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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
After five years, the Australian government practice of offshore processing of asylum seekers on Manus Island is about to finish.