She has been told she has two options: return to Iran (where she faces a minimum of imprisonment, maximum of execution) or remain in detention indefinitely.
[Julian Burnside - 1/3/16]
Campaign to #freemorjan continues #LetThemStay. ... [King George Square, Brisbane]
Image: @phil_monsour [11/3/16]
Decent human beings protest Shorten and the ALP's cruel and inhumane refugee policy [VIDEO - Northern Star - 10/3/16]
This is why --> A 34-year-old Iranian refugee on Nauru was savagely attacked by two Nauruans on Saturday night, 5 March, around 10pm.
Two Nauruans on a motor cycle approached the man who was walking alone near the Nibok settlement.
The man was struck across the top of the head by a machete, while the attacking Nauruans said, “Fuck refugees.” ... [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 9/3/16]
My misery started when I was transferred to Nauru in November 2012. I arrived on Christmas Island two weeks earlier, on a boat with a group of 83 asylum seekers.
Our boat floundered for a day in tumultuous seas. The engine stopped working and the boat was taking on water. We lost hope for survival.
The Nauruan immigration staff came and they cursed us and abused us. I said I did not burn the camp.
Inside the prison, when we asked something or tried to argue, they punched us like we were a punching bag.
There was an Afghan man in our group who was made to stand against the wall.
A prison guard punched him: his head hit the wall and then another wall, and he was punched again before he fell to the ground.
An Arab was brought to the prison with his leg broken for his arrest. ... [The Saturday Paper - 12/3/16]
Republic of Nauru. Government Gazette. Published by authority extraordinary [19/7/13]:
Nauru police force reserve.
It is notified for general information that pursuant to Section 4 of the Nauru Police Force Act 1972, I, Hon. David Adeang, MP, Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services hereby establish a body of reserve officers consisting of Transfield security personnel, other security service personnel and all other deputised to respond to the RPC riots in Nauru to be called the Nauru Police Force Reserve.
It is further notified that all reserve officers shall be the under the command of the director of police.
Concentration Camps and Media Reports
Chapter 4, Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany [Robert Gellately - Oxford University Press, 2001]:
This chapter discusses how Nazi officials informed the public about the concentration camps, and provided rationalizations for them.
Public knowledge of the concentration camps was coloured by the media.
Newspapers frankly blamed the victims, even those who were killed.
One sign that the German people accepted or were willing to tolerate the camps and the new police can be seen in the plebiscite and election of 1933, and the plebiscite of August 1934.
The vast majority of Germans had dropped their reservations about Hitler, and it would be surprising if many at that point were outraged by the camps or the Gestapo.
Germans knew of Holocaust horror about death camps [Guardian - 17/2/01]
"I feel that I will die here": Refugee tricked by Australia and the IOM into exile from Nauru to Cambodia [Sydney Morning Herald - 12/3/16]
... The analysis of voting patterns from July 2014 to last month shows the Greens have only voted with the government 6 per cent of the time.
Labor, on the other hand, voted with the Coalition 38 per cent of the time. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 12/3/16]
The Saturday Paper [27/9/14]:
... Even dissent in modern Labor is often tightly scripted.
Although [Senator] Dastyari’s remarks on refugee policy earlier this year were reported as pitting him against Shorten, his speech had in fact been vetted by the party’s leadership. ...
Senator Dastyari voted with the government against a Greens motion to grant amnesty to 270 asylum seekers [ABC - 4/2/16]
Waiting for the "opposition" leader at another stage managed community forum
Image: @ABCNorthCoast [10/3/16]
The Divine Comedy, Dante:
... I came to myself, in a dark wood, where the direct way was lost. It is a hard thing to speak of, how wild, harsh and impenetrable that wood was, so that thinking of it recreates the fear.
It is scarcely less bitter than death: but, in order to tell of the good that I found there, I must tell of the other things I saw there.
I cannot rightly say how I entered it. I was so full of sleep, at that point where I abandoned the true way. But when I reached the foot of a hill, where the valley, that had pierced my heart with fear, came to an end, I looked up and saw its shoulders brightened with the rays of that sun that leads men rightly on every road.
Then the fear, that had settled in the lake of my heart, through the night that I had spent so miserably, became a little calmer. And as a man, who, with panting breath, has escaped from the deep sea to the shore, turns back towards the perilous waters and stares, so my mind, still fugitive, turned back to see that pass again, that no living person ever left.
Walk for Justice for Refugees - Palm Sunday
Walk together to say #LetThemStay #CloseTheCamps #BringThemHere ...
Such brave Aussie heroes - feel safe Australia? [Nine MSN - 8/3/16]:
An asylum-seeker boat carrying six Bangladeshi men has been scuttled by Australian Border Force personnel in the Timor Sea, according to an Indonesian police official.
The men along with their two Indonesian crew were offloaded on to a local fishing boat off the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara.
East Nusa Tenggara water police director Teddy JS Marbun says the men left the port of Tenau in Kupang on March 3 heading for Australia.
"Based on testimony from the captain and the crew, there were six foreign people on the boat," Mr Marbun said.
