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24 Nov 2017 description

UNHCR is deeply disturbed by the forcible removal of refugees and asylum-seekers from the former ‘Regional Processing Centre’ on Manus Island today. The beating of refugees and asylum-seekers by uniformed officers with metal poles, shown by footage released today, is both shocking and inexcusable.

24 Nov 2017 description

The Australian Government is aware that all men previously refusing to leave the former Manus Island Regional Processing Centre (RPC) have now departed the complex for alternative accommodation.

The Australian Government welcomes this development.

The Papua New Guinea Government has been clear since mid-2016 that it would close the RPC.

24 Nov 2017 description

By Pacific affairs reporter Liam Fox on Manus Island, staff

The 328 men who had been refusing to leave the closed Manus Island detention centre have now been moved to new camps, Papua New Guinea authorities confirm.

Key points:

23 Nov 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is troubled by reports to our staff on Manus Island of force being used to remove refugees and asylum seekers from the former Regional Processing Centre (RPC).

UNHCR has been given assurances that excessive force has not been used, but cannot independently confirm as staff have not been granted full access to the facility.

23 Nov 2017 description

Papua New Guinea police move into the Manus Island detention centre to try to end a three-week stand-off with protesting asylum seekers and refugees.

Key points:

23 Nov 2017 description

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton must assure the safety of all those men on Manus Island says the Refugee Council of Australia.

The Australian Federal Police have confirmed they are active on Manus Island as PNG authorities moved in to the centre and are reported to have smashed up the belongings of refugees and taken their valuables, including mobile phones.

Paul Power, CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia said, “Our worst fears about a possible escalation of violence appear to be coming true today.

23 Nov 2017 description

Responding to the news that the Papua New Guinea authorities have sent in immigration officials armed with sticks and knives into the Lombrum refugee detention centre at around 8.00am on Thursday 23 November on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, Amnesty International said:

“The risks of serious injury if the authorities use force now is completely foreseeable. The government is knowingly placing the refugees at risk,” said Kate Schuetze, Amnesty International’s Pacific Researcher who has just returned from Manus.

22 Nov 2017 description

The relocation of 379 refugees still living at the decommissioned Regional Processing Centre at Papua New Guinea's Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island has been deferred pending a legal appeal.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

22 Nov 2017 description

Advocates who secretly entered the former detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island say the health of refugees there is in peril.

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22 Nov 2017 description

The Papua New Guinea police commissioner says a joint government team will today try to convince about 400 refugees occupying the former detention centre on Manus Island to move.

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22 Nov 2017 description

WELLINGTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) - New Zealand and Australia have begun talks about screening procedures for asylum seekers holding out in a Papua New Guinea detention centre, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday, amid reports of worsening health conditions there.

Read the full story on Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation.

21 Nov 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Nai Jit Lam – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Background:

21 Nov 2017 description

Highlights

  • IOM provided tarpaulins and water jerry cans to 41 families whose homes were destroyed or damaged by fire in Hanuabada village, National Capital District

  • IOM trained state and non-state actors on Mass Evacuations in Natural Disasters.

  • IOM improved access to water and sanitation at five Health Centres in the Highlands region.

Situation Overview

21 Nov 2017 description

Refugees occupying the former detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island have called on Australia to accept New Zealand's resettlement offer.

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21 Nov 2017 description

Nauru's Minister for Multicultural Affairs, David Adeang, has revealed that those refugees who have arrived in Nauru from Manus Island are settling in well.

The comments come just over a week after the first refugees from Manus arrived on Nauru, where they were welcomed by the Acting Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and local service providers.

They were also given a cultural introduction to Nauru which included an island tour, and provided with an overview of the extensive support available.

20 Nov 2017 description

Some expatriate staff from the company which runs Australia's offshore refugee detention centre on Nauru have been sent packing from the island.

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20 Nov 2017 description

A refugee advocate says health problems among the men stuck on Manus Island are coming to a head as the humanitarian crisis there deepens.

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18 Nov 2017 description

Updated Sat at 11:37pm

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called for the Federal Government to allow independent doctors and other health experts to help more than 400 asylum seekers languishing inside the recently-closed detention centre on Manus Island.

The asylum seekers have shut themselves inside the Australian-run Manus Island Centre for the past 18 days, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close it in a standoff the United Nations describes as a "looming humanitarian crisis".

17 Nov 2017 description

Police in Papua New Guinea say they hope stopping food, water and electricity, forces Manus Island refugees occupying the former detention centre to move.

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17 Nov 2017 description

The United States embassy in Papua New Guinea says it expects other refugees from Manus Island will be resettled in the United States in the coming months.

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