Tag: manus

Manus island Iraqi asylum seekers continue protests; IOM contradicts Minister – Iraq is unsafe

| June 23, 2014 | Reply

Up to 25 Iraqi asylum seekers in Delta Compound in the Manus Island detention centre are maintaining their protest for “Freedom.” The Iraqis who began their peaceful protest last week have been maintaining a 24 hour-protest, since Friday 20 June, sleeping outside on the grass near the gate to the compound. The Iraqis’ protest began [...]

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End the farce: Reza Barati protest calls for an independent inquiry

| May 29, 2014 | Reply

Refugee supporters will hold a protest and vigil today, Thursday 5.30pm, Sydney Town Hall to mark 100 days since Reza Barati was killed on Manus Island and to call for an independent inquiry into Reza’s death and the brutal attacks on the asylum seekers on 17 February. “The so-called investigations into the death of Reza [...]

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Reza Barati’s father calls for justice for his son

| May 28, 2014 | Reply

To mark 100 days since Reza Barati’s murder, his father, Torabi, has sent a letter to the Australian people calling for justice for his son, murdered on Manus Island on 17 February. The letter was translated by an Iranian asylum seeker who had been held on Manus Island – text below. “While the Cornall report [...]

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Machete-wielding locals threaten to kill Manus asylum seekers

| May 27, 2014 | Reply

A threatening incident, just one day after the release of the Cornall report of the February 17 attack on asylum seekers, at the Manus Island detention centre has dramatically exposed the extent of the danger that remains for the asylum seekers and the urgent need for them to be brought to safety in Australia. Around [...]

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Reza Barati – still waiting for justice; Cornall report is flawed

| May 26, 2014 | Reply

The release of the Cornall report into the events on Manus Island has confirmed what the asylum seekers said all along – that they were attacked on the night of 17 February by PNG police and local PNG staff (accompanied by some expats). The report clearly reveals that the killers of Reza Barati still patrol [...]

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Attempted drowning suicide on Manus Island as tensions mount

| May 13, 2014 | Reply

For the third time in two weeks, there has been an attempted suicide by Manus Island asylum seekers trying to drown themselves. Today, Tuesday 13 May, a man believed to be an African asylum seeker ran into the sea about 1pm Manus Island time. He was apparently rescued by Wilson security guards. Two Lebanese asylum [...]

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Protest at High Court offshore detention hearing, Manus Island asylum seekers unsafe as PNG police attempt witness interviews

| May 8, 2014 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has called a protest at the Sydney Law Courts Building in Macquarie Street, for 9.00am Friday, 9 May. The protest will coincide with the High Court hearing in Canberra regarding the constitutionality of the declaration of Manus Island and Nauru as offshore processing centres. “A favourable decision by the High Court [...]

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Fears grow for hunger striking Syrian asylum seekers on Manus Island

| April 10, 2014 | Reply

Asylum seekers and refugee advocates have growing concerns for the welfare of two Syrian asylum seekers who have been on hunger strike for around 60 days. “It is an international scandal that that the Australian government is imprisoning Syrian asylum seekers on Manus Island. They should never have been sent to Manus Island. The Minister [...]

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Two attempted suicides on Manus Island follow PNG lawyer’s comments

| March 19, 2014 | Reply

Two Iranian asylum seekers in their mid-20s have attempted suicide on Manus Island, after reading comments by the PNG government lawyer, Ian Molloy. Molloy was part of a group inspecting the detention centre facilities as part of the PNG National Court enquiry into the Manus Island detention camp and the attacks on asylum seekers on [...]

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Government pressures Manus asylum seekers to return home while pressuring to allow attackers back in

| March 14, 2014 | Reply

In the wake of the killing of Reza Barati and the attacks on Manus Island asylum seekers, shamefully, the Australian government is pressuring asylum seekers to return home. The Australian government has recklessly allowed Dr Jamal Rifi, a Lebanese representative of the Immigration Minister’s Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention into the Manus detention centre [...]

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