TAMIL DETAINEE ASSAULTED AS TENSIONS BREW IN OVERCROWDED CHRISTMAS ISLAND DETENTION CENTRE

Media Release February 9, 2011 At least one Tamil detainee has been seriously injured on Christmas Island as overcrowding in the detention centre has seen a series of fights erupt over the past three days. It...

Immigration detainees take over two compounds in Melbourne detention centre

A major protest has broken out in two compounds of MITA North (Ford and Glenelg), of Melbourne's immigration detention centre in Broadmeadows. All Serco guards, including the emergency response team, have withdrawn from...

Indonesian refugees protest for resettlement and life support

Hundreds of mostly Afghan refugees are protesting today in Jakarta calling for resettlement and for basic support while they are stranded in Indonesia.

Nauru protests escalate: breakout at family camp

Protests on Nauru have dramatically escalated in the last 24 hours. Up to 600 people broke out of the family detention compound OPC 3 just after midnight last night. There was fighting between asylum seekers and...

Christmas Island asylum seekers left without water or guards

Around 20 asylum seekers now in White 2 compound on Christmas Island have been left without enough food or water for more than the last 24 hours. The asylum seekers were initially in the “protection...

OAKESHOTT ASYLUM BILL IS SHABBY POLITICAL THEATRE TO DENY REFUGEES THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS

Refugee groups have condemned the Gillard government’s move to introduce Rob Oakeshott’s bill into Parliament this afternoon as being a piece of shabby political theatre. “Julia Gillard is trying to look like she is doing...

Seventeen Manus refugees fly to US for resettlement

Seventeen refugees, held on Manus Island for almost five years, flew from Port Moresby today, Tuesday 16 October, to be resettled in the US. The seventeen are single men, six Afghans, five Pakistanis, five Rohingyans,...

ROOF TOP PROTESTS DISRUPT CHRISTMAS ISLAND AND DARWIN DETENTION CENTRES

Both Christmas Island and Darwin detention centres have been hit by roof top protests. Christmas Island detention centre has been locked down today (Monday 18 July) after up to eleven asylum seekers began a roof...

Screening-out starts again? Bangladesh asylum seekers face immediate deportation

The screening out process used by the Federal Labor government to deport hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers last year seems to have re-activated - this time against asylum seekers from Bangladesh. At least eight...

Serious concerns for the welfare of Iraqi hunger striker at Yongah Hill

Refugee advocates are seriously concerned for the welfare of a 45 year-old Iraqi asylum seeker who has been on a dry hunger strike at Yongah Hill detention centre since Sunday, 14 June. The Iraqi man...