Humanity

Melbourne suburb Eltham welcomes refugees

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Plans to use part of an aged-care facility in an outer Melbourne suburb as temporary housing for refugees have been welcomed by the local community. The Saturday Paper Denham Sadler But that hasn’t stopped anti-immigration protesters descending. In 1987 a species of butterfly thought to be… Melbourne suburb Eltham welcomes… Read More »

Lebanon halts work as Palestinians reject wall around refugee camp

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US President-elect Donald Trump’s plan for a wall along the US-Mexico border isn’t the only one raising controversy these days. Al Monitor Haytham Mouzahem Construction began — and halted — last month on a wall at Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in… Lebanon halts work as… Read More »

Hamid Khazaei: Doctors did not ask for sick asylum seeker’s transfer to Australia

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Doctors did not ask for a sick Iranian asylum seeker to be transferred to Australia because they believed the request would be denied, an inquest has heard. ABC Dea Clark Queensland coroner Terry Ryan is investigating the death of Hamid Khazaei, who died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the Manus Island medical clinic. The 24-year-old died of sepsis from… Hamid Khazaei: Doctors did not ask for… Read More »

Hope, certainty and trust: issues abound in US refugee resettlement deal

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This week, Sky News Australia aired a report from Nauru – having been given rare access to the island nation – on the Australia-US deal to resettle refugees detained there and on Manus Island. The Conversation The reporter, Laura Jayes, had visited Nauru in the previous week. Her report contained footage of interactions with some asylum seekers and refugees responding to questions put to them on the resettlement deal. The report included claims the… Hope, certainty and trust: issues abound ... Read More »

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Wins Social Enterprise Award

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The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s catering business was one of eight social enterprises honoured at the annual Social Enterprise Awards. Pro Bono Australia Ellie Cooper ASRC Catering took out the award for social enterprise of the year (small) on Wednesday evening. “We were really, really pleased last… Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Wins… Read More »

As this week’s ‘glue-in’ in parliament shows, the story of protest has no end

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History shows that many protest movements are marked by long phases of apparent futility, until something finally changes The Guardian Clive Hamilton What is remarkable about Wednesday’s Parliament House protest against detention of asylum seekers is that there has not been a lot more of it. In the history of protest it was a… As this week’s ‘glue-in’ in parliament shows, the story of… Read More »

Vanishing Act: The Disappearance of Refugee Aid in Belgrade

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A surreal feeling washed over me as I entered the white building behind the city’s main bus station for the first time. Posted by Christiana Botic in Fulbright National Geographic Stories An abandoned, windowless place hidden in plain sight. Belgrade was all gray outside with winter fast approaching. I… Vanishing Act: The… Read More »

Coalition ministers attack protesters’ ‘disrespect’ and call for investigation – as it happened

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Protesters superglue hands to railing in public gallery and chant ‘Where is your moral compass?’ and other slogans in support of refugees and asylum seekers. The Guardian Gabrielle Chan As it happened I have to run so here is the results of… Coalition ministers attack protesters’ ‘disrespect’ and… Read More »

Refugee protesters storm Question Time – but how did it happen?

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It is one of the most secure buildings in the nation, with sub-machine-gun-toting police guarding the entrances. ABC Matthew Doran So how did a bunch of refugee protesters armed with super glue manage to get in to Parliament House, and force the suspension of Question Time? Guests to Parliament House go through the same sort of… Refugee protesters storm Question Time – but… Read More »

Europe on ‘BRINK OF WAR’ as Turkey gathers boats to ship migrants to Greece over EU anger

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EUROPE is on the brink of war as Turkey gathers fleets of boats to ship 3,000 migrants a day to Greece in retaliation over the European Union’s (EU) vote to freeze accession talks. Express Alix Culbertson Greek intelligence officers have discovered the Turkish plans which they say involve thousands of dinghies and motorboats already being gathered along Turkey’s western coast. The analysts said Syrian migrants are preparing to… Europe on ‘BRINK OF WAR’ as Turkey gathers… Read More »

Nauru blocking release of information about asylum seekers, court documents show

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Documents filed by the immigration department urge blocking of freedom of information request The Guardian Calla Wahlquist Nauru is blocking the release of information requested under Australian freedom of information laws relating to refugees and asylum seekers held on the island, according to court documents. Documents filed by the immigration department to… Nauru blocking release of information about… Read More »

Hamid Khazaei: Sick Iranian asylum seeker stuck on Manus Island ‘deteriorated fast’, doctor says

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A sick Iranian asylum seeker on Manus Island missed a flight to Port Moresby because of visa issues, an inquest into his death has heard. ABC Louisa Rebgetz Queensland coroner Terry Ryan is investigating the death of 24-year-old Hamid Khazaei, who died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the Manus Island clinic in August 2014. He suffered severe sepsis from… Hamid Khazaei: Sick Iranian asylum seeker… Read More »

Coalition’s secret visa plan ‘risks increasing violent extremism’

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Leaked government document reveals Department of Social Services concerns new visas that remove social safety net may undermine refugee resettlement The Guardian Paul Karp A secret Coalition plan to create a class of provisional visas with less access to social services may undermine resettlement of refugees, reduce social cohesion and increase the risk of violent extremism, according to a leaked government document. Speaking at question time, Malcolm Turnbull acknowledged the… Coalition’s secret visa plan ‘risks… Read More »

Senators urge end to indefinite detention of people held under mental impairment laws

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Senate committee finds at least 100 people detained without conviction in prisons and psychiatric units The Guardian Helen Davidson A Senate committee has called for nationwide changes to laws and support services to end the practice of indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment. At least 100 people are detained without… Senators urge end to indefinite detention of… Read More »

‘Turkey is like Germany after 1933’

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More and more Turks are applying for political asylum in Germany. Deutsche Welle Volker Witting They feel threatened and repressed by the Erdogan government, and they fear for their lives. Most applicants are Kurds, like… ‘Turkey is like… Read More »

Horn of Africa refugees flock to Yemen despite war

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More than 100,000 people from Ethiopia and Somalia risked deadly boat journey into war-torn Yemen seeking better lives. AlJazeera, AFP More than 100,000 refugees from the Horn of Africa have flocked to Yemen this year despite a raging conflict in the country, the United Nations said on… Horn of Africa… Read More »