They were intercepted by the Australian Border Force vessel on Monday.
The men were then taken on board the Australian ship and their boat was scuttled. Mr Marbun said the Australians then sought an Indonesian fishing boat in the area.
"Not far from there, there was a fisherman boat from Kupang looking for sea cucumber," Mr Marbun said.
"The boat then was asked to bring the crews and the migrants back to Kupang. Up to now, they're all still under investigation."
Mr Marbun said the asylum seekers, all men aged between 23 and 45, said they'd been in Kupang since February 13.
"They claimed that their documents, including their passports, were drowned along with the boat which was drowned by the Australians," he added.
Niko, a Kupang man, prepared the boat, said Isai Rano, one of the boat's crew.
He said the Bangladeshi men had bought the boat from Niko for 93 million rupiah ($A9492).
Mr Isai said he and his crewmate Lasuma were promised 35 million rupiah for taking the men to Australia, but Niko just gave them 10 million rupiah with the rest to be paid once they had arrived in Australia.
"They (the Bangladeshis) came to Tenau Port at 1am on March 3. We're leaving at 3am. All the preparation for the trip have been prepared by Niko, like food and fuel.
"I only knew Niko for one day before leaving. I didn't know at first who bought the boat. I was only asked to drive the boat and so I accepted the offer because I need the money."
He said they did not receive any money from the Border Force to turn back.
"Before sending us back to Kupang, officers from Australian Customs gave us logistics like food, fuel and life jacket. No, they didn't give us money," Mr Isai said.
An Indonesian policeman carries an exhausted young boy following more rescues from the sunken asylum seeker boat of West Java. Photo AFP
[Asylum-seekers 'tortured and raped' by Australia - Independent - 24/7/13]
@moas_asia [8/3/16]: ... Chris Catrambone #Phoenix sets sail from #Bangkok on its way to #Phuket to launch #MOASAsia
Australia's political and media establishment are an international laughing stock. Given the number of times they have previously announced the forced return of refugees to Iran, the odds are it is BULLSHIT this time too.
979,441 refugees reside in Iran [UNHCR 2015]
Iran’s Foreign Minister yesterday urged the United States to reconsider sanctions imposed against a Chinese electronics firm accused of violating Washington’s export laws against Tehran.
“I believe that sanctions do not work,” Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif said in Singapore where he is on a three-day visit, referring to the restrictions recently placed by the US Commerce Department against international smartphone manufacturer, ZTE, which was accused early this week of selling US-made goods to Iran. ... [Today Online - 9/3/16]
Ravi: "Don't think people are surviving in the detention centres, they are dying...dying... dying." @PplJustLikeUs #RefugeesSpeakOut
"tweeted" by @SaysSemi [1/3/16]
Asylum seekers in offshore detention are being placed under surveillance for suicide and self-harm at a rate of two every three days, and growing more seriously mentally ill the longer they are detained, a new health briefing to the federal government shows.
An asylum seeker on Nauru, whom Guardian Australia has chosen not to name, has attempted to take her own life numerous occasions over the past several months, and is now on 24-hour close watch.
She says she is given a cocktail of sedative drugs every day to stop her harming herself again.
If she refuses to take the tablets given to her she is injected. “I have problems mentally,” she told Guardian Australia.
“I have tried for suicide many times, so I am on high watch. Someone is watching me all the time, everywhere, all the day and night. They give me lots of tablets, but they make me dizzy and feel sleepy. I say, ‘I don’t want to take,’ and they tell me, ‘If you don’t take, we will give injection.’
“I am very scary about what will happen to me. I have been here 26 months, but this place is terrible for me. I don’t have a future, I can’t think about the future.” ... [Guardian - 9/3/16]
@PplJustLikeUs [2/3/16]: Solidarity with our sisters in the human dumping ground of Nauru and elsewhere @4refugeewomen @guardiang2
Hundreds of groups weigh in on immigration case headed to Supreme Court [American Immigration Council - 8/3/16]
On Friday, March 11th, Georgia Detention Watch will be joined by individuals and organizations demanding the immediate closure of the Stewart Detention Center, an immigration detention facility in rural southwest Georgia long plagued by complaints of detention standards violations and human rights abuses.
Speakers at the press conference will include formerly detained individuals, medical professionals, and advocates. “Stewart has a long and egregious history of medical care neglect and other human rights violations.
While we mark the seventh anniversary of the preventable death of Roberto Medina Martinez, the problems are not solely in the past but are ongoing,” said Anton Flores-Maisonet of Georgia Detention Watch and the #ShutDownStewart coalition. ... [Georgia Detention Watch - 7/3/16]
DIBP Head Mike Pezzullo is a fascist enabler/sympathiser, "allegedly" [Sydney Morning Herald - 9/3/16]
Brisbane Times [18/2/16]:
"Public numbing and indifference" towards state abuses in Nazi Germany resembles that enabling Australia's immigration detention centres, a prominent psychiatrist says, also likening public complicity in the detention regime to the White Australia policy.
