Human beings want Rohingyas rescued, helped and (if they want) resettled.
Fascist, anti refugee media, US and Australian officials don't.
These two sides represent the two forces which are invisbly clashing at the moment to cause the constantly changing mixed messages from the region about the treatment of refugees.
... Goledzinowski [Australia’s ambassador for people smuggling issues, Andrew Goledzinowski] said resettlement was raised during the Bangkok meeting on 29 May.
“All who spoke on resettlement said that this was not a durable solution for the Rohingya problem and that it would constitute a pull factor,” he told a Senate estimates committee on Wednesday. “The UNHCR was the most articulate on this point.”
He engaged in bilateral meetings with representatives from some of the other 16 countries in attendance, and is adamant that at least one will seek further briefings on adopting Australia’s key asylum seeker measures.
“We also were able to talk a little bit about our own experiences during operation sovereign borders where we’ve been very successful in disrupting people trafficking and smuggling networks,” Goledzinowski said.
... Anne Richard, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for population, migration and refugees, said resettling all Rohingya refugees in the United States would entice others to leave their homeland.
"The answer to the issue is peace and stability and citizenship for the Rohingyas in Rakhine state, and that is the solution," she said at the end of a three-day visit to Malaysia. ...
The United States is responsible for everything that happens to every single one of these people ---> Myanmar lands 700 refugees after keeping them in a warehouse - 1,000s still at sea [Yahoo - 3/6/15]:
Myanmar brought ashore more than 700 "boat people" it had kept at sea for days aboard a seized vessel, as the United States on Wednesday called on the country to help solve a migrant crisis by recognizing the rights of its Muslim Rohingya minority.
U.S. President Barack Obama has sought to make Myanmar's transition to democracy a legacy of his presidency, and Washington is stepping up pressure on the Southeast Asian nation to tackle what it sees as the root causes of an exodus of migrants across the Bay of Bengal that the region has struggled to cope with.
The 727 migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. Myanmar's navy brought the vessel to the coast of western Rakhine state, where they disembarked on Wednesday.
Two migrants who came ashore told Reuters that 200-300 people on the boat were Rohingya, and the remainder Bangladeshis. Myanmar authorities have said they believe most are Bangladeshis.
Authorities separated Bangladeshis from Rohingya, before taking the Bangladeshis away in buses, a Reuters witness said.
The Rohingya were kept inside a warehouse at the landing point, where they were watched over by dozens of police, the witness said. It was unclear if the group was moved later, as journalists were asked to leave the site.
No aid personnel had access to the site at that point, the Reuters witness said. The U.S. called on Myanmar authorities to allow aid agencies access to the migrants.
"We are strongly urging authorities to ensure the full protection and well-being of the migrants and to allow for immediate humanitarian access and assistance, including urgent medical care and adequate accommodation," a U.S. embassy spokesman said.
Women and children from the boat were taken to the same location where another 200 migrants, who came ashore on another boat in May, are being held, Myanmar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday.
The rest were taken to near the border with Bangladesh, the statement said.
Cyclists stand firm in face of multiple Yarra Boulevard tack attacks
The Age [3/6/16]:
Melbourne's mystery tack attacker has struck again, littering the Yarra Boulevard bitumen with sharp tacks overnight and puncturing the tyres of early morning cyclists in a malicious fear campaign against riders.
But the cycling community is planning to thumb its nose at the attacker in eccentric fashion this long weekend, with a group of more than 50 riders set for a non-stop, 24-hour ride round and round the boulevard.
The defiant endurance ride is scheduled to start at 7am on Sunday and finish at 7am on Monday.
Hardy cyclists who join in the so-called RAT ride (ride against tacks) will stop for meals and toilet breaks but will otherwise pedal on around the clock. Organiser George Mihailides said he expected hundreds more would cheer them on.
Mr Mihailides said the ride would prove to whoever was leaving tacks on the road that cyclists would not be deterred from riding the boulevard, a highly popular recreational cycling route.
There have been other protest rides in recent weeks. One ride, on May 3, attracted about 1000 people but was almost sabotaged after tacks were strewn on the road the night before and many protesters had their wheels punctured.
Mr Mihailides said it was only a matter of time before a rider was seriously hurt and surveillance cameras were needed to catch the attacker.
"The perpetrator is quite cunning, it's a secluded piece of road and they're probably throwing the tacks from a car, or maybe on foot," he said. "They're not going to do it when people are around watching so you've got to have some method of locking down who it is," he said.
Hundreds of cyclists are believed to have suffered punctures while riding on Yarra Boulevard in the past year-and-a-half.
The City of Boroondara has also spent thousands of dollars of ratepayers' money on periodically sweeping the road.
Yarra Boulevard will be swept on Saturday so the road is tack-free for Sunday's marathon protest ride.
Victoria Police have patrolled the area on occasions since the tack attacks started and have put out calls for information but have not found the culprit or culprits.
Sydney man arrested after girl hit on pedestrian crossing
Nine MSN [3/6//15]:
A man has been arrested after he allegedly drove into a teenage girl with his utility in Sydney.
Police say the 15-year-old girl was on a pedestrian crossing in inner-western Newtown about 8am when she was hit by the black Holden.
The driver stopped before allegedly getting back into the ute and driving away.
The girl was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with a cut to her head. She remains in a stable condition.
A 43-year-old man attended Newtown Police Station about 5.30pm and was arrested.
Pedestrian hit by car on Ruthven Street, Toowoomba [Chronicle – 3/6/15]
Car crashes into front yard during police pursuit, Kingsley
West Australian [3/6/15]:
A man has been arrested after a northern suburbs chase and police are looking for a second vehicle after a dramatic high-speed pursuit this morning.
A 22-year-old man is in custody after a Holden Clubsport allegedly stolen from a car wash in Maddington last Friday crashed into the front yard of a Kingsley home this morning.
Police are investigating possible links to an armed robbery in Bindoon on Monday night.
Investigators say occupants of the Holden Clubsport sedan are believed to have stolen an HSV utility from a drive-through coffee shop in Hillarys about 7.30am today.
