Christmas Island: Senator Hanson-Young pushes Murdoch Press "Kiwis versus refugees and asylum seekers" spin.
Does Hanson-Young know, or care, that Serco (who run the Christmas Island centre) may have an agenda against New Zealanders, given that it is under investigation in New Zealand for various transgressions? And that this puts these "criminals" in a very dangerous situation? [Answers sought over Mt Eden assaults - RNZI - 1/11/15]
Senate Hansard [9/11/15]:
... Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (14:35): Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. It was reported that Australian contracted guards, Serco officers, evacuated the centre around 10 pm last night. What is being done to protect the vulnerable asylum seekers who are currently locked up inside the centre during this serious incident? Will the government now respond to requests that separating asylum seekers from criminals must occur?
Senator BRANDIS (Queensland—Attorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (14:35): I think you acknowledged in your primary question that this is an evolving situation, or words to that effect. I am not familiar with the particular press report to which you have referred. I think you and other members of the Senate can be reassured that all appropriate steps will be taken by the Australian government, its agencies and contractors to restore order in an appropriate manner. ...
... When he was finally allowed to see a doctor, Czarion was given a medical certificate to say that he needed surgery. But soon after, the ERT raided his cell again, and this time they took his clothes and the medical certificate, along with other important paperwork including correspondence from his lawyer. They also took his mattress, leaving him to sleep on a bare concrete bed. ... [Buzzfeed - 8/11/15]
Have the Australian Greens acknowledged receipt of this letter yet, or acted upon it? [RNZI - 1/11/15]:
The Maori Party says border control officers in Australia are victimising Maori people and deporting them on flimsy reasons.
The party wants the Australian government to immediately return detainees of New Zealand descent from the remote Christmas Island to the mainland.
It has written an open letter addressed to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull which calls on his government to return detainees.
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox said she presented the letter to an Australian Greens senator [Lee Rhiannon] in Sydney. ...
Child Abuse Royal Commission: 'They called us liars' - mother [Brisbane Times - 9/11/15]
A barrister acting for former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth asked a child sex abuse victim to change his testimony to remove all references to her client, a royal commission has heard.
On Monday morning, a former St Paul's School student, known only as BSG, told the child sex abuse royal commission Caroline Kirton QC approached his solicitor on the first day of hearings last week and asked him to make "significant" changes to his statement. ... [Brisbane Times - 9/11/15]
Entrapment?: “Man charged with attempting to engage child online for cash” [QPS Media – 9/11/15]
NSW boy's abduction didn't happen: police [Nine MSN – 9/11/15]:
Police say an earlier report of a child abduction in southwest Sydney didn't occur.
Officers investigating reports a 12-year-old boy escaped after being abducted by a balaclava-clad man carrying a knife in Chester Hill on Monday say the report is false.
Despite the false report, police have urged people to speak out if they have been approached inappropriately.
Graffiti charges, Redlands [QPS Media – 9/11/15]
Former Brisbane Lions player Albert Proud has been charged with the attempted murder of a woman, believed to be his girlfriend.
Police allege Proud assaulted the 35-year-old at a Sunnybank home early on Sunday morning, with a passerby finding her in the street with severe face and head injuries. ... [Yahoo - 9/11/15]
A 21-year-old Carina Heights man has been charged with three offences including attempted murder following investigations into the alleged stabbing of a cyclist in the Norman Park yesterday. ... [QPS Media - 9/11/15]
Armed robbery, Eagleby [QPS Media - 9/11/15]
Robbery, Charters Towers [QPS Media - 9/11/15]
Armed robbery, Everton Hills [QPS Media - 8/11/15]
Armed robbery, Bundaberg [QPS Media - 8/11/15]
Seven people have been arrested after two Aboriginal men were killed in a spear fight sparked by a family feud on a remote island off the Northern Territory coast.
A 19-year-old and a 29-year-old were killed in the fight in Angurugu, a community on Groote Eylandt, on Friday.
On Monday 13 people from Umbakumba surrendered themselves to Alyangula Police.
