Press releases

Nauru refugees bailed after 48 hours of abuse and appalling conditions: non-cooperation campaign will continue

| March 6, 2015 | Reply

All of the 183 refugees arrested on Nauru have been released – the last of them only on Friday afternoon, 6 March, 48 hours after their arrest. While most have been given general bail notices that do not specify charges (see photo at bottom) or dates for court appearance, ten refugees have been bailed to [...]

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Arrested Nauru refugees held overnight: human rights observers needed

| March 5, 2015 | Reply

Almost 200 refugees including up to 80 women have been held in detention overnight after mass arrests on Nauru, throughout Wednesday, 4 March. The underage children being held by police, including one 7 year old who had been arrested early Wednesday morning, were removed from police cells by case workers, yesterday. However, many then spent [...]

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Nauran police arbitrarily arrest over 100 refugees

| March 4, 2015 | Reply

In a move that will seriously increase tensions on Nauru, Nauruan police have arbitrarily arrested up to 150 refugees, including at least one family group with children, this morning (Wednesday, 4 March). One 13 year-old has been arrested as a “protest leader”. At least 40 men are in Yaren police station (see photo). Female refugees [...]

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Second refugee protest: Nauru non-cooperation campaign continues

| March 1, 2015 | Reply

More than 100 refugees from camps right across the island staged their second protest in three days, this afternoon, Sunday 1 March. The protest was held in front of Beach House, the main office of Connect, the Australian contracted service provider, and lasted an hour between 4 and 5pm. The non-cooperation campaign is set to [...]

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Hundreds of refugees protest on Nauru

| February 28, 2015 | Reply

Around 300 refugees on Nauru staged a protest yesterday, Friday afternoon, 27 February. The peaceful protest assembled at Beach House, the accommodation for many of the Australian personnel employed in the detention centre. However, when the rally attempted to march around the island, Nauruan police (supported by Transfield riot squad) blocked the road and attacked [...]

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Photos from Nauru protest 27 Feb

| February 27, 2015 | Reply

Video Nauru protest 270215 with chanting “Shut down offshore” Video Video Nauru protest 270215_2 Photos from the protest (click on image to download larger size) Refugee kids boycotting classes

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Nauruan refugees appeal to Nauruan locals to oppose cruel policy

| February 27, 2015 | Reply

In the run up to Friday’s protest, the Nauruan refugees are distributing a leaflet (image and text below) appealing for the help of local Nauruans to oppose the Nauruan government’s collaboration with Australia’s cruel policy of offshore processing. From : Nauru refugees To : People of Nauru At 2013 the Australian parliament approved a new [...]

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Refugee stay-away and boycott campaign rocks Nauru

| February 26, 2015 | Reply

Hundreds of refugees on Nauru have begun a campaign of non-cooperation with the Nauruan government, and the Immigration Department and with all authorities and organizations like Connect that are supposedly responsible for their existence on Nauru. Already, refugee children are boycotting every level of school. Nobody is attending the English classes held by Connect (see [...]

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Manus island hygiene and health hazard – still torture

| February 25, 2015 | Reply

A filthy toilet block (three toilets and three showers) in Delta Compound on Manus Island has been demolished. The disgusting facilities (see photos) were a health hazard and should have been demolished months ago. But, little has changed. The demolition means that there are only 12 toilets and showers for 300 people. The stench is [...]

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Don’t deport to Afghanistan – fourth Hazara asylum seeker at risk

| February 23, 2015 | Reply

Last minute legal efforts are being made in Perth to seek an injunction to prevent the Immigration department from forcibly removing a 23 year-old Hazara Afghan asylum seeker, from Yongah Hill detention centre. The removal is presently scheduled for tomorrow, 24 February and, if it goes ahead, would be the fourth forced removal to Afghanistan [...]

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