Press releases

Manus protest defies Foxtrot shut-down threat

| August 1, 2017 | Reply

A mass protest at the Foxtrot compound on Manus Island has defied Border Force orders to move and demanded that power and water be officially restored to the compound. (See photos) The protest gathered at 2pm at Foxtrot compound and chanted, “We do not want to settle in PNG; do not force us.” PNG immigration […]

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Crisis looms on Manus as water and power turned off

| August 1, 2017 | Reply

Tensions escalated on Manus Island on Monday, after the power and water for Foxtrot compound was turned off around 1pm. Refugees were again told that they ‘need to move to East Lorengau Transit Centre’, but nothing is said about where asylum seekers were meant to go inside the detention centre. At one point, in the […]

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Manus refugees again brutally attacked, two injured

| July 30, 2017 | Reply

Three attacks in twelve hours on refugees on Manus Island shows how unsafe the Manus community is for refugees and exactly why refugees are refusing to move from the detention centre to East Lorengau. Two refugees, one Sudanese and one Iranian, have been brutally attacked in two separate incidents on Manus Island overnight (see photo). […]

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Closure threats stepped up on Manus Island

| July 26, 2017 | Reply

PNG Immigration has announced its intention to close Foxtrot Compound inside the Manus detention centre as of today, 26 July. The notice (at right) is the latest in the campaign of Border Force and PNG immigration to force asylum seekers and refugees out of the detention centre. Refugees on Manus have been told they can […]

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More pressure on Manus detainees as compound demolished

| July 24, 2017 | Reply

Charlie Compound, where ten Rohingya, Pakistani and Afghan refugees have been living for a month has been demolished after power and water was cut off and the refugees were evicted by PNG police and immigration officials last week. (See photos) The eviction and demolition are the latest moves by an increasingly desperate government to try […]

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Advocates call to sack Dutton: Detention regime corrupt from top to bottom

| July 18, 2017 | Reply

In the light of the revelations of drug-running in Christmas Island, refugee advocates have called for the sacking of Peter Dutton, an end to mandatory detention and to holding 501’s, so-called criminal deportees, in immigration detention. “The Christmas Island Serco manager and guard filmed supplying drugs are being made scapegoats for a detention regime that […]

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More pressure on Manus refugees to move but nowhere to go

| July 5, 2017 | Reply

PNG Immigration and Australia’s Border Force are stepping up the pressure on Manus refugees and asylum seekers in an effort to force them out of the detention centre. Detainees are being told that the detention centre will close on 31 October, but they have nowhere safe to go. Only a minority have been interviewed by […]

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Government turns the screws on Manus refugees

| June 26, 2017 | Reply

Just days after agreeing to pay Manus asylum seekers and refugees $70 million in damages for unlawful imprisonment and for physical and psychological damage, the government has stepped its punitive program to forcibly relocate the detainees. On Friday 23 June, all gym equipment was removed from Mike and Oscar compounds (see photos). A new notice […]

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Four years too many: July 19 vigil

| June 26, 2017 | Reply

6pm Wednesday 19 July, Hyde Park north

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No amount of money can compensate for Manus horror

| June 14, 2017 | Reply

The announcement of a possible settlement with Manus asylum seekers and the Australian government for false imprisonment and conditions on Manus Island that caused them physical and psychological harm is an admission that the Australian government is responsible for detention on Manus Island. “It puts the lie to the continual claims from Peter Dutton that […]

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