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05 Dec 2018 description

There have been more than 27 suicide attempts in the last two weeks by refugees detained on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, a refugee says.

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03 Dec 2018 description

Medical report shows disastrous impact of Australia’s offshore processing policy

  • MSF is today releasing the first independent medical data demonstrating the extreme mental health suffering on Nauru, due to the Australian policy of indefinite offshore processing

  • Among the 208 refugees and asylum seekers we treated, 60 per cent had suicidal thoughts and 30 per cent had attempted suicide

  • This report shows that it was the situation on Nauru that was most damaging to their mental health

29 Nov 2018 description

At least eight refugees have moved from Papua New Guinea's Manus Island to Nauru.

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20 Nov 2018 description

Five children have been evacuated from offshore detention in Nauru as Australian teachers prepare to strike on Universal Children's Day.

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16 Nov 2018 description

Refugee advocates say doctors are deeply concerned for the health of a three-year-old girl detained by Australia on Nauru.

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14 Nov 2018 description

The Australian prime minister has distanced himself from reports that his government will transfer all refugee children from Nauru to Australia by the end of the year.

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06 Nov 2018 description

Refugee advocates say eight children were flown to Australia from Nauru for medical treatment on Monday.

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02 Nov 2018 description

Responding to the Australian government’s announcement that it will remove all children from its offshore detention centre on Nauru within two months, Charmain Mohammed, Head of Refugee and Migrant Rights at Amnesty International, said:

02 Nov 2018 description

Australia's Human Rights Law Centre has called for the Queensland company running the refugee detention centre on Nauru to walk away from its contract.

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30 Oct 2018 description

Over 120 Australian aid and development NGOs have united behind a new resolution at their annual conference to up-the-ante in campaigning to get #KidsOffNauru in the face of political stagnation.

Members of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) voted to pass a resolution at their AGM to “shine a light on the children on Nauru” in their continuing advocacy “for political leaders to remove the children and their families from Nauru”.

CEO of ACFID, Marc Purcell, said:

29 Oct 2018 description
report Voice of America

Phil Mercer

SYDNEY — Australia wants to ban refugees that have been detained after arriving by boat and resettled in other countries from ever entering Australia. Ministers say the measures would stop migrants using the so-called ‘back door’ into the country.

22 Oct 2018 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, appeals to the Government of Australia to take urgent action for all refugees and asylum-seekers in Papua New Guinea and Nauru today. UNHCR appreciates the efforts of doctors, independent experts, lawyers and elected representatives from all sides of politics to highlight the human cost of “offshore processing” and its consequences in recent weeks. This reflects growing recognition that lives are at immediate and critical risk, as well as increased community concern. Despite this, decisive action is still to be taken.

17 Oct 2018 description

Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison is said to be considering allowing asylum seekers and refugees detained on Nauru into New Zealand.

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12 Oct 2018 description

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

03 Oct 2018 description

Nauru: The facts

Around 900 people, including an estimated 95 children, are still living in limbo on Nauru after having been sent there by Australia under its regime of offshore processing. All of them have been there for over four years.

21 Sep 2018 description

The Australian Medical Association has urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to evacuate refugee families and children from Nauru to ensure their wellbeing.

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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.