Press releases

Six more refugees leave from Manus for the US, but Trump ban still in place

| June 19, 2018 | Reply

Six Manus refugees left Port Moresby this morning, Tuesday 19 June, for the United States. All single men, the refugees are Afghan, Pakistani and one Rohingyan. No refugees from Trump’s list of travel-banned countries are among those travelling to the US. This brings the total number of refugees from Manus to the US to 108, […]

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Nauru cancels refugee day

| June 19, 2018 | Reply

The Nauru government has cancelled its World Refugee Day event scheduled for Wednesday, 20 June. The cancellation is not surprising; there is little sign of a duty of care for the refugees on Nauru, who have become a cash cow for the government at the behest of the Australian government. While millions of dollars are […]

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Refugees leave for the US, as Nauru grieves

| June 17, 2018 | Reply

A bitter sweet moment on Nauru as 21 refugees leave Nauru for the United States today Sunday 17 June (photos attached), only two days after a beloved asylum seeker died in a suspected suicide. The 21 leaving Nauru are from Myanamr, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The group includes two families (one from Myanmar and […]

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Threat level raised on Nauru after asylum seeker death

| June 15, 2018 | Reply

Canstruct, the Nauru detention management company, has declared a “threat level 3” (probable) at the RPC 1 and RPC 3 in the aftermath of today’s suicide. RPC 1 is the detention administrative centre and also houses the IHMS clinic, where the brother and the mother of the deceased Iranian man, “Farhad” (not his real name) […]

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Another asylum seeker dies on Nauru

| June 15, 2018 | Reply

In tragic news from Nauru, a 26-year-old Iranian asylum seekers has been found dead, believed to have suicided, this morning. He was found dead in his family’s tent in the RPC 3 compound around 9.00am, Sydney time. His death comes only three weeks since a Rohingya refugee died on Manus Island. It brings the tragic […]

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Christmas Island rooftop protest starts again

| June 12, 2018 | Reply

Around 7.15pm Monday night, the Christmas Island rooftop protest re-started, when one Iranian asylum seeker went back onto the roof of the Green Two compound. Ghazi (not his real name), is one of the two Iranian asylum seekers who ended a four-day rooftop protest on 29 May. Both Ghazi and Ali were taken to the […]

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Christmas Island rooftop protest ends after four days

| May 30, 2018 | Reply

The defiant rooftop protest on the Green 1 compound of the Christmas Island detention centre ended yesterday evening around 6.30pm (Christmas Island time, Tuesday 29 May) a few hours into the fifth day of protest. The two Iranian asylum seekers came down from the roof and are now being held in the punishment compound, White […]

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Eighteen Manus refugees go to the US, but no Iranians

| May 29, 2018 | Reply

The failure of the US resettlement deal was again on display this morning (Tuesday 29 May) as 18 refugees from Manus Island left Port Moresby for the US. The group comprises 13 Afghans and 5 Rohingyans, all single males. Once again, none from Trump’s travel-ban group of countries that includes Iran, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, were […]

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Christmas Island rooftop protest into its third day

| May 28, 2018 | Reply

The defiant rooftop protest on the Green 1 compound of the Christmas Island detention centre has entered its third day. This morning (Monday 28 May) Australian Federal Police officers threatened the protesters that they would be charged unless they came down, but refused to say what they could be charged with. Asylum seekers in adjacent […]

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Rooftop protest continues on Christmas Island

| May 27, 2018 | Reply

Two Iranian asylum seekers have spent a second night on the roof of the Green 1 compound inside the Christmas Island detention centre. (The protest began around 2.30 on Friday 25 May.) Despite the mobilisation of the Emergency Respond Team, the two protesters have managed to get some food and blankets to sustain the protest. […]

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