Category: Press releases

Protesters occupy Immigration: Yes to abortion rights; no to Nauru

| October 7, 2015 | Reply

A group of 20 refugee supporters, mostly students, have staged a sit-in at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Sydney office on Lee st, at 11.45am today. They are protesting the ongoing rapes and assaults against refugees on Nauru. Erima Dall from the Campus Refugee Action Collective, Sydney University said “Malcolm Turnbull has made […]

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Urgent assistance needed for pregnant Somali refugee

| October 7, 2015 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has called for urgent assistance to be provided to a Somali refugee, “Abyan” on Nauru who became pregnant after allegedly being raped in August. Despite repeated requests, the Immigration Department has refused the woman’s request to arrange the termination of the pregnancy. Although IHMS has overall responsibility for medical services for […]

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Refugee Action Coalition rejects Nauru government criticisms

| October 6, 2015 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition rejects the assertions of the Nauruan government made in a press release specifically attacking the Refugee Action Coalition. “The press release was nothing more than self-serving rhetoric designed to cover-up the serious levels of violence on the island,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. The Nauru government has […]

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Nauru open camp meaningless: young refugees attacked

| October 4, 2015 | Reply

Two eighteen year-old refugees have been attacked on Nauru. The attack took place around 11.30pm on Wednesday, 30 September as the two refugees returned to their camp at Ewa. The two men, an Afghan refugee, and Zijah, a Pakistani refugee, were ambushed as they were walking into the Ewa refugee camp, by up to 12 […]

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Urgent action needed to end the horror on Nauru; raped refugees must be brought to Australia

| September 29, 2015 | Reply

There have been increased threats against refugees on Nauru this morning, following the broadcast of the ABC’s 7.30 program on Monday night highlighting recent alleged incidents of rape on the island. This morning, Tuesday 29 September, one Somali refugee was approached and threatened by two local men who told her, “We will kill you. We […]

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First refugee baby born on Nauru but there’s no future

| September 21, 2015 | Reply

A Rohingya baby became the first baby born to a refugee family on Nauru on Friday 18 September. The baby girl, Nourkayas, was 3kg, and mother (Mama Citi) and baby are reported doing well (baby photo available on request). Nourkayas is the third child for the Rohingya family that already includes a 7 year-old boy […]

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Abbott’s Syria refugee announcement: too little, too discriminatory and too hypocritical

| September 9, 2015 | Reply

Free the Syrians in detention It is a welcome fact that the Abbott government will take 12,000 Syrians on top of the existing humanitarian intake of 13,750. But the failure of the government to say over what time period the 12,000 will be brought to Australia, makes it impossible to know how generous the government […]

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Manus asylum seekers appeal to Europe for help free the Syrian asylum seekers

| September 8, 2015 | Reply

An appeal for help from Europeans and European countries has been signed by over 100 asylum seekers in detention on Manus Island (See here or see text below. Full letter with signatures is available on request). Among other things, the Manus Island appeal says,” We have fled war and persecution just like the asylum seekers […]

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Refugee supporters urge Barnaby Joyce to release Syrian accountant from Villawood

| September 7, 2015 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has welcomed Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s call for Australia to resettle more Syrian refugees. The Minister was quoted saying, “As an accountant myself, when you see an accountant walking across the border into Hungary from Syria when his life has been destroyed I feel a sense of empathy for him.” “Barnaby Joyce […]

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PNG removes appeal rights for asylum seekers: more threatened with deportation

| September 2, 2015 | Reply

In what seems to be a knee-jerk response to the Supreme Court constitutional challenge to Manus Island, the Papua New Guinea Immigration department has summarily removed the right of appeal from asylum seekers on Manus Island. At an “open” meeting of Manus Island asylum seekers yesterday morning (1 September), around 30 asylum seekers from the […]

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