Category: Press releases

Manus in Mental Health Meltdown

| May 21, 2019 | Reply

A heart-breaking suicide note written by Fares, a 31-year-old Sudanese refugee who attempted to hang himself this morning on Manus Island, is just the latest casualty of six years of hopelessness at the hands of the Australian government. “It has been building for six years, but the weekend’s election result has precipitated a crisis that […]

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Manus mental health crisis, more refugees attempt suicide

| May 6, 2019 | Reply

After almost six years of torture and uncertainty on Manus Island, the mental health crisis among refugees and asylum seekers is becoming more acute. While the Iraqi refugee who was left on the cement floor of a police cell, after attempting to hang himself was eventually transferred to hospital in Port Moresby on Thursday 2 […]

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Manus suspected typhoid cases transfers delayed

| April 26, 2019 | Reply

Refugees on Manus are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of two more possible typhoid cases on the island. Two typhoid cases were transferred from Manus to Port Moresby just before Easter, but two more suspected cases are still on Manus. One of the sick refugees, a 30-year-old Rohingyan man, was moved out of East […]

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Advocates concerned over Manus sexual harassment allegations

| April 16, 2019 | Reply

A 59 year-old security manager on Manus Island was released on 15, 000 kina bail on 9 April, over sexual harassment allegations to appear in Lorengau court on 28 April. His surrendered passport remains with the Lorengau police. Refugee advocates are concerned that there seem to be no other appropriate bail conditions placed on the […]

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Sick and hungry: Manus contractor cuts asylum seeker rations

| April 2, 2019 | Reply

While the auditor-general announces an investigation into the billions of dollars of Australian government off-shore detention contracts, the cuts to food rations by one Manus Island contractor is leaving asylum seekers hungry. NKW Holdings, the company responsible for welfare services at the Hillside Compound on Manus Island is one of the companies now being investigated […]

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It’s not tribalism, fearmongering is government policy

| March 19, 2019 | Reply

The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, is only trying to cover up the reality of government policy by suggesting that “tribalism” is dividing Australia. “Division” is official government policy. The Prime Minister, the Home Affairs Minister, and now Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds on Q&A have all suggested that the Medivac Bill should be opposed because refugees […]

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Another Villawood suicide attempt

| March 7, 2019 | Reply

A 27 year-old Afghan asylum seeker has been taken to hospital following his attempt to hang himself in the high security Blaxland compound of the Villawood detention centre (Thursday 7 March). He was found around 5.00 am. His present condition is unknown. He has been held in detention since 2012. “The terrible toll of indefinite […]

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Another suicide death in Villawood detention

| March 4, 2019 | Reply

Tragic news from Villawood – an Iraqi asylum seeker has taken his own life. Around 6.00pm, Monday, 4 March, an Iraqi asylum seeker was found hanged in his room in the La Trobe compound. It is the second suicide at the Villawood detention centre in less than two months, and less than a month since […]

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Last children leave Nauru, 19 refugees fly to the US

| February 27, 2019 | Reply

Nineteen Nauru refugees, including the last four refugee children, have left Nauru today, Wednesday 27 February, to be resettled in the US. This brings the total number of refugees from Nauru to be accepted by the US to just 342 (including 27 children). As with yesterday’s flight from PNG, today’s Nauru flight to the US […]

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Manus security workers strike continues

| February 27, 2019 | Reply

The strike by Paladin security workers on Manus Island continues into its second day. Security posts were deserted again this morning, Wednesday 27 February. Food ration packs, normally distributed to refugees by Paladin workers on Tuesdays, were, yesterday, distributed by police and immigration officers. Angry workers appeared briefly at the detention compound gates early last […]

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