Seven were arrested and are being taken to Darwin to be interviewed by Major Crime detectives. ... [Nine MSN - 9/11/15]
Queensland man missing after Arnhem Land hunting trip found dead [ABC - 9/11/15]
Police on Mornington Island, in north-west Queensland, have charged eight teenagers after a spate of car thefts.
Four additional officers were flown to the Island from Mount Isa after seven cars were stolen in a week.
The youths range from 14 to 18 years old and face a total of 15 charges. ... [ABC - 9/11/15]
Five children charged after dangerous, resource wasting, class and race based police pursuit ends in crash, Doomadgee [QPS Media - 9/11/15]
Another dangerous, resource wasting, class and race based police pursuit, Perth [West Australian - 9/11/15]
Emergency crews race to crash at Hope Island [MYGC – 8/11/15]
P-plater escapes serious injury in Nerang crash [MYGC – 8/11/15]
A 16-year-old learner driver is lucky to be alive today following a horrifying high-speed crash on the Gold Coast.
The accident happened at the T-intersection of Muir of Gordon Street’s, near Imperial Parade, at Labrador at around 11.30pm on Friday. ... [MYGC - 7/11/15]
A driver has died after veering into the path of a B-double truck on a Victorian highway.
Police believe the Nissan sedan was travelling south on the Western Highway at Pimpinio when it veered into the truck just before 5pm on Sunday.
The sole occupant of the car died at the scene bringing the state's road toll to 219, 10 more than at the same time last year. [Nine MSN - 8/11/15]
Woman dies in house fire in Sydney's southwest [Nine MSN – 8/11/15]
New court action against Adani mine
A landmark legal challenge against Indian energy giant Adani's $16.5 billion coal mine has called into question what impact the project will have on the Great Barrier Reef.
The Australian Conservation Foundation lodged papers in the Federal Court in Brisbane on Monday against Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt's re-approval of the mega-project slated for Queensland's Galilee Basin.
The mining lobby has dismissed the court action as "yet another chapter" in green activists' campaign to disrupt and delay coal project approvals in the courts system.
But ACF president Geoff Cousins says the proceedings will show Mr Hunt didn't properly consider the impact emissions from burning coal will have on climate pollution and Australia's international obligations to protect the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.
"This is the first time in history that the grounds that are in these documents have been brought to a court in Australia," Mr Cousins said.
He said the legal challenge, if successful, would set a precedent and change mine approval processes in Australia.
"Not only coal mines, but if we are successful in this case, the environmental laws in Australia will be greatly strengthened, so it is a landmark case," he said.
A spokeswoman for Mr Hunt, who is attending climate talks in Paris, said the project was approved in accordance with national environment laws.
"All matters that could have been considered have been taken into account and 36 of the strictest conditions in Australia's history have been imposed on the project," the spokeswoman said.
Adani's plans to build the biggest coal mine in the southern hemisphere hit a speed bump in August when the Federal Court set aside Mr Hunt's previous approval because the government conceded it had made a technical error.
That was due to a separate legal challenge that prompted the court to find Mr Hunt failed to take into account advice on the threatened yakka skink and the ornamental snake.
The Queensland government has recently indicated
it is considering legislation that will stop green groups from ongoing legal
action to endlessly delay key projects.
The Queensland Resources Council insisted the ACF's chances of success were small, given the same argument had been rejected multiple times in the Queensland Land Court and Supreme Court.
"However, the win the ACF is looking for is a further delay in this huge job-generating project," chief executive Michael Roche said.
Mr Cousins denied his foundation was motivated by delay tactics, arguing it had only launched legal proceedings seven times in its 50-year history.
It was a democratic right for ordinary citizens to challenge government decisions, he said.
Hundreds join Liverpool Plains farmers’ and Traditional Owners mine fight, declare they will return [Lock The Gate - 8/11/15]
Three people confirmed dead in helicopter crash after wreckage found [Guardian - 9/11/15]:
... Green was headed towards northern Sydney after attending a protest against Shenhua’s mega coal proposal on the Liverpool Plains.
