The Senate has voted to establish a select committee to review allegations of abuse and mistreatment at the Australian-run detention centre on Nauru.
Last Friday, the Australian Government released the long-awaited findings of the Moss review, which highlighted allegations of sexual and physical assault on asylum seekers, including children, at the Nauru centre.
An inquiry into reports of sexual abuse at Australia's asylum camp in Nauru found "credible" claims of assault and harassment.
The inquiry, conducted by former integrity commissioner Philip Moss, found two allegations of rape and others of "indecent assault, sexual harassment and physical assault".
It found no evidence charity workers lied about abuse claims at the centre.
The probe made 19 recommendations, which the government said it accepted.
By Michael Edwards
Tensions between refugees and locals on the pacific island of Nauru have been heightened after a series of violent attacks that have left multiple refugees injured or arrested.
More than 400 former asylum seekers have received refugee status and now live on the island, but local resentment towards them is high.
Late last year they were threatened with violence if they did not stop taking jobs away from Nauruans and fraternising with local women.
The following syndromes have been flagged:
- Acute fever and rash: French Polynesia, Kiribati, Tuvalu
- Diarrhoea: Tonga
- Influenza-like illness: Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tonga
- Prolonged Fever: New Caledonia, Palau, Tonga
As the world marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the international roadmap for gender equality, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is proud to release the Pacific regional report on progress made since 1995.
Launched overnight at a side event during the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, the Beijing+20 report is one of the most significant reports released in recent years highlighting progress and setbacks in 16 Pacific Island countries and territories.
A. Executive Summary
This compendium showcases programmes and projects from across the Pacific region that address climate change and disaster risks, through climate change adaptation (CCA), disaster risk management (DRM) and/or greenhouse gas emissions reduction.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Director’s Note and About Us 2
SPREP and Nauru formalise agreement to support adaptation activities 3
SPREP-USAID project supports 'Tamana' pump community training in Kiribati 3
Walking the Weather talk in Samoa 3
Weathering food and nutrition security in the Pacific 4
The realised importance of communication and knowledge management 4
FINPAC Project Prepares to work with Epau Community in Vanuatu 4
Solomon Islands enables Internet with solar power (UNDP) 5
Arrests come after Nauru police warn refugees not to gather in groups, and footage emerges of refugees being assaulted during a demonstration
Almost 200 refugees, including several children, have been arrested on Nauru for protesting in the island’s capital, as video has emerged showing refugees being assaulted as they protested peacefully at the weekend.
Read the full report on The Guardian
Seven recommendations to improve the regional response to climate change have been agreed to following a meeting of Pacific Island nations in Apia, Samoa on 26-27 February. The meeting, gathering eight Pacific countries, was part of a series of Climate Vulnerable Forum workshops currently being convened though to June 2015 in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
By Pacific affairs reporter Liam Fox and Sam Bolitho
Hundreds of refugees on Nauru say they will continue to protest against what they say are slave-like living conditions on the remote Pacific island.
Around 400 people have been released from the Australian-run detention centre to live in the community after being given refugee visas by the Nauruan government.
Refugees have staged demonstrations in recent days to protest against conditions on Nauru and their treatment at the hands of locals.
This document - the Republic of Nauru Framework for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (RONAdapt) - represents the Government of Nauru's response to the risks to sustainable development posed by climate change and disasters. It aims to do two things.
A new Letter of Agreement has been signed between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Republic of the Nauru to support urgently needed climate change adaptation activities in the country.
The formal Agreement will see SPREP provide capacity development and technical advisory support to Nauru to develop concepts and project proposals for submission to the Adaptation Fund Board.
The Nauru government is allowing access to the community for what it calls a select number of asylum seekers from the Australian run detention camps.
Read more on Radio New Zealand International.
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.
Thailand - IOM has announced that at the request of three of its Member States – Cambodia, Nauru and Australia – it will develop a program aimed at facilitating the relocation and integration of refugees from Nauru to Cambodia.
IOM has communicated this decision to the Cambodian and Australian governments, who last year signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Settlement of Refugees currently living in Nauru.
Australia currently holds about 800 children in mandatory closed immigration detention for indefinite periods, with no pathway to protection or settlement. This includes 186 children detained on Nauru. Children and their families have been held on the mainland and on Christmas Island for, on average, one year and two months. Over 167 babies have been born in detention within the last 24 months. This Report gives a voice to these children.
The Republic of Nauru has launched its first ever national framework aimed at increasing the Pacific nation’s resilience to climate change and disaster risk.
Nauru’s Framework for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (RONAdapt) was developed through a collaborative effort between various regional organisations and development partners including the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union.