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Media Release – Tamil Refugee Council 24/07 | UN CONFIRMS THAT TORTURE IS ‘ROUTINE’ AND ‘SYSTEMATIC’ IN SRI LANKA

Tuesday 24 July 2018 UN CONFIRMS THAT TORTURE IS ‘ROUTINE’ AND ‘SYSTEMATIC’ IN SRI LANKA The Tamil Refugee Council has again called on the Australian government to end the deportation of Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka, after the United Nations found evidence of widespread torture in the country. The report of Special Rapporteur Ben(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 22/07 | TWENTY-THREE REFUGEES LEAVE NAURU FOR THE US

Twenty-three refugees flew from Nauru to the US today, Sunday 22 July. The group includes two Rohingyan families, one couple with their three children; the other a father and his two sons. The rest are single men – Rohingyan, Afghans, Pakistanis and Tamils. The refugees final destinations include New York, Oregan and Colorada. Over 1520(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 15/07 | TWENTY-ONE MORE NAURU REFUGEES FLY TO THE US

Twenty-one refugees flew from Nauru to the US today, Sunday 15 July (photo of some of the refugees and their friends at Nauru airport is attached) . The group comprised mostly single Afghan men, but also included one Rohingyan, one single Iranian woman, and a Tamil family. The single Iranian woman was the first Iranian(…)

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(…)