Tag: Papua New Guinea

Australia sends asylum-seekers who try to enter the country by boat to processing facilities on Nauru and on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, but conditions in the camps have been widely criticised

Australia: ‘Very Few Prospects’ for Refugees Living in Island Camps

Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton sees an uncertain future for many of the 1,305 refugees currently warehoused in Papua New Guinea and the island of Nauru. “We continue to talk to third countries, but let me tell you, there are very few prospects, if any, on the horizon,” he said on Monday.

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Shock Video: Four Suspected of Witchcraft Stripped, Tortured in Papua New Guinea

According to Human Rights Watch, violence against women in PNG “is rampant,” and often involves charges of sorcery. In February, 2013, a mob in Western Highlands Province accused 20-year-old Kepari Leniata of witchcraft after a six-year-old child died in her city. The mob stripped her and burned her to death as a witch. Eight other women reportedly were victims of such attacks during the course of the year.