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MEDIA RELEASE 31/01 | NAURU ASYLUM SEEKER MEDIVACCED AFTER BASHING

An Iranian asylum seeker, brutally bashed by Nauruan locals on Tuesday, was medivacced to Australia yesterday, Wednesday, 23 January. Refugees who saw him said his condition  was “very bad”, with serious facial injuries. It is thought he may have suffered brain injuries. Although he was conscious, he was confused and incoherent. There is no information(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 25/01 | VILLAWOOD SUICIDE: DETENTION CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTIM

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,(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 2/1 | GOVERNMENT DETENTION CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT IS A FRAUD

The Refugee Action Coalition has dismissed the government announcement that Maribynong and Blaxland at Villawood will close, as an empty gesture. “The fact is that the government has increased detention capacity with new compounds being opened at Yongah Hill, and a high detention facility opening in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation, to replace Maribynong,” said(…)

Action Alert: Human Rights Day Refugee Rally to call for end to offshore crisis

Action Alert: Human Rights Day Refugee Rally to call for end to offshore crisis Refugee supporters will rally on Human Rights Day, 6.30pm December 10 in the Bourke St Mall, calling to end offshore processing and bring the refugees here. The rally will also call on MPs to back the Phelps refugee bill when federal(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 4/12 | MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS ON MANUS ISLAND; LABOR MUST BACK PHELPS’ BILL

There are now almost daily suicide attempts among refugees on Manus Island, and no medical facilities to cope with the crisis.   The small Pacific International Hospital (PIH) at the East Lorengau compound has only one room to treat emergency patients, so there is no place to care for in-patients, so they are returned unsupervised(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 7/11 | MANUS REJECTIONS MORE PROOF OF FAILURE OF US RESETTLEMENT DEAL

Yesterday, Tuesday 6 November, 32 people on Manus Island received answers to their applications for resettlement in the US. Only nine of the 32 were accepted – four Rohingyans, three Afghans, one Tamil, two Pakistanis. The only Iranian in this most recent list was rejected by the US. There were no Somalis, or Sudanese on(…)