Press releases

A letter from Manus Island by Behrouz Boochani

| December 12, 2017 | Reply

After four years of detention on Manus Island, the author writes a poet’s manifesto for the refugee resistance in which he has found himself to be a central figure. By Behrouz Boochani. This article was first published in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on Dec 9, 2017 as “A letter from Manus Island”. For […]

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Police beat Manus refugees

| November 24, 2017 | Reply

PNG police and Immigration returned to the detention centre around 7.00am (PNG time) this morning and have begun systematically beating refugees in an attempt to drive them out of the detention centre. (Video clip below) Around 350 people remained in the detention centre overnight despite brutal police actions yesterday that destroyed food, water, and medicines. […]

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Grave fears for brain-injured refugee on Nauru

| November 18, 2017 | Reply

A 28 year-old Rohingyan refugee injured in a motorbike accident on Nauru this morning around 7.00am has been unconscious in the RON hospital since this afternoon (Saturday 18 November). The accident between two motorbikes happened on the Fly Camp Rd, the same road where a refugees was killed on 2 November. It is understood that […]

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Wanton vandalism as PNG police destroy refugees’ water wells

| November 13, 2017 | Reply

After 13 days, over 420 refugees and asylum seekers are desperately defying Dutton’s siege of the Manus detention centre. See photos of the protests inside the detention centre on 11 November and the video clip of the protest on 12 November. This morning, Monday 13 November, a large number of PNG police and Immigration officials […]

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Statement on last night’s protest outside Tony Abbott’s dinner

| November 11, 2017 | Reply

Fabrications, distortions, exaggerations, and disappointing reporting Christine Forster’s allegations about the protest at Friday’s Liberal Party fundraising dinner have been widely reported in the media. Tony Abbott himself has hamfistedly weighed in, tweeting: “Disgraceful behaviour by protesters last night. Denying Australians’ real rights to uphold the supposed rights of boat people”. Yet both Abbott (the […]

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More inhumanity on Manus as Immigration empties drinking water

| November 10, 2017 | Reply

The Manus siege was tightened another notch this afternoon, (Friday 10 November) when PNG police and immigration officers entered Oscar and Delta compounds of the Manus detention, and began emptying the tanks and turning over the water bins being used by the refugees to collected the rain water that has kept the refugees alive the […]

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Manus fences being dismantled

| November 9, 2017 | Reply

Within a couple of hours of a notice being handed to the refugees inside the Manus detention centre, fences around the Mike Compound have begun to be taken down. Reducing the security around the centre will only raise the detainees’ fears of being attacked even further. It was through the Mike fences that PNG locals […]

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Lawyers will appeal court ruling on Manus detention siege

| November 7, 2017 | Reply

The PNG Supreme Court has declined to issue an injunction to restore immediately food, water, and power to the Manus detention centre. The Chief Justice found that while the applicant’s (Behrouz Boochani) human rights may have been breached, that damages rather than an injunction is the suitable remedy. The lawyers in the case will appeal […]

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Nauruan driver arrested after death of Bangladeshi asylum seeker

| November 4, 2017 | Reply

The Nauruan driver of the vehicle involved in the death of a Bangladeshi asylum seeker on Nauru has been arrested. The exact charge is not known. The Bangladeshi refugee who was riding a motor bike when he was killed on the Fly Camp Rd (called after the nearby Fly Camp for single men) on Nauru, […]

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Manus refugees dig in to defy siege

| November 2, 2017 | Reply

Manus refugees are literally digging in as they prepare to survive the government siege of the Manus detention centre. The video clips below give a snapshot of life in side the detention centre, day 2 of the seige. Overnight refugees dug a well in Oscar compound that has given them a precious source of water – […]

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