On Thursday Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, in Washington to discuss border protection at a Five Country ministerial meeting, repeated the Turnbull government's insistence that asylum seekers and refugees in Australia for medical care, and their families, would be returned to Nauru once their treatment has finished.
"The government has been consistent all along in relation to our strong stance to make sure we keep our borders secure," he said.
In a paper published in the Australasian Psychiatry journal this month, Dr Michael Dudley, a psychiatrist at Sydney Children's Hospital and a senior University of NSW lecturer, wrote that prolonged immigration detention shows "reckless indifference and calculated cruelty".
Such policies misuse health and welfare professionals to "underwrite state abuses and promote public numbing and indifference resembling other state abuses," he said, citing the so-called "war on terror" and, with qualification, Nazi Germany.
Dr Dudley said various modern states have purported to protect citizens by identifying security threats, targeting "undesirables" and eliminating public scrutiny.
"Australians may be psychically numbed about boat interceptions and gulags, but cannot claim ignorance," he wrote.
He later told Fairfax Media that the Nazi regime relied on an underlying ideological commitment in which "the end is seen as justifying the means".
"We haven't seen Nazi death camps in Australia … but we have had some pretty extraordinary policies historically in this country, which include policies towards indigenous people.
"I think White Australia has links to our current policies towards boat people in our unwillingness to systematically think about this issue, to contemplate alternatives."
He said like gulags, detention centres were "places out of sight, out of mind where terrible things are happening and we are assuming the state is looking after us".
In the journal, Dr Dudley said health and welfare workers who assisted the Nazi regime were usually ordinary people motivated by "peer and situational pressures, careerism and ideological commitments", and that "euphemism, bureaucratic routines and missionary zeal facilitated psychic numbing and denial".
He called for the healthcare of asylum seekers to be transferred from the immigration bureaucracy to state and federal health departments to strengthen clinical independence and help uphold ethical codes.
Dr Dudley said health professionals working in the detention regime were "lending credibility to abuses", whether deliberately or inadvertently.
His comments came as the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists on Thursday released new guidelines for those working in immigration detention.
It includes a statement that advocating against policies that harm mental health is a "non-partisan activity integral to delivering quality healthcare".
A spokesman for Mr Dutton said the government had a "compassionate approach toward vulnerable people, but our hardline against people smugglers remains resolute. We are not going to allow the deaths at sea to recommence."
UN accuses Australia of systematically violating torture convention [Guardian - 10/3/15]
UNHCR's reaction to Statement of the EU Heads of State and Government of Turkey:
... As for the statement released yesterday after the meeting between EU and Turkey, UNHCR is not a party to it nor privy to all the details and modalities of implementation.
On the face of what appears to have been agreed, we are, however, concerned about any arrangement that involves the blanket return of all individuals from one country to another without sufficiently spelt out refugee protection safeguards in keeping with international obligations.
An asylum-seeker should only be returned to a third state, if (a) responsibility for assessing the particular asylum application in substance is assumed by the third country; (b) the asylum-seeker will be protected from refoulement; (c) the individual will be able to seek and, if recognized, enjoy asylum in accordance with accepted international standards, and have full and effective access to education, work, health care and, as necessary, social assistance.
Legal safeguards would need to govern any mechanism under which responsibility would be transferred for assessing an asylum claim. Pre-departure screening would also need to be in place to identify heightened risk categories that may not be appropriate for return even if the above conditions are met.
Details of all these safeguards should be clarified before the next meeting of the EU Council on 17 March.
US Vice President Biden arrives in Israel to talk billions in military aid [Washington Post - 8/3/16]
Palestinian woman killed after alleged stab attempt in Jerusalem's Old City [Maan - 8/3/16]
Freedom Flotilla Coalition to launch the Women’s Boat to Gaza [PNN - 8/3/16]:
... “One of our goals is to highlight this struggle and the devastating effects it has had on women, often left alone, sifting through rubble to take care of their families when their husbands are imprisoned or murdered” said Wendy Goldsmith, of the Canadian Boat to Gaza campaign.
“On International Women’s Day, and on every day, we stand with these brave and resilient women, and will send the Women’s Boat to Gaza to let them know they are not alone and to end the illegal blockade of Gaza.”
A group of Palestinians has launched an ambitious $34.5bn lawsuit against US-based tycoons, charities and firms for supporting Israeli land grabs, settlement-building and other violations of Palestinians' rights these past four decades.
They seek damages from Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson; Irving Moskowitz, a philanthropist with property interests in East Jerusalem; and megachurch pastor John Hagee for financing the construction of settlements on Palestinian soil.
