Asylum Seekers

An Intimate Portrait of Edward Snowden

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Citizenfour, Laura Poitras’s documentary about Edward Snowden, premiered to a sold-out audience at the New York Film Festival on October 10. The film was not originally part of the festival lineup, its inclusion only announced less than a month prior. The premiere understandably generated an overwhelming amount of anticipation, promising a personal look at the enigmatic figure who leaked a ... Read More »

Anniversary of SIEV X sinking a time for reflection

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The notebook is blue, the spine reinforced with tape. The covers are fraying at the edges. The pages list every person assisted by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre since June 2001, the month it was opened. The notebook is full. It contains 7579 names. Pick any name at random and Kon Karapanagiotidis,  chief executive and founder of the centre, knows ... Read More »

Home Office ‘chaos’ over asylum appeals

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Theresa May’s department withdraws thousands of asylum refusals before appeals, leaving people in legal limbo Jump to comments Thousands of decisions by the Home Office to refuse asylum seekers and migrants permission to remain in the UK have been withdrawn before a series of appeals. A letter to Labour MP Paul Blomfield from Home Office minister James Brokenshire, filed in ... Read More »

Why we should still hang our heads in shame over SIEV X

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WHILE we mourn the dead children of MH17 and Gaza, let us remember the dead children of SIEV X. That’s the name, the infamous name given to a nameless Indonesian boat that left Bandar Lampung on an October day 13 years ago – and was to become the name of a great tragedy when, a day after its departure for ... Read More »

Cambodians launch fresh rally against Aussie refugee deal

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PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) — More than 100 human rights activists, youths and Buddhist monks marched on streets here on Friday in the latest round of protests against a refugee deal that Cambodia signed with Australia last month. Under the deal, Australia will send refugees, who intend to seek asylum in Australia, and are being held at an offshore detention camp ... Read More »

Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs: We want children out of detention

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Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs wants all children released from detention, including Nauru, saying Australia is responsible for the welfare of the children it is detaining. Comment: Keeping children in detention doesn’t stop people smugglers On Friday, a draft of the commission’s inquiry into children in detention was provided to the immigration department. The inquiry has heard from workers ... Read More »

Iran wants to stop the boats

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Iran has warned its citizens to stay off “death ships” sailing with asylum seekers from Indonesia to Australia, saying refugees are mistreated on Manus Island. In a blunt message in state media, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Hassan Qashqavi, has demanded families stop young people “travelling to Australia through illegal channels”. He said 90 per cent of boats from Indonesia to ... Read More »

Nauru staff report persistent child abuse and self-harm, leaked documents show

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Exclusive: minutes of meetings and an intelligence report obtained by Guardian Australia reveal regular concerns about child protection and self harm in detention centres  Jump to comments Staff at Nauru detention centres have reported persistent acts of child abuse and self harm within the offshore camps over several months, a series of leaked documents obtained by Guardian Australia reveal. A Save ... Read More »

Asylum seekers say they were raped and tortured after Australia sent them back to Sri Lanka

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Asylum seekers returned from Australia to Sri Lanka say they have since been raped and tortured in their homeland. A number of asylum seekers spoke to SBS reporter Dr David Corlett about their experiences since the Australian government rejected their refugee claims and sent them back to Sri Lanka. They said they were asked whether they were members of the Tamil Tigers, ... Read More »