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04 Aug 2017 description

04-08-2017 - 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 July 2017 to 31 July 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.

04 Aug 2017 description

Port Moresby, 3 August 2017 – The United Nations Development Programme has joined the Registrar of Political Parties, the Chief Ombudsman and the highest polling female candidate in the national elections to call for political leaders, governments and voters to commit to real change to progress female participation in politics, after no women were elected to the 2017 Papua New Guinea Parliament.

02 Aug 2017 description

Editorial

Talofa from SPREP!

July was a busy month in the climate change calendar, and it was also a month when new scientific evidence was brought to the attention of Pacific Leaders during the Fiji Climate Change Champion’s meeting in Suva.

02 Aug 2017 description

Hundreds of refugees are protesting on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island as efforts intensify to evict the men from the Australian run detention centre.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

01 Aug 2017 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 30 June 2017, there were 1262 people in immigration detention facilities, including 981 in immigration detention on the mainland and 281 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 553 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 22,143 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

31 Jul 2017 description

Trafficking in persons, also known as modern slavery or human trafficking, is a crime involving the exploitation of someone for the purposes of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Where a person younger than 18 is induced to perform a commercial sex act, it is a crime regardless of whether there is any force, fraud, or coercion. Victims can be anyone from around the world or right next door: women and men, adults and children, citizens and noncitizens alike.

31 Jul 2017 description

SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS

ENSO forecast from global centers indicate a 50% chance of El Niño conditions developing during the second half of 2017. There are chances for the current persisting neutral condition to continue or weak to moderate El Niño like conditions might be possible. Historical data suggests that El Niño events which has onset from July to October are relatively weaker though other possibilities are not entirely ruled out at this stage.

31 Jul 2017 description

Refugee advocates say three attacks in twelve hours on Manus Island detainees show the Papua New Guinea community is not a safe place for refugees to settle.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

31 Jul 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Solomon Islands
  • Prolonged fever: Marshall Islands

Other updates

Meningococcal disease

28 Jul 2017 description

Spanish multinational Ferrovial continued to make millions from the abuse of refugees and people seeking asylum on Nauru and Manus Island in the first half of 2017, despite attempts to distance itself from Australia’s deliberately cruel refugee “processing” system, Amnesty International said today.

27 Jul 2017 description

As authorities threaten to force refugees from the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, detainees have issued an ultimatum of their own.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

26 Jul 2017 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Cambodia

As of 14 July 2017, a total of 1,056 suspected dengue fever cases were reported in 2017. The total number of reported dengue cases including dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome was lower than the 3 year-threshold of the same period from 2014-2016.

China

26 Jul 2017 description

Children in the electorate of Papua New Guinea's incumbent prime minister are too scared to turn up to school due to election-related violence.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

25 Jul 2017 description

The Australian Government’s lecturing of the world about how to stop the flow of refugees by boat is undermining its efforts to quietly find countries willing to join the United States in taking refugees from Australia’s offshore detention on Nauru and Manus Island, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) says.

24 Jul 2017 description

Australia’s policy of offshore processing in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, which denies access to asylum in Australia for refugees arriving by sea without a valid visa, has caused extensive, avoidable suffering for far too long.

Four years on, more than 2,000 people are still languishing in unacceptable circumstances. Families have been separated and many have suffered physical and psychological harm.

21 Jul 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

  • Influenza-like illness: Marshall Islands

Other updates

Dengue

  • New Caledonia: As of 5 July 2017 there have been 4,467 cases since September 2016. Dengue serotype-1, 2 and have been identified in circulation . The weekly number of cases is decreasing. Source: Department of Health & Social Affairs, New Caledonia

Human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9)virus

20 Jul 2017 description
report Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents incidents affecting health workers, facilities and ambulances between January and June 2017. It includes incidents identified by Insecurity Insight's monitoring of open sources. The actual number of incidents affecting healthcare is undoubtedly higher.

20 Jul 2017 description

Port Moresby, July 17, 2017 – Five schools in tsunami-prone regions in Papua New Guinea (PNG) will benefit from a new tsunami preparedness project developed under the leadership of the National Disaster Centre (NDC).

Schools in the provinces and regions of Manus, East New Britain, East Sepik, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, and Milne Bay will be chosen, based on the high risk and exposure to tsunami hazards facing communities in those parts of the country