Press releases

Manus rejections more proof of failure of US resettlement deal

| November 7, 2018 | Reply

Yesterday, Tuesday 6 November, 32 people on Manus Island received answers to their applications for resettlement in the US. Only nine of the 32 were accepted – four Rohingyans, three Afghans, one Tamil, two Pakistanis. The only Iranian in this most recent list was rejected by the US. There were no Somalis, or Sudanese on […]

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As Morrison refuses compromise on kids, #BringThemHere now

| October 27, 2018 | Reply

Nauru is in the grip of a rapidly deteriorating medical crisis. The dire medical state of many of the refugees, including children refusing food and drink for a number of weeks, has been compounded by the Nauru Government’s move to kick both medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières, and the IHMS senior doctor off the island. […]

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Nauru crisis continues: one medivac, three more families fly to Australia

| October 24, 2018 | Reply

A pregnant Iranian refugee and her husband have been taken by air ambulance from Nauru to Australia today, Wednesday 24 October. (The nature of the medical emergency is not known.) Following the medivac, three more refugee families, two Iranian and one Bangladeshi, were also flown from Nauru to Australia today, as the medical emergency on […]

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PNG Supreme Court dismisses Manus case on technicality

| October 23, 2018 | Reply

The PNG Supreme Court has dismissed the case of Behrouz Boochani and 730 other Manus detainees for the constitutional enforcement of their rights. The Supreme Court ruled that the case was essentially a compensation case for the breach of their human rights prior to the Supreme Court orders in 2016 that the Lombrum detention centre […]

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Refugee advocates say no to the ‘lifetime ban’ bill, No conditions on New Zealand resettlement

| October 23, 2018 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition is calling on all Labor, Green and Independent politicians to completely reject the Liberals’ lifetime ban bill that would ban any refugees sent to Manus and Nauru from ever entering Australia. This is no justification for accepting any Liberal conditions on New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 refugees. Legal action will […]

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Seventeen Manus refugees fly to US for resettlement

| October 16, 2018 | Reply

Seventeen refugees, held on Manus Island for almost five years, flew from Port Moresby today, Tuesday 16 October, to be resettled in the US. The seventeen are single men, six Afghans, five Pakistanis, five Rohingyans, and one Bangladeshi. The total number of refugees from Manus accepted by the US in the last two years is […]

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Nauru police arrest attempted suicide victim

| October 8, 2018 | Reply

Nauruan police have arrested a 36-year-old Iranian refugees after he attempted suicide on Nauru today, Monday 9 October. The refugee swallowed washing powder at the Anibare camp, around 4.30pm (Nauru time). Although the man was in obvious distress, and struggled to strand, instead of an ambulance being called, police arrived and placed him under arrest. […]

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Nauru government evicts Médecins Sans Frontières from the island

| October 6, 2018 | Reply

The Nauru government has ended the role of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders on the island. MSF emailed various clients today Saturday, 6 October informing them that all MSF services finish today – email pasted below. According to the MSF web site, the humanitarian association has only operated on the island since late […]

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Manus petition handed to Chief Justice of PNG Supreme Court

| October 3, 2018 | Reply

A petition signed by 368 Manus asylum seekers and refugees has been handed to the office of the Chief Justice of the PNG Supreme Court, and to Justice Alan David, who was one of the presiding judges of the Manus Island case. The case was heard in April, this year, but six months later, the […]

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Refugees petition PNG Supreme Court over delayed judgement

| October 2, 2018 | Reply

Refugees from Manus Island will present a petition with 368 signatures calling on the PNG Supreme Court to hand down the judgement that will significantly determine their future. A delegation of refugees will present the petition to the PNG Supreme Court, Waigani, Port Moresby at 9.00am, Wednesday, 3 October. (The text of the petition is […]

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