Lawyers also name such charities as Christian Friends of Israeli Communities and private firms, including Dead Sea-based cosmetics maker Ahava, UK-based security firm G4S and the industrial powerhouse Israel Chemicals Limited. ... [Al Jazeera - 7/3/16]
OIC calls for ban on Israeli products [Jakarta Post - 7/3/16]
At least 35 anti-government armed militants were killed and 4 others were wounded in the latest counter-terrorism operations in the past 24 hours.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in a statement said Tuesday that the operations were jointly conducted by the Afghan security forces. ... [Khaama - 8/3/16]
Four civilians have been gunned down in two separate incidents in northern Jawzjan and Faryab provinces, officials said on Tuesday. ... [Pajhwok - 8/3/16]
Unidentified gunmen kill two de-miners in Kandahar [Khaama - 8/3/16]
US drone strike kills 15 in Nangarhar [Khaama - 7/3/16]
The death toll in a suicide bombing at the entrance to a court building in northwestern Pakistan rose to 17 Tuesday, a police official said.
Two policemen, a policewoman and a child were among those killed in the blast on Monday in the town of Shabqadar in Charsadda district, said police official Ali Jan Khan. ... [Yahoo - 8/3/16]
Yemen conflict leaves 2.4 million forcibly displaced [UNHCR Media Release - 8/3/16]
A delegation from the Houthi movement is in Saudi Arabia for talks on ending Yemen's war, two senior officials said, in what appeared to be the most serious attempt to date to end the conflict.
The visit is the first of its kind since the war began in March last year between Iran-allied Houthi forces, and an Arab military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, Iran's main regional rival.
The visit began on Monday at the invitation of Saudi authorities, following a week of secret preparatory talks, said the two senior officials from the administrative body that runs parts of Yemen controlled by the Houthis. ... [Reuters - 8/3/16]
Foreign governments press Saudi Arabia on workers' delayed wages [Reuters - 7/3/16]
Tunisia closes border with Libya after attack that left 53 dead [Al Jazeera - 8/3/16]
China hinted on Tuesday that it was planning more global bases following the setting up of its logistics center in Djibouti, what the Horn of African country's government calls a military facility that will be China's first overseas.
China plans to use it to support is anti-piracy operations in the waters off the strife-torn nations of Somalia and Yemen. Beijing has been keen not to call it a military base, but state media increasingly uses this language to refer to it. ... [Reuters - 8/3/16]
US drones launched a massive attack against an al-Shabaab training camp 120 miles north of the Somali capital city of Mogadishu, according to the Pentagon.
Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis claims over 150 militants were slain in the attack.
Officials say that they were watching the camp “for several weeks” prior to the attack, and the Pentagon claimed they posed “an imminent threat to US forces.”
It’s not clear where those US forces are that were at risk. ... [Antiwar - 7/3/16]
Seven people were missing after an accident Tuesday at a mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga province, mining giant Glencore said.
The statement from Switzerland-based company said "a geotechnical failure on the north wall" of the copper and cobalt mine in the southern province caused the accident. ... [Daily Star - 8/3/16]
South Sudan journalist tortured, dumped in graveyard: report [Daily Star - 8/3/16]:
... The attack on journalist Joseph Afandy came as he recovered from being held for two months in detention without charge by security forces from December to February after criticizing the government's handling of a two-year civil war.
Afandy, who was reportedly kidnapped Friday by unknown men in a white vehicle with tinted windows, telephoned for help after he was dumped near a graveyard.
"We found him in a bad condition - beaten and burned in his legs," colleague Ibrahim Awuol told Juba's Eye Radio on Tuesday.
Afandy is now recovering in hospital. ...
Various human rights groups accused Honduran authorities of impeding Mexican activist Gustavo Castro Soto’s return to his country, where he is seeking protection until he testifies as the only witness of the assassination of Indigenous leader Berta Caceres.
“We demand the Honduran state to immediately condemn the murder of Berta Caceres and to protect Gustavo Petro, another internationally-renown activist, who was injured during the events of Thursday's dawn,” said Friends of the Earth in a communique.
Castro Soto was heading toward the international airport of Tegucigualpa Sunday, in order to return to Mexico, but Honduran officials refused to let him fly around 5 a.m. local time, informed the organization Otros Mundos Chiapas – founded by Castro Soto. ... [teleSUR - 6/3/16]
Bombs continue raining down upon Syria and Iraq
US Department of Defense [7/3/16]:
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
Attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted six strikes in Syria:
-- Near Hasakah, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building, four ISIL vehicles and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
-- Near Ayn Isa, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Baghdadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.
-- Near Fallujah, a strike destroyed an ISIL front-end loader.
-- Near Habbaniyah, a strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
-- Near Kisik, a strike destroyed an ISIL rocket rail.
-- Near Mosul, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Qayyarah, a strike struck an ISIL used bridge.
-- Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.
-- Near Sinjar, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position and three ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike destroyed an ISIL mortar position and three ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Tikrit, two strikes struck an ISIL improvised weapons factory and an ISIL headquarters.
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [7/3/16]:
Maysan: News agencies: Gunmen attacked two persons by machine guns killing them near Hawli road south of Emara today evening....
Baghdad: News agencies: A roadside bomb exploded near fish lake in Mada'in district south of Baghdad today afternoon killing a person and wounding 4...........................
Baghdad: News agencies: A roadside bomb exploded near cars showroom in Bayya' area south of Baghdad today afternoon killing a person and wounding 6...........................
