Press releases

Refugee groups welcome Morrison’s admission that Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are unsafe

| July 30, 2014 | Reply

Refugee groups have welcomed Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s recognition that Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are unsafe. Speaking to Chris Uhlmann on the ABC’s AM program on Monday 28 July, about the boat of 157 Tamil asylum seekers, Morrison contrasted the safety of India compared to countries like Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, saying, “….these people have [...]

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Hasty shift leaves 157 Tamil asylum seekers without clothes

| July 29, 2014 | Reply

The Tamil asylum seekers held at sea on the Oceanic Protector for almost a month have been left in Curtin with only the clothes they are wearing. Many of them are still in the same clothes they were wearing when they were picked up at sea at the end of June. To make matters worse, [...]

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Third flight leaves Cocos Islands carrying Tamil asylum seekers to Curtin

| July 27, 2014 | Reply

The third flight carrying Tamil asylum seekers from Cocos Islands to Curtin detention left the Cocos Islands around 3.00pm Cocos time. It is expected to arrive at Curtin at 7.46 Western Australia time. It is not known how many of the asylum seekers will remain overnight on the Cocos Islands. It is expected that the [...]

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Morrison’s backflip blows hole in Operation Sovereign Borders

| July 25, 2014 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition welcomes the government’s announcement that the 157 asylum seekers are to be brought ashore. The move represents a dramatic back-flip by the government who only two days ago told the High Court that it was their intention to hold the asylum seekers onboard the Oceanic Protector until the High Court hearing [...]

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Recordings from Cambodia deal forum

| July 23, 2014 | Reply

RAC hosted a forum “Cambodia isn’t safe for refugees” to discuss the proposed refugee resettlement deal with Cambodia. You can listen to the speeches and discussion below.

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Refugee Action Coalition repudiates allegations by The Australian and Greg Lake

| July 16, 2014 | Reply

The Australian newspaper’s ongoing attacks against the Refugee Action Coalition (RAC) have no basis in fact, RAC spokesperson Ian Rintoul said today. In four issues since last Friday, the paper has been waging a campaign to discredit the claims that women in the family camp attempted suicide on Christmas Island last week. “In its concerted [...]

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Manus asylum seekers raise the alarm after witnesses to attack removed from compound

| July 14, 2014 | Reply

Asylum seekers in Mike compound on Manus Island have raised the alarm as Wilson Security guards removed two of their central representatives and another asylum seeker from the Mike Compound. The three people are also witnesses to the attack on Mike Compound on the 17 February, the night that Reza Berati was murdered. The action [...]

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No return to Sri Lanka undertaking a small win for human rights: now bring the boats back

| July 8, 2014 | Reply

“The government’s undertaking not to return 153 Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka is a small win for human rights from a government that has systemically violated the human rights of asylum seekers,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. “The government did everything it could to hide its illegal mistreatment of the [...]

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Mothers attempt suicide as conditions deteriorate on Christmas Island

| July 8, 2014 | Reply

Up to ten mothers in the family camp have attempted suicide in the last two days on Christmas Island – some by hanging, some by drinking concoctions of liquids. Scores of police and Serco officers have been stationed inside the family camp – almost one to a room – to try to maintain calm and [...]

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Tamil asylum boat heading for Christmas Island

| June 27, 2014 | Reply

A boat carrying Tamil asylum seekers may be the first boat to successfully arrive at Christmas Island this year. The 72 foot boat carrying 153 asylum seekers, including 32 women and 37 children is presently over 300 kilometers west of Christmas Island. The boat has made contact with Australian maritime rescue authorities. “The boat is [...]

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