Tag: detention

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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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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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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Government faces criminal charges over Villawood suicide

| April 26, 2021 | Reply

Refugee supporters will hold a protest outside the Downing Street Centre, tomorrow, 9.00am Tuesday 27 April. Inside the court, at 9.30am there will be a “mention hearing” of charges against the Australian government and the detention medical services provider over the suicide death of an Iraqi man in Villawood in 2019. The charges – the […]

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Kangaroo Point refugees now being moved to Melbourne detention

| April 19, 2021 | Reply

Seventeen Medevac refugees, twelve of those who were forcibly shifted from Kangaroo Point to BITA detention centre last Friday, were woken at 4.00am this morning (Monday 19 April) before being bussed to the airport to be transferred to detention in Melbourne. (Video clip showing some of the chaos of Friday’s move out of Kangaroo Point […]

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Suicide attempt and bashing reveals mental health crisis in Brisbane detention centres

| March 5, 2021 | Reply

The release of Medevac refugees from the Kangaroo Point hotel earlier this week has increased the uncertainty and anxiety among those left behind, creating a mental health crisis in the Brisbane detention centres. Three incidents yesterday (Thursday 4 March) have resulted in one refugee being hospitalised and two others in isolation in the Brisbane Immigration […]

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