Press releases

PNG supreme court to rule on Manus closure

| July 21, 2016 | Reply

A hearing of the PNG Supreme Court in Port Moresby on Monday 25 July, will rule on five test cases of refugees on Manus Island as the basis for issuing appropriate orders and guidelines for the release of the detainees, and the resettlement of refugees as the beginning of the process to finally close the […]

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A Current Affair fails the test – selective, superficial and sanitised program did not show the true story of Nauru

| June 21, 2016 | Reply

A Current Affair has broadcast a very selective, superficial and sanitised view of Nauru, according to spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, Ian Rintoul. According to program host, Tracey Grimshaw, ACA has been preparing the program for five months but it is obvious they have not done their homework. They interviewed a Tamil refugee woman […]

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Refugee supporters to rally to close Manus and Nauru and #BringThemHere

| June 17, 2016 | Reply

Refugee supporters will rally across the country on Saturday 18 June and Sunday 19 June to Welcome Refugees and call for the closure of Manus Island and Nauru, and end of offshore detention. The rallies will mark the beginning of Refugee Week. (Details below.) In the last few weeks of the Federal election campaign, a […]

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Solidarity statement from Manus to PNG students

| June 10, 2016 | Reply

This is what solidarity looks like… a message from Manus Island refugees to the PNG student movement Dear Students, We are refugees or detainees from Manus Island detention centre. We are writing in solidarity with png students and our friends who lost their lives during their peaceful protest [in Port Moresby]. We are very aware […]

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Orders to close Manus detention likely before the Australian election

| June 8, 2016 | Reply

A directions hearing in the PNG Supreme Court, on Monday 6 June, has opened the way for explicit orders to close the Manus detention centre and release all the detainees to be handed down before the Australian election. At the directions hearing in the Ben Lomai case representing over 700 of the Manus detainees, the […]

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Nauruan police arrest asylum seeker on trumped up charges

| June 5, 2016 | Reply

Nauruan police have arrested a 39-year-old Iranian asylum seeker, Hamid Nadaf, on trumped up charges of “threatening behaviour.” Hamid was arrested on Friday afternoon, 3 June, around 4pm, near the family compound RPC3, and is now being held in the Nauru jail. Hamid, his wife and eight-year-old son have been in detention on Nauru since […]

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Refugee husband says Nauru fire was suicide attempt

| May 25, 2016 | Reply

The fire that gutted the unit in the Nauru refugee camp, Anuijo, on Monday, May 23, was part of a suicide attempt, according the husband of the woman who was rescued from the burning unit. (See photos and report here.) The Iranian woman was given oxygen at the Nauru hospital after being rescued from the […]

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House fire in Nauru family camp

| May 23, 2016 | Reply

A fire has broken out in one of the units inside the family camp, RPC 3, on Nauru. It is understood that the Iranian woman who was alone in the unit at the time was rescued by a security officer, before any firefighters arrived. The woman has been taken to the Nauru hospital. The woman’s […]

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It’s not refugees destroying jobs, Peter Dutton

| May 22, 2016 | Reply

RAC’s James Supple writes an op-ed for SBS online, arguing Dutton’s foul comments were a calculated effort to turn refugees into scapegoats.

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Massive Manus protest joins Nauru day 56

| May 14, 2016 | Reply

Prisoners in all the compounds of Manus Island detention centre have staged a joint protest inside the detention centre. Despite the rain, hundereds joined the protest in Manus, assembling in the area between Oscar and Delta compounds, raising slogans of “Freedom; Freedom,” and “This place is illegal”. It was the biggest protest on Manus since […]

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