United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 9/11/16]
Shipwreck survivors stranded by a faltering deal [News Deeply - 2/11/16]
"Good" refugees and migrants - who don't come by boat, and make efforts to never drown - exploited in an effort to neutralise Australia's ongoing atrocities [ABC - 9/11/16]
Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants Francois Crepeau meets with refugee concentration camp profiteers AMES Australia [6/11/16]
Protected and unaccountable UNHCR Regional Representative Thomas "send in the military" Albrecht spruiks the "global compact" to a friendly audience [AMES Australia - 3/8/16]:
... UNHCR Regional Representative for Australian and the Pacific Thomas Albrecht outlined the details of the compact at a recent briefing to staff at migrant and refugee settlement agency AMES Australia.
Mr Albrecht said the UNHCR’s greatest current mission is to achieve the equitable and reasonable sharing of the responsibility for protecting refugees.
He said the global compact held out hope for a framework to cope with large scale movements of people but international cooperation was needed for it to succeed. ...
Politely calling bullshit on the anti-refugee "global compact" and dodgy UN Summit [IRIN - 28/9/16]
Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru [Image: @MiriamVPerkins - 16/2/16]
Andrew Wilkie MP alerts the International Criminal Court to what he feels is the latest escalation of Australia's anti-refugee torture exile and turnback policy [7/11/16]
No word on whether the ICC have responded to any of Wilkie's letters since 2014 - other than an indication "they are considering his submission" [Andrew Wilkie MP provides further material to the ICC - 11/2/16]:
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has written again to the International Criminal Court to provide further material to support an investigation into the Australian Government for crimes against humanity in relation to asylum seekers.
“I have written to the ICC Prosecutor to draw her attention to the Government’s intention to deport to Nauru 267 asylum seekers, including 30 babies, who were brought to Australia for medical treatment,” Mr Wilkie said.
“We know that the Nauru Regional Processing Centre is no place for anyone, especially children, and that if these children are returned then they will be subject to treatment that is in breach of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“Moreover the Government is in contravention of the Rome Statute because it continues to incarcerate people indefinitely without trial, forcibly transfer people to third countries and places them in conditions causing great suffering and serious injury to mental and physical health.
“If the Government won’t listen to the outrage of the Australian people, then let’s hope they listen to the ICC.”
Mr Wilkie first wrote to the ICC in October 2014 asking for an investigation into the Government in accordance with Article 15(1) of the Rome Statute.
He has submitted further evidence to the ICC since and the ICC has indicated that they are considering his submission.
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, and eminent human rights advocate and lawyer, Greg Barns, have formally requested the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigate crimes against asylum seekers by members of the Abbott Government. ... ICC requested to investigate prosecution of Abbott Government [Andrew Wilkie MP Media Release 22/10/14]
The Coalition and Labor have joined forces to vote down a motion to grant amnesty to almost 270 asylum seekers currently in Australia.
The 267 people, including 37 babies, are facing the prospect of being sent to Nauru in the wake of yesterday's High Court judgement which upheld offshore immigration detention.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young today moved a motion in the Senate, asking for the Federal Government to allow the asylum seekers to remain onshore.
In full, the motion read: "the Senate calls on the Turnbull Government to grant amnesty to the 267 men, women and children in Australia as part of the M68 High Court challenge, and allow them to stay."
It was defeated 10-40, with independent senator John Madigan siding with the Greens. ...
22 February 2016, House of Representatives: Wilkie MP moves to censure the Immigration Minister re self harm lie and the ALP leap to Dutton's defence <---- 21 mins in.
House of Representatives Hansard [22/2/16]:
... I am not going to preside over a situation where we have people self-harming to come to hospitals in this country because they believe that is the route out into the Australian community for Australian citizenship. ... [Dutton]
I have looked very closely at the motion and spoke with the minister, briefly, to get his recollection—and I, obviously, have my own recollection of what was said in here.
The motion suggests the minister said something he did not.
