@aptly_engineerd [9/3/18]:  An Eritrean boy holds a sign saying "Stop the Deportation" in Hebrew at a South Tel Aviv #WomensDay march protesting Israel's plan to expel 40,000 African Asylum seekers to Rwanda and Uganda, countries where they are not from, receive no status, and face trafficking ...



@aptly_engineerd [8/3/18]:  It's important to note Holot detention center was specifically built to imprison Africans seeking asylum in Israel, incarcerating people for exercising a right enshrined under international law. From Holot, to Yarl's Wood, to ICE detention, the imprisonment of refugees must end



@Aussies4Refugees [10/3/18]: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre launch deliberately futile #ChangeThePolicy campaign re #Manus #Nauru as they continue praising and receiving "support" from the Victorian Labor govt. This is wrong. [pic Vic Premier Andrews with Netanyahu - Dec 2017] ...



The least the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre could do is tell us whether these people have been expelled from the country, since the six months has expired. [Star Journal - 22/9/17]:


... A media statement from Premier Daniel Andrews said that under changes the Federal Government had brought in without warning, about 400 asylum seekers in Australia for medical treatment would be transferred to final departure visas and expelled from the country.

They can stay on for six months but will have no income or housing support.


Friends of Refugee spokeswoman Sri Samy said she was very grateful to the State Government “who have chosen to be the first in Australia to take a proactive stance to support the most vulnerable people and for protecting the human rights of all people living in Victoria”.

She said the government was working with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), AMES, the Red Cross, and Life Without Barriers to offer support.

Greater Dandenong councillor Matthew Kirwan also welcomed the move at the council’s Monday 11 September council meeting.

“This is much-needed to avoid poverty and anti-social behaviour and demonstrates compassion that our Federal Government, unfortunately, very much lacks,” he said.



March 2016: Victorian Labor Premier Daniel Andrews announces ramping up of efforts to racially profile African-Australians.  Media lap it up; human rights sector silent [The Age - 14/3/16]



@GraffitiExpert [10/3/18]:  Border Force and their media propagandists in Queensland join the Victorian Labor Party's vendetta against the Irish



Former Tamil political prisoner arrested at Colombo airport for second time since release [Tamil Guardian - 10/3/18]



Evidence has emerged of members of Sri Lanka’s Special Task Force, who were deployed to quell anti-Muslim violence, collaborating with rioters, reports Colombo Telegraph. ... [Tamil Guardian - 9/3/18]



Mothers of the disappeared, currently attending the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, held a silent demonstration in solidarity with other families marking one year of the protests in Mullaitivu this week.  ... [Tamil Guardian  - 8/3/18]



... The purpose here is to look at the February 26 signing of a new bilateral agreement to re-establish a US Peace Corps programme in Sri Lanka.

Peace Corps (PC) have been present in Sri Lanka previously, purportedly delivering education, health and youth development programmes, until the programme was terminated in 1998 due to alleged ‘political instability’.

The expressed objective of the new missions to provide (American) English language training to Sri Lankan children.

The particularly inauspicious timing of the announcement — apparently in response to a request made in 2016 by the yahapalana government — in the immediate aftermath of the electoral rejection of the yahapalana fraud and the timing of the planned deployment, beginning in late 2019, warrants careful analysis. ... [The Island - 6/3/18]



Shock after Border Force removes refugee family from community [Tamil Refugee Council - 10/3/18]:


The Tamil Refugee Council has condemned an early morning raid in which a refugee family was given just ten minutes to gather belongings before being flown to Melbourne and detained at the Broadmeadows detention centre (MITA – Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation).

Priya, her husband Nadesalingam and their daughters – 9-month-old Dharuniga and 2-year-old Kopiga, born in Australia – were woken last Monday at their home in Biloela, central Queensland, by scores of police, Border Force officers and Serco guards.

A neighbour who witnessed the raid described it as something out of a Hollywood movie.

Hearing her friend and neighbour crying uncontrollably, she went to give comfort.

Police didn’t allow her to speak to Priya and ordered her to leave the property.

Priya’s bridging visa expired on 4 March. She was working with a case officer on having it renewed.

Nadesalingam and Priya married in 2014 after arriving in 2012 and 2013. The family settled in Biloela several years ago.

“At 5am they came and knocked on the door,” Priya said, speaking over the phone from MITA, through a Tamil Refugee Council translator.

“They said we were being taken to Melbourne detention centre. I grabbed a bag of clothes but we didn’t have time to pack anything else. We were given ten minutes.”

Priya and Nadesalingam were put into separate vans and driven to Gladstone Airport.

The children travelled with Priya but, despite their distress and their mother’s pleas, were not allowed to sit with her.

“I asked the guards, ‘If it were your children would you treat them this way, or is it only because we are refugees?’,” Priya said.

“I was humiliated. I was made to feel worthless. I will never forget that experience.”

Once detained in Melbourne, Priya says Border Force officers told them that if they didn’t sign voluntary deportation documents, they would be denied access to a phone and she and her husband would be separated and deported to Sri Lanka.

“We are in house arrest here. We have to stay in our room. The children can’t go outside. There are three guards outside the room. We are living as prisoners,” Priya said.

“The children are distressed and disoriented. They don’t understand what is happening. My daughter is asking to go to her friend’s house in Biloela.”

They begged not to be deported, but on Tuesday afternoon relented and signed the documents.

Make no mistake, if they are removed, it will not be voluntary – they will be returned under duress to a country in which they have a well-founded fear of persecution.

Residents in Biloela have been left stunned, confused and devastated by the raid.

The family was taken without warning.

“They have a lot of support in the community,” a friend in the town told the Tamil Refugee Council.

