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Steph O’Donnell: ‘How I helped stop a deportation’

| March 23, 2015 | Reply

Steph O’Donnell spoke at a Refugee Action Coalition forum on how her action on board an Air China flight helped stop a deportation from Sydney in December I’m going to talk a bit about my experience, what happened on the flight on 19th of December and also a bit of history surrounding forced deportations and […]

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Manus island PNG constitutional challenge wins lawyers’ access to detention centre

| March 20, 2015 | Reply

In a major breakthrough in the legal challenge to the Manus Island detention centre, the PNG government has agreed to provide access to lawyers to obtain statements from asylum seekers incarcerated there. Final orders by the Supreme Court will be made on Tuesday 24 March, but initial access will be for a period of two […]

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Two still on roof-top protest at Yongah Hill detention centre

| March 20, 2015 | Reply

Almost 24 hours after the protest began, two asylum seekers remain on the roof of the Yongah Hill detention centre. From around 3.00pm (Perth time) yesterday (Thursday) the number on the roof grew to 12 by around 7.00pm. Seven asylum seekers came off the roof around midnight Perth time. One of them was hospitalised shortly […]

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Roof-top refugee protest at Yongah hill detention centre

| March 19, 2015 | Reply

The Yongah Hill detention centre has been locked down this evening after growing numbers of asylum seekers have joined the roof-top protest that began around 3.30pm (Perth time). Twelve asylum seekers from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, and from three compounds, Eagle, Hawke and Swan, are now on the roof. The protest began with a couple […]

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Another vigilante attack, but Nauru refugees defy repression

| March 19, 2015 | Reply

Around 350 refugees from camps across the island have staged yet another peaceful protest on Nauru. The refugees protest inside the Anabare camp began around 4pm Nauru time – photos attached. Police and government officials monitored the protest. (Video of today’s protest The protest follows another assault on refugees at Ananbare camp last night (Wednesday, […]

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PNG supreme court challenge to manus island detention centre

| March 18, 2015 | Reply

This morning (Wednesday 18 March), 9.30am, the Supreme Court, Port Moresby, will hold its first directions hearing in a new challenge to the Manus Island detention centre. The action will seek enforcement of constitutional rights under s57 of the PNG constitution; challenging the constitutionality of the detention centre. It also raises issues of the breach […]

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Rock throwing Nauruans seriously injure refugee couple

| March 17, 2015 | Reply

An Iranian refugee couple was hospitalised last night (Monday) after being attacked by rock-throwing Nauruans (see photos). Around 10pm, Nauru time, the married couple was riding their motorcycle past the Menon Hotel when they were hit by a shower of rocks. The motorcycle crashed after the male driver was knocked unconsciousness when one rock struck him […]

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Nauruan refugees’ protest defies police ban

| March 11, 2015 | Reply

Up to 300 refugees, women, men and children, from all refugee camps across Nauru have defied the Nauruan government and police attempts to ban refugee protests and staged a peaceful protest this afternoon (Wednesday, 11 March) – see photos. The protest was held at the Nibok camp on the western side of the island, as […]

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Nauru refugee women celebrate International Women’s Day with protest

| March 10, 2015 | Reply

Nauruan refugees and children of all nationalities celebrated International Women’s Day, yesterday, 9 March, with a protest at the Ijuw compound – photos attached. The protest comes less than a week after scores of women and children were arrested and mistreated by Nauruan police on 4 March. Like other refugees, the women refugees had money […]

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Nauru refugees bailed after 48 hours of abuse and appalling conditions: non-cooperation campaign will continue

| March 6, 2015 | Reply

All of the 183 refugees arrested on Nauru have been released – the last of them only on Friday afternoon, 6 March, 48 hours after their arrest. While most have been given general bail notices that do not specify charges (see photo at bottom) or dates for court appearance, ten refugees have been bailed to […]

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