Baghdad: News agencies: A roadside bomb exploded near a traditional restaurant in Husseiniya area north of Baghdad today afternoon killing two persons and wounding 5...........................
Diyala : News agencies: The chief of Judicial Police Department in Diyala -the Colonel Sa'ad Zuheiri - has survived from roadside bomb explosion which targeted his convoy in Kana'n nahiya east of Ba'quba today afternoon.............
14 people killed by terrorist attacks in Aleppo, Hasaka and Deir Ezzor [SANA - 7/3/16]
@moas_eu [8/3/16]: A #kurdish mother & her children just off the #Responder. #refugeecrisis #Syria
@ItalianNavy [7/3/16]: Nave Siem Pilot ha sbarcato a #Lampedusa gli 87 #migranti soccorsi ieri da nave Aviere #MarinaMilitare #MareSicuro
@MSF_Sea [7/3/16]: This little guy's family could not bear to leave him in #Syria when they fled. Now they're all stuck at #Idomeni.
@MariaenEUropa [7/3/16]: 36.419 como ella duermen hoy sin techo en Grecia. Llueve en #idomeini ...
@PDSutherlandUN - UN Special Representative for International Migration [8/3/16]: The absence of political leadership has resulted in a humanitarian crisis being discussed in terms of "how to keep them out". A disgrace.
@alexander_betts - Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford [8/3/16]: Unanswered Qs: 1) what screening process? 2) how will refugees in Greece be relocated?; 3) what will happen to those sent back to Turkey?
Your international reputation Australia ----> @PonthieuAurelie [7/3/16]: #EUCO fine tuning its "stop the boats" plan. Push backs at sea & EU-funded camps in Turkey. Australia will be proud!
... “Using Turkey as a ‘safe third country’ is absurd. Many refugees still live in terrible conditions, some have been deported back to Syria and security forces have even shot at Syrians trying to cross the border,” said Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia. ... [Amnesty International USA - 6/3/16]
A Western Australian support worker says the apparent suicide of a 10-year-old girl is a tragedy that needs to be "heard across the nation", as planning continues for an inquest into similar recent deaths in the region.
The girl was found dead in a bush community in the West Kimberley on Sunday night. ... [ABC - 8/3/16]
Choking and/or strangulation is already against the law. Queensland's political and media establishment don't care about violence in our society or your safety - they're interested in incarcerating more people for longer periods in privatised jails [ABC - 29/11/15]
A schoolboy has suffered serious chest and head injuries after being hit by a bus on the Gold Coast. ... [Yahoo - 8/3/16]
A young cyclist has been transported to hospital after he was hit by a council truck on the Gold Coast this afternoon. ... [MYGC - 8/3/16]
Paramedics have freed a 45-year-old woman from the wreckage of her car, half an hour after she became trapped following a collision with a truck in Brisbane's north.
The woman's car and a truck collided at the intersection of Northgate Road and Toombul Road in Northgate about 10.15am. ... [Brisbane Times - 8/3/16]
Man crashes motorbike into car during police pursuit, Gold Coast [MYGC - 8/3/16]
Moments before Mulrunji Doomadgee's death in custody, a police liaison officer stood outside the station too frightened to enter.
Lloyd Bengaroo was, he told detectives, afraid of seeing something that could get him into trouble. But the investigators never asked why.
"I didn't take it as a serious proposition," Detective Inspector Warren Webber told a Federal Court trial more than 11 years after the death.
Det Insp Warren Webber was part of the first team sent to investigate what happened after Mulrunji was arrested by Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley in November 2004.
He and another detective interviewed liaison officer Mr Bengaroo in a video re-enactment played to the court.
"You didn't ask him what he was concerned about seeing?" counsel for the community Chris Ronalds SC asked on Tuesday.
"You didn't ask him if he'd seen Sen Sgt Hurley do something in the past that raised this concern?" "No," Det Insp Webber replied.
A preliminary coroner's report into Mulrunji's death led to rioting and an emergency situation being declared on the island.
Jailed rioter Lex Wotton launched the class action on behalf of Palm Islanders, partly on the basis the police investigation into Mulrunji's death was racially discriminatory.
Det Insp Webber was also accused of dismissing allegations from Roy Bramwell, who said he saw Sen Sgt Hurley punching Mulrunji as he lay drunk on the ground in the police station.
The detective told the court he'd previously said Friday night drinks or "community gossip" could explain the Aboriginal man's allegations.
He denied not taking the accusations seriously.
"It was an Aboriginal man giving you a story which was inconvenient to the narrative that you were trying to create," Ms Ronalds said.
"And the narrative you were trying to create was to protect the white man. That's right isn't it?" "No, it's not," Det Insp Webber replied.
Numerous reviews and inquests have criticised Det Insp Webber's approach but the police service eventually found he didn't deserve any disciplinary action. Justice Debra Mortimer will decide whether the community should be compensated.
