Press releases

Urgent funds needed – help us close Manus Island

| July 1, 2015 | Reply

We urgently need to raise $20,000 to ramp up a major PNG legal challenge to offshore processing on Manus Island. Please donate – see below for details. Last week, the Liberals and the ALP combined to change the law in an attempt to thwart a constitutional challenge to offshore processing in the High Court of […]

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Labor must not support Coalition legislation to save offshore processing

| June 24, 2015 | Reply

Refugee advocates have called on the parliamentary Labor Party not to support any Coalition legislation aimed at saving offshore processing from a successful High Court challenge. The Human Rights Legal Centre’s challenge seems to have exposed what so many felt for a long time – that offshore processing is illegal. It certainly has exploded the […]

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Strip search sparks stand-off between guards and asylum seekers on Manus Island

| June 17, 2015 | Reply

The forced strip search of an Iranian asylum seeker has sparked a tense stand-off between asylum seekers, Wilson’s guards and PNG police in Delta Compound on Manus Island around 6.00am this morning (Wednesday, 17 June). The early morning raid forced all of the detainees in Delta Compound into one corner of the yard. The Wilson’s […]

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Wads of cash? Turning asylum boats around – that’s the crime

| June 17, 2015 | Reply

It is now quite clear that the Coalition government, the architects of Operation Sovereign Borders, did pay the boat crew of a recent asylum boat to take asylum seekers back to Indonesia. The crew says it, the asylum seekers say it, the Indonesian police say it and the long list of government denials says all […]

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Serious concerns for the welfare of Iraqi hunger striker at Yongah Hill

| June 16, 2015 | Reply

Refugee advocates are seriously concerned for the welfare of a 45 year-old Iraqi asylum seeker who has been on a dry hunger strike at Yongah Hill detention centre since Sunday, 14 June. The Iraqi man who arrived in Australia in October 2012, was released on a bridging visa in December 2012, but has been in […]

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Close Manus petition to be tabled in Senate

| June 16, 2015 | Reply

Caz Coleman, one of the most prominent advisers to the Coalition and successive Labour governments has described the Manus island and Nauru detention centres as beyond rescue and has called for all asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru to be bought to the mainland for claim processing. (The Guardian 9 June, 2015) A petition […]

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Minister must stop playing politics with Erfan’s arm

| June 6, 2015 | Reply

Refugee advocates are maintaining their call for the Immigration Minister to bring the 11 year-old Iranian refugee from Nauru to Australia for an urgent operation to reset his broken arm. Having dropped India, the latest proposal is for the government to send a Sydney doctor to Nauru to operate on the boy’s arm. “The government […]

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Refugee bashed on Manus Island for staying late at the pub

| June 3, 2015 | Reply

An Iranian refugee has been bashed by two PNG immigration officers for staying late at the pub on Monday night (1 June), see photos below. Mohsen was repeated punched and manhandled by the immigration officers as they abused him and threatened to kill him. However, the assault was witnessed by several supportive locals at the […]

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Rally for refugee rights at ALP National Conference

| June 2, 2015 | Reply

CONVERGE ON MELBOURNE: 12pm Saturday, July 25, Outside ALP National Conference.

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Concerns mount over Nauru hospital conditions; Nauru doctor recommends treatment offshore

| June 2, 2015 | Reply

Refugee advocates continue to urge the Immigration Minister to make immediate arrangements to bring Erfan, the 11 year-old with the broken arm, to Australia for urgent surgery. Even the resident doctor at the Nauru hospital now recommends offshore treatment, after another cast was placed on Erfan’s arm yesterday (1 June 2015): “I would strongly recommend […]

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