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Manus: Mike compound ends its hunger strike

| January 26, 2015 | Reply

The compound that started the mass hunger strike on Manus Island has ended their hunger strike – 13 days after it began – for now at least. It is expected that asylum seekers in Mike will begin eating this evening. The protest was called off after Wilson’s security entered Foxtrot this (Monday) morning. It is [...]

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More evidence of abuse, but hunger strike continues

| January 26, 2015 | Reply

Manus Island detainees are bracing for increased security harassment today (Monday 26 January) after the arrival of more Wilson security guards on the island yesterday. Hundreds remain on hunger strike into the 14th day, with almost 100 per cent of Mike and Oscar compounds involved in the protest. Meanwhile more evidence of the witch-hunt and [...]

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Fifteen Iranian asylum seekers in Darwin hunger strike

| January 23, 2015 | Reply

While the mass hunger strike at Manus Island has drawn the main media attention, 15 Iranian asylum seekers have entered their sixth day of hunger strike in the Wickham Point detention centre near Darwin. The 15 are all aged between 25 and 30. Although all of them arrived in Australia at different times between 2010 [...]

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Hundreds still protest on Manus island after eleven days of hunger strike – no exaggeration

| January 23, 2015 | Reply

After eleven days, the Manus Island hunger strike remains hundreds strong. Despite the Immigration Minister’s attempts to maintain a media blackout, the truth about Manus Island is still getting out. The Minister’s intemperate statements that asylum seekers are making “exaggerated and unfounded claims” are driving more people to join the protest. Ninety-five percent of Mike [...]

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Manus witch-hunt fails as hunger strike continues into the tenth day

| January 22, 2015 | Reply

Despite witch-hunts, blacklists, and the arrest of scores of asylum seekers, over 700 asylum seekers remain on hunger strike. Transfield and the Immigration Department have stepped up their witch-hunt against so-called ring-leaders. Two more asylum seekers were arrested in Mike Compound on Wednesday afternoon, as Transfield guards took the opportunity of the attempted hangings there, [...]

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Manus Island not calm – asylum seekers declare hunger strike will not stop, two more asylum seekers swallow razor blades

| January 20, 2015 | Reply

Asylum seekers in Foxtrot Compound have issued a letter (transcript below, with photos of letter and signatures) declaring that their hunger strike protest will continue. Despite more intimidation this morning, with 11 more asylum seekers (1 from Delta, 10 from Oscar) being captured and taken to isolation, more than 700 asylum seekers in every compound [...]

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Cambodians Nauru visit ends in protest

| January 20, 2015 | Reply

The International Organisation of Migration may have signed a deal with Cambodia to assist transferring refugees from Nauru to Cambodia; but no-one is interested. The visit by three Cambodian officials to the Nauru detention ended last weekend without any asylum seekers or refugees expressing an interest in going to Cambodia. The Cambodian officials came to [...]

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Manus witch-hunt continues as Manus hunger strike enters seventh day. UN given more evidence of torture in Chauka compound

| January 20, 2015 | Reply

Wilson and Immigration officials continue to round-up so-called ring-leaders. Another seven people were arrested in Oscar Compound around 7.00am Manus time this morning. This is in addition to the 17 that were taken out of Oscar Compound yesterday afternoon following the security raid on Delta. Fifty-eight asylum seekers from Delta compound, singled out by Immigration [...]

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Fears for the welfare of captured Delta asylum seekers but Manus hunger strike continues

| January 19, 2015 | Reply

Security guards surrounded the Delta compound on Monday afternoon, but broke through the barricaded front gate. Around 170 asylum seekers from Delta Compound have been taken out the Manus Island Detention Centres in the aftermath of the raid on the barricaded compound. Up to 17 people were also arrested in Oscar compound as the Immigration [...]

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Delta compound under attack

| January 19, 2015 | Reply

Around 4.30pm , Manus time, Delta Compound, the Manus Island detention centre that has been deprived of water for 24 hours has been attacked by what seems to be a combined group of Australian guards and Transfield riot squad. It is unclear whether any PNG police are involved. A photo of guards outside Delta just [...]

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