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Two bashed Manus refugees finally released after 36 hours

| January 2, 2017 | Reply

Two Iranian refugees, Mehdi (26) and Mohammad (28), arrested and bashed by up to 10 PNG police and immigration officers on New Year’s eve have finally been released by the Manus police after more than 36 hours in custody. Despite direct pleas from other refugees, the Manus police denied them any medical attention for their […]

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Bashed Manus refugees need urgent medical treatment

| January 1, 2017 | Reply

Two Iranian refugees, Mehdi and Mohammad, arrested and bashed by up to 10 PNG police and immigration officers last night (New Years eve) on Manus Island are still in police custody 24 hours later. Neither of the refugees has been seen by doctors or received any medical attention for what appear to be serious injuries. […]

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Brutality rules New Year on Manus

| January 1, 2017 | Reply

Two Iranian refugees, Mehdi and Mohammad, have been savagely beaten by PNG police and PNG Immigration officials on New’s Eve. (See photos of Mehdi in green T shirt.) The two refugees were in the Lorengau settlement area on Manus last night when PNG officials arrested them around 8pm. The refugees say they were doing nothing […]

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Car torched as Nauruan local terrorise refugee settlement

| December 17, 2016 | Reply

Nauruan locals have terrorised a refugee settlement on Nauru. Around 3.30am, Friday morning (16 December), refugees were awoken by locals shouting “F*** refugees; F*** Off; Go to America.” Doors were bashed and rocks pelted at the converted shipping containers that serve as refugee accommodation at Nibok. Air-conditioning units attached to the walls of the refugee […]

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Message of support for teachers’ refugee t-shirt action

| December 12, 2016 | Reply

We would like to add our support to the Teachers for Refugees t-shirt action planned for the week of the 12th of December, where teachers will wear t-shirts with the slogans “Teachers for Refugees—Close the Camps, Bring them Here” in schools and workplaces. The action has already been supported by the Australian Education Union (Victoria […]

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Refugee advocates reject detention mobile phone ban

| November 21, 2016 | Reply

Refugee advocates have rejected the Australian Border Force announcement that mobile phones will be banned from detention centres. Asylum seekers who have arrived by boat are already banned from having a mobile phone. “The ban on asylum seekers having mobile phones in detention will be vigorously fought. The ban is punitive and unnecessary,” said Ian […]

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Uncertainty surrounds US refugee deal: Australia needs to bring them here

| November 13, 2016 | Reply

LIFETIME BAN EXPOSED AS A STUNT The announcement by US Secretary of State, John Kerry and now by Malcolm Turnbull, that the US will consider refugees from Nauru referred to it by the UNHCR has done little to settle the issue of offshore detention. “It is an admission that Nauru and Manus Island are offshore […]

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Labor’s opposition to lifetimeban exposes third country myth – Now Bring Them Here

| November 8, 2016 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has welcomed Labor’s stand against Turnbull’s attempt to impose a lifetime ban on asylum seekers and refugees sent to Nauru or Manus Island ever entering Australia. Turnbull’s lifetime ban proposal was always a political stunt from a government that is sinking further in the opinion polls. Labor’s stance makes it almost […]

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Government rattled by PNG Supreme Court action – unpopular Turnbull turns to refugee bashing

| October 31, 2016 | Reply

The Turnbull government’s announcement that it intends to ban for life, asylum seekers and refugees, who attempted to travel to Australia by boat after 19 July 2013, has been dismissed as political grandstanding by the Refugee Action Coalition. “This is a desperate headline-grabbing announcement from a Prime Minister whose is now less popular than Tony […]

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Port Moresby Supreme Court set for decision on return of Manus refugees

| October 25, 2016 | Reply

A full bench hearing of the PNG Supreme Court, on Thursday 27 October, will consider an application on behalf of 302 Manus asylum seekers and refugees for the return to Australia of all those asylum seekers and refugees who wish to do so. The lead counsel acting for the Manus asylum seekers will be retired […]

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