Press releases

Manus Island unsafe – refugee advocates warn against letting attackers back into camp

| March 11, 2014 | Reply

Refugee advocates are warning of new dangers of attacks on asylum seekers if local staff are re-introduced into the Manus Island detention centre. Local and national PNG staff and police have been excluded from the detention centre since the night of 17 February when Reza Berati was killed and at least 77 others brutally bashed. [...]

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Palm Sunday rally success

| March 7, 2014 | Reply

About 3000 people turned out in appalling weather in Sydney to demand an end to the horror the Abbott government is inflicting on asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island, and call for an end to refugee detention. View photos and video here.

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PNG staff and PNG police excluded from Manus detention centre as more eye-witness accounts name PNG police and local G4S staff

| March 7, 2014 | Reply

Despite denials by both G4S and PNG police that they were involved in the murder of Reza Barati and attacks on 77 other asylum seekers on 17 February, local G4S workers and PNG police remain excluded from the Manus Island detention centre. “The continued exclusion of the local staff and PNG police is a tacit [...]

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PNG Manus report self-serving cover-up – there was no riot on Monday 17 February

| February 27, 2014 | Reply

PNG police excluded from detention centre Reports of the contents of the PNG report into the brutal attacks on asylum seekers on Manus Island continues the cover-up perpetuated by all authorities involved since the incident occurred. While the report confirms that the attacks happened inside the detention centre, it lacks credibility. While the police report [...]

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Minister delays protection application decision for Sayed Abdellatif

| February 26, 2014 | Reply

Sayed Abdellatif, the Egyptian asylum seeker who was at the centre of a political storm last year after being wrongly accused of murder, is still waiting for Minister Scott Morrison to allow him and his family to apply for protection. “A submission regarding Sayed has been sent by the Immigration Department to the Minister, but [...]

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Scott Morrison must resign; Manus Island is a crime scene and must be closed

| February 23, 2014 | Reply

Re-open the phones and internet Scott Morrison’s admissions that he gave incorrect information about the attacks on asylum seekers on Manus Island is reason enough for him to resign. Scott Morrison chose to ignore the huge amount of evidence that asylum seekers had been brutally attacked by G4S guards and PNG police. “The evidence that [...]

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Staff tribute to dead asylum seeker Reza Berati

| February 21, 2014 | Reply

The statement below was written on behalf of Manus Island detention centre as a tribute to the murdered asylum seeker, Reza Berati (pictured). “Today’s harrowing report that Reza head may have been crushed by the boots of G4S guards highlights the fact that the Minister cannot guarantee the safety of asylum seekers on Manus Island. [...]

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Murdered Manus asylum seeker was Faili Kurd

| February 19, 2014 | Reply

The asylum seeker killed on Monday night in the Manus Island detention centre was a 24 year-old Faili Kurd. He was one of the first people sent to Manus Island by the Rudd Labor government in August 2013.

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Correction re more attacks on Manus Island

| February 18, 2014 | Reply

Nothing seems to have come of the initial reports about a second night of attacks on the Manus Island asylum seekers. No more casualties have arrived at the Bibby Progress. Sorry for the false alarm. A code red ie fire alert was issued in the Manus detention centre at 7.15 Manus time – but there [...]

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Police and locals run amok on Manus Island: scores injured; fears for the lives of asylum seekers

| February 18, 2014 | Reply

Scores of asylum seekers have been injured, some seriously as gangs of armed PNG police and locals go from compound to compound attacking any asylum seekers they can find. Asylum seekers were left defenceless when all staff and G4S guards were evacuated from the detention centre. Tension with groups of locals had been building throughout [...]

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