Tag: manus

Manus refugee suicides in Brisbane, offshore detention claims another victim

| October 17, 2019 | Reply

A 32-year-old mentally-distressed Afghan refugee, Sayed Mirwais Rohani, has committed suicide in Brisbane.  The Afghan doctor jumped to his death from the 22nd floor of a Brisbane hotel on Tuesday, 15 October. Mirwais is the eighth Manus refugee death. Mirwais was brought to Australia from Manus Island in 2017, as his mental health badly deteriorated […]

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More threats to relocate refugees in Port Moresby into poverty

| October 2, 2019 | Reply

After being transferred from Manus to hotels in Port Moresby, refugees’ living conditions and safety are now under threat. Refugees presently living in the Granville Motel have been told that their living allowance of 100 kina (approx. $A50) a week will be cut off unless they “agree” to ‘move into residential accommodation’. JDA, the company […]

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Detention shifts to Port Moresby as last refugees transferred off Manus

| September 5, 2019 | Reply

Thirty-five refugees are being transferred from Manus to Port Moresby today, Thursday 5 September. The transfer of the last 35 refugees and asylum seekers from Manus to Port Moresby will take place on Friday 6 September. But JDA, the refugee service provider, responsible for the transfer, has been unable to provide any details of what […]

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Forty-four transferred from Manus to Port Moresby, but refugee relocation is no solution

| August 28, 2019 | Reply

Forty-four refugees from two compounds (10 from West Haus and 34 from East Lorengau compound) on Manus Island are being transferred from Manus Island to Port Moresby this afternoon. The refugees are being transferred for medical treatment and other to ‘progress their US resettlement applications’. But there are suspicions that today’s relocations are part of […]

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Australian detention centre in Port Moresby is worse than Manus; worse than prison

| August 22, 2019 | Reply

Refugee advocates have growing concerns regarding the conditions at the high security detention centre annexed to the Bomana prison. Information about the newly opened Bomana detention centre indicates that conditions at the centre are as bad as those in the first months of the opening of the Lombrum detention centre on Manus. The fifty-two men […]

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PNG uses ruse to open Bomana prison detention centre

| August 12, 2019 | Reply

Overnight, PNG Immigration has moved to open a open a new Australian detention facility in Port Moresby, annexed to the Bomana prison. The detention centre has been funded by Australia and has cost over $20 million. Around 50 asylum seekers deemed not to be refugees have been transferred to the new detention facility overnight on […]

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Yes, Prime Ministers, the refugees are still detained on Manus Island

| July 22, 2019 | Reply

A press conference at Parliament House, held by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and PNG Prime Minister James Marape, has seen both leaders repeated the myth that refugees and asylum seekers are not detained on Manus Island. In April 2016, the PNG Supreme Court found that the refugees had been unlawfully transferred to PNG by Australia […]

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More Manus refugees fly to the US but hundreds still in limbo

| July 3, 2019 | Reply

Two planes in the last two weeks have taken 38 refugees from Papua New Guinea to be resettled in the United States. One carrying 15 refugees left on 26 June, another with 23 refugees left Port Moresby on Tuesday 2 July. It takes the total number of refugees from Manus resettled in the United States […]

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Manus crisis reaching breaking point as mental distress worsens

| June 24, 2019 | Reply

Conditions are reaching breaking point on Manus Island. This morning, Monday 24 June, two incidents of self-harm within hours have set the scene for another day of the Manus mental health crisis. One refugee who swallowed a nail clipper, around 6.30am has been taken to the local hospital, although guards initially refused to transport him […]

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Another Manus asylum seeker sets himself on fire

| June 21, 2019 | Reply

A 31-year-old Indian asylum seeker has set fire to himself and his room at the Hillside Compound on Manus Island, around 1.00 pm today (Friday 21 June). Photos of the fire in the Hillside compound are below. It is understood that the asylum seeker has suffered burns to his face and hands and has been […]

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