Press releases

Urgent: Vigilantes attack Nauruan refugees – one man blinded

| November 18, 2014 | Reply

On Sunday night a letter headed “A Message to Refugees Resettled In Nauru”, threatening the safety of refugees living on Nauru was secretly distributed throughout the refugee housing and the townships on Nauru. The letter was distributed at refugee houses and compounds, but was also found pushed under doors of Nauruan house, placed on the [...]

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High Court win for asylum seekers against relocation argument. Stop the deportation of Afghan asylum seekers

| November 12, 2014 | Reply

The High Court finding that the Refugee Review Tribunal had failed to properly consider whether it was reasonable for an Afghan asylum seeker to relocate to Kabul because security for Hazaras was ‘relatively good’ has serious implications for the government’s recent moves to deport Afghan asylum seekers (See the decision here). “We are calling on [...]

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Manus asylum seekers petition Palmer over new TPV laws

| November 11, 2014 | Reply

More than 100 asylum seekers on Manus Island have sent Clive Palmer a hand-written letter (letter with names redacted below) appealing for him not to exclude them from any deal struck between the government and the Palmer United Party. The letter was prompted by the fact that the Palmer United Party was willing to support [...]

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Afghanistan is not safe: Morrison urged to halt second Afghan removal

| October 26, 2014 | Reply

Refugee advocates are urging the Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to halt the removal of an Afghan asylum seeker, scheduled for Tuesday 28 October, from Yongah Hill in Western Australia. The removal would be only the second ever forced removal of an Afghan asylum seeker. It comes only a few weeks since the reports that the [...]

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Nauruan police harass camp protest as protests continue

| October 23, 2014 | Reply

Protests that began on Nauru almost a month ago (26 September), following Scott Morrison’s announcement regarding temporary protection visas and the Cambodia deal continue every night in the family detention camp, OPC 3. Despite threats and harassment, between 100 and over 250 people hold protests each night at the gate of the camp. Similarly protests [...]

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Refugee policy unethical for doctors: Doctors for Refugees

| October 19, 2014 | Reply

Doctors for Refugees wholeheartedly endorses the J’accuse petition, to be presented on Monday 20 October 2014. “We have grave concerns for asylum seekers and refugees denied appropriate, timely health services and for Australian health professionals working in immigration detention centres. These doctors and nurses are bound by unfair and draconian contracts which deny health professionals [...]

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Cambodian groups protest against Australian refugee deal

| October 17, 2014 | Reply

Not in Our Name Shame on Refugee Resettlement Deal with Cambodia In Solidarity with Cambodian Civil Society Organisations On Friday (Oct 17), more than 1,000 of Cambodian people, monks, students, victims of land eviction and representatives of unions and non-government organisations, will march on Phnom Penh’s streets to demand the abolition of the refugee resettlement [...]

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Nauru protests escalate: breakout at family camp

| October 10, 2014 | Reply

Protests on Nauru have dramatically escalated in the last 24 hours. Up to 600 people broke out of the family detention compound OPC 3 just after midnight last night. There was fighting between asylum seekers and security guards and it is believed that a number of asylum seekers have been arrested by Nauruan police. The [...]

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Hunger strike starts as Nauru protests spread

| October 6, 2014 | Reply

The protests by asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru that began on Thursday 25 August are continuing, and have now spread to the single men’s camp, OPC 2. The daily protests inside the family camp show no sign of slowing down. Every evening, between 300 and 500 asylum seekers gather to protest against proposed Australian [...]

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Nauru unaccompanied minors released as protests continue

| October 1, 2014 | Reply

Twenty-nine unaccompanied minors have been released from the family compound detention centre on Nauru as protests and self-harm continue in and out of detention. The twenty-nine boys were released on Tuesday and have now been housed in the refugee residential family compound and in two houses nearby. The surprising move came as daily protests and [...]

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