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Papua New Guinea cancels Australia migrant camp contract

Sep 02, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The Ministry for Immigration and Border security says the remaining 64 migrants on Manus would be transferred to Port Moresby or found homes overseas

MANUS ISLAND. A handout photo taken in late 2016, and obtained from the Refugee Action Coalition on June 14, 2017, shows Australia's regional processing center on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Handout photo by Refugee Action Coalition/AFP

PNG police end standoff with refugees at Australia camp

Nov 24, 2017 - 9:39 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Australia's Immigration Minister Peter Dutton accuses refugees and their advocates of making 'inaccurate and exaggerated claims of violence and injuries' during the police operation

This handout photo taken by Abdul, a refugee on Manus, and released to the media by Australian activist group GetUp on November 23, 2017 shows asylum-seekers (R) at the Manus Island regional refugee processing centre. Papua New Guinea police moved into the shuttered Australian refugee camp on the country's Manus Island on November 23 in the most aggressive push yet to force hundreds of men to leave, the Australian government and detainees said. Around 400 of the asylum-seekers have refused to leave, saying they fear for their safety in a local population which opposes their presence on the island. / AFP PHOTO / GETUP / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GetUp" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

PNG police start evicting refugees from Australia camp – detainees

Nov 23, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Authorities try to end a standoff that has drawn world attention to Canberra's tough policy on asylum-seekers

This handout photo taken by Abdul, a refugee on Manus, and released to the media by Australian activist group GetUp on November 23, 2017 shows asylum-seekers (R) at the Manus Island regional refugee processing centre. Papua New Guinea police moved into the shuttered Australian refugee camp on the country's Manus Island on November 23 in the most aggressive push yet to force hundreds of men to leave, the Australian government and detainees said. Around 400 of the asylum-seekers have refused to leave, saying they fear for their safety in a local population which opposes their presence on the island. / AFP PHOTO / GETUP / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GetUp" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

Turnbull talks security, terrorism, Marawi crisis during PH visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

During his 3-day Philippine visit for the 31st ASEAN Summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with world leaders to discuss global and regional concerns

ASEAN SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit as a dialogue partner. Screenshot from ASEAN pool feed

Tense standoff at Australia asylum-seeker camp

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Hundreds of fearful refugees are urged to leave an Australian detention camp in Papua New Guinea, as conditions worsened with power and water cut off in a tense standoff

STANDOFF. This handout picture taken and received on October 31, 2017 by Nick McKim, Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania, shows refugees gesturing inside the Manus detention camp in Papua New Guinea on the day of the camp's expected closure. Nick McKim/AFP

'Escalating crisis' as Pacific refugee camp closure looms – UN

Aug 08, 2017 - 2:14 PM

The death on Manus Island of a 28 year old Iranian refugee highlights the precarious situation for vulnerable people there the UN Refugee Agency says

Asylum seekers stand behind a fence in Oscar compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, March 21, 2014.  Eoin Blackwell/AAP/MINDS via AFP

Refugee fears over Australia-U.S. resettlement plan

Jul 16, 2017 - 1:28 PM

The abrupt departure of American officials from an Australian Pacific island refugee camp fans fears among asylum seekers that plans to resettle them in the US may not go ahead

This file undated photo obtained from the Refugee Action Coalition on February 18, 2014 shows a man walking between tents at Australia's regional processing centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/AFP

Asylum-seekers in Australia win multimillion dollar payout

Jun 14, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Detainees at an Australian asylum seeker camp in Papua New Guinea win millions of dollars in compensation for degrading and cruel treatment

SEEKING NEW LIFE. In this file photo, asylum seekers stand behind a fence in Oscar compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, March 21, 2014. Eoin Blackwell/AAP/MINDS

Papua New Guinea to probe 'drunk rampage' at Australia refugee camp

Apr 16, 2017 - 2:10 PM

PNG police announced an investigation into the unrest at the Manus Island facility an offshore processing centre reopened in 2012 to detain people who try to enter Australia by boat

MANUS ISLAND FACILITY. This file undated photo obtained from the Refugee Action Coalition on February 18, 2014 shows a man walking between tents at Australia's regional processing centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/AFP

Refugees in Australia's remote camps offered US resettlement

Nov 13, 2016 - 2:49 PM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull could not say how many refugees would be offered US resettlement and if the agreement would continue under the incoming Donald Trump administration

This picture taken on April 30, 2016 shows a participant holding a placard during a vigil in Sydney for an Iranian refugee who died after setting himself on fire on the Pacific island of Nauru. Saeed Khan/AFP

