Tag: manus

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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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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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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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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Grave concerns for Manus hunger striker

| June 1, 2015 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has serious concerns for the welfare of an Iraqi hunger striker on Manus Island. The 31 year-old man has been on hunger strike for 53 days and has lost 19 kgs. He can no longer walk and is transported in a wheel chair. “We are extremely concerned at the mistreatment he […]

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Immigration turns screws on Manus refugees to force transfers

| April 29, 2015 | Reply

Immigration authorities on Manus Island are removing basic rights from refugees inside the detention centre in an effort to force them to relocate to accommodation in East Lorengau. Since late last year, the Immigration Department has been trying to force refugees to move out. Most have refused because of fears for their safety, following the […]

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Manus island PNG constitutional challenge wins lawyers’ access to detention centre

| March 20, 2015 | Reply

In a major breakthrough in the legal challenge to the Manus Island detention centre, the PNG government has agreed to provide access to lawyers to obtain statements from asylum seekers incarcerated there. Final orders by the Supreme Court will be made on Tuesday 24 March, but initial access will be for a period of two […]

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PNG supreme court challenge to manus island detention centre

| March 18, 2015 | Reply

This morning (Wednesday 18 March), 9.30am, the Supreme Court, Port Moresby, will hold its first directions hearing in a new challenge to the Manus Island detention centre. The action will seek enforcement of constitutional rights under s57 of the PNG constitution; challenging the constitutionality of the detention centre. It also raises issues of the breach […]

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Manus island hygiene and health hazard – still torture

| February 25, 2015 | Reply

A filthy toilet block (three toilets and three showers) in Delta Compound on Manus Island has been demolished. The disgusting facilities (see photos) were a health hazard and should have been demolished months ago. But, little has changed. The demolition means that there are only 12 toilets and showers for 300 people. The stench is […]

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IOM vultures prey on jailed Manus asylum seekers

| February 6, 2015 | Reply

Officers from the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) visited jailed asylum seekers on Manus yesterday (Thursday, 4 February) looking for asylum seekers to agree to voluntarily return to their home countries. IOM was the manager of the Manus Island detention centre under the Howard government. IOM have no protection mandate but are a mercenary outfit […]

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