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28 Apr 2017 description

A Papua New Guinea MP has urged Australia's Minister of Immigration to reveal evidence behind a claim about unrest on Manus Island.

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28 Apr 2017 description

A man has been shot dead and several others injured in reported election-related violence in Papua New Guinea's Highlands.

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26 Apr 2017 description

April 2017, Port Moresby – In a world facing warming of 2-3 degrees Celsius, Pacific nations with intersecting vulnerabilities are at the frontline of climate change. How can communities be better prepared and empowered with information?

26 Apr 2017 description

Update on the Dengue Situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 31 March 2017, there were 67 cases of dengue reported in China in 2017. This number is slightly lower than that reported during the same period in 2016 (91 cases) (Figure 1).

Malaysia

26 Apr 2017 description

Australia has been labelled 'a rogue state' by lawyers troubled by the pending deportation of a Manus Island asylum seeker from Papua New Guinea.

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26 Apr 2017 description

At 28 February 2017, there were 1,383 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,119 in immigration detention on the mainland and 264 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 550 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 24,760 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

25 Apr 2017 description

Evacuation warnings have been issued again for Papua New Guinea's Manam Island as the island's volcano continues to rumble and spew ash.

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24 Apr 2017 description

The people of Nipa in the Southern Highlands Province will have increased access to healthcare services with the opening of the Nipa District Hospital, and proper and more efficient electricity through rural electrification program.

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, opened the new hospital and electrification project in Nipa on Thursday.

Thousands of people converged on Nipa Station from Mendi, Kutubu and the neighbouring Hela Province to witness the opening by their Prime Minister.

22 Apr 2017 description

The Senate
Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

Chair's foreword

Australia's policy of offshore processing has been the subject of a number of Senate inquiries. These inquires have been highly critical of many aspects of the Regional Processing Centre (RPC) policy.
The evidence which this committee has received has fallen primarily within three main areas:

  • the operation and administration of RPCs, including service delivery, incident reporting, and health, safety and welfare;

19 Apr 2017 description

The volcano on Manam Island, in Papua New Guinea's Madang province, erupted on Sunday, forcing residents who'd returned to flee again.

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18 Apr 2017 description

By Joy Kisselpar

Authorities in Papua New Guinea are investigating a shooting at the Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island allegedly committed by PNG Defence Force personnel on Friday.

The soldiers allegedly fired shots into the detention centre after a fight with asylum seekers.

The shooting was reportedly in response to an earlier fight between asylum seekers and PNG Defence Force personnel from the adjacent Lombrum Naval Base.

16 Apr 2017 description

One inmate was reportedly hit in the head by a rock thrown over the fence

By Peter Gosnell

SYDNEY, April 15 (Reuters) - Violence has flared at an Australian asylum-seeker detention centre in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and shots were fired when local people tried to break into the centre after an argument got out of hand, media and a rights group reported on Saturday.

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16 Apr 2017 description

About 150 West Papuans received their Papua New Guinea citizenship in Kiunga, Western Province this week.

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14 Apr 2017 description

Benjamin Robinson-Drawbridge, Reporter
benjamin.robinson@radionz.co.nz

Refugees detained by Australia on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island say uncertainty about their future fuelled this week's riot over food.

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10 Apr 2017 description

A controversial visit by Australia's prime minister to Papua New Guinea has shed little light on how the hundreds of refugees stuck on Manus Island will be resettled.

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10 Apr 2017 description

60 refugees and guards fought a running battle yesterday at Australia's refugee detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

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06 Apr 2017 description

Introduction

In the period covered by this report, the water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH) component of the health programme in the Asia Pacific region was based on the strategic directions set by the IFRC as follows:

i) Global Agenda Goal 2 (reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies)

ii) Global health and care policies iii) Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (GWSI)

05 Apr 2017 description

Under the Government of Australia’s “offshore processing” regime, everyone who arrives in Australia by boat seeking asylum is forcibly taken to a “Refugee Processing Centre” on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea or the Pacific island of Nauru. The policy is designed to be punitive and has been widely promoted by a succession of Australian governments as a deterrent to potential asylum-seekers.