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18 Jan 2017 description

Two Iranian men who were bashed by police in Papua New Guinea return to court after being arrested for a second time.

Two Iranian men who were bashed by police in Papua New Guinea have returned to court after being arrested for a second time.

Police arrested Mehdi Bohlouli and Mohammad Rabani — who are housed at Australia's offshore detention centre on Manus Island — for failing to appear in court on January 11 on charges of being drunk and disorderly and resisting arrest.

18 Jan 2017 description

By Stephanie Anderson

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has been accused of mismanaging offshore detention centre contracts, with an independent audit alleging more than $1 billion was spent over the last four years without proper authorisation.

A report from Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) detailed "significant shortcomings" in the management of contracts for security and welfare services on Manus Island and Nauru.

17 Jan 2017 description
report CARE

Aid organisation CARE International today issued a new report highlighting the top ten most underreported humanitarian crises of 2016.

The report, Suffering in Silence, features food crises in Eritrea, Madagascar, North Korea and Papua New Guinea; conflicts in Burundi, Lake Chad Basin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan and last year’s monsoon floods in Bangladesh.

16 Jan 2017 description

By political reporter Stephanie Anderson

The death of a 27-year-old refugee housed in the Manus Island detention centre is set to be investigated by an Australian Senate committee.

Sudanese refugee Faysal Ishak Ahmed died in a Brisbane hospital on Christmas Eve after collapsing in the Oscar compound at the detention centre two days before.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection said in a statement it was unaware of any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

16 Jan 2017 description

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has announced that Cabinet will consider a comprehensive policy to strengthen the national road network, with high attention provided to dealing with damage caused by extreme weather that is made worse by climate change.

PM O’Neill also issued a stern warning to individuals who might seek to profit from road closures and public inconvenience, or might seek to obstruct public officials, saying these actions will be dealt with through prison terms.

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.

11 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • IOM has enhanced recovery in health services through providing sustainable water supply at health facilities in Enga, Jiwaka and Simbu Provinces.

  • IOM has built a gravity-fed water supply system providing clean water to 1,200 households in Morobe Province.

  • IOM has built the capacity of 38 Government staff and community representatives from Milne Bay Province through conducting a Training of Trainers on Community Based Disaster Risk Management.

Situation Overview

06 Jan 2017 description

Assistance for those affected by severe flooding in Papua New Guinea's eastern Highlands has been hindered by locals further down the road setting up a roadblock.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

05 Jan 2017 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

05 Jan 2017 description
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Screenshot of the interactive content as of 05 Jan 2017.

This website allows you to explore how different scenarios of global greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change could change the geography of food insecurity in developing and least-developed countries. By altering the levels of future global greenhouse gas emissions and/or the levels of adaptation, you can see how vulnerability to food insecurity changes over time, and compare and contrast these different future scenarios with each other and the present day.

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.

04 Jan 2017 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 31 December 2016, there were 2098 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than that reported during the same period in 2015.

Malaysia

03 Jan 2017 description
report Guardian

The two men were reportedly confronted by PNG immigration on New Year’s Eve and told they were not allowed to be outside detention centre

By Ben Doherty

Two Iranian refugees on Manus Island have been released from police detention more than 36 hours after being reportedly assaulted by police and immigration officials on New Year’s Eve.

Read more on the Guardian

30 Dec 2016 description

Over 200 refugees on the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea have a signed a letter calling for the investigation of International Health and Medical Services after a Sudanese refugee died.

Faysal Ishak Ahmed was evacuated to Australia from Manus last week after collapsing at the Australian-run detention camp but died in a Brisbane hospital on Christmas Eve.

The Australian based Refugee Action Coalition's Ian Rintoul said Mr Ahmed's ill health was well documented but he was denied proper medical care.

29 Dec 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:
    None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
    None

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
    Saint Martin

29 Dec 2016 description

The Australian based Refugee Action Coalition says a Sudanese refugee who died in an Australian hospital should never have been kept at the Manus Island detention centre in the first place.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand

29 Dec 2016 description

Researchers have warned that villagers in Papua New Guinea could be facing future food shortages because of a dramatic increase in population.

PNG's population has more than doubled in the last 30 years, and it is affecting how the nation's subsistence farmers are using land.

Geographer Bryant Allen has been studying village food production in the foothills of the Torricelli Mountains — near PNG's northern coast — for almost 45 years.

His research has shown people are using more land and farming it more intensively.