Press releases

Manus detainees call for end to forced relocation as community tensions mount

| October 13, 2017 | Reply

More than 500 detainees at Manus Island have written to the PNG authorities (text below, written pages here and extract of signatures here) calling for the PNG government to provide safe resettling third countries, an end to their imprisonment. The letter comes as today (Friday 13 October) marks day 74 of protests on Manus Island, […]

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Resettlement farce as Manus refugees face more threats

| October 13, 2017 | Reply

The latest notice on Manus Island (at right) announces the next stage in trying to force refugees out of the detention centre and into greater danger in the Lorengau settlement. Refugees can no longer purchase anything at the detention centre canteen, nor will they receive points that can be used at the canteen. Refugees have […]

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Another tragic suicide as Manus claims another victim

| October 2, 2017 | Reply

A Tamil refugee was found hanging next to the Lorengau hospital kitchen in the early hours of this morning (Monday, 2 October). His death is the second suicide on Manus in less than two months. The 32-year-old Tamil man had been sent to the hospital three days ago, after a self-harming incident at the East […]

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Twenty-seven refugees leave Nauru for the US

| September 27, 2017 | Reply

Twenty-seven refugees left Nauru this morning bound for Port Moresby, the first leg of a 50-hour long journey to be resettled in the USA. The group included families, single men and single women, from a variety of countries including Bangladesh, Iran, Sri Lanka, Somalia and Burma. They are being sent to live (some with relatives) […]

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First Manus refugees to the US this weekend; now, stop the forced closure

| September 20, 2017 | Reply

Three Sudanese refugees on Manus Island have been accepted for resettlement in the US. They will fly to Port Moresby this coming weekend and from there to the US two days later. “This is good news for these refugees who have been illegally held on Manus for four years,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the […]

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Advocates call for permanent visas and immediate release of Rohingya refugees

| September 6, 2017 | Reply

The UN estimates that more than 120,000 Rohingyans have been forced to flee genocidal violence of the Myanmar army since late August. World leaders have called for an end to the systematic violence against the Rohingyans, but the Australian government has been silent. The crisis has exposed the Australian government’s own shameful policy of persecution […]

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Port Moresby refugees protest phone card cuts

| September 5, 2017 | Reply

Refugees transferred to Port Moresby for medical reasons staged “Day 1” of protest action outside the Australian Border Force office at the motel where they are being held (see photo at right). They are protesting the latest move by Border Force to cut them off services and support. A notice put on the wall of […]

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Refugee advocates call for independent inquiry into Manus death

| August 8, 2017 | Reply

Refugee advocates are deeply concerned at PNG police statements that they have ruled out “foul play” in regard to the death of Hamed. “It is impossible for the PNG police to rule out foul play. The hastiness of the declaration only makes it look more suspicious,” said said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action […]

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One more death on Manus, more blood on Turnbull’s hands

| August 7, 2017 | Reply

A 31 year-old Iranian asylum seeker, Hamid, was found hanging from a tree this morning (Monday) near the school close to the East Lorengau Transit Accommodation. “Hamid’s death brings the Manus detention death toll to five. Five lives cut short by the brutality of offshore detention,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. […]

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Biggest Manus rally yet says hands off Foxtrot

| August 6, 2017 | Reply

Sunday 6 August has seen the biggest protest so far inside the Manus Island detention centre to stop the closure of Foxtrot compound. Hundreds gathered at the Foxtrot compound calling for the power to be officially restored; “informal” wiring by refugee electricians has re-establish power to the compound, since power was officially cut off on […]

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