198 days of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugees transit center #Manus prisoners



Image: @sunosi3 [16/2/18]



Attacks continue with impunity - and are symbolically exacted by the military eg ANZAC Day 2017 shooting, and now on the anniverary of Reza Barati's murder - because terrorising refugees is Australia's policy, and no-one is calling for an END TO THE POLICY. 




@BehrouzBoochani [16/2/18]:  Some people attacked a refugee in Lorengau town. They beat him up and hit his face. Police are involved and investigating. Paladin security asked the refugees not to go out until the situation calms down.#Manus



@BehrouzBoochani [16/2/18]: A refugee who was beaten in Lorengau is saying police asked him to make a statement Monday. He’s extremely traumatised & couldn’t do it today. Locals are angry at Navy personnel who beat the men,& saying Navy guys were drunk. Keeping 600 refugees in a small town makes problems.



@Shamindan1 [16/2/18]:  This incident took place in town this afternoon. Witness to the Navy men bashing 3 refugees. There we 10 Navy were with civil cloths. The navy men told people that Australia is sending them to control refugees in town.



@Jamshid05271784 [15/2/18]: Indonesia A short video from 30 days of #Refugees protest in #Balikpapan camp -Indonesia for their #Freedom.




Refugees have been detained in Balikpapan IDC Indonesia since 2014 please pay attention and help us. ,,, @Mohammadi2018 [16/2/18]



@Miladkhan01 [15/2/18]:  #balikpapan #AsylumSeekers Today was the 30 day of Afghan migrants peaceful protest for freedom.Immigration & @IOM_Indonesia were trying 2 stop our protest by banning our services, but could'nt succeed. Now they brought a psychologist to tear down our peaceful protest.  



Allowing politicians, media and NGOs to use NT Royal Commission finding on Don Dale to push for privatised facilities over 100% shutdown of youth prisons would be a tragedy [SBS - 16/2/18]



Whistleblower criticises Queensland police culture after death in custody [SBS - 16/2/18]:


Former Gold Coast police officer Rick Flori was found not guilty at the Southport District Court on Wednesday following a six-day trial on a single charge of misconduct in relation to public office after leaking CCTV footage of a violent arrest in 2012.

Mr Flori, 47, said despite the glare his case has thrown onto illegal and excessive uses of force by some officers towards people in custody, the death of an Indigenous man in Townsville on Saturday showed there was still work to be done.

"It's 2018 (and) the same things are going on," Mr Flori said outside court.

"A 39-year-old Aboriginal father of seven, hadn't had a drink in five years, was alive before he came into contact with police and something's certainly gone on as soon as he's gone into custody.

"That's extremely concerning. It doesn't appear that they've learnt any lessons in this."

The Townsville man, known only as Noomba for cultural reasons, died after what police have described as an "altercation" with officers.

It was the second Indigenous death in custody in the north Queensland city in six months. Stewart Levitt, one of the lawyers acting for the man's family, says Noomba's wife, Regina Matheson, called police to prevent her husband from suiciding.

Instead, Mr Levitt alleges she was left watching, calling out "he can't breathe" as police "spear-tackled" her husband "with his face pressed in the dirt".

The Sydney lawyer claims Ms Matheson told police that Noomba had a pre-existing heart condition and a history of substance abuse. Noomba's family say they will fight for "justice and compensation".

The death is under investigation by ethical standards command, under the supervision of the coroner, and Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

Rick Flori said the fact the officer who led the investigation that culminated in his being charged is now working at the CCC concerned him.

"The architect of all this is now working for the CCC," he said.

"The idea of being open and honest, as they continually quote, the checks and balance and all this openness and honesty, is not what they do.

"It's all verbal rhetoric."

A Queensland police spokesperson declined to comment on the death in custody while the matter is under investigation.



Father of teenager shot by Queensland police charged with assault [Brisbane Times - 16/2/18]



The first member of Queensland Parliament with South Sea Islander heritage has ended his first week in Parliament.

