About 3000 people turned out in appalling weather in Sydney to demand an end to the horror the Abbott government is inflicting on asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island, and call for an end to refugee detention. View photos and video here.
The 65-year-old Afghan asylum seeker the government wants to deport to Afghanistan has been given a reprieve, until his court case can be heard. But he remains at risk of deportation if he loses, unless we can create enough political pressure on the Australian and Afghan governments to prevent it.
Newborn babies should not be separated from their mothers. But the Immigration Department did just that to newborn Ferouz and his mother Latifar, a 31 year-old Tamil refugee – even though Ferouz was sick and in hospital. Now mother and child are to be sent back to traumatic and unsafe conditions in Nauru.
The Salvation Army has told asylum seekers on Nauru internet access will be limited to 30 minutes every two days, one friend will not be able to help another, and reduced time for Mahdi to update their Facebook page telling asylum seekers’ stories to the public.