Tag: PNG

Armed Raskols terrorise asylum seekers in Port Moresby

| April 22, 2021 | Reply

On Tuesday, 20 April, an early morning attack on a Port Moresby apartment accommodation by an armed rascal gang in Port Moresby has left asylum seekers being housed there in fear of their lives. A group of about eight PNG nationals armed with shotguns and pistols confronted unarmed guards at the Citi Apartments around 3.30am […]

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Manus asylum seeker in Bomana starts hunger strike after delays from PNG Supreme Court

| March 1, 2021 | Reply

A Bangladeshi asylum seeker, Helal, 31, with a wife and three-year-old son on Manus Island, has begun a hunger strike in Bomana prison where he has been held for over a year. Helal is protesting the failure of the Supreme Court to meet its own February deadline to hand down an appeal decision. Helal’s only […]

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PNG and Nauru refugees fly into COVID risk of US resettlement

| July 30, 2020 | Reply

After seven years held in offshore detention, thirteen refugees – nine from PNG, four from Nauru – have left their respective prison islands this morning (Thursday 31 July) to be resettled, 12 in the US, and one from PNG to Finland. The thirteen refugees are from a range of countries including Sri Lanka, Iran, Afghanistan, […]

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Manus refugee bashed during Port Moresby robbery

| June 17, 2020 | Reply

A 31-year-old Bangladeshi refugee, Rafi (not his real name), was singled out and bashed when a rascal gang robbed the general store in Boroko, Port Moresby, where he was working last Saturday 13 June, around 2.10pm. Rafi was taken to the back of the shop by four or five gang members. He was beaten and […]

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Port Moresby refugee hotel attacked by locals for a second time

| March 8, 2020 | Reply

For the second time in three weeks, a hotel at Four Mile, East Boroko, housing refugees from Manus Island, was attacked by a group of locals armed with knives, metal poles and stones. Last night (Saturday 7/03/20), from 8.30pm to the early hours of Sunday morning, the group made repeated efforts to enter the hotel, […]

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Three refugees injured as local attack Port Moresby hotel

| February 19, 2020 | Reply

A crowd of locals has attacked a Boroko hotel in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday 19 February) leaving three refugees injured and others fearing for their lives. The crowd was yelling, “We will kill you; get out of our country.” The crowd threw rocks and fought with refugees as they tried to gain […]

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PNG refugee service provider sacks eleven case workers amid rort allegations

| February 13, 2020 | Reply

Eleven of the PNG nationals employed by JDA under contract with Australia have been officially terminated. The sackings follow the resignation of 29 case workers and office staff last Friday. The JDA workers had revealed gross underpayments and other discrepancies in their pay and conditions including travel allowance and medical insurance. It is not clear […]

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Refugee case-worker dispute escalates in Port Moresby following mass resignations

| February 11, 2020 | Reply

Twenty-nine case-workers have resigned from JDA, the company contracted to provide services to refugees living in limbo in Port Moresby. The twenty-nine PNG nationals resigned last Friday in a dispute with JDA management over discrepancies over pay rates, travel allowance, medical insurance and other disputed conditions over the multi-million dollar contracts paid by Australia. “There […]

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More threats to relocate refugees in Port Moresby into poverty

| October 2, 2019 | Reply

After being transferred from Manus to hotels in Port Moresby, refugees’ living conditions and safety are now under threat. Refugees presently living in the Granville Motel have been told that their living allowance of 100 kina (approx. $A50) a week will be cut off unless they “agree” to ‘move into residential accommodation’. JDA, the company […]

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PNG removes appeal rights for asylum seekers: more threatened with deportation

| September 2, 2015 | Reply

In what seems to be a knee-jerk response to the Supreme Court constitutional challenge to Manus Island, the Papua New Guinea Immigration department has summarily removed the right of appeal from asylum seekers on Manus Island. At an “open” meeting of Manus Island asylum seekers yesterday morning (1 September), around 30 asylum seekers from the […]

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