There is a principle in all of this that matters: that we get the facts right as we seek to debate this issue, that we be absolutely and forensically and passionately and zealously accurate about it, because we as a country are not going to resolve this issue so long as we make spin a part of how we go about this.
In circumstances where what the minister has said is a matter that is plainly on the record, we are not going to be voting for something that suggests something different. ... [Marles]
... Labor's immigration spokesman Richard Marles has called offshore processing "the single most important policy that any Australian government has made". ... Australia's refugee detention centres are concentration camps and must be closed, Stephen Charles, QC, former judge of the Victorian Court of Appeal [The Age - 4/5/16]
Hunger strikes and suicide attempts by asylum seekers on Nauru will not get them ''anywhere'', Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Monday. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 26/2/13]
Hail ants! ---> Japan said Wednesday it will send a top official to Washington to try to meet with those who will be responsible for the next White House administration.
Katsuyuki Kawai, a political aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in charge of diplomacy, told reporters after meeting with Abe that he had been instructed to visit Washington as early as next week. ... [Japan Today - 9/11/16]
Vietnam decides to scrap nuclear plant construction plans [Bangkok Post - 9/11/16]
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Russian President Vladimir Putin met here Tuesday and exchanged views on boosting bilateral cooperation and further promoting China-Russia ties. ... [Xinhua - 8/11/16]
Trump’s revolution: Now beware the counter-revolution [Antiwar.com - 9/11/16]
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a U.S.-led coalition air strike killed at least 16 people overnight in a town north of Islamic State's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.
The U.S.-led coalition said it had no information on the report by the war monitor, but would look into it. ... [Reuters - 9/11/16]
Moscow refutes media allegations about Russian air strikes near Syria’s Idlib [TASS - 8/11/16]
Syrian army regains control over new area in Aleppo [SANA - 8/11/16]
A nurse was killed on Tuesday and a doctor was injured in terrorist sniper shootings in Damascus Countryside.
A source at Damascus Countryside Police Command told SANA that a male nurse was killed and a female doctor was injured when terrorist snipers targeted the Police Hospital in Harasta neighborhood.
Meanwhile in Damascus city, one person was killed and 4 others injured when terrorists from Jaish al-Islam fired rocket shells at al-Mazzeh 86 residential neighborhood. ... [SANA - 8/11/16]
US Apache helicopters involved in attacking Mosul [Antiwar.com - 8/11/16]
Iraqi investigators have carried out an initial examination on Tuesday of a mass grave site discovered in an area south of Mosul that was recently retaken from ISIL control.
Iraqi security forces announced the discovery of the site in the Hammam al-Alil area on Monday, after retaking it as part of the operation to recapture Mosul, the last Iraqi city held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, also known as ISIS. ... [Al Jazeera - 8/11/16]
@IraqiSMCEn [8/11/16]: Mosul people pay price of international conflict.
National Geographic's famed 'Afghan Girl' Sharbat Gula arrived in Afghanistan Tuesday night through Torkham dry-port after Pakistan court decided to deport her a week earlier.
Sharbat Gula's lawyer, Mubashir, said the accused had pleaded guilty to all charges against her in the special anti-corruption and immigration court in Peshawar today.
Sharbat Gula was arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Oct 26 from her house in the Nauthia area for alleged forgery of a Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC).
A day after her arrest, the United Nations High Commissioner distanced itself from Sharbat Gula, claiming that she was not a registered refugee. ... [Pajhwok - 9/11/16]
Self-appointed, establishment international law experts use logical progression of duopoly fascism to condemn Turnbull. Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy remains unchallenged. [Sydney Morning Herald - 9/11/16]
This elitist conference - and its participants - should be protested ---> From refugee emergency to protracted exile: The role of 'time' in international protection [Kaldor Centre Annual Conference - UNSW - 18 November]
UNHCR's Volker Turk helps Australia shirk international responsibilities following sham Bali Process meeting [23/3/16]
Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014.
