Tag: manus

Orders to close Manus detention likely before the Australian election

| June 8, 2016 | Reply

A directions hearing in the PNG Supreme Court, on Monday 6 June, has opened the way for explicit orders to close the Manus detention centre and release all the detainees to be handed down before the Australian election. At the directions hearing in the Ben Lomai case representing over 700 of the Manus detainees, the […]

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Protests for freedom begin on Manus

| May 13, 2016 | Reply

Protests have begun inside the Manus detention centre – at Mike and Fox Compounds on Thursday, and today Friday 13 May, in Delta and Oscar Compounds. In Delta, the banner reads, ” Trafficked illegally here. Close Manus prison now.” Asylum seekers and refugees are growing tired of the delay in closing the detention centre and […]

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Noose tightens on Manus Island

| April 28, 2016 | Reply

Further legal action, in the PNG Supreme Court, on behalf of hundreds of detainees presently on Manus Island is scheduled for Monday 2 May. The action to enforce the constitutional rights of the asylum seekers sent to Manus by the Australian government will seek more explicit orders from the court for the release and return […]

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Behrouz Boochani arrested by Manus Immigration to force transfer

| April 26, 2016 | Reply

Behrouz Boochani, the Iranian asylum seeker who staged the tree protest yesterday in Foxtrot compound has been arrested at a meeting with Immigration and forcibly relocated to Oscar compound – a compound for those found to be refugees. Boochani had been summoned to the meeting this morning at 9.45am, following a promise yesterday that his […]

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Behrouz Boochani resists, climbs a tree in the Foxtrot compound on Manus Island

| April 24, 2016 | Reply

Mr Boochani has climbed a tree (video available on request) in the Foxtrot compound in order to stand against what he terms as a ‘new form of slavery’ which he has recently critically examined in his article A Critical Silence published on RAPBS website. A spokesperson for Boochani who is also detained in our black […]

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Arbitrary refugee decisions expose Manus assessment farce

| April 20, 2016 | Reply

Despite various threats over the years that they would be denied protection and deported, around 60 asylum seekers on Manus Island have consistently refused to make an application to the PNG government for protection. Their argument was simple – they arrived in Australia and asked Australia for protection, not PNG; they were transferred by Australia […]

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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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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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Protests over points and food as tensions rise on Manus Island as court challenge looms

| March 1, 2016 | Reply

Around 9.00am this morning (Tuesday, 1 March), people found to be refugees staged a protest at the canteen in Oscar Compound. The protest stopped the opening of the canteen, and local staff were withdrawn to the gates of Oscar Compound, as staff faced a crowd of refugees fed-up with being denied “privileges” like excursions or […]

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