Tag: manus

Uncertainty surrounds US refugee deal: Australia needs to bring them here

| November 13, 2016 | Reply

LIFETIME BAN EXPOSED AS A STUNT The announcement by US Secretary of State, John Kerry and now by Malcolm Turnbull, that the US will consider refugees from Nauru referred to it by the UNHCR has done little to settle the issue of offshore detention. “It is an admission that Nauru and Manus Island are offshore […]

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Government rattled by PNG Supreme Court action – unpopular Turnbull turns to refugee bashing

| October 31, 2016 | Reply

The Turnbull government’s announcement that it intends to ban for life, asylum seekers and refugees, who attempted to travel to Australia by boat after 19 July 2013, has been dismissed as political grandstanding by the Refugee Action Coalition. “This is a desperate headline-grabbing announcement from a Prime Minister whose is now less popular than Tony […]

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Port Moresby Supreme Court set for decision on return of Manus refugees

| October 25, 2016 | Reply

A full bench hearing of the PNG Supreme Court, on Thursday 27 October, will consider an application on behalf of 302 Manus asylum seekers and refugees for the return to Australia of all those asylum seekers and refugees who wish to do so. The lead counsel acting for the Manus asylum seekers will be retired […]

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Government maintains Manus farce as asylum seeker attempts to set himself alight

| October 1, 2016 | Reply

A 28 year-old Iranian asylum seeker in Mike Compound in the Manus Island detention centre attempted to set himself alight on Friday night (30 September). The man, who was one of those seriously wounded in the 2014 attack by locals and police on Mike Compound, sprayed himself with flammable liquid before using a lighter to […]

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Manus refugees cannot be resettled in PNG

| August 18, 2016 | Reply

Peter Dutton is desperately trying to avoid the implications of the PNG Supreme Court ruling in April that the agreement between Australia and PNG was unlawful. No amount of huffing and puffing or repeating the tired phrase that ‘no refugee from Manus will be resettled in Australia’ can alter the fact the asylum seekers were […]

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Manus must be closed and all Manus prisoners must be returned to Australia

| August 17, 2016 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition welcomes the announcement from PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill that the Manus Island detention will be closed soon. But the victims of the unlawful transfer and detention have already been waiting since the 26 April for both the Australian and PNG government to comply with the Supreme Court orders that Manus […]

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Pakistan agrees to repatriate Manus refugee body

| August 5, 2016 | Reply

The Australian Pakistan embassy has agreed to take responsibility to arrange for Kamil Hussain’s body to be repatriated to Pakistan. A letter from the Pakistan embassy has been sent to the Australian and PNG Immigration offices notifying them that they will organise for Kamil’s body to be sent home. The embassy has also notified PNG […]

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Pakistan agrees to repatriate Manus refugee body

| August 5, 2016 | Reply

The Australian Pakistan embassy has agreed to take responsibility to arrange for Kamil Hussain’s body to be repatriated to Pakistan. A letter from the Pakistan embassy has been sent to the Australian and PNG Immigration offices notifying them that they will organise for Kamil’s body to be sent home. The embassy has also notified PNG […]

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One week deadline to repatriate Manus refugee body

| August 5, 2016 | Reply

PNG Immigration have given refugees on Manus Island one week to make arrangements to send the body of 33 year-old Pakistan refugee Kamil Hussain, back to Pakistan. PNG authorities told the Pakistanis that neither the PNG Immigration nor the Australian Immigration nor Broadspectrum would take any responsibility for repatriating Kamil’s body. “You are on your […]

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PNG supreme court to rule on Manus closure

| July 21, 2016 | Reply

A hearing of the PNG Supreme Court in Port Moresby on Monday 25 July, will rule on five test cases of refugees on Manus Island as the basis for issuing appropriate orders and guidelines for the release of the detainees, and the resettlement of refugees as the beginning of the process to finally close the […]

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