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PNG uses ruse to open Bomana prison detention centre

| August 12, 2019 | Reply

Overnight, PNG Immigration has moved to open a open a new Australian detention facility in Port Moresby, annexed to the Bomana prison. The detention centre has been funded by Australia and has cost over $20 million. Around 50 asylum seekers deemed not to be refugees have been transferred to the new detention facility overnight on […]

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Refugees across Indonesia protest today about 6-10 years limbo caused by Australian policies

| August 5, 2019 | Reply

The refugees, from many nationalities, who have stagnated in limbo for 6 to 10 years in Indonesia, will begin peaceful protests today, Monday 5 August, 1pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (10am, Jakarta time) at UNHCR offices in the cities of Jakarta, Makassar, Tanjung Pinang, Batam and Surabaya. JN Jonaid, an Afghan refugee in Makassar for […]

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Hundreds of TPV refugees to protest at Parliament House

| July 26, 2019 | Reply

Hundreds of Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) and Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) holders, and protection visa applicants from around Australia will converge on Canberra to hold a protest on the lawns of Parliament House, on Monday 29 July, from 10.00am-11.30 am. The protest will move to the UN headquarters between 1.30 – 2.00pm. There are […]

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Yes, Prime Ministers, the refugees are still detained on Manus Island

| July 22, 2019 | Reply

A press conference at Parliament House, held by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and PNG Prime Minister James Marape, has seen both leaders repeated the myth that refugees and asylum seekers are not detained on Manus Island. In April 2016, the PNG Supreme Court found that the refugees had been unlawfully transferred to PNG by Australia […]

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NSW Police and City of Sydney Council threatening civil liberties in the CBD

| July 16, 2019 | Reply

In a further crack-down on civil liberties in NSW, NSW Police have prevented a human-rights march through the Pitt St Mall on July 20. The march is part of the ‘Six Years Too Long’ demonstration being organised by the Refugee Action Coalition (RAC) to protest against six years of the offshore detention of asylum seekers […]

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Seven refugees leave Nauru for US resettlement

| July 10, 2019 | Reply

Seven refugees (from Iran, Sudan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka) will leave Nauru today (Wednesday 10 July), for resettlement in the US. This brings the total number of refugees from Nauru and Manus to be resettled in the US to around 580. Hundreds of refugees in Australia’s offshore prisons remain in limbo, as the US deal […]

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Refugee supporters to picket Italian embassy over the “Australian solution”

| July 9, 2019 | Reply

Refugee supporters will picket the Sydney Italian consulate office today (Tuesday 9 July) to call for an end of Italy’s ban on refugee boats. The protest will be held Tuesday 9 July, 12.30pm, outside the Italian consulate, 44 Market Street, Sydney. The Italian government has announced that a second rescue ship’s captain has been placed […]

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More Manus refugees fly to the US but hundreds still in limbo

| July 3, 2019 | Reply

Two planes in the last two weeks have taken 38 refugees from Papua New Guinea to be resettled in the United States. One carrying 15 refugees left on 26 June, another with 23 refugees left Port Moresby on Tuesday 2 July. It takes the total number of refugees from Manus resettled in the United States […]

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Manus crisis reaching breaking point as mental distress worsens

| June 24, 2019 | Reply

Conditions are reaching breaking point on Manus Island. This morning, Monday 24 June, two incidents of self-harm within hours have set the scene for another day of the Manus mental health crisis. One refugee who swallowed a nail clipper, around 6.30am has been taken to the local hospital, although guards initially refused to transport him […]

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Another Manus asylum seeker sets himself on fire

| June 21, 2019 | Reply

A 31-year-old Indian asylum seeker has set fire to himself and his room at the Hillside Compound on Manus Island, around 1.00 pm today (Friday 21 June). Photos of the fire in the Hillside compound are below. It is understood that the asylum seeker has suffered burns to his face and hands and has been […]

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