Both vehicles evaded police but the Holden crashed at the intersection of Greenwich Court and Kingsley Drive in Kingsley.
The stolen HSV utility was last seen travelling south along the Mitchell Freeway.
Boys charged following Geebung police pursuit
QPS Media [3/6/15]:
Police have charged two other boys following to alleged break and enters in the Pine Rivers area and a traffic crash at Geebung on May 31.
A 15-year-old Carseldine boy has been charged with two counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle, two counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing grievous bodily harm, one count each of burglary and commit indictable offence, unlicensed driving and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
A 15-year-old Bellbird Park boy has been charged with two counts each of burglary and commit indictable offence and unlawful use of motor vehicles.
Both boys will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Man, boys hospitalised following police pursuit crash, Geebung [QPS Media - 1/6/15]
Fatal traffic crash, Burpengary
QPS Media [3/6/15]:
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating a fatal traffic crash on Old Gympie Road, Burpengary
Initial investigations suggest that just around 5.48pm a car struck a power pole.
A 74-year-old female passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The male driver, believed to be in his eighties, was transported to the Royal Brisbane Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact Crime Stoppers or their local police.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Ute rolls over after crash with four wheel drive [Gladstone Observer – 3/6/15]
Driver rolls down embankment after falling asleep [Gladstone Observer – 3/6/15]
Six backpackers unharmed after van rollover, Childers [News-Mail – 3/6/15]
22-year-old man seriously assaulted, Cloncurry
North West Star [ 2/6/15]:
Cloncurry Police are attempting to resolve an ongoing family feud which escalated at the weekend and left a man with a serious abdomen wound after he was bashed with an iron bar.
A 22 year-old male was airlifted to Mount Isa from Cloncurry hospital by the RACQ NQ Rescue Helicopter on Saturday night, May 30, after a large disturbance in Short Street.
Cloncurry Senior Sergeant Brad Rix said the incident occurred about 9pm involving people known to each other.
“Police are both concerned and frustrated at ongoing feuds between groups and families known to each other which escalate from verbal insults into acts of violence in public places,” Senior Sergeant Rix said.
“Police would urge groups or individuals involved in these feuds to consider alternative methods of resolving their issues, many of which are long running.
“Police would also remind the community of the potential consequences of involvement in these violent disturbances.
“It’s only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured, or worse, leaving everyone involved living with some regret that the matter couldn’t be resolved in a more civilised manner.”
Police investigations are continuing.
The rescue chopper also responded to a truck fire 120 kilometres north of Cloncurry on Burke Development Road on Sunday night, May 31.
RACQ NQ Rescue Helicopter chief executive officer Alex Dorr said a wheel caught fire and as the driver pulled over to check, it exploded and he was thrust from the truck.
QAS Critical Care Flight Paramedics treated the 67-year-old males for a suspected broken leg before he was airlifted to Mount Isa Hospital in a stable condition.
Bundaberg Regional Council refuse to fly Aboriginal flag
News Mail [3/6/15]:
"There is no law against flying the Aboriginal flag."
These are the words of Gidarjil Tumra co-ordinator Peter Brockhurst as he expressed his confusion and anger following the group's fourth protest outside Bundaberg Regional Council chambers today.
Earlier this year, the group requested the council fly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags full-time in Buss Park alongside the Australian flag and not just for "special events" such as NAIDOC week.
But with that request still to be filled and ongoing talk with the council unsuccessful, the group has set up a weekly protest in Buss Park.
Mr Brockhurst said the protest size was staying consistent and mixed each week and attracting strong community support.
"Nobody understands why the council won't fly it, why there's negativity towards it rather than them just going with it," he said.
Clinic takes Melbourne City Council to court to stop anti-reproductive rights protesters harassing patients and staff
Nine MSN [3/6/15]:
An East Melbourne fertility clinic is taking Supreme Court action to ban pro-life protesters, claiming Melbourne City Council has allowed the protesters to create a nuisance for patients.
The Fertility Control clinic is taking a stand against a 20-year footpath protest from the Helpers of God’s Previous Infants protest group.
The protesters attempt to stop women getting abortions by praying, singing and shouting outside the clinic.
The health centre is claiming the Melbourne City Council has failed to investigate into the issue.
“They’re bringing an action which alleges that the Melbourne City Council has failed to act upon a duty that it has under the Public Health and Well-Being Act,” Lawyer Lizzie O’Shea said.
“That duty is to remedy nuisances occurring in its municipal district that are dangerous to health.”
Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the protests were “shameful”, but claimed those involved still had rights.
“I’ve got a great deal of sympathy for those young women who are harassed in, I think, quite a vile way, as they enter that clinic,” he said.
The civil trial is continuing.
Children at Catholic schools have been sent home with glossy booklets that oppose gay marriage following a request by the Archbishop of Melbourne. ... [The Age - 3/6/15]
Woman's body discovered in car at Clayton South
A man has been arrested after the discovery of a woman's body in a car at Clayton South, in Melboune's south-eastern suburbs.
The car was in a parking lot near a reserve in Mallawa Street when the body was discovered about 3:30pm.
Police are investigating the circumstances but at this stage the death is being treated as suspicious.
Police said the man was helping them with their inquiries.
Police attend domestic incident after woman heard screaming [Daily Mercury – 3/6/15]
'You have the right to live free of fear' [News-Mail – 3/6/15]
Fire protection company fined $275,000 after worker injured in fall
Fire protection company Bowsers has been fined $270,000 after a worker was injured in a fall at the Nishi site in Canberra in 2012.
A 21-year-old man suffered a punctured lung, and fractured five ribs and a vertebrae in a fall of more than five metres, at the Nishi Apartments construction site on Edinburgh Avenue in New Acton.
The accident happened while he was cutting a hole to install air conditioning.
He was treated on site by ambulance paramedics before being taken to Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.
The court heard that prior to the fall, the man had asked for help.
But when that was denied he went on with the work in an area not protected by barriers, despite the void below.
Magistrate Lorraine Walker found the risk was foreseeable and could have been avoided, before convicting and fining the company.
