Press releases

End Immigration’s siege of Delta compound on Manus: water needed now

| January 19, 2015 | Reply

Delta Compound has gone 24 hours without drinking water, after Transfield removed the water bottles from outside the fence. Pictures attached show Delta detainees catching rainwater to try and relieve the water shortage on Monday 20 January. Also pictured are slogans inside Delta proclaiming their peaceful protest. “Depriving the asylum seekers of water is simply [...]

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Immigration takes water away from Manus asylum seekers; security guards occupy Foxtrot compound

| January 19, 2015 | Reply

In a shocking development at the Manus Island detention centre, the only drinking water that was available for asylum seekers in Delta Compound, has been taken away. For two days, asylum seekers have had to dig under the compound fence to try reach the bottled water. But this afternoon (Sunday 18 January), around 4.00pm, a [...]

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Manus witch hunt for protest leaders. Stop the 22 January transfers

| January 18, 2015 | Reply

In an attempt to break up the hunger strike protest, Transfield officers have begun rounding up asylum seekers’ compound leaders. At least four leaders of different nationalities – one from Mike, one from Oscar, and two from Foxtrot – have been seized and taken to the high security Chauka isolation unit. Up to 40 Transfield [...]

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Manus in meltdown

| January 18, 2015 | Reply

Up to 700 asylum seekers are now on hunger strike on Manus Island. Noisy protests continued into the night at Delta compound despite the fact that no water had been delivered to the compound and asylum seekers had to burrow under the perimeter fence to reach bottled water left outside the compound fence. But on [...]

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Tensions high on Manus as hunger strike protest continues: stop the forced transfers

| January 17, 2015 | Reply

Tensions remain high on Manus Island following attempts by Transfield’s “riot squad” to enter Delta Compound yesterday afternoon. Asylum seekers in both Delta and Oscar compounds have now barricaded the gates to their compound to prevent any further attempts to attack the protest. In retribution, no food has delivered to either compound since yesterday afternoon, [...]

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Security guards attack Manus compounds

| January 16, 2015 | Reply

Security guards including PNG locals began attacking peaceful protests in Oscar and Delta Compounds on Manus Island around 4pm Manus Island time – see photos. Only fours hours ago, the Immigration Minister told a press conference that he wanted to “deal with the issues peacefully”, and stated that, “We’re happy to negotiate and discuss the [...]

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Protest, self harm escalates on Manus Island

| January 16, 2015 | Reply

Manus Island detention centre is engulfed in the largest protests in a year, as more asylum seekers join the hunger strike. Sudanese asylum seekers in Mike Compound joined the hunger strike protest late yesterday (Thursday 15 January) – video on request. There are now around 300 on hunger strike in Mike Compound alone. And around [...]

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Manus Island hunger strike photos

| January 15, 2015 | Reply

Photos and video from Manus Island hunger strike protest

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Protest sweeps Manus Island – mass hunger strike protest; no running water

| January 14, 2015 | Reply

Hundreds of asylum seekers in Mike Compound are on hunger strike and refusing to return to their compounds as a wave of protest sweeps Manus Island detention centre from Tuesday morning and into the night. Watch video of the protest here Other compounds are expected to join the hunger strike on Wednesday as chants of [...]

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Refugee activists appeal to minister: don’t let Iranian hunger striker die

| January 13, 2015 | Reply

It is feared that a 33 year old Iranian asylum seeker on hunger strike may have only days to live. Refugee activists have launched an appeal to Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton and Assistant Minister, Michaelia Cash, to urgently act to prevent his death. The hunger striker, known as “Martin” was on [...]

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