Tag: Villawood

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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Another Villawood suicide attempt

| March 7, 2019 | Reply

A 27 year-old Afghan asylum seeker has been taken to hospital following his attempt to hang himself in the high security Blaxland compound of the Villawood detention centre (Thursday 7 March). He was found around 5.00 am. His present condition is unknown. He has been held in detention since 2012. “The terrible toll of indefinite […]

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Another suicide death in Villawood detention

| March 4, 2019 | Reply

Tragic news from Villawood – an Iraqi asylum seeker has taken his own life. Around 6.00pm, Monday, 4 March, an Iraqi asylum seeker was found hanged in his room in the La Trobe compound. It is the second suicide at the Villawood detention centre in less than two months, and less than a month since […]

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Villawood suicide: detention claims another victim

| January 25, 2019 | Reply

A 33 year-old refugee, from Sierra Leone has hanged himself in Villawood Detention Centre. He was found in his room around 4.30pm, this afternoon, Friday 25 January. It is understood that Musa (not his real name) had been held in the detention centre around three years, and had previously been diagnosed with psychiatric problems. Tragically, […]

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Female Villawood detainees stage protest hunger strike

| July 12, 2018 | Reply

Around 40 female detainees in Villawood are staging a protest hunger strike from 11.00am today, Thursday, 12 July. The protest follows abrupt changes announced on Monday that confine all women to the Lima compound. The changes isolate the female detainees and deny them access to previously communal areas, and communal activities. On Tuesday, 9 July, […]

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Mobile video footage reveals abuse by Villawood guards

| July 11, 2018 | Reply

Refugee advocates are calling for a full inquiry into an incident recorded on mobile phone footage inside Villawood detention centre revealing nine male guards using unnecessary force arresting a single female detainee. Towards the end of the footage, the guards can be seen holding her on the ground, and probably (although it cannot be discerned), […]

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Release Sayed: False red notice lifted from Egyptian asylum seeker

| February 24, 2018 | Reply

The fabricated Interpol Red Notice issued by the Egyptian government against asylum seeker Sayed Abdellatif has been unconditionally lifted (see document here). The red notice has been the excuse used by successive Australian governments to hold Sayed and his family in detention for almost six years. Since 2013, when they were transferred to Villawood detention […]

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Villawood Immigration staff attempt forcible transfer of 83 year–old Iraqi woman

| April 11, 2014 | Reply

Serco and Immigration staff at Villawood detention centre are desperately trying to force an 83 year-old Iraqi asylum seeker, Fatima, into a wheel chair so she can be taken to the bus to be transported to the airport and then to detention in Darwin. “We are calling on the Minister to call off the transfer. […]

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Villawood asylum seekers declare mass hunger strike; “help” and “freedom” spelled on lawns

| April 3, 2014 | Reply

Villawood asylum seekers began a mass hunger strike this morning (no-one took lunch) in protest at the forced transfers from Villawood to Curtin and Yongah Hill. The first group of around 40 were transferred to Curtin this morning after police broke a blockade attempting to stop buses taking asylum seekers from Villawood to the airport. […]

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Villawood asylum seekers begin protest against forced transfers

| April 3, 2014 | Reply

Up to 50 asylum seekers at Villawood have begun a sit-in protest inside the detention centre against the forced transfer of asylum seekers from Villawood to Curtin and Yongah Hill detention centre. The sit-in follows early morning attempts by refugee relatives and supporters to blockade the gates of the Villawood detention centre to prevent buses […]

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