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Asia Pacific news edited by AUT's Pacific Media Centre

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    By Kendall Hutt in Auckland Australia’s offshore refugee detention centres in the Pacific are facing further controversy as the gradual closure and demolition of the institution on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea begins. Following the announcement of Papua New Guinean authorities last month, one compound has already been closed, with another planned for June

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    Speaking about the controversial Manus Asylum Centre saga, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says the deal was signed and agreed to for the development of Manus province. Video: EMTV News in Tok Pisin Pacific Media Watch News Desk The largest crowd ever to attend an election campaign rally on Manus greeted Prime Minister Peter O’Neill as

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    By Kendall Hutt in Auckland Forty minutes of solidarity marked New Zealand’s stand with refugees imprisoned in Australia’s offshore detention centres across the Pacific today. More than 60 people stood outside Australia’s Auckland consulate to protest over more than 1000 refugees stuck in limbo in processing centres likened to open-air prisons. “The Australian government’s policies

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    Manus Island prison … as reported by Leah Harding about Iranian filmmaker Behrouz Boochani and the docomentary Chauka: Please Tell Us The Time at #AJNewsgrid. Al Jazeera video Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Australia will pay A$70 million (US$56 million) to asylum seekers detained in Papua New Guinea, after a senior judge has approved a major

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    Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk The Australian government will be offering money to refugees on Manus Island who agree to return to their home countries as it rushes to shut down the detention centre in Papua New Guinea, reports the PNG Post-Courier. While most of the refugees have refused to stay in Papua New Guinea, Australia

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    By Kirsty Johnston of The New Zealand Herald Most of Golriz Ghahraman’s childhood memories are of war. She remembers howling sirens, sending families scurrying into basements. She remembers people being trapped. She remembers families trying to escape the country, fearful of being targeted for their beliefs. Others simply disappeared. “We knew one guy… a 16-year-old,

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    By Kendall Hutt in Auckland Black-and-white photographs are aiming to start a conversation and dispel myths around former refugees and asylum seekers in New Zealand. Transplanted: Refugee portraits of New Zealand showcases two-metre tall, black-and white-close-up portraits of former refugees by award-winning photographer Alistair Guthrie. The portraits are currently on display in a ten-day exhibition

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    The squalor faced by Manus Island refugees in Papua New Guinea. TRT video Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk New Zealand activists have chained themselves to the gates of the Australian High Commission in Wellington while Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has reaffirmed the country’s offer to take some of the refugees and asylum-seekers from Manus Island in

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    Papua New Guinea immigration officials last week started dismantling parts of a prison camp housing hundreds of defiant refugees as an evacuation deadline loomed yesterday. Video: Al Jazeera OPINION: By Murray Horton of the Aotearoa Independence Movement Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is to be congratulated for trying to do the decent thing by, in her

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    OPINION: By Chris Trotter You have to go a long way to find anything remotely resembling Australia’s current treatment of New Zealand. For a supposedly friendly government to deliberately inject inflammatory disinformation into the political bloodstream of its supposedly closest neighbour is an extraordinarily provocative act. Not quite an act of war, but the sort

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    OPINION: By Sharon Harvey and Sorowar Chowdhury The plight of the Rohingya people has hit the international headlines again. Following the August clashes in Rakhine State between Myanmar police and army and an armed opposition group, Myanmar has seen an accelerated exodus of Rohingya people into Bangladesh. There are estimated to be about one million

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    Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk New Zealand journalist Yasmine Ryan, credited with being the first reporter writing in English about the Arab Spring from her base in Tunisia, has been farewelled at a funeral held in Auckland today, reports Stuff. Ryan died in Turkey at the age of 35 after reportedly falling from the fifth storey

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    BRIEFING: By Erin Harris The decision to terminate a long-standing arrangement that saw the Australian High Court act as a partial appellate court for Nauru, as reported last week, has heightened concerns about Nauru’s appropriateness as a venue for an Australian immigration detention centre. The timing of the decision – 90 days’ notice of the

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    Refugees and asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island have suffered repeated violent attacks and robberies by locals, says Human Rights Watch. Video: HRW Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Papua New Guinea has been condemned for violent mob attacks on people accused of sorcery – especially women or girls, repeated assaults and robberies on refugees,

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    By Mong Palatino Protests have been gathering force over the Nauru government ban on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) from entering the country to cover the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Summit in September. Nauru accused ABC, which is Australia’s public broadcaster, of biased and false reporting. The summit is an annual gathering of Oceania’s heads

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    When the host country Nauru banned the pool broadcaster, ABC, from the Pacific Islands summit set for next month, it was condemned widely for an attack on freedom on the media. Lee Duffield recently paid a visit to Dan McGarry, media director of the Vanuatu Daily Post, who took a lead, declaring his outlet would

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