Nauru government condemns refugee and asylum seeker parents who put children at risk

The Government says it condemns the actions of refugee and asylum seekers parents who put their children at risk by intentionally hurting them, ordering them not to eat or drink, or encouraging them to self-harm, in order to influence legal proceedings or create a medical emergency so that they can be taken to Australia.

“As we have stated many times, this has happened and continues to happen, and those who deny this are misinformed or simply don’t want to admit the truth.”  

Digicel Nauru 9th birthday celebration prize giveaway

Digicel Nauru CEO, Deepak Khanna was elated with the response and the hundreds of thousands of entries in the ‘Top up and Win’ promotion, where all customers who topped up with $6 or more entered the draw to win fabulous prizes including cash, smartphones and free data.

Nauru Government refutes reports of deportation of Australian doctor

According to a statement released by the Government, the doctor was briefly questioned by police but released without charge after photos were taken of a child without authorisation at the regional processing centre.”

“Under the Asylum Seekers (Regional Processing Centre) Act 2012, photographing of a protected person is an offence whether inside or outside the centre. There is also a long-standing expressed centre rule which forbids the taking of any photographs within the regional processing centre unless it is authorized,” the statement said.

New UN Resident Coordinator ready to take up role in the Pacific

Mr Samarasinha will also be presenting his credentials to the heads of states in the respective countries.

He said he was grateful for the opportunity to meet Pacific leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum summit in Nauru last month.

He said it was the chance to discuss priorities with the leaders and how the UN can deal with them.

He hopes to take something tangible back to the countries as well as have conversations with as many people as possible including representatives of civil society and the media.

Nauru tennis players conduct training camp in Kiribati

The team comprised of ten players under 8, 10, 12 and 14 years, four adult players and the young players parents.

KTF President Bantarawa Ietimeta told Radio Kiribati News the NTA has chosen Kiribati for its training camp because its young players are among the best in the Pacific region.

Ietimeta said training sessions for young players started from 10am to 12pm and the adults from 12pm to 2pm. The team will complete their trainings and return to Nauru on October 7th.

The team’s visit to the country was supported by the Nauru Government and assisted by KTF.

Kiribati and Nauru urge UN to recognise Taiwan

Kiribati President, Taneti Maamau, made the call while addressing the Assembly in New York.

He said the meeting's theme implied that the UN is one family, so Taiwan should be included in international processes and discussions.

"This theme will be irrelevant if the UN continues to ignore the 20 million people who live and contribute to our shared home and continue to exclude them from the process."

Nauru President, Baron Waqa, backed up sentiments and said making the United Nations relevant to all people, must include the people of Taiwan.

Nauru and Taiwan sign law enforcement agreement

The agreement was signed this week in Taipei by Nauru's Police Commissioner Corey Caleb and the Director General for the Taiwan National Police Agency Ja-Chin Chen.

The agreement sets out the framework for developing police cooperation and combating transnational crime.

Commissioner Caleb said the partnership was a significant milestone between the two countries

The scope of cooperation includes the exchange of personnel, study and training programmes, technical assistance and information sharing.


Most Nauru homes and schools powered by solar energy

The government has also installed 12 fish processing and conservation centres and 300 water storage tanks.

This was revealed by Nauru President , Baron Waqa at the G7 Environment Ministers’ Meeting On, “Urgent Action and Reduction Opportunities” in Canada last week.

He said the set up was done through all decisions that were made by consensus by a Joint Committee of their United Nations Ambassadors in New York.

“Through a streamlined application process, the Committee has approved 37 initiatives worth a total of US$22 million.” 

Company linked to alleged bribery in Nauru received refugee housing contract

Last week Australian police arrested and charged a director of Radiance International Pty, Mozu Bhojani, with one count of conspiracy to bribe a foreign public official.

The police allege the Sydney-based businessman provided Nauruan officials with more than $US70,000 in kickbacks in exchange for favourable phosphate shipments for Radiance International.

The police allege the bribery took place between 2015 and 2018.

Peter Crozier of the Australian Federal Police told the ABC programme 7.30 the alleged payments were made to obtain "business advantage in Nauru".

Australian businessman accused of bribing Nauru officials

The Australian Federal Police last week charged Mozammil Gulamabbas Bhojani with one count of conspiracy to bribe a foreign public official.

The ABC reports that Mr Bhojani is accused of providing two Nauruan officials with more than $US70,000 in exchange for favourable phosphate shipments for his company.

Mr Bhojani is the director of Radiance International, which specialises in trading rock phosphate.

He is due to appear in court again in November.