Refugees

Senators urge end to indefinite detention of people held under mental impairment laws

Prisons - The Guardian

Senate committee finds at least 100 people detained without conviction in prisons and psychiatric units The Guardian Helen Davidson A Senate committee has called for nationwide changes to laws and support services to end the practice of indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment. At least 100 people are detained without… Senators urge end to indefinite detention of… Read More »

US 300 refugee deal intake claims false: Dutton

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2001, file photo, men shave, brush their teeth and prepare for the day at a refugee camp on the Island of Nauru.  The United States and Australia are close to announcing a deal in which the U.S. would resettle hundreds of asylum seekers banished by Australia to Pacific island camps, a newspaper reported on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.  The U.S. had agreed to accept up to 1,800 refugees held for up to three years at Australia's expense in camps on the impoverished island nations of Nauru and Papua New Guinea, The Australian newspaper reported.  (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

The Turnbull government won’t reveal whether the United States will only accept a limited number of refugees from Nauru. SBS The Turnbull government won’t reveal whether the United States will limit its intake of refugees from Nauru under a resettlement deal. But Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is… US 300 refugee deal intake claims… Read More »

Refugees could be given help reuniting with family in US resettlement deal, Government says

Refugees - ABC

Refugees who agree to resettle in the United States could be given help to reunite with their families, the Federal Government says. ABC Dan Conifer The Government earlier this month announced the deal to help resettle people from Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. US Homeland Security officials are set to arrive in… Refugees could be given help reuniting with… Read More »

Hamid Khazaei: Doctor wanted sick asylum seeker on Manus Island sent to Brisbane, not Port Moresby

Immigration - The Guardian

A doctor involved in the evacuation of a sick Iranian asylum seeker from Manus Island recommended he be flown to Brisbane ahead of Port Moresby due to Papua New Guinea’s lower level of emergency care, an inquest has heard. ABC Louisa Rebgetz Queensland coroner Terry Ryan is investigating the death of 24-year-old Hamid Khazaei, who died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the Manus Island clinic in August 2014. He suffered severe sepsis from… ... Read More »

Escaping Uganda: Gay refugees forced to flee persecution

Gay refugees - ABC

A number of people from the LGBTQI community living in East Africa have had to flee their homes because of their sexuality. ABC Martin Cuddihy Uganda is one the most intolerant places in the world for homosexual people. Many have fled to neighbouring Kenya and are now… Escaping Uganda: Gay refugees forced to… Read More »

2016 sets new record for asylum seekers reaching Italy by boat

Asylum - The Guardian

Central Mediterranean is once again the main migrant route into Europe, partly due to the chaos of civil war in Libya The Guardian Patrick Kingsley More asylum seekers have now reached Italy by boat in 2016 than in any previous year on record. Nearly 171,000 people have arrived in Italy from… 2016 sets new record for… Read More »

Existence of ‘pivotal’ letter from Scott Morrison on boat turnbacks revealed

Indonesia - The Guardian

Document sought in FoI case purports to authorise possibly unlawful return of asylum seekers to Indonesia The Guardian Christopher Knaus The existence of a “pivotal” letter purporting to show the immigration minister’s authorisation of possibly unlawful asylum seeker turnbacks has been revealed in the closing stages of a long-running freedom of information case. The case began in early 2014 when the then… Existence of ‘pivotal’ letter from… Read More »

My country, my shame

Opinion

Australia has received an unprecedented amount of negative publicity in recent weeks. Amnesty International has accused us of torturing refugees on Nauru, Their report, titled the ‘Island of Despair’, has provided factual stories of the sufferings that are inflicted on refugees there. On Line Opinion Peter Bowden The ABC Four Corners program highlighted a similar story: The Forgotten Children. That story told us of the abuse this country is inflicting on… My country, my… Read More »

Court no place for commentary: Chief Magistrate

Court no place for commentary - Brisbane times

Queensland Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo says the court is no place for political commentary after a magistrate made supportive remarks to three women charged over a political protest. Brisbane Times Scarlett Squire, Kelly Purnell and Ellen Sargent pleaded guilty in the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court last week and were each fined $100 for unregulated, high-risk activity and obstructing police. The trio scaled Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s office in… Court no place for… Read More »

Hamid Khazaei: Iranian asylum seeker on Manus Island needed higher care, paramedic tells inquest

Immigration - The Guardian

There was a general consensus among staff working at the medical clinic at the Manus Island detention centre that Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei needed to be provided with higher care, an inquest into his death has heard. ABC Louisa Rebgetz Mr Khazaei died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the medical clinic on Manus Island with a fever and chills. The 24-year-old was flown from… Hamid Khazaei: Iranian asylum seeker on… Read More »

Delay to treatment of Hamid Kehazaei before he died revealed in leaked files

Immigration - The Guardian

Exclusive: Ahead of inquest, documents show how Australian immigration department held up transfer of asylum seeker from Manus Island for treatment The Guardian Ben Doherty In the weeks before he contracted an infection inside the Manus Island detention centre that would ultimately lead to his death, asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaeispent his days caring for and cleaning excrement from the body, clothes and bed of a fellow asylum seeker who was in the grip of a severe “mental crisis” but whom ... Read More »

How To Be Hateful And Idiotic And Remain In The Turnbull Ministry

Peter-Dutton - New Matilda

A simple illustration of Peter Dutton’s hateful and idiotic comments, by Michael Brull. New Matilda Michael Brull Let me begin with a thought experiment. A few months ago, Harriet Wran was sentenced to… How To Be Hateful And Idiotic And… Read More »

Peter Dutton’s racism to the bottom

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Whatever way you cut it, Australian politics in the past week travelled further down the low road of ignorance, prejudice and bigotry. The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno It’s the new fashion propelled by the extraordinary success in Britain and the United States of politicians who push these buttons. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, already a practitioner in… Peter Dutton’s racism to the… Read More »

Senior US Republicans criticise ‘secret’ refugee deal with Australia

Refugee deal - The Guardian

Lawmakers demand details of agreement to resettle refugees held in offshore detention centres, asking why Australia ‘refuses to admit these individuals’ The Guardian Helen Davidson Two senior Republicans have written to the Obama administration demanding it release details of the US-Australia refugee deal and accusing it of withholding information from Congress. The two men also raised “concern” about… Senior US Republicans criticise… Read More »

Secret emails reveal how Transfield got Nauru contract

Secret emails - Crikey

Why did Transfield get the contract to run the offshore detention center on Nauru when it had not even sent in an official proposal? Crikey Josh Taylor Emails obtained by Crikey show Immigration was so keen for Transfield to be given the contract to manage the Nauru offshore immigration detention centre back in 2012 that the department handed Transfield the proposal it had sent to rival company Serco. In September, the Australian National Audit Office delivered a scathing report of… Secret ... Read More »

Europe migrant crisis: A third of child asylum seekers ‘missing’ after Calais Jungle closure

Refugee

Nearly a third of the child asylum seekers being tracked by a refugee charity have gone missing since the “Jungle” migrant camp in the French city of Calais was dismantled last month, the organisation says. ABC Refugee Youth Service said it could not locate a third of the 179 children it had been tracking since authorities bulldozed the camp, home to up to 10,000 people fleeing war or poverty in the Middle East and Africa. The fate of children staying ... Read More »