07/30/2014 07:08 GMT
by Glenda KWEK
SYDNEY, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - The Australian government Wednesday rejected a report from church leaders describing its treatment of child asylum-seekers as "state-sanctioned abuse", saying such claims were "offensive".
The report by a coalition of leaders from Christian churches criticises how unaccompanied asylum-seeker children are kept in immigration detention.
The Disaster Coordinator in Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands Province says more money is needed in order to help up to 40 thousand people affected by recent heavy floods.
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Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service (CNS)
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a workshop for select civil society, academic and private sector organizations on Wednesday, July 16 to announce the five-year, USD $24-million Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) at the Tanoa Tusitala Conference Center.
Intermittent heavy rains that started in early June caused flooding in low-lying areas of Maguindanao province, which declared a state of calamity. The Regional, Provincial and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils have provided food packs to 160,000 people.
160,000 people affected
Agencies from the Mindanao Humanitarian Team have pre-positioned relief items as a preparedness measure should government counterparts request bilateral assistance.
This week Papua New Guinea (PNG) gazetted the first counter-trafficking legislation making smuggling and trafficking in persons a criminal offence in the country and creating a legal base to protect victims.
IOM played an instrumental role in the development of the law, drawing on global knowledge and experience to advise the PNG Department of Justice and Attorney General on a continuous basis, providing recommendations on formulation of the Act and its application.
Mexico, Guatemala – Earthquake
• Three people were killed in Mexico and two in Guatemala by the earthquake of 7 July. In Mexico, 9 000 houses and several roads were damaged in 15 municipalities.
In Guatemala, a state of calamity was declared in the affected areas, where approx. 25 000 people have been affected. Out of 1 459 evacuees, 114 remain in temporary shelters.
(ECHO, NGOs, CONRED)
U.S.A. – Severe Weather
Continuous heavy rain since June caused flooding in Baimuru and Kikori districts of Gulf Province.
Approximately 4 000 households (27 017 people) have been affected. No casualties have been reported. 37 houses and food gardens were washed away. Water sources were polluted by chemicals from the drilling areas. Shelters and food are needed for the most affected people in Baimuru (11 369 people).
National authorities are planning the proper response in coordination with Disaster Management Team (DMT)
1.1 Cities and Climate
NOUS, représentants des États et Territoires insulaires océaniens1 , du Timor-Leste, des organisations de la société civile, des organisations régionales et des partenaires du développement présents à la sixième session de la Plateforme océanienne pour la gestion des risques de catastrophe, tenue à Suva (Fidji), du 2 au 4 juin 2014 ;
CONSCIENTS des défis à relever pour renforcer la résilience aux risques climatiques et aux catastrophes en Océanie, tout en inscrivant la région dans une logique de développement durable ;
WE, the representatives of Pacific Island Countries and Territories , Timor Leste, civil society organisations, regional organisations and development partners attending the Sixth Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management in Suva, 2-4 June 2014;
MINDFUL, of the challenge of strengthening the climate and disaster resilience of the Pacific islands region in the context of sustainable development;
Police officers in Papua New Guinea (PNG) who are responsible for burning more than 200 homes to the ground close to a gold mine must be investigated and those found responsible for human rights violations prosecuted, said Amnesty International.
The homes were set ablaze during an early morning raid on Friday 6 June in Wingima village, close to Porgera gold mine in central PNG, according to community leaders.
The mine is majority-owned and operated by Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold Corporation.
There is a growing concern in PNG about a public health emergency centring on HIV and AIDS, with one United Nations' agency labelling it a pandemic.
A United Nations' agency has labelled PNG's growing HIV and AIDS public health emergency a pandemic.
Papua New Guinea has well over 90 per cent of the Pacific region's HIV cases.
The Executive Director of UNAIDS, and UN Assistant Secretary General Jan Beagle, and the agency's regional director Steve Kraus, have been to PNG to see the scale of the problem for themselves.
Updated at 2:19 pm on 26 May 2014
Papua New Guineans in Milne Bay Province say they are still awaiting government assistance in the aftermath of Cyclone Ita.
PNG Village reports the Provincial Disaster Coordinator in Alotau, Eric Balaria, says money sent by the Prime Minister to the Disaster Office for the people is still tied up in the Treasury Department.
Mr Balaria says 2.1 million US dollars was pledged by Mr O'Neill to assist the people of Alotau, but he has not received anything yet.
The communities most affected by HIV have always been at the forefront of the response to the epidemic, mobilizing and inspiring others to act. In her official visit to Papua New Guinea, taking place during the last week of May, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Jan Beagle witnessed how community leadership is making a difference for people living with HIV in the country.
05/29/2014 05:34 GMT
SYDNEY, May 29, 2014 (AFP) - Papua New Guinea police Thursday said an investigation into a riot at an Australian detention centre on Manus Island that left an asylum-seeker dead "stinks of a major cover-up".
Deputy Commissioner Simon Kauba said the findings of the probe, carried out on behalf of the Australian government, "only hampers our on-going investigations into the riot" which also left 69 people injured in February.
05/28/2014 04:03 GMT
SYDNEY, May 28, 2014 (AFP) - An Australian doctor who outlined extensive claims of poor medical treatment of asylum-seekers at the country's Christmas Island detention centre has slammed authorities for "largely ignoring the report".
John-Paul Sanggaran, who compiled a 92-page letter with 14 other doctors in November detailing the standard of care of boatpeople at the camp, said the medical professionals "do feel our work has largely been ignored".
Kobuan is a coastal settlement in central Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Around 100 people from 16 households live there, earning money from the crops they grow and animals they rear.
A rusty, makeshift pipe used to feed a trickle of water into the village from the nearest water source, a natural spring, to one family. Some other families used this pipe, but it had become corroded through age and the elements so its water was often dirty and unfit to drink. It often caused illness.
Terms of Reference Review into the events of 16-18 February 2014 at the Manus Regional Processing Centre
From Sunday 16 February to Tuesday 18 February 2014 there were two significant incidents at the Manus Regional Processing Centre (RPC) involving violence, property damage to the centre and the death of a transferee.