Press releases

Refugee husband says Nauru fire was suicide attempt

| May 25, 2016 | Reply

The fire that gutted the unit in the Nauru refugee camp, Anuijo, on Monday, May 23, was part of a suicide attempt, according the husband of the woman who was rescued from the burning unit. (See photos and report here.) The Iranian woman was given oxygen at the Nauru hospital after being rescued from the […]

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House fire in Nauru family camp

| May 23, 2016 | Reply

A fire has broken out in one of the units inside the family camp, RPC 3, on Nauru. It is understood that the Iranian woman who was alone in the unit at the time was rescued by a security officer, before any firefighters arrived. The woman has been taken to the Nauru hospital. The woman’s […]

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Massive Manus protest joins Nauru day 56

| May 14, 2016 | Reply

Prisoners in all the compounds of Manus Island detention centre have staged a joint protest inside the detention centre. Despite the rain, hundereds joined the protest in Manus, assembling in the area between Oscar and Delta compounds, raising slogans of “Freedom; Freedom,” and “This place is illegal”. It was the biggest protest on Manus since […]

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Protests for freedom begin on Manus

| May 13, 2016 | Reply

Protests have begun inside the Manus detention centre – at Mike and Fox Compounds on Thursday, and today Friday 13 May, in Delta and Oscar Compounds. In Delta, the banner reads, ” Trafficked illegally here. Close Manus prison now.” Asylum seekers and refugees are growing tired of the delay in closing the detention centre and […]

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Critical refugee mother and baby medivacced from Nauru

| May 13, 2016 | Reply

A 22 year-old Somali refugee mother, Naima, and her premature baby boy, have been airlifted, in separate planes, from Nauru in emergency circumstances last night. Both were considered to be in critical condition when they left Nauru. Naima underwent a casearian operation on Nauru, yesterday afternoon, and the baby was born one month premature. Naima […]

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Nauru claims another victim as Bangladeshi refugee suicides

| May 11, 2016 | Reply

Tragically, a 26 year-old Bangladeshi refugee, Rakib, has died on Nauru after taking an overdose of tablets, including a large amount of Panadol. He was found to be a refugee about five months ago and has been living in a refugee camp since then. While the official Immigration report says he died of heart failure, […]

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Statement by RAC Sydney opposing ‘Norfolk Island proposal’

| May 10, 2016 | Reply

Refugee Action Coalition Sydney notes with dismay the proposal to detain asylum seekers or refugees on another small island, Norfolk Island this time. When word of the contents of this article reached Manus and Nauru, there was considerable distress – ‘Are they really going to send us to another island where nobody wants us?’ was […]

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Refugee advocates warn against any removals to Nauru

| May 10, 2016 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has warned the government against sending refugees back to Nauru, in the present circumstances. At least two people detained in the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA) have been told that they could be returned to Nauru “soon”. Astonishingly, one of the people told that will be sent to Nauru is a […]

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Omid Memorial Fund

| May 5, 2016 | Reply

Omid, an Iranian refugee who set himself on fire on Nauru, died in a Brisbane hospital on 28 April. The Omid Memorial Fund was set up by the Refugee Action Coalition and Mums For Refugees to raise money to provide some support for Omid’s wife and his family. While money is no longer needed to […]

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Dutton lies, refugees die

| May 3, 2016 | Reply

Despite the Immigration Minister’s attempts to deflect the blame, it is the government that is responsible for the appalling conditions they have created on Nauru. Dutton even created his own “children overboard” moment by suggesting there was a threat from refugees to ‘assets’ on Nauru. Dutton boasts about the money invested in a new hospital […]

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