Nauru says refugee abuse claims fabricated

Aug 16, 2016 - 12:19 PM

The release of more than 2 000 leaked reports of incidents on Nauru detailing allegations of widespread abuse and self harm including children wanting to kill themselves have sparked new calls for a parliamentary inquiry

Pro-refugees protesters rally outside the Immigration Office in Brisbane, Australia, February 5, 2016. Dan Peled/EPA

Demands grow for inquiry into Australia refugee abuse

Aug 15, 2016 - 4:09 PM

Photographs published in Australian media on the weekend showed two bloodied Afghan men after they were allegedly attacked with an iron bar by locals on Papua New Guinea s Manus Island

Abuse rife in Australian immigration center – leaked reports

Aug 10, 2016 - 3:09 PM

More than 2 000 incident reports leaked to The Guardian Australia include allegations of asylum seekers including children on Nauru facing assaults sexual abuse and mental distress

Aerial view of Nauru, September 2001. Torsten Blackwood/File/AFP

Australia talks tough on asylum-seekers

Apr 28, 2016 - 1:02 PM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says allowing even genuine refugees who arrived by boat to settle in Australia will encourage more people to make the risky journey

In this photo, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looks on as he visits builders working on a site near Brisbane, Australia, April 27, 2016. Glenn Hunt/EPA

Australia immigration turmoil as Papua New Guinea closes camp

Apr 27, 2016 - 3:49 PM

UPDATED The move to shutter the Australian funded Manus island facility follows a Supreme Court ruling that detaining people there was unconstitutional and illegal

This file undated photo obtained from the Refugee Action Coalition on February 18, 2014 shows a man walking between tents at Australia's regional processing centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/AFP

Australia considering other nations for asylum-seekers

Oct 06, 2015 - 1:42 PM

Australia says it is seeking new countries to resettle refugees in after confirming only 4 people have moved to Cambodia

Abbott criticizes report on abuse of asylum-seeker children

Feb 12, 2015 - 11:04 AM

An angry Abbott says his policies to stop the boats had cut the numbers in detention and questioned why the report was not launched when Labor was in power

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 09 February 2015. Lukas Coch/EPA

Asylum-seekers say held 'hostage' by Australia

Jan 18, 2015 - 5:48 PM

Today we consider us to be hostage for the Australian government so they can deter others not to come to Australia asylum seekers say in a letter

Australia hails 'extraordinary' success halting boatpeople

Sep 10, 2014 - 1:51 PM

This comes just days after the United Nations new human rights chief said Australia s treatment of asylum seekers was leading to a chain of human rights violations

This handout picture released by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and taken by the MV Bison shortly after arriving on the scene on June 27, 2012, shows a boat carrying asylum seekers off the north coast of Australia, prior to it capsizing 107 nautical miles north of Christmas Island. MV Bison/Australian Maritime Safety Authority/File/AFP

Australia rejects UN criticism of 'human rights violations'

Sep 09, 2014 - 2:02 PM

New UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra ad Zeid al Hussein used his inaugural speech to slam Australia s offshore processing of asylum seekers and turning back of boats

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks at the opening of the twenty-seventh session of the Human Rights Council today in Geneva, Switzerland, 08 September 2014. Jean-Marc Ferré/UN Photo

One dead, 77 hurt in riot at PNG immigration center

Feb 18, 2014 - 8:44 AM

UPDATED Tensions mount about asylum seekers fate under the Australian government s hardline policies

Australia's PNG asylum-seeker solution takes effect

Aug 01, 2013 - 2:52 PM

Immigration Minister Tony Burke said it showed Canberra was serious about not resettling boatpeople in Australia

NEW REFUGEE POLICY. This Australian government handout photo taken on August 1, 2013 shows the first group of 40 asylum-seekers arriving in mini-buses shortly after landing on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), formally bringing into effect the Regional Settlement Arrangement. Photo by AFP / Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship Handout

Australia resolute on asylum policy

Jul 28, 2013 - 4:53 PM

Rudd said he makes absolutely no apology for his hardline new policy of sending asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea

In this file photo, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd speaks to the media in Newcastle, Australia, 01 July 2013. EPA/Jon Reid

Many feared dead as boat sinks off Indonesia - reports

Jul 24, 2013 - 7:38 AM

Reports in Australia said the boat carrying between 150 and 170 people mostly from Sri Lanka and Iran broke up and sank in heavy seas on Tuesday evening

RESCUE. Indonesian rescuers evacuate an injured asylum-seeker survivor during a rescue operation at Merak seaport, Banten Province in August 2012. File photo by EPA/Tubagus