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MEDIA ALERT 21/03 | SAUDI ASYLUM SEEKERS PROTEST FOR WOMEN’S AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Saudi women asylum seekers and their supporters will hold a protest in front of the Sydney Saudi Arabian consulate from 12.00 – 1.00pm, Friday 22 March, 89 York St, City. Saudi women will speak out at the protest. The recent case of 18 year-old Saudi woman, Rahaf Mohammed Mutlaq Alqunun, who was detained in Thailand, on(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 7/03 | ANOTHER VILLAWOOD SUICIDE ATTEMPT 

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(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 5/03 | REFUGEE SUICIDE DEMANDS IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ALL ‘AT RISK’ DETAINEES CLOSE ALL THE DETENTION CENTRES

“The tragic death last night of the second immigration detainee in less than two months, demands immediate action from the government,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action  Coalition, ” The government must immediately release all ‘at-risk’ detainees from immigration detention. “It is clear the mental health crisis that is created by long-term detention,(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 19/02 | ANOTHER SUICIDE ATTEMPT AT MITA

A 19 year-old Iraqi asylum seeker has attempted suicide in the MITA North compound of the Melbourne detention centre. He was found by Ali, another detainee, hanging behind the locked door of his room, around 5.30pm. It is believed he is being treated at the medical centre in MITA.. The compound has now been locked(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 14/02 | AUSTRALIA’S TREATMENT OF REFUGEES  CONDEMNED AT INTERNATIONAL AWARD CEREMONY

Abdul Aziz Muhamat, a Sudanese refugee unlawfully held for over five years on Manus Island has won the prestigious Martin Ennals Award, presented in Geneva yesterday, 13 February. “Australia’s treatment of refugees has again been exposed and condemned on the world stage,” said Ian Rintoul, a spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “It is fantastic(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 12/02 | MORRISON DEFEAT A STEP FORWARD FOR REFUGEES; NOW BRING THEM ALL HERE

The news that the Medivac amendments have been carried by the federal parliament is being celebrated on Manus and Nauru, tonight. There are twenty-five men in PIH hospital in Port Moresby that must be immediately transferred to Australia. Most of them have been waiting many months for treatment they cannot get in Port Moresby. Similarly,(…)