Day 56, refugee protests on Nauru



Image:  ‏@Mums4Refugees [14/5/16]  



This protest shows that still we are alive and strong.







Image:  @Mums4Refugees [14/5/16]



From Kurdish Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani [Autonomous Action Radio - 14/5/16]:



Manus prison is protesting now.

All prisons are shouting to Australia that this place is illegal.

We are saying that Australia exiled us to this hell by force, has kept us in this prison by force, by threatening us and with much humiliation.

We are asking for freedom.

This is our right and the right of any human.

We are saying : stop killing people,stop torturing people and stop your cruel policy. We are protesting in loud voices.

This protest shows that still we are alive and strong.

We are determined to get our human rights.

This protest shows that you can never defeat us and break our determination.

We are asking the world’s people, human rights organizations and independent media to hear our voice, to publicise our voice and think deeply about this inhumane policy that Australia is doing.

This protest is peaceful, the same as our big hungerstrike that we had last year.

We don’t need violence because we know what is right.

Australia put us in the jail and beat us because of our calling for freedom and our rights.

Australia must respect our peaceful protest at this time. Australia has responsibility for us.



@manusFad22 [14/5/16]: Protest on #Manus We're fighting for our freedom  




@Mums4Refugees [14/5/16]:  Day 2 Manus protest ...




... Kurdish Iranian asylum seeker Benham Satah informed Loop PNG last night that those in his compound started the peaceful protest by putting up banners.

"Actually everyone is frustrated. We want to be released and go to Australia. If Australia don't want us, we want to go to another country.

"Everyone says Supreme Court announced this centre is illegal. We didn't come to live in PNG," Satah said.

He said despite their lawyer seeking compensation in the Australian Supreme Court for their illegal detention, "the important thing is to be free from all these sufferings".

"I think everyone wants to be free after 34 months; you can't find anyone who says I like to be in detention.

"It's a peaceful protest. We started it with putting banners outside.

Then maybe we gather as group and ask to be free," Satah added.


Meanwhile, an enforcement claim for compensation has been filed at the PNG Supreme Court for breaches of constitutional rights by asylum seekers who were processed at the centre.

Human rights lawyer Ben Lomai, who represents 600 applicants in Manus, said the application will be moved in court on Monday (May 16). 


Meanwhile, Australian barrister Jay Williams has also filed an application in the Supreme Court of Australia seeking an injunctive order for the 850 detainees in Manus to return to Australia.

The state and PNG immigration are parties in the proceeding in Australia.

Lomai said the application in the Australian High Court is to injunct the PNG Government and the Commonwealth of Australia from sending the asylum seekers to Nauru but to only return them to Australia.

This application will be heard on May 23, 9:30am at the Supreme Court of Australia. [PNG Loop - 14/5/16]



‏@Mums4Refugees [14/5/16]:   Yesterday's first protest on Manus ...




@racvictoria [13/5/16]:  Protests on #Manus yesterday. ...



A security guard from the Manus Island Processing Centre in Papua New Guinea has been flown back to Australia after allegedly assaulting a detainee. ... [RNZI - 14/5/16]




Autonomous Action Radio [12/5/16]:


Yesterday evening an Iranian man wanted to kill himself by cutting his neck.

I posted some words about his action but people did not pay serious attention to him.

I reported what was happening to him to media and other organisations.

This man claims that an Australian officer beat him and punched him.

He wrote a complaint to the PNG police.

He was very angry because after a few days he was still not able to access police and put his complaint to them.

Yesterday, the officer who punched him was about to leave Manus and his complaint had not been given to the PNG police as he had asked. ...




Peter "protected and unaccountable" Dutton continues gloating about Australia's medical torture of refugees [ABC - 14/5/16]:


... His comments come as a Somali refugee remains on life support in a Brisbane hospital after she and her newborn son were medically evacuated from Nauru in a critical condition.

Ian Rintoul, from the Refugee Action Collective, said 22-year-old Naima Ahmed was 32 weeks pregnant when she underwent a caesarean section operation on Thursday.

The ABC understands Ms Ahmed has been taken off life support and her condition is slowing improving.

Mr Dutton said on Saturday there were "significant numbers of medical staff" on Nauru who provided care to asylum seekers in detention.

He said Australia's policy was firm on not allowing people in offshore detention into Australia, except in an emergency. ...




Greens Media Release [14/5/16]: ... "It's important to recognise that this was preventable. Doctors said that choosing to keep women with complicated and dangerous pregnancies on Nauru, rather than bringing them to Australia, would result in tragedy. ... <---- So why is the AMA silent?



As Australia continues its "deterrence" war of attrition against refugees with boat pushbacks, indefinite detention, medical torture, rape and murder ...


... There's an idea there, that stopping the boats somehow saves lives. 

It's a lie.

What it means, is that when people die, we don't know about it.