Kim Dotcom clings to assets - for now
Internet businessman Kim Dotcom has notched up a victory in a legal
tussle over whether he should have to forfeit his assets.
The High Court has banned the Crown from enforcing a United States order that would forfeit the internet businessman's assets to the American courts.
In a judgement issued today, Justice Ellis said letting the Crown register the order here would mean it would have complete control over Mr Dotcom's frozen assets.
She said that could deprive Mr Dotcom and his co-accused of their ability to defend their upcoming extradition, because they would have no way of funding their defence.
Justice Ellis ruled that the Commissioner of Police should take no further action to register the forfeiture order until the High Court ruled otherwise.
Australia's exile, torture and disappearing of refugees is NOT "resettlement".
It's a LIE.
“We do not have freedom here brother”
Refugee bashed on
Manus Island for staying late at the pub [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney –
An Iranian refugee has been bashed by two PNG immigration officers for staying late at the pub on Monday night (1 June), see photos below.
Mohsen was repeatedly punched and manhandled by the immigration officers as they abused him and threatened to kill him.
However, the assault was witnessed by several supportive locals at the pub.
After a complaint about the assault, police attended the East Lorengau compound, yesterday, 2 June, but were unable to locate the immigration officers allegedly involved in the assault.
In spite of being found to be refugees, a curfew between 6.00pm and 6.00am is in place for those refugees who are living outside the detention centre. They are also banned from working or leaving Manus Island.
Around 40 refugees are presently being accommodated in East Lorengau and immigration authorities are pressuring refugees inside the detention to join them by restricting their access to medical, and phone and other services.
The assault comes less than two weeks since another refugee was seized by immigration officers and jailed in the Lorengau prison for daring to ask for a refugee visa.
Only one such document has ever been issued to any refugee.
“We do not have freedom here brother,” one refugee at East Lorengau told the Refugee Action Coalition.
Earlier this year a refugee was prevented from travelling to Port Moresby. In the letter (see below), the PNG immigration department admits, that “..there is currently no government sanctioned arrangement in place for your integration and resettlement in PNG.”
The letter – dated 27 March – also says that the PNG government “are working very hard to ensure this policy is in place within the next month.”
Two months later, there is no sign of any resettlement policy.
Around 100 refugees in the Manus detention centre, particularly those who were the victims of the violent attack in February 2014 that left Reza Barati dead, are refusing to be shifted to the accommodation at East Lorengau for fears of their own safety.
Witnesses to the death of Reza Barati are still being threatened by immigration authorities and by PNG locals.
Tensions are rising on Manus Island because pre-trial hearings for the two PNG nationals charged with the murder of Reza Barati have begun.
The lawyer representing a refugee on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island says his client's constitutional rights have been been breached after he was barred from entering a court this week. ... [RNZI - 29/5/15]
Nauru to UN: Torture of refugees, restrictions on civil society and internet blackout to continue
Republic of Nauru Media Release [3/6/15]:
The Government of Nauru will write to the United Nations Rapporteur of freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, to tell him that he is wrong to criticise the recent amendment to the nation's criminal code.
Nauru's Justice Minister David Adeang says the UN Rapporteur and others who have claimed the amendments restrict freedom of expression are guilty of using Nauru as a 'punching bag' without knowing the facts.
"Freedom of expression is enshrined in Article 12 of our constitution, which overrides any law, however this same constitution in Article 12:3 allows the Government to protect the nation's interests," he explained.
He said the amendment's wording was identical to that in the constitution and set the bar of proof higher than in some other countries including Australia.
"While those with political agendas have focused on the wording 'political hatred', this amendment also covers racial and religious hatred.
"Australia's race hate laws go further than these, and I don't see the UN writing to them."
The minister said it would not be government who decided who broke the laws, but the court, and emphasised that the recent reform of the country's legal system now saw three Supreme Court judges of international standard sitting on the court.
"If someone is prosecuted, just like in Australia, it goes before the court and the prosecution must prove that 'such statement or material is likely to threaten national defence, public safety, public order, public morality or public health.'
"This is not easy to prove, and neither should it be, because this amendment is about protecting freedom of expression under the constitution."
He said it was ridiculous to suggest that the laws prevented people from criticising the government.
"Don't you see the irony," he asked. "They are openly criticising us, while telling us we won't let them criticise us!"
Mr Adeang said people like the UN should get their facts right before going public, and the nation would no longer sit back and allow "left-wing hypocrites" to spread lies about the country.
Someone tried to do journalism and Mr Mercer is not pleased: ... "The journalist effectively bailed up our President in a house in Brisbane and attempted to intimidate him. This was orchestrated by our own Opposition MPs who refuse to put Nauru's interests ahead of their own."
Mr Adeang said these despicable acts dishonoured the country's motto, 'God's will first'. ... [Republic of Nauru Media Release - 3/6/15]
Media await the arrival of Australia's exiled Nauru refugees ---> @laurencro - Lauren Crothers – Freelance correspondent, Cambodia [3/6/15]: Waiting at the VIP terminal with other media for possible arrival of #refugees in #Nauru #Cambodia #australia deal
Phnom Penh Post [3/6/15]:
... When they arrive, the refugees will be housed in villa-style accommodation, organised by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). .... <---- That the IOM refuse to show evidence of, because this "resettlement" charade is nothing but an expensive exercise in disappearing Australia's exiled refugees.
Montagnard refugees remain in limbo [Phnom Penh Post - 3/6/15]:
Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong yesterday defended the government’s inaction on the recent influx of Montagnards from Vietnam, arguing that if it continued to register the asylum seekers, the numbers pouring in would spiral out of control.
Since October, well over 100 Montagnards – an indigenous people from Vietnam’s Central Highlands – have fled to Cambodia citing religious and political persecution.
So far, just 13 have been granted provisional refugee status, while the number awaiting registration rises dramatically by the week, with 85 now stuck in limbo in the capital, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).
Speaking after a meeting yesterday morning with Scott Busby, US deputy assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labour, Namhong said that in the same way Cambodia has an obligation to hear asylum claims, the UN has an obligation to resettle refugees elsewhere.