Farmer Andrew Pursehouse, from Breeza Station, said Green had wanted to fly over Whitehaven Coal’s Werris Creek coalmine on the way to Sydney.
Dr Brian Spies, a friend of Davis’s, said the three had planned the flight to capture footage to use in a documentary about the environmental toll of the open-cut coalmines of the Liverpool Plains. ...
Thanks for numbering every box and putting the LNP last! -----> ... A recently leaked departmental document revealed that Qld ALP Government was considering implementing Newman Government law changes which give unlimited access to groundwater resources to mining companies, and exempt miners from the constraints that other water users would have to comply with.
Before the election, the Qld ALP gave firm written commitments that they would ‘repeal the Newman Government’s water laws’ and promised to prevent ‘over-allocation of Queensland’s precious water resources’. They are now preparing to backflip on those promises. ... [Lock The Gate - 8/11/15]
BHP Billiton has responded aggressively to last year's industrial dispute at Port Hedland by axing its unionised tugboat provider, Teekay, and replacing it with a Queensland company that traditionally has a non-unionised workforce.
BHP confirmed on Monday that Rivtow, a subsidiary of Riverside Marine, had won the contract to operate 14 tugs inside Port Hedland. ... [WA Today - 9/11/15]
Appeal lodged against dismissal of Hendra charges against Queensland vet [ABC – 9/11/15]
Australia's national broadcaster has been been an integral part of the anti refugee PR machine and are now reporting on its consequences? ---> Federal Government repatriates former military interpreter to Iraq, despite fears his life is in danger [ABC- 9/11/15]:
... After smoking a joint, he fell asleep in his car in the car park of McDonald's in Merrylands, in western Sydney.
Police were called and after a brief exchange Khaled was arrested, charged with offensive language, resisting police and driving without a licence.
Refugee advocates said three days later, Khaled was taken to Villawood detention centre, where he was held for eight months while he waited for his court appearance.
Two of the charges were eventually dismissed and he pleaded guilty to the third charge of driving without a licence but no conviction was recorded.
But Khaled remained locked up in detention.
Under a regulation introduced by the Rudd government in 2013, a bridging visa can be cancelled if an individual is charged with an offence.
That means an individual can be detained indefinitely even if the courts decide they are innocent.
A few months after his arrest, two psychologists diagnosed Khaled as having a complex history of psychological trauma and likely post traumatic stress disorder.
Ms Healy said Khaled developed an ice addiction inside Villawood detention centre as a result of his condition. ...
Dutton thanks news producers across Australia for protecting him in their evening bulletins and current affairs programs
@NgatiBird - New Zealand Labour MP Kelvin Davis [9/11/15]:
Detainees say they would board a plane to NZ tomorrow. There's no need for ERT violence.
Christmas Island: 2 bus loads of riot squad reinforcements have arrived. Praying that some sanity prevails and they negotiate resolution.
A Kiwi 501 has as made attempts to resolve the situation peacefully but authorities aren't interested. What's with that? ...
"When they come I'll let them hit me first then I'll hit back. I won't start it. I'm telling you now so you know the truth." Kiwi 501 to me.
Al Jazeera [9/11/15]:
... Al Jazeera spoke to a member of RISE, a rights group campaigning for refugees rights in Sydney, who wished to remain anonymous, and she said refugees heard the Iranian refugee screaming for help then later saw him in a body bag being brought in.
"The detention centre detains asylum seekers under administrative detention methods, just like Guantanamo and just like Palestinian prisoners in Israel," she said over phone.
"These cases cannot be taken to court and the refugee him or herself sometimes does not know what they are doing there.
"They could claim they are investigating the asylum seeker, but in the end it is punishment.
"Those who arrive by boat are not allowed to have mobile phones with them, but those who arrive by plane are. And if they manage to sneak in mobile phones, security does random checks where they take them away.
