Jesuit Refugee Service Australia urges the Prime Minister to exercise moral and political leadership by immediately closing the offshore processing centres on Nauru and Manus Island.
JRS endorses the renewed call by the United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR) for the Australian government to move without delay all refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru to “humane conditions with adequate support and services.”
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean lies the tiny, remote island of Nauru, which has come under scrutiny recently by the media and human rights groups.
Open sources reported damage to, loss of or the destruction of a wide range of humanitarian infrastructure on 160 occasions between January 2015 and June 2016.
“For the second time, an immigration minister has made false allegations without any evidence against an organisation focussed on child protection. In doing so, it seeks to deflect responsibility for the Federal Governments’ own inaction on harm being caused to children in its care on Nauru,” Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) CEO Marc Purcell said today.
By Elaine Pearson
Yesterday, the governments of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Australia announced the closure of the Manus Island detention center. After more than three years of keeping more than 800 asylum seeker and refugee men in limbo, have the governments caved to domestic and international pressure to close the camps?
Sadly, the lack of substance behind the announcement makes it seem like a cheap political stunt to avoid taking responsibility for the detention center – especially as it precedes a PNG court hearing on the facility next week.
Sydney, Australia | AFP | Wednesday 8/17/2016 - 10:43 GMT
by Madeleine COOREY
Australia agreed Wednesday to close a camp for asylum-seekers on Papua New Guinea, one of two controversial Pacific island centres attracting growing criticism, but said none of the hundreds of men there now would be resettled on its soil.
Canberra's policy of sending asylum-seekers who arrive by boat to outposts on Papua New Guinea and the tiny Pacific state of Nauru was thrown into turmoil in April when a PNG court ordered the Manus Island centre closed.
SYDNEY, Australia, 17 August 2016 – UNICEF Australia urges Minister Dutton to seriously consider resettlement options in credible third countries that are equipped to respond to the complex needs of refugees and their families, in the wake of news that an agreement has been made to close the Manus Island detention centre.
Pacific syndromic surveillance report
Week 31, ending 7 August 2016
The following syndromes have been flagged:
UNICEF Australia renews calls for the Federal Government to provide a resettlement plan for asylum seeker children and families on Nauru
New study and allegations of abuse highlight the need for a permanent solution
Sydney, Australia | AFP | Tuesday 8/16/2016 - 03:58 GMT
Nauru Tuesday dismissed as "fabricated" claims that asylum-seekers faced violence, abuse and humiliating treatment while living in Australian immigration facilities on the Pacific island, saying refugees had become political pawns.
The release of more than 2,000 leaked reports of incidents on Nauru detailing allegations of widespread abuse and self-harm, including children wanting to kill themselves, have sparked new calls for a parliamentary inquiry.
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Date: 12 August 2016** **
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has the power to examine the response of the Australian Government and its contractors to child sexual abuse on Nauru, according to legal advice released today by Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) and the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC).
“The Royal Commission can and should investigate the Australian response to child sexual abuse occurring on Nauru,” said ACFID CEO Marc Purcell.
- Connect Settlement Agency says its program will be "very small"
- Five refugees were resettled from Nauru to Cambodia, but only one remains
- Immigration declined to say why the new agency is needed
By South-East Asia correspondent Liam Cochrane
The Australian Government has refused to explain why it has added a second refugee resettlement agency in Cambodia, when only one person has resettled there from Nauru.
10-08-2016 - The Australian Government continues to support the Nauruan Government to provide for the health, welfare and safety of all transferees and refugees in Nauru.
The documents published today are evidence of the rigorous reporting procedures that are in place in the regional processing centre - procedures under which any alleged incident must be recorded, reported and where necessary investigated.
Many of the incident reports reflect unconfirmed allegations or uncorroborated statements and claims - they are not statements of proven fact.
Canberra Should Close Operations on Nauru
By Michael Bochenek
Assaults, sexual abuse, self-harm, inhuman conditions – over 2,000 newly leaked reports paint a sordid picture of Australia’s offshore refugee detention operations on the Pacific island of Nauru. The Guardian newspaper, in reporting the leak, said it’s a system marred by “routine dysfunction and cruelty.”
By political reporter Anna Henderson and staff
The leak of a huge archive of files detailing allegations of abuse on Nauru shows the Federal Government has failed to address concerns about the treatment of adults and children in detention, human rights advocates said.
Responding to The Guardian's "Nauru files" leak today, Amnesty International's Senior Director for Research Anna Neistat said:
"This leak has laid bare a system of 'routine dysfunction and cruelty' that is at once dizzying in its scale and utterly damning for the Australian authorities who tried so hard to maintain a veil of secrecy.
By Anna Neistat, Senior Director of Research at Amnesty International
Landing on Nauru I felt like the plane was about to hit the ocean – the tiny island is smaller than most of the airports I travel through. The scenery is unwelcoming, with most of the inland areas devastated by decades of phosphate mining. Heat, dust and wild dogs follow you everywhere.
Having worked in most of the world’s conflict zones over the last 15 years, I thought I had learned enough about suffering, injustice and despair. But what I saw and heard on Nauru will haunt me forever.
03-08-2016 -There was no consultation with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection from Amnesty International in preparation of this report.
We strongly refute many of the allegations in the report and would encourage Amnesty International to contact the Department before airing allegations of this kind.
Australia remains committed to regional processing and will continue to work closely with the Government of Nauru to support the full implementation of regional processing arrangements as agreed under the memorandum of understanding.
Climate Change Matters.
The month of July has brought new and expanding partnerships for SPREP as you will read between SPREP and the Australian Government’s key research institution: the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and a second with German Government’s international aid agency (GIZ). We are working together to strengthen support to Pacific island countries’ national efforts to tackle climate change and ultimately improve their overall resilience.