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Supreme Court ruling shows PNG needs new asylum seeker laws

It is timely to consider the legal implications of last week's ruling by the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea which held the detention of asylum seekers at Manus Island Processing Centre (MIPC) breached their constitutional rights to...Show More Summary

Cheating death: Papua New Guinea's snake man

An Australian scientist is on a quest to find an affordable treatment to combat deadly snake bites in Papua New Guinea.

HPV infection can be identified in self-collected vaginal swabs

High risk, potentially cancer causing human papillomavirus infections are common among women in Papua New Guinea. But self sampling with vaginal swabs may provide materials that screen as accurately as the more labor-intensive approach using cervical samples obtained by clinicians. Show More Summary

Newswire: New weevil named after Chewbacca, probably has a bounty on its head now

Scientists in Papua New Guinea were recently able to tie in their love of science fantasy with their research, naming a newly-discovered species of beetle after Chewbacca. According to Discovery News, the Trigonopterus chewbacca weevil...Show More Summary

Beetle Named After Chewbacca

6 days agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

A group of scientists have described four new species of weevil beetles found in Papua New Guinea. One of them was named Trigonopterus chewbacca, after the Wookiee we all know and love from Star Wars. The other beetles have names that don’t relate to any pop culture franchise. Show More Summary

Newly Discovered Species of Weevil Named After Chewbacca

Dr Matthew H. Van Dam of the SNSB-Zoological State Collection, Raymond Laufa of The University of Papua New Guinea, and Dr Alexander Riedel of the Natural History Museum of Karlsruhe have discovered a new species of weevil, and they’ve named it after the beloved character Chewbacca from the Star Wars film series. Show More Summary

After years of hosting a notorious refugee camp for Australia, Papua New Guinea says, Enough

last weekNews : BlogPost

The saga of Australia's controversial offshore refugee detention centers took an unexpected turn Tuesday when the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea ordered that the biggest facility, on its Manus Island, be closed. Between 2010 and 2014, Australia saw a huge influx of refugees — many from Afghanistan, Iran and Bangladesh — attempting sea journeys. The government […]

Pacific Island Links: Manus Island bombshell, MSG tension, no Fiji chiefs council and more

[youtube:y05UoA7gfiY] On Tuesday Papua New Guinea’s supreme court ruled that the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is illegal and ordered the governments of PNG and Australia take immediate action to end the practice. Daniel...Show More Summary

Papua New Guinea to close Australian refugee centre

PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's announcement comes after the country's supreme court ruled the camp was illegal.

Australia rules out settling 800 asylum seekers as PNG says it will close camp

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Papua New Guinea said on Wednesday it will close an Australian immigration center on a northern island after its Supreme Court ruled it unlawful, but Australia ruled out accepting more than 800 asylum seekers detained there.

A constitution Papua New Guinea can be proud of

Once again, the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court has demonstrated its forthright independence by finding against the PNG Government over the legality of the Australian funded Manus asylum seeker detention facility. In a five to zero ruling,...Show More Summary

New curiously scaled beetle species from New Britain named after 'Star Wars' Chewbacca

Chewbacca, the fictional 'Star Wars' character, has given his name to a new species of flightless beetle, discovered in New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Although Trigonopterus chewbacca was only one of the four black new weevil beetles found during the expedition, it stood out with its curious scales, which made the authors think of Han Solo's loyal companion. read more

PNG top court says Australia asylum camp is illegal

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has ruled that detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is illegal and must stop.

Australian Refugee Detention Center Is Declared Illegal By Papua New Guinea Court

last weekNews : The Two-Way

In their order, the judges said Australia and Papua New Guinea must "take all steps necessary" to stop the "unconstitutional and illegal detention of the asylum seekers."

Papua New Guinea Court Rules Australian Detention Center at Manus Illegal

Papua New Guinea's (PNG) Supreme Court ruled the detention of migrants applying for asylum in Australia at the center located on PNG's island of Manus is illegal, local media reported Tuesday.

Australian Detention Center at Manus Ruled Illegal by Papua New Guinea Court

Australia houses 850 refugees and illegal immigrants on the Papuan island of Manus

Australia's asylum seeker detentions on PNG island ruled illegal

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Australia's practice of detaining asylum seekers on PNG's northern Manus Island was illegal and must stop.

Pacific Island links: PNG police split, Melanesia Spearhead Group, Fiji and the South China Sea and more

By Alastair Davis, an intern in the Lowy Institute's Melanesia Program. Papua New Guinea is still experiencing a tense political atmosphere. Elements of the police force are in open dispute over the legality of arrests made by anti-corruption...Show More Summary

Papua New Guinea’s new economic reality

There’s a problem with having your economy as one of the world’s most dependent on the natural resources sector; when global commodity prices come down you come down with them. Mongolia, Timor-Leste and Laos, to name a few in our region, have all faced a dramatic change of fortunes in 2015. Show More Summary

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