Press releases

Nauru refugees petition against delays and exclusion from the US

| January 22, 2018 | Reply

Around 500 Nauruan refugees have signed a petition (Nauru resettlement petition) directed to Australian Border Force demanding a timetable for refugee resettlement; to be immediately resettled in Australia pending any further resettlement options and to reunite families that have been separated by Border Force and offshore detention policies. Around 130 refugees are expected to fly […]

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Mentally ill Manus asylum seeker needs urgent help

| January 22, 2018 | Reply

Refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island have raised serious concerns about the mental health of a 28-year-old Iranian man they say has become delusional. After the man seriously self-harmed late last week (19 January), he was taken to the Lorengau hospital for his physical injuries but there is no mental health treatment available on […]

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Hunger strike over detention visit restrictions continues

| January 18, 2018 | Reply

Around 160 detainees at Villawood in Sydney are continuing their hunger strike – now in its fourth day. (Thursday, 18 Jan), over the draconian restrictions to visiting. In an attempt to break the hunger strike, Border Force has locked down the striking compounds. All visits have been banned. Activities and appointments have been suspended. Border […]

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Hunger strike starts over immigration detention visits restrictions

| January 16, 2018 | Reply

Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January. Posters declaring the changes would apply […]

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Iranian asylum seekers protest in Jakarta—Australia must lift the ban

| January 4, 2018 | Reply

A group of Iranian asylum seekers stranded in Jakarta held a protest outside the Iranian embassy yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon. Another group of asylum seekers in Makassar were denied permission to hold a protest; authorities even threatened to arrest any asylum seekers who held a demonstration. “We wanted to hold a peaceful gathering to allow us […]

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Manus asylum seekers expel ex-Wilson guards from Hillside camp

| December 28, 2017 | Reply

Asylum seekers at the Hillside Camp, Manus Island have expelled all ex-Wilson Security guards from their camp area. Former Wilson’s guards, who used to work at the detention centre, are now employed by Paladin, the company contracted to provide security for the new camps, since asylum seekers and refugees were forcibly evicted from the Lombrum […]

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PNG Supreme Court rules major victory to Manus asylum seekers

| December 15, 2017 | Reply

The full bench of the PNG Supreme Court today (Friday) finally handed down a ruling formally finding that the human rights of all those sent to Manus Island have been breached. The victory comes after almost two years of deliberate attempts by the Australian and PNG governments to stall and frustrate the case. The finding […]

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A letter from Manus Island by Behrouz Boochani

| December 12, 2017 | Reply

After four years of detention on Manus Island, the author writes a poet’s manifesto for the refugee resistance in which he has found himself to be a central figure. By Behrouz Boochani. This article was first published in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on Dec 9, 2017 as “A letter from Manus Island”. For […]

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Police beat Manus refugees

| November 24, 2017 | Reply

PNG police and Immigration returned to the detention centre around 7.00am (PNG time) this morning and have begun systematically beating refugees in an attempt to drive them out of the detention centre. (Video clip below) Around 350 people remained in the detention centre overnight despite brutal police actions yesterday that destroyed food, water, and medicines. […]

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Grave fears for brain-injured refugee on Nauru

| November 18, 2017 | Reply

A 28 year-old Rohingyan refugee injured in a motorbike accident on Nauru this morning around 7.00am has been unconscious in the RON hospital since this afternoon (Saturday 18 November). The accident between two motorbikes happened on the Fly Camp Rd, the same road where a refugees was killed on 2 November. It is understood that […]

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