Press releases

Hundreds of TPV and bridging visa holders to protest for right to work and permanent visas

| December 10, 2015 | Reply

Around 200 asylum seekers on bridging visas and refugees with temporary protection visas (TPV) will stage a day-long protest, this Friday, 11 December, outside the Sydney offices of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection at 22 Lee Street. (Details below) The protesters plan to stay outside the Immigration office from around 10.00am to 5.00pm. […]

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Free Reza from jail on Nauru: contact Nauruan Consulate-General

| December 1, 2015 | Reply

Update: Reza was released from prison without charge on 2 December: thanks to everyone who contacted the Nauruan consulate Reza Khestinzhad, the Iranian asylum seeker who climbed the crane on Nauru on Friday 27 November, to send a message to the world about freeing the asylum seeker and refugee children from Nauru, is still in […]

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Broken promises: after one year, forgotten asylum seekers hunger strike in Darwin

| November 30, 2015 | Reply

Sixteen, out of a group of 27, asylum seekers brought from Nauru a year ago to be released, have begun a hunger strike in the Darwin detention centre at Wickham Point to draw attention to their plight. The sixteen (11 Palestinian, 1 Iraqi, 2 Lebanese) began the hunger strike nine days ago. Three of the […]

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Nauruan crane climber arrested by police

| November 29, 2015 | Reply

The Iranian asylum seeker, Reza Khestinzhad, who staged a nine hour protest on top of a the crane on Nauru on Friday (27 November), has been arrested by Nauruan police. Reza was taken to the IHMS clinic on Friday, around 6.30pm, after he ended the protest and came down from the crane. But this morning, […]

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Nauruan refugee starts crane protest

| November 27, 2015 | Reply

An Iranian refugee, Reza Khestinzhad, (44 years old) has scaled the tallest crane on Nauru – on the construction site for refugee accommodation – with a placard calling for the release of children from Nauru. The placard reads: “World: Kids in Nauru Need Help”. The latest Border Force figures show 95 children ‘in detention’ on […]

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Navy tows Christmas Island asylum boat back to sea

| November 20, 2015 | Reply

A boat of asylum seekers which arrived at Christmas Island early this morning (Friday 20 November) has been towed back to sea by the navy. The small boat which arrived unescorted at Christmas Island this morning had earlier been covered by a tarpaulin to prevent any contact between the asylum seekers and people on the […]

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After the Paris attacks: Stop the fear campaign against refugees

| November 19, 2015 | Reply

Refugee Action Coalition statement

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Nauru police ignore savage assault as asylum seeker flown to Australia for urgent treatment

| November 18, 2015 | Reply

Riza, an Iranian asylum seeker on Nauru, has been flown to Australia for urgent medical treatment for a broken jaw and facial injuries after a savage assault by a local bus driver. The assault took place on Sunday, 15 November. Reza was medivacced to Australia on Monday, 16 November. The assault took place following a […]

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Christmas Island asylum seekers left without water or guards

| November 12, 2015 | Reply

Around 20 asylum seekers now in White 2 compound on Christmas Island have been left without enough food or water for more than the last 24 hours. The asylum seekers were initially in the “protection compound”, Gold 2 on Christmas Island and locked in when the disturbance broke out late on Saturday night. The doors […]

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Rally for Fazel 5.30pm Friday @ Immigration Dept

| November 10, 2015 | Reply

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