Press releases

Refugee advocates say no to the ‘lifetime ban’ bill, No conditions on New Zealand resettlement

| October 23, 2018 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition is calling on all Labor, Green and Independent politicians to completely reject the Liberals’ lifetime ban bill that would ban any refugees sent to Manus and Nauru from ever entering Australia. This is no justification for accepting any Liberal conditions on New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 refugees. Legal action will […]

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Seventeen Manus refugees fly to US for resettlement

| October 16, 2018 | Reply

Seventeen refugees, held on Manus Island for almost five years, flew from Port Moresby today, Tuesday 16 October, to be resettled in the US. The seventeen are single men, six Afghans, five Pakistanis, five Rohingyans, and one Bangladeshi. The total number of refugees from Manus accepted by the US in the last two years is […]

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Nauru police arrest attempted suicide victim

| October 8, 2018 | Reply

Nauruan police have arrested a 36-year-old Iranian refugees after he attempted suicide on Nauru today, Monday 9 October. The refugee swallowed washing powder at the Anibare camp, around 4.30pm (Nauru time). Although the man was in obvious distress, and struggled to strand, instead of an ambulance being called, police arrived and placed him under arrest. […]

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Nauru government evicts Médecins Sans Frontières from the island

| October 6, 2018 | Reply

The Nauru government has ended the role of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders on the island. MSF emailed various clients today Saturday, 6 October informing them that all MSF services finish today – email pasted below. According to the MSF web site, the humanitarian association has only operated on the island since late […]

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Manus petition handed to Chief Justice of PNG Supreme Court

| October 3, 2018 | Reply

A petition signed by 368 Manus asylum seekers and refugees has been handed to the office of the Chief Justice of the PNG Supreme Court, and to Justice Alan David, who was one of the presiding judges of the Manus Island case. The case was heard in April, this year, but six months later, the […]

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Refugees petition PNG Supreme Court over delayed judgement

| October 2, 2018 | Reply

Refugees from Manus Island will present a petition with 368 signatures calling on the PNG Supreme Court to hand down the judgement that will significantly determine their future. A delegation of refugees will present the petition to the PNG Supreme Court, Waigani, Port Moresby at 9.00am, Wednesday, 3 October. (The text of the petition is […]

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Curfew crackdown on Manus as US rejects more refugees

| October 2, 2018 | Reply

A notice abruptly posted that the back gate of West Haus detention compound (see photo) will be closed from 5.00pm to 6.00am Manus Island, has further restricted refugees’ movement on the island. A 6.00pm – 6.000am curfew already applies to all three refugee compounds on the island prison – East Lorengau Transit Accommodation, West Haus […]

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Seventeen Manus refugees leave PNG to be resettled in the US

| September 25, 2018 | Reply

Seventeen refugees, held on Manus Island for almost five years, flew from Port Moresby today, Tuesday 25 September, to be resettled in the US. The seventeen are single men, 11 Pakistanis, and six Rohingyans. The total number of refugees from Manus accepted by the US so far is just 147. But over 600 remain in […]

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Eight Manus refugees to the US; hundreds left in limbo; medical crisis continues

| September 18, 2018 | Reply

Eight refugees, single men previously held on Manus Island, flew from Port Moresby today, Tuesday 18 September, to be resettled in the US. The eight are single men, one Iranian, two Tamils, two Pakistanis, two Rohingyans and one Afghan. The total number of refugees from Manus accepted by the US so far is just 130. […]

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Manus mental health crisis as refugee swallows razor blades

| September 16, 2018 | Reply

Refugee advocates have called for urgent medical attention for a 46-year-old Iraqi refugee who has been hospitalised in Port Moresby after swallowing razor blades. The refugee has swallowed a total of eight blades – six last Friday morning, 14 September, and then two more after he was admitted to hospital. On Saturday morning, 15 September, […]

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