“Now we have given refugee status to 13 Montagnards, so UNCHR is looking for a third country to send them to,” he said.
Afghan Senate condemns persecution of Rohingya in Myanmar
The Mesharano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Tuesday condemned persecution of Muslim community in Myanmar and asked the government to raise the issue on international forum.
The Buddhist extremists have been torturing and brutally killing innocent Rohingya Muslim in western of Myanmar--- the harassment sparks worldwide condemnation.
Chairman Senate Fazal Hadi Muslimyar denounced the killing of Muslims and asked the United Nations and human rights’ organizations to play a proactive role to resolve the crisis.
He noted the US and other rights organizations should come forward and address the situation of Muslim minority in the southeastern Asian nation.
“The US is blind about the atrocities committed by non-Muslim people and their leaders. Muslims are being killed brutally for no reason and the US neither raise concerns nor played a role to control the crisis,” Muslimyar noted.
He praised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and a sikh businessmen for helping the Muslims in Burma.
The senate chairman asked the government to break diplomatic ties with countries that have friendly ties with Myanmnar.
Two soldiers have embraced martyrdom while 43 militants were killed in newest military operations across the country. … [Khaama – 3/6/15]
Nine Afghan employees of a Czech charity have been killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in northern Afghanistan, officials say.
The attack on a guesthouse in the Zari district of Balkh province is the latest of several on aid workers in Afghanistan recently.
The charity - People in Need (PIN) - said the victims were "killed in their beds while they were sleeping".
The attack has not yet been claimed by any group or individual. … [BBC – 2/6/15]
US police kill man who was under surveillance in counter-terrorism case
Boston police have shot and killed a man who was under surveillance as part of a counter-terrorism case.
Police say he attacked officers with a large knife after being approached by a Boston police officer and an FBI agent.
The shooting took place early on Tuesday morning outside a CVS pharmacy in the residential Roslindale neighbourhood of Boston.
Officials say the man, identified as 26-year-old Usaama Rahim, had been under 24 hour surveillance.
Police and FBI officials would not comment on any ties to Islamic extremism, or whether Mr Rahim had been planning a terrorist act.
Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans described the man as "known suspect wanted for some terrorist-related information", but he said there was no warrant for his arrest.
Officers approached the man without drawing their guns intending to interview him on the street, officials said.
They did not intend to take him into custody at that time, although officials acknowledge he was considered a threat to the public.
"He's someone we were watching for quite a time... and so that level of alarm brought us to question him today," Mr Evans said.
"I don't think anyone expected the reaction we were going to get out of him today, and that's why we had the tragic turnout here."
Iman Ibrahim Rahim, a religious leader in San Francisco, had posted to his Facebook page saying his brother was shot in the back while waiting for a bus to bring him to his job, contradicting police reports.
"This morning while at the bus stop in Boston, my youngest brother Usaama Rahim was waiting for the bus to go to his job. He was confronted by three Boston Police officers and subsequently shot in the back three times," Iman Rahim wrote.
Iman Rahim says his brother was speaking on the phone with his father when he was shot.
"His last words to my father who heard the shots were: I can't breathe!"
Officials say the man refused multiple orders to drop his weapon before charging at the officers.
"Our officers tried their best to get him to put down the knife,'' Mr Evans told the Boston Globe newspaper.
"Unfortunately, they had to take a life.''
Police say witnesses and video confirm that the officers were retreating when they each fired shots at Rahim, who was wielding a "military style knife".
The suspect was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead from at least two gunshot wounds.
The two officers are in hospital to be examined for stress, but did not suffer physical injuries, police said.
An investigation will be conducted by Boston Police and the FBI to determine if the shooting was justified.
A home in the nearby town of Everett was being searched in connection with the case.
Officials say there is no threat to public safety.
... An affidavit provided by Detective Senior Sergeant Adam Shoesmith, from the Victoria Police joint counter-terrorism team, was used by police to convince the judge to issue the interim detention order for Mr Causevic.
Detective Shoesmith said that after Numan Haider had been shot dead during a knife attack on anti-terror police in September 2014, Operation Rising was set up to monitor Haider's 's associates, including Sevdet Besim and Harun Causevic. ... [The Age - 3/6/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [2/6/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, which took place between 8 a.m. yesterday and 8 a.m. today, local time, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Airstrikes in Syria
Bomber and fighter aircraft conducted five airstrikes in Syria:
-- Near Hasakah, four airstrikes struck three large and one small ISIL tactical units, destroying two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL command and control facility, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL truck and an ISIL weapons cache.
-- Near Kobani, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter and bomber aircraft conducted 10 airstrikes in Iraq, approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:
-- Near Huwayjah, an airstrike had inconclusive results.
-- Near Beiji, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and land features denying ISIL a tactical advantage, destroying an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Fallujah, an airstrike struck land features denying ISIL a tactical advantage.
-- Near Makhmur, two airstrikes struck three ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Mosul, an airstrike struck an ISIL staging area.
-- Near Sinjar, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, destroying four ISIL buildings and three ISIL heavy machine guns.
-- Near Tal Afar, an airstrike struck an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL mortar system.
Australia's Foreign Minister cooks up more Iraq strife with the US-led coalition of the weird [Media Release - 2/6/15]:
Today I will attend a meeting in Paris of the Small Group of the Global Coalition to Combat Daesh. The meeting will be co-chaired by Iraqi Prime Minister al-Abadi, French Foreign Minister Fabius and US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
The Australian Government is committed to working with our international partners to combat Daesh, which represents a serious threat to international security. Today’s meeting is critical to agree on a strategy and vision for fighting Daesh. ...
Iraqi PM accuses US-led coalition of the weird of failing to support ISIS fight [Daily Sabah – 2/6/15]
Warplanes from a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia carried out airstrikes Tuesday in Yemen that killed at least 16 fighters allied with the Saudi-led group, witnesses said. ... [New York Times - 3/6/15]
Security Council urges Yemeni stakeholders to 'resume and accelerate' political dialogue [UN Media Release – 2/6/15]:
... The ongoing political and security tensions have further aggravated Yemen's humanitarian crisis and food shortages with currently 12.5 million food insecure people in the country – some 2 million more than when the fighting began.