The trial continues in Townsville. [Yahoo - 8/3/16]
Shot man didn't move towards police officers: witness [Yahoo - 8/3/16]
... Eighteen police officers involved in the Haider case – including the two who were stabbed – cannot be named. ... Numan Haider 'calm and collected' before stabbing officers, friend tells inquest [The Age - 8/3/16]
A Sydney man who allegedly threw petrol on police had his clothes catch fire when he was tasered as officers attempted to arrest him.
Police were called to a house on Regent Street at Riverstone in Sydney's west about 11:15am following reports a man was trying to cut down a power pole with a chainsaw.
The 51-year-old man allegedly threw petrol over the officers who approached him.
When police tried to subdue the man with pepper spray and then taser him, the man's clothing caught on fire.
The flames were extinguished by police.
Officers said the man then ran inside his home and refused to leave, sparking a one-hour standoff. ... [ABC - 8/3/16]
... Commander of US Pacific Air Forces, General Lori Robinson, has revealed high-level discussions are underway to have American B-1 bombers and aerial tankers temporarily stationed in the Northern Territory. ... [ABC - 8/3/16]
U.S. and South Korean troops today began their annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises, which Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said are conducted to maintain South Korea’s preparedness.
The exercises also will include troops from United Nations Command mission nations Australia, Canada, Denmark, France and Great Britain, Davis told reporters.
DoD officials said about 7,700 American and 10,000 South Korean troops will participate in the exercises. ... [US Department of Defense - 7/3/16]
"A worrying departure from international norms": Where's the UNHCR and the Greens? ----> Two more refugees exiled by Australia and the IOM from Nauru to Cambodia have been disappeared [Cambodia Daily - 8/3/16]:
An Iranian husband and wife are the latest refugees to return home after being resettled in Phnom Penh as part of an expensive deal between Cambodia and Australia, immigration officials said Monday.
Sok Phal, director of the Interior Ministry’s immigration department, said the Iranian couple had voluntarily gone back to their home country. “They [are] back already,” he said. “They wanted to return back home. You ask me why, I don’t know.”
General Phal said the couple left Cambodia in either late February or early March.
It is unclear why they left Iran in the first place, and Gen. Phal said he was not aware of any efforts to guarantee their safe return but believed they were in contact with relatives in their home country before deciding to depart Cambodia.
“We don’t know well about the situation over there,” he said. Tan Sovichea, head of the immigration department’s refugee office, said the husband and wife left in February, but that he also did not know why they chose to return home.
“They volunteered to go back,” he said.
“The pair did not tell us the reason why they left Cambodia; they just told us they volunteered to return home.”
Spokespeople for Australia’s Immigration Department did not reply to a request for comment.
The International Organization for Migration, which has been helping the refugees resettle in Cambodia, declined to answer questions about the return.
The Iranian couple’s decision to give up the chance at a new life in Cambodia means that there is now only one person, also an Iranian man, remaining from the original group of four refugees who came to Cambodia from Australian detention centers on the Pacific island of Nauru in June last year.
The fourth person in the group, an ethnic Rohingya man from Burma, decided to return home in October, despite the fact that the Burmese government does not recognize the citizenship rights of Rohingya and keeps them in apartheid conditions.
A second Rohingya man came to Cambodia in November.
At the time of the original Rohingya man’s return, Cambodian authorities said he had grown homesick. But refugee rights advocates said authorities had made a poor effort to help him integrate, even ignoring their offers to introduce him to other Rohingya in the country.
Please never ever stop flying. You will be where you are meant to be one day, even if you are not at the moment.
On International Women's Day, ICMC draws attention to the plight of Rohingya women who, without legal recognition and often persecuted, are forced to flee to third countries in search of protection.
On this occasion, we share the story of Amina, as a testimony of the challenges Rohingya face and a way of encouraging women worldwide to stand up for their rights.
Amina is a 31-year-old Rohingya woman, originally from the Rakhine State of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). She arrived in Malaysia in 2011, escaping from persecution and lack of legal rights in her country.
“I officially registered with UNHCR Malaysia to get refugee status, but because the process is long and complicated, I had to look for employment in order to sustain my family back in Myanmar”, she explained.
“I have three sisters, aged between 18 and 30, and a brother, who is paralyzed from malaria because he could not access health services when he was a child. He is 35 years old and he can't speak, move and eat on his own. My mum is constantly looking after him. My whole family lives in Rangoon. It is very dangerous for them to be there, as Rohingya people face persecution and are under severe monitoring and control from State officials, who restrict free movement around the country.”
In Myanmar, Rohingya people often get arrested by the police for no particular reason other than being part of this ethnic minority, and they are exposed to physical violence.
“Once you get arrested, you have no idea what will happen to you. Life is extremely dangerous there”, Amina said. ...
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has accepted the application filed by two Myanmarese Rohingya Muslim minor girls seeking refugee status, and is considering giving ‘refugee identity card’ to the duo currently housed at an observation home in Guwahati.
