Press releases

Omid Memorial Fund

| May 5, 2016 | Reply

Omid, an Iranian refugee who set himself on fire on Nauru, died in a Brisbane hospital on 28 April. The Omid Memorial Fund was set up by the Refugee Action Coalition and Mums For Refugees to raise money to provide some support for Omid’s wife and his family. While money is no longer needed to […]

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Dutton lies, refugees die

| May 3, 2016 | Reply

Despite the Immigration Minister’s attempts to deflect the blame, it is the government that is responsible for the appalling conditions they have created on Nauru. Dutton even created his own “children overboard” moment by suggesting there was a threat from refugees to ‘assets’ on Nauru. Dutton boasts about the money invested in a new hospital […]

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Another refugee sets fire to herself on Nauru

| May 2, 2016 | Reply

A 21 year-old Somali female refugee, Hadon, has set fire to herself on Nauru. She is presently at the Nauru hospital. The Refuge Action Coalition understands that an air ambulance has already been called to medivac Hadon to Australia. Witnesses say she is badly burned – saying all her clothes have been burned off. One […]

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Another death: more blood on Dutton’s hands – a criminal system, a criminal delay

| April 29, 2016 | Reply

Offshore detention has claimed another life – Omid’s name is added to the names of Reza Barati and Hamid Khazaie, who have been killed by the detention system. The lack of experienced staff; the lack of medical supplies; the lack of attention; the shocking conditions in the Nauru hospital and the hideous delay in arranging […]

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Nauru 40 days: protest for Omid

| April 28, 2016 | Reply

Asylum seekers and refugees continue their protest on Nauru – for the fortieth day. This day focussed on Omid. Chants rang out: We only want freedom; Shut Down Offshore; Transfield, Transfield, shame on you; It was also the day, that Omid, suffering extreme burns, waited more than 24 hours for a medivac flight to Brisbane. […]

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Noose tightens on Manus Island

| April 28, 2016 | Reply

Further legal action, in the PNG Supreme Court, on behalf of hundreds of detainees presently on Manus Island is scheduled for Monday 2 May. The action to enforce the constitutional rights of the asylum seekers sent to Manus by the Australian government will seek more explicit orders from the court for the release and return […]

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Nauru in meltdown – two women missing

| April 27, 2016 | Reply

There are fears that three refugees taken around 3.00am from the Brisbane Transit Accommodation by Border Force officers have been sent back to Nauru. Two of them were seen being bodily carried out of the detention centre by their arms and legs. The three, one Somali woman, an Iranian and a Sri Lankan, had been […]

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Behrouz Boochani arrested by Manus Immigration to force transfer

| April 26, 2016 | Reply

Behrouz Boochani, the Iranian asylum seeker who staged the tree protest yesterday in Foxtrot compound has been arrested at a meeting with Immigration and forcibly relocated to Oscar compound – a compound for those found to be refugees. Boochani had been summoned to the meeting this morning at 9.45am, following a promise yesterday that his […]

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Behrouz Boochani resists, climbs a tree in the Foxtrot compound on Manus Island

| April 24, 2016 | Reply

Mr Boochani has climbed a tree (video available on request) in the Foxtrot compound in order to stand against what he terms as a ‘new form of slavery’ which he has recently critically examined in his article A Critical Silence published on RAPBS website. A spokesperson for Boochani who is also detained in our black […]

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Immigration threatens forced transfer on Manus asylum seeker deemed to be refugee

| April 24, 2016 | Reply

Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian asylum seeker, has never made an application for protection since he was forcibly transferred from Christmas Island to Manus Island in 2013. Although Behrouz has never made a protection application, last week, 18 April, PNG Immigration determined that he was a refugee regardless. (PNG immigration notice below). Yet, another 45 asylum […]

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