Papua New Guinea--Manus Island


12 Nov 2017

Back in October 2005, Australia confronted a looming humanitarian emergency not too different from the one the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, says is unfolding on Manus Island now. A group of asylum seekers had been held for roughly the same four-year-plus...


6 Nov 2017

In her first meeting with Malcolm Turnbull on 5 November, NZ Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, behaved with admirable tact and diplomacy. She offered the Australian government a partial way out of its self-made disaster on Manus Island, and when her proposal was instantly put on...

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27 Oct 2017

The Australian-funded regional processing centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), is due to close on 31 October. This will bring to an end, after five years, the Australian Government practice of offshore processing of asylum seekers on Manus Island (the processing centre on...


18 May 2017

New polling from The Australia Institute shows the majority of Australians think US President Donald Trump will not honour a deal to take refugees from Manus Island and Nauru to be resettled in the United States.

Half of respondents (51%) disagreed with the statement...


14 May 2017

Digital verification of images and videos establishes that bullets were fired directly into the Manus refugee centre on 14 April, putting the lives of refugees and asylum-seekers there in danger, this new Amnesty International briefing says.

The new briefing directly contradicts initial claims made...

Research report

21 Apr 2017

On 12 September 2016, the Senate referred the following matters to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report.

The terms of reference were as follows;

The serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to...

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17 Nov 2016

The one-off deal brokered by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, for the resettlement of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru to the United States has the potential to go a long way to finally giving these...

Research report

14 Sep 2016

The Commission has endeavoured to identify options for responding to flight by sea which are consistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations.

In publishing this paper, the Commission is seeking to make a positive contribution to this difficult policy area. We have sought to...

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13 Sep 2016

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) management of procurement activity for garrison support and welfare services at the offshore processing centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea (Manus Island) has fallen well short of effective procurement practice. This audit has identified serious and...


14 May 2015

On Thursday Thursday 14 May, the Hon Peter O’Neill, MP CMG, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, delivered an address to the Lowy Institute.

In his address, Prime Minister O’Neill reflected on Papua New Guinea’s place in the world as it celebrates 40 years...

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11 Dec 2014

An investigation by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee into the criminal assaults perpetrated against individuals detained at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre during the events of 16 to 18 February 2014.

Referral of the inquiry

On 5 March...

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23 May 2014

No single party was directly to blame for the two nights of violence that led to the death of the Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati at Manus detention centre, according to a long-awaited government-commissioned review.

The Cornall review, which places significant emphasis on the...

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12 May 2014

Abstract: There appears to have been little or no effort by the Australian and Papua New Guinean governments to address the recommendations in Amnesty International’s December 2013 report, This is Breaking People . The primary concerns around arbitrary and indefinite detention and lack of...

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11 Dec 2013

This report argues that asylum seekers detained at Australia's asylum seeker processing centre on Manus Island experience degrading conditions and serious human rights violations.

Introduction and summary

Fleeing war, chilling acts of torture, threats of death, or profound discrimination, many asylum seekers...

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26 Nov 2013

UNHCR undertook a visit to Manus Island from 23 to 25 October 2013 to assess the progress by Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) in implementing their commitments under the 1951 Refugee Convention since UNHCR’s June 2013 visit and to review the reception conditions at...

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12 Jul 2013

This report argues that current arrangements at Manus Island do not meet international protection standards for the reception and treatment of asylum-seekers.


UNHCR acknowledges a number of positive developments since its January visit, including the transfer of children and their families...

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28 Jun 2013

This paper sets out the key clauses of the government contract for health care provision to asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island, and examines their adequacy in providing for mental and physical health needs.


With the recent return to processing...

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4 Sep 2012

On 13 August 2012, the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers released its report containing a suite of measures and recommendations to the Government on how best to deal with asylum seeker issues in the short, medium and long term. One of the short-term...