Press releases

Fears of attempted suicide charge following Nauru refugee arrest after attempted self-immolation

| April 20, 2016 | Reply

Refugee advocates are concerned that another refugee will charged with attempted suicide after Nauru police arrested a 38-year-old Iranian refugee on Tuesday afternoon. The Iranian refugee had splashed himself with petrol and set himself alight before neighbours intervened with a fire extinguisher to prevent a catastrophe. Fire-fighters and police attended the incident, with police arresting […]

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Nauru asylum seekers lodge assault complaints against guards as more photos of abuse emerge

| April 8, 2016 | Reply

Seven teenagers assaulted by Wilson Guards during a protest on Nauru on Wednesday night (6 April) have lodged a complaint (see here) with authorities on Nauru. A complaint signed by at least 75 other asylum seekers in the family compound has also been handed to authorities at the camp. (See here). The complaints and the […]

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Teenagers injured by guards in Nauru protest

| April 7, 2016 | Reply

Around 7.30pm Wednesday night, eight teenagers and their families were summoned to receive a letter from Australian Border Force in reply to their protest letter sent two days ago. (See image at bottom.) As the dismissive quality of the ABF letter became obvious – including absurd statements about the quality of medical conditions and education […]

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Protests escalate on Nauru

| April 6, 2016 | Reply

Daily protests continue at the RPC 3 family compound despite increasing efforts by Immigration and the Nauru police to stifle them. More protests are expected today as the asylum seekers were promised a response, by today, from Australia’s Border Force following tent-top protests by children detained in the RPC 3 camp, over two nights on […]

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Tensions high on Manus ahead of transfer deadline

| April 6, 2016 | Reply

Extra police, some believed to have been brought from Rabaul, have been patrolling the perimeters of the detention compounds on Manus Island ahead of today’s deadline for transfers between compounds to separate those found to be refuges from those who have so far received negative determinations. Immigration and Broadspectrum have stated that they intend to […]

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Immigration panic as Manus court challenge looms

| March 29, 2016 | Reply

Meetings in the Manus Island detention centre compounds this morning (Tuesday 29 March) have outlined a series of moves by Australian and PNG Immigration attempting to resolve the detention and resettlement issue before the Supreme Court challenge to the Manus Island detention centre, scheduled for the end of April. Asylum seekers and refugees were told […]

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Kurdish refugee in indefinite detention re-starts hunger strike after Immigration breaks promise of community detention

| March 24, 2016 | Reply

Refugee advocates have grave fears for the welfare of 36-year-old Kurdish refugee, Sardar Zahiri, who has re-started a hunger strike in Melbourne after being moved from Perth. Sardar was hospitalised in Perth after twenty days of a hunger strike in the Perth detention centre in February, this year. After continuing his hunger strike at the […]

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Iranian asylum seeker medivacced from Manus after heart attack

| March 23, 2016 | Reply

A 38-year-old Iranian asylum seeker has been medivacced from Manus Island to a Brisbane hospital this morning (Wednesday 23 March) after suffering a heart attack yesterday afternoon. The man suffered the heart attack, around 4pm, on a soccer field near the detention centre. He was given CPR by a Wilson’s guard whose action saved the […]

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Third day of protest on Nauru

| March 22, 2016 | Reply

Asylum seekers of the family compound, RPC 3, on Nauru have staged their third protest in three days. In October last year the Nauruan government announced that “all remaining asylum seekers” will be processed. According to February statistics issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, there were 470 asylum seeker still waiting for […]

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Asylum seekers second day of protest on Nauru

| March 21, 2016 | Reply

Asylum seekers on Nauru held a protest at the gates of the family compound, RPC 3, for the second day in a row, beginning at 5.00pm Nauru time. Many of the asylum seekers are still waiting for answers to their refugee claims for more than two-and half years. The Nauru protest began on Palm Sunday […]

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