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13 Jan 2017 description

09-01-2017 - This statement provides an update on Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) activities related to the on-water reception and processing of illegal maritime arrivals.

The reporting period is from 1 December 2016 to 31 December 2016.

During this reporting period there were no illegal maritime arrivals transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.

No illegal maritime arrivals were transferred to regional processing centres.

05 Jan 2017 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 30 November 2016, there were 1414 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1158 in immigration detention on the mainland and 256 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 560 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 26,186 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

21 Dec 2016 description

By Katherine Gregory

A refugee in Nauru has told the ABC he has been unable to receive much-needed medical treatment on the island.

Key points:

  • Refugee named Yusuf who has been experiencing severe heart problems says he was told he'd go to PNG for treatment

  • Yusuf signed official paperwork and gave consent but was never transferred

  • The Australian Government defers responsibility to Nauruan Government

17 Dec 2016 description

Tsunami waves possible along some coasts of not only Papua New Guinea but also Indonesia, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

  • Quake downgraded to magnitude 7.9 from 8

  • PTWC says tsunami threat has passed, cancels earlier alert

  • PNG hospital evacuated - nurse (Updates with local residents, tsunami threat passing)

By Jonathan Barrett and Harry Pearl

09 Dec 2016 description

PDC is responding to the recent M6.9 earthquake reported to have occurred 90KM WSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands at 19:10 UTC on 09 December 2016. (U.S. Geological Survey) and Tsunami Threat. Attached is a PDC Situational Awareness Product depicting the reported epicenter and Tsunami Travel Times from the source to coastal locations. Please see below for additional information, as well as monitor DisasterAWARE for further updates.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has issued a Tsunami Threat message stating

07 Dec 2016 description

For the very first time, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has been officially activated to support emergency preparedness activities. The request for activation and inclusion of the ETC in the list of Pacific Humanitarian Team clusters was endorsed by the Emergency Relief Coordinator on 30 November, with the World Food Programme (WFP) as nominated lead.

06 Dec 2016 description

05-12-2016 - This statement provides an update on Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) activities related to the on-water reception and processing of illegal maritime arrivals.

The reporting period is from 1 November 2016 to 30 November 2016.

During this reporting period there were no illegal maritime arrivals transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.

No illegal maritime arrivals were transferred to regional processing centres.

29 Nov 2016 description

An Australian journalist given access to Nauru says there is strong opposition to an offer from the United States to accept refugees from the island.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

24 Nov 2016 description

Submission by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on the inquiry into the serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, and any like allegations in relation to the Manus Regional Processing Centre referred to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

21 Nov 2016 description

US officials have arrived in Australia to begin assessing Canberra's refugees who Australia wants to shift to the US.

Read more on New Zealand Radio International

19 Nov 2016 description

Good morning ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we are gathered upon today and pay my respects to their Elders past, present and future.

I would like to thank the Government of Australia for inviting me to undertake an official mission, which took place from 1 to 18 November 2016. Let me also express my gratitude for its cooperation throughout the visit and extend my gratitude for the cooperation from state and territory governments that I visited.

15 Nov 2016 description

This study maps out the major weaknesses of each fragile situation on the latest country performance assessment exercises and identifies overall common issues that need special attention.

14 Nov 2016 description

The Government of Nauru has welcomed news that refugees on the island will be resettled in the United States and has commended the Australian Government for its handling of the process.

Minister for Justice David Adeang said while the Government has consistently sought to correct false reports about conditions and safety of the refugees, it has also always stated the need to find suitable third countries for permanent resettlement.

14 Nov 2016 description

By: UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra | 13 November 2016

The approach taken by Australia in transferring refugees and asylum-seekers to open-ended detention in Papua New Guinea and Nauru has caused immense harm to vulnerable people who have sought asylum since 2013. In this context, UNHCR welcomes the announcement today that refugees currently held in Nauru and Papua New Guinea will be relocated under a bilateral arrangement between Australia and the United States.

13 Nov 2016 description

Sunday, 13 November 2016

The Australian Government has reached a further third country resettlement agreement for refugees currently in regional processing centres.

Resettlement arrangements for those found to be refugees in Nauru and Manus Island already exist with Papua New Guinea and Cambodia.

This further agreement is with the United States and it will not under any circumstance be available to any future illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs) to Australia.

11 Nov 2016 description

Week 44, ending 6 November 2016

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), French Polynesia, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga

  • Influenza-like illness: Vanuatu

  • Prolonged fever: FSM

Other updates

Dengue fever

  • Niue confirms a dengue RDT positive case (NS1 Ag+ve) in a returned traveller from the Solomon Islands. For further details please refer to PacNet posting earlier today.

10 Nov 2016 description

Australia has secretly flown a sixth refugee from Nauru to Phnom Penh under Australia's controversial US$42 million dollar agreement with the Cambodian government.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

09 Nov 2016 description

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek

More than 700 asylum seekers and refugees sent by Australia to Papua New Guinea lodge a new claim for compensation for being illegally detained on Manus Island.

The 731 men are seeking enforcement of a PNG Supreme Court ruling in April that found their detention on Manus Island breached their constitutional rights.

The court ordered the Australian and PNG Governments to shut down the Manus detention centre, but it is still operating, albeit under altered conditions.

01 Nov 2016 description

GENEVA (31 October 2016) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, will visit Australia from 1 to 18 November 2016 to assess the migration programmes, policies and laws developed by the Australian authorities in recent years.

“This is an opportunity for me to understand how Australia manages its overall migration policies, and their impact on the human rights of migrants,’’ Mr. Crépeau said announcing his first information-gathering mission to the country following the postponement of his visit last year.