228th day of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugees transit center.


 # Manus SOS



Image:  @sunosi3 [18/3/18]



... Our neighbours have been taken and we want them back. [Sydney Morning Herald - 18/3/18]



... Similar raids may be taking place across the country.

The chilling events in Biloela have only come to public attention because of the fight taken up by the town’s people.


The residents insist that the family has a right to live in Australia, in direct opposition to the anti-refugee policies created and maintained by successive Labor and Liberal-National governments.

This raid is not, however, an isolated incident.

It is part of a series of political developments that has laid the groundwork for mass deportations.

In 2012, the Greens-backed Gillard Labor government set up an agreement with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse for the deportation of all Sri Lankan asylum seekers who flee to Australia by boat, initially sending back 700. ... Biloela residents protest at pre-dawn removal of Tamil refugee family [WSWS - 15/3/18]



Wall Street luvs ya baby!



@end_md  [13/11/17]: ... Who is holding @unionsaustralia accountable for seeking profit from the detention of asylum seekers?



@AntonyGreenABC [18/3/18]:  #savotes2018 saw a record low vote for major parties and record high for minor parties, so not sure why some are calling it a set back for minor parties.


@Aussie4Refugees [18/3/18]:  Now UNHCR-IOM-Cate Blanchett want you to give them money to help maintain Rohingya immiseration in Bangladesh, and/or their forced return to certain death in Myanmar, so convention signatories like Australia don't have to meet their protection obligations



@GraffitiExpert [18/3/18]: Hated leaders bullshit about trade and terror as Aung San Suu Kyi rewarded and encouraged for her genocide at #ASEAN ...



@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN : This is today's demonstration of Refugees in Balikpapan detention center for their freedom. Please share #Balikpapan_IDC #refugees #SaveMe Sunday 18 -3-2018



@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN :  Today's report on the situation of Refugees and AsylumSeekers in Balikpapan detention center . Watch us in this video Sunday 18-3-2018 ...




61th day of our peaceful demonstration for freedom in Balikpapan detention center .we ask for helping from the World in order to be release from detention center. Please help us . Sunday 18-3-2018 ...  @D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN [18/3/18]



What happens when organisations like the UNHCR and IOM are complicit in racist, genocidal policies that keep refugees out of countries who are supposedly signatories to the Refugee Convention [News Deeply - 9/2/18]:


... Barbari and her husband, Khadan Ali Jaffari, 50, and three of their four children – Murtaza Jaffari, 19, Mohammed Hussain, 10, and Zahra Jaffari, 12 – have all been sleeping outside under an awning to protect them from rain for nearly a week.

Their eldest son, Mustafa Jaffari, 21, lives in Brisbane, Australia, having migrated there in 2013.

But a change in Australia’s humanitarian intake program in 2014 makes refugees in Indonesia ineligible for resettlement.

“We miss him so much. We just want to join him in Australia, but we’ve been told we will not be able to go there,” Barbari said. ...



Indonesia: Refugees abandoned by Australia in squalid detention centres [Alaraby - 22/11/17]:


... Earlier this year he and the other inmates were told by Thomas Vargas, the head of UNCHR in Indonesia, that they "might be here for ten more years… and maybe [even] after ten, be forced to go back.  He said if we can't tolerate it, we should 'go back to our country'." ... [Where did UNHCR officials get the magic number "10"?]



... According to academic research findings, from 2011 to 2013 Australia channeled more than $90 million through the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for programmes in the region, “including the upgrade and refurbishment of existing detention facilities” in Indonesia. ...


Indonesia Immigration Detention Profile [Global Detention Project]



Signing the Strategic Partnership Framework with @IOM_news Director General William Lacy Swing  [Image:  ‏@PeterDutton_MP - 28/4/15]



@Aussie4Refugees [1/12/17]: Aus govt withholds survival stats re IOM facilitated deportations



@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN :  Today's report on the situation of Refugees in Balikpapan detention center for freedom. Watch us in this video 17-3-2018



@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN : 60th day of our peaceful demonstration for freedom in Balikpapan detention center. This video is from today's demonstration , 17-3-2018 ...



