Press releases

Close Manus petition to be tabled in Senate

| June 16, 2015 | Reply

Caz Coleman, one of the most prominent advisers to the Coalition and successive Labour governments has described the Manus island and Nauru detention centres as beyond rescue and has called for all asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru to be bought to the mainland for claim processing. (The Guardian 9 June, 2015) A petition […]

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Minister must stop playing politics with Erfan’s arm

| June 6, 2015 | Reply

Refugee advocates are maintaining their call for the Immigration Minister to bring the 11 year-old Iranian refugee from Nauru to Australia for an urgent operation to reset his broken arm. Having dropped India, the latest proposal is for the government to send a Sydney doctor to Nauru to operate on the boy’s arm. “The government […]

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Refugee bashed on Manus Island for staying late at the pub

| June 3, 2015 | Reply

An Iranian refugee has been bashed by two PNG immigration officers for staying late at the pub on Monday night (1 June), see photos below. Mohsen was repeated punched and manhandled by the immigration officers as they abused him and threatened to kill him. However, the assault was witnessed by several supportive locals at the […]

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Rally for refugee rights at ALP National Conference

| June 2, 2015 | Reply

CONVERGE ON MELBOURNE: 12pm Saturday, July 25, Outside ALP National Conference.

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Concerns mount over Nauru hospital conditions; Nauru doctor recommends treatment offshore

| June 2, 2015 | Reply

Refugee advocates continue to urge the Immigration Minister to make immediate arrangements to bring Erfan, the 11 year-old with the broken arm, to Australia for urgent surgery. Even the resident doctor at the Nauru hospital now recommends offshore treatment, after another cast was placed on Erfan’s arm yesterday (1 June 2015): “I would strongly recommend […]

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Grave concerns for Manus hunger striker

| June 1, 2015 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has serious concerns for the welfare of an Iraqi hunger striker on Manus Island. The 31 year-old man has been on hunger strike for 53 days and has lost 19 kgs. He can no longer walk and is transported in a wheel chair. “We are extremely concerned at the mistreatment he […]

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Advocates call on Minister to bring 11 year-old refugee to Australia to save his arm

| June 1, 2015 | Reply

Refugee advocates are calling for the Immigration Minister to act immediately to bring an 11 year old Iranian refugee to Australian for an urgent operation to reset his broken arm. The 11 year old broke his arm when he fell off his bike on Nauru on 4 May. A cast was put on the arm […]

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Nauruan police finally admit asylum seeker was attacked

| May 20, 2015 | Reply

Nauruan police have finally admitted that an Iranian asylum seeker was savagely attacked last Saturday night, 16 May. The 23 year-old female Iranian asylum seeker had been stripped, seriously bashed and robbed. A sexual assault has not been confirmed, and the police have not been able to interview the victim. But after three days of […]

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Vicious assault on asylum seeker puts pall of fear over Nauru – protest demands Australian Immigration tells the truth

| May 19, 2015 | Reply

The savage physical attack on a 23 year-old female Iranian asylum seeker has cast a pall of fear over Nauru. On Saturday, 16 May, the young woman had been on day-release from the detention centre, visiting refugees in the community. She was expected to return to the detention centre by 5pm. Around 4.30pm, she left the house […]

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Abbott’s turnback mantra is risking Rohingyan asylum seekers’ lives

| May 15, 2015 | Reply

The Australian government must provide the urgent humanitarian assistance needed by the up to 8000 Rohingyan asylum seekers in boats, at risk, in the Malacca Straits, says the Refugee Action Coalition. “The Australian government is playing with asylum seekers’ lives,” said Ian Rintoul, from the Refugee Action Coalition. “It is suddenly obvious that offering ‘turnback’ […]

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