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18 Sep 2018 description


Climate change in the Pacific

Small island developing states (SIDS) are among the most vulnerable to our changing climate. People living in the western tropical Pacific SIDS are already experiencing higher temperatures, shifts in rainfall patterns, rising sea levels and changes in the frequency and intensity of extreme climate events. Further changes on top of an existing, naturally variable climate are expected long into the future because of global warming.

30 Jul 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Elaine Pearson

Hamid Khazaei was a fit and healthy young man when he arrived on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island in September 2013, transferred there by the Australian government under its draconian asylum-seeker policy.

Less than a year later, the 24-year-old Iranian was dead from septicemia after a sore on his leg became infected.

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.

27 Nov 2017 description
report CARE

In 2016, the world’s biggest weather phenomenon, El Nino, affected more than 60 million people across parts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific. The humanitarian impact from this El Nino cycle was massive in scale, leaving more than 60 million people around the world facing food and water shortages, rising food prices, higher malnutrition rates, devastated livelihoods and forced displacement.

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.


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".

10 Nov 2017 description

Asylum seekers and refugees inside the Manus Island detention centre are "extremely scared" as workers tear down the fences around the compound and a deadline for them to be forcibly evicted approaches.

Key points:

10 Nov 2017 description

By UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra | 10 November 2017

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is urging the authorities of Papua New Guinea to show calm and restraint in the context of the closure of the Manus Island ‘Regional Processing Centre’. The Government of Papua New Guinea, and particularly the Immigration and Citizenship Services Authority, have made commendable efforts over the past four years to care for and protect refugees in difficult circumstances. UNHCR is urging that a humane approach is taken now in an increasingly complex situation.

19 Oct 2017 description

19 October 2017

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.

02 Oct 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is profoundly saddened by the death of a refugee in East Lorengau, Papua New Guinea, today.

26 May 2017 description

by Reuters
Friday, 26 May 2017 07:02 GMT

Asylum-seekers must voluntarily exchange a secure facility for an area where critics say they are likely to face violence and inadequate medical care

By Colin Packham

SYDNEY, May 26 (Reuters) - Asylum seekers at an Australian-run offshore detention centre in Papua New Guinea must move to a community facility in order to be eligible for a refugee swap deal with the United States, a notice posted at the camp and seen by Reuters shows.

02 Mar 2017 description

Australia has ratcheted up efforts to clear the Manus Island detention centre of people who have twice had their refugee claims rejected

By Colin Packham and Aaron Bunch

SYDNEY, March 2 (Reuters) - Dozens of asylum seekers held in a detention centre in Papua New Guinea have elected to accept cash from Australia to return to their home countries, officials and refugees said, the largest exodus from the South Pacific camp in four years.

Read the full report on Thomson Reuters Foundation

12 Jul 2016 description

A group of armed men have attacked a hotel in the Papua New Guinea capital where 17 refugees from the Manus Island detention centre were awaiting medical treatment.

Read the full story here

09 Nov 2015 description
report CARE

By CARE Australia

Financial aid from the Australian Government to help some of our closest neighbours mitigate the effects of El Nino has been welcomed. $9 million has been pledged to Pacific countries facing food and water shortages including Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. However, continued assistance will be needed.

31 Oct 2015 description

Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs criticises moves to resettle refugees on Papua New Guinea, describing the country as struggling.

Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has criticised moves to resettle refugees on Papua New Guinea, describing the country as struggling.

PNG announced earlier this month that it would begin resettling processed refugees from within Manus Island, three years after the detention centre opened.

30 Sep 2013 description

On Tuesday 23 July 2013, the SBS Dateline television program aired allegations that sexual and other serious assaults between residents of the Manus Regional Processing Centre were occurring and going unaddressed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and service providers, including that victims remained accommodated in the same compound as assailants, without adequate protection. The initial allegations were made by a person who had worked at the centre as an employee of G4S, one of the service providers at the centre.

17 Dec 2012 description

Australia continues to demonstrate regional leadership and a commitment to ending poverty in the Asia-Pacific region by increasing the contribution to the Asian Development Fund. The Asian Development Fund supports developing countries by providing highly concessional loans and grants for inclusive and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.

16 Nov 2010 description
report IRIN

PORT MORESBY, 16 November 2010 (IRIN) - Papua New Guinea is falling back in its struggle to record and treat tuberculosis three years into a five-year, US$19 million plan to reach 80 percent of the country with the World Health Organization's Stop TB Strategy, according to the programme's funder and local health authorities.