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05 Apr 2017 description

The Manus Island refugee Loghman Sawari who escaped from Papua New Guinea to Fiji has been arrested again in Port Moresby.

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05 Apr 2017 description

A support team for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) patients on Daru Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) aims to provide psycho-emotional support, facilitate adherence and improve the wellbeing of people undergoing treatment. This innovative model engages and empowers the affected community in Daru by training a team of five peer counsellors, called “TB-PALS” (People Affected by, Living with, or having Survived TB) who support patients through 20 months of treatment to cure.

04 Apr 2017 description

By PNG correspondent Eric Tlozek

Audiences around the world will soon have the chance see what life is like inside one of Australia's offshore detention centres.

An Iranian refugee in the Manus Island detention centre has released a feature film he shot from inside its walls.

Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish journalist who continues to write articles from detention, shot the film entirely on a mobile phone.

He worked with a Dutch-Iranian director to put it together, giving audiences a unique insight into a place where the media is not allowed to go.

03 Apr 2017 description

Reports from Papua New Guinea say the healthcare company, International Health and Medical Services may still be allowed to operate on Manus Island.

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01 Apr 2017 description

The embattled healthcare company, International Health and Medical Services (IHMS), has ceased delivering services at Australia's immigration detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

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30 Mar 2017 description

Repatriation of some asylum seekers who have been held on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island are continuing.

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30 Mar 2017 description

President’s introduction

The Commission published its inaugural Snapshot Report on asylum seekers, refugees and human rights in October 2013. The intent of the Report was to provide parliamentarians, key commentators and the community with a clear understanding of the human rights issues that arise from Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies. This new edition of the Snapshot Report is updated to reflect on the significant developments in law and policy over the past three years.

29 Mar 2017 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China (No update)

As of 28 February 2017, there were 54 cases of dengue reported in China in 2017. This number is slightly lower than that reported during the same period in 2016 (73 cases) .

Malaysia

29 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Simon Nazer

“We can see it with our own eyes, I’m afraid,” said Maria, 13. “The sea is eating the ground.” Maria lives on a remote atoll known as the Carteret Islands in Papua New Guinea and for over twenty years the islanders have been fighting a battle against the rising sea levels.

The islanders have been building seawalls and planting mangroves to hold back the rising tides but, they say, it is a losing battle against the inevitable. Most believe one day everyone will have to leave.

28 Mar 2017 description
report WaterAid

Introduction

It’s official. In 2016, global temperatures reached a record high for the third year in a row, and reports of extreme weather events continued to come in from around the world.

Drought gripped southern Africa, leaving 14 million people in countries including Mozambique, Madagascar and Malawi facing severe food shortages. The Indian government acknowledged that more than a quarter of the country’s population was affected by drought, amid media reports of wells running dangerously low and farmers falling heavily into debt.

28 Mar 2017 description

The United Nations refugee agency will refer at least 850 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru for US resettlement, in one of the first signs of how the deal is progressing.

The deal to resettle the refugees was first announced last year while Barack Obama was president.

But for months there has been speculation about the refugee deal, after US President Donald Trump labelled it a "bad deal" during an infamous phone call with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

28 Mar 2017 description

03-03-2017 - 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 February 2017 to 28 February 2017.

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 (RPCs).

27 Mar 2017 description

Key messages

  • The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural disasters such as cyclones, floods, droughts and earthquakes. Pacific countries rank among the highest in the world in terms of numbers of casualties and people affected. The European Commission provides humanitarian assistance to the region both in terms of disaster preparedness and emergency relief when major disasters strike.

27 Mar 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

by Natalia Linou, Policy Specialist, Gender, Health and HIV, UNDP

Physical injuries are some of the more visible, and at times most deadly, consequences of gender-based violence (GBV). But the long-term mental health consequences are often invisible and left untreated. Similarly, the reproductive and sexual health needs of survivors from rape and sexual violence – to reduce the risk of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies and unsafe terminations, and long-term reproductive complications – are often unmet, stigmatized and under-reported.

22 Mar 2017 description

The government in Papua New Guinea has launched an action plan to eliminate child labour.

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21 Mar 2017 description

A refugee on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island says the fight that broke out between detainees and guards in one of the detention centre's mess halls was sparked by verbal abuse from security personnel.

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20 Mar 2017 description
report Start Network

SURGE RESEARCH TEAM:
LOIS AUSTIN, SARAH GROSSO AND GLENN O’NEIL
MARCH 2017