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Another Villawood suicide attempt

| March 7, 2019 | Reply

A 27 year-old Afghan asylum seeker has been taken to hospital following his attempt to hang himself in the high security Blaxland compound of the Villawood detention centre (Thursday 7 March). He was found around 5.00 am. His present condition is unknown. He has been held in detention since 2012. “The terrible toll of indefinite […]

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Another suicide death in Villawood detention

| March 4, 2019 | Reply

Tragic news from Villawood – an Iraqi asylum seeker has taken his own life. Around 6.00pm, Monday, 4 March, an Iraqi asylum seeker was found hanged in his room in the La Trobe compound. It is the second suicide at the Villawood detention centre in less than two months, and less than a month since […]

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Last children leave Nauru, 19 refugees fly to the US

| February 27, 2019 | Reply

Nineteen Nauru refugees, including the last four refugee children, have left Nauru today, Wednesday 27 February, to be resettled in the US. This brings the total number of refugees from Nauru to be accepted by the US to just 342 (including 27 children). As with yesterday’s flight from PNG, today’s Nauru flight to the US […]

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Manus security workers strike continues

| February 27, 2019 | Reply

The strike by Paladin security workers on Manus Island continues into its second day. Security posts were deserted again this morning, Wednesday 27 February. Food ration packs, normally distributed to refugees by Paladin workers on Tuesdays, were, yesterday, distributed by police and immigration officers. Angry workers appeared briefly at the detention compound gates early last […]

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Twenty-two Manus refugees fly to the US for resettlement

| February 26, 2019 | Reply

Twenty-two Manus refugees (including two Iranians) left Port Moresby this morning (26 February) to be resettled in the US. This brings the total number of refugees from Manus to be accepted by the US to just 189. In November 2018, there were 495 recognised refugees on Manus Island. However, many of them have not even […]

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Manus Paladin security workers strike

| February 26, 2019 | Reply

Paladin security workers on Manus Island have declared a strike across all three detention compounds on the island. The security posts at Hillside, West Haus and East Lorengau Transit Accommodation were deserted this morning (Tuesday 26 February). The walk-off hollows the revelations in the Australian media of the fantastic profits being made by the Paladin […]

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Vigil protest at Omid Masoumali inquest, killed by detention on Nauru

| February 24, 2019 | Reply

Omid Masoumali, an Iranian refugee on Nauru set himself on fire on 27 April, 2016. He needed immediate specialist attention but it took 31 hours before a medivac flight got to Nauru to fly him to Australia. The excruciating delay that contributed to Omid’s death has never been explained. Omid died in Brisbane the day […]

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Another suicide attempt in MITA detention centre

| February 19, 2019 | Reply

A 19-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker has attempted suicide in the MITA North compound of the Melbourne detention centre. He was found by Ali, another detainee, hanging behind the locked door of his room, around 5.30pm. It is believed he is being treated at the medical centre in MITA. The compound has now been locked down. […]

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Manus refugee wins international human rights award

| February 14, 2019 | Reply

Abdul Aziz Muhamat, a Sudanese refugee unlawfully held for over five years on Manus Island, has won the prestigious Martin Ennals Award, presented in Geneva yesterday, 13 February. “Australia’s treatment of refugees has again been exposed and condemned on the world stage,” said Ian Rintoul, a spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “It is fantastic […]

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Morrison defeat a step forward for refugees, now bring them all here

| February 12, 2019 | Reply

The news that the Medivac amendments have been carried by the federal parliament is being celebrated on Manus and Nauru, tonight. There are twenty-five men in PIH hospital in Port Moresby that must be immediately transferred to Australia. Most of them have been waiting many months for treatment they cannot get in Port Moresby. Similarly, […]

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