The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) is aiming to provide emergency food assistance to 2.5 million people, and, from August, it plans to increase that number, reaching 12 million people by the end of the year.
To that point, the Security Council endorsed the Secretary-General's call for “a further humanitarian pause” in order to allow assistance “to reach the Yemeni people urgently” and called upon all sides to comply with international humanitarian law. ...
A bomb blast at a busy market in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri has killed about 50 people, according to witnesses and hospital sources.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday's explosion in the Gamboru cattle market, but there have been repeated attacks by the armed group Boko Haram in Maiduguri and the rest of Borno State. ... [Al Jazeera - 3/6/15]
More than 100,000 flee homes in South Sudan to escape fighting and food shortages [UNHCR Media Release – 2/6/15]
Greece will make June 5 IMF payment if deal with lenders reached: official
Greece will make a 300 million-euro payment to the International Monetary Fund due on Friday it reaches a deal with its lenders by then, even if aid is not disbursed in time, a Greek government official said on Tuesday.
The June 5 payment is the first of four this month totaling 1.6 billion euros. Athens, which depends on foreign aid to stay afloat, has said it may not be able to pay the IMF without new loans from its European and IMF creditors.
"If we judge that a deal has been sealed, then we will make the June 5 payment normally," the official said, adding that the payment would be made if there was a preliminary agreement without necessarily being approved at a Eurogroup meeting.
The official also said the Greek government had not yet received any text or document on a proposal from lenders following Monday's meeting of European leaders, the IMF and the European Central Bank.
UN expert urges Greece and global financial institutions to reach debt deal that respects human rights [Media Release – 2/6/15]
Maldives opposition leader charged with inciting violence
Channel News Asia [3/6/15]:
Maldives' prosecutor general charged an opposition leader on Tuesday with inciting violence, a month after he was arrested during protests against the imprisonment of the islands' first democratically elected president.
Sheikh Imran Abdulla, who heads the small but influential Islamic Adhaalath Party, was read his charges and told he would be held in detention until the end of his trial, a reporter permitted into the courtroom told Reuters.
Imran was among close to 200 people including the leaders of the main opposition parties detained in the capital city Male on May 1 after protesters demanding the release of ex-president Mohamed Nasheed clashed with police.
Nasheed has been in prison since his March conviction for illegally ordering the arrest of a judge in 2012. His jailing triggered condemnation from the United Nations and United States that the trial was unfair and politically motivated.
The Maldives government, led by President Abdulla Yameen since he beat Nasheed in a controversial election in 2013, has said the trial was conducted fairly.
A spokesman for Imran's party said the charges against him were "politically motivated" and that he had called for the protests to remain lawful. Imran was rearrested on Monday after being released on May 27 almost four weeks after his initial arrest, police said.
The court hearings of two other opposition politicians, both of whom were detained in May, were postponed on Tuesday given that the two men are not currently in the country.
The Maldives, a collection of tropical islands popular with wealthy honeymooners, is struggling to embed democracy after Nasheed's election in 2008 ended 30 years of authoritarian rule.
Cuban Doctors Attend to over 4600 Nepal Earthquake Victims
Cuban medical professionals are providing much-needed assistance to Nepal after the country was devastated by it’s worst earthquake in recent history.
A team of Cuban doctors providing medical assistance to victims affected by the devastating April earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 has treated a total of 4610 patients, including carrying out 52 surgeries on patients, according to Cuban media reports.
The Henry Reeve brigade, which consists of 49 Cuban health professionals that specialize in dealing with major epidemics and disasters, set up a field hospital outside of Kathmandu as well as mobile medical camps in various earthquake-hit areas.
They arrived last month with 24 tons of medicines, medical equipment, and other supplies.
Cuba has been offering all medical services free of cost, including lab, medicines and other checkups.
Nepal, one of the world's poorest nations, has expressed having extremely limited capacity to fund disaster relief and long-term reconstruction efforts.
The death toll from the quake, Nepal's worst in more than 80 years, has reached 8,699.
Which country on this map of South East Asia is a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention?
When the maddened king stamps his Islamophobic foot, the UNHCR concurs that 'resettlement not the answer'. [Naharnet - 3/6/15]:
Malaysia is a beacon for ethnic Rohingya fleeing oppression and violence in Myanmar, but countless migrants like Mohammed Ismail are still searching for the promised land years after arriving.
Ismail is among tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have risked their lives over the years to reach Malaysia, only to find a stateless limbo and a new kind of marginalisation.
"Every day, I regret coming to Malaysia but I had no choice," said Ismail, 40, who fled his home in Myanmar in 1992 to escape being forced by authorities into a labour camp.
Scraping by in Malaysia on low-paying construction jobs, he has been arrested twice as an undocumented migrant, deported once, and repeatedly shaken down by corrupt police officers -- all common Rohingya complaints.
The plight of the Rohingya has drawn international attention following the boat people crisis that erupted last month, in which thousands of impoverished Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants struggled desperately to reach Southeast Asian countries.
Malaysia and Indonesia agreed to accept them pending possible repatriation or resettlement to third countries as refugees.
But Rohingya asylum-seekers and labour activists say most will likely face the same limbo endured by Ismail.
Rohingya flock to Malaysia because it is Muslim-majority and has a thriving economy with jobs in construction, agriculture and manufacturing that require little skill.
But legal protections are few for the 45,000 Rohingya registered as refugees with the U.N. in Malaysia, and particularly for the estimated tens of thousands who lack such status.
"There have been so many occasions when police will wait for us outside the construction sites and when we step out to buy food, they will stop and demand bribes from us," said Ismail.
Once, after being paid his monthly salary of $136, corrupt police officers seized it all, he said.
After his first arrest in 2001, Ismail said police put him on a rickety boat with other Rohingya and Bangladeshis and sent it to Thailand, where human smugglers charged them $543 per head to take them back to Malaysia.
Malaysia has never signed the U.N.'s Refugee Convention and is thus not obliged to provide any social services to Ismail, his wife and baby daughter, such as schooling or health care.