Another death in Christmas Island : Who is responsible ? Who is accountable since last 20 years ? ... [RISE Refugee - 9/11/15]
UK Supreme Court to hear case of Libyan rendition victims
[Reprieve - 6/11/15]:
The Supreme Court will on Monday consider whether several victims of UK rendition and torture can have their civil cases against the British government heard in court.
Abdelhakim Belhaj and his wife Fatima Boudchar, who are assisted by human rights charity Reprieve and law firm Leigh Day, are taking legal action against the British government for its role in their rendition and torture.
For the past two years, British officials have sought to prevent the cases from being heard in court, but their efforts were defeated in a Court of Appeal hearing in October 2014. The government has since appealed that decision.
Mr Belhaj, a Libyan dissident, was seized in 2004 in a joint MI6-CIA operation along with his wife Ms Boudchar, who was five months pregnant at the time.
They were tortured at a CIA black site in Bangkok and ‘rendered’ to Muammar Gaddafi’s prisons in Libya, where Mr Belhaj would spend a further 6 years being tortured.
Philippines Supreme Court expected to announce ruling US security deal is constitutional before Obama visit [Reuters - 9/11/15]
Israel launches airstrike on southern Gaza Strip [Maan - 9/11/15]
A 24-year-old Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli military forces at a checkpoint in Qalqiliya after she allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack on Monday.
Israel's Defense Ministry said that a Palestinian woman approached cars at a military checkpoint north of the illegal Alfei Menashe settlement south of Qalqiliya, Israeli media reported. Israeli forces reportedly asked the woman to stop advancing towards vehicles and fired warning shots in the air.
She then drew a knife from her bag and Israeli soldiers shot her dead on the spot. ... [Maan - 9/11/15]
Robert Winston, IVF pioneer, slams British BDS movement
[Haaretz - 9/11/15]
A new military aid package for Israel will be on the agenda Monday when President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, their first meeting since the U.S. signing of the Iran nuclear deal sank relations to their lowest point in Mr. Obama’s presidency. ... [Washington Times - 8/11/15]
Actions planned to protest Netanyahu’s visit to Washington [Mondoweiss - 8/11/15]
... The detainees confessed to gathering information on various security and military figures for the purpose of assassination. ... Lebanon: Spy network working for Israel arrested in south [Naharnet – 8/11/15]
Afghanistan: 110 killed in Taliban-IS clashes in Zabul [Pajhwok - 9/11/15]
President Ashraf Ghani on Monday strongly condemned the recent beheading of seven civilians including three women in southern Zabul province.
His office said in a statement that the brutal act was a "sign of desperation and defeat of the enemies of the people of Afghanistan."
At least three women among seven passengers were reportedly beheaded by Daesh militants in Arghandab district in Zabul.
The victims were the residents of Ghazni province and were abducted few months ago when they were travelling to Ghazni. ... [TOLO News - 9/11/15]
District governor survives bomb blast in Nangarhar [Khaama - 9/11/15]
At least seven people were killed Sunday in clashes between supporters of rival political parties in Nigeria's eastern Taraba state after a court nullified the election win of the state governor, police said. ... [NDTV - 9/11/15]
Yemen fighting kills more than 50: residents, medical sources [Reuters - 8/11/15]
Another cyclone made landfall in war-ravaged Yemen's Socotra island Sunday, causing panic as a minister posted an "urgent appeal" to save residents from the second tropical storm in a week.
At least two people were killed and dozens injured, a government source said.
Heavy winds, rain, and flash floods swept through Socotra as the storm, named Megh, hit the island, already badly battered by last week's cyclone Chapala, residents said. ... [Ahram - 8/11/15]
A US military drone has crashed in a countryside in Kuwait, says the Persian Gulf country’s defense ministry.
The unmanned plane came down late on Sunday in the Bir Mutla region close to the Ali al-Salem air base, which is currently being used by the US air force. ... [Press TV - 8/11/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [8/11/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
Bomber, fighter, attack, ground-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 strikes in Syria:
-- Near Hasakah, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Hawl, six strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 16 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and wounded an ISIL fighter.
