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Former human rights lawyer wins Nauru presidency

Aug 27, 2019 - 3:36 PM

Lionel Aingimea wins a parliamentary vote for the presidency 12-6 over rival David Adeang, the Nauru government information office says

NEW PRESIDENT. Lionel Aingimea, former assistant law minister for the country of Nauru. Photo from Flickr by Commonwealth Secretariat

Nauru president loses seat in election

Aug 25, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Baron Waqa is a strong supporter of Australia's hardline policy of detaining refugees on the tiny Pacific island nation

China protests Taiwan leader's U.S. transit

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:42 PM

Taiwan is typically low-key in announcing its leader's specific itineraries, fearing China will use its power to disrupt her visits

Taiwan leader to visit Pacific allies to firm up ties

Mar 12, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Tsai Ing-wen will visit Palau, Nauru, and Marshall Islands between March 21 and March 28

VISITING ALLIES. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Embattled Aussie PM suffers historic defeat over refugees

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is defeated by MPs who insist refugees held in offshore facilities have the right to be transferred to Australia for medical treatment

HISTORIC DEFEAT. In this file photo, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) delivers a speech in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra on October 22, 2018. File photo by Sean Davey/AFP

Nauru orders MSF to stop work among asylum seekers

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says the Nauruan government ordered it to stop treating asylum-seekers and locals suffering from mental health problems

Thousands protest Australia's refugee detention policy

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Hundreds march through Sydney shouting, "Free, free the refugees," with banners stating, "Five years too long, evacuate Manus and Nauru."

'BRING THEM HERE.' Demonstrators march during a protest to demand humane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, in Sydney on July 21, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks / AFP

Asylum detainees awarded $56-M in Australia class action

Sep 06, 2017 - 12:04 PM

Asylum seekers and refugees held in a remote Pacific camp are awarded Aus 70 million 56 million for being illegally detained and treated negligently

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

Magnitude 7.9 quake shakes PNG, prompting tsunami alert

Jan 22, 2017 - 1:23 PM

UPDATED A tsunami alert initially issued for the Pacific island nation and its neighbors was later cancelled

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 criticized over asylum-seeker 'abuse' on Nauru

Aug 03, 2016 - 12:59 PM

The report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch is a scathing criticism of Canberra s immigration policy under which asylum seekers trying to reach Australia by boat are taken to Papua New Guinea or Nauru

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

Refugee sets herself alight at Australia's Nauru camp

May 03, 2016 - 1:06 PM

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the incident happened May 2 and the behavior of those detained on the small island – where Australia sends asylum seekers arriving by boat – was intensifying

A man carries a placard during a candle light-vigil for an Iranian refugee, who died after setting himself on fire, in Sydney on April 30, 2016. Saeed Khan/AFP

Island states come to UN ready to move on climate deal

Apr 21, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The world s island states will come to the United Nations not only to sign the Paris climate deal but to be first in line to make sure it goes into force

AFTER THE STORM. A handout picture made available by UNICEF on February 25, 2016 shows a child's toy lies abandoned tattered and torn amongst the piles of debris left behind by the Category 5 Cyclone Winston that flattened the island of Koro, Fiji. Handout photo by Joseph Hing/Unicef/EPA

Nauru asylum baby to remain in Australia – immigration minister

Feb 21, 2016 - 3:14 PM

The decision comes after a public outcry among advocates against the harsh immigration policy

Australian hospital refuses to return asylum baby to Nauru

Feb 14, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Momentum builds across the country against offshore Pacific camps for processing refugees

'LET THEM STAY' In this photo, pro-refugees protesters rally outside the Immigration Office in Brisbane, Australia, February 5, 2016. Dan Peled/EPA

Australia churches to offer sanctuary to asylum-seekers

Feb 04, 2016 - 1:04 PM

Anglican Dean of Brisbane: So this is really a moral stand and it wouldn t be a good look I don t think for someone to enter a church and to drag people away

DEFIANCE. Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt poses for photos at St John's Anglican cathedral in Brisbane, Australia, February 4, 2016. Dan Peled/EPA

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

Cambodia admits first asylum-seekers under Australia deal – official

Jun 04, 2015 - 1:06 PM

The Cambodia Australia deal was inked last September to allow those granted refugee status in Nauru to permanently resettle in Cambodia

RESETTLERS. Refugees from Australia (C), are guarded by Cambodian officers as they arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport, Cambodia, June 4, 2015. Mak Remissa/EPA

UN slams Nauru for Facebook ban, stifling dissent

May 25, 2015 - 11:31 AM

Nauru curbs Internet access in the nation of 10 000 people to ban pornography though social media sites such as Facebook are caught in the dragnet

Australian inquiry told of abuse in Nauru immigration camp

May 19, 2015 - 3:17 PM

The Senate inquiry is looking into recent allegations about conditions for would be refugees on Nauru including of sexual and physical assault

Australia knew of child sex abuse at Nauru camp – workers

Apr 08, 2015 - 2:09 PM

But Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says his predecessor was only made aware of the allegations in late 2014 and had then ordered a review

A handout image released by the Nauru government shows the first asylum seekers, wishing to be granted asylum in Australia, arrive in Nauru from Christmas Island, 14 September 2012. Rod Henshaw/Handout/EPA

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

Australian-born baby denied refugee status

Oct 15, 2014 - 4:29 PM

Australia denies asylum seekers arriving by boat resettlement in the country sending them instead to camps in Nauru and Papua New Guinea

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

Australia to free some detained asylum-seeker children

Aug 19, 2014 - 12:06 PM

A large number of the children and their families would be given bridging visas allowing them to live in the community

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, file photo by William West / AFP

Jolie to visit Nauru to check refugee facilities

Jul 14, 2014 - 11:08 AM

Jolie a UN goodwill ambassador was invited by the Pacific island nation s President Baron Waqa to check where Australia sends asylum seekers for processing and resettlement

Indonesia speaks out on boatpeople amid Australia tension

Apr 21, 2014 - 3:10 PM

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa says there must be alternative ways of stopping the flow of asylum seekers

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Australia probes detention of asylum-seeker children

Feb 03, 2014 - 4:05 PM

The inquiry will examine whether Australia is in breach of international child protection obligations and measure progress on the issue over the past decade

Australia says UN criticism of Pacific camps 'overstated'

Nov 27, 2013 - 3:21 PM

The UNHCR said facilities on Papua New Guinea s Manus Island and the tiny Pacific state of Nauru failed to meet international standards of treatment

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 says boatpeople 'floodgates closed'

Oct 31, 2013 - 4:27 PM

Since assuming office his government has been implementing its Stop the Boats policy

Australia boat arrivals slow as Indonesia arrests smugglers

Oct 11, 2013 - 2:58 PM

Under Operation Sovereign Borders a sharp reduction in Australian bound asylum seeking boat interceptions looks to have occurred

STOP THE BOATS. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his policies to stop people-smuggling into Australia are working. AFP / Saeed Khan

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

Australia puts bounty on people smugglers

Jul 21, 2013 - 3:45 AM

Refugees arriving on unauthorized boats would have no chance of being resettled in Australia in a bid to stop the rush of asylum seekers arriving by sea

Australia set to send boatpeople offshore

Aug 14, 2012 - 3:54 PM

UPDATED Australia s parliament Tuesday August 14 neared agreement to transfer boatpeople seeking asylum to Pacific states