Category: Press releases

Immigration does nothing as fears grow for health of Nauru asylum seeker rape victim

| August 18, 2015 | Reply

Fears are growing for the health of the 23-year-old Iranian asylum seeker on Nauru who has been held in isolation since being the victim of a savage sexual assault in May. Nazinan’s physical and mental health has deteriorated badly since the attack. She has not been eating or drinking for the last few weeks and […]

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Immigration tries first forced removal from Manus Island: injunctions sought

| August 14, 2015 | Reply

Late yesterday afternoon, Thursday 13 August, Immigration authorities used a show of force by PNG police as the first phase of attempting forced removals of rejected asylum seekers on Manus Island. Up to six PNG police marched into Oscar compound to remove a 27-year-old Iranian asylum seeker from Oscar Compound. The man has been placed […]

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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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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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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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