-- Near Washiya, one strike destroyed an ISIL supply cache and damaged an ISIL cave.
Strikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter, attack, ground-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 19 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed eight ISIL buildings and an ISIL command and control node.
-- Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
-- Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL staging area.
-- Near Ramadi, four strikes destroyed an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL building, suppressed movement of five ISIL tactical vehicles, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Sinjar, eleven strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, 21 ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL light machine guns, and three ISIL vehicles.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL fighting position.
Russian airstrikes target IS positions in Syria's Palmyra [Xinhua - 9/11/15]
Turkish forces killed 119 fighters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and lost six men themselves during a 40-day land and air assault against the rebels in southeastern Hakkari province, the military said Saturday. ... [RUDAW - 8/11/15]
Cyprus base refugees seek judicial review of refusal to let them move to UK [Guardian - 9/11/15]
@MSF_Sea [8/11/15]: This week during the #ValettaSummit we are sharing stories of #people denied #safepassage & forced to flee via #Libya. Share them widely!
Authorities rescued several hundred migrants from the Aegean Sea off eastern Greek islands in relatively calm waters on Saturday, also reporting the death of a toddler.
The boy, aged 2-3 years, was found off the coast of Lesbos fully clothed, including boots, and wearing an orange life jacket, the Greek coast guard said in a statement. ... [Yahoo - 7/11/15]
Privileges committee could investigate false evidence given to Nauru Senate Inquiry
A Senate committee will be asked to investigate whether witnesses gave false evidence to an inquiry into offshore processing on Nauru.
Senate President Stephen Parry on Monday ruled the privileges committee could look into possible contempt by witnesses who gave evidence relating to the surveillance of Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young and a disturbance in July 2013.
The Greens and Labor will refer the potential false or misleading evidence to the committee on Tuesday.
... I was a Staff Sergeant in the South African Police during and after the Apartheid era and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never witnessed the injustice and ill-treatment of human beings that I witnessed at Bravo Camp, RPC Nauru. ...
Not one Australian journalist went to Nauru to report on the riot trials.
Image: Displaced Peoples Organisation Limited via @CSerow [23/8/13]
Nauru Senate Inquiry, Submission 98:
... I soon noticed that the most vague witness statements were written by security personnel within a few days of the riot.
The more incriminating statements were dated up to four months after the event.
I asked myself “How can anyone remember in such detail and with such clarity months after the event when the statements written only days after the evidence were so vague?”.
As a seasoned investigator I suspected fabrication and collaboration of evidence.
After making a few unofficial enquiries I learned that officers present at the riot were told to implicate more suspects as someone was to be made responsible for the riot.
It was then that the Bravo Camp detainees were randomly pointed out by officers.
Most claim they had had previous run-ins with the witnesses and believed thats why they were singled out. ...
Asylum seekers' convictions for July 2013 riots overturned by Nauru court, their current whereabouts is unknown [ABC - 24/8/15]
Former guard on Nauru details allegations against 'corrupt and incompetent' Wilson Security [ABC - 5/6/15]
... Immigration Minister Tony Burke says those responsible will be subject to the criminal laws of Nauru and could face severe penalties.
He has hinted that he could cancel or refuse a visa for those involved in the riots on the grounds of character.
"And now I can't prejudge that test before individual applications come to me, if I do it simply creates a legal problem with the possible overturning of my decision," he said.
"But I don't think it would take much guessing for people to work out how incidences like what we've seen overnight in Nauru reflect on character."
Are any Australian journalists actually going to Christmas Island, or are they just going to continue regurgitating government propaganda and engage in the usual victim blaming?
@J_says [9/11/15]: This appeared on FB from someone with contacts on #ChristmasIsland. What in hell happened? ... :
... We are very distressed to hear that Fazal escaped from Christmas Island two days ago and then returned to the camp today and was calling out for help.
Friends report that guards took him behind the medical building and beat him until he was silent.
Friends say Fazal's face was smashed.
There are grave questions to answer as to how this man died and by whose hand.
There is much confusion and no information but now 300 men in the camp are protesting the death.
