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Nauru petition calls for Fariborz’s body and family to be brought to Australia

| July 2, 2018 | Reply

More than two weeks since Fariborz Karami died on Nauru, the Australian Border Force (ABF) has made no arrangements to meet his family’s request that his body be buried in Australia. The Iranian community on Nauru has initiated a petition calling for the ABF to respect the family’s wishes and make immediate arrangements for Fariborz’s […]

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Nauru cancels refugee day

| June 19, 2018 | Reply

The Nauru government has cancelled its World Refugee Day event scheduled for Wednesday, 20 June. The cancellation is not surprising; there is little sign of a duty of care for the refugees on Nauru, who have become a cash cow for the government at the behest of the Australian government. While millions of dollars are […]

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Refugees leave for the US, as Nauru grieves

| June 17, 2018 | Reply

A bitter sweet moment on Nauru as 21 refugees leave Nauru for the United States today Sunday 17 June (photos attached), only two days after a beloved asylum seeker died in a suspected suicide. The 21 leaving Nauru are from Myanamr, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The group includes two families (one from Myanmar and […]

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Threat level raised on Nauru after asylum seeker death

| June 15, 2018 | Reply

Canstruct, the Nauru detention management company, has declared a “threat level 3” (probable) at the RPC 1 and RPC 3 in the aftermath of today’s suicide. RPC 1 is the detention administrative centre and also houses the IHMS clinic, where the brother and the mother of the deceased Iranian man, “Farhad” (not his real name) […]

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Another asylum seeker dies on Nauru

| June 15, 2018 | Reply

In tragic news from Nauru, a 26-year-old Iranian asylum seekers has been found dead, believed to have suicided, this morning. He was found dead in his family’s tent in the RPC 3 compound around 9.00am, Sydney time. His death comes only three weeks since a Rohingya refugee died on Manus Island. It brings the tragic […]

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US resettlement farce: All Iranians and Somalis rejected

| May 8, 2018 | Reply

All Iranians and Somali refugees on Nauru who have had appointments in the last two days with US officials have been rejected for resettlement in the US. Around 150 refugees had been scheduled for appointments between Monday and Wednesday. But all Iranians and Somalis including families with children and single women have been rejected. Some […]

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Fifth group of refugees leave Nauru for the US

| March 4, 2018 | Reply

The fifth group of refugees will leave Nauru today (Sunday, 4 March) to be resettled in the US. The group of 29 refugees (21 adults and 8 children) comprises four families (two Sri Lankan, one Rohingyan and one Afghan), and single men from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The departure of this group brings the […]

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Twenty-two refugees leave Nauru for the United States

| February 11, 2018 | Reply

The second group of refugees to leave Nauru for resettlement in the United States are leaving Nauru this afternoon, Nauru time. The 22 refugees are flying from Nauru to the United States, via Fiji, to Los Angeles. Except for one couple, a Rohingyan man and his wife, the other refugees leaving today (Sunday, 11 February) […]

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Nauru independence celebration overshadowed by prison island’s neglect and abuse

| January 31, 2018 | Reply

Today, 31 January, marks the high point of independence celebrations on Nauru (see photos). Curiously the celebrations have been marked by the government lifting the ban on Facebook that was imposed in 2015, as part of the crackdown on democratic rights that also removed the right to protest, when hundreds of asylum seekers began to […]

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Fears for two-week old refugee baby on Nauru

| January 26, 2018 | Reply

There are serious concerns for the welfare of a two-week baby boy on Nauru. The baby was born to Iranian refugees on 12 January. The baby has a seriously infected umbilicus that has been left untreated since Thursday after the baby’s mother was turned away at the Nauru hospital being told that the baby was […]

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