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Court orders blinded Manus Morrison victim to Australia

| September 5, 2018 | Reply

An Iraqi refugee who was one of two people left blind in one eye after the attacks on the Manus detention centre in February 2014, has been flown to Brisbane after a court order in Melbourne last week. Mohammad lost the sight in his right eye in the same attack that resulted in the death […]

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Thirteen refugees leave PNG for the US

| August 28, 2018 | Reply

Thirteen refugees flew from Port Moresby this morning, Tuesday 28 August, on their way to be resettled in the United States. Included in the group being resettled are two Pakistanis, two Tamils, five Afghans, and four from Burma. Some of them have been waiting in Port Moresby since being transferred from Manus Island in December […]

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Guilty! Coroner’s findings damn offshore detention

| July 30, 2018 | Reply

The coroner’s findings in regard to the death of Hamid Khazaie have damned the government’s offshore detention policy. The coroner noted that the Pacific Solution Mark II version of offshore detention was created after the Expert Panel reported to the Gillard government in 2012 and deliberately included “disincentives” to asylum seekers arriving by boat. While […]

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Six more refugees leave from Manus for the US, but Trump ban still in place

| June 19, 2018 | Reply

Six Manus refugees left Port Moresby this morning, Tuesday 19 June, for the United States. All single men, the refugees are Afghan, Pakistani and one Rohingyan. No refugees from Trump’s list of travel-banned countries are among those travelling to the US. This brings the total number of refugees from Manus to the US to 108, […]

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Eighteen Manus refugees go to the US, but no Iranians

| May 29, 2018 | Reply

The failure of the US resettlement deal was again on display this morning (Tuesday 29 May) as 18 refugees from Manus Island left Port Moresby for the US. The group comprises 13 Afghans and 5 Rohingyans, all single males. Once again, none from Trump’s travel-ban group of countries that includes Iran, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, were […]

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Second group of Manus refugees fly to US

| January 23, 2018 | Reply

The second group of refugees to be accepted for resettlement in the US has left Port Moresby for the United States this morning (Tuesday 23 January) see photos of them leaving the Port Moresby hotel early this morning; a small group of the refugees in the departure lounge of Port Moresby airport. Altogether fifty-eight refugees […]

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Manus asylum seekers expel ex-Wilson guards from Hillside camp

| December 28, 2017 | Reply

Asylum seekers at the Hillside Camp, Manus Island have expelled all ex-Wilson Security guards from their camp area. Former Wilson’s guards, who used to work at the detention centre, are now employed by Paladin, the company contracted to provide security for the new camps, since asylum seekers and refugees were forcibly evicted from the Lombrum […]

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PNG Supreme Court rules major victory to Manus asylum seekers

| December 15, 2017 | Reply

The full bench of the PNG Supreme Court today (Friday) finally handed down a ruling formally finding that the human rights of all those sent to Manus Island have been breached. The victory comes after almost two years of deliberate attempts by the Australian and PNG governments to stall and frustrate the case. The finding […]

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A letter from Manus Island by Behrouz Boochani

| December 12, 2017 | Reply

After four years of detention on Manus Island, the author writes a poet’s manifesto for the refugee resistance in which he has found himself to be a central figure. By Behrouz Boochani. This article was first published in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on Dec 9, 2017 as “A letter from Manus Island”. For […]

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Police beat Manus refugees

| November 24, 2017 | Reply

PNG police and Immigration returned to the detention centre around 7.00am (PNG time) this morning and have begun systematically beating refugees in an attempt to drive them out of the detention centre. (Video clip below) Around 350 people remained in the detention centre overnight despite brutal police actions yesterday that destroyed food, water, and medicines. […]

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