Fazal did not deserve this.
Vale Fazal your friends are mourning your death and will not rest until we know why you are no longer with us. ...
Nine MSN [9/11/15]:
The chief of the Australian Border Force has dismissed reports of rioting on Christmas Island and blamed "opportunists" for a disturbance at the detention centre.
Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg said the drama started when Iranian asylum seekers became "understandably distressed" at the death of the escapee.
Mr Quaedvlieg claimed opportunists had used the situation to fuel unrest.
"Damage has been reported but the extent is unknown until we can fully assess," he said.
The denial comes as the Immigration Department confirmed authorities were trying to regain control following the death of Iranian-Kurdish asylum seeker Fazel Chegeni on the weekend.
Mr Chegen was reported missing on Friday and his body was found yesterday in bushland by Australian Federal Police officers.
The cause of his death remains unknown.
"The Department can confirm a disturbance in progress at the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre," it said in a statement.
"The Department and its service providers are at the centre, working together to assess and resolve the situation.
"While there are reports of damage inside the centre its perimeter remains secure. There are no reports of any injuries.
"The Department is working with its partners to restore the good order of the centre. Any criminal offences will be referred to the police for investigation."
The Department said it was advised of Mr Chegeni's escape on Saturday morning.
"As this matter is now subject to a coronial inquiry the department will not be commenting further at this time," the Department of Immigration said in a statement. ...
Backpedalling politicians who have recently become too gutless to reiterate calls for the closure of the death camps should at least demand a Royal Commission into ALL aspects of Australia's refugee, migration and border policy.
Has the Australian government advised Fazel Chegeni's family?
Why doesn't anyone hold these bastards to account? [New York Times - 8/11/15]:
... “Fazel should have been treated with decency and respect,” said Daniel Webb, a lawyer from the Human Rights Law Centre in Melbourne.
“Instead he has become a victim of a blunt, arbitrary and tremendously cruel system.”
Boochani remembers that during that time of ‘so many rules and torture’ that a guard pointed to him and said to another guard: ‘He is in here because he is a journalist’.
Researchers Against Pacific Black Sites [9/11/15]:
A letter from a Kurdish journalist in our black site on Manus Island.
Dear Mr Dutton,
How many people must die from Australia’s harsh detention policies before the Australian government answers us and the people of the world?
Australia signed the the Refugee Convention in 1951 and undertook to follow international law.
Mr Dutton, do you think about your international undertakings? Have you asked yourself why asylum seekers do not go to Japan or South Korea or other industrialised countries? I will answer this question. They do not go to those countries because those countries have not made the international undertakings such as the Refugee Convention and the Convention Against Torture that Australia has signed.
This much is clear: If you hate asylum seekers it is easy to withdraw from your international undertakings.
Too many of us have died. Too many of us are dying slowly.
Who killed Fazel? Who put him under much pressure and systematic torture? Why and because of what did he lose his life? Years, months and days he was waiting for freedom. Why was it that Fazel had to escape from detention?
You must answer to us and to history.
Stop your cruel illegal policy. Stop the systematic torture and killing of people in your detention hell.
Is there any nation on earth that doesn't have one of their political dissidents caged in Australia's gulag archipelago? [Researchers Against Pacific Black Sites - 20/10/15]:
Researchers Against Pacific Black Sites, Reporters Without Borders, Humanitarian Research Partners Inc, PEN Sydney, and PEN Melbourne have come together to support and build on the PEN International campaign focusing on the incarceration in Australia’s Pacific Black Site - the detention camp on Manus Island - of Kurdish journalist, writer and human rights defender, Behrouz Boochani.
Over many years it has become evident that those who report human rights abuses, negotiate rights within the camps on behalf of other’s detained there, speak to Australian and international media, or write and communicate with people outside of the camps, are harassed, threatened, labelled as trouble makers, put under intense surveillance and for some, beaten, raped and imprisoned.
