Refugees

Glimmer of hope for 10,000 refugees left stranded by Australia’s inaction

A federal court verdict exposed how valid citizenship applications from people who arrived by boat were shunted into a drawer and ignored. Ben Doherty The Guardian Now the immigration department has to say what it is going to do about them. Kyar was overjoyed to the receive the letter, embossed with the coat of arms of Australia and the… Glimmer of hope… Read More »

Hamid Kehazaei was metres from care unit that could have saved him, inquest told

Doctor who treated Manus asylum seeker said a cascading litany of mistakes led to the Iranian’s death, and if he had been moved just 10 metres away, he could’ve… Ben Doherty The Guardian If asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei had been moved to a better-equipped intensive care unit just 10 metres away from his hospital bed he would have been likely… Hamid Kehazaei was… Read More »

Australia’s detention centres a crime against humanity, says submission before ICC

Australia’s network of offshore immigration detention centres could constitute a crime against humanity, according to a submission before the International Criminal Court (ICC). Stephanie Anderson ABC The 115-page submission from the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) argues Australia’s immigration policy constitutes an attack against the civilian population — something which could be classified as a crime against… Australia’s detention centres… Read More »

We can stop the boats and also act decently, fairly and transparently

The only way forward in dealing with Manus Island and Nauru is for bipartisan commitment to keep the boats stopped while settling refugees in… Frank Brennan, Tim Costello, Robert Manne and John Menadue The Guardian Proven refugees who are still Australia’s responsibility have been languishing in camps on Nauru and Manus Island for well over three… The Refugee Council of Australia and… We can stop… Read More »

Dani Garavelli: Duty to refugees is bigger than politics

The plight of Syrian children is far more important than politics, but Sturgeon richly deserves to tower over the Prime Minister from the moral high ground, writes Dani Garavelli The Scotsman One of the criticisms frequently levelled at the SNP is that it suffers from a “mora… The idea, promulgated by its opponents, is that the… Dani Garavelli: Duty… Read More »

Eva Cox’s wisdom: dare to be difficult

In a lifetime of pushing the boundaries, from her birth in 1930s Austria and through her postwar life in Australia, the feminist, academic and activist Eva Cox has never shied away from being difficult. David Fanner and Lucy Clark The Guardian Video In fact, she sees it as her duty. ‘Don’t worry about being called difficult. It shows you’re making a difference… We need the stirrers, we need the outsiders, we need the people who change things’ Eva Cox’s wisdom… Read More »

UN alarmed at reports of forced deportations of Manus asylum seekers

The United Nations refugee agency has expressed alarm at reports that Papua New Guinea has begun forced deportations from Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus… Michael Koziol, Michael Gordon The Age An attempt to remove two Nepalese asylum seekers from the island was made early on… It is understood one of the… UN alarmed at… Read More »

America’s loss will be our gain

It was Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani, detained on Manus Island since August 2013, who first alerted me to the story of Mehdi Savari. Arnold Zable The Age Short in stature, 31 years old, in Iran Savari was a stage actor, troubadour, magician and comedian, and the host of a popular… America’s loss will… Read More »

Australians protest in support of refugees

Protests have continued around Australia, as the White House confirmed the US President will honour a refugee resettlement deal with Australia – in some way. Sonja Heydeman and Biwa Kwan SBS Under the deal, the United States would take up to 1,250 asylum seekers from Manus Island and Nauru. In return, Australia… Australians protest in… Read More »

Systematic racism, dehumanisation and Islamophobia

The destruction and degradation of human life is always insidious and systematic. Roj Amedi The Saturday Paper Once basic values of human life and human rights are eroded by propaganda and falsehoods, society becomes accustomed to performing and entrenching oppression. The voices of… Systematic racism, dehumanisation… Read More »