Australia's "People Smuggling Ambassador" Andrew Goledzinowski hasn't been to Nauru since his appointment; mystery surrounds his activities at Manus Prison [ABC - 9/11/16]
Andrew Goledzinowski defends Australia's anti-refugee policy at the UN ---> Australia - 23rd Session of Universal Periodic Review [VIDEO - UN - 9/11/15]
... Goledzinowski [Australia’s ambassador for people smuggling issues, Andrew Goledzinowski] said resettlement was raised during the Bangkok meeting on 29 May.
“All who spoke on resettlement said that this was not a durable solution for the Rohingya problem and that it would constitute a pull factor,” he told a Senate estimates committee on Wednesday.
“The UNHCR was the most articulate on this point.”
He engaged in bilateral meetings with representatives from some of the other 16 countries in attendance, and is adamant that at least one will seek further briefings on adopting Australia’s key asylum seeker measures.
“We also were able to talk a little bit about our own experiences during operation sovereign borders where we’ve been very successful in disrupting people trafficking and smuggling networks,” Goledzinowski said.
NEW DEPUTY PERMREP TO AUSTRALIAN MISSION TO UN: ANDREW GOLEDZINOWSKI:
... Andrew Goledzinowski is a career diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and head of its International Organisations Branch.
He has served on the personal staff of two Foreign Ministers - Gareth Evans and Alexander Downer.
From 2000-2002 Mr Goledzinowski worked as Chief of Staff to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson.
From 2003-2004, he was deployed to Iraq where he served under Paul Bremer as a senior official of the Coalition Provisional Authority.
He was then seconded for a further nine months to the World Bank as its senior adviser in Baghdad. ...
"WHERE IS FREEDOM? AFTER THREE YEARS!"
via @fawaz_ss088129 [6/6/16]
Day 94 Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru [Image: @elahe_zivardar - 21/6/16]
A clear and consistent demand ---> WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD TO TAKE US FROM THE HELL. @InsurrectNews [7/11/16]
... I won't leave Manus without my rights, because they used my body, my soul for their political ends. ...
Australia's political prisoners on Manus Island lodge new claim for illegal detention compensation [ABC - 8/11/16]:
More than 700 asylum seekers and refugees sent by Australia to Papua New Guinea have lodged a new claim for compensation for being illegally detained on Manus Island.
The 731 men are seeking enforcement of a PNG Supreme Court ruling in April that found their detention on Manus Island breached their constitutional rights.
The court ordered the Australian and PNG Governments to shut down the Manus detention centre, but it is still operating, albeit under altered conditions.
The compensation claim will be made against the PNG Government and will also include men who have left Manus to return to their countries of origin.
The Supreme Court dismissed an earlier application by the men in October, because they had not signed it themselves.
The principle applicant in the new case, Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani, said the court should treat this fresh application differently.
"We hope that they eventually make a good decision and give compensation to us, because this is our right," he said.
"We are fighting for our rights because we think we didn't do any crime.
"We came to Australia under international law and this is only propaganda from the Government [saying] that you are illegal."
Mr Boochani said he was sceptical of reports Australia is close to reaching a deal to resettle the men in a third country.
"I myself won't leave Manus Island without my compensation, because this is my right," he said.
"They cannot keep people in the prison for a long time and after that say: 'OK, go away, go to a third country'.
"I don't care if the third country is America, Canada or anywhere, I won't leave Manus without my rights, because they used my body, my soul for their political ends."
The unquestioning acceptance of the illogical "raise the humanitarian intake" talking point as a practicable atrocity neutraliser reflects the sheer insanity and degeneracy of Australia's (so called) political and human rights discourse ---> ... crossbencher Nick Xenophon - whose team holds three key votes in the Senate - has flagged he could support the bill if Australia takes more refugees.
"Australia is a big country with a big heart. I would like to see an even bigger increase in our humanitarian intake," he told ABC radio on Wednesday.
