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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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PNG Supreme Court dismisses Manus case on technicality

| October 23, 2018 | Reply

The PNG Supreme Court has dismissed the case of Behrouz Boochani and 730 other Manus detainees for the constitutional enforcement of their rights. The Supreme Court ruled that the case was essentially a compensation case for the breach of their human rights prior to the Supreme Court orders in 2016 that the Lombrum detention centre […]

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Refugee advocates say no to the ‘lifetime ban’ bill, No conditions on New Zealand resettlement

| October 23, 2018 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition is calling on all Labor, Green and Independent politicians to completely reject the Liberals’ lifetime ban bill that would ban any refugees sent to Manus and Nauru from ever entering Australia. This is no justification for accepting any Liberal conditions on New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 refugees. Legal action will […]

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Seventeen Manus refugees fly to US for resettlement

| October 16, 2018 | Reply

Seventeen refugees, held on Manus Island for almost five years, flew from Port Moresby today, Tuesday 16 October, to be resettled in the US. The seventeen are single men, six Afghans, five Pakistanis, five Rohingyans, and one Bangladeshi. The total number of refugees from Manus accepted by the US in the last two years is […]

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Manus petition handed to Chief Justice of PNG Supreme Court

| October 3, 2018 | Reply

A petition signed by 368 Manus asylum seekers and refugees has been handed to the office of the Chief Justice of the PNG Supreme Court, and to Justice Alan David, who was one of the presiding judges of the Manus Island case. The case was heard in April, this year, but six months later, the […]

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Refugees petition PNG Supreme Court over delayed judgement

| October 2, 2018 | Reply

Refugees from Manus Island will present a petition with 368 signatures calling on the PNG Supreme Court to hand down the judgement that will significantly determine their future. A delegation of refugees will present the petition to the PNG Supreme Court, Waigani, Port Moresby at 9.00am, Wednesday, 3 October. (The text of the petition is […]

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