Press releases

Manus mental health crisis as refugee swallows razor blades

| September 16, 2018 | Reply

Refugee advocates have called for urgent medical attention for a 46-year-old Iraqi refugee who has been hospitalised in Port Moresby after swallowing razor blades. The refugee has swallowed a total of eight blades – six last Friday morning, 14 September, and then two more after he was admitted to hospital. On Saturday morning, 15 September, […]

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Court orders blinded Manus Morrison victim to Australia

| September 5, 2018 | Reply

An Iraqi refugee who was one of two people left blind in one eye after the attacks on the Manus detention centre in February 2014, has been flown to Brisbane after a court order in Melbourne last week. Mohammad lost the sight in his right eye in the same attack that resulted in the death […]

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Photos from Nauru reveal the Australian government’s real priorities

| September 4, 2018 | Reply

While millions of dollars are splashed for lavish reception rooms for government officials, the Nauru hospital does not even have the most basic of facilities. Below are photos of the Nauru hospital taken Monday 6 September, and photos of one of the reception rooms for the Pacific Islands Forum, in the Nauru Civic Centre. Behind […]

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Fires at Yongah hill after detainee death

| September 3, 2018 | Reply

Some fires have broken out in Yongah Hill in the aftermath of the suicide of an Iraqi detainee late Sunday afternoon, 1 September. Detainees were angry at the news of the death saying that authorities had ignored the dead man’s pleas for help and that he should not have been brought back to the detention […]

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Detainee suicides in Yongah Hill – negligence claims another life

| September 2, 2018 | Reply

An Iraqi detainee has committed suicide in Yongah Hill detention centre outside Perth. The man was found in his cell at around 5.30pm Western Australia time. The man has some history of mental distress – and is understood to have made two suicide attempts last week. He made another attempt cutting his wrists this morning […]

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Thirteen refugees leave PNG for the US

| August 28, 2018 | Reply

Thirteen refugees flew from Port Moresby this morning, Tuesday 28 August, on their way to be resettled in the United States. Included in the group being resettled are two Pakistanis, two Tamils, five Afghans, and four from Burma. Some of them have been waiting in Port Moresby since being transferred from Manus Island in December […]

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Tamil asylum seeker suicides in Brisbane

| August 28, 2018 | Reply

A 45-year-old Tamil asylum seeker has died in Brisbane after a suicide attempt at the Logan hospital last Friday (24 August). The Tamil man received an initial rejection of his protection application several weeks ago, and fell into a deep depression. He was admitted to Logan hospital after his friends became concerned for his welfare […]

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Nauru rushes to demolish refugee tents before Pacific Islands Forum

| August 27, 2018 | Reply

Last minute efforts are underway on Nauru to get all families and children out of the mouldy tents of RPC 3, the family compound, before the Pacific Islands Forum gets underway in Nauru on 1 September. Requests by families to move out of RPC 3 were rejected as recently as 7 August (by Australian Border […]

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Tell Qantas: Don’t deport Priya and Nades to danger

| August 1, 2018 | Reply

On Thursday next week, 9 August, there will be actions happening outside Qantas and Jetstar offices in Melbourne and Sydney urging the airline to publicly commit not to participate in the deportation of Priya and Nades, the Tamil asylum seekers from Biloela, or in any other asylum seeker deportation. If you can’t make the actions […]

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Guilty! Coroner’s findings damn offshore detention

| July 30, 2018 | Reply

The coroner’s findings in regard to the death of Hamid Khazaie have damned the government’s offshore detention policy. The coroner noted that the Pacific Solution Mark II version of offshore detention was created after the Expert Panel reported to the Gillard government in 2012 and deliberately included “disincentives” to asylum seekers arriving by boat. While […]

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