224th day of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugees transit center.


# Manus SOS



Image: @sunosi3 [14/3/18]



After 5 years of illegal imprisonment on Manus Island, Bangladeshi man appears in PNG National Court to challenge sudden deportation proceedings and sham refugee assessment process [PNG Loop - 14/3/18]



@Aussies4Refugees‏ [14/3/18]:  Senior medical officer who worked at Australia's refugee concentration camp on #Nauru given platform in literary journal Meanjin, and the ABC, to do damage control for IHMS complicity in medical torture aspect of Australian Labor Party "deterrence" policy  


"... It is important to consider that health care staff are not functioning in a humanitarian role at present, they are well remunerated – a recent position for a doctor working on Nauru was offering $13,000 a week. ... "



... In an open letter to Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten, the group, which includes doctors, nurses and teachers based in Solomon Islands, said Australia's reputation in the region had been damaged ... [Samoa Loop - 14/12/17]:




These frauds support "deterrence" and the Labor Party. They are WORSE than Dutton.---> Greens, fake left media identities and faux "advocates" seize on Dutton-Murdoch media outrages because it's easy. [9 News - 14/3/18]



... Following the end of the apartheid system in South Africa, thousands of South Africans migrated to Australia. ... 46.1% of the South Africa-born people in Australia arrived in Australia prior to 2001. ... [DSS]



@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN [14/3/18]:  Please don't let we die here mentally,we have been in this jail since 2014 as of yet 14mrch of 2018 we R all refugee by the which book? By the wich law we must keep in jail close to 4 year is it really fair ?is it humanity? Please help us to be release #Balikpapan #AsylumSeekers   



@AliNatiqi [14/3/18]: Day 57 In this day one the UNHCR staff which has come to visit us. First of all she blamed us due to our peaceful protest for freedom. than threatened us. And went on if you won't stop the protest UNHCR never come and stop the process of resettlement. #Balikpapan #AsylumSeekers 



@Aussie4Refugees [14/3/18]:  Australian actress Cate Blanchett to go on sightseeing tour of Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh


Cate Blanchett was appointed Goodwill Ambassador just days after a refugee self immolated when a UN official told him he'd be imprisoned in Australia's concentration camp on Nauru for another 10 years.



The repatriation of the Rohingya will include concentration camps and military bases [albawaba - 13/3/18]



Rohingya refugees deserve international justice [Gulf Times - 13/3/18]



As regional leaders refuse to condemn Myanmar's Rohingya genocide and commit to protecting the refugees, UN calls for accountability [Dhaka Tribune - 13/3/18]



Australia tries to deport Biloela refugee family [Tamil Refugee Council - 14/3/18]:


The Tamil Refugee Council has described as reprehensible an attempt on Tuesday to deport a Tamil family previously removed from their home in Biloela, central Queensland.

Priya, her husband Nades and their daughters – 9-month-old Dharuniga and 2-year-old Kopiga, who were born in Australia – endured a traumatic week in detention at the Broadmeadows detention centre (MITA – Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation).

But things took a turn for the worse yesterday.

According to Priya, she and Nades were handcuffed, put in a van and taken to an airport.

Their baby daughters were separated from them and travelled in another van.

They were flown to Perth, where they were put on an aircraft with several dozen other Tamils, who were deported to Sri Lanka last night.

A last minute legal intervention resulted in Border Force officers removing Priya, Nades, Dharuniga and Kopiga from the plane.

 “This was a dastardly and reprehensible action,” said Ben Hillier, Tamil Refugee Council spokesperson.

“Dharuniga and Kopiga were born in Australia. This is their home – they have never been to Sri Lanka and do not hold Sri Lankan citizenship.

“Priya and her family fled Sri Lanka in 2000 and Priya came to Australia five years ago. She has not been in the country for 18 years and her family is no longer there.

“Nades faces persecution for his former association with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which was militarily defeated by the Sri Lankan armed forces in 2009.”

The campaign to grant the family protection and allow them to return to their home in Biloela continues.

Around 60,000 people have signed an online petition requesting that the Home Affairs Minister intervene.

“The community of Biloela is shocked and dismayed that Border Patrol rounded the family up last night and tried to send them to Sri Lanka – despite the pleas of so many to reconsider deportation,” said Angel Fredericks, a family friend and resident of Biloela.

“The way the family was treated is an absolute disgrace. We are holding a vigil tonight, 5.30pm, at the Biloela Lions Park, to reflect on the inadequacies of our broken system. I am deeply distressed by the manner in which these four beautiful souls are being treated.

“Handcuffed like criminals. Separating babies and infants from parents. Has Australia learnt nothing from our history? I urge the government to take a long look and think about what it is doing.”

The Tamil Refugee Council is calling on the Australian government to return Priya, Nadesalingam, Dharuniga and Kopiga to their home in Biloela, and to give Priya and Nadesalingam permanent protection so they can continue building their lives and raising their children in peace.



Former LTTE cadre's body found washed ashore in Vadamarachchi [Tamil Guardian - 13/3/18]



Sinhala doctors at a government hospital refused to treat Muslim victims that had been attacked by Sri Lankan security forces during riots in Kandy last week, reports JDS. ... [Tamil Guardian - 14/3/18]



A Muslim restaurant in Puttalam was attacked with a petrol bomb this weekend, just days after anti-Muslim violence erupted in Kandy, reports The Island.

The restaurant in Anamaduwa saw a group on motorcycles hurl a petrol bomb at it, in the early hours of Saturday morning. ... [Tamil Guardian - 13/3/18]



Sri Lanka: Muslims explain how the organised violence occurred [WSWS - 13/3/18]



@MahdiAlizada18 :  56th day of our peaceful demonstration in #Balikpapan detention center for #freedom. 13-3-2018 



@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN :  56th day of our peaceful demonstration in Balikpapan detention center for freedom. Watch us today's demonstration in this video which is about our freedom. 13-3-2018 ...



@Aussies4Refugees [14/3/18]: @HumanFlowMovie According to Roadshow's website, #HumanFlow opens across Australia on 15 March. There are over 60 cinema screens on the #GoldCoast - why can't I see it? ...  #censorship #refugees 



ABC's flagship "deterrence" propagandists produce umpteenth (and exploitative) version of "good, useful Syrians" narrative in ongoing effort to invisibilise Australia's atrocities against refugees





@Aussie4Refugees [14/3/18]:  If Obama had prosecuted the torturers, Haspel would be in jail right now. ...  #DismantleTheCIA 



14 March 2018