Press releases

Tell Qantas: Don’t deport Priya and Nades to danger

| August 1, 2018 | Reply

On Thursday next week, 9 August, there will be actions happening outside Qantas and Jetstar offices in Melbourne and Sydney urging the airline to publicly commit not to participate in the deportation of Priya and Nades, the Tamil asylum seekers from Biloela, or in any other asylum seeker deportation. If you can’t make the actions […]

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Guilty! Coroner’s findings damn offshore detention

| July 30, 2018 | Reply

The coroner’s findings in regard to the death of Hamid Khazaie have damned the government’s offshore detention policy. The coroner noted that the Pacific Solution Mark II version of offshore detention was created after the Expert Panel reported to the Gillard government in 2012 and deliberately included “disincentives” to asylum seekers arriving by boat. While […]

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Fourteen refugees fly from Nauru to US today

| July 29, 2018 | Reply

Fourteen more refugees, mostly single men – Rohingyan, Afghans, and Pakistanis – left Nauru this afternoon, Sunday 29 July, to be resettled in the US. The group also includes the single Iranian woman who was previously, incorrectly, reported to have left Nauru on 15 July. The Iranian woman is the only Iranian from Nauru or […]

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Peter Dutton stirs racism for votes by backing white farmers

| July 27, 2018 | Reply

Peter Dutton has insisted that Australia grant special consideration to white South African farmers, via the provision of fast-tracked refugee visas. His comments showed obvious racism as he declared they “need help from a civilised country like ours”. This is in response to an alleged spate of racist murders specifically targeting white farmers. In order […]

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Twenty three refugees leave Nauru for the US

| July 22, 2018 | Reply

Twenty-three refugees flew from Nauru to the US today, Sunday 22 July. The group includes two Rohingyan families, one couple with their three children; the other a father and his two sons. The rest are single men – Rohingyan, Afghans, Pakistanis and Tamils. The refugees’ final destinations include New York, Oregon and Colorada. Over 1520 […]

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Female Villawood detainees stage protest hunger strike

| July 12, 2018 | Reply

Around 40 female detainees in Villawood are staging a protest hunger strike from 11.00am today, Thursday, 12 July. The protest follows abrupt changes announced on Monday that confine all women to the Lima compound. The changes isolate the female detainees and deny them access to previously communal areas, and communal activities. On Tuesday, 9 July, […]

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Mobile video footage reveals abuse by Villawood guards

| July 11, 2018 | Reply

Refugee advocates are calling for a full inquiry into an incident recorded on mobile phone footage inside Villawood detention centre revealing nine male guards using unnecessary force arresting a single female detainee. Towards the end of the footage, the guards can be seen holding her on the ground, and probably (although it cannot be discerned), […]

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Thirty more refugees fly to the US but despair grows

| July 8, 2018 | Reply

Around 36 refugees have flown from Nauru to the US today, Sunday, 8 July. The refugees are Afghan, Pakistani, Rohingyan and one Tamil family. There are no refugees from Iran or Somalia, or any countries among Trump’s list of travel-ban countries, which account for around a half of all refugees on Manus and Nauru. The […]

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Heartless Border Force denies Fariborz’s mother’s wishes

| July 5, 2018 | Reply

Australian Border Force authorities on Nauru have rejected Fariborz mother’s wishes that Fariborz’s body be sent to Australia for burial. Fariborz’s mother wrote a plea to Border Force on 27 June. More than 200 refugees also presented a petition to Border Force requesting that Fariborz body be sent to Australia and for help for his […]

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Nauru petition calls for Fariborz’s body and family to be brought to Australia

| July 2, 2018 | Reply

More than two weeks since Fariborz Karami died on Nauru, the Australian Border Force (ABF) has made no arrangements to meet his family’s request that his body be buried in Australia. The Iranian community on Nauru has initiated a petition calling for the ABF to respect the family’s wishes and make immediate arrangements for Fariborz’s […]

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