Nauru

Small islands call for global moratorium on coal mines

The leaders of the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau and Tuvalu caught up on Monday before the wider 16 nation Pacific Island Forum leaders summit in Papua New Guinea later this week.

They issued a special declaration on climate change that demanded the world limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and that countries uphold the principle of polluter pays.

Nauru hits back over NZ aid suspension

In a statement it further accuses New Zealand of attempting to undermine the island's national sovereignty and interfering in its domestic affairs.

The Nauru Justice Minister, David Adeang, claims the move is based on misinformation from Opposition MP Roland Kun and his wife, who he says have been lobbying the New Zealand Government.

He says any suggestion the Nauru justice system is not independent or that the rule of law is not being upheld is completely wrong and offensive to the country's judges.

Transfield to run detention centres on Nauru, Manus Island for five more years

Transfield said on Monday that it had been notified by the department that it was the preferred tenderer to provide welfare and security services on the islands after its existing contract expires on October 31.

“Subject to completion of a contract, the company will be responsible for providing these services for a further five years,” Transfield said.

The renewal of the contract will heighten focus on Transfield's management of the detention centres after several pension funds sold out of the stock following allegations of alleged human rights abuses.

Nauru assaults and illness covered up by government, lawyers group says

This is showing the Australian federal government is aiding a "cover-up" of alarming conditions at the Nauru detention camp, a lawyers group says.

Data released under freedom of information laws to the Australian Lawyers Alliance shows serious incidents uncovered by the damning Moss review, and others detailed to a Senate inquiry, were not reported to Comcare, the nation's work safety regulator.

Transfield Services aims to send fund managers to Nauru and Manus

This is to assure industry superannuation funds that it is not committing human rights abuses.

Transfield expects the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to renew a AUD$2.2 billion (US$1.5 billion) contract providing operational, maintenance and welfare support ­services for detention centres on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and Nauru within the next few weeks before its current contract expires on October 31.

Australia's High Court to test constitutionality of offshore detention

The case is being brought by the Human Rights Law Centre on behalf of 150 asylum seekers who were temporarily moved to Australia from Nauru for medical treatment.

When it was originally raised in May, the case argued that there was no Australian law which gave the government the power to facilitate offshore arrangements.

But the government, with the support of the opposition Labor party, hastily brought in such a law.

Transfield Services apologises for surveillance of Greens senator

In June the Immigration Department confirmed a contractor had been disciplined over the spying incident in December 2013.

The Wilson Security supervisor was disciplined for tailing Senator Hanson-Young's car after she left Australia's immigration detention facilities on the Pacific island.

Transfield has been giving evidence about conditions on Nauru during a Senate inquiry in Canberra.

Expert urges Nauru to withdraw norms threatening freedom of expression

Mr. Kaye also urged the authorities to revoke other measures that restrain access to internet and social media and curtail the freedom of the press.

“These new laws could be used to muzzle dissenting opinions and deter human rights defenders, academics, journalists, students, politicians and civil society members”, the expert warned.

Nauru shines in powerlifting

Papua New Guinea meanwhile were shadowed by their opponents grabbing bronze in the two events they competed in.

Alfred Mel and Vagi Henry competed in the 105kg and +120kg finishing third respectively.

Roy Detabena and Jezza Uepa representing Nauru won gold in the 93kg and +120kg respectively. 

While in the 93kg division Ofisa Ofisa of Samoa won the gold and Telupe Isefa of Tuvalu won gold in the 120kg.

In the other final session results, 93kg silver went to Raboe Roland (Nauru) and Teotahi Hinau (Tahiti) got bronze.

Nauru rugby 7 teams fly in

The 7s team touched  down on PNG soil this morning with the full Nauru contingent after a four hours flight.

Team manager Darrius Deteramo said his troops are here to gain experience.

He said that the sport was introduced there three years ago and it is an opportunity to expose his players to an organized competition on the Games level.

Nauru will also field teams in seven other sports.