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Manus suspected typhoid cases transfers delayed

| April 26, 2019 | Reply

Refugees on Manus are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of two more possible typhoid cases on the island. Two typhoid cases were transferred from Manus to Port Moresby just before Easter, but two more suspected cases are still on Manus. One of the sick refugees, a 30-year-old Rohingyan man, was moved out of East […]

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Advocates concerned over Manus sexual harassment allegations

| April 16, 2019 | Reply

A 59 year-old security manager on Manus Island was released on 15, 000 kina bail on 9 April, over sexual harassment allegations to appear in Lorengau court on 28 April. His surrendered passport remains with the Lorengau police. Refugee advocates are concerned that there seem to be no other appropriate bail conditions placed on the […]

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Morrison out, end the racism—What would a Labor government deliver?

| April 13, 2019 | Reply

Morrison out, refugees in For the last six years the Liberals have imposed brutal policies against refugees. On the eve of the election they were still stirring up racism and fear. Morrison and Dutton claimed refugees brought here for medical treatment from Manus and Nauru could be rapists and murderers, as they wasted $185 million […]

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Sick and hungry: Manus contractor cuts asylum seeker rations

| April 2, 2019 | Reply

While the auditor-general announces an investigation into the billions of dollars of Australian government off-shore detention contracts, the cuts to food rations by one Manus Island contractor is leaving asylum seekers hungry. NKW Holdings, the company responsible for welfare services at the Hillside Compound on Manus Island is one of the companies now being investigated […]

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Manus security workers strike continues

| February 27, 2019 | Reply

The strike by Paladin security workers on Manus Island continues into its second day. Security posts were deserted again this morning, Wednesday 27 February. Food ration packs, normally distributed to refugees by Paladin workers on Tuesdays, were, yesterday, distributed by police and immigration officers. Angry workers appeared briefly at the detention compound gates early last […]

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Manus Paladin security workers strike

| February 26, 2019 | Reply

Paladin security workers on Manus Island have declared a strike across all three detention compounds on the island. The security posts at Hillside, West Haus and East Lorengau Transit Accommodation were deserted this morning (Tuesday 26 February). The walk-off hollows the revelations in the Australian media of the fantastic profits being made by the Paladin […]

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Manus refugee wins international human rights award

| February 14, 2019 | Reply

Abdul Aziz Muhamat, a Sudanese refugee unlawfully held for over five years on Manus Island, has won the prestigious Martin Ennals Award, presented in Geneva yesterday, 13 February. “Australia’s treatment of refugees has again been exposed and condemned on the world stage,” said Ian Rintoul, a spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “It is fantastic […]

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Morrison defeat a step forward for refugees, now bring them all here

| February 12, 2019 | Reply

The news that the Medivac amendments have been carried by the federal parliament is being celebrated on Manus and Nauru, tonight. There are twenty-five men in PIH hospital in Port Moresby that must be immediately transferred to Australia. Most of them have been waiting many months for treatment they cannot get in Port Moresby. Similarly, […]

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Mental health crisis on Manus Island, Labor must back Phelps’ bill

| December 4, 2018 | Reply

There are now almost daily suicide attempts among refugees on Manus Island, and no medical facilities to cope with the crisis. The small Pacific International Hospital (PIH) at the East Lorengau compound has only one room to treat emergency patients, so there is no place to care for in-patients, so they are returned unsupervised to […]

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Manus rejections more proof of failure of US resettlement deal

| November 7, 2018 | Reply

Yesterday, Tuesday 6 November, 32 people on Manus Island received answers to their applications for resettlement in the US. Only nine of the 32 were accepted – four Rohingyans, three Afghans, one Tamil, two Pakistanis. The only Iranian in this most recent list was rejected by the US. There were no Somalis, or Sudanese on […]

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