Now we need to help people who are fleeing war and persecution when they come here, we need to help them, not lock them up in those gulags in the South Pacific.

Labor policy's absolutely wrong.


I want to counter the lie that stopping the boats saves lives. It simply does not.  ... It means that people have a horrible journey across the Mediterranean, it means that people stay in Syria, it means that people stay in Afghanistan, and perhaps they die there.


Education policy, refugee policy, it's all the same thing for me.  You can't have an education policy which is supposed to be about inclusion, about fairness, about compassion, if at the same time you deal nothing but cruelty to people who come here looking for a new way of life.

That's not an education policy.  You can't do that.  It's hypocrisy.  ...


Adrian Skerritt



Sydney Morning Herald [14/5/16]:



... Mr Shorten - who faced some division among Labor candidates over the party's asylum seeker policies this week - continued his speech during the protesters, with party supporters cheering and offering a standing ovation.  <---- Anyone applauding this man is a fascist.

Mr Shorten later said a Labor government would do nothing to restart the "evil trade" of people smuggling. 

"We will not reopen the seaway between Java and Christmas Island," he vowed.

Mr Shorten said Labor would not allow a renewed set of boat arrivals.  <--- The ALP will continue stopping people from seeking asylum in Australia.

"This is an issue which we've seen be a toxic matter in Australian politics for a long time but Labor will stop the people smugglers," he said.  

"We won't see the criminal gangs of south east Asia put vulnerable people in vessels which sink at sea and exploit their desire to come to Australia. 

"We will not reopen the seaway between Java and Christmas Island and my party knows, and every candidate knows, that if we form a government after July 2 we will be resolute against defeating that evil trade.

"That should never be used as an excuse to create this problem of indefinite detention, which the Liberals have allowed to fester and grow on their watch."  <--- This is the kind of ALP logic that proves their party is dead.

Mr Shorten said Labor would send people arriving on boats to nations in the region for processing.  ... <--- i.e. Continue treating refugees like human trash.





@ElizaBorrello [14/5/16]:  @billshortenmp's rally has just been interrupted by a pro refugee protester ...




Why?  --->  @RachelHRLC [14/5/16]:   Now that Ferrovial controls the board, it’s time to get Broadspectrum out of Australia’s camps on Nauru and Manus ... <---- Why not call for complete divestment, and for Australia's illegal refugee concentration camps to be closed?





Oh ---> ‏@RachelHRLC [14/5/16] Delighted to accept the @AustLawAlliance civil justice award on behalf of @NoBizInAbuse.




@clintd22 [14/5/16]:  Today the University Of New England held its first ever graduation of 14 women at #Nauru Centennial Hall. ...



"We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."


Karl Rove



... When Pacific Standard reached out to Nauru Ambassador Judith Cefkin for her thoughts on the refugee camp conditions, she sent back only a boilerplate response: “We encourage all countries to work with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to find durable solutions for refugees and asylum seekers.” ...


Nauru: A ‘Human Dumping Ground’, Julie Morse [Pacific Standard - 12/4/16]



Greater protection of #humanrights leads to stability, & prosperity in our societies. - @AmbCefkin - Judith Cefkin - US Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu.  ...


Image:  ‏@FWRM1 [1/12/15]





Did Jesse Roberts meet the US Ambassador or media unit when he was on Nauru? That'd be a good yarn for The Saturday Paper. [14/5/16]:


... Jesse Roberts is creative director of Rise Up International.  He is making a film with Mosley Wotta about Nauru, called Nd009 - Voices from Nauru.






Rise Up International is funded by the US State Department:


... Our Art Ambassador program promotes goodwill and peace through international art empowerment workshops and educational programs for overlooked populations.

We have conducted projects in over twenty countries around the globe in a variety of cultural diplomacy, arts, and educational projects.

This program is funded in part by the U.S. Department Of State – Cultural Affairs Diplomacy initiatives.

Our Art Ambassador projects have focused on conflict areas throughout the MENA region (Middle East, North Africa) and beyond. ...



... I should mention that all journalists, human rights defenders and politicians against offshore detention have unintentionally been in line with this policy and the government’s purposes as they are playing a critical role in advertising the violence and exporting it to the globe. ...



Australia, exceptional in its brutality, Behrouz Boochani [Overland - 25/4/16]:


... The law of 19 July 2013 relies on such violence and is executed every day, despite the fact that it is contrary to the democratic and liberal concepts and principles Australia professes.

It is against all of the principles and standards of human rights and human achievements in the course of history and its violent domination is growing day by day.

The nature and essence of this violence in the system is displayed prominently and obviously in front of the Australian political stage.

To clarify, the immigration minister occasionally appears as a political figure with the gesture of a dictator, or as a populist representation in the form of a demon, and afterward, he disappears. ...



