Press releases

Pre-election rally: Close Manus, Close Nauru, Bring Them Here

| May 13, 2016 | Reply

1pm Sunday 19 June, Sydney Town Hall

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Critical refugee mother and baby medivacced from Nauru

| May 13, 2016 | Reply

A 22 year-old Somali refugee mother, Naima, and her premature baby boy, have been airlifted, in separate planes, from Nauru in emergency circumstances last night. Both were considered to be in critical condition when they left Nauru. Naima underwent a casearian operation on Nauru, yesterday afternoon, and the baby was born one month premature. Naima […]

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Nauru claims another victim as Bangladeshi refugee suicides

| May 11, 2016 | Reply

Tragically, a 26 year-old Bangladeshi refugee, Rakib, has died on Nauru after taking an overdose of tablets, including a large amount of Panadol. He was found to be a refugee about five months ago and has been living in a refugee camp since then. While the official Immigration report says he died of heart failure, […]

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Statement by RAC Sydney opposing ‘Norfolk Island proposal’

| May 10, 2016 | Reply

Refugee Action Coalition Sydney notes with dismay the proposal to detain asylum seekers or refugees on another small island, Norfolk Island this time. When word of the contents of this article reached Manus and Nauru, there was considerable distress – ‘Are they really going to send us to another island where nobody wants us?’ was […]

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Refugee advocates warn against any removals to Nauru

| May 10, 2016 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has warned the government against sending refugees back to Nauru, in the present circumstances. At least two people detained in the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA) have been told that they could be returned to Nauru “soon”. Astonishingly, one of the people told that will be sent to Nauru is a […]

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Omid Memorial Fund

| May 5, 2016 | Reply

Omid, an Iranian refugee who set himself on fire on Nauru, died in a Brisbane hospital on 28 April. The Omid Memorial Fund was set up by the Refugee Action Coalition and Mums For Refugees to raise money to provide some support for Omid’s wife and his family. While money is no longer needed to […]

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Dutton lies, refugees die

| May 3, 2016 | Reply

Despite the Immigration Minister’s attempts to deflect the blame, it is the government that is responsible for the appalling conditions they have created on Nauru. Dutton even created his own “children overboard” moment by suggesting there was a threat from refugees to ‘assets’ on Nauru. Dutton boasts about the money invested in a new hospital […]

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Another refugee sets fire to herself on Nauru

| May 2, 2016 | Reply

A 21 year-old Somali female refugee, Hadon, has set fire to herself on Nauru. She is presently at the Nauru hospital. The Refuge Action Coalition understands that an air ambulance has already been called to medivac Hadon to Australia. Witnesses say she is badly burned – saying all her clothes have been burned off. One […]

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Another death: more blood on Dutton’s hands – a criminal system, a criminal delay

| April 29, 2016 | Reply

Offshore detention has claimed another life – Omid’s name is added to the names of Reza Barati and Hamid Khazaie, who have been killed by the detention system. The lack of experienced staff; the lack of medical supplies; the lack of attention; the shocking conditions in the Nauru hospital and the hideous delay in arranging […]

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Nauru 40 days: protest for Omid

| April 28, 2016 | Reply

Asylum seekers and refugees continue their protest on Nauru – for the fortieth day. This day focussed on Omid. Chants rang out: We only want freedom; Shut Down Offshore; Transfield, Transfield, shame on you; It was also the day, that Omid, suffering extreme burns, waited more than 24 hours for a medivac flight to Brisbane. […]

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