One Nation Mirani MP Stephen Andrew didn't have much to say in the first three days, with ceremony and housekeeping being the order of the day.

But there was plenty to say outside after three days in session, including that it had been "pretty disappointing" that the Queensland Premier didn't acknowledge that there was the first member with South Sea Islander heritage in Parliament.

"It just doesn't seem that anyone in Queensland sees the contribution that South Sea Islanders had on the state," he said after the third day.

But the significance of the week was not overlooked by Mackay locals, members of the South Sea Islander community. ... [Daily Mercury - 16/2/18]



Australians still unaware of Blackbirding history [RNZI - 17/7/16]



Robert Towns [Monument Australia]



1,100 Kanakas in Queensland - a South Sea legacy by Clem Lack [Sunday Mail - 13/2/1938]:


... It was not until Federation, however, and the adoption of the White Australia policy, that definite legislative action was taken to put an end to indentured kanaka labour.

The first Act passed by the Commonwealth Government in relation to the sugar industry sphere were thirteen Acts from 1904 to 1912 was an act to provide for the regulation, restriction, and prohibition of labour from the Pacific Island.

It was enacted that no Pacific Islander should enter Australia after March 31, 1904 and that none should enter before that year without a licence.

No agreement for island labour was to be made or to remain, in force after the end of 1906.

If any Pacific Islander were found after the end of 1906 they were to be deported.

An amendment of this Act was later passed, which provided that certain Pacific Islanders, such as those who had entered Australia prior to September 1859 or were of extreme age, were married, or who were in possession of freehold land, or those whose lives might be imperilled on landing on the islands, could be granted certificates exempting them from deportation.

Thus the great exodus of kanakas back to the islands began, and by 1906 the fleets of schooners which crowded the Mary, Burnett, and other Northern Rivers had transported more than 6,000 of them back to their Pacific "homes". ...



Channel 9's Current Affair produces propaganda for Border Force and Australia's arbitrary, bipartisan exile after you've served your time laws [16/2/18]



@GraffitiExpert [16/2/18]: As refugees are pushed back, imprisoned or left to die at our borders, second brawl at sea in a week forces cruise ship return to Australian waters ...



@Aussie4Refugees [16/2/18]:  Politicians, media, "advocates", NGOs and rights orgs who are still legitimising the people smugglers lie, along with the diversionary "NZ offer" stunt, while refugees are trapped and dying just outside Aus-NZ pristine borders, are fascists. ...



Israeli naval forces open fire at Gazan fishermen [Maan - 15/2/18]:


The Palestinian Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) issued this week its annual report for 2017 detailing Israeli attacks against Palestinian fishermen in the besieged Gaza Strip, highlighting that “these attacks deny fishermen from practicing their fishing work and accessing their livelihood resources.”

The report states that Israeli forces carried out shooting operations and chased down the fishermen hundreds of times, even while inside the designated fishing zone, “causing dozens of casualties as well as destroying and confiscating boats and fishing gears.”

As part of Israel's blockade of the coastal enclave since 2007, the Israeli army, citing security concerns, requires Palestinian fishermen to work within a limited "designated fishing zone," the exact limits of which are decided by the Israeli authorities and have historically fluctuated.

The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the unilaterally declared buffer zone. ...



An Israeli military court has sentenced a Palestinian resistance fighter to four life sentences after three settlers were killed in an illegal outpost last year, according to Ynet News.

Omar Al-Abed was convicted in December of three counts of murder after an attack in July in the settlement of Halamish.

He was also convicted of the attempted murder of a fourth settler and of incitement and stone-throwing. ... [PNN - 16/2/18]



Israeli Occupation Authorities have reportedly approved the construction of a settlement road, and establishing housing units on land in the towns of Beit Jala and  Al Khader in Bethlehem Governorate. ... [PNN - 15/2/18]



No surprise PNG has allowed an Israeli company to colonise its agricultural sector, given their willing participation in the imprisonment and torture of refugees for Australia [RNZI - 7/2/18]



@AliAbunimah [14/2/18]: Watch this powerful report from Gaza on Israel’s “death sentence” for cancer patients. @RT_America’s @anyaparampil is doing the reporting that US regime media don’t dare and don’t care to do.