Arman, another "voice from Nauru" - silenced by Australian media after the UNHCR denied claims Omid self immolated after they told him he should expect to continue being held for another 10 years



ABC - 2/5/16]:


ELEANOR HALL: Well now to a new and concerning explanation that has emerged that could help explain the suicidal act of a refugee in Nauru.

Omid Masoumali died after setting himself on fire last week.

According to his best friend, the 23 year old Iranian man had just been told that he should expect to continue being held on Nauru for another ten years, if he refused to go back to Iran.

Fellow Iranian, Arman Enkaie says the dispiriting news was broken by a delegation from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.  ...




When people smugglers were seen as heroes, and Australia welcomed the dispossessed [The Guardian - 14/5/16]



Kevin Rudd's vile band of people smugglers [ - 2009]




MIGRATION AMENDMENT BILL 1992 - Second Reading - House of Representatives [5/5/92]:


Mr HAND (Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs)

... I now wish to foreshadow major Government amendments to the Bill which I will move during the committee stage.

The Government is conscious of the extraordinary nature of the measures which will be implemented by the amendment aimed at boat people.

 I believe it is crucial that all persons who come to Australia without prior authorisation not be released into the community.

Their release would undermine the Government's strategy for determining their refugee status or entry claims. Indeed, I believe it is vital to Australia that this be prevented as far as possible.

The Government is determined that a clear signal be sent that migration to Australia may not be achieved by simply arriving in this country and expecting to be allowed into the community. ...




The Globalisation of High Seas Interdiction–Sale’s Legacy and Beyond [Opinio Juris - 10/3/14]:


... Maritime migrant interdiction is now a key border enforcement tool for the United States, the European Union, and Australia.

The U.S. developed the model in the early 1980s as a means of preventing Haitian asylum seekers from reaching U.S. Shores.

In 1992, the administration of George H. W. Bush abandoned the past practice of screening Haitians for refugee characteristics and instituted a direct return policy that authorized the repatriation of all interdicted Haitians regardless of whether they would be persecuted in Haiti.

In 1993, the United States Supreme Court gave its imprimatur to this new framework with its Sale v. Haitian Centers Council, Inc. decision, holding that the United States was not bound by the U.N. Refugee Convention when processing Haitians interdicted at sea.

As scholars have noted, Sale later became a key point of reference for other countries seeking to legitimize their own adoption of U.S.-style maritime migrant interdiction programs.  ...




"My only crime is, I am a Hazara" Says Jaffar Attai. The protester who was assaulted by Ashraf Ghani's security guard in London yesterday.  ... [Hazaras in Indonesia - 14/5/16]




The Refugee School of Hope [AUDIO - ABC - 11/5/16]:


There's a remarkable community of mostly Hazara refugees living in the back blocks of West Java who’ve made a school - and much more - as they wait, and wait, to be resettled by the UNHCR.


The Cisarua Learning Centre has been operating since August 2014 and now has six classrooms, 12 teachers, six administration staff and more than 100 students.

The Australian Education Union sends two teachers twice a year to support the curriculum.

Parents and teachers from the Australian Independent School in Jakarta donate materials and furniture, and it's regularly visited by Australian University students, academics, teachers, artists, authors, filmmakers, journalists and our producer, Cathy Peters.




Rights groups demand end to indefinite detention of 1,000s of Rohingya refugees in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia [Bangkok Post - 12/3/16]




... The asylum seekers remain in limbo in Indonesia. Kandiha Kayuran and his wife, who gave birth in December, are still in immigration detention in Kupang.

He told Fairfax Media they had no idea what the future held.

"No one cares, New Zealand is not listening, and Australia too, even after the Amnesty report came out. Please help us."   Jail for boat crew paid by Australian official to turn back [Sydney Morning Herald - 17/1/16]




Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014.




The Bali Process has condemned 1,000s of refugees in our region to indefinite detention, refoulement and genocide --->  UNHCR leadership pins hopes on democracy in Myanmar and "repatriation" -  calls on Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to sign refugee convention, while turning a blind eye to Australia's human rights atrocities [23/3/16]




... However, since the Australian government cut its resettlement programs — effectively barring the UN Refugee Agency from submitting any new cases registered in Indonesia since July 2014 — asylum seekers and refugees have found themselves stranded in Indonesia.

Since the cessation of settlement programs in Australia the burden of processing new arrivals in Indonesia, and finding a safe place for them, is straining organizations that were already struggling to deal with the influx.

"We're trying our best to provide the most vulnerable refugees with assistance," Vargas says, "but we unfortunately have a very limited budget given the terrible crisis that we are seeing right now globally, with the refugee situation."

... UNHCR says that Australia's policy of pushing boats back into harm's way, and essentially assisting ruthless smugglers, is unacceptable.

"From UNHCR's point of view any state that intercepts a boat in international waters, or in their own territorial waters, becomes responsible for the safety of the passengers on that boat, including refugees and asylum seekers," country representative Vargas says. ... [Jakarta Globe - 21/3/16]




14 May 2016