Refugees

Sri Lanka 'hunting' refugees who sheltered Snowden in Hong Kong

Criminal investigators from Sri Lanka are believed to have visited Hong Kong looking for them, their lawyer said.

The Sri Lankan police have denied the allegations.

Law enforcement authorities from mainland China or other countries have no jurisdiction in Hong Kong.

The lawyer representing the men, Robert Tibbo, said that at least two officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Sri Lanka police visited Hong Kong in December looking for them.

LO suggests a brothel for ‘hyper active refugees’

Local landowner in Lorengau town, Pomaiou Poiil, said: “The government should allow for a w**** house in Lorengau town.

“I know a lot of people will be against me as PNG is a Christian country but Manus Island must be an exception.

“We are dealing with a situation that has never happened before in the country.”

The landowner says if the Government approves the idea, he will get in call girls from Asian countries to service these “hyper active refugees”.

Starbucks to hire 10,000 refugees

Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz outlined the company's plan in a memo sent to employees Sunday in response to President Trump's executive order banning travel from seven Muslim majority countries.

"We are living in an unprecedented time," Schultz wrote in the memo, which listed several actions the company says it is taking to "reinforce our belief in our partners around the world."

The refugee hiring proposal, Schultz wrote, will begin with a focus on people who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel.

Benjamin raises concern over safety of Manus people

He said the refugees have abused the peace loving nature of his people and are causing many problems in the province.

The warning was made in Parliament today following numerous reports of incidents allegedly caused by the refugees. The latest incident involved the alleged rape of a young woman.

The Governor said although the Provincial Executive Council passed a resolution for the refugees to remain in the camp, the Supreme Court decision of April 26 2016 rendering the camp illegal, allows for refugees to leave the camp at will.

Warrant of arrest out for two Asylum seekers

Senior Magistrate Josephine Nidu issued the warrant of arrest for 26-year-old Mehdi Bohlouli and 28-year-old Mahbomb Rabbani Mohammad.

Both men were arrest on Jan 1, 2017 after they were picked up by police on New Year Eve at Salasia village near Lorengau.

They were charged with drunk and disorderly behaviour and resisting police arrest. They have been on bail of K200 each, however that bail has been forfeited.

Acting Provincial Police Commander Senior Inspector David Yapu said he has directed his officers to execute the warrants of arrest and have them locked up.

Refugees’ cases adjourned to this week

Their cases were stood over to Wednesday this week for mention because the magistrate in Lorengau was not available last week.

They are expected to be represented in court by private lawyers in Manus as their lawyer is out of the country.

Two of the refugees of Iranian origin were arrested on New Years Eve at Salasia village, near Lorengau and charged with drinking and behaving disorderly in public and resisting police arrest.   

They are 26-year-old Mehdi and 28-year-old Mohammad. The have been released on K200 police bail.

More drunken refugees arrested in Manus

This follows the arrest of  two others from Iran the day before  who were charged for drunk and disorderly behaviour on New Years eve.

The three refugees were arrested around 7:30pm in front of the Splendid shop, in Lorengau town.

Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector David Yapu said two of the men are from Bangladesh while  one is from Burma. They are aged 22, 24 and 26.

PPC Yapu said the three men were drunk and were causing a nuisance in town when police were called in to arrest them. They remain in custody and have not been able to pay police bail.

Peace, goodwill, and family: Refugees celebrate their first Australian Christmas

Zainabu and her son Abdul-Aziz are from Congo, but have spent the last six years in a refugee camp in Uganda.

"This will be the first Christmas I can enjoy with my son," she said.

"In Africa I was not safe. I couldn't care about Christmas. If you are not safe, how can you enjoy it? Christmas was always too sad.

"But now I am here. I am happy, and able to enjoy Christmas for the first time in a very long time."

Asylum seekers pursue review against State

The section 5 notice or notice of claims was served on the State and PNG Immigration in November, and the Solicitor General, who represents the State in civil claim matters, rejected the notice.

It was rejected because the new Supreme Court case filed by the 731 asylum seekers, seeking enforcement orders from the Namah Supreme Court case of April 26, was filed out of time.

Nauru welcomes Australia's refugee deal with US

Australia has reached a resettlement deal with the United States for refugees being held on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and Nauru.

About 900 men are in camp on Manus Island while about 400 people are in the camp on Nauru with roughly the same number living in the community.

The justice minister David Adeang said while the Nauru government had consistently sought to correct false reports about conditions and safety of the refugees, it had also always stated the need to find suitable third countries for permanent resettlement.