Press releases

Villawood suicide: detention claims another victim

| January 25, 2019 | Reply

A 33 year-old refugee, from Sierra Leone has hanged himself in Villawood Detention Centre. He was found in his room around 4.30pm, this afternoon, Friday 25 January. It is understood that Musa (not his real name) had been held in the detention centre around three years, and had previously been diagnosed with psychiatric problems. Tragically, […]

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Detention protest spreads nationally

| January 21, 2019 | Reply

Hundreds of immigration detainees in detention centres across the country have begun a hunger strike protest this morning, Monday 21 January. Detainees in the Villawood, Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA) and Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) detention centres began their protest this morning, joining the detainees at Yongah Hill in Western Australia who are into […]

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Yongah Hill hunger strike protest continues into fifth day

| January 18, 2019 | Reply

Around 350 immigration detainees are into their fifth day of hunger strike protest at Yongah Hill detention centre. A list of demands was released by the Yongah Hill protesters on Monday, 14 January (see below). The detainees will hold a protest in the yard of Hawke and Falcon compounds at 11.30am Perth time. The protesters […]

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Hunger strike protest spreads from Melbourne to Yongah Hill

| January 15, 2019 | Reply

Immigration detainees at two compounds of Yongah Hill (outside Perth) have begun a hunger strike (Monday 14 January) in protest against detention conditions. On the night of Sunday 13 January, the Yongah Hill protesters rallied outside their accommodation blocks. On Monday, over 350 people began a hunger strike protest to draw attention to the conditions, […]

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MITA hunger strike continues: End the lockdown, provide chairs

| January 11, 2019 | Reply

The hunger strike protest by immigration detainees in MITA North that began on Tuesday 8 January, is now into its fourth day. Detainees have also spent their third night outside their rooms, resisting the nightly midnight lockdown by refusing to enter their rooms. It is standard operating procedure in the militarised compound for detainees to […]

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Hunger strike against prison conditions in Melbourne detention; video footage exposes guard thuggery

| January 10, 2019 | Reply

Around 200 detainees in MITA North, the new high security compound inside the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA), have begun a hunger strike in protest against the compound’s prison conditions and guard brutality. The hunger strike began on Tuesday morning (8 January), and was continuing on Wednesday night. Ironically, the hunger strike has exposed the […]

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Government detention closure announcement is a fraud

| January 2, 2019 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has dismissed the government announcement that Maribyrnong and Blaxland at Villawood will close, as an empty gesture. “The fact is that the government has increased detention capacity with new compounds being opened at Yongah Hill, and a high detention facility opening in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation, to replace Maribyrnong,” said […]

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Mental health crisis on Manus Island, Labor must back Phelps’ bill

| December 4, 2018 | Reply

There are now almost daily suicide attempts among refugees on Manus Island, and no medical facilities to cope with the crisis. The small Pacific International Hospital (PIH) at the East Lorengau compound has only one room to treat emergency patients, so there is no place to care for in-patients, so they are returned unsupervised to […]

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Bill in Parliament to get all children and families off Nauru: Contact Labor MPs

| November 22, 2018 | Reply

Call for all Labor MP’s to support Independent MP Andrew Wilkie’s Bill to bring all children, their families and separated family units from Nauru to Australia. Andrew Wilkie, supported by Adam Bandt (The Greens), and Centre Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie, has moved a bill in Parliament that, if carried, would require the government to bring […]

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Refugee rights campaign wins as children come off Nauru

| November 21, 2018 | Reply

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