Tag: manus

Refugee advocates’ concern for ‘disappeared’ refugee from Brisbane detention

| October 29, 2020 | Reply

Refugee advocates are extremely concerned for the welfare and whereabouts of an Iranian refugee who has been “disappeared” from Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA) detention centre around 7am, today, Thursday, 29 October. The refugee, Farhad Rahmati, was unexpectedly taken from the BITA gym room by a number of Serco guards. Some time later, his property, […]

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Manus refugee bashed during Port Moresby robbery

| June 17, 2020 | Reply

A 31-year-old Bangladeshi refugee, Rafi (not his real name), was singled out and bashed when a rascal gang robbed the general store in Boroko, Port Moresby, where he was working last Saturday 13 June, around 2.10pm. Rafi was taken to the back of the shop by four or five gang members. He was beaten and […]

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Manus refugees leave PNG and Australia to face COVID-19 risk in the US

| May 21, 2020 | Reply

Despite the threat of COVID infection, 35 refugees from Manus Island have left Port Moresby today (Thursday 21 May) to fly via South Korea and Los Angeles, to finally be resettled in the United States. They will join another seven refugees from Manus Island who had been transferred to Australia for medical treatment under the […]

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Medevac repeal shame—transfer them all now

| December 4, 2019 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition condemns the government’s repeal of the Medevac legislation. The repeal of the Medevac legislation means that the refugees in PNG and Nauru will once again be left without medical treatment. For over six years, the Coalition government has deliberately deprived refugees of medical treatment as part of its Operation Sovereign Borders […]

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PNG refugees moved in the community face more danger, more uncertainty

| November 19, 2019 | Reply

After a false start a week ago, PNG Immigration began moving refugees from Port Moresby’s Granville Motel to ‘community placement’ in two other hotels in Port Moresby. The first ten people were moved today (Tuesday, 19 November) to housing in the Four Mile residential area, near Boroko. More people are expected to be moved tomorrow […]

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Fiasco as PNG refugees returned to Granville

| November 14, 2019 | Reply

The first attempt at ‘community placement’ from Granville has failed. The refugees moved out of Granville Motel this morning (Tuesday, 13 November) were returned to Granville after a couple of hours. Among the problems: the rooms were too small (they couldn’t move inside them); the toilet and shower were inadequate; there were no laundry facilities; […]

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More danger as PNG refugees pushed into the community

| November 14, 2019 | Reply

Refugees living in Port Moresby’s Granville Motel since being transferred from Manus Island (some for medical treatment that they never got), have been issued notices that they are being transferred into the community (see notice at right). The first 15 people are being moved today, Thursday 13 November; around 50 are still at Granville. It […]

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National refugee rallies say ‘Hands off Medevac’

| November 8, 2019 | Reply

While the government ramps up the rhetoric and its misinformation campaign against the Medevac legislation, thousands of people will rally across Australia on Saturday 9 November to “defend the Medevac law”. In Sydney, the rally will start at Town Hall, 2pm. Speakers will include: Faith Black (acknowledgement of country), Carolina Gottardo, Co-Convenor of the Catholic […]

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Manus refugee suicides in Brisbane, offshore detention claims another victim

| October 17, 2019 | Reply

A 32-year-old mentally-distressed Afghan refugee, Sayed Mirwais Rohani, has committed suicide in Brisbane.  The Afghan doctor jumped to his death from the 22nd floor of a Brisbane hotel on Tuesday, 15 October. Mirwais is the eighth Manus refugee death. Mirwais was brought to Australia from Manus Island in 2017, as his mental health badly deteriorated […]

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More threats to relocate refugees in Port Moresby into poverty

| October 2, 2019 | Reply

After being transferred from Manus to hotels in Port Moresby, refugees’ living conditions and safety are now under threat. Refugees presently living in the Granville Motel have been told that their living allowance of 100 kina (approx. $A50) a week will be cut off unless they “agree” to ‘move into residential accommodation’. JDA, the company […]

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