Press releases

Manus refugee suicides in Brisbane, offshore detention claims another victim

| October 17, 2019 | Reply

A 32-year-old mentally-distressed Afghan refugee, Sayed Mirwais Rohani, has committed suicide in Brisbane.  The Afghan doctor jumped to his death from the 22nd floor of a Brisbane hotel on Tuesday, 15 October. Mirwais is the eighth Manus refugee death. Mirwais was brought to Australia from Manus Island in 2017, as his mental health badly deteriorated […]

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More threats to relocate refugees in Port Moresby into poverty

| October 2, 2019 | Reply

After being transferred from Manus to hotels in Port Moresby, refugees’ living conditions and safety are now under threat. Refugees presently living in the Granville Motel have been told that their living allowance of 100 kina (approx. $A50) a week will be cut off unless they “agree” to ‘move into residential accommodation’. JDA, the company […]

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Saudi consulate protest for human rights and freedom for political prisoners

| October 1, 2019 | Reply

A protest calling for human rights, free speech and the release of political prisoners in Saudi Arabia will be held on Wednesday, 2 October, 12.30 -1.30 outside the Sydney consulate, 89 York Street, Sydney. The protest is being held on the anniversary of the murder of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident, who was killed […]

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Detention shifts to Port Moresby as last refugees transferred off Manus

| September 5, 2019 | Reply

Thirty-five refugees are being transferred from Manus to Port Moresby today, Thursday 5 September. The transfer of the last 35 refugees and asylum seekers from Manus to Port Moresby will take place on Friday 6 September. But JDA, the refugee service provider, responsible for the transfer, has been unable to provide any details of what […]

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Forty-four transferred from Manus to Port Moresby, but refugee relocation is no solution

| August 28, 2019 | Reply

Forty-four refugees from two compounds (10 from West Haus and 34 from East Lorengau compound) on Manus Island are being transferred from Manus Island to Port Moresby this afternoon. The refugees are being transferred for medical treatment and other to ‘progress their US resettlement applications’. But there are suspicions that today’s relocations are part of […]

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Nauru refugee in Brisbane burns intensive care unit

| August 25, 2019 | Reply

Jamal, the 36-year-old Pakistani refugee who set himself on fire on Nauru on Friday morning (23 August) is now in intensive care at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. Jamal was flown from Nauru to Brisbane by air ambulance yesterday, Saturday 24 August, around 11.30am. His condition is still unknown. There has been no statement from the […]

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Nauru refugee sets himself on fire

| August 23, 2019 | Reply

A 36-year-old Pakistani refugee on Nauru has been badly burned after he set fire to himself in a suicide attempt, this morning, Friday 23 August. The refugee set himself alight in front of a mental health doctor who was attending his room in the Ewa camp. He has been taken to the notorious RON hospital. […]

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Australian detention centre in Port Moresby is worse than Manus; worse than prison

| August 22, 2019 | Reply

Refugee advocates have growing concerns regarding the conditions at the high security detention centre annexed to the Bomana prison. Information about the newly opened Bomana detention centre indicates that conditions at the centre are as bad as those in the first months of the opening of the Lombrum detention centre on Manus. The fifty-two men […]

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Fears for 52 refugees being held incommunicado in Australian detention centre in Port Moresby

| August 21, 2019 | Reply

There are growing fears for the welfare of the 52 Manus refugees who have been held incommunicado in the Bomana detention centre for the last eight days. The 52 were taken from their accommodation in Port Moresby in the early hours of Monday 12 August. Nothing has been heard from them since. “We are growing […]

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PNG uses ruse to open Bomana prison detention centre

| August 12, 2019 | Reply

Overnight, PNG Immigration has moved to open a open a new Australian detention facility in Port Moresby, annexed to the Bomana prison. The detention centre has been funded by Australia and has cost over $20 million. Around 50 asylum seekers deemed not to be refugees have been transferred to the new detention facility overnight on […]

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