Papua New Guinea Headlines

  • 'Sorcery' attacks in Papua New Guinea's highlands – in pictures

    Sanguma is a Papua New Guinean word meaning black magic or sorcery. If something unwanted occurs in a village, people, most commonly women, are often accused of committing black magic, or of being a witch. They are then cast out of their homes and attacked or killed. Photographer Kristina Steiner travelled to the highlands of PNG to meet the victims of an increased number of violent attacks against people accused of sanguma. The PNG government acknowledged the increase in ‘sorcery’ attacks in...

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  • More Nauru refugees depart for US as attack on Manus provokes panic

    Iranians excluded from group of 35 refugees Men on Manus Island allege PNG soldiers attacked themAnother 35 refugees are leaving Nauru for the United States on Sunday, the third group to depart Australia’s offshore immigration centres this week.Almost all are single Afghan, Pakistani or Rohingya men, along with one Sri Lankan family and one Bangladeshi refugee, said Ian Rintoul of the the Refugee Action Coalition. The makeup further confirms fears that Iranians, who make up the largest national...

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  • Third group of Manus refugees leave for US as despair grips those left behind

    UN calls for urgent resolution for those left in limbo in Australia’s offshore detention regime amid ‘a pervasive and worsening sense of despair’ Another 18 refugees from Australia’s offshore immigration regime have left Papua New Guinea for resettlement in America, but the United Nations refugee agency has warned that those who remain are showing “a pervasive and worsening sense of despair”. Speaking in Geneva, the UNHCR’s regional protection officer, Rico Salcedo, said Australia’s offshore...

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  • U.N. urges Australia to take responsibility for refugees

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Australia on Tuesday to take responsibility for around 800 refugees and asylum seekers stranded in a detention centre on Papua New Guinea where it said many lack medical and mental health care.
  • Taiwan says 'insensitive' China playing politics with Papua New Guinea move soon after quake

    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan has accused China of insensitivity by announcing that Papua New Guinea had downgraded its relations with the self-ruled island while Taiwan was still dealing with the aftermath of a deadly earthquake.
  • UN tells PNG it has a duty to look after refugees from Australia

    Top human rights official raises issue of asylum-seeker treatment with Peter O’Neill Papua New Guinea has been told by the United Nations’ top human rights official that it is obligated to take care of hundreds of refugees sent there by Australia. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, raised the issue with the PNG prime minister, Peter O’Neill, in a meeting in Port Moresby on Friday, Zeid’s spokeswoman, Ravina Shamdasani, said. Continue reading...

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