Most Rohingya pin their hopes on gaining the coveted U.N. refugee card, which affords a glimmer of protection from authorities.
But that can take years, followed by many more before resettlement to the United States, Australia or elsewhere can be gained -- if ever.
Ismail landed a refugee card in 2004, but a seven-year-old application for resettlement overseas has gone nowhere.
"My wife and I at least we know we won't get killed in Malaysia and we are thankful for that. But my daughter will not get a proper education here," he said.
The U.N. calls the Rohingya one of the most persecuted groups in the world.
Rohingya complain of systematic mistreatment by Myanmar's Buddhist-majority government, which refuses to even recognise them as citizens. Many have been killed in sectarian clashes with Buddhists in recent years.
Despite this, Richard Towle, the U.N. refugee agency's representative in Malaysia, said "historically the Rohingya have not been settled out of Malaysia in high numbers."
He declined to speculate why.
But Aegile Fernandez of Malaysian migrant-rights group Tenaganita blamed Western "Islamophobia".
"With rising Islamophobia, most countries are closing their doors to Muslim refugees," she said.
The U.N. refugee agency's Malaysia office said it does not publicly release breakdowns of resettlement numbers to various countries.
But Towle said the difficulties in resettling large numbers means alternatives need to be explored including improving the status of Rohingya already in Malaysia to better their lives and prevent abuses.
"In this day and age, you will not resettle yourself out of a refugee problem," he said.
"If they are going to be here anyway, it's better to regularise their status."
Malaysia, however, has long resisted moves that may draw a new wave of migrants.
That leaves Ismail fearing for his daughter's future.
"She will have no future here. She will end up like me," he said.
US to Rohingya: Go back to where you came from: A senior U.S. official said Monday that resettlement in a third country is not the answer to the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia and called for Myanmar to give citizenship to Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution there. ... [Yahoo - 1/6/15]:
What's changed since last Friday's “We have to save lives urgently”? [Jakarta Globe - 29/5/15]:
... The United States said on Friday that thousands of vulnerable migrants adrift in Southeast Asian seas needed urgent rescue, as countries gathered in Bangkok to discuss the regional crisis.
“We have to save lives urgently,” US Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard told reporters on her way into the meeting at a Bangkok hotel.
The gathering brings together 17 countries from across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and elsewhere in Asia, along with the United States, Switzerland and international organizations such as UNHCR, the UN refugee agency.
Australian Embassy in Myanmar:
Austrade welcomes Myanmar food and wine importers and distributors to check out the range of Aussie cheese, muesli, biscuits, pasta, jams, juices and wines at the Australian stand (G21) at Food and Hotel Myanmar 2015.
The exhibition will run from 3-5 June 10:00-18:00 hrs at Myanmar Event Park, Yangon.
About GE in Myanmar:
Myanmar is the new sweet spot for growth in ASEAN with its population of more than 60 million and land mass second only to Indonesia in the region. GE has been present in ASEAN for over a 100 years and today, with Myanmar as the latest addition, our revenues exceed $3 billion and in the nine countries we operate in, supported by a workforce that has expanded to over 7,500 employees.
In Myanmar, GE gained ground with an early entry into the country soon after the lifting of US economic sanctions in 2012.
Anticipating exciting growth in this country, GE has actively sought opportunities to engage and assist in Myanmar’s development process as a leading global provider of innovative solutions for the world’s toughest challenges, while supporting the country’s development efforts through capacity building engagement.
GE has made significant inroads in the Myanmar healthcare sector and has built relationships in the Myanmar aviation and power sectors. We are focused to grow with Myanmar and partner with local corporations and government to solve the tough challenges faced in infrastructure development, healthcare, power generation and transportation. We have also appointed a Chief Country Representative of Myanmar origin and opened a fully locally-staffed office in Yangon to drive our business in the country.
Myanmar is a market that has huge opportunity for growth given the need for infrastructure development, advancement in transportation, better healthcare facilities and power generation in urban and rural areas. While we are pleased with our encouraging market position, we are focused on expanding our investments and contributions as the government continues to make progress in its social and economic reform agenda to boost Myanmar’s global competitiveness.
The time to invest in this country is now and it is for the long-term.
GE opened its office in Yangon in May 2013 and has appointed Andrew Lee as Chief Country Representative. Andrew is of Myanmar origin and has over 20 years of corporate and consulting experience working for both multinationals in the US and in Asia.
... The smugglers are just a symptom, the lack of safe and legal channels to Europe is the problem. And while a disproportionate attack is launched on the symptom of the problem and not its cause, the lives of people are put at danger in order to reinforce the walls around states that claim to project a human rights culture. ...
Mainie Nicolai, President Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) [Irish Times - 2/6/15]:
... There is nothing easy about deciding to make the journey to Libya, a country at war, and then to put your life at risk on an overcrowded boat in the Mediterranean Sea such as the 20m long run down fishing boat that we recently rescued packed with 487 people.
By creating this hierarchy of desperation, European states created a narrative whereby those seeking safety and opportunity are a security risk and providing them with assistance is an act of charity that has its limits. ...
Libya's ambassador to the United Nations said today that his government is refusing to give its consent for UN action aimed at endorsing Europe's military plan to fight migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean. … [Business Standard – 3/6/15]
BBC boards the refugee rescue ship the Phoenix to bang on about people smugglers [BBC - VIDEO - 2/6/15]:
More than 5,000 people have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean Sea over the past three days.
The approaching summer weather means calmer seas, and therefore, more migrants trying to cross into [refugees escaping by boat to] Europe.
While European leaders disagree over how to tackle the most acute migrant crisis for a generation [whether or not they will act like human beings], an independent organisation called MOAS has taken matters into its own hands.
The group, which is funded by a wealthy American businessman, has a dedicated vessel patrolling the Mediterranean looking to rescue migrant [refugee] boats in trouble.
When the Phoenix set sail from Malta, Gabriel Gatehouse was on board for its latest mission.
The Killing Season: Bullshit doco about protected, unaccountable fascist politicians, ironically brought to you by protected, unaccountable, anti-refugee propagandist Sarah "smugglers' paradise" Ferguson.
