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10 Sep 2018 description

The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) is a network of humanitarian organizations that work together to assist the Pacific island countries prepare for and respond to disasters. During disasters, the PHT provides support to governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and communities in delivering a fast, effective and appropriate disaster response. Outside of disasters, the PHT works with the Pacific governments and partners to ensure that the necessary arrangements are in place to enable effective international support to nationally-led disaster response.

07 Sep 2018 description

The Australian government must urgently evacuate the 107 refugee children and their families trapped in appalling conditions in Nauru, or else accept New Zealand’s offer to provide safe haven, said Amnesty International, as the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) comes to a close in Nauru today.

The four-day meeting, which brought together leaders from across the region, comprehensively failed to address the needs of refugees, with the approved draft Forum Communiqué featuring no mention of an improved, human rights-oriented approach to refugee policy.

07 Sep 2018 description

Children detained by Australia on the Pacific island of Nauru are suffering mentally and some attempting suicide

By Jared Ferrie

PHNOM PENH, Sept 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children detained by Australia on the Pacific island of Nauru are suffering mentally and some attempting suicide, according to human rights groups and refugees who appealed to a regional leaders meeting on Wednesday to resettle them elsewhere.

07 Sep 2018 description

By Elise Worthington

The ABC understands the most senior medical officer working with asylum seekers on Nauru has been removed from the island amid an ongoing stoush over the transfer of patients off the island.

Dr Christopher Jones, a Queensland GP, was told by the Australian Government's contractor, International Health and Medical Services(IHMS), that his visa was revoked last Thursday and he left the island the following day.

It was the Gold Coast doctor's second deployment to Nauru as a locum with IHMS.

06 Sep 2018 description

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met with agencies helping refugees in Nauru yesterday but didn't meet directly with refugees.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

03 Sep 2018 description

Six years after the Australian government began sending people seeking asylum to Nauru, there are still around 900 people left on the island, including an estimated 109 children.1 All of them will have been there for over four years. Almost 200 people lived in a processing centre, including 14 children,2 until they were cleared out along with tents and temporary accommodation they were living in for the Pacific Islands Forum.3 In 2013, Amnesty International reported that Australia’s policy of offshore processing was breaking people. Six years on, people are broken.

03 Sep 2018 description

By Gia Garrick

Regional security and other pressing issues like climate change will be top of the formal agenda at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru this week.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

30 Aug 2018 description

Index: ASA 05/8971/2018

30 August 2018

JOINT OPEN LETTER TO THE PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM LEADERS AND OBSERVERS IN THE CONTEXT OF AUSTRALIA’S ABUSIVE OFFSHORE REFUGEE PROCESSING POLICY

30 Aug 2018 description

The escalating health crisis for refugee children on Nauru and the Australian government’s shameful refugee policy must be at the top of the agenda when regional heads of government meet at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) next week, said Amnesty International, in an open letter co-signed by a coalition of 84 influential civil society organizations.

29 Aug 2018 description

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has issued a Tsunami Threat for the following coasts, stating:

  • TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING 0.3 TO 1 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE POSSIBLE FOR SOME COASTS OF FIJI... NEW CALEDONIA... AND VANUATU.

29 Aug 2018 description

SUVA, 28 August 2018 – Today, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and The Pacific Community (SPC) announced a new partnership to support the strengthening of data collection and data analysis to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children, women and people with disabilities across the Pacific islands and territories.

The collection and dissemination of reliable data of children and women worldwide is vital to identify and plan for their needs and to inform policies.

26 Aug 2018 description
report Voice of America

Phil Mercer

SYDNEY — A court has ordered the removal of a girl held in an Australian-run refugee camp in the South Pacific because she is suffering "resignation syndrome." The child is refusing all food and water as a succession of critically ill youngsters are brought from the island of Nauru.

Medical experts and refugee advocates say there is a mounting health crisis among children held at Australia's offshore detention centers on Nauru.

23 Aug 2018 description

Canberra, Australia: The Refugee Council of Australia has today joined a renewed campaign to pressure Australia’s political leaders to bring the 119 children currently trapped on Nauru, to Australia.

The #KidsOffNauru Campaign, driven by Australia’s prominent humanitarian and refugee sector organisations, is calling for the urgent evacuation of children off the island and brought to Australia.

23 Aug 2018 description

The Prime Minister is softening her language over whether she will meet with refugees on Nauru when she visits the island for the Pacific Islands Forum next month.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

22 Aug 2018 description

By Louise Newman

Reports from Nauru are raising concerns about an outbreak of a severe trauma-related psychological disorder known as traumatic withdrawal syndrome, or resignation syndrome.

17 Aug 2018 description

A 12-year-old refugee on Nauru has been on a hunger strike for nearly two weeks while a Manus Island refugee is refusing food and water.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

16 Aug 2018 description

At 30 June 2018, there were 1347 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1108 in immigration detention on the mainland and 239 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 368 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 17,4 20 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

14 Aug 2018 description

Australia's Federal Court has thrown out a government appeal, calling into question it's right to detain 1600 refugees on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

31 Jul 2018 description

By Sophie McNeill, Sashka Koloff and Patricia Drum

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen says his country is "preparing" to receive more refugees from Australia in a controversial deal that has already been labelled a failure and cost the Federal Government almost $50 million.

Speaking exclusively to Four Corners, Hun Sen said he told Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that Cambodia is ready to "accept more" refugees from Australia's offshore detention centres.

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.