescued by the Australian navy" because it encountered "great
is the largest recovery operation, for the number of persons contained on board
a single boat. This
year alone at least 7 thousand boat people are able to reach the coasts of
Australia, for a total of 108 boats. Higher
than the record level in 2010 with 6,555 landings; last year 4,565 refugees
the nationalities on board, according to the minister in Canberra, are citizens
of Sri Lanka, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
the controversy rages in Australia about the conditions of the vessels used to
help the refugees. It
has emerged that the ship was damaged with serious cracks near the engine and
on the bridge. The
authorities have not ruled out opening an investigation, and have ordered a
check on all 14 vessels comprising the fleet.
waters that separate Indonesia and Christmas islands are a beaten track for refugees
and asylum seekers who transit through Indonesia and with the help of
unscrupulous traffickers try to get by every means to Australia. The
continent is a popular destination for ordinary people, persecuted, political
prisoners, or poor people trying to escape from a theater of war. The
boats used for transportation, however, are inadequate, overcrowded and in poor
condition for navigation. In
December 2010 50 people died when their boat sank off the island.
27/06/2012 INDONESIA - AUSTRALIA
Boat with 150 refugees shipwrecked off Christmas Island
The occupants were headed for Australia, a route used by human traffickers. Last week another boat with 200 refugees sank with more than 90 victims. Canberra demands agreements to curb phenomenon. Asylum seekers come from poor areas or theaters of war such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
Tragedy at sea: 50 Iranian and Iraqi refugees drown off the coast of Australia
An Indonesian fishing boat carrying dozens of men, women and children seeking asylum in Australia capsized and crashed into rocks off Christmas Island in the sea south of Java. Weather conditions hamper rescue efforts. At least 33 injured survivors, three seriously.
04/02/2016 09:37:00 AUSTRALIA
Australian churches offer themselves as a "sanctuary for refugees" who risk deportation
The High Court rules "legitimate" the government's decision to move hundreds of migrants on the island of Nauru, where there are some prisons that "host" asylum seekers. Christian communities in the country offer their facilities to prevent deportation. The executive: "The Christians have the right to think whatever they want, but they are not above the law." Thousands march for migrants.
18/05/2013 VIETNAM - AUSTRALIA
Vietnamese boat people return, fleeing regime and poverty, 40 years after the war
In early 2013, at least 450 people have left the country on makeshift boats headed for Australia. A number greater than the total in the last five years, and a growing phenomenon. But Canberra rarley recognizes them as refugees and Hanoi does not want them.
20/05/2015 INDONESIA - ASIA
Hundreds rescued off Aceh coast in boat-people crisis
This morning, at least 426 people, mostly from Myanmar, were rescued by local fishermen. One of these ships was at sea for weeks, the people on board sick and undernourished. Partial reverse of Malaysia and Indonesia over push backs. Myanmar also ready to cooperate to resolve the Rohingya crisis.
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
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