Mark Isaacs points to the targeting of writers: ‘the Nauruan police took Dev away from the camp in handcuffs they said to him, ‘Goodbye Mr Journalist’, an implication that this was revenge for him having contact with Australian media’. (Mark Isaacs, 2014).
Boochani also recalls something similar. After being released from the East Lorengau Prison where he and many others were taken and held without charge in February this year, he was returned to the detention camp and held in the area known as Charlie - an area used for ‘behaviour modification’.
Boochani remembers that during that time of ‘so many rules and torture’ that a guard pointed to him and said to another guard: ‘He is in here because he is a journalist’.
My Boochani continues to write articles, stories and poetry. He continues to sing the words and sounds of his Kurdish lands. He continues too to mourn the genocide he attempts to halt.
‘I have cried many times for beautiful words’, he says to me. ‘Many times I have cried for beautiful words’
Write of Asylum calls for an end to the persecution of writers, journalists and human rights defenders.
We call on journalists, writers, academics and human rights defenders in Australia to join with us and build a movement demanding freedom for all those interred in our Pacific Black Sites.
Becoming MEG45, Behrouz Boochani [Mascara Literary Review - 20/10/15]
@NgatiBird - New Zealand Labour MP Kelvin Davis [9/11/15]:
Christmas Island detainees: They are going to bash us and break bones. Get someone over here to check our injuries as evidence. #freethe501s
Just got off the phone to detainees. They're scared they'll be shot. #freethe501s
Christmas Island is Australia.
Where is the Human Rights Commission? Where is Amnesty Australia?
Why are they silent?
Why are the activities of the Australian branch of the UNHCR free from scrutiny?
Living With Evil.
As another crisis unfolds, the desperation of Australia's political, media and human rights establishment to yank back the narrative - and maintain business as usual - is palpable.
Greens issue media release about constitutional recognition - which indigenous Australians have largely rejected.
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young [9/11/15]: A young Iranian man has died after many long years in detention. The Christmas Island detention centre is now in meltdown. I'm calling for a full, independent investigation into Australia's detention network. i.e. [BLURT]
The only politician to highlight human rights atrocities on Christmas Island is a Kiwi. Meet Kelvin Davis MP - Australia's opposition.
Australian politicians are fascists.
As the Australian political and media establishment close ranks and continue trying to "neutralise" the human rights atrocity on Christmas Island ----> ... At the “Universal Periodic Review” (UPR) other countries will have the opportunity to question Australia about its human rights record and make a series of recommendations for improvement. ... [Human Rights Law Centre - 6/11/15]
Australia: Progress Needed at UN Rights Review [Human Rights Watch – 5/11/15]:
... A Human Rights Watch submission to the UPR flagged concerns over asylum seekers and refugees, counterterrorism measures, disability rights, indigenous rights, and sexual orientation and gender identity rights.
Despite Australia’s commitments at its 2011 review to address refugee protection, the government reintroduced offshore processing by transferring asylum seekers who arrive by boat to Papua New Guinea and Nauru for processing and eventual resettlement. Asylum seekers are held in dirty, overcrowded conditions, where there have been reports of sexual and physical abuse, and have few long-term prospects for resettlement.
In 2011, Australia accepted recommendations to process asylum seekers’ claims, in accordance with the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, which Australia has ratified. Yet in 2014, Australia removed most mentions of the Refugee Convention from its Migration Act.
“Over the last four years we’ve seen serious backsliding on the rights of asylum seekers and refugees arriving in Australia,” Pearson said.
“Countries should press Australia on its policy of diverting asylum seekers to countries with far less capacity to process their claims and integrate those found to be refugees. Countries should hold Australia to account for abuses during offshore processing and mandatory detention.”
SBS helps Barnaby Joyce MP promote the government's "handpicked Syrian refugees who aren't Muslim and don't come by boat" PR stunt. [9/11/15]
Australia's protected and unaccountable Immigration Minister deports refugee from Pinochet dictatorship [Brisbane Times - 9/11/15]
On friday night our brother managed to get over the fence and spend his last days in this living hell, a free man. 5 years in detention and now your free of all your pain and suffering.
