Press releases

Emergency rally on Europe-wide day of action

| September 7, 2015 | Reply

2pm this Saturday 12 September, Sydney Town Hall

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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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Attempted suicide on Manus Island – Advocates suggest a good time for Transfield to tour fund managers

| September 1, 2015 | Reply

A 25 year-old Burmese asylum seeker attempted suicide at Manus Island yesterday afternoon, Monday 31 August. The emergency unfolded over almost four hours as the man climbed onto the roof of Delta Compound around 3pm and made attempts to hang himself using bed sheets and electrical cable, before making a final attempt to jump just […]

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PNG ignores injunction in attempt to deport third Iranian

| August 27, 2015 | Reply

A third Iranian asylum seeker has been taken from his compound on Manus Island and is threatened with forced removal to Iran as early as this (Thursday, 27 August) morning. Two other Iranian asylum seekers were removed in the week of the 13 August. All the removals have been carried out in defiance of legal […]

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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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No turn-backs; no offshore processing: An appeal to delegates of the national conference of the Australian Labor Party

| July 23, 2015 | Reply

Refugee activist groups around the country have produced this statement to distribute to delegates to this weekend’s Labor Party national conference A humanitarian refugee policy cannot be achieved by lessening or trading off the recognised rights of refugees and asylum seekers. Ending the interception and turn-back of boats carrying asylum seekers, closing the detention centres […]

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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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