Press releases

Yes, Prime Ministers, the refugees are still detained on Manus Island

| July 22, 2019 | Reply

A press conference at Parliament House, held by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and PNG Prime Minister James Marape, has seen both leaders repeated the myth that refugees and asylum seekers are not detained on Manus Island. In April 2016, the PNG Supreme Court found that the refugees had been unlawfully transferred to PNG by Australia […]

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NSW Police and City of Sydney Council threatening civil liberties in the CBD

| July 16, 2019 | Reply

In a further crack-down on civil liberties in NSW, NSW Police have prevented a human-rights march through the Pitt St Mall on July 20. The march is part of the ‘Six Years Too Long’ demonstration being organised by the Refugee Action Coalition (RAC) to protest against six years of the offshore detention of asylum seekers […]

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Seven refugees leave Nauru for US resettlement

| July 10, 2019 | Reply

Seven refugees (from Iran, Sudan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka) will leave Nauru today (Wednesday 10 July), for resettlement in the US. This brings the total number of refugees from Nauru and Manus to be resettled in the US to around 580. Hundreds of refugees in Australia’s offshore prisons remain in limbo, as the US deal […]

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Refugee supporters to picket Italian embassy over the “Australian solution”

| July 9, 2019 | Reply

Refugee supporters will picket the Sydney Italian consulate office today (Tuesday 9 July) to call for an end of Italy’s ban on refugee boats. The protest will be held Tuesday 9 July, 12.30pm, outside the Italian consulate, 44 Market Street, Sydney. The Italian government has announced that a second rescue ship’s captain has been placed […]

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More Manus refugees fly to the US but hundreds still in limbo

| July 3, 2019 | Reply

Two planes in the last two weeks have taken 38 refugees from Papua New Guinea to be resettled in the United States. One carrying 15 refugees left on 26 June, another with 23 refugees left Port Moresby on Tuesday 2 July. It takes the total number of refugees from Manus resettled in the United States […]

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Manus crisis reaching breaking point as mental distress worsens

| June 24, 2019 | Reply

Conditions are reaching breaking point on Manus Island. This morning, Monday 24 June, two incidents of self-harm within hours have set the scene for another day of the Manus mental health crisis. One refugee who swallowed a nail clipper, around 6.30am has been taken to the local hospital, although guards initially refused to transport him […]

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Another Manus asylum seeker sets himself on fire

| June 21, 2019 | Reply

A 31-year-old Indian asylum seeker has set fire to himself and his room at the Hillside Compound on Manus Island, around 1.00 pm today (Friday 21 June). Photos of the fire in the Hillside compound are below. It is understood that the asylum seeker has suffered burns to his face and hands and has been […]

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More refugee suicide attempts in PNG

| June 3, 2019 | Reply

There have been two more cases, one of attempted suicide and one of serious self-harm, involving refugees in Port Moresby overnight. In the early hours of Monday morning (3 June), one 30-year-old Somali refugee attempted to hang himself off the balcony of the Granville Motel, while a 31-year-old Iranian refugee has badly self–harmed. Both have […]

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Manus police increase patrols to try to stop suicide attempts

| May 31, 2019 | Reply

There has been no let-up in the number of attempted suicide and self-harm incidents among refugees on Manus Island. Local police stepped up patrols around the perimeter of the refugee camps last night (Thursday, 30 May) after a 30-year-old Iranian refugee was cut down by local Manus residents after being found hanging near the Hillside […]

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Manus hospital can’t cope with refugee self-harm cases

| May 29, 2019 | Reply

The local Lorengau hospital is turning away refugee cases of self-harm and attempted suicide as the numbers being brought to the hospital continue to rise. Local nurses are saying that the hospital cannot cope and that PIH (Pacific International Hospital), the medical service providers that run a GP clinic in one of the refugee compounds) […]

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