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Two Medevac refugee hunger strikers hospitalised

| July 22, 2021 | Reply

Two Medevac refugees in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) have been hospitalised in the last 24 hours, after seven days on hunger strike. One refugee was taken to hospital at midnight last night (Wednesday 21 July), and has now been returned to MITA. The second refugee was taken to Northern hospital by ambulance early […]

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Medevac refugees restart hunger strike protest

| July 16, 2021 | Reply

A group of Medevac refugees at MITA (Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation) have re-started their hunger strike protest to demand their release from detention. It is understood that up to 12 refugees are refusing food since last night, Thursday 15 July. Their protest comes less than two weeks since they ended a 15 day long hunger […]

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Three Medevac hunger strikers in hospital as protest enters its 11th day

| June 28, 2021 | Reply

Eleven Medevac refugees remain on hunger strike in MITA, with three others of the fourteen protesters in hospital as the protest enters its eleventh day. One of those hospitalised, an Iranian refugee, has now been in hospital for seven days, while two others have been in hospital for four days. A number of the eleven […]

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Another refugee hospitalised after ambulance called to MITA

| June 24, 2021 | Reply

Another Medevac refugee has been taken to hospital this afternoon, after an ambulance attended at MITA detention centre around 4.00pm, Thursday 24 June. This leaves 12 Medevac refugees on hunger strike in the MITA detention centre. There are serious concerns for one of the refugees who has been in Northern hospital for three days. Another […]

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Two Medevac hunger strikers hospitalised

| June 21, 2021 | Reply

Two of the 14 Medevac hunger strikers at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) detention centre have been hospitalised after ambulances were called at 1.30am, Monday morning (21/06/2021). Fourteen Medevac refugees at MITA began the hunger strike protest last Thursday night (17 June). The hunger strikers are demanding to be released. More than 100 of […]

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Fourteen Medevac refugees begin hunger strike protest

| June 20, 2021 | Reply

Fourteen refugees brought from Manus and Nauru under the Medevac legislation in 2019 have begun a hunger strike in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) detention centre. The hunger strike began on Thursday night (17 June), and is now into the third day. “Why is the government torturing us for nine years?” one of the […]

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Refugees in the community – the facts

| June 4, 2021 | Reply

Background In early 2021, over 100 of the refugees and asylum seekers who had been held for almost two years in hotel prisons in Brisbane and Melbourne were released into the community. They were brought to Australia for medical treatment under the Medevac laws, after originally being held for six years on Manus Island and […]

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No to offshore detention: Not here, not Denmark, not anywhere

| May 24, 2021 | Reply

Australia has pioneered a virus of human rights abuse that is now spreading across the globe. Australia was the first developed nation to implement mandatory offshore detention of refugees in third-party countries, when it opened detention centres on Nauru and Manus island in 2001, reopening them in 2012. The government’s elaborate system of border authoritarianism, […]

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Escape tunnel to freedom found in Yongah Hill detention centre

| May 11, 2021 | Reply

An elaborate escape tunnel has been uncovered in the Falcon compound of Yongah Hill detention centre in Western Australia. The tunnel was discovered around 10.00am yesterday morning (Monday 10 May). The tunnel, around three metres deep and 20 metres long, led from beneath the floor of room 6F in one of the accommodation blocks in […]

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Medevac refugees petition Home Affairs Minister for release

| May 4, 2021 | Reply

More than 60 refugees and asylum seekers transferred to Australia from Manus and Nauru under the Medevac laws in 2019, and another nine who were brought by the Australian government in February 2020, after the Medevac laws were repealed, have written to the Minister for Home Affairs, Karen Andrews, to request that the Minister uses […]

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