Press releases

Nauru authorities ignore eight-year-old after father wrongly arrested

| February 9, 2016 | Reply

Two examples from Nauru reveal the lack of law and order and child services and protection on Nauru. One 44-year-old Iranian refugee father has been in jail since 27 January. He is a sole parent on Nauru. His eight-year-old daughter has been cared for by another refugee family since was he was abruptly taken into […]

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Minister playing loose with Nauru asylum and self-harm figures

| February 6, 2016 | Reply

The attempt by the Immigration Minister and The Weekend Australian (February 6-7) to link self-harm on Nauru with family members being brought to Australia is another shameful effort to cover up the real conditions on Nauru. The people who have been brought to Australia have been brought because there was no adequate medical treatment for […]

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After High Court ruling: Sydney protest to call on government to let Nauru and Manus asylum seekers stay in Australia

| February 3, 2016 | Reply

The High Court decision that detention of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus is lawful has again revealed the fundamental flaws in the Australian law. Just as the High Court has found that indefinite detention in Australia is lawful, the High Court has found that Australian law allows the government to send asylum seekers to […]

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Fifty day hunger strike highlights deliberate visa delays

| February 2, 2016 | Reply

Refugee advocates are increasingly concerned for the welfare of a Bangladeshi asylum seeker in Wickham Point, Darwin, who has been on hunger strike for 52 days. The 37-year-old asylum seeker who arrived in Australia on 15 June, 2013 has not had his claim for asylum processed in over 31 months. After being transferred from Christmas […]

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Manus intimidation steps up; phones confiscated, as court decision looms

| February 1, 2016 | Reply

Broadspectrum (formerly Transfield) and Immigration intimidation of asylum seekers and refugees at Manus Island has been stepped-up in the lead up to Australian and PNG court decisions that could see the detention centre closed. The future of the detention centre, and the fate of 260 people from Manus and Nauru who are presently in Australia, […]

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Nazanin’s family brought to Australia: Now bring all sexual assault victims off Nauru

| January 17, 2016 | Reply

In May, 2015, Nazanin, a 23 year-old Iranian asylum seeker was raped on Nauru. It took three months and a medical emergency for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to finally medivac her from Nauru to Australia in August 2015. At the time, the Department said that Nazanin’s mother and brother would also be […]

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Concerns increase for re-detained Christmas Island Iranian hunger striker

| December 24, 2015 | Reply

Refugee advocates are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of an Iranian asylum seeker, Ali Sadaat, detained on Christmas Island. The 21-year-old man has been on hunger strike for 11 days, and his condition is deteriorating. Ali was just 17 years old when he arrived by boat in Australia on 1 November 2011. Although his […]

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Nauru search rule changes makes sexual harassment official

| December 21, 2015 | Reply

Reports of women asylum seekers and refugees being sexually harassed while being searched on their way into RPC3, the camp accommodating families and single women, have emerged from Nauru. At least two of the searches, one conducted on 6 December and another on 11 December have been the subject of official complaints, and the guards […]

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Long term Bangladeshi asylum seekers hunger strike at Darwin

| December 18, 2015 | Reply

Eighteen Bangladesi asylum seekers are on hunger strike at the Wickham Point detention centre in Darwin. Most of those protesting have been in detention for around three years; some for longer than three years. The hunger strike began on Monday 14 December, with many of them also refusing water. One of the protesters was hospitalised […]

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Hundreds of TPV and bridging visa holders to protest for right to work and permanent visas

| December 10, 2015 | Reply

Around 200 asylum seekers on bridging visas and refugees with temporary protection visas (TPV) will stage a day-long protest, this Friday, 11 December, outside the Sydney offices of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection at 22 Lee Street. (Details below) The protesters plan to stay outside the Immigration office from around 10.00am to 5.00pm. […]

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