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MEDIA RELEASE 12/07 | MOBILE VIDEO FOOTAGE REVEALS ABUSE BY VILLAWOOD GUARDS

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. (Link to cideo clip attached.)   Towards the end of the footage, the guards can be seen holding her on the ground, and(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 8/07 | THIRTY MORE NAURU REFUGEES FLY TO US BUT DESPAIR GROWS

Around 36 refugees have flown from Nauru to the US today, Sunday, 8 July.  The refugees are Afghan, Pakistani, Rohingyan and one Tamil family.  (Photos attached.) There are no refugees from Iran or Somali, or any countries among Trump’s list of travel-ban countries, which account for around a half of all refugees on Manus and Nauru. The(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 5/07 | HEARTLESS BORDER FORCE DENIES FARIBORZ’S MOTHER’S WISHES

Australian Border Force authorities on Nauru have rejected Fariborz mother’s wishes that Fariborz’s body be sent to Australia for burial. Fariborz’s mother wrote a plea to Border Force on 27 June. More than 200 refugees also presented a petition to Border Force requesting that Fariborz body be sent to Australia and for help for his(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 2/07 | NAURU PETITION CALLS FOR FARIBORZ’S BODY AND FAMILY TO BE BROUGHT TO AUSTRALIA

More than two weeks since Fariborz Karami died on Nauru, the Australia Border Force (ABF) has made no arrangements to meet his family’s request that his body be buried in Australia. The Iranian community on Nauru has initiated a petition calling for the ABF to respect the family’s wishes and make immediate arrangements for Fariborz’s(…)

New Change.org Petition – Airlines: Don’t Deport To Danger!

New Change.org Petition – Airlines: Don’t Deport To Danger!

Our new petition calling on airlines not to deport asylum seekers is up on Change.org! RAC has written a Code of Conduct to be presented to domestic and international airlines. We need as many signatures as possible to send a clear statement that deporting innocent people is illegal under international law and will not be(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 17/6 | REFUGEES LEAVE FOR THE US, AS NAURU GRIEVES

A bitter sweet moment on Nauru as 21 refugees leave Nauru for the United States today Sunday 17 June (photos attached), only two days after a beloved asylum seeker died in a suspected suicide. The 21 leaving Nauru are from Myanamr, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The group includes two families (one from Myanmar and(…)