@davidsheen [15/2/18]: Statement from the Balad party (Tajamoa), representing Palestinian citizens of Israel, in support of the tens of thousands of non-Jewish African refugees that the Netanyahu government is trying to ethnically cleanse ...



@davidsheen [15/2/18]:  Devastating 13-minute video by Israel Channel 2 on the non-Jewish African refugees that Israel already coerced to leave with prison & false promises of refugee status in Rwanda, when what really awaited them was torture, & for many of their friends, death  



First group of asylum seekers could face deportation from Israel by weekend [Times of Israel - 12/2/18]



Exile, imprisonment or death - a look at Israel's anti-refugee policy [Foreign Policy - 27/6/17]:


... It begins with furtive promises by Israeli authorities of asylum and work opportunities in Rwanda and Uganda.

Once the Sudanese and Eritrean asylum-seekers reach Kigali or Entebbe, where Uganda’s international airport is located, they describe a remarkably similar ordeal: They meet someone who presents himself as a government agent at the airport, bypass immigration, move to a house or hotel that quickly feels like a prison, and are eventually pressured to leave the country.

For the Eritreans, it is from Rwanda to Uganda.

For Sudanese, it is from Uganda to South Sudan or Sudan.

The process appears designed not just to discard unwanted refugees, but to shield the Israeli, Rwandan, and Ugandan governments from any political or legal accountability. ...



Uganda to widen relief fraud investigation to UN staff, vows reforms [Reuters - 16/2/18]:


... The minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees, Hilary Onek, told a news conference: “We are investigating all, including the international community...whether there was connivance together with our staff.”

Asked whether that covered the U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) and the U.N.’s refugee agency, known as UNHCR, he said: “All of them are going under scrutiny.” ...



"These funds will go towards building a vocational training centre in Kyaka II refugee settlement in Uganda." More than $180,000 raised at 2017 Australia for UNHCR World Refugee Day Breakfast [Media Release - June 2017]




Australia for UNHCR National Director, Naomi Steer, led a small field mission to Uganda in August to visit some key field projects that Australia for UNHCR has initiated and funded. ... [Australia for UNHCR Field Mission - 2016]



Senior Labor MP Tony Burke rejects links to underground campaign that propelled Indonesian live exports crisis [Queensland Country Life - 6/6/16]:


... On June 8, 2011, the day after the Gillard government announced live cattle exports to Indonesia would halt for up to six months, Mr Burke’s now wife and former chief of staff Skye Laris spoke for GetUp! during a media conference at Parliament House in Canberra.


Ms Laris’ LinkedIn profile says she “delivered improvements to animal welfare and paused live exports when overseeing GetUp!'s live exports campaign which was the fastest growing online petition to date with more than 250,000 signatures in less than a week”.

After being the GetUp! communications and campaigns director to January 2012, it says she returned to the Labor camp to be chief of staff to then Employment Participation, Early Childhood & Child Care Minister Kate Ellis, until August 2012.

After that, Ms Laris took on leadership of digital campaigns for the Labor Party prior to the 2013 election campaign before becoming Chief Of Staff and Digital Director up to October 2015.





@Aussies4Refugees [20/1/18]:  "It is OUR policy" Bill Shorten Machiavelli behind re-opening #Manus #Nauru Bill Shorten, and signatory to illegal July 2013 PNG arrangement Mark Dreyfus, meet Israeli anti-refugee Labor politicians Avi Gabbay, Isaac Herzog [Oct 2017] ...



@GraffitiExpert [16/2/18]: Australian media jackals allow Machiavelli behind knifing of Rudd, then Gillard - which facilitated the current war of attrition against refugees - to take moral high ground.




@GraffitiExpert [15/2/18]:  "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." ...



15 February 2018