Asylum Seekers

Vietnamese asylum seekers forcibly returned by Australia face jail

Four Vietnamese asylum seekers forcibly returned to their country by Australia will appear in court on Thursday, facing up to seven years in jail for trying to flee. Four others have already been jailed for between two and three years for illegally leaving the country, despite written assurances from the Vietnamese government – according to the commander of Operation Sovereign Borders – that they would not be charged or punished for leaving… Source: Inkl: The Guardian – AU – Vietnamese ... Read More »

Rohingya Muslim shot dead by police in mass escape from Thai detention centre

Thai police shoot dead a Rohingya man from Myanmar during a mass escape from an immigration camp, police say.. Police Lieutenant Colonel Noppadon Rakchart said 21 Rohingya fled the Phangnga Immigration Detention Centre at about 1:00am after sawing through an iron bar in their communal cell… Source: Rohingya Muslim shot dead by police in mass escape from Thai detention centre – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

One day at Agkalia (Embrace)

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One day at Agkalia *(Embrace) we encountered group of seemingly tough young men. By Giorgos Tyrikos-Ergas * Μια μέρα στην Αγκαλιά… They set themselves apart from the other groups with the families and were just sitting around and loitering making comments about the volunteers, all kinds of insinuations about the women volunteers, and in general: they looked like trouble. When we started giving away food they did not wait in line. They cut in and grabbed it. To my request ... Read More »

Nauru, Manus Island Detention Inflicts ‘Psychological Torture’

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World Vision’s Tim Costello has weighed into the asylum seeker debate. The Greens support the World Vision boss’ criticism of offshore detention. The Australian Greens have backed comments by World Vision boss Tim Costello who says detaining asylum seekers offshore constitutes psychological torture. Costello on Sunday said there was “no question” about the mental torture… Source: Nauru, Manus Island Detention Inflicts ‘Psychological Torture’ Read More »

Iranian-born refugee wins major literary award, criticises Dutton’s ‘illiterate’ comments

Iranian refugee Osamah Sami, 33, has taken out the Multicultural category at the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, for his memoir, ‘Good Muslim Boy’. The book, which describes his own experiences of fleeing Iran, was printed last year. He took this opportunity to criticise comments made by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on ‘illiterate refugees.’… Source: Iranian-born refugee wins major literary award, criticises Dutton’s ‘illiterate’ comments | SBS News Read More »

Resettling refugees in Papua New Guinea: a tragic theatre of the absurd

Papua New Guinea is an extraordinary country very close to my heart, but I can say with absolute surety that it is not an appropriate country in which to resettle refugees.. Ihave recently spent six weeks in the city of Lae in Papua New Guinea, with unique access to the first group of refugees resettled from Manus Island, and have been able to experience their resettled life first-hand… Source: Resettling refugees in Papua New Guinea: a tragic theatre of the ... Read More »

How Australia stood up to minister’s ‘illiterate migrants’ comments – BBC News

When Australia’s immigration minister spoke out about the level of literacy and numeracy among migrants late on Tuesday, he was addressing what has become one of the hot potatoes of this election season. With the build-up to the 2 July vote now in full swing, Peter Dutton responded to proposals by the opposition Labor party to increase annual refugee numbers from 13,750 to 27,000. Source: How Australia stood up to minister’s ‘illiterate migrants’ comments – BBC News Read More »

In pictures: The Dutch prison asylum seekers call home

Life for asylum seekers inside the former prison of De Koepel in Haarlem, Netherlands. With crime declining in the Netherlands, the country is looking at new ways to utilise its prisons, and some, such as the former prison of De Koepel, in Haarlem, are being used as centres for asylum seekers… Source: In pictures: The Dutch prison asylum seekers call home – BBC News Read More »

Western governments have mishandled refugee crisis for decades

IT was near midnight on October 6, 1998 when the dilapidated 40-foot clinker pushed off from northern Lebanon into the eastern Mediterranean. There were 75 passengers on board, including 10 adult women and 24 children (one born just two days earlier). Each person had been charged $2,000 per head. People traffickers promised them safe passage and refuge in Italy. Their mode of transportation was later described as “barely a floating coffin”… Source: Western governments have mishandled refugee crisis for decades – ... Read More »

Changing the conversation can lead to a better way on asylum seekers

Debates on Australia’s policies toward asylum seekers have made an early appearance in the 2016 election campaign. Several current and retiring Labor MPs, as well as some candidates, have spoken out against the party’s support for offshore processing and turning back asylum-seeker boats. Both major parties support offshore processing and boat turnbacks. But… Source: Changing the conversation can lead to a better way on asylum seekers Read More »

If Europe Turns Its Back Now The Concept Of ‘Refugee’ Will Cease To Exist

As Europe contemplates taking a path forged by Australia, the lives of those who flee conflict now and in the future hang in the balance, writes Paul McPhun. This week Europe celebrated unity and peace on Europe Day. But in 2016 we fear its leaders, like Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader BillMore… Source: If Europe Turns Its Back Now The Concept Of ‘Refugee’ Will Cease To Exist – New Matilda Read More »

OFFSHORE by Madeline Gleeson | Julian Burnside

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On 9 May I launched OFFSHORE by Madeline Gleeson (NewSouth Publishing, 2016, paperback) Madeline is a Research Associate at the wonderful Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law It is a terrific book.  Buy it; read it; ask yourself: “How did it come to this?” Here is my speech at the launch. I have launched quite a few books in my time.  I always read a book before launching it.  It can be a chore, at times. I have ... Read More »

Slovak customs officers shoot and injure Syrian migrant woman

Slovak customs officers injured a Syrian woman on May 9 when they shot at a car carrying migrants from Hungary into Slovakia, authorities said.. Police in Europe have sometimes used water cannon and tear gas to prevent migrants from crossing borders but this may be the first reported incident inside the continent’s passport-free Schengen zone where migrants have been shot at… Source: Slovak customs officers shoot and injure Syrian migrant woman – EUROPE Read More »

Australia Chides Rights Advocates for Giving ‘False Hope’ to Asylum Seekers

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SYDNEY, Australia — Australia’s immigration minister accused human rights advocates on Tuesday of giving “false hope” to asylum seekers held in offshore detention centers, suggesting that they bore some responsibility for two recent protests in which asylum seekers set themselves afire. The minister, Peter Dutton, spoke a day after a 21-year-old Somali woman set fire to herself on the Pacific island nation of Nauru, where hundreds of.. Source: Australia Chides Rights Advocates for Giving ‘False Hope’ to Asylum Seekers – The ... Read More »

It’s official! Australia in court re Crimes Against Humanity

A case has been lodged against the Australian Government for Crimes Against Humanity. No, not in the International Criminal Court – that’s still live, see Appendix below – but in the High Court in Australia and in relation to those hundreds of men detained illegally, as per the recent Supreme Court ruling in Papua New Guinea. The case has been raised by Russell Byrnes solicitors as a class action. It has been lodged successfully. but is yet to be formally listed. ... Read More »

Asylum-seekers: Australians all, let’s hang our heads in shame

Australia is a sick country, primarily because it has become such a selfish and self-centred country. A sense of entitlement pervades, indeed is encouraged and fostered within the ruling class and politicians. For sure it’s all about us, that is, the white Anglo Christians who comprise the bulk of the Australian ruling class. Many psychologists say narcissism is rising in Australia… Source: Asylum-seekers: Australians all, let’s hang our heads in shame Read More »