Posts Tagged ‘Asylum Seekers’

Brigidine Sister sounds alarm about lack of support for mentally ill

Monday, October 9th, 2017

A 72-year-old Brigidine sister, Jane Keogh, is on Manus Island where she has been trying to help a mentally ill man at the East Lorengau Transit Centre. She says there is no help available for people suffering from mental illness. Last week an apparent suicide of a Tamil detainee was closely followed by that of Read more

Manus Island detainees moved to Port Moresby

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

A growing number of detainees is being transferred from Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island to Port Moresby with the understanding they will not be returning to the detention centre. The Australian-run facility is due to close by the end of October but the PNG government is worried it will be left to care for about Read more

Christmas Island Catholics visit Fiji to catch up with their kin

Thursday, July 6th, 2017
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Catholics from Christmas Island have been in Fiji for the first time to rekindle their kinship with the assistant parish priest at Lomary Parish Father Peniata Bakatete, a Christmas Islander who has been in Fiji since 2008. Bakatete Koririntetaake, who comes from Christmas Island and lived in Fiji for some time, said the group had Read more

Amnesty says NZ should resettle Manus detainees

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

New Zealand should make an offer to Papua New Guinea to resettle some of the asylum seekers Australia has detained on Manus Island, according to Amnesty International. A group of detainees has asked the New Zealand prime minister Bill English for asylum as they say PNG is incapable of resettling them when the detention centre Read more

Refugees given Hobson’s choice as detention centre closed down

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Refugees detained on Manus Island have been warned not to revolt as Papua New Guinea authorities revealed plans for the gradual closure and demolition of the Australian detention centre. Refugees and detainees were told to consider their options, but not to leave it too late to make a decision. “No one will be resettled in Read more

New Zealander shares international peace prize

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
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A New Zealander working with an NGO has been awarded the 2017 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize by UNESCO. Shaun Cornelius is a Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders Logistician Manager on the SOS Méditerranée asylum seekers rescue boat Aquarius in the Mediterranean. Shaun, who comes from Wellington, is on his fourth assignment with MSF. He previously Read more

Asylum seekers locked up in Auckland prison – NZ’s Manus Island

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

“When I went to the police station they took me to a cell and gave me a mattress. There were cockroaches crawling and biting me, I thought to myself this is similar to a police station in Afghanistan!” It’s just after midnight at Auckland International Airport when Khalid, who we agreed not to name to Read more

Time for NZ tell Aussies to “close your open air prison on Nauru”

Friday, October 21st, 2016

“It’s time to revive the Tampa spirit and rescue the refugees our Australian neighbours have sent off to rot in hellish prison camps on remote islands like Nauru and Manus,” says columnist Brian Rudman. Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand to take a lead in exerting international pressure on Australia over its detention centre Read more

Keeping asylum seekers in detention: $500,000 each

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

What if our government really wanted to save money? As well as going after $6.7 billion in its omnibus savings bill, it could go after the billions more it costs to run our immigration detention centres: $9.2 billion in the past three years, $3.9 billion to $5.5 billion in the next four, according to the most complete Read more

Closure of Manus Detention centre leaves refugees and asylum seekers stranded

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Australia’s migrant and refugee detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea is to be closed. With very few of the refugees willing to be resettled in Papua New Guinea, it is unclear where the refugees and asylum seekers will go after Manus closes. Australia’s immigration minister Peter Dutton has made it clear that Read more