Refugees

What is happening on Nauru should shock the conscience of every Australian

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It is important that we all know the truth of what our government is doing to innocent people Julian Burnside The Guardian In the middle of 2016 Guardian Australia published the Nauru files: more than 2,000 incident reports recording things that had happened in Australia’s refugee gulag on Nauru. The incident reports – made by people directly or indirectly employed by the Australian government – contained reports of assaults, sexual abuse, self-harm and child abuse. They gave an insight into the ... Read More »

Why attorneys represent immigrants for free

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Scores of lawyers, paralegals and law students are volunteering to help immigrant families caught in the crosshairs of the Trump administration’s bid to drastically reduce the number of people without papers in the U.S. Eduardo Capulong The Conversation One of these movement’s highest priorities is assisting the more than 2,500 children separated from their parents in government custody. Mobilized by the American Bar Association, nonprofits like Lawyers for Good Government, the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Immigration Lawyers ... Read More »

Wife’s despair as asylum seeker deported by Australia is arrested in Sri Lanka

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Karthika Gnaneswaran says she and her 10-month-old daughter have been devastated by Thileepan’s removal Ben Doherty The Guardian The wife of deported Tamil asylum seeker Thileepan Gnaneswaran says she is devastated by her husband’s forced removal from Australia and arrest in Sri Lanka, and says her baby daughter faces a future where she might never see her father again. “We are all so depressed; my daughter is very upset, she misses her father,” Karthika Gnaneswaran told the Guardian. “My husband is ... Read More »

Australia deports Tamil asylum seeker, separating him from baby daughter

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Thileepan faces permanent separation from his wife and child, who have been granted safe haven visas Ben Doherty The Guardian A 30-year-old Tamil asylum seeker faces permanent separation from his wife and 10-month-old Australian-born daughter, after being deported more than six years after arriving in Australia. Thileepan (like many Tamils he only uses one name) had been in Australia since arriving by boat in June 2012. He lived in the community for most of his time in Australia, marrying in ... Read More »

Adul Sam-on: the stateless boy who survived the Thai cave – and helped with the rescue

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The dramatic rescue of the 12 boys trapped in Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand captured the world’s attention. Derina Johnson The Conversation But one young person in particular stood out: 14-year-old Adul Sam-on, who, as the only English speaker in the group (he also speaks Chinese, Burmese and Thai), greeted the British divers who found them, and… Adul is stateless. According to reports, he was born in Wa state, an unrecognised state within Myanmar which is unable to issue ... Read More »

Europe’s Iron Curtain: The Refugee Crisis is about to Worsen

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A recent European Council summit in Brussels was meant to articulate a united policy on the burgeoning refugees and migrant crisis. Instead, it served to highlight the bitter divisions among… Ramzy Baroud CounterPunch Considering the gravity of the matter, Europe’s self-serving policies are set to worsen an already tragic situation. True, several European leaders, including Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, went home to speak triumphantly of a ‘great victory’, achieved through a supposedly united European position. Italy’s Interior Minister, Matteo ... Read More »

Italian president intervenes in migrant stand-off, angering Salvini

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President Sergio Mattarella has made a rare intervention in Italian politics to end a dispute within the ruling coalition over a migrant boat, angering right-wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. ROME – Reuters Hurriyet Mattarella contacted Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte late on July 12 to express his concern about the plight of 67 migrants rescued at sea and brought to a Sicilian port. Salvini had refused to allow them to disembark. The ship had been brought to the port of Trapani with the ... Read More »

Each time Australia delays bringing a sick child from Nauru, the stakes get higher

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The government is playing a dangerous game with the lives of refugee children Ben Doherty The Guardian Last week, three children held in Australia’s offshore immigration regime on the island of Nauru were moved to Australia following court order or threat of legal action. In six months, eight cases have been brought before the Australian courts of children suffering life-threatening psychological or physical illness that cannot be properly treated on Nauru. Every one of those cases has been won. Children have been ... Read More »

