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24 Nov 2014 description

A Nauruan photojournalist, Clint Deidenang, says there is a significant minority opposed to the presence of Australia's asylum seekers on the island.

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05 Nov 2014 description

This report emerges from a high-level expert roundtable on refugees and asylum seekers that was held at Parliament House, Canberra, on 11 July 2014 under the auspices of Australia21, the Centre for Policy Development and the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. These organisations have a shared interest in Australian policy on this issue. In early 2014, a steering group from the three organisations commissioned a discussion paper entitled Beyond Operation Sovereign Borders: A Long-Term Asylum Policy for Australia.

28 Oct 2014 description

(Suva, 28 October 2014): Humanitarians from across the Pacific have gathered in Suva today to strengthen disaster response and coordination in the region.

More than 120 participants are attending the 7th Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) Regional Meeting from 28-30 October 2014. The annual meeting is organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and brings together over 100 humanitarian partners in the region.

21 Oct 2014 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Japan

13 Oct 2014 description

Continuous protests in the Nauru refugee detention camp peaked with up to 600 people breaking out of the family compound just after midnight on October 10.

An asylum seeker told Sydney’s Refugee Action Coalition (RAC): “Day to day, night to night, the situation on Nauru is getting more serious for us.”

The protests have been accompanied by self-harm and suicide attempts, including one person hanging themselves, a 15-year-old girl swallowing detergent, others ingesting washing powder, lip-stitching and a hunger strike.

03 Oct 2014 description

10/03/2014 02:22 GMT

SYDNEY, October 3, 2014 (AFP) - Australia has ordered an inquiry into claims of sexual misconduct by staff at a refugee camp in Nauru, including whether the reports were fabricated by aid workers, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Friday.

Under Canberra's hardline immigration policy, asylum-seekers who arrive on people-smuggling boats are denied resettlement in Australia and sent to camps on Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

26 Sep 2014 description

UNHCR is deeply concerned at the precedent set by today’s agreement between Australia and Cambodia to relocate refugees to Cambodia from Nauru.

22 Sep 2014 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacifc Region

Northern Hemisphere

Japan

As of 3 September 2014 a total of 134 cases of dengue reported in Japan. Local transmision of dengue:

27 Aug 2014 description

By Josh Bavas

The Commonwealth Ombudsman is investigating concerns about sub-standard conditions and treatment at Australia's immigration detention centre on Nauru.

The investigation comes amid a growing number of complaints lodged by detainees and staff at the remote Pacific island centre.

Hania, a 32-year-old Christian Iranian, was in the Nauru detention centre for 10 months after she tried to catch a boat from Indonesia to Australia last year.

26 Aug 2014 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Malaysia

In the last past weeks, Malaysia has experienced an increase in new dengue cases. As of 16 August:

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 62,860

  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 126

    Philippines

    The Philippines are experiencing a lower level of Dengue than in 2013. As of 2 August (Table 1):

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 41,973

19 Aug 2014 description

Message du Président

L’année écoulée a été synonyme d’avancée pour le PROE, et les Membres comme le Secrétariat peuvent s’enorgueillir à juste titre des progrès et des réalisations accomplis.

19 Aug 2014 description

SPREP launches 2013 Annual Report

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is pleased to advise that the 2013 SPREP Annual Report is now available online. In 2013 SPREP celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the SPREP Treaty, which established the Secretariat as an autonomous body.

Mr David Sheppard, Director General of SPREP explains that there was a lot to celebrate during this anniversary year:

19 Aug 2014 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

14 Aug 2014 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

In the last past weeks, Malaysia has experienced an increase in new dengue cases. As of 23 July:

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 53,246
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 147

The Philippines are experiencing a lower level of Dengue than in 2013. As of 19 July (Table 1):

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 35,264
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 134
12 Aug 2014 description

Refugees in Asia Pacific: an overview

With the lowest number of signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention in the world, the Asia Pacific region offers paltry protection to people on the move. Consequently, the millions of refugees and asylum seekers who transit through this region or arrive here in the hope of finding safety face numerous and often insurmountable challenges.

12 Aug 2014 description

The 20th Regional Disaster Managers Meeting was convened jointly by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs at the Novotel Hotel, in Suva, Fiji on 5th ‐ 6th June 2014.

12 Aug 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 11 2014 (IPS) - The world’s 52 small island developing states (SIDS), some in danger of being wiped off the face of the earth because of sea-level rise triggered by climate change, will be the focus of an international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month.

Scheduled to take place Sep. 1-2, the conference will provide world leaders with “a first-hand opportunity to experience climate change and poverty challenges of small islands.”

07 Aug 2014 description

The PACC Technical Report series is a collection of the technical knowledge generated by the various PACC activities at both national and regional level. The reports are aimed at climate change adaptation practitioners in the Pacific region and beyond, with the intention of sharing experiences and lessons learned from the diverse components of the PACC programme. The technical knowledge is also feeding into and informing policy processes within the region.

02 Aug 2014 description

08/04/2014 04:47 GMT

SYDNEY, August 4, 2014 (AFP) - Asylum-seekers held on an Australian customs vessel at sea for weeks were given lifeboats and told to make their own way back to India, a lawyer for the group said Monday.

The boatload of 157, who lawyer Hugh de Kretser said were mostly Christian Tamils fleeing persecution in Sri Lanka, set sail from India hoping to get to Australia.

"The clients we spoke to were absolutely terrified at what lay ahead for them," said de Kretser, who is executive director of the Human Rights Law Centre.

31 Jul 2014 description

By Rebecca Barrett and Karen Barlow

The national inquiry into children in immigration detention has heard evidence alleging a Government cover-up about the scale of mental health issues among child asylum seekers.

Psychiatrist Dr Peter Young was the director of mental health services at detention centre service provider, International Health and Mental Services (IHMS), for three years until earlier this month.