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18 Oct 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, urges Australia to take responsibility and address the imminent humanitarian crisis for refugees and asylum-seekers in Papua New Guinea. UNHCR is profoundly troubled by the mounting risks of ‘offshore processing’ arrangements, and their extraordinary human toll, as Australia seeks to abruptly decrease its support by the end of October.

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

16 Oct 2017 description

Manus Island detainees have written to Papua New Guinea authorities pleading not to be forcibly resettled in PNG.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

12 Oct 2017 description

A human rights lawyer says Australia is scrambling to find places to move Manus Island detainees as its Papua New Guinea detention centre is closed.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

11 Oct 2017 description

By political reporter Tom Iggulden

People at the Manus Island detention centre who are waiting to hear if they can resettle in the United States are being offered transfers to Nauru, but one refugee says nobody wants to move to "another island prison".

Refugees on Manus Island are being offered transfers to Nauru while they wait to hear whether they will be resettled in the United States.

Posters went up around the Manus camp yesterday calling for volunteers to move to Nauru.

04 Oct 2017 description

What is the Pacific Humanitarian Team?

The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) is a network of humanitarian organizations that work together to assist the Pacific Island countries in preparing for and responding to disasters.

04 Oct 2017 description
report The Guardian

Behind the policy of offshore processing are stories of genuine tragedy. We need to let recognised refugees rebuild their lives here

Thomas Albrecht

Last week the first refugees from Nauru and Papua New Guinea departed to start a new life in the United States. After more than four years spent in limbo, in harsh and punitive conditions, those who sought Australia’s protection will finally find the chance to rebuild their lives elsewhere in safety and with dignity.

29 Sep 2017 description

Introduction: Message from the Director General

I am pleased to introduce the Annual Report for 2016 and Director General’s Overview of Progress since the 27th SPREP Meeting held in Niue in September, 2016. It has been another successful year of implementation and results in support of Pacific island countries and territories.

SPREP Strategic Plan 2017–2026

28 Sep 2017 description

Refugees who flew from Nauru yesterday to the US for resettlement are reportedly expected to pay for their flights.

A group of 27 have been selected for resettlement, along with 25 from Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, under Australia's refugee swap deal with the US.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

26 Sep 2017 description

Key points:

  • US officials say refugees were approved under stringent vetting process
  • Refugee advocates say 27 others due to leave Nauru on September 27
  • Refugees accepted under deal between Barack Obama and Malcolm Turnbull

Twenty-two men from Manus Island have become the first refugees from Australia's offshore detention centre to leave Papua New Guinea for the United States.

The men flew out of Port Moresby this morning, bound for Manila, where they will be transferred to flights to the US.

21 Sep 2017 description

Fifty-four refugees detained by Australia on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island have been accepted for resettlement in the United States.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

20 Sep 2017 description

The first group of refugees from Papua New Guinea and Nauru are expected to depart PNG and Nauru in coming weeks.

The refugees will receive notification of the outcome of their application to resettle under the US Refugee Admissions Program in coming days. Processing of other individuals continues and further decisions by US authorities are expected in due course.

19 Sep 2017 description

The Australian Aid funded Climate and Oceans Support Programme for the Pacific (COSPPac) project, commenced its specialized training of Pacific Climate Officers on the use of the Seasonal Climate Outlooks in Pacific Islands Countries (SCOPIC) tool yesterday at SPREP training centre in Vailima.

15 Sep 2017 description

By Colin Packham

SYDNEY, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Approximately two hundred men held in a remote Australian-run detention centre will be moved to a new facility within weeks, the country's immigration minister said.

Read the full article on Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation.

12 Sep 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Federated States of Micronesia

Other updates

Malaria vector:

  • New Caledonia health officials have identified the presence of the type of mosquito that can transmit malaria. It is not known when and how the Anopheles mosquitoes entered New Caledonia but they are now established in the area of La Tontouta, north of Noumea. Source: Personal communication with New Caledonia health official and media.
08 Sep 2017 description

08-09-2017 - 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 August 2017 to 31 August 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.

06 Sep 2017 description

Suva, Fiji – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from the Government of India, through the newly established India-UN Development Partnership Fund, have launched the Climate Early Warning Systems in Pacific Island Countries Project. The project aims to enhance the adaptive ability of the Governments of the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and the Kingdom Tonga.

05 Sep 2017 description

Nauru's president Baron Waqa says he's confident refugees housed on the island by Australia will eventually find a nation to take them.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

01 Sep 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia, Niue

There are no updates this week.