By Madeline Gleeson
21 September 2016 – Small island Pacific States threatened with disappearing under the flood of rising oceans took the podium at the General Assembly today to warn that the United Nations remains their last best hope as climate change outpaces efforts to counter it.
Nauru's Baron Waqa tells the UN his country's remote processing centre damages the people smuggling trade, but Fiji's PM says more is needed to help displaced people.
Nauru's President Baron Waqa has defended his country's involvement in Australia's offshore detention centre, in a speech to the United Nations summit on refugees.
But he called on the international community to help find permanent homes for more than 900 refugees.
27SM Niue News: 2015 SPREP Annual Report is now launched
The SPREP Annual Report for 2015 is now available online having been presented at the 27th SPREP Meeting in Niue on Day one. The Report, available in both English and French outlines the activities and project implemented with members and partners in 2015 as the region strives to achieve the SPREP vision - a Pacific environment that sustains our livelihoods and natural heritage in harmony with our cultures.
GENEVA (14 September 2016) - The Committee on the Rights of the Child today concluded its consideration of the combined initial to sixth periodic report of Nauru on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Background to the project The aim of this paper is to start a conversation about how we can answer the question: What is a rights-based alternative to the current model of third country processing in Nauru and Papua New Guinea?
The Commission has endeavoured to identify options for responding to flight by sea which are consistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations.
TC Winston Highlights
The Fiji Government held a series of lessons learned workshops for the overall response that culminated in a national workshop attended by partners involved in the humanitarian response. The Education and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) clusters also held their separate lessons learned review workshops.
UNICEF completed its internal After Action Review.
A school-feeding programme is running in 38 schools in worstaffected areas, benefitting nearly 6,000 students.
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
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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.