Press releases

Curtin hunger striker strike suspended after meeting assurance

| August 10, 2014 | Reply

Eleven Sinhalese asylum seekers in Curtin detention centre suspended their hunger strike on Saturday 9 August, the fourth day of their protest. The protest was suspended after Curtin’s Serco manager confirmed that immigration case managers will meet with the protesters on Monday afternoon (11 August). Earlier on Saturday, one of the hunger strikers had been [...]

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“Why are we forgotten?”: Curtin hunger strikers

| August 8, 2014 | Reply

Eleven Sinhalese asylum seekers have entered their third day of hunger strike at the Curtin detention centre. The eleven are also sleeping outside their rooms to maintain their collective protest. The eleven are protesting at the long delays in processing of their claims and the similarly unexplained delay for them to be released on bridging [...]

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Refugee protest Friday 8 August: 157 more reasons that Morrison has to go. Bring the Tamils back; end detention

| August 7, 2014 | Reply

Refugee supporters will hold a protest at the Sydney Immigration Department offices, Lee Street, City, Friday 8 August, 12.30pm, to highlight the hijacking of the 157 Tamil asylum seekers taken to Nauru and the horrors of detention revealed in the Human Rights Commission inquiry. Speakers will include: John Kaye, Greens MLC NSW; Michael Dudley (chairperson [...]

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Processing delays provoke hunger strike at Curtin detention centre

| August 7, 2014 | Reply

Eleven of the 21 Sinhalese Sri Lankan asylum seekers at Curtin detention centre have begun a hunger strike. The hunger strike, in protest at the long delays in the processing of the refugee claims began at noon, Wednesday 13 August. Out of the 21 Sinhalese at Curtin detention centre, 13 have been in detention two [...]

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Five families face transfer to toxic Christmas Island

| August 6, 2014 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition is calling on the Immigration Minister to immediately halt the imminent transfer of five families from Inverbrackie to Christmas Island. Five families (including three from Iran, one Rohingyan) in Inverbrackie have been told today that they will be returned to Christmas Island tomorrow (ie Thursday 7 August). One of the women [...]

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Alleged victims of sexual harassment threatened to be returned to Christmas Island

| August 5, 2014 | Reply

Two Iranian asylum seekers who have made formal complaints of sexual harassment against Serco guards on Christmas Island have been told that they are to be returned to the detention centre where the alleged incidents took place. The two sisters made formal complaints to the Territory and Federal Police after they were transferred from Christmas [...]

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Refugee groups welcome Morrison’s admission that Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are unsafe

| July 30, 2014 | Reply

Refugee groups have welcomed Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s recognition that Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are unsafe. Speaking to Chris Uhlmann on the ABC’s AM program on Monday 28 July, about the boat of 157 Tamil asylum seekers, Morrison contrasted the safety of India compared to countries like Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, saying, “….these people have [...]

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Hasty shift leaves 157 Tamil asylum seekers without clothes

| July 29, 2014 | Reply

The Tamil asylum seekers held at sea on the Oceanic Protector for almost a month have been left in Curtin with only the clothes they are wearing. Many of them are still in the same clothes they were wearing when they were picked up at sea at the end of June. To make matters worse, [...]

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Third flight leaves Cocos Islands carrying Tamil asylum seekers to Curtin

| July 27, 2014 | Reply

The third flight carrying Tamil asylum seekers from Cocos Islands to Curtin detention left the Cocos Islands around 3.00pm Cocos time. It is expected to arrive at Curtin at 7.46 Western Australia time. It is not known how many of the asylum seekers will remain overnight on the Cocos Islands. It is expected that the [...]

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Morrison’s backflip blows hole in Operation Sovereign Borders

| July 25, 2014 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition welcomes the government’s announcement that the 157 asylum seekers are to be brought ashore. The move represents a dramatic back-flip by the government who only two days ago told the High Court that it was their intention to hold the asylum seekers onboard the Oceanic Protector until the High Court hearing [...]

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