“They were looking to enrol Kopiga into the kindergarten. She turns three soon. Priya is a dedicated mum doing everything she could to help the kids. Nadesalingam is well-regarded at the meatworks.

“Everyone is shocked and outraged about the way they just came and swooped in and took the whole family. People are just appalled that this is happening in Australia, that people can be treated this way.

“Everyone who had anything to do with this family wrote letters to the Minister for Immigration before Christmas asking for the family to be granted permanent protection. We can’t understand why this would happen.”

The raid comes just weeks after another Tamil man was deported to Sri Lanka.

He is being harassed and intimidated by the security forces. ...



@RunGomez [8/3/18]:  [WARNING: Video might be disturbing to watch] Horrifying scene in National City (near San Diego) where Border Patrol agents stop a family in the middle of the street, forcibly take the mother of these girls, shove her into a patrol vehicle, then drive away. ...



@UMImmClinic [8/3/18}:  Rebecca Sharpless, director of Miami Law's Immigration Clinic, calls for a more open society approach to refugee law. Democracy and the Detention of Immigrant Families



@DetentionWatch [7/3/18]:  ICE is building a track record of retaliation against community members who speak out against their violence and abuses. We must fight for Alejandra just as loudly and boldly as Alejandra fights for everyone! ...



Detained immigrants separated from children in US sue Trump administration [Reuters - 10/3/18]



Do you know what it’s like to be imprisoned with no end in sight?

I do.

I was held in U.S. immigration detention for nearly a decade.

And now the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of indefinite detention by deciding that people like me are not entitled to bond hearings for now.   ... [The Hill - 7/3/18]



Federal authorities plan west Oklahoma City immigration detention facility, office [The Oklahoman - 8/3/18]



Exclusive: A look inside Georgia’s newest immigration detention centre [The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 7/3/18]



Under U.S. immigration law, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has discretion to grant “parole” to certain noncitizens to allow them to enter or remain in the United States for specific reasons.

Parole under immigration law is very different than in the criminal justice context. In the immigration context, parole facilitates certain individuals’ entry into and permission to temporarily remain in the United States.

This overview explains how parole requests are considered, who may qualify, and what parole programs exist. ... [American Immigration Council - 24/1/18]



@RemingtonNevin [8/3/18]:  News from the UK of yet another mefloquine (Lariam) settlement. ...



Mass administration of the antimalarial drug mefloquine to Guantanamo detainees: a critical analysis, Remington L. Nevin Department of Preventive Medicine, Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, Ft. Polk, LA, USA [2012]:


... One possibility is that the use of mefloquine was simply erroneously directed by senior US military medical officials overly confident of the drug’s safety and unfamiliar with its appropriate use, in an apparent foreshadowing of its later, broader misprescribing among US military personnel (Nevin 2010).

Another possibility, which is deeply troubling to consider, is that the decision to administer the drug was informed and motivated at least in part by knowledge of the drug’s adverse neuropsychiatric effects and the presumed plausible deniability of claims of misuse in the context of its seemingly legitimate clinical or public health indication. ...



@Aussies4Refugees [23/2/18]:  Extensive use of mefloquine at #Manus Island was "part of our overall dereliction of duty," to detainees, he said. ... "I know of staff members who have experienced short-term psychotic effects as a result of their use of the drug,"   



@Aussie4Refugees [24/2/18]: ... “In addition, the rights violating practices surrounding Guantanamo are now a model for the detention and incarceration polices of the US and other states. ..." 


... Why did the Clinton Justice Department insist on snuffing out the precedential value of the Guantanamo ruling?

In later interviews, Clinton national security officials explained that they feared future refugee crises in the Caribbean and couldn't afford a court precedent that might limit their options for handling the situation.

Using words that have a prophetic ring today, one official commented that White House advisers wanted "maximum flexibility" on Guantanamo, "confident that they would do the right thing but not wanting to be forced by the law to have to do so." ... 



The Guantanamo Bay detention center could easily accommodate "a couple dozen" more inmates should the Trump administration decide to send new prisoners to the much-maligned facility, a top US officer said Monday.

Admiral Kurt Tidd, who oversees the military's Southern Command that includes Guantanamo, told Pentagon reporters there is enough staffing and infrastructure in place to increase the prison population from its current number of 41. ... [France 24 - 5/3/18]



Now we know why defense attorneys quit the USS Cole case. They found a microphone. [Miami Herald - 7/3/18]



The Pentagon plans to tear down Camp X-Ray, a weed-filled warren of chain-link-fence cells where the Bush administration held its first 311 war-on-terror prisoners at Guantánamo — and famously released a photo of kneeling captives in orange jumpsuits that stirred allegations of torture.

Detention Center commanders had said for years that the site was under a federal court protective order and could not be razed.

But Justice Department attorney Andrew Warden on Monday wrote lawyers who represent Guantánamo captives that “the FBI has created an interactive, simulated three-dimensional, digital virtual tour of Camp X-Ray that shows all areas of the camp where detainees were held, interrogated, or otherwise present.”

Trump administration attorneys consider it a suitable substitute. ... [Miami Herald - 6/3/18]





@Aussie4Refugees [5/3/18]: Behrouz Boochani's film 'Chauka Please Tell Us The Time' [which should be uploaded to the internet so the people - not just privileged audiences - can see it] illustrates how retribution works in #Australia's immigration gulags ...


It reveals how journalists have censored this retribution [torture in an isolated facility] on the basis of not having enough proof that it is occurring.



@GraffitiExpert [10/3/18]:  In April 2010 the Rudd Labor government re-opened Curtin Detention Centre in Western Australia "for single male asylum seekers, and those who fall within the category of 'do not process'" ...




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