Press releases

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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PNG police try to enter Foxtrot compound on Manus

| August 4, 2017 | Reply

The standoff on Manus Island over the closure of Foxtrot Compound has come to a head this morning. Police have shut the gates of Foxtrot to prevent any leaving or entering. Around 10.15am this morning, police tried to enter Foxtrot. But asylum seekers and refugees have peacefully blockaded the Foxtrot gate from the inside, so […]

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Manus protest grows against compound closure

| August 3, 2017 | Reply

In the biggest demonstration yet against the arbitrary closure of Foxtrot compound hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees have protested at the compound. Despite the threat of closure and demolition, refugees and asylum seekers are still living in Foxtrot. Refugee electricians have managed to re-establish power to the compound despite it being cut-off on Monday […]

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Refugees’ statement from new protests on Nauru

| August 2, 2017 | Reply

The increasing frustration at the lies and delays has seen two protests on Nauru – last Sunday and Monday nights – at camp 3. Below is the statement that they released: We have waited long enough! We have a right to be free and to know our future! We were tricked into being transferred to […]

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Manus protest defies Foxtrot shut-down threat

| August 1, 2017 | Reply

A mass protest at the Foxtrot compound on Manus Island has defied Border Force orders to move and demanded that power and water be officially restored to the compound. (See photos) The protest gathered at 2pm at Foxtrot compound and chanted, “We do not want to settle in PNG; do not force us.” PNG immigration […]

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