Press releases

US deal no solution

| May 28, 2018 | Reply

Over 18 months on, it’s clear the US deal is no solution for most refugees on Manus and Nauru. Read more here.

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Rooftop protest continues on Christmas Island

| May 27, 2018 | Reply

Two Iranian asylum seekers have spent a second night on the roof of the Green 1 compound inside the Christmas Island detention centre. (The protest began around 2.30 on Friday 25 May.) Despite the mobilisation of the Emergency Respond Team, the two protesters have managed to get some food and blankets to sustain the protest. […]

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Rooftop protest at Christmas Island

| May 25, 2018 | Reply

Two Iranian asylum seekers have begun a rooftop protest in the Green 1 compound on Christmas Island. The two asylum seekers got onto the roof around 2.30pm Christmas Island time, defying attempts to talk them down. Both have been held in detention over three years; one of them around five years. Tensions have been rising […]

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Protest vigils for Salim—murdered on Manus by Peter Dutton

| May 25, 2018 | Reply

Protest vigils for Salim, the 52 year-old Rohingya refugee who was killed on Manus Island last Tuesday (22 May) will be held today, Friday 25 May in Sydney and Melbourne. In Sydney, the protest will be held at Sydney Town Hall, at 5.30 – 6.30pm. Speakers will include representative of Rohingya Association of Australia and […]

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Another refugee dies on Manus

| May 22, 2018 | Reply

A 52 year-old Rohingyan refugee has died on Manus Island. Reports indicate that the refugee was killed after he jumped from a moving bus and was struck by its wheels of the bus, around 11am very near to West Haus refugee compound. Most refugees on Manus believe that the man’s death was suicide. The Rohingyan […]

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US resettlement farce: All Iranians and Somalis rejected

| May 8, 2018 | Reply

All Iranians and Somali refugees on Nauru who have had appointments in the last two days with US officials have been rejected for resettlement in the US. Around 150 refugees had been scheduled for appointments between Monday and Wednesday. But all Iranians and Somalis including families with children and single women have been rejected. Some […]

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Iranian refugee attempts suicide after USA rejection

| May 8, 2018 | Reply

An Iranian refugee has attempted suicide on Nauru, only hours after she was notified that she had been rejected for resettlement in the US. Around 11pm Monday (7 May) Nauru time, the middle-aged woman was pulled from the ocean near Ijuw by other refugees. There were distressing scenes as large numbers of Iranians gathered where […]

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Grave fears for Iranian hunger striker from Nauru

| May 7, 2018 | Reply

Refugee advocates have serious fears for the welfare of Omid, a 24-year-old Iranian refugee from Nauru, who has been on hunger strike for over 30 days. His condition has significantly deteriorated since he was hospitalised a couple of weeks ago. He has reached a critical stage in the hunger strike with growing concerns that he […]

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Government attempts to remove Biloela Tamil family from Australia

| March 14, 2018 | Reply

Although court documents had been lodged in the Federal Circuit Court for the Tamil family, and a directions hearing scheduled for early May, last night (Tuesday) the government attempted to remove the Tamil family of four from Australia. Concerns escalated in the hours from late Tuesday afternoon, when communication with the family who were being […]

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Fifth group of refugees leave Nauru for the US

| March 4, 2018 | Reply

The fifth group of refugees will leave Nauru today (Sunday, 4 March) to be resettled in the US. The group of 29 refugees (21 adults and 8 children) comprises four families (two Sri Lankan, one Rohingyan and one Afghan), and single men from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The departure of this group brings the […]

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