Tag: manus

More pressure on Manus detainees as compound demolished

| July 24, 2017 | Reply

Charlie Compound, where ten Rohingya, Pakistani and Afghan refugees have been living for a month has been demolished after power and water was cut off and the refugees were evicted by PNG police and immigration officials last week. (See photos) The eviction and demolition are the latest moves by an increasingly desperate government to try […]

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More pressure on Manus refugees to move but nowhere to go

| July 5, 2017 | Reply

PNG Immigration and Australia’s Border Force are stepping up the pressure on Manus refugees and asylum seekers in an effort to force them out of the detention centre. Detainees are being told that the detention centre will close on 31 October, but they have nowhere safe to go. Only a minority have been interviewed by […]

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US deal inadequate and uncertain

| June 28, 2017 | Reply

The Coalition government’s proposed resettlement deal with the US is an admission that Manus and Nauru are a dead end. But this band-aid deal is inadequate and uncertain. Since December, US officials have been conducting interviews with people on Manus Island and Nauru. But the election of racist Donald Trump as President has put a […]

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Government turns the screws on Manus refugees

| June 26, 2017 | Reply

Just days after agreeing to pay Manus asylum seekers and refugees $70 million in damages for unlawful imprisonment and for physical and psychological damage, the government has stepped its punitive program to forcibly relocate the detainees. On Friday 23 June, all gym equipment was removed from Mike and Oscar compounds (see photos). A new notice […]

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No amount of money can compensate for Manus horror

| June 14, 2017 | Reply

The announcement of a possible settlement with Manus asylum seekers and the Australian government for false imprisonment and conditions on Manus Island that caused them physical and psychological harm is an admission that the Australian government is responsible for detention on Manus Island. “It puts the lie to the continual claims from Peter Dutton that […]

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“Where’s Behrouz?” Refugee protest to march to Manus film world premiere

| June 8, 2017 | Reply

Refugee supporters will march from Town Hall to the world premiere screening of “Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time,” on Sunday 11 June at the Sydney Film Festival, to call for the closure of Manus Island detention centre. The film was secretly recorded on a mobile phone in the Manus Island detention centre over many […]

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Forced relocation stalls on Manus Island

| May 29, 2017 | Reply

The first efforts to force the relocation of refugees and asylum seekers in the Manus Island detention centre have stalled. Yesterday (Sunday 28 May), although the government closed the internal gate of Foxtrot compound (photo at right), five Indian asylum seekers remained in N block (photos below). The gate separates N block from the rest […]

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‘We are not animals’ – protest erupts in Manus detention centre

| March 19, 2017 | Reply

Guards hastily withdrew from Mike Compound in the Manus Island detention centre last night (Saturday 18 March) after a protest erupted in the mess area following Border Force renovations that made the serving area more like a prison. “It was a provocation,” one detainee told the Refugee Action Coalition, “They treat us like we are […]

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$20,000 bribes offered as Border Force threatens more deportations from Manus

| February 10, 2017 | Reply

Australian Border Force officials have threatened to deport more Nepalese asylum seekers from Manus Island unless the asylum seekers agree to “voluntarily” return home. The asylum seekers were told if they are forcibly deported they will get nothing, but if they agree to go voluntarily they will be paid up to $15,000. The ABF offered […]

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Australian government figures reveal US resettlement deal over 400 places short

| February 7, 2017 | Reply

According to the latest update from Operation Sovereign Borders, the combined number of refugees on Nauru and Manus Island is 1687. http://newsroom.border.gov.au/channels/Operation-Sovereign-Borders/releases/operation-sovereign-borders-monthly-update-january-3 The White House spokesperson was reported as saying the agreement between Australia and the US is for 1250 refugees. The number of recognised refugees on Nauru grows each day as more determinations are […]

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