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (26 May - 2 June 2015) [Reliefweb]:
... According to the Myanmar Government, 727 people were recovered off the coast of Ayeyarwady by the Myanmar Navy on 29 May.
According to state media reports, the military has provided food, medical and other assistance.
According to latest estimates, over 2,500 people are still stranded at sea.
On 29 May the Bangladesh Government announced plans to relocate registered Rohingya refugees to Hatiya Island, 150 km north-west of where the registered camps are located.
Bangladesh currently has 32,000 registered Rohingya refugees in two camps in the south-east district of Cox's Bazar. ...
Matters of public importance?: In the middle of a regional humanitarian catastrophe there was not one mention of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia's House of Representatives yesterday.
Refugee Council aside, the silence of Australia's human rights establishment is helping politicians neutralise the refugee issue.
The international community must honor the right of refugees to seek asylum,
Jeff Crisp [New York Times – 2/6/15]:
“Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.”
In just 15 words, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights makes it explicit that people at risk in their homeland should be able to leave it and find refuge in another state.
But in practice, the right to seek asylum is routinely denied to those who would most benefit from it.
Refugees who travel by boat are finding it particularly difficult to complete their journeys to safety. Malaysia and Indonesia finally agreed to give temporary shelter to thousands of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya who had been stranded at sea for weeks, but Thailand continues to refuse to offer any sanctuary. An estimated 7,000 refugees are still at sea, starving in overcrowded and unsanitary vessels.
Referring to this humanitarian emergency as a "migrant crisis" gives countries license to turn a blind eye to refugees.
Many politicians and journalists have misleadingly referred to this humanitarian emergency as a “migrant crisis.” But that gives the international community license to turn a blind eye to refugees, who have the right to have their applications for asylum considered seriously.
This applies also to the large numbers of Syrians, Somalis and Eritreans coming to Europe by boat: There is a high likelihood that many are refugees, and not “migrants,” because of the intense level of armed conflict and political repression in those countries.
For the past two years, Australia has maintained a naval blockade to prevent the arrival of refugee boats. Some asylum seekers have been detained at sea for weeks, while others have been dumped into lifeboats and towed into Indonesian waters.
More alarming, the European Union is devising a military plan to identify and destroy refugee boats before they set sail from Libya, even though such action might lead to loss of life and could even boost support for radical groups like ISIS. According to one leaked document: "Any casualties as a result of E.U. action could trigger a negative response from the local population and the wider region."
Rather than organizing such deliberate violations of the right to seek asylum, governments should invest in saving millions of lives on simple humanitarian principles.
After all, refugee exoduses may appear chaotic and even threatening in their early stages but they often have positive longer-term outcomes. Many refugees go home as soon as it is safe for them to do so, and contribute to the rebuilding of their own societies. Others settle successfully in the country that has offered them asylum or move on to begin productive new lives in other parts of the world.
The Universal Declaration on Human Rights was adopted after World War II to prevent the kind of persecution and exclusion experienced by the Jews and other minority groups. Its insistence on the right to seek asylum in other countries remains just as relevant today.
Jeff Crisp, a research fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, is a policy adviser to Refugees International and was formerly head of the Policy Development and Evaluation Service at United Nations Refugee Agency. He is on Twitter.
Academics, professionals and EXPERTS attend conference about refugees in Brisbane today.
Where are the journalists?
Refugee Conference program announced [Mercy Community Services]:
The Romero Centre’s Refugee Conference program has been published.
The conference will commence at 9.00 am at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) on Wednesday 3 June 2015 and will consist of four panels. Each panel will be discussing challenges and best practices surrounding unaccompanied minors, resettlement and community development.
Each panel will feature a selection of keynote speakers from the refugee and asylum seeker sector who will be sharing a range of information to advance best practice.
The Refugee Conference will conclude at 6.00 pm where guests will then be invited to watch the screening of feature film, ‘The Good Lie’ as part of the Romero Centre’s Fifth Annual Film Festival.
Registration for the Refugee Conference opens at 8.30 am on the day of the event.
The Fifth Annual Film Festival is a free event and requires no registration to attend.
The Romero Centre is a community based organisation that exists to provide support for asylum seekers, refugees, former Temporary Protection Visa holders and current bridging visa E (BVE) holders and their families.
Myanmar navy on disappeared Rohingya refugees boat: Not Bangladesh. “They will be taken to a safe destination.”
Jakarta Globe [2/6/15]:
Myanmar’s navy is escorting a boat crammed with 727 stranded migrants to a “safe” location where officials will verify their identities before taking any further action, the country’s information minister said on Tuesday.
Correcting an earlier comment that the navy was taking the converted fishing boat to the waters of neighboring Bangladesh, Ye Htut said the migrants were headed to an undisclosed but safe area and had been provided with food and water.
“The operation is starting. They will be taken to a safe destination,” Ye Htut told Reuters by telephone. He would not disclose that location due to “security and safety concerns.”
The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water.
They are the among an estimated 2,000 people the United Nations said could still be at sea after being abandoned by people smuggling gangs since a crackdown started last month in Thailand.
Scott Busby, the US Deputy Assistant secretary for democracy, human rights and labor, on Tuesday welcomed an agreement between affected countries to address “root causes” of the exodus, but said Myanmar should make a start by granting Rohingyas citizenship.
“Many people have been there for a very long period of time, they need access to citizenship,” he told reporters in Cambodia. [i.e. The US has decided that the rescue and resettlement of boat refugees - and condemnation of Myanmar - is no longer a consideration.]
Rohingya huddled in Bangladesh camps fear plan to move them on [Reuters - 2/6/15]:
More than 20 years after the first wave of Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar, fear is spreading through the sweltering camps of mud houses where they found shelter in southern Bangladesh that they will soon be on the move again.
The refugees worry the Bangladesh government wants them out of sight, perhaps to one of its islands in the Bay of Bengal, as the two countries row over what to do with a stateless minority whose search for security is driving a regional migrant crisis.
"This is home for us now, it is peaceful here." said Nur Alam, who crossed the Naf river that separates the two countries in a tiny boat in 1991. "We are not sure we will be safe elsewhere."
