Press releases

Stand-off in Wickham Point detention centre to prevent Nauru transfer

| April 15, 2015 | Reply

Around 70 asylum seekers are blockading Sun compound in the Wickham Point detention centre to try to prevent mostly asylum seeker families from being returned to Nauru. The 70 asylum seekers are also families from Nauru who fear being returned. “We are just trying to help each other,” one asylum seeker told the Refugee Action […]

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Wednesday: protest against Scott Morrison: Minister for abuse and cover-up to address school fundraiser

| April 15, 2015 | Reply

Following an outpouring of opposition to former Immigration Minister being invited to speak at a Sydney Boys High School fundraising event, the Refugee Action Coalition has called a protest outside the school fundraising event tonight, Wednesday, 15 April, 5.15pm, Sydney Boys High School, 556 Cleveland St, Moore Park 2021. Speakers include: Osman Faruqi (ex-student and […]

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Nauruan refugee shot with air gun pellet and then beaten by locals

| April 15, 2015 | Reply

A 16 year-old Lebanese refugee has been treated in hospital after being attacked yesterday (Tuesday 14 April), first by a local Nauruan armed with an air rifle, and then by two lifeguards. The boy was attacked at a swimming spot near Anibare Lodge yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. The local sprayed a few pellets in the direction […]

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Nauru refugees defy savage new anti-protest law

| April 8, 2015 | Reply

Hundreds of refugees on Nauru have staged a protest (see photo) against offshore processing in defiance of a new law (see pdf here) that requires protesters to give seven days notice of any protest and gives the police commissioner sole power to allow a protest, or not. A representative of the Nauruan government has toured […]

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Tragedy avoided but minister must release Saeed and all those indefinitely detained

| April 7, 2015 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has welcomed the news that Iranian hunger striker, Saeed Hansonloo, has ended his hunger strike. Now the Minister must release Saeed, his brother and the 40-odd other Iranians being held in indefinite detention. Despite the Minister’s public comments, Saeed’s case has not been finalized. The Department initiated a “International Treaty Obligations […]

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Grave fears for life of Iranian asylum seeker: shocking callous Facebook comment reveals Serco attitudes

| April 3, 2015 | Reply

Grave fears are held for the life on Iranian asylum seeker, Saeed Hassan Loo, who is believed to have been refusing fluids for the past few days of his 40-day hunger strike and is close to death. A vigil organised by the Refugee Rights Action Network will be held tonight (Friday) at 7.00pm, at Royal […]

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Nauru refugee victim of knife attack

| April 1, 2015 | Reply

An Iranian refugee has become the latest victim of anti-refugee violence on Nauru. Around 6am, yesterday morning (Tuesday, 31 March), the man was walking back into the Anabare lodge camp, when two local Nauruans approached on a motorcycle. The locals got off the bike, and attacked; one of them produced a knife and slashed the […]

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New questions about medical facilities on Nauru: dogs attack Nauruan refugee; and a week-long wait for broken arm

| March 29, 2015 | Reply

On Thursday, 26 March, Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton compared medical facilities on Nauru to hospitals in regional Australia or a field hospital in Afghanistan. Neither regional Australia, nor troops in Afghanistan would accept the shocking level of medical care on Nauru. In the last week two incidents have raised more questions about the safety of […]

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Steph O’Donnell: ‘How I helped stop a deportation’

| March 23, 2015 | Reply

Steph O’Donnell spoke at a Refugee Action Coalition forum on how her action on board an Air China flight helped stop a deportation from Sydney in December I’m going to talk a bit about my experience, what happened on the flight on 19th of December and also a bit of history surrounding forced deportations and […]

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Manus island PNG constitutional challenge wins lawyers’ access to detention centre

| March 20, 2015 | Reply

In a major breakthrough in the legal challenge to the Manus Island detention centre, the PNG government has agreed to provide access to lawyers to obtain statements from asylum seekers incarcerated there. Final orders by the Supreme Court will be made on Tuesday 24 March, but initial access will be for a period of two […]

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