Kelvin Davis [New Zealand Labour MP - 9/11/15]:
Received last night from a Christmas Island 501 detainee. It appears that the detainees have now had enough and are rioting.
This is what happens when people are treated like animals. Australia must stop the human rights abuses.#freethe501s
Kia ora everybody, a man has passed away this morning under some curious circumstances.
First i would like to ask the lord almighty to bless us with a pure heart and a pure mind. Forgive us our sins and bless our brother FAZEL CHEGIHI ...soul as he departs this living hell and makes his way into your kingdom.
On friday night our brother managed to get over the fence and spend his last days in this living hell, a free man.
5 years in detention and now your free of all your pain and suffering. All the torture Physically and mentally. The chains are broken!
Now we stand together! 501 and refugee. No matter what, we come on the same waka, we will leave on the same waka!
Everybody fears for there lives.
What ever happened to our brother is immigrations and australian border force doing.
R.I.P FAZEL CHEGIHI....Another day on the island.
Australian media typically parroting government line - only reporting "riot" after being scooped by New Zealand media
'They've freaked out and left' – mass riot breaks out at Christmas Island detention centre [TVNZ 9/11/15]
... "We see it all the time, people are trying to hurt themselves, trying to kill themselves," the detainee, who asked not to be named, told Morning Report.
"This recent death has just pushed everyone a bit too far."
Another detainee in the 'green compound' of the centre has told Nine to Noon that about 100 detainees are now together, and were getting ready for the security guards to come back.
He said the situation had calmed down in the past few hours, but detainees were angry and did not want to negotiate with the guards.
"No one is ready to talk to the guards. We are sick of their lies. Every time we negotiate with them, they never follow through on their deals and they lock us up in our cells and beat us up where no one can see. They're not going to force that again.
"We're all just waiting here together to see what they are going to do. It might not be nothing, but at least our voices will be heard, because nobody seems to be listening at all."
"A detainee was asking a guard how that person died and got punched in the face for his efforts and that's what's really set things off," Mr Davis [New Zealand Labour MP] told Morning Report.
"I believe a fence has been torn down and detainees from the segregated unit have joined the other detainees.
"I believe that canisters have been fired into the compound but haven't gone off." ... [RNZI - 9/11/15]
Solidarity and indefinite detention forever!: Australian blackshirts stop work for 24 hours [RNZI - 9/11/15]
CPSU Media Release [30/6/15]:
… *Customs officers can receive allowances for a range of workplace situations including being at sea, using firearms, meeting high fitness standards, working long hours, unusual shifts and performing dirty and/or dangerous work.
Some of the allowances at risk in the new agreement include:
•Use of Force Allowance: for officers required to maintain specified fitness level so they can carry firearms
•Marine and Marine Accommodation Allowances: for officers deployed at sea for up to 36 days at a time
•Detector Dog Unit Allowance: for officers who work with dogs detecting controlled substances
•Removals Allowance: for officers required to escort deportees anywhere in the world, including high risk environments
•Extended Commitment Allowance; for immigration officers working for long periods in isolated locations (e.g. Christmas Island)
Serco in pay dispute with WA prison [WA Today - 8/11/15]
Australian Federal Police Association president resigns amid court investigation [Canberra Times – 8/11/15]
Australian working for UNHCR in Jordan excitedly promotes militarised border control techonology as it creeps into mainstream ----> @And_Harper [8/11/15]: Rest of world is now waking up 2 what we are doing in #jordan w @IrisGuard @CairoAmmanBank @Refugees #innovation
UNHCR branch in Australia continues ignoring human rights atrocities in detention centres ----> @UNrefugees [9/11/15]: Our partnership launch with @FFA CEO David Gallop: "an opportunity to donate to help with relief in Europe and Syria" #footballcares
Ewwww ---> Guardian [9/11/15]: Opposition leader Bill Shorten with Socceroo Tim Cahill at the launch of Football Cares. [for refugees who aren't Muslim and don't come by boat.]
9 November 2015