Refugees

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.”  

Nauru president attacks journalists for covering refugee stories during Forum

Since 2013, about 900 refugees have been exiled to Nauru where the forum's annual leaders meeting concluded yesterday.

Mr Waqa, who earlier denied reports of widespread suffering among the refugees, says the Pacific is not interested in their stories.

NZ foreign minister not going to discuss refugees at Pacific Islands Forum

NGO groups have been pressuring leaders to get conditions for refugees in Nauru on the agenda.

But Peters says he hasn’t gone to Nauru to talk about that issue.

“What we're not going to do is hijack the whole purpose of a huge part of the world that is a blue conference, so to speak. It is critical that we get our agenda completed as well.”

Peters attended the forum’s official opening ceremony last night.

He’s expected to have his first bilateral meeting with his new Australian counterpart, Marise Payne today.

Call for Forum leaders to take a stand on Aust treatment of refugees

Nauru, which is home to an Australian immigration detention centre, is hosting this year's leaders' summit, which will get under way on September 1.

Amnesty International has co-signed a joint open letter representing a coalition of 84 NGOs, which addresses Forum leaders and observers about conditions for refugees on Nauru, and also PNG's Manus Island.

Amnesty's Pacific researcher, Roshika Deo, said the system is clearly broken if children on Nauru are considering self-harm.

Call for Forum leaders to take a stand on Aust treatment of refugees

Nauru, which is home to an Australian immigration detention centre, is hosting this year's leaders' summit, which will get under way on September 1.

Amnesty International has co-signed a joint open letter representing a coalition of 84 NGOs, which addresses Forum leaders and observers about conditions for refugees on Nauru, and also PNG's Manus Island.

Amnesty's Pacific researcher, Roshika Deo, said the system is clearly broken if children on Nauru are considering self-harm.

PM softens language on meeting with refugees on Nauru

It comes as pressure is mounting on the Australian government to accept New Zealand's offer to take 150 refugees from Nauru and Manus Island.

An Iranian man detained on Nauru wrote to Jacinda Ardern earlier this month asking if he could meet with her when she visits Nauru.

He was told by her office that would not be possible as she will be focussed on the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' meeting.

Australia's High Court rejects Nauru refugee claims

The court upheld decisions of the Supreme Court of Nauru, where the asylum seekers have been exiled since 2013.

A Pakistani man from Peshawar told the court he feared being persecuted by the Taliban if he returned to the Pakistan city.

The court found while there was a real possibility he would be harmed in Peshawar, he could move elsewhere in Pakistan.

Another Pakistani feared he would be harmed by a militant political party in Karachi because he had injured one of its senior members.

Australia's High Court rejects Nauru refugee claims

The court upheld decisions of the Supreme Court of Nauru, where the asylum seekers have been exiled since 2013.

A Pakistani man from Peshawar told the court he feared being persecuted by the Taliban if he returned to the Pakistan city.

The court found while there was a real possibility he would be harmed in Peshawar, he could move elsewhere in Pakistan.

Another Pakistani feared he would be harmed by a militant political party in Karachi because he had injured one of its senior members.

More refugees leave Nauru for America

Ian Rintoul of the Refugee Action Coalition said 29 refugees left on Sunday comprising four families, eight children and several single men from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

This is the fifth group to have departed Nauru since the US resettlement began in September 2016.

Mr Rintoul said although Australian Border Force officials have denied that any nationalities are banned from US resettlement, it was remarkable that no Iranian, Somalis, or Sudanese have been accepted this year.

     

Another 35 Nauru refugees set to depart

Almost all are single men and are Afghan, Pakistani or Rohingya.

In a statement, the Refugee Action Coalition says there is one Sri Lankan family (with four children) and one Bangladesh refugee.

“This will bring the total to 84 people who have flown from Nauru to the US since resettlement began last September,” says Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“At least one more flight of refugees to the US is expected by the end of February.