Press releases

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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Wanton vandalism as PNG police destroy refugees’ water wells

| November 13, 2017 | Reply

After 13 days, over 420 refugees and asylum seekers are desperately defying Dutton’s siege of the Manus detention centre. See photos of the protests inside the detention centre on 11 November and the video clip of the protest on 12 November. This morning, Monday 13 November, a large number of PNG police and Immigration officials […]

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Statement on last night’s protest outside Tony Abbott’s dinner

| November 11, 2017 | Reply

Fabrications, distortions, exaggerations, and disappointing reporting Christine Forster’s allegations about the protest at Friday’s Liberal Party fundraising dinner have been widely reported in the media. Tony Abbott himself has hamfistedly weighed in, tweeting: “Disgraceful behaviour by protesters last night. Denying Australians’ real rights to uphold the supposed rights of boat people”. Yet both Abbott (the […]

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More inhumanity on Manus as Immigration empties drinking water

| November 10, 2017 | Reply

The Manus siege was tightened another notch this afternoon, (Friday 10 November) when PNG police and immigration officers entered Oscar and Delta compounds of the Manus detention, and began emptying the tanks and turning over the water bins being used by the refugees to collected the rain water that has kept the refugees alive the […]

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Manus fences being dismantled

| November 9, 2017 | Reply

Within a couple of hours of a notice being handed to the refugees inside the Manus detention centre, fences around the Mike Compound have begun to be taken down. Reducing the security around the centre will only raise the detainees’ fears of being attacked even further. It was through the Mike fences that PNG locals […]

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