Category: Press releases

Refugee policy unethical for doctors: Doctors for Refugees

| October 19, 2014 | Reply

Doctors for Refugees wholeheartedly endorses the J’accuse petition, to be presented on Monday 20 October 2014. “We have grave concerns for asylum seekers and refugees denied appropriate, timely health services and for Australian health professionals working in immigration detention centres. These doctors and nurses are bound by unfair and draconian contracts which deny health professionals [...]

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Cambodian groups protest against Australian refugee deal

| October 17, 2014 | Reply

Not in Our Name Shame on Refugee Resettlement Deal with Cambodia In Solidarity with Cambodian Civil Society Organisations On Friday (Oct 17), more than 1,000 of Cambodian people, monks, students, victims of land eviction and representatives of unions and non-government organisations, will march on Phnom Penh’s streets to demand the abolition of the refugee resettlement [...]

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Nauru protests escalate: breakout at family camp

| October 10, 2014 | Reply

Protests on Nauru have dramatically escalated in the last 24 hours. Up to 600 people broke out of the family detention compound OPC 3 just after midnight last night. There was fighting between asylum seekers and security guards and it is believed that a number of asylum seekers have been arrested by Nauruan police. The [...]

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Hunger strike starts as Nauru protests spread

| October 6, 2014 | Reply

The protests by asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru that began on Thursday 25 August are continuing, and have now spread to the single men’s camp, OPC 2. The daily protests inside the family camp show no sign of slowing down. Every evening, between 300 and 500 asylum seekers gather to protest against proposed Australian [...]

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Nauru unaccompanied minors released as protests continue

| October 1, 2014 | Reply

Twenty-nine unaccompanied minors have been released from the family compound detention centre on Nauru as protests and self-harm continue in and out of detention. The twenty-nine boys were released on Tuesday and have now been housed in the refugee residential family compound and in two houses nearby. The surprising move came as daily protests and [...]

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Peaceful march to Australian High Commission on Nauru

| September 29, 2014 | Reply

Almost 80 refugees staged a peaceful protest march to the Australian High Commission, this afternoon on Nauru. The protesters chanting “Morrison – shame on you” delivered a letter to the Australian High Commission and to the Nauruan government expressing their concerns with their indefinite detention on Nauru. Meanwhile there has been another series of self-harm [...]

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Nauru: refugees to march on Australian High Commission

| September 29, 2014 | Reply

More than 100 refugees are expected to march from their family compound to the Australian High Commission office in Nauru, today (Monday 29 September) at 3pm, Nauru time. Police and protesters negotiated the authorised march after clashes between police and protesters last Friday, when police tried to prevent protesters leaving the family compound in demonstrations [...]

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Protests; self-harm continue on Nauru

| September 27, 2014 | Reply

Protests and self harm have continued in Nauru over night (Friday) and into the second day (Saturday 27 September) since the government’s announcement that it intends to re-introduce temporary protection visas. Up to 500 people in the family camp (OPC 3) were involved in serial protests last night (Friday, 26 September), as groups of asylum [...]

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Protests; self-harm rock Nauru after TPV and Cambodia announcement

| September 26, 2014 | Reply

In the aftermath of asylum seekers and refugees being shown a video of Scott Morrison announcing that TPVs would never apply to Nauru, protests, both inside and outside, the detention centre has rocked Nauru. Protests yesterday afternoon, have been followed by more protests and self-harm incidents today, Friday, 26 September. Inside the detention centres, there [...]

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Not just TPVs: Morrison moves to boost Maritime Powers Act; Enshrine screening out, Restrict children’s rights and undermine the Refugee Convention

| September 25, 2014 | Reply

The government’s “Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014” introduced Thursday 25 September goes much further than establishing TPVs. In sweeping changes to definitions and processing arrangements, the Minister is trying to use the legislation to undermine human rights and remove appeal rights for asylum seekers. The legislation also [...]

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