Press releases

More refugee suicide attempts in PNG

| June 3, 2019 | Reply

There have been two more cases, one of attempted suicide and one of serious self-harm, involving refugees in Port Moresby overnight. In the early hours of Monday morning (3 June), one 30-year-old Somali refugee attempted to hang himself off the balcony of the Granville Motel, while a 31-year-old Iranian refugee has badly self–harmed. Both have […]

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Manus police increase patrols to try to stop suicide attempts

| May 31, 2019 | Reply

There has been no let-up in the number of attempted suicide and self-harm incidents among refugees on Manus Island. Local police stepped up patrols around the perimeter of the refugee camps last night (Thursday, 30 May) after a 30-year-old Iranian refugee was cut down by local Manus residents after being found hanging near the Hillside […]

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Manus hospital can’t cope with refugee self-harm cases

| May 29, 2019 | Reply

The local Lorengau hospital is turning away refugee cases of self-harm and attempted suicide as the numbers being brought to the hospital continue to rise. Local nurses are saying that the hospital cannot cope and that PIH (Pacific International Hospital), the medical service providers that run a GP clinic in one of the refugee compounds) […]

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Manus in Mental Health Meltdown

| May 21, 2019 | Reply

A heart-breaking suicide note written by Fares, a 31-year-old Sudanese refugee who attempted to hang himself this morning on Manus Island, is just the latest casualty of six years of hopelessness at the hands of the Australian government. “It has been building for six years, but the weekend’s election result has precipitated a crisis that […]

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Fight for refugees—and know where the parties stand

| May 14, 2019 | Reply

Refugee Action Coalition encourages you to vote for refugees, but more importantly get involved in the refugee rights movement. We want the Coalition kicked out, but whoever wins the election we will need to keep fighting to close Manus and Nauru and to #BringThemHere.

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Manus mental health crisis, more refugees attempt suicide

| May 6, 2019 | Reply

After almost six years of torture and uncertainty on Manus Island, the mental health crisis among refugees and asylum seekers is becoming more acute. While the Iraqi refugee who was left on the cement floor of a police cell, after attempting to hang himself was eventually transferred to hospital in Port Moresby on Thursday 2 […]

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Manus suspected typhoid cases transfers delayed

| April 26, 2019 | Reply

Refugees on Manus are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of two more possible typhoid cases on the island. Two typhoid cases were transferred from Manus to Port Moresby just before Easter, but two more suspected cases are still on Manus. One of the sick refugees, a 30-year-old Rohingyan man, was moved out of East […]

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Advocates concerned over Manus sexual harassment allegations

| April 16, 2019 | Reply

A 59 year-old security manager on Manus Island was released on 15, 000 kina bail on 9 April, over sexual harassment allegations to appear in Lorengau court on 28 April. His surrendered passport remains with the Lorengau police. Refugee advocates are concerned that there seem to be no other appropriate bail conditions placed on the […]

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Morrison out, end the racism—What would a Labor government deliver?

| April 13, 2019 | Reply

Morrison out, refugees in For the last six years the Liberals have imposed brutal policies against refugees. On the eve of the election they were still stirring up racism and fear. Morrison and Dutton claimed refugees brought here for medical treatment from Manus and Nauru could be rapists and murderers, as they wasted $185 million […]

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Sick and hungry: Manus contractor cuts asylum seeker rations

| April 2, 2019 | Reply

While the auditor-general announces an investigation into the billions of dollars of Australian government off-shore detention contracts, the cuts to food rations by one Manus Island contractor is leaving asylum seekers hungry. NKW Holdings, the company responsible for welfare services at the Hillside Compound on Manus Island is one of the companies now being investigated […]

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