Press releases

Nauruan refugee starts crane protest

| November 27, 2015 | Reply

An Iranian refugee, Reza Khestinzhad, (44 years old) has scaled the tallest crane on Nauru – on the construction site for refugee accommodation – with a placard calling for the release of children from Nauru. The placard reads: “World: Kids in Nauru Need Help”. The latest Border Force figures show 95 children ‘in detention’ on […]

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Navy tows Christmas Island asylum boat back to sea

| November 20, 2015 | Reply

A boat of asylum seekers which arrived at Christmas Island early this morning (Friday 20 November) has been towed back to sea by the navy. The small boat which arrived unescorted at Christmas Island this morning had earlier been covered by a tarpaulin to prevent any contact between the asylum seekers and people on the […]

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After the Paris attacks: Stop the fear campaign against refugees

| November 19, 2015 | Reply

The shocking terror attacks in Paris have produced horror and condemnation across the world. Such loss of civilian lives is tragic and deplorable, whether in Paris or in attacks in Lebanon, Syria or anywhere. But they should not be used as an excuse to spread fear against refugees, nor to spread division through blaming the […]

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Nauru police ignore savage assault as asylum seeker flown to Australia for urgent treatment

| November 18, 2015 | Reply

Riza, an Iranian asylum seeker on Nauru, has been flown to Australia for urgent medical treatment for a broken jaw and facial injuries after a savage assault by a local bus driver. The assault took place on Sunday, 15 November. Reza was medivacced to Australia on Monday, 16 November. The assault took place following a […]

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Christmas Island asylum seekers left without water or guards

| November 12, 2015 | Reply

Around 20 asylum seekers now in White 2 compound on Christmas Island have been left without enough food or water for more than the last 24 hours. The asylum seekers were initially in the “protection compound”, Gold 2 on Christmas Island and locked in when the disturbance broke out late on Saturday night. The doors […]

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“Stand-off” continues and tension grows on Christmas Island

| November 10, 2015 | Reply

Around 50 people have spent the night on the oval (green zone) of Christmas Island detention centre, as more police and Serco guards gather on the perimeter of the centre. As of 2.30am Christmas Island time, no attempt had been made by police or guards to re-enter the detention centre. Late yesterday, television had been […]

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Kurdish refugee dead on Christmas Island: another victim of long term detention

| November 8, 2015 | Reply

It is believed that an Iranian Kurdish refugee, Fazel Chegeni, has died on Christmas Island. The man, in his early 30s, escaped from the North West Point detention centre 48 hours ago – on Friday 6 November. Detainees had reported that Fazel was missing on Friday. Detainees in the centre report that police brought the […]

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Immigration negligence puts Nauru mother and baby at risk

| November 6, 2015 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition is calling for the heavily pregnant, 34 year-old, Kurdish asylum seeker, Hatami (see photo), to be urgently brought to Australia to give birth. Hatami’s diabetic pregnancy means the welfare of herself and her baby is at serious risk. That risk has been dramatically increased because the baby is also in the […]

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Darwin paediatricians and health workers stand against detention harm

| October 29, 2015 | Reply

On Friday 29th October at 1pm, paediatricians and other health workers and researchers from Darwin will meet at the front of the Menzies Building on the Royal Darwin Hospital campus to make a public statement that Detention Harms Children. This will follow the weekly Paediatric Grand Round meeting which this week will focus on the […]

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Dutton’s Abyan fabrications exposed. Now bring all those at risk off Nauru

| October 29, 2015 | Reply

The return to Australia of Abyan, the raped Somali refugee, has exposed the lies and misrepresentations of the Minister for Immigration, Peter Dutton. “It is now quite clear who peddled the lies and fabrications about Abyan’s treatment and who mislead the Parliament and the public. It was not Abyan; it was not refugee advocates; it […]

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