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05 Nov 2015 description

By Pita Ligaiula in Niue

The United States today announced a US$5 million climate change project for the Pacific in the next five years.

The announcement was made by US Ambassador to Fiji, Judith Beth Cefkin at the Pacific Community (SPC) Conference underway in Alofi.

“The US is very committed to work with fellow members of the Pacific Community to increase resilience of the peoples of the Pacific particularly adapting to and mitigating global climate change and promoting sustainable inclusive economic development

05 Nov 2015 description

Amnesty International says it's heartened by Nauru's invitation to international bodies to go to the island and check out its treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.

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04 Nov 2015 description

The gFSC global dashboard provides a quick snapshot of the country-level Food Security Clusters around the world. The updated dasboard shows that as of October 2015, the country-level Food Security Clusters remain only at 52 percent funded against their yearly requirements

31 Oct 2015 description

The head of Save the Children Australia says the end of its tenure on Nauru means there is no longer an agency to speak up for the rights of children in detention there.

The charity winds up its operations at the Australia-run asylum seeker detention centre on Saturday, after the Australian government granted the welfare contract to the multinational, Transfield Services.

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31 Oct 2015 description

10/31/2015 - 02:32 GMT

Australia's government refused to comment on a report Saturday that said it was considering resettling refugees it currently houses on two Pacific islands in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan.

Canberra has made no secret of the fact it is in talks with a number of countries about taking refugees now living in the tiny state of Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus island but did not confirm the Kyrgyzstan option.

30 Oct 2015 description

Suva, Fiji – National Disaster Management officers from 15 Pacific Island countries gather in Fiji today to review their successes and challenges in preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters in the region, suchas tropical cyclone Pam.

The European Union-supported Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific (BSRP) project is bringing the disaster managers together for the project’s annual Regional Steering Committee implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to review the challenges, progress and best way forward into 2016.

28 Oct 2015 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Location: Geneva
Date: 27 October 2015
Subject: Nauru / Australia

We call upon Australia and Nauru to urgently provide a decent option for 'Abyan,' (the pseudonym of a Somali refugee) to obtain adequate mental and physical care and to terminate her pregnancy if she desires. Abyan was allegedly raped in Nauru in July, and is now 15 weeks pregnant as a result. She was returned 11 days ago from Australia to Nauru, without a termination having taken place.

22 Oct 2015 description

Reporters Without Borders condemns the Pacific island of Nauru’s decision to impose a media embargo amid growing controversy about alleged human rights abuses in the Australian government refugee detention centre on the island. Nauru’s authorities must allow journalists to investigate the allegations.

The island’s authorities have not only turned a blind eye to allegations of rape and other abuses in the detention centre, which they host on behalf of the Australian government, but they have also decided to block all media coverage of the alleged abuses.

21 Oct 2015 description

Issued on the 16th October 2015

A strong El Niño is currently in place with wide and varying impacts across the Pacific Islands region(see map, appended). El Niño will continue to have a significant influence on the climate and ocean in most parts of the Pacific Islands region for the remainder of 2015 and much of 2016.

El Niño Status and Outlook:

15 Oct 2015 description

The peak bodies for Australia’s social welfare and overseas aid organisations are joining together today to call on the Australian Government to urgently release all asylum seeker children from Nauru and Australian detention centres. Children located offshore must be immediately brought to Australia.

15 Oct 2015 description

By political reporter Stephanie Anderson

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has ruled out transferring a group of pregnant asylum seekers from Nauru to Australia, despite the women reportedly refusing medical treatment.

It is understood that seven pregnant asylum seekers are refusing medical treatment on the island as they urge the Turnbull Government to bring them to Australia.

13 Oct 2015 description

Sydney, Australia | Tuesday 10/13/2015 - 06:54 GMT

The offices of Save the Children workers helping asylum-seekers on the Pacific island of Nauru have been raided by police, the aid agency said Tuesday, as debate rages in Australia over new whistleblower laws.

Asylum-seekers attempting to enter Australia by boat are turned back or sent to detention camps on Nauru or Papua New Guinea under Canberra's tough immigration policy, and are blocked from resettling on the mainland even if found to be refugees.

12 Oct 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Cook Islands, Guam

  • Influenza-Like illness: Guam, Nauru, Tonga

Other updates


  • Tuvalu: Seven samples sent to the Institut Lois Malarde, French Polynesia have tested RT-PCR positive for Chikungunya.

  • As of 27 September 2015; there have been 1317 cases since February 2015 in Marshall Islands. There were 3 cases for the month of September. The number of cases is decreasing.


09 Oct 2015 description

The Nauru government is reportedly preparing to allow local journalists to enter the island's asylum seeker detention centre, but steep visa fees for foreign journalists will remain.

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09 Oct 2015 description

Nauru's government has backtracked on its commitment to process all of the asylum seekers detained at Australia's detention centre there.

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09 Oct 2015 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Friday 10/9/2015 - 03:15 GMT

Australia said Friday it is in talks with the Philippines to send refugees there, but refused to confirm reports of a Aus$150 million (US$109 million) deal to expand its controversial resettlement policy.

Under Australia's hardline policy to stop asylum-seeker boats reaching its shores, those arriving by sea are denied resettlement in Australia, even if found to be genuine refugees.

08 Oct 2015 description

Nicole Hasham

About 150 asylum seekers on Nauru face being sent home as the island's government works through about 600 remaining refugee claims.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.

08 Oct 2015 description

Australia is refusing to grant an abortion to the Somali woman who was raped after Canberra sent her to Nauru.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Voice of America

SYDNEY—Australia’s High Court is considering a challenge to the legality of the country’s offshore processing system for asylum seekers. Under hardline policies, Australia transfers unauthorized migrants who arrive by boat to camps in the South Pacific on the tiny island republic of Nauru and in Papua New Guinea.

The High Court challenge has been brought on behalf of a woman from Bangladesh who was flown from Nauru to Australia for medical treatment and has insisted it is too dangerous for her to return.