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MEDIA RELEASE 8/10 | NAURU POLICE ARREST ATTEMPTED SUICIDE VICTIM

Nauruan police have arrested a 36 year-old Iranian refugees after he attempted suicide on Nauru today, Monday 9 October. The refugee swallowed washing powder at the Anibare camp, around 4.30pm (Nauru time).  Although the man was in obvious distress, and struggled to strand, instead of an ambulance being called, police arrived and placed him under(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 6/10 | NAURU IN MELTDOWN: GOVERNMENT ENDS MSF ROLE ON NAURU

The Nauru government has ended the role of  Médecins Sans Frontières /Doctors Without Borders on the island.   MSF emailed various clients today Saturday, 6 October informing them that all MSF services fininsh today – email pasted below.   According to the MSF web site, the humanitarian association has only operated on the island since late(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 3/10 | MANUS PETITION HANDED TO CHIEF JUSTICE OF PNG SUPREME COURT

A petition signed by 368 Manus asylum seekers and refugees has been handed to the office of the Chief Justice of the PNG Supreme Court, and to Justice Alan David, who was one of the presiding judges of the Manus Island case. The case was heard in April, this year, but six months later, the(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 2/10 | CURFEW CRACKDOWN ON MANUS AS US REJECTS MORE REFUGEES

A notice abruptly posted that the back gate of West Haus detention compound (photo attached) will be closed from 5.00pm to 6.00am Manus Island, has further restricted refugee’s movement on the island. A 6.00pm – 6.000am curfew already applies to all three refugee compounds on the island prison – East Lorengau Transit Accommodation, West Haus(…)

MEDIA ALERT UPDATE 30 Sept: LABOR SENATOR AND CATHOLIC BISHOP OPPOSE DEPORTATION OF VIETNAMESE MOTHER

Labor Senator Gavin Marshall will speak at an urgent solidarity protest at the Federal Circuit Court (305 William st, Melbourne) tomorrow, Monday 1st of October at 8:30 am to oppose the impending deportation Vietnamese Catholic asylum seeker, Huyen Tran. If Huyen is deported she faces indefinite separation from her baby Isabella and husband Paul. Bishop Vincent Long, a(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 18/9 | EIGHT MANUS REFUGEES TO THE US; HUNDREDS LEFT IN LIMBO; MEDICAL CRISIS CONTINUES

Eight refugees, single men previously held on Manus Island, flew from Port Moresby today, Tuesday, 18 September, to be resettled in the US. The eight are single men, one Iranian, two Tamils, two Pakistanis, two Rohingyan and one Afghan. The total number of refugees from Manus accepted by the US so far, is just 130.(…)