Refugee crises need long-term solutions

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Some Western leaders are tapping into nationalistic instincts of people to dehumanise asylum-seekers By Linda S. Heard, Special to Gulf News It seems to me that some opportunistic Western politicians are exploiting the refugee crises to feather their own nests by appealing to voters fearful of being culturally swamped and threatened economically. They tap in to people’s nationalistic instincts engendering contempt for the other, rendering ‘compassion’ to the status of a dirty word. More than 1,000 migrants crossing the Mediterranean ... Read More »

New migrant processing centres in EU must avoid inhumanity of ‘hotspots’ in Greece and Italy

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A new plan to set up “controlled centres” to hold migrants once they arrive in EU territory risks repeating many mistakes of the past, bypassing due process and breaching fundamental human rights and… Samantha Velluti The Conversation At the EU’s June summit in Brussels, leaders agreed to create centres within EU member states to speed up the processing of asylum requests and assist those countries on the rim of the Mediterranean sea – such as Italy, Malta and… No country ... Read More »

Justice for Cyprus: The Goal should be Freedom from Occupation

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Cyprus, a member state of the European Union, has been illegally occupied by Turkey since 1974. Turkey’s false excuse for its presence on the island is the “protection of Turkish Cypriots from Greek violence.” Uzay Bulut * H Fusion     However, in 2017, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Tuğrul Türkeş revealed the real reason behind Turkey’s control of Cyprus:  “There is this misinformation that Turkey is interested in Cyprus because there is a Turkish society there… Kyrenia Harbour Even if no Turks lived in Cyprus, ... Read More »

‘We want peace’: A Rohingya family’s 40 years of suffering

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Rohingya refugees tell of decades of persecution and horrors suffered at the hands of Myanmar security forces. Mohammed Jamjoom AlJazeera Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – Gul Zahar is the head of four generations of family and and the bearer of 40 years of suffering. A Rohingya refugee in her 90s, she has fled persecution in Myanmar on three separate occasions in her life: first in 1978, then in 1991 and, finally, in 2017. Like many other Rohingya members of her generation, Gul isn’t exactly sure how old ... Read More »

‘Are they going to shoot me?’: Statue of Liberty ​climber on her anti-Trump protest

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Interview Exclusive: Patricia Okoumou says her four-hour standoff with police was fired by outrage at caging of migrant children Joanna Walters in New York The Guardian The grainy aerial images of a woman clinging to the skirts of the Statue of Liberty were beaming live around the world for hours on Independence Day, as police tried to talk her down from her protest against Trump immigration policies. But what was going through the woman’s mind as she huddled against the green metal ... Read More »

Kon Karapanagiotidis: A merchant of hope for asylum seekers

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Seventeen years after setting up the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, this Melburnian still faces daily hurdles in his fight for those seeking protection. Why does he persist? Gabriella Coslovich The Sydney Morning Herald It’s 9.48am and Kon Karapanagiotidis’ day is not getting off to a great start. “Can you hear me?” he asks, staring at his donated computer in his modest, lilac-walled office. Over in one corner, a large wooden spool acts as a table. Around it, milk crates topped ... Read More »

What the Nazis driving people from homes taught philosopher Hannah Arendt about the rights of refugees

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Facing a political revolt over immigration policies from the Christian Social Union partner in her coalition government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to a compromise, which would create “transit zones” or refugee camps along Germany’s southern border. Kathleen B. Jones The Conversation Under the agreement, migrants would be housed in designated transit areas, until German authorities determined their eligibility. If found to have registered in another EU country, immigrants would be turned back, assuming that country would accept them. Merkel ... Read More »

Refugee girl at risk of suicide to be moved from Nauru to Australia after court action

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Exclusive: earlier calls to move 14-year-old were refused but decision reversed as court action began Ben Doherty The Guardian A 14-year-old refugee girl who had attempted suicide on Nauru by trying to set herself on fire will be moved to Australia within days – the eighth child moved from the island following a court order or the… The Australian Border Force had rejected recommendations from doctors on the island to immediately move the girl to an Australian hospital for acute psychiatric treatment ... Read More »