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14 Dec 2017 description

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• The latest (mid-Oct) ENSO forecast indicate a 60% chance for weak La Niña condition to persist during the Nov-Jan and this might likely to continue until the end of the wet season in PNG. Therefore evaluating possible potential impact pathways for La Niña conditions and having contingency plans in place, would be helpful preparedness measure to reduce risks and harness favorable weather conditions.

14 Dec 2017 description

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• Though the latest (early-May) ENSO forecasts indicate a 50% chance for El Niño condition to develop during the second half of 2017, models predicting El Niño at this point of time (May) are constrained by autumn barriers and hence predicting manifestation of El Niño conditions accurately is difficult.

• As there are uncertainties on El Niño development at this stage, it is necessary to adopt a caution and develop a graduated and dynamic approach to evaluate possible potential impact pathways and put in place a range of contingency plans.

08 Dec 2017 description

A parliamentary select committee in New Zealand has heard that $US2-million dollars in aid for Manus Island refugees could also benefit the island's hospital.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

30 Nov 2017 description

Refugees on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island say three Pakistani asylum seekers have been arrested for deportation.

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29 Nov 2017 description

By Adela Suliman

LONDON, Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A group of senior Australian doctors have written an open letter to their government citing "great concern" for the physical and mental health of hundreds of asylum seekers cleared from an abandoned Australian-run detention camp in Papua New Guinea.

The doctors outlined a range of concerns from poor hygiene and sanitation to the spread of disease and called for an immediate review of the health of the men still on Manus Island, offering to conduct the medical assessments themselves.

28 Nov 2017 description

A group of senior medical professionals in Australia has asked the government to allow it to review the health of Manus Island refugees.

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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.

27 Nov 2017 description

A Manus Island refugee says there is not enough space in new facilities for the men forcibly removed from the decommissioned detention centre.

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27 Nov 2017 description

Papua New Guinea's government denies reports of excessive force being used to move refugees on Manus Island.

Around 400 men who had been holed up at Australia's former Manus processing centre since its closure three weeks earlier were finally forced out last week.

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27 Nov 2017 description

The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on Papua New Guinea (PNG) authorities to allow access to the asylum seekers and refugees in Manus Island transit centers, in order to assess refugees’ conditions and provide essential medical care.

24 Nov 2017 description

UNHCR is deeply disturbed by the forcible removal of refugees and asylum-seekers from the former ‘Regional Processing Centre’ on Manus Island today. The beating of refugees and asylum-seekers by uniformed officers with metal poles, shown by footage released today, is both shocking and inexcusable.

24 Nov 2017 description

The Australian Government is aware that all men previously refusing to leave the former Manus Island Regional Processing Centre (RPC) have now departed the complex for alternative accommodation.

The Australian Government welcomes this development.

The Papua New Guinea Government has been clear since mid-2016 that it would close the RPC.

24 Nov 2017 description

By Pacific affairs reporter Liam Fox on Manus Island, staff

The 328 men who had been refusing to leave the closed Manus Island detention centre have now been moved to new camps, Papua New Guinea authorities confirm.

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23 Nov 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is troubled by reports to our staff on Manus Island of force being used to remove refugees and asylum seekers from the former Regional Processing Centre (RPC).

UNHCR has been given assurances that excessive force has not been used, but cannot independently confirm as staff have not been granted full access to the facility.

23 Nov 2017 description

Papua New Guinea police move into the Manus Island detention centre to try to end a three-week stand-off with protesting asylum seekers and refugees.

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23 Nov 2017 description

Responding to the news that the Papua New Guinea authorities have sent in immigration officials armed with sticks and knives into the Lombrum refugee detention centre at around 8.00am on Thursday 23 November on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, Amnesty International said:

“The risks of serious injury if the authorities use force now is completely foreseeable. The government is knowingly placing the refugees at risk,” said Kate Schuetze, Amnesty International’s Pacific Researcher who has just returned from Manus.