Category: Press releases

Villawood Immigration staff attempt forcible transfer of 83 year–old Iraqi woman

| April 11, 2014 | Reply

Serco and Immigration staff at Villawood detention centre are desperately trying to force an 83 year-old Iraqi asylum seeker, Fatima, into a wheel chair so she can be taken to the bus to be transported to the airport and then to detention in Darwin. “We are calling on the Minister to call off the transfer. [...]

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Fears grow for hunger striking Syrian asylum seekers on Manus Island

| April 10, 2014 | Reply

Asylum seekers and refugee advocates have growing concerns for the welfare of two Syrian asylum seekers who have been on hunger strike for around 60 days. “It is an international scandal that that the Australian government is imprisoning Syrian asylum seekers on Manus Island. They should never have been sent to Manus Island. The Minister [...]

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Villawood asylum seekers declare mass hunger strike; “help” and “freedom” spelled on lawns

| April 3, 2014 | Reply

Villawood asylum seekers began a mass hunger strike this morning (no-one took lunch) in protest at the forced transfers from Villawood to Curtin and Yongah Hill. The first group of around 40 were transferred to Curtin this morning after police broke a blockade attempting to stop buses taking asylum seekers from Villawood to the airport. [...]

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Villawood asylum seekers begin protest against forced transfers

| April 3, 2014 | Reply

Up to 50 asylum seekers at Villawood have begun a sit-in protest inside the detention centre against the forced transfer of asylum seekers from Villawood to Curtin and Yongah Hill detention centre. The sit-in follows early morning attempts by refugee relatives and supporters to blockade the gates of the Villawood detention centre to prevent buses [...]

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Community anger at asylum seekers abrupt shift from Villawood

| April 1, 2014 | Reply

Up to 82 asylum seekers at Villawood detention centre in Sydney have been told they are to be shifted from to Curtin and other more remote detention centres. Detainees were given a letter yesterday, Monday 31 March, with the first group of people being moved on Thursday, 3 April. The move has increased anxiety in [...]

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Two attempted suicides on Manus Island follow PNG lawyer’s comments

| March 19, 2014 | Reply

Two Iranian asylum seekers in their mid-20s have attempted suicide on Manus Island, after reading comments by the PNG government lawyer, Ian Molloy. Molloy was part of a group inspecting the detention centre facilities as part of the PNG National Court enquiry into the Manus Island detention camp and the attacks on asylum seekers on [...]

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ASIO and AFP failed Egyptian asylum seeker Sayed Abdellatif

| March 19, 2014 | Reply

Despite the damning revelations of the Inspector-General’s report into ASIO and the AFP’s handling of the detention of Egyptian asylum seeker, Sayed Abdellatif, the Minister for Immigration has still not allowed him to make an application for a protection visa. Sayed, his wife and six children have been held in immigration detention for almost two [...]

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Government pressures Manus asylum seekers to return home while pressuring to allow attackers back in

| March 14, 2014 | Reply

In the wake of the killing of Reza Barati and the attacks on Manus Island asylum seekers, shamefully, the Australian government is pressuring asylum seekers to return home. The Australian government has recklessly allowed Dr Jamal Rifi, a Lebanese representative of the Immigration Minister’s Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention into the Manus detention centre [...]

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IGIS report into “Mr E” is a travesty; cover-up of mistreatment of wrongly accused asylum seeker ignores the big mistake

| March 13, 2014 | Reply

The long-awaited Inspector-General report into the treatment of “Mr E” – the so-called Egyptian terrorist – at the hands of Immigration, ASIO, and the AFP is disturbingly flawed, according to Refugee Action Coalition spokesperson, Ian Rintoul. “The report is a complete white-wash that does nothing to correct the wrongs that have been inflicted on Sayed [...]

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Manus Island unsafe – refugee advocates warn against letting attackers back into camp

| March 11, 2014 | Reply

Refugee advocates are warning of new dangers of attacks on asylum seekers if local staff are re-introduced into the Manus Island detention centre. Local and national PNG staff and police have been excluded from the detention centre since the night of 17 February when Reza Berati was killed and at least 77 others brutally bashed. [...]

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