Tag: manus

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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Manus: Mike compound ends its hunger strike

| January 26, 2015 | Reply

The compound that started the mass hunger strike on Manus Island has ended their hunger strike – 13 days after it began – for now at least. It is expected that asylum seekers in Mike will begin eating this evening. The protest was called off after Wilson’s security entered Foxtrot this (Monday) morning. It is […]

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More evidence of abuse, but hunger strike continues

| January 26, 2015 | Reply

Manus Island detainees are bracing for increased security harassment today (Monday 26 January) after the arrival of more Wilson security guards on the island yesterday. Hundreds remain on hunger strike into the 14th day, with almost 100 per cent of Mike and Oscar compounds involved in the protest. Meanwhile more evidence of the witch-hunt and […]

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Hundreds still protest on Manus island after eleven days of hunger strike – no exaggeration

| January 23, 2015 | Reply

After eleven days, the Manus Island hunger strike remains hundreds strong. Despite the Immigration Minister’s attempts to maintain a media blackout, the truth about Manus Island is still getting out. The Minister’s intemperate statements that asylum seekers are making “exaggerated and unfounded claims” are driving more people to join the protest. Ninety-five percent of Mike […]

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Manus witch-hunt continues as Manus hunger strike enters seventh day. UN given more evidence of torture in Chauka compound

| January 20, 2015 | Reply

Wilson and Immigration officials continue to round-up so-called ring-leaders. Another seven people were arrested in Oscar Compound around 7.00am Manus time this morning. This is in addition to the 17 that were taken out of Oscar Compound yesterday afternoon following the security raid on Delta. Fifty-eight asylum seekers from Delta compound, singled out by Immigration […]

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Fears for the welfare of captured Delta asylum seekers but Manus hunger strike continues

| January 19, 2015 | Reply

Security guards surrounded the Delta compound on Monday afternoon, but broke through the barricaded front gate. Around 170 asylum seekers from Delta Compound have been taken out the Manus Island Detention Centres in the aftermath of the raid on the barricaded compound. Up to 17 people were also arrested in Oscar compound as the Immigration […]

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