Press releases

Manus Island claims another victim as asylum seeker declared brain dead. Manus detainees accuse IHMS

| September 3, 2014 | Reply

A 24 year-old Iranian asylum seeker, Hamid Kehazaei, who was urgently medivacced from Manus Island to Brisbane on Wednesday, 27 August has been declared to be ‘brain dead’. By the time Hamid was medivacced to Brisbane, he was suffering septicaemia, from an infection spreading from a cut foot, and went directly into intensive care in [...]

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First forced asylum removal to Afghanistan scheduled for tonight, Tuesday 26 August

| August 26, 2014 | Reply

A last minute application in Federal Circuit Court and an appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Commission are underway to try and prevent the forced removal of an asylum seeker to Afghanistan. The decision by the Federal Circuit Court is due to handed down at 3pm this afternoon. The 29 year-old Afghan asylum seeker, [...]

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Children and families out of detention? – not really!

| August 19, 2014 | Reply

The government announcement that children and families are to be released from mainland immigration detention is deceptive, selective and half-hearted according to the Refugee Action Coalition. The Minister’s announcement mostly refers to children and families already living in the community. The Minister is really announcing shifting the status of families from community detention to bridging [...]

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Morrison’s phoney generosity for Iraqi and Syrian refugees: there’s no increase in intake

| August 17, 2014 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has condemned the government’s announcement of 4,400 places for Iraqi and Syrian refugees as selective and ‘phoney generosity’. One of the first things that the Coalition government did when it got into office was cut the overall refugee intake from 20,000 to 13,750. The government has not increased the intake in [...]

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Pakistani minor attempts suicide rather than be returned to Nauru

| August 13, 2014 | Reply

A 16 year-old Pakistani asylum seeker from Parichinar, has attempted suicide at the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA) centre last night, Tuesday 12 August. It is understood that the boy, who had been brought to Brisbane form Nauru for medical treatment, severely slashed his arms after being told that he was to be sent back [...]

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Refugee advocates condemn Cambodia deal

| August 11, 2014 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has condemned the refugee resettlement arrangement about to be signed by Australia and Cambodia. “Today’s deal is the latest installment in the Australian government’s excruciating efforts to punish asylum seekers,” said RAC spokesperson Ian Rintoul. “The arrangement with Cambodia exposes the monumental policy failure of offshore processing,” Rintoul said. “Everywhere you [...]

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Curtin hunger striker strike suspended after meeting assurance

| August 10, 2014 | Reply

Eleven Sinhalese asylum seekers in Curtin detention centre suspended their hunger strike on Saturday 9 August, the fourth day of their protest. The protest was suspended after Curtin’s Serco manager confirmed that immigration case managers will meet with the protesters on Monday afternoon (11 August). Earlier on Saturday, one of the hunger strikers had been [...]

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“Why are we forgotten?”: Curtin hunger strikers

| August 8, 2014 | Reply

Eleven Sinhalese asylum seekers have entered their third day of hunger strike at the Curtin detention centre. The eleven are also sleeping outside their rooms to maintain their collective protest. The eleven are protesting at the long delays in processing of their claims and the similarly unexplained delay for them to be released on bridging [...]

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Refugee protest Friday 8 August: 157 more reasons that Morrison has to go. Bring the Tamils back; end detention

| August 7, 2014 | Reply

Refugee supporters will hold a protest at the Sydney Immigration Department offices, Lee Street, City, Friday 8 August, 12.30pm, to highlight the hijacking of the 157 Tamil asylum seekers taken to Nauru and the horrors of detention revealed in the Human Rights Commission inquiry. Speakers will include: John Kaye, Greens MLC NSW; Michael Dudley (chairperson [...]

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Processing delays provoke hunger strike at Curtin detention centre

| August 7, 2014 | Reply

Eleven of the 21 Sinhalese Sri Lankan asylum seekers at Curtin detention centre have begun a hunger strike. The hunger strike, in protest at the long delays in the processing of the refugee claims began at noon, Wednesday 13 August. Out of the 21 Sinhalese at Curtin detention centre, 13 have been in detention two [...]

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