Tag: detention

Mothers attempt suicide as conditions deteriorate on Christmas Island

| July 8, 2014 | Reply

Up to ten mothers in the family camp have attempted suicide in the last two days on Christmas Island – some by hanging, some by drinking concoctions of liquids. Scores of police and Serco officers have been stationed inside the family camp – almost one to a room – to try to maintain calm and [...]

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Urgent legal action to prevent pregnant woman being returned to Nauru

| February 14, 2014 | Reply

Last minute legal action is underway in an effort to prevent the government from removing a pregnant Iranian woman to Nauru. She has been told she will be returned there as soon as Sunday.

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Ambulance called to collapsed ASIO negative hunger strikers

| April 10, 2013 | Reply

An ambulance was called to the MITA detention centre this afternoon (Wednesday) after five of the hunger-striking refugees fainted.

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Melbourne ASIO negative refugees begin mass hunger strike

| April 8, 2013 | Reply

At 2.00am, Monday morning (8 April), 28 ASIO negative refugees (24 Sri Lankan, 2 Iranian 2 Rohingyans) began a hunger strike at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) detention centre.

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Villawood visiting and refugee activism

| March 29, 2013 | Reply

Visitors play an essential role for people in detention. Asylum seekers know only too well that the government and the Department of Immigration do everything to stigmatise them in the eyes of the public. Visiting is a powerful antidote to this, and proves that there are many Australians ready to welcome them to this country [...]

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Villawood roof-top stand off continues

| November 14, 2012 | Reply

Three Fijian asylum seekers remain on the roof at the Villawood detention centre, this (Wednesday) morning, for the third day.

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