Tag Archives: Pacific

New Zealand Grants Refugee Status to Kurdish-Iranian Writer

New Zealand: New Zealand has granted refugee status to a Kurdish-Iranian writer, Behrouz Boochani, who was held for about six years in an Australian-run offshore detention camp, authorities said Friday. Boochani was detained on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island after he … Continue reading

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‘Game Over’ Campaign

Papua New Guinea, Nauru and Australia: Amnesty International Australia has been documenting how sport has offered respite and sanctuary to those detained amid the suffering. Sporting communities across Australia have backed Amnesty’s findings and begun a campaign in support called … Continue reading

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Protecting the human rights of migrants in the Pacific essential, UN agencies say

Pacific States: The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are calling on Pacific States to ensure that all migrants are provided with access to basic healthcare and essential income support, particularly in response to … Continue reading

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‘Job-killer of the century’: economies of Pacific islands face collapse over Covid-19

Pacific: The region is largely coronavirus-free, but pandemic shutdowns and loss of tourism dollars are devastating its economies. Fiji’s PM has said, as economies across the Pacific face collapse from economic and travel shutdowns, exacerbating existing illnesses, and potentially driving … Continue reading

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PNG Police Commissioner cautions public against fake Covid-19 news

Papua New Guinea: PNG’s Police Commissioner says rumours circulating in social media about new cases of Covid-19 in Port Moresby are false. David Manning, who is also the Controller of the National Pandemic Response, cautioned the public from spreading misinformation … Continue reading

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Establishing Humanitarian Lanes During COVID-19

Australia and New Zealand: COVID-19 is severely impacting the humanitarian system, denying aid to many affected communities in the Asia Pacific. But countries in the region have begun negotiations to normalise international travel, with Australia and New Zealand being the … Continue reading

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Multnomah County Enlists Refugee And Immigrant Groups In Race Against COVID-19

Pacific Islands: COVID-19 is spreading through several Pacific Islander populations and among Somali, Congolese and Bhutanese refugees.  Trauma, economic inequality, inadequate translation and interpretation and religious and cultural practices have all contributed to the disproportionate spread of the virus among those … Continue reading

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The Impact of Covid-19 on Asylum Seekers

Australia: “The government’s policies have been uncivil in the extreme. And they’re not accidental, they’re quite deliberate.” Throughout the pandemic, asylum seekers have faced mass unemployment and homelessness, with many families becoming reliant on charities for food to survive.  Experts … Continue reading

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Searches, Seizures and Sanctions in Australia’s Immigration Detention Camps

Australia: A disturbing and distressing new development has occurred in the Commonwealth’s policies with respect to immigration detention. Pursuant to an amendment to the Migration Act (Cth), non-citizens who have committed criminal offences in Australia are now subject, under s.501, … Continue reading

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Australia is failing to meet its basic human rights obligations, report finds

Australia: The Human Rights Measurement Initiative has found Indigenous people, refugees and asylum seekers in Australia suffer some of the highest levels of rights abuses in the world. Researchers also highlighted the importance of human rights during the coronavirus crisis. Without … Continue reading

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