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13 Feb 2018 description

This is a transcript of the remarks by UNHCR Regional Protection Officer Rico Salcedo in Canberra - to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

Thank you for the chance to briefly update you on UNHCR observations from our latest mission to Manus Island (Papua New Guinea).

10 Feb 2018 description

In 2016, PNG's Supreme Court ruled it was illegal to detain the nearly 800 refugees on Manus Island

By Jared Ferrie

PHNOM PENH, Feb 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Papua New Guinea was told by the United Nations' top human rights official on Friday that it is obligated to take care of hundreds of refugees sent there by Australia.

09 Feb 2018 description

09-02-2018 - This statement provides an update on Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) activities related to the on-water reception and processing of illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs).

The reporting period is from 1 January 2018 to 31 January 2018.

During this reporting period there were no IMAs transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.

No IMAs were transferred to a regional processing country.

07 Feb 2018 description

NADI – Humanitarian responders from six Pacific Island nations came together this week to improve how they prepare for and respond to natural disasters, fine-tuning their leadership and coordination skills. A two-and-a-half-day emergency simulation helped responders learn from each other and master the latest global best practices in emergency food security response.

06 Feb 2018 description

This statement was originally published on Pacific Freedom Forum's Facebook page on 28 January 2018.

Governments need to recognise a new category of refugee for the information age, says PFF, the Pacific Freedom Forum.

"Journalists, whistleblowers and activists desperately need new options for keeping their urgent messages alive," says PFF Chair Monica Miller.

06 Feb 2018 description

Description of the event

A volcano on Papua New Guinea's Kadovar island has erupted, sending plumes of steam and ash 800m into the air with experts warning seismic activity beneath the volcano means an eruption could be imminent.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from the surrounding islands near Papua New Guinea's north coast with resources being deployed to support the relief effort. Flights around the area have been cancelled and ships warned to stay at a distance from the island.

05 Feb 2018 description
  • New facilities unsafe and do not meet refugees’ basic needs

  • Refugees say they live with constant fear of violence

  • Australia must end policy of cruelty and neglect

The Australian government has abandoned hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers, leaving them in a situation that more closely resembles punishment instead of protection in Papua New Guinea, Amnesty International said in a new report today.

29 Jan 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Almost 40 percent of the population in Papua New Guinea (PNG) lives in poverty. The government has not taken sufficient steps to address gender inequality, violence, excessive use of force by police, or corruption and relies heavily on religious groups and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) to provide services on a charitable basis to meet the economic and social rights of the population. Rates of family and sexual violence are among the highest in the world, and perpetrators are rarely prosecuted.

27 Jan 2018 description

This update is produced by the PNG Disaster Management Team Secretariat in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 17 January 2018. The next update will be issued on or around 31 January 2018.


25 Jan 2018 description

Refugees detained by Australia on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island have been advised more vetting for United States resettlement will begin at the end of the month.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

22 Jan 2018 description


The alert level for the Mayon Volcano has been raised to Level-4 due to increased seismic unrest, lava fountaining and explosions. The volcano spewed a 10-kilometer high ash column on 22 January, with authorities warning of an imminent hazardous eruption, possibly within days. The eruption resulted in moderate to heavy ash fall, with low-visibility reported in the towns of Guinobatan, Camalig, and Ligao located to the southwest of the volcano.

22 Jan 2018 description

Papua New Guinea's Kadovar volcano continues to emit ash amid signs that the island may partially collapse.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

21 Jan 2018 description

Key Findings and Recommendations

Operational Context

3,172 refugees and asylum-seekers have been forcibly transferred by Australia to ‘offshore processing’ facilities in Papua New Guinea and Nauru since the introduction of the current policy in 2013.1 Of these, some 800 remain in Papua New Guinea.

19 Jan 2018 description

Drought, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, volcanoes, and civil unrest, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.

19 Jan 2018 description

GENEVA, Jan 19 2018 (IOM) - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is appealing for nearly USD 1.4 billion to address the needs of over 80 million people in 50 countries in 2018. These vital funds will support people displaced within the borders of their own countries, migrants, refugees and the communities that host them, people returning to their areas of origin and people experiencing or recovering from conflict and natural disasters.

18 Jan 2018 description

Fifty years of tropical storms in Asia-Pacific

This map shows a consilidated history of tropical storm paths over the past 50 years in the Asia-Pacific region. The area of calm either side of the equator can be seen clearly, leaving Indonesia, Malaysia,
Singapore and Papua New Guinea largely unaffected by major storms.