Nauru

Nauru says UN detention centre inspectors weren't invited, questions cancellation as 'publicity stunt'

Thu 10 Apr 2014 -

YAREN, Nauru ----- The Nauru Government has questioned whether a United Nations inspection team is using the Pacific island nation for a publicity stunt.

Nauru slams door on UN inspection

Tue 08 Apr 2014 -

YAREN, Nauru ----Human rights investigators from the United Nations have been been forced to cancel a trip to Nauru to investigate the fate of asylum seekers sent there by Australia.

Nauru plans to set up internationally managed trust fund

Fri 21 Mar 2014 -

YAREN, Nauru ----- The Nauru Government has moved to set up an internationally managed trust fund so that the country's financial future is secure for generations to come.

Hearing dates set for Nauru camp rioters

Wed 19 Mar 2014 -

YAREN, Nauru ----- Nauru's Resident Magistrate has set hearing dates for various asylum seekers charged after riots at the Australian-run asylum seeker detention centre last July.

PIDF free from outside influence unlike Pacific Islands Forum: Fiji President

Fri 14 Feb 2014 -

YAREN, Nauru --- Fiji's President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says the establishment of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has enabled the voice of grassroots people to be heard.

Nauru government defends media visa price hike

Wed 12 Feb 2014 -

YAREN, Nauru ----Nauru has officially increased the cost of visas for media professionals from $200 to $8,000.

Salvation Army worker facing charges after allegedly doing donuts on Nauru airport runway

Tue 04 Feb 2014 -

YAREN, Nauru --- A Salvation Army worker is facing charges for driving on to the Nauru airport runway and doing “donuts” with a high-profile Australian lawyer in the back seat.

Nauru deports former media adviser Rod Henshaw

Wed 29 Jan 2014 -

YAREN, Nauru --- Nauru's Minister for Justice has signed an order deporting former media director Rod Henshaw from the country.

Nauru slams reports of island chaos

Wed 29 Jan 2014 -

YAREN, Nauru ---- The Nauru government has slammed reports about chaos on the tiny island nation as irresponsible, arrogant and even racist.

'We will determine who comes to our nation': Nauru President Baron Waqa

Fri 24 Jan 2014 -

YAREN, Nauru ---- Nauru President Baron Waqa has issued a fierce rebuttal against claims his country has abandoned the rule of law, saying “'we will determine who comes to our nation.”

Abbott's political agenda backfires on Nauru

Susan Metcalfe
Tue 21 Jan 2014 -

YAREN, Nauru --- During the visits I made to Nauru between 2005 and 2008, conducting research and offering independent support to Australia's asylum seekers, I was always aware that if the Nauruan government took a sudden dislike to me, I could be deported at their whim. This week's deportation of ...

Nauru law crisis rises, solicitor-general quits

Tue 21 Jan 2014 -

YAREN, Nauru --- Nauru's judicial crisis has escalated, with the country's solicitor-general quitting in protest at the sacking and deportation of Nauru's only magistrate and the sidelining of its chief justice on the eve of trials of scores of asylum seekers.

Courts in crisis as Nauru sacks its only magistrate, bars Chief Justice

Mon 20 Jan 2014 -

YAREN, Nauru --- Nauru's justice system is in disarray and cases against scores of asylum seekers are in limbo after the Nauru government sacked its only magistrate and denied its Australian Chief Justice a visa to re-enter the country.

Nauru opposition decries visa hike for foreign journalists

Fri 10 Jan 2014 -

YAREN, Nauru ----Nauru's opposition MPs have accused the government of trying to stop foreign journalists from covering events in the island nation by moving to sharply increase visa fees for media workers.

Another attempt to 'censor the media'

Fri 10 Jan 2014 -

YAREN, Nauru--- A member of Nauru Opposition Group, Mathew Batsiua says the new visa rules, expected to come into force this week, are a Nauru government tactic to censor the media.

Visa costs a revenue measure, Nauru says

Fri 10 Jan 2014 -

YAREN, Nauru --- Nauru says its decision to dramatically increase the cost of media visas is a revenue measure.

Good progress made on refugee backlog, says Nauru

Tue 07 Jan 2014 -

YAREN, Nauru --- The Nauru government says good progress has been made working through the backlog of refugee applications for more than 800 asylum-seekers in detention on the island republic.

Nauru staff member stood down over allegation of improper relationship with detainee

Tue 03 Dec 2013 -

YAREN, Nauru --- A staff member at the regional immigration processing centre on Nauru has been stood down amid allegations of improper relationships with detainees.

Asylum seeker children are integrating well in Nauru school

Mon 25 Nov 2013 -

YAREN, Nauru --- Twenty asylum seeker children residing at the Regional Processing Centre (RPC) on Nauru are enjoying their third week of school at Nauru College.

Special advisor to UN Secretary-General makes first trip to the Pacific

Mon 25 Nov 2013 -

YAREN, Nauru --- The Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General, Amina Mohammed made her first official trip to the Pacific region when she visited Nauru last week, according to the Nauru Media Bulletin.

Nauru makes only one refugee ruling in year

Tue 29 Oct 2013 -

YAREN, Nauru --- Refugee authorities on Nauru have handed down just one ruling in more than a year, despite millions of taxpayer dollars being spent on the remote facility.

Canberra’s detention centres impact on Nauru services

Wed 23 Oct 2013 -

YAREN, Nauru --- The three Australian-run asylum seeker detention camps on Nauru are having a significant impact on services on the island.

Nauru: The world's smallest republic

Wed 23 Oct 2013 -

YAREN, Nauru --- Nauru was once known as Pleasant Island, and locals will tell you it still is.

Boats wait as minister visits Nauru

Wed 09 Oct 2013 -

YAREN, Nauru --- Larger and more established people-smuggling outfits are holding off sending boats to Australia as they continue a watching brief on the Abbott government.

Medical aid to Nauru following hospital fires

Tue 08 Oct 2013 -

YAREN, Nauru --- MASHAV, Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation conducted an urgent medical resupply mission at the request of the Government of Nauru following a fire that destroyed parts of Nauru's main hospital.