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Inquest begins into Shocking Death on Nauru

As the government tries to weazel out of providing medical care to people in offshore detention, the death and treatment of OMID shows the inhumanity and cruelty towards refugees. OMID was dying  in terrible pain for 10 hours with no attempt to relieve his agony. NJP Media Alert OMID Inquest begins into Shocking Death on Nauru Brisbane, Australia – 24-Feb-19 Doorstop: A statement will be given by Adjunct Professor George Newhouse – Principal Solicitor at the National Justice Project, the lawyers representing Omid’s family: When: Monday…

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Economic Migrants or Refugees? Research and Facts from RCOA

For many years, Australian politicians and other public figures have debated whether or not asylum seekers reaching Australia by boat have serious claims for refugee protection or are merely “economic migrants”. To answer this question, the Refugee Council of Australia has analysed Australian Government statistics about visa outcomes for boat arrivals from 1976 to 30 June 2015 – and found that 81% of those who arrived by boat seeking asylum in Australia were found to be refugees. Find our more…

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Grandmothers Against Detention: Freedom Ride to Canberra

Dear Grandmothers and Friends of Grandmothers. We are going to tell our elected representatives we will NOT stand by and allow the detention of babies, children, and their families. WE will NOT stand by and watch 267 asylum-seekers in Australia be returned to Nauru – babies, children and families. We’ve participated in numerous rallies, vigils, walks, chants and postcard and letter-writing campaigns. Now we’re heading for Federal Parliament. We’re going to insist that incarcerating children breaks our international obligations under…

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What I saw as a teacher on Nauru- former worker and principal speak out

Tuesday February 23 at 6.00 pm Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St More information here Speakers: *Former teacher from RPC1 school on Nauru and Paul Dingle, principal from Glenroy Secondary College (who has spoken out against the planned removal of two of his students to Nauru) Come along to hear an eyewitness report from a teacher who worked with asylum seeker children at the Nauru detention centre school before it was closed. He risks 2 years gaol for breaking the Border…

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REFUGEE POLICY ‘Q&A’ EVENT Legally Defensible?

An ALHR Melbourne event not to be missed! ALHR will host Anna Burke MP (Labor) and Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young (Greens) as they discuss their parties’ refugee policies and plans.  Joining them in discussion will be legal community stakeholders and experts in refugee law: Julian Burnside AO QC (Vic Bar),  David Manne (Refugee Legal)and Dr Savitri Taylor ​(La Trobe University). Together, this distinguished panel of speakers will answer questions from the audience and each other. We hope you can join us…

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It’s 7 Years Too Long
Seven years on from the re-introduction of offshore detention, nearly four hundred refugees remain trapped in limbo in PNG, and on Nauru. Around 200 people, mostly young men brought to Australia for medical treatment have been held for nearly 9 months in detention in hotels in Melbourne and Brisbane, and more recently also in Darwin. Many of these people have not had access to the medical treatment they need, and now also fear COVID-19 infection in the places they are detained.
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