Refugees

Manus Island detention centre to be shut, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says the Manus Island regional processing centre will be closed following a ruling from the country’s Supreme Court. PNG’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday Australia’s detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island was illegal. Mr O’Neill has released a statement which said his… Source: Manus Island detention centre to be shut, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Canberra rules out Australia for Manus detainees

The Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says detainees at its offshore detention facility on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea will not be brought back to Australia. PNG’s highest court ruled on Tuesday the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is illegal… Source: Canberra rules out Australia for Manus detainees | Radio New Zealand News Read More »

Perth church protesters spared jail for refugee sit-in at Minister’s office

A group of Perth church leaders who staged a sit-in at Minister for Justice Michael Keenan’s office to protest against refugee children living in detention centres have been given spent convictions for trespassing and released on good behaviour bonds… Source: Perth church protesters spared jail for refugee sit-in at Minister’s office Read More »

Shades of Abbott as Turnbull government attacks on climate, digs in on asylum seekers

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Malcolm Turnbull’s nose was out of joint when Tony Abbott said last month the Turnbull government would be running at the election on the Abbott government’s record. Turnbull insisted that while there might be continuities there was plenty of change… Source: Shades of Abbott as Turnbull government attacks on climate, digs in on asylum seekers Read More »

Syrian refugee carries Olympic flame through Greek camp – video

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A 27-year-old disabled Syrian refugee carries the Olympic flame through the Elaionas refugee camp in Greece on Tuesday. A freestyle swimmer, basketball player and former judo wrestler, Ibrahim al-Hussein receives the flame from the head of Greece’s Olympic committee, Spyros Capralos, at the camp near Athens, which houses around 1,500 people… Source: Syrian refugee carries Olympic flame through Greek camp – video | Sport | The Guardian Read More »

PNG ruling leaves Australia further exposed

An unbending attitude may have served Peter Dutton well during his nine years in the Queensland Police Service and in his current portfolio of immigration, but stern rhetoric will not invalidate or override the practical effect of the PNG Supreme Court’s ruling on Tuesday… Source: PNG ruling leaves Australia further exposed Read More »

Labour says ‘fight will go on’ after Tories vote down child refugee plan

Government defeats immigration bill amendment that would have let 3,000 unaccompanied Syrian minors enter UK. The shadow immigration minister, Keir Starmer, has promised that “the fight will go on” to force the UK to do more to help some of the thousands of… Source: Labour says ‘fight will go on’ after Tories vote down child refugee plan | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Manus Island asylum seekers to sue Australia over illegal detention

Refugees and asylum seekers detained on Manus Island under Australia’s off-shore processing system will seek hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in compensation after Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court found they were illegally imprisoned. A lawyer representing the men on Manus Island has told SBS they will pursue the… Source: Manus Island asylum seekers to sue Australia over illegal detention | SBS News Read More »

Turkey blackmails Europe with its own instability

This is the sort of thing that happens in Mel Brooks movies, but not–at least until now–in geopolitics: Turkey’s claim upon the support of Western Europe comes from its own propensity to collapse. If it does so, the Europeans fear, the refugee stream that inundated Europe during 2015 will acquire another zero. That is why West Germany is willing to humiliate itself in order to prop up the regime of Turkey… Source: Turkey blackmails Europe with its own instability – Asia ... Read More »

George Clooney cites Irish Famine in refugee speech

‘Refugees are people like you and me,’ star says after presenting humanitarian Aurora Prize. Refugees are “people, like you and me”, Hollywood star George Clooney has said during a speech in Yerevan, Armenia… Source: George Clooney cites Irish Famine in refugee speech Read More »

Clooney joins Armenians to mark anniversary of massacre

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Actor George Clooney presented a $1.1 million award on the 101st anniversary of a massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks to a Burundi woman who offered sanctuary to thousands of orphans in the middle of a civil war there. The killing of more than 200 Armenian intellectuals on April 24, 1915 is regarded as the… Source: Clooney joins Armenians to mark anniversary of massacre Read More »

Hazara asylum seeker says he is being sent back to Afghanistan

If repatriation goes ahead, 27-year-old will be fifth Hazara to face forcible deportation back to Afghanistan after seeking asylum.. A Hazara man has said he is set to be deported to Afghanistan from an Australian immigration detention centre after a lawyer failed to lodge an appeal for his… Source: Hazara asylum seeker says he is being sent back to Afghanistan | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

When we mourn the passing of Prince but not 500 migrants, we have to ask: have we lost all sense of perspective?

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Has something gone adrift within the moral compass of our ‘news’ reporting? Robert Fisk @indyvoices In the past week, 64 Afghans have been killed in the largest bomb to have exploded in Kabul in 15 years. At least 340 were wounded. The Taliban set off their explosives at the very wall of the ‘elite’ security force – watch out for that word ‘elite’ – which was supposed to protect the capital. Whole families were annihilated. No autopsies for them… Source: ... Read More »

Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani tells of the horrors of Manus Island: out of sight, out of mind

Instead of being imprisoned and harassed, deserving detainees should be welcomed and granted asylum in Australia. His name is Behrouz Boochani. He was born in Ilam city in west Iran on July 23, 1983. He graduated from Tarbiat Madares University in Tehran with a masters degree in political… Source: Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani tells of the horrors of Manus Island: out of sight, out of mind Read More »

“The Sea Walls Are Out In The Sea”: World’s First Climate Refugees Ask For Australia’s Help

Last month, the schools closed on a group of islands off Papua New Guinea’s coast. Climate change has claimed their crops, and large portions of the low lying atolls. A square meal is increasingly rare. “They closed because the children weren’t concentrating,” Pais Taehu tells New Matilda. “Instead of concentrating, they were falling asleep becauseMore… Source: “The Sea Walls Are Out In The Sea”: World’s First Climate Refugees Ask For Australia’s Help – New Matilda Read More »

Why won’t the government recognise Isis atrocities as genocide? I have a hunch

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The barbarous treatment of Iraq and Syria’s religious minorities should be called what it is. Our relationship with Turkey shouldn’t even come into it. Sawsan is a middle-aged Syrian woman from al-Hammidiya, which is just north of the Lebanese border. She describes how her nephew was crucified… Source: Why won’t the government recognise Isis atrocities as genocide? I have a hunch | Giles Fraser | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »