Press releases

Refugee advocates call for independent inquiry into Manus death

| August 8, 2017 | Reply

Refugee advocates are deeply concerned at PNG police statements that they have ruled out “foul play” in regard to the death of Hamed. “It is impossible for the PNG police to rule out foul play. The hastiness of the declaration only makes it look more suspicious,” said said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action […]

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One more death on Manus, more blood on Turnbull’s hands

| August 7, 2017 | Reply

A 31 year-old Iranian asylum seeker, Hamid, was found hanging from a tree this morning (Monday) near the school close to the East Lorengau Transit Accommodation. “Hamid’s death brings the Manus detention death toll to five. Five lives cut short by the brutality of offshore detention,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. […]

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Biggest Manus rally yet says hands off Foxtrot

| August 6, 2017 | Reply

Sunday 6 August has seen the biggest protest so far inside the Manus Island detention centre to stop the closure of Foxtrot compound. Hundreds gathered at the Foxtrot compound calling for the power to be officially restored; “informal” wiring by refugee electricians has re-establish power to the compound, since power was officially cut off on […]

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PNG police try to enter Foxtrot compound on Manus

| August 4, 2017 | Reply

The standoff on Manus Island over the closure of Foxtrot Compound has come to a head this morning. Police have shut the gates of Foxtrot to prevent any leaving or entering. Around 10.15am this morning, police tried to enter Foxtrot. But asylum seekers and refugees have peacefully blockaded the Foxtrot gate from the inside, so […]

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Manus protest grows against compound closure

| August 3, 2017 | Reply

In the biggest demonstration yet against the arbitrary closure of Foxtrot compound hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees have protested at the compound. Despite the threat of closure and demolition, refugees and asylum seekers are still living in Foxtrot. Refugee electricians have managed to re-establish power to the compound despite it being cut-off on Monday […]

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Refugees’ statement from new protests on Nauru

| August 2, 2017 | Reply

The increasing frustration at the lies and delays has seen two protests on Nauru – last Sunday and Monday nights – at camp 3. Below is the statement that they released: We have waited long enough! We have a right to be free and to know our future! We were tricked into being transferred to […]

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Manus protest defies Foxtrot shut-down threat

| August 1, 2017 | Reply

A mass protest at the Foxtrot compound on Manus Island has defied Border Force orders to move and demanded that power and water be officially restored to the compound. (See photos) The protest gathered at 2pm at Foxtrot compound and chanted, “We do not want to settle in PNG; do not force us.” PNG immigration […]

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Crisis looms on Manus as water and power turned off

| August 1, 2017 | Reply

Tensions escalated on Manus Island on Monday, after the power and water for Foxtrot compound was turned off around 1pm. Refugees were again told that they ‘need to move to East Lorengau Transit Centre’, but nothing is said about where asylum seekers were meant to go inside the detention centre. At one point, in the […]

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Manus refugees again brutally attacked, two injured

| July 30, 2017 | Reply

Three attacks in twelve hours on refugees on Manus Island shows how unsafe the Manus community is for refugees and exactly why refugees are refusing to move from the detention centre to East Lorengau. Two refugees, one Sudanese and one Iranian, have been brutally attacked in two separate incidents on Manus Island overnight (see photo). […]

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Closure threats stepped up on Manus Island

| July 26, 2017 | Reply

PNG Immigration has announced its intention to close Foxtrot Compound inside the Manus detention centre as of today, 26 July. The notice (at right) is the latest in the campaign of Border Force and PNG immigration to force asylum seekers and refugees out of the detention centre. Refugees on Manus have been told they can […]

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