Press releases

Refugee in hotel self-harms amidst Dutton’s chaotic refugee release

| January 21, 2021 | Reply

A Bengali refugee has attempted self-harm in the Park Hotel this afternoon, following the release of another 24 refugees from the hotel. Anxiety grew among the fourteen men left behind after the release of the refugees this morning that they would not be released and would be taken into detention in MITA. The Bengali man’s […]

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Surprise release of 45 Medevac refugees from detention

| January 20, 2021 | Reply

Around 45 Medevac refugees have been released from Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation and from the Park Hotel in Swanston Street. The surprise releases follow the release of seven Medevac refugees last year. “While it is very good news that the government has begun the release of refugees brought from Manus and Nauru for medical treatment, […]

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More fires and tear gas on Christmas Island as ABF moves to retake compounds

| January 10, 2021 | Reply

Fires could be seen in Blue and Green compounds inside the Christmas Island detention centre last night (Saturday 9 January), amid reports that protests had erupted again and Serco and ABF were attempting to re-take control of those compounds. Serco has been recruiting extra guards (with ERT, ie riot control, experience) from mainland detention centres […]

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Christmas Island detention centre is burning

| January 6, 2021 | Reply

Reports from inside Christmas Island detention centre indicate that at least two compounds, Blue and Green, have been set alight. While the extent of the damage is not known, the glare from the fires and the extent of the smoke in the air indicates the fires are substantial. Serco and ABF Officers have been withdrawn […]

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As Mantra refugee prison closes – don’t move them, free them!

| December 14, 2020 | Reply

Border Force officers told meetings of medevac refugees this afternoon that the government’s contract with the Mantra Hotel was ended and they would be moved to another APOD (Alternate Place of Detention) – most likely another hotel prison. “The move is pointless, and damaging” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “Five medevac […]

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Young Malaysian man suicides in Villawood detention centre

| December 12, 2020 | Reply

A young Malaysian man, around 20 years old, has committed suicide in Villawood’s high security Mitchell compound. He was found by his roommate, around 3.30pm today (Saturday 12 December), when he returned to the room but found the door locked from the inside. The young man is understood to have been held in Villawood for […]

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Hospital protest to stop refugee being returned to detention harm

| December 10, 2020 | Reply

Refugee supporters have mounted a protest vigil today (from 4pm, Thursday 10 December) at the Royal Brisbane Hospital to try to prevent a 22-year-old Iranian refugee being discharged into Brisbane’s detention centre, BITA. Hadi (not his real name) was removed from the Kangaroo Point hotel at 5.00am Friday, 27 November, after weeks of declining mental […]

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Victimised refugee hunger striker discharged from hospital

| December 7, 2020 | Reply

After four days in hospital Armin, the 37-year-old Bosnian hunger-striking refugee, has been discharged from the Royal Brisbane hospital, on Friday 4 December. He is presently being held on the 70th floor of the Meriton Hotel Apartments in Adelaide Street, Brisbane. Armin was taken from the Brisbane detention centre (BITA) to hospital by ambulance on […]

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Vigil protest for hospitalised Bosnian refugee hunger striker

| December 2, 2020 | Reply

Armin, the 37 year-old Bosnian refugee who was on his eighth day of hunger strike was taken to hospital after an ambulance was called to the Brisbane detention centre (BITA) late yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 1 December). He remains in hospital being treated for complications arising from his hunger strike protest. A solidarity, protest vigil will […]

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Eighth day on hunger strike for Bosnian refugee in punitive detention

| December 1, 2020 | Reply

A 37-year-old Bosnian refugee, Adin (not his real name), is now in his eighth day of hunger strike at the Brisbane Transit Immigration Accommodation (BITA) detention centre. In October, Adin signed to voluntarily return to Bosnia. But he has been told he ‘will not be going anywhere any time soon.’ But at the beginning of […]

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