Manus Island: Rejected asylum seekers told they will be deported; stateless face possible transfer to ‘correctional institutions’

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Asylum seekers who have had their claims and appeals rejected on Manus Island have been told to prepare for deportation. ABC – By Papua New Guinea correspondent Liam Cochrane Anyone found to be stateless will remain at the Australian-funded detention centre or be transferred to “any location, including correctional institutions”. In documents obtained by the ABC, Papua New Guinea Immigration ... Read More »

Under Western pressure, Kosovo to put war crimes court to new vote

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Kosovo’s government asked parliament on July 31 to reconsider its rejection of an ad hoc court to try ethnic Albanian former guerrillas for alleged war crimes including organ harvesting, responding to intense Western pressure. Hurriyet – PRISTINA – Reuters The young Balkan state’s parliament last month voted against creating the court, which many Kosovo Albanians see as an attempt to ... Read More »

Education Qld school child abuse: hundreds of cases not passed to police

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A principal following up on a report to police about the possible abuse of a student has blown open a system failure across Education Queensland, revealing hundreds of children had been left exposed to harm while their cases had not been passed on. Brisbane Times - Amy Remeikis, Queensland political editor The One School reporting system, implemented on January 22 as part of ... Read More »

Government plan to fast-track refugees in exchange for potential $19,000 fee

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A refugee’s visa application would be fast-tracked if they paid a potential $19,000 fee and their family in Australia promised to cover health and welfare costs, under proposals the Abbott government is weighing to cut resettlement costs. WAtoday – Nicole Hasham, Environment and immigration correspondent Refugee advocates say the measures, based on a pilot established by the former Labor government, ... Read More »

Ebola vaccine is ‘potential game-changer’

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BBC – A vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus has led to 100% protection and could transform the way Ebola is tackled, preliminary results suggest. By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website There were no proven drugs or vaccines against the virus at the start of the largest outbreak of Ebola in history, which began in Guinea in December ... Read More »

There is no hope for her to survive: Ethiopian woman fears deportation

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Yeshiwork Abrha’s​ hands shake as she sifts through the paperwork that has decided her fate. She looks up helplessly, she can’t find the words. The Age – Bianca Hall, Reporter for The Age Her friend, Melbourne Ethiopian community leader Kojii Umer, speaks on her behalf. “There is no hope for her to survive. That is our concern. The Australian government knows ... Read More »

Sarah Hanson-Young refers asylum seeker health provider IHMS to​ federal police


International Health and Medical Services referred to the AFP after a series of revelations about it published by Guardian Australia The Guardian – Bridie Jabour, Paul Farrell and Nick Evershed The healthcare providers for asylum seekers in Australian detention have been referred to the federal police over allegations it misled the immigration department about the quality of care. Greens senator ... Read More »

Should asylum seekers go back to where they came from?

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The Labor Party has just announced it will adopt the government’s stance on asylum seekers — that is, it will “turn back the boats”. The Daily Telegraph - Nicole Judge and Kim Vuga Here, the stars of the SBS show “Go Back To Where You Came From” give us their opinion over the question: Should asylum seekers go back to ... Read More »

How can I get my head and heart around Labor’s policy on boat turnbacks?

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There can be a middle road between a cruel and inhumane approach to asylum policy and open borders. Labor must find a compassionate, regional response The Guardian - Kristina Keneally Instinctively I dislike the option of boat turnbacks. Towing people away from Australia when they are attempting a perilous journey in order to seek asylum smacks of cruelty. Such action ... Read More »