The two ‘persecuted’ Rohingya Muslim girls, who were convicted for illegally entering India by the Juvenile Justice Board, Guwahati on February 26, have expressed reluctance to get repatriated to Myanmar citing threat to their lives, and instead want to live in Jammu and Kashmir. ... [The Assam Tribune - 6/3/16]
The Sri Lankan military has completed the construction of what it calls a "model village", built for Tamils who were displaced from nearby Keppapilavu village after the army forced them out. ... [Tamil Guardian - 8/3/16]
Sri Lanka military donates land to 'needy' military personnel [Tamil Guardian - 8/3/16]
Families of Tamil political prisoners launch hunger strike in Jaffna demanding their release [Tamil Guardian - 7/3/16]
I supported the vigil and Lady Cilento health workers, NOT pro detention unions who are patting themselves on the back for a campaign that's not over - and that they don't own ----> @AMWUnionActive [8/3/16]: @TheQCU Ros McLennan honoured by ACTU for her great leadership of the #LetThemStay picket at #ladycilento #ausunions
Watch Ros McLennan from the Queensland Council of Unions let Shorten and Marles off the hook <---- 50 seconds in @7NewsQueensland [VIDEO - 21/2/16]
GetUp and No Business in Abuse are trying to defang a genuine grassroots campaign:
It's not enough that any individual detention centre is closed or a single company refuses to be involved – the fundamental human rights abuses inherent in the many incarnations of this system need to be clearly outlined and rejected.
The NBIA pledge outlines a values basis for all people and institutions in our community. It ensures that we, as a society, hold to the fundamental values of humanity, that will ensure our current detention centres cannot reincarnate, under different names, in different places or with different companies.
The successful Hesta divestment campaign was run by Hesta Divest, @xBorderOps and others.
... Each night at around 11pm and then again at 5am, guards bang on their doors calling out “how many”.
The women tell us that many guards do not wait for an answer but barge straight in with torches to shine in their face, waking their children.
During the day a guard may come at any time.
Women tell me that they are afraid to be caught on the toilet or in the shower.
Doors can be locked, but guards have the keys. ... Whether on Nauru or Australia, the detention industry harms women, Pamela Curr [New Matilda - 8/3/16]
@lucyham [7/3/16]: Apparently the refugee with the head slashed by Nauruan armed with machete required 15 stitches. ...
A former president of Nauru says his country's recent changes to visitor visas for Australia and New Zealand are "crazy".
Under the new immigration rules, Australians and New Zealanders wanting to visit the Pacific nation will need a sponsorship letter from a Nauruan citizen.
If visitors breach the visa restrictions, the sponsor faces a fine of up to $5,000 as well as a maximum sentence of one year in jail. ... [ABC - 7/3/16]
The ALP's red
The LNP's blue
Protest the whole crew!
Happy International Women’s Day. Abusing women for bigot’s votes. @TurnbullMalcolm @billshortenmp ...
Image: @lucyham [8/3/16]
Senator Wong = ALP = voted with LNP = Senator Cash - against amnesty for the 267 [ABC - 4/2/16]:
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.
Labor will be supporting this legislation because it is our policy. "Opposition" Leader, Bill Shorten speaking on the Migration Amendment (Regional Processing Arrangements) Bill 2015 [House of Representatives Hansard - 24/6/15]
ALP helps Coalition lock in offshore detention [ABC - 24/6/15]
Women and children, including unaccompanied minors, will be among those sent to Nauru and Manus Island for processing under a hardline approach aimed at sending a message to people smugglers that there will be no exemptions.
With the first batch of about 40 asylum seekers to be flown this week to Nauru, where a temporary tent city has been erected, the Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, said he would not be issuing any blanket exemptions to people sent offshore because these would be exploited by the people smugglers. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 12/9/12]
Malcolm Turnbull’s call for respect for women at every level must extend to the women held in – and traumatised by – Australian-run detention centres [Guardian - 8/3/16]
"I saw the navy patrol boat towing the Indonesian fishing boat out to sea away from Christmas Island," he told AAP.
"It's a wicked thing to do."
Another Australian Catholic priest advocates false choice of boat turnbacks over offshore refugee concentration camps [Catholic Leader - 7/3/16]
Keenly awaiting Frank Brennan's proof that Australia has "stopped the boats" [ABC - 4/2/16]
Border force officials have confirmed that the agency has turned back 23 vessels since Operation Sovereign Borders began, but they decline to say whether immigration officials paid people smugglers to reroute vessels. ... [Guardian - 5/2/16]
... After five days at sea, their boat reached Australian waters, but the engine failed as they struggled to make their way closer to Christmas Island.
The Rohingya desperately waved to the crew of a passing Australian Navy vessel, which Mr Abdul said did not respond. ... [The Straits Times - 1/2/16]
Australian Operation Sovereign Borders personnel told asylum seekers: Fuck your mothers ... fuck your family [ABC - Law Report - AUDIO - 22/7/14]
... But it should not wait until bodies are washed up on foreign beaches before it is spurred to action.
And nor should Australia reserve its help for those fleeing conflict in distant wars. Its first duty should be to those who face death and persecution in its own region.
There are both practical and moral reasons for this. Practically, it is faster and more effective to provide sanctuary to those closer to home and to repatriate those who wish to return when it is safe to do so.
