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How witchcraft impacts health in PNG

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IRIN

GOROKA, 27 March 2014 (IRIN) - When Mary got sick, residents in her remote highland village in Papua New Guinea (PNG) didn’t take her to the doctor, but to a traditional healer with magical powers instead.

“They said a witch had put a curse on me. They had to remove it. Had they not brought me to the nearest health clinic, however, I could have died,” the 45-year old said.

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World + 13 others
US Government Launches Grant Program to Support Climate Change Initiatives in the Pacific Islands Region

The U.S. Government today launched the five-year Pacific-American Climate Fund in Suva to help communities in Pacific Island countries adapt to effects of climate change.

The US$24-million (approx. FJ$44 million) grant program will provide grants to qualifying civil society organizations (CSOs) which will implement climate change adaptation activities in twelve countries in the Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

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Asylum seekers set to testify at human rights inquiry into Manus Island detention centre conditions

By Liam Fox on Manus Island

Several asylum seekers are set to testify at a human rights inquiry into conditions at the Manus Island detention centre.

The inquiry was told four asylum seekers would give evidence when it resumes this morning.

The public solicitor has collected affidavits from 32 asylum seekers but most are yet to be signed.

The inquiry, initiated by Justice David Cannings, is examining the conditions at the detention centre and whether detainees are being denied their human rights.

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Manus Island detention centre human rights inquiry launched by PNG court

By Liam Fox on Manus Island

A judge in Papua New Guinea is due to begin an inquiry today into the treatment of asylum seekers at Australia's detention centre on Manus Island.

Under PNG law, the Supreme Court can initiate its own inquiries into human rights matters.

Justice David Cannings did just that after last month's fatal riot at the detention centre left one asylum seeker dead and scores injured.

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“Papua New Guinea: window of opportunity for human rights” – UN human rights expert

PORT MORESBY / GENEVA (14 March 2014) – “Papua New Guinea is likely to grow and play an increased role at least at the regional level in the near future, and currently has a unique opportunity to ensure that this future society is based on a solid human rights and rule of law foundation,” stated Mr. Christof Heyns, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, at the end of his official visit to Papua New Guinea today. During his twelve-day visit to the country, Mr.

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Flooding in PNG's West New Britain affects thousands

An estimated 10,000 people in West New Britain province in Papua New Guinea have been affected by heavy flooding.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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World + 20 others
Climate change threatening small island countries and posing a danger to food security in landlocked states

Mongolia Ministry of Industry and Agriculture convenes high-level forum to discuss remedial action – 10 Government Ministers attend

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 12 Mar 2014 -- While the environments of small islands in the Pacific and landlocked countries with no access to the sea may seem polar opposites, they share common problems that need collaborative efforts to address and resolve if food security is to be guaranteed for future generations, a specially convened meeting in the Mongolian capital has heard.

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World + 22 others
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs farewells Australian Volunteers for International Development

Senator the Hon Brett Mason farewelled 116 volunteers soon to depart to developing countries, during a reception at Old Parliament House this week.

The group was in Canberra to undergo training and make final preparations for their volunteering assignments.

The volunteers will be placed with host organisations for a period of 12 months to 2 years, and will assist with projects ranging from surf lifesaving training to providing advice in the use of Geographic Information Systems.

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ECHO Factsheet – Papua New Guinea, March 2014

Key messages

  • Papua New Guinea is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, facing frequent earthquakes, typhoons, floods and tsunamis. Local response capacities are weak, and the European Commission is helping communities by funding projects aiming to increase disaster preparedness and resilience to future emergencies.

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Hardship and Vulnerability in the Pacific Island Countries - A Regional Companion to the World Development Report 2014

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World Bank

The report aims to help identify how and where hardship and vulnerability are being experienced so that governments and partners can focus resources where they are needed most.

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Vanuatu + 5 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 4 - 10 March 2014

After tracking away from Vanuatu on 11 March, the cyclone is expected to intensify and continue southeast passing 300-400 km southwest of Fiji, bringing heavy rain.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Philippines + 14 others
Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Bulletin 2013

The year was marked by 137 natural disasters in the region, compared with 93 separate events in 2012. The number of people killed by disasters was almost six times higher.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Fiji + 1 other
PNG commits $20.1 million toward 2014 election

Papua New Guinea has officially committed $20.1 million toward preparations for the 2014 General Election after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Fijian Government today.

A further $20 million will be discussed and dispatched in 2015.

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Papua New Guinea + 5 others
L’UE finance un nouveau projet de l’OIM sur les migrations, l’environnement et les changements climatiques

Posté le sam., mars-01-2014

Suisse - L’OIM lance aujourd’hui un projet de 3 ans financé par l’Union européenne qui permettra de fournir de nouveaux éléments pour élaborer des politiques en matière de migration, d’environnement et de changement climatique dans six pays pilotes.

International Organization for Migration:

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Fiji + 14 others
European Union and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) sign a €35.5 (FJ$90.8) million financing agreement on climate change and sustainable energy

The programme will help 15 Pacific countries to address three main challenges: adapting to climate change; reducing their reliance on fossil fuels; and capacity building.

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Papua New Guinea + 3 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 25 February - 03 March 2014

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Torrential rains have caused floods in central and southern Bougainville. Initial Government reports indicate more than 5,000 people are affected. The National Disaster Centre is organising an aerial survey of the affected area. Members from the Disaster Management Team will also participate.

Source: NDC and OCHA

MARSHALL ISLANDS

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Marshall Islands + 13 others
Pacific Regional Office Development Operational Report Quarter 3 & 4 2013 (MAA55001)

Key Accomplishments:

o The adoption of the Marshall Island Red Cross Act by parliament heralded the formation of a new Red Cross National Society.

o With the establishment of a sub-regional office in the northern Pacific, the regional office is now better placed to provide closer more tailored support to national societies in Palau, FSM and RMI.

o Completion of the Pacific Governance Enhancement Programme formative evaluation and endorsement from all Pacific members to continue the programme.

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Papua New Guinea + 5 others
EU Backs New IOM Migration, Environment and Climate Change Project

Switzerland - IOM today launched a 3-year, European Union (EU)-funded project which will provide new evidence for policymaking on migration, environment and climate change in six pilot countries.

A consortium of research partnerswill meet today at IOM headquarters in Genevato develop a common research design and methodologies for the six national assessments and country-level household surveys in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kenya, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea and Viet Nam.

International Organization for Migration:

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PNG Opposition to challenge legality of Manus detention centre

The future of processing on Manus Island remains in some doubt with PNG's Opposition Leader Belden Namah given standing to challenge the legality of the facility under Papua New Guinea law. .

He's asked the country's Supreme Court to declare the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Australia and PNG unconstitutional.

Lawyer Loani Henao who is representing Belden Namah in court, says asylum seekers should not be held on Manus Island becaue they've broken no PNG laws.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Australia + 1 other
Immigration secretary speaks on Manus Island at Senate hearing

The head of Australia's Immigration Department has spoken publicly for the first time about the riot at the Manus Island Detention Centre in Papua New Guinea, which led to the death of an Iranian asylum seeker.

Martin Bowles fronted a lengthy Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra and provided his account of how the events unfolded.

He revealed police in Papua New Guinea deployed the dog squad to the centre on the night of the riot - and fired shots and a gas cannister at the height of the violence.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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