Press releases

Another refugee dies on Manus

| May 22, 2018 | Reply

A 52 year-old Rohingyan refugee has died on Manus Island. Reports indicate that the refugee was killed after he jumped from a moving bus and was struck by its wheels of the bus, around 11am very near to West Haus refugee compound. Most refugees on Manus believe that the man’s death was suicide. The Rohingyan […]

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US resettlement farce: All Iranians and Somalis rejected

| May 8, 2018 | Reply

All Iranians and Somali refugees on Nauru who have had appointments in the last two days with US officials have been rejected for resettlement in the US. Around 150 refugees had been scheduled for appointments between Monday and Wednesday. But all Iranians and Somalis including families with children and single women have been rejected. Some […]

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Iranian refugee attempts suicide after USA rejection

| May 8, 2018 | Reply

An Iranian refugee has attempted suicide on Nauru, only hours after she was notified that she had been rejected for resettlement in the US. Around 11pm Monday (7 May) Nauru time, the middle-aged woman was pulled from the ocean near Ijuw by other refugees. There were distressing scenes as large numbers of Iranians gathered where […]

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Grave fears for Iranian hunger striker from Nauru

| May 7, 2018 | Reply

Refugee advocates have serious fears for the welfare of Omid, a 24-year-old Iranian refugee from Nauru, who has been on hunger strike for over 30 days. His condition has significantly deteriorated since he was hospitalised a couple of weeks ago. He has reached a critical stage in the hunger strike with growing concerns that he […]

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Government attempts to remove Biloela Tamil family from Australia

| March 14, 2018 | Reply

Although court documents had been lodged in the Federal Circuit Court for the Tamil family, and a directions hearing scheduled for early May, last night (Tuesday) the government attempted to remove the Tamil family of four from Australia. Concerns escalated in the hours from late Tuesday afternoon, when communication with the family who were being […]

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Fifth group of refugees leave Nauru for the US

| March 4, 2018 | Reply

The fifth group of refugees will leave Nauru today (Sunday, 4 March) to be resettled in the US. The group of 29 refugees (21 adults and 8 children) comprises four families (two Sri Lankan, one Rohingyan and one Afghan), and single men from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The departure of this group brings the […]

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Release Sayed: False red notice lifted from Egyptian asylum seeker

| February 24, 2018 | Reply

The fabricated Interpol Red Notice issued by the Egyptian government against asylum seeker Sayed Abdellatif has been unconditionally lifted (see document here). The red notice has been the excuse used by successive Australian governments to hold Sayed and his family in detention for almost six years. Since 2013, when they were transferred to Villawood detention […]

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PNG police forced removal of refugees from Port Moresby to Manus reveals resettlement farce

| February 21, 2018 | Reply

In the early hours of Tuesday, 20 February, police arrested up to 13 refugees who had been living Aku Lodge. They were being forcibly returned to Manus Island, but for unconfirmed reasons there was a problem with the plane. The refugees are now being held at another lodge in Port Moresby surrounded by up to […]

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Why we still need to demand #BringThemHere

| February 14, 2018 | Reply

Preamble In recent weeks, there has been discussion about using the demand “Bring Them Here” in regard to the asylum seekers and refugees on Manus and Nauru. Partly that stems from the fact that Manus refugees in particular (including Behrouz Boochani) raised the slogan “Let Them Go” during the Manus siege, both because understandably some […]

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Twenty-two refugees leave Nauru for the United States

| February 11, 2018 | Reply

The second group of refugees to leave Nauru for resettlement in the United States are leaving Nauru this afternoon, Nauru time. The 22 refugees are flying from Nauru to the United States, via Fiji, to Los Angeles. Except for one couple, a Rohingyan man and his wife, the other refugees leaving today (Sunday, 11 February) […]

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