About 33,000 men, women and children live crammed into two dilapidated camps in the villages of Kutupalong and Nayapara, near the Myanmar border, that are supported by the United Nations and the Bangladesh government. They are the lucky ones.
There are anywhere from 200,000 to 400,000 more Rohingyas in nearby camps and hills whom the government will not even recognize as temporary refugees lest it weaken its case to send them back to Myanmar, where they say they face persecution.
H.T.Imam, political adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said the presence of so many foreigners without proper identity documents or work was causing problems for local people and hindering development.
"The Rohingya are the citizens of Myanmar and they must go back," he said. "We feel for them, but we are unable to host them any longer."
International focus on the festering plight of the Rohingya has sharpened in recent weeks as more than 4,000 migrants have washed up in rickety boats on the shores of Southeast Asia.
The migrants, mostly Rohingyas but also Bangladeshis escaping poverty, were abandoned at sea by people smugglers after Thailand launched a crackdown on gangs trafficking their human cargo across its southern border with Malaysia.
Bangladesh, one of the world's most densely populated countries of 160 million people, is concerned that if it kept accepting fellow Muslims from Myanmar it would only encourage the flow across its border.
Myanmar does not recognize its estimated 1.1 million Rohingya population as citizens, even though many have lived for generations in its western Rakhine state. The government refers to them as "Bengalis" and considers them illegal immigrants.
Mohammad Shah Kamal, secretary to Bangladesh's ministry of disaster management and relief, said he had proposed finding alternative space for the camps, but the land ministry could not find any.
Local media have reported that the government was considering moving the two camps to Hatiya island, several hours journey away by bus and boat.
A government official said Hasina had told a recent meeting that the camps were hindering tourism in nearby Cox's Bazar, which boasts the world's longest unbroken beach.
Hasina suggested officials look for an uninhabited stretch of land near a river bed to accommodate the camps, the official who was present at the meeting said, requesting anonymity.
The UN's refugee agency, the UNHCR, said it had not been consulted about any proposal to relocate the camps.
"We hope that if any move takes place, it will be carried out in a dignified manner. The success of any relocation will depend on the refugees' perception of living conditions at the new location," said UNHCR spokeswoman Onchita Shadman.
Nur Alam, looking much older than his 43 years, is worried about more than just the plans to move the refugees.
One of his seven children is not registered because he was born to a second wife, and he fears he would have to leave the 11-year-old boy behind when the rest of the family move.
The children played around the small and sparse hut at the edge of the unmarked camp which is closed to outsiders. The refugees are not supposed to go out and mix with locals.
His wife Rupban, 35, sat in the doorway, so small it was necessary to almost crawl to enter the dwelling. "We don't want to move again," she said firmly.
Nur Alam's family live off the rations provided by the aid agencies. There is little else to do.
Even so, Ruhul Amin, 43, who crossed over from Myanmar seven years ago, is desperate to be listed as one of the documented refugees and live inside the camp, where soap and other basics are handed out and children attend classes.
Instead, he and his family of eight live in a hillside shack, scraping by on whatever he can earn as a day laborer.
He might make 250 Bangladesh taka ($3.22) a day, he said, half what a local would be paid. Sometimes they get alms during religious holidays.
"We have no choice," he said. "If the authorities tell us to move, we will move. But we can't go back to Myanmar."
In recent months the local mood has hardened against the Rohingya, in part because they are blamed for encouraging poor Bangladeshis to join the thousands making the perilous journey abroad.
"They are the pioneers in these boat crossings to Malaysia," said Kutupalong village official Ahmad. "They started going first, then they have been telling our youth to move because of commissions they receive."
A Myanmar court sentenced a writer to two years in jail and hard labour on Tuesday for insulting Buddhism, his lawyer said, a verdict derided by activists as a blow to free speech and religious tolerance. ... [Channel News Asia - 3/6/15]
As US signals it will look the other way, regional media adopts Australian standards of reporting to deliberately dehumanise and dampen sympathy ---> Rohingya riot sparks security crackdown Nearly 100 smash up detention facility [Bangkok Post – 3/6/15]
Media disingenously ask where Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is.
The CEO of Australian company Woodside, Mr Peter Coleman, and Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, HE Nicholas Coppel, met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss Woodside's investment in Myanmar on 12 May 2015. Australian Embassy in Myanmar
Deals done. Trade facilitated. People in cages. Women raped, children abused. Medical care/internet denied.
Fiji will benefit by way of trade in a $A2.1million assistance given to Nauru by the Government of Japan in the procurement of new machinery to improve Aiwo Harbour in Nauru.
Unlike Fiji's Lautoka and Suva wharves, Aiwo Harbour cannot have ocean liners and larger vessels docking near the mainland because of the Island's geographical location.
Last week, Japanese ambassador Takuji Hanatani and Nauru's High Commissioner Jarden Kephas formalised Japan's $A2.1million assistance in a signing ceremony that took place in Suva.
The financial assistance will enable the purchasing of sea mule or what is described as a motorised tugboat and machinery that will enhance and improve day to day operations.
Japanese embassy's economic research and aid coordinator officer Peni Saurara said the assistance to Nauru ensured safe transportation of Fijian goods imported by Nauru from mother ships to Aiwo Harbour.
"The assistance ensures safe trading between Nauru and the rest of the world including Fiji. With Rotuma declared an official Port of entry, it presents greater potential for safe trading between Rotuma and Nauru," Mr Saurara said.
Mr Saurara said the assistance ensured safe trading between Nauru and the rest of the world, Fiji included.
"With Rotuma declared an official port of entry, it presents greater potential for safe trading between Rotuma and Nauru," Mr Saurara said.
"Therefore Japan's assistance to Nauru has the potential of boosting trade with Rotuma. With the abundance of crops on the Island as well its strategic location, the assistance to Nauru would be a blessing in disguise to Rotuma and the rest of world."
Currently, Aiwo Habour has one pilot boat, one sea mule and a barge used berween the habour and berthed cargo container vessels to transport goods to and from the Island.
3 June 2015