Press releases

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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Nauru independence celebration overshadowed by prison island’s neglect and abuse

| January 31, 2018 | Reply

Today, 31 January, marks the high point of independence celebrations on Nauru (see photos). Curiously the celebrations have been marked by the government lifting the ban on Facebook that was imposed in 2015, as part of the crackdown on democratic rights that also removed the right to protest, when hundreds of asylum seekers began to […]

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Fears for two-week old refugee baby on Nauru

| January 26, 2018 | Reply

There are serious concerns for the welfare of a two-week baby boy on Nauru. The baby was born to Iranian refugees on 12 January. The baby has a seriously infected umbilicus that has been left untreated since Thursday after the baby’s mother was turned away at the Nauru hospital being told that the baby was […]

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Second group of Manus refugees fly to US

| January 23, 2018 | Reply

The second group of refugees to be accepted for resettlement in the US has left Port Moresby for the United States this morning (Tuesday 23 January) see photos of them leaving the Port Moresby hotel early this morning; a small group of the refugees in the departure lounge of Port Moresby airport. Altogether fifty-eight refugees […]

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Nauru refugees petition against delays and exclusion from the US

| January 22, 2018 | Reply

Around 500 Nauruan refugees have signed a petition (Nauru resettlement petition) directed to Australian Border Force demanding a timetable for refugee resettlement; to be immediately resettled in Australia pending any further resettlement options and to reunite families that have been separated by Border Force and offshore detention policies. Around 130 refugees are expected to fly […]

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Mentally ill Manus asylum seeker needs urgent help

| January 22, 2018 | Reply

Refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island have raised serious concerns about the mental health of a 28-year-old Iranian man they say has become delusional. After the man seriously self-harmed late last week (19 January), he was taken to the Lorengau hospital for his physical injuries but there is no mental health treatment available on […]

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Hunger strike over detention visit restrictions continues

| January 18, 2018 | Reply

Around 160 detainees at Villawood in Sydney are continuing their hunger strike – now in its fourth day. (Thursday, 18 Jan), over the draconian restrictions to visiting. In an attempt to break the hunger strike, Border Force has locked down the striking compounds. All visits have been banned. Activities and appointments have been suspended. Border […]

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Hunger strike starts over immigration detention visits restrictions

| January 16, 2018 | Reply

Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January. Posters declaring the changes would apply […]

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