Morally, it is Australia’s neighbours to whom it owes its first duty of assistance. ... Catherine Renshaw [The Conversation – 9/9/15]
Causes of Death, Australia, 2014 [Australian Bureau of Statistics - 8/3/16]:
... There were 153,580 deaths registered in Australia in 2014, 5,902 more than the number registered in 2013 (147,678). There were more male deaths (78,341) registered in 2014 than female deaths (75,239), resulting in a sex ratio of 104.1 male deaths for every 100 female deaths.
The leading causes of death were Ischaemic heart diseases (I20-I25), Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease (F01, F03, G30), Cerebrovascular diseases (including strokes) (I60-I69), Cancer of the trachea, bronchus and lung (C33, C34), and Chronic lower respiratory diseases (J40-J47). These accounted for over one-third of all deaths.
Potentially avoidable deaths comprise deaths from certain conditions that are considered avoidable given timely and effective health care. In 2014, 26,283 Australians died from potentially avoidable causes of death.
Among people who died between 15 and 44 years of age, 69.8% of deaths were considered to be potentially avoidable in 2014. Some of the leading potentially avoidable causes included Intentional self-harm (X60-X84), Accidental poisonings (X40-X49) and Land transport accidents (V01-V89).
Approximately half (46.9%) of those who died aged 45-74, died of causes considered to be potentially avoidable. The most common potentially avoidable causes for this age group were Ischaemic heart diseases (I20-I25), Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (J40-J44) and Colon, sigmoid, rectum and anus cancer (C18-C21).
There is no shortage of stories about immigrants dying from inadequate medical care while in detention centers operated or overseen by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Take the case of Pablo Gracida-Conte, a 54-year-old Mexican man who died of cardiomyopathy in October 2011 in a hospital in Tucson, Arizona, after being transferred from the Eloy Detention Center.
The Office of Detention Oversight found that medical staff in the detention center had waited too long before calling 911 after Gracida-Conte began experiencing chest pains.
Moreover, detention center staff exerted little effort in working with a translator to communicate with Gracida-Conte, who spoke an indigenous language.
And this is but one of 155 deaths between October 2003 and January 25, 2016, that occurred among migrants detained by ICE. ... [American Immigration Council - 7/3/16]
Investigation launched after Yarl's Wood detainee complains of cruel treatment [Bedfordshire On Sunday - 5/3/16]:
An investigation has been launched into a complaint that a Yarl's Wood detainee was mishandled and physically assaulted by security staff in an 'inhumane' incident last month, the Home Office has confirmed.
Two weeks ago a 39-year-old female detainee, who said she arrived in the UK as a victim of torture, claims she was dragged to solitary confinement by nine officers, stark naked, and punched twice while another member of staff filmed the incident. ...
Former paid agent of Swedish Security Police dictated Amnesty Sweden’s stance against Assange [The Indicter - 7/3/16]:
In December 2010 a close collaboration between Sweden and the CIA and FBI was exposed in the international media: an intelligence collaboration between Sweden and US agencies that was kept secret from the Swedish public, and even from the Swedish Parliament. The Telegraph credited WikiLeaks for exposing the deal.
The revelations caused far more commotion internationally than in Sweden and, in any event, no government officials were ever held accountable for it. The Washington Post reported, quoting a Swedish Parliamentary investigation: “Although the Parliamentary investigator concluded that the Swedish security police deserved ‘extremely grave criticism’ for losing control of the operation and for being ‘remarkably submissive to the American officials,’ no Swedish officials have been charged or disciplined.”
This article explores to what extent intelligence collaboration between Swedish and US security agencies might have relevance to, or direct intervention in, the political case of Sweden vs Assange.
Svenska Dagbladet (Svd), one of Sweden’s leading newspapers, has now revealed that a well-known journalist and ‘left activist’ – who, among other things, exerted considerable influence with Amnesty International Sweden – was a paid agent of Sweden’s Security Police (SÄPO).
Japan, US reaffirm coordination on Futenma relocation plan [Japan Today - 8/3/16]
Philippines Presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte disclosed during a campaign sortie here on Monday that the US Embassy in Manila had invited him for a meeting to clarify his position about the disputes in the South China Sea. [VIDEO - INQUIRER.net - 7/3/16]
Questions linger as Malaysia marks two years since MH370 [Channel News Asia - 8/3/16]
The U.N.'s aviation agency on Monday announced new requirements for the real-time tracking of civilian aircraft in distress, following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 two years ago.
The International Civil Aviation Organization's governing council approved proposals for planes to carry tracking devices that can transmit their location at least once a minute in cases of distress.
Plane operators will have to ensure their flight recorder data is recoverable, while the duration of cockpit voice recordings is being extended from two to 25 hours, ICAO said. ... [Reuters - 7/3/16]
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After Lock The Gate leadership made Jones a figurehead, a growing solidarity was fragmented.
You Know There's Something Wrong,
When The Freaks And Farmers Get Along ...
Over 3,000 rallied against coal seam gas in Murwillumbah, 14 May 2011
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