@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN : 60th day of our peaceful demonstration for freedom in Balikpapan detention center , every day we ask for helping to be release but UNHCR and IOM do not pay attention.we need urgent help. ... 17-3-2018  



Refugee detention and deportation are core values of the Australian Labor Party and its inner city latte sipping cultists. Shit canning Dutton only makes him stronger. The cruelty manifested by "deterrence" will not end until ALL politicians are held accountable, and the policy ends. [Red Flag - 17/3/18]:


... Priya and Nades begged not to be deported, but relented and signed the documents handed to them in Broadmeadows.

Less than a week later, 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.

Their fate is unclear.

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

The Department of Home Affairs failed in its determination to deport the family without challenge.

For now they remain locked under guard.

And nothing is settled; a prospective nightmare weighs heavier than the one already endured. ...



Tamil Refugee Council [17/3/18]: Avi Selva, TRC Coordinator in Sydney, speaking at the refugee rights rally in Sydney.



Sri Lankan police are occupying fifty homes in Kankesanthurai which were supposed to be returned to their owners following the land's release by the Sri Lankan Army, the Northern Province Chief Minister has said. ... [Tamil Guardian - 15/3/18]



Mullaitivu police arrested the Northern Province Council member, M. K. Sivajilingam, for his involvement in a land-grab protest in the district last month. ... [Tamil Guardian - 15/3/18]



Will this encompass the crimes of trafficking and imprisonment that AUSTRALIA has inflicted upon Rohingya refugees (under Labor and LNP governments?) ---> Rohingya community in Australia seek leave from the Australian Attorney-General, Christian Porter, to prosecute Myanmar's State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, for the crime against humanity of deportation and forced transfer of Rohingya people from Myanmar ... [Maung Zarni - 16/3/18]



@Aussie4Refugees [11/1/18]:  If the PNG Supreme Court has again ruled trafficking, imprisonment and exile of #Manus refugees unconstitutional, why are lawyers, media and "advocates" prioritising compensation over IMMEDIATE RELEASE and ACCESS TO A GENUINE ASYLUM PROCESS? ... 



@GraffitiExpert [17/3/18]:  Human rights discourse in Australia has degenerated to the point that a pro "deterrence" concentration camp profiteer like Save The Children has no qualms about issuing a statement calling for "solutions" to the Rohingya ...



With Rohingya gone, Myanmar's ethnic Rakhine move into new Muslim-free ‘buffer zone’ [South China Morning Post - 17/3/18]



... Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2 is scheduled to work for Woodside Energy in Myanmar from April 2018 to September 2018. ... [Seeking Alpha - 16/3/18]



Israeli parliament endorses 'nation-state bill' for first reading [Al Jazeera - 16/3/18]



Israel halts African asylum seeker deportations to Uganda and Rwanda — for now [+972 - 14/3/18]



Israel's asylum seekers face grim prospects as Holot detention center sends them to the unknown [Haaretz - 14/3/18]:


... Stop the Deportation, a movement set up by students who object to deporting the asylum seekers, is also seeking a solution.

“Deporting the asylum seekers is a moral stain on Israel and we can still stop it,” says movement activist Yoav Kellerman.

“Closing Holot at this time is meant to pressure the asylum seekers further. Forbidding them to live or work in central cities is intended to deteriorate them to hunger or turn them into outlaws against their will. This is on top of a series of inhumane act the state is imposing on the asylum seekers and will take their toll on Israel’s citizens as well,” he says.

“Numerous initiatives are taking place to help them find employment and housing all over the country. Dozens of business owners have agreed to employ them,” he says.

However, the plans are still being made and the freshly discharged refugees still have nowhere to go. ...



Israel's top Court slams asylum seeker deportation plan: 'Rwanda denies deal, what legal recourse will deportees have?' [Haaretz - 12/3/18]



Refugees in Israel - International Solidarity [13/3/18]:  Please take a few minutes to read carefully and try to understand how was life at Holot, how does it feel to see your fiends leaving without knowing if you'll see them again, and what it feels like being unwanted and left alone. ...



@theIMEU [12/3/18]:  Today, there are over 7 million Palestinian refugees worldwide.  



17 March 2018