Senator Xenophon also raised the prospect of his team not voting as a bloc on the bill because he sees it as a "conscience issue". ... Xenophon legitimises Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy; highlights ALP obsolescence [Yahoo - 9/11/16]
US accepts tokenistic handful of Rohingya refugees from Indonesia - most of those rescued during the May 2015 boat crisis have been deported and/or subjected to criminal prosecution/indefinite detention throughout South East Asia [Anadolu Agency - 8/11/16]:
A group of Rohingya who have been living in Indonesia since a May 2015 anti-trafficking crackdown have begun the process of moving to the United States.
The Head of Lhokseumawe immigration office in Aceh province told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday that 17 Rohingya had been transferred from temporary shelters in Lhokseumawe to North Sumatra province for processing. ... <--- The May 2015 picture accompanying this Turkish anti-Rohingya PR shows UNHCR, IOM and US officials treating refugees like condemned zoo animals.
US Envoy on Refugees, Migration Policy in Southeast Asia [Anne Richard] press conference with UNHCR and IOM fobs off concerns about Myanmar human rights abuses and refugee exodus [3/6/15]
... Anne Richard, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for population, migration and refugees, said resettling all Rohingya refugees in the United States would entice others to leave their homeland.
"The answer to the issue is peace and stability and citizenship for the Rohingyas in Rakhine state, and that is the solution," she said at the end of a three-day visit to Malaysia. ...
Rights groups demand end to indefinite detention of 1,000s of Rohingya refugees in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia [MSRI/Bangkok Post - 12/3/16]
@nslwin [8/11/16]: #Myanmar Army surrounds #SabaiGone VT, #SinThayPyin H of #LaungDon VT now. Most of the #Rohingya villagers fled at midnight.
@nslwin [8/11/16]: I'm just informed that 3 #Rohingya women from #NgaSarKyu taken away by #Myanmar Army on Oct 20 8AM. No return since then. @AungNaingSoeAns
@nslwin [8/11/16]: @AzG_nl's staff Muji Ullah, working at #MyinHlut sub-Township office was just arrested by #Myanmar Army. His father had to flee village now
Myanmar's Rohingya brace for more attacks in Rakhine [Al Jazeera - 8/11/16]
... Energy shares were trading mixed, with Woodside up 0.4 per cent at $28.70, but Santos and Oil Search down 1.9 per cent and 0.2 per cent, respectively. ... Australian stocks gain on Clinton hopes [Yahoo - 9/11/16]
Tamil Nadu fishermen disappointed over outcome of talks with Sri Lanka [The Hindu - 8/11/16]:
... The leaders had high hopes that the two governments would work out a solution and allow Tamil Nadu fishermen to fish in the Lankan waters in the Palk Bay for specific period till they switched over to deep-sea fishing or phased out bottom trawling; but, they were disappointed.
“The whole exercise turned out to be futile and it was totally disappointing,” U. Arulanandham, president of the Alliance for the Release of Innocent Fishermen (ARIF), told The Hindu .
It was shocking that Ms. Swaraj could not prevail upon the Sri Lankan government to secure the release of 115 boats detained in the island nation for more than one-and-a-half years, he said.
The decision to set up joint patrolling and establish hotline between the two coast guards was aimed at chasing away the Tamil Nadu fishermen, he [Mr. M. Ilango, leader of the National Fishworkers’ Forum] said. ...
Seeking asylum in the US is like playing roulette [Fusion - 3/11/16]:
... After her asylum request was rejected, Senia filed an appeal, and her luck changed: a different immigration judge overturned the ruling, and her deportation order was stopped.
Senia was given her freedom and relocated to New York City, where she spoke to Fusion by phone.
She told us that until her life was threatened in El Salvador, she’d never had any intention of coming to the U.S., much less illegally.
“There are a lot of people dying over there (in El Salvador), innocent people that are not even involved in crime,” she said.
“The criminals take away the dreams, plans, and the lives of hardworking people who just want to provide for their families.”
@wikileaks [8/11/16]: Assange statement: What are the reasons behind WikiLeaks exposures of the DNC and the Clinton campaign?
Bill Clinton branded Jeremy Corbyn 'maddest person in the room', leaked speech reveals [The Independent - 8/11/16]
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