Press releases

Female Villawood detainees stage protest hunger strike

| July 12, 2018 | Reply

Around 40 female detainees in Villawood are staging a protest hunger strike from 11.00am today, Thursday, 12 July. The protest follows abrupt changes announced on Monday that confine all women to the Lima compound. The changes isolate the female detainees and deny them access to previously communal areas, and communal activities. On Tuesday, 9 July, […]

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Mobile video footage reveals abuse by Villawood guards

| July 11, 2018 | Reply

Refugee advocates are calling for a full inquiry into an incident recorded on mobile phone footage inside Villawood detention centre revealing nine male guards using unnecessary force arresting a single female detainee. Towards the end of the footage, the guards can be seen holding her on the ground, and probably (although it cannot be discerned), […]

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Thirty more refugees fly to the US but despair grows

| July 8, 2018 | Reply

Around 36 refugees have flown from Nauru to the US today, Sunday, 8 July. The refugees are Afghan, Pakistani, Rohingyan and one Tamil family. There are no refugees from Iran or Somalia, or any countries among Trump’s list of travel-ban countries, which account for around a half of all refugees on Manus and Nauru. The […]

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Heartless Border Force denies Fariborz’s mother’s wishes

| July 5, 2018 | Reply

Australian Border Force authorities on Nauru have rejected Fariborz mother’s wishes that Fariborz’s body be sent to Australia for burial. Fariborz’s mother wrote a plea to Border Force on 27 June. More than 200 refugees also presented a petition to Border Force requesting that Fariborz body be sent to Australia and for help for his […]

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Nauru petition calls for Fariborz’s body and family to be brought to Australia

| July 2, 2018 | Reply

More than two weeks since Fariborz Karami died on Nauru, the Australian Border Force (ABF) has made no arrangements to meet his family’s request that his body be buried in Australia. The Iranian community on Nauru has initiated a petition calling for the ABF to respect the family’s wishes and make immediate arrangements for Fariborz’s […]

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Stop the attack on the right to protest in NSW

| June 26, 2018 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition Sydney unreservedly condemns the new powers to suppress gatherings on Crown Land that the NSW government will have from next week, and calls on everyone who values the right of public protest to unite in opposition to them. The Crown Land Management Regulation 2018 (NSW), which comes into force on July […]

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Six more refugees leave from Manus for the US, but Trump ban still in place

| June 19, 2018 | Reply

Six Manus refugees left Port Moresby this morning, Tuesday 19 June, for the United States. All single men, the refugees are Afghan, Pakistani and one Rohingyan. No refugees from Trump’s list of travel-banned countries are among those travelling to the US. This brings the total number of refugees from Manus to the US to 108, […]

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Nauru cancels refugee day

| June 19, 2018 | Reply

The Nauru government has cancelled its World Refugee Day event scheduled for Wednesday, 20 June. The cancellation is not surprising; there is little sign of a duty of care for the refugees on Nauru, who have become a cash cow for the government at the behest of the Australian government. While millions of dollars are […]

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Refugees leave for the US, as Nauru grieves

| June 17, 2018 | Reply

A bitter sweet moment on Nauru as 21 refugees leave Nauru for the United States today Sunday 17 June (photos attached), only two days after a beloved asylum seeker died in a suspected suicide. The 21 leaving Nauru are from Myanamr, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The group includes two families (one from Myanmar and […]

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Threat level raised on Nauru after asylum seeker death

| June 15, 2018 | Reply

Canstruct, the Nauru detention management company, has declared a “threat level 3” (probable) at the RPC 1 and RPC 3 in the aftermath of today’s suicide. RPC 1 is the detention administrative centre and also houses the IHMS clinic, where the brother and the mother of the deceased Iranian man, “Farhad” (not his real name) […]

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