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Yongah hill locked down after Afghan asylum seeker dies overnight

| August 1, 2015 | Reply

Yongah Hill detention centre is in lockdown, and Serco’s riot squad has been mobilised following the death of a 27 year-old Afghan asylum seeker at around 9pm Friday night. While the cause of death is still unclear, the man’s body was taken from the detention centre by Western Australian police in the early hours of […]

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Manus island detainees ask for help as violence threats increase

| July 30, 2015 | Reply

Advocates demand: bring back the ex-pats involved in attack on Reza Barati Rumours of possible violent clashes between local PNG people and Wilson Security over the alleged rape of the local PNG detention administration worker has also raised anxieties among the asylum seekers that they could be the victims of any attack on the detention […]

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No turn-backs; no offshore processing: An appeal to delegates of the national conference of the Australian Labor Party

| July 23, 2015 | Reply

Refugee activist groups around the country have produced this statement to distribute to delegates to this weekend’s Labor Party national conference A humanitarian refugee policy cannot be achieved by lessening or trading off the recognised rights of refugees and asylum seekers. Ending the interception and turn-back of boats carrying asylum seekers, closing the detention centres […]

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Serco guards bashed by criminal deportees at Yongah Hill

| July 21, 2015 | Reply

There has been a major clash between Serco guards and so-called criminal deportees (501s) in Hope Compound. At least two bloodied guards were taken out of the compound as a result of the clash at around 12.30pm, Western Australia time. The four compounds at the Yongah Hill detention centre have been locked down. Today’s clash […]

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No turnbacks: Let the Vietnamese asylum seekers land

| July 21, 2015 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has called on the Coalition government to bring the Vietnamese asylum seekers off Dampier to shore and allow them to make protection applications. “We know from past actions, the government will likely attempt to return the asylum seekers to Vietnam,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. Forty-six Vietnamese […]

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Refugee Rights Action Network says no to deportations to war zones

| July 14, 2015 | Reply

Last minute legal action in the Federal Circuit Court in Perth has failed to prevent the deportation of a 22 year old Afghan man. An urgent injunction against that deportation was sought yesterday and Judge Lucev handed down his decision this afternoon (14 July). The denial of the injunction means that this young man, who […]

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Urgent funds needed – help us close Manus Island

| July 1, 2015 | Reply

We urgently need to raise $20,000 to ramp up a major PNG legal challenge to offshore processing on Manus Island. Please donate – see below for details. Last week, the Liberals and the ALP combined to change the law in an attempt to thwart a constitutional challenge to offshore processing in the High Court of […]

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Labor must not support Coalition legislation to save offshore processing

| June 24, 2015 | Reply

Refugee advocates have called on the parliamentary Labor Party not to support any Coalition legislation aimed at saving offshore processing from a successful High Court challenge. The Human Rights Legal Centre’s challenge seems to have exposed what so many felt for a long time – that offshore processing is illegal. It certainly has exploded the […]

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Strip search sparks stand-off between guards and asylum seekers on Manus Island

| June 17, 2015 | Reply

The forced strip search of an Iranian asylum seeker has sparked a tense stand-off between asylum seekers, Wilson’s guards and PNG police in Delta Compound on Manus Island around 6.00am this morning (Wednesday, 17 June). The early morning raid forced all of the detainees in Delta Compound into one corner of the yard. The Wilson’s […]

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Wads of cash? Turning asylum boats around – that’s the crime

| June 17, 2015 | Reply

It is now quite clear that the Coalition government, the architects of Operation Sovereign Borders, did pay the boat crew of a recent asylum boat to take asylum seekers back to Indonesia. The crew says it, the asylum seekers say it, the Indonesian police say it and the long list of government denials says all […]

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