Press releases

Vigil protest at Omid Masoumali inquest, killed by detention on Nauru

| February 24, 2019 | Reply

Omid Masoumali, an Iranian refugee on Nauru set himself on fire on 27 April, 2016. He needed immediate specialist attention but it took 31 hours before a medivac flight got to Nauru to fly him to Australia. The excruciating delay that contributed to Omid’s death has never been explained. Omid died in Brisbane the day […]

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Another suicide attempt in MITA detention centre

| February 19, 2019 | Reply

A 19-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker has attempted suicide in the MITA North compound of the Melbourne detention centre. He was found by Ali, another detainee, hanging behind the locked door of his room, around 5.30pm. It is believed he is being treated at the medical centre in MITA. The compound has now been locked down. […]

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Manus refugee wins international human rights award

| February 14, 2019 | Reply

Abdul Aziz Muhamat, a Sudanese refugee unlawfully held for over five years on Manus Island, has won the prestigious Martin Ennals Award, presented in Geneva yesterday, 13 February. “Australia’s treatment of refugees has again been exposed and condemned on the world stage,” said Ian Rintoul, a spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “It is fantastic […]

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Morrison defeat a step forward for refugees, now bring them all here

| February 12, 2019 | Reply

The news that the Medivac amendments have been carried by the federal parliament is being celebrated on Manus and Nauru, tonight. There are twenty-five men in PIH hospital in Port Moresby that must be immediately transferred to Australia. Most of them have been waiting many months for treatment they cannot get in Port Moresby. Similarly, […]

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Palm Sunday rally 2019

| February 4, 2019 | Reply

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Nauru asylum seeker medivacced after bashing

| January 31, 2019 | Reply

An Iranian asylum seeker, brutally bashed by Nauruan locals on Tuesday, was medivacced to Australia yesterday, Wednesday, 23 January. Refugees who saw him said his condition was “very bad”, with serious facial injuries. It is thought he may have suffered brain injuries. Although he was conscious, he was confused and incoherent. There is no information […]

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Villawood suicide: detention claims another victim

| January 25, 2019 | Reply

A 33 year-old refugee, from Sierra Leone has hanged himself in Villawood Detention Centre. He was found in his room around 4.30pm, this afternoon, Friday 25 January. It is understood that Musa (not his real name) had been held in the detention centre around three years, and had previously been diagnosed with psychiatric problems. Tragically, […]

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Detention protest spreads nationally

| January 21, 2019 | Reply

Hundreds of immigration detainees in detention centres across the country have begun a hunger strike protest this morning, Monday 21 January. Detainees in the Villawood, Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA) and Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) detention centres began their protest this morning, joining the detainees at Yongah Hill in Western Australia who are into […]

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Yongah Hill hunger strike protest continues into fifth day

| January 18, 2019 | Reply

Around 350 immigration detainees are into their fifth day of hunger strike protest at Yongah Hill detention centre. A list of demands was released by the Yongah Hill protesters on Monday, 14 January (see below). The detainees will hold a protest in the yard of Hawke and Falcon compounds at 11.30am Perth time. The protesters […]

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Hunger strike protest spreads from Melbourne to Yongah Hill

| January 15, 2019 | Reply

Immigration detainees at two compounds of Yongah Hill (outside Perth) have begun a hunger strike (Monday 14 January) in protest against detention conditions. On the night of Sunday 13 January, the Yongah Hill protesters rallied outside their accommodation blocks. On Monday, over 350 people began a hunger strike protest to draw attention to the conditions, […]

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