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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.

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GP, was told by the Australian Government's contractor, International Health and Medical Services(IHMS), that his visa was revoked last Thursday and he left the island the following day.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

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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30 Jul 2018 description

Fourteen more refugees left Nauru on Sunday to be resettled in the US, according to refugee advocates.

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04 Jul 2018 description

Responding to the news that Nauru’s government has banned journalists from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) from attending the Pacific Islands Forum in September, Minar Pimple Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Global Operations said:

“This brazen move is a clear attempt at suppressing critical coverage of Nauru’s government and its inhumane treatment of refugees.

19 Jun 2018 description

It is hoped the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting on Nauru will draw attention to the plight of refugees Australia detains there, an advocate says.

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