Australia’s asylum seeker policies ‘draconian': HRW

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Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers has been condemned by Human Rights Watch, which described the country’s immigration policies as ‘draconian’. SBS - By Stephanie Anderson In its annual report issued this week, the international organisation said that Australia was failing to respect international standards regarding the protection of asylum seekers and refugees. In contrast to the country’s solid record of protecting civil ... Read More »

Australia confirms 15 boats carrying 429 asylum seekers have been turned back

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Immigration minister announces Operation Sovereign Border figures as commander says some turnbacks were done without Indonesian cooperation The Guardian - Shalailah Medhora and Ben Doherty A total of 15 boats containing 429 asylum seekers have been turned back since the Australian government enacted its Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) policy, the immigration minister, Peter Dutton, has said. Some turnbacks to Indonesia were ... Read More »

Eight former Australians of the Year call for release of asylum seeker children

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Indefinite detention of children, who are not accused of any crime, is ‘inhumane and unnecessary’, write former winners in an open letter The Guardian – Ben Doherty @bendohertycorro Eight former Australians of the Year have used Australia Day to call for the immediate release of all refugee and asylum seeker children from immigration detention. In an open letter published on Monday morning, ... Read More »

Manus Island: What will it take to shock us?

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The reports coming out of Manus Island right now should be enough to shock us, but they aren’t. What will it take? Barrister Julian Burnside has some ideas. TheDRUM – By Julian Burnside * Reports about what is happening on Manus Island are mixed. According to inside sources, hundreds of asylum seekers are on a hunger strike, many have sewn their lips ... Read More »

Organs Without Borders: Manus Island and Bodies in Asylum

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The offer by an asylum seeker jailed on Manus Island to donate his organs to Australia reveals a shared humanity, writes Georgina Ramsay. New Matilda – Georgina Ramsay Reports of asylum seekers undertaking a hunger strike on Manus Island has escalated with the discovery of a letter from one detainee offering to donate his organs to the Australian public if the ... Read More »

Manus stand off halted as guards storm compound

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A stand off between asylum seekers and security guards on Manus Island came to a dramatic halt as Wilson guards stormed one compound on Monday. The Age – Sarah Whyte, Immigration correspondent Peter Dutton accuses asylum seekers of ‘aggressive behaviour’ Delta compound, which had been barricaded by asylum seekers who were refusing to eat or allow security guards inside, was forced open by ... Read More »

Committing a crime does not mean forfeiting all human rights for the future

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There has been considerable public interest in some recent findings of the Australian Human Rights Commission that the Australian Government is in breach of our human rights obligations. The Sydney Morning Herald – Gillian Triggs * While, as President of the Commission, I seldom comment on individual cases, the justifiable community concerns raised about one of these cases, the Basikbasik ... Read More »

More than 100 Manus Island asylum seekers go on hunger strike

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- Hunger-striking asylum seekers on Manus protest over treatment in detention – Fears Iranian asylum seeker on hunger strike in Darwin could die – All children released from detention on Christmas Island but 468 children remain in Australian immigration detention – Cambodian officials arrive on Nauru to promote refugees transfer deal More than 100 asylum seekers on Manus Island have ... Read More »

Tony Abbott calls new Sri Lankan leader to emphasise cooperation on boats


by Calla Wahlquist – The Guardian The Australian prime minister spoke to Maithripala Sirisena two days after his election as president, praising the peaceful transition of power The Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, has personally congratulated the Sri Lankan president-elect, Maithripala Sirisena, two days after Sirisena was declared the victor in a surprise election result on Friday that ended the ... Read More »