Press releases

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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Nauru refugees say no to Cambodia

| April 29, 2015 | Reply

Refugees on Nauru have produced their own You Tube video to respond to the pro-Cambodia video produced by Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. The video completely rejects the Cambodia resettlement proposal and outlines the repressive measures that have been used to try and stifle their protests, since their campaign of non-cooperation began in February, this […]

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Immigration turns screws on Manus refugees to force transfers

| April 29, 2015 | Reply

Immigration authorities on Manus Island are removing basic rights from refugees inside the detention centre in an effort to force them to relocate to accommodation in East Lorengau. Since late last year, the Immigration Department has been trying to force refugees to move out. Most have refused because of fears for their safety, following the […]

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Nauru refugees protest against Cambodia and offshore processing

| April 25, 2015 | Reply

Around 200 refugees staged a protest at Ijuw camp on Nauru, late yesterday afternoon, Friday 24 April. The refugees called for “Justice,” and “Freedom,” and “Cambodia – never, ever.” The protest comes at the end of a week of frenzied efforts by the Australian immigration department to find refugees and asylum seekers who will agree […]

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Australia’s turn-back policy adds to drowning risk in Europe

| April 21, 2015 | Reply

“Australia’s turn back policy may be directly contributing to deaths at sea in Europe,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. “The Coalition’s ‘stop the boats’ slogan was just an ultimatum to asylum seekers to ‘die somewhere else’ backed up by the military – and ‘dying somewhere else’ may be exactly what’s happening. […]

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Ahwazi Arabs to protest Immigration Department Canberra

| April 20, 2015 | Reply

More than 100 Ahwazi Arabs from across the country will converge on Canberra to protest at the Immigration department and at the Iranian embassy on Monday 20 April. The Ahwazi are a persecuted minority in south-west of Iran; the most oil-rich region. Ahwazis are denied the right to education in their own language. April 15 […]

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