Day 92 refugee protests, Nauru



Image: ‏@InsurrectNews  [19/6/16]



@Mums4Refugees [18/6/16]:  Yesterday was Day 37 of protest by these bloody inspiring men on Manus ...



@alanna14709965 - Alanna Maycock [19/6/16]:  I Collect NSW Humanitarian award from Baird. What will you do about children on Nauru "it's not up to me". Gutless.




Through our consultations at the medical centre, Professor Isaacs diagnosed a baby with typhoid.

We were in the consultation room with the baby and the mother, and the dad was waiting down the end of the corridor, so I went to get him. I said, ‘You can come with me now. We’ll go and see your baby, he’s OK.’

The female security guard pushed the dad full flight in the back and he went flying.

The dad just looked absolutely hopeless.

He just took the abuse and looked at me with these dead, sad eyes.

He can’t fight back because that will impede on his asylum application. ...



Down the memory hole ---> “When you silence doctors and nurses you’re getting into dangerous territory”  Alanna Maycock  [Marie Claire - 6/8/15]




... The letter, obtained by Guardian Australia, alleges that on 27 March a Wilson guard was seen by a Save the Children staff member chasing an asylum-seeker girl in the recreation area inside the centre and “hit her on the back of the head”.

It continues: “His [the guard] force and size was so big that the blow caused the child to fall to the ground.”

It says the guard proceeded to verbally abuse staff from Save the Children, which provides support to child asylum seekers on Nauru. ... [Guardian - 24/4/14]




Journalists barred from interviewing Australia-bound asylum seekers now detained in Aceh [AJNN - 19/6/16]




Troy Bailey - and his faithful pooch Chloe - circumnavigate Australia to highlight the plight of refugees and asylum seekers [Sydney Morning Herald - 19/6/16]



"IMAGINE" ‏@Mums4Refugees [18/6/16]:  Live from #VividSydney singing from all the people in Manus and Nauru ...  



 ‏@DullaMun [18/6/16]:  #CloseTheCamps @Mums4Refugees sing along .



 I'm talking to you from Manus Prison.

Australia exiled me by force three years ago.

What is my crime?

I am a refugee who fled injustice, discrimination and persecution. I didn't leave my family by choice.

 I would like to raise two questions. Why am I still here in this illegal prison after three years? And why hasn't the Australian government accepted the PNG Supreme Court decision?


Kurdish journalist, Behrouz Boochani [ABC - 17/6/16]



Behrouz Boochani



Richard "I'd be worse" Marles lies about refugee concentration camps stopping death, says PNG should change their law [ABC - 28/4/16]:


... LOUISE YAXLEY: The Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, says there will be continued discussions with the PNG government to resolve the matters. And the shadow minister, Richard Marles, says it is very important to try to convince PNG to keep the centre open.

RICHARD MARLES: Because it is very clear that offshore processing has been the single most important decision of any Australian government in bringing an end to the loss of life at sea.

LOUISE YAXLEY: Mr O'Neill is definitive that the centre will be closed but he also talks about the harm that that will cause the local economy and the need for Australia to help support businesses that will suffer. Richard Marles says the Government should talk to PNG about potentially changing the law to make the detention legal or offer PNG more money.

RICHARD MARLES: All of those options need to be talked through with the PNG government. ...



US airstrikes kill people in Yemen [US Department of Defense - 17/6/16]





The U.S. military now plans to keep a small force of Special Operations advisers in Yemen — deployed in April for a limited, short-term operation — for the foreseeable future, a step toward reestablishing a counterterrorism mission that was shut down last year by civil war.

U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive operations, said the team of about a dozen men would assist troops from the United Arab Emirates, who, along with other Arab forces, are seeking to track down militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the most potent affiliate of the main al-Qaeda group.

The Pentagon recently dispatched another Special Operations team to Yemen on a separate mission to assess security and size up local figures who might cooperate with the United States in the future. ... [Washington Post - 17/6/16]



The defense ministries of Russia and Myanmar have signed an agreement on military cooperation, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said on Thursday. ... [TASS - 16/6/16]



Russian Defense Minister holds talks with Syrian President Assad [TASS - 18/6/16]



Six civilians were killed due to terrorist attacks with rocket shells on al-Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood on the northern outskirts of Aleppo city on Saturday in a new breach of the cessation of hostilities agreement. ... [SANA - 18/6/16]



About 2,300 families have fled the Iraqi city of Fallujah over the past 24 hours, according to an international aid group, as government forces and their allies push forward with an offensive to retake the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group. ... [Al Jazeera - 18/6/16]



‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [18/6/16]:  



Anbar: News agencies: A violent aerial shelling has targeted Thubat neighborhood in Fallujah..............



Baghdad: A roadside bomb exploded near shops in Washash area west of Baghdad today evening killing two persons and wounding 5...................



Baghdad: News agencies: 4 dead bodies of Fallujah displaced persons from one family shot were found in Sabe' Al-Bour area north of Baghdad today evening......................



Iraq PM declares ‘victory’ in Fallujah as troops attack hospital [Antiwar - 17/6/16]



... While our humanitarians with guillotines wax compassionate about gun deaths in the United States, they help to flood the world with all manner of bombs, munitions, machine guns, and fighter jets. ... [Antiwar - 17/6/16]



Morsi and Al Jazeera journalists sentenced for 'spying' [Al Jazeera - 18/6/16]



Seems the UN support the EU-Turkey deal, just as they support the sham Bali Process in South East Asia, and its detention, deportation and death impact throughout the region. --->  ‏@MSF_Sea [18/6/16]:  Ban Ki-Moon, now you've seen the suffering why haven't you spoken out against the dangerous #EUTurkey Deal?




Indonesian Foreign Minister asks for support to resettle refugees as UNHCR helps Australia shirk its international responsibilities following sham Bali Process meeting [23/3/16]




An aid convoy made up of around 250 vehicles is being held at the port of Dover after being refused entry to France by authorities.

The convoy, organised by a number of campaign groups including the People's Assembly and Stop the War Coalition, left London on Saturday morning before being prevented from boarding ferries to Calais by French authorities.

The lorries, cars and minibuses are carrying aid donations for refugees and migrants living in the Jungle camp in Calais.

Pictures and video from the port show an impromptu rally, with people chanting and holding signs saying "refugees welcome" and "solidarity with refugees". ... [Independent - 18/6/16]



Small business owners and newly employed fear economic impact as refugees are deported to Turkey [Ekathimerini - 18/6/16]:


As police units continued the evacuation of migrants and refugees from border camps across northern Greece on Friday, several local residents expressed opposition, claiming that business in the area will take a hit.

“If the refugees had not come, we would have left and closed down our shops,” said cheese pie shopowner Stamatis Misios.

“[The refugees] were a strong boost to the market, businesses were up and running and the unemployed got jobs,” he told Kathimerini, and took aim at authorities for “obsessing” over their evacuation.

 Local authorities say more than 1,000 people from the border towns near the camps had been hired by nongovernmental organizations, while Christos Goutenoudas, mayor of Paionia, said that one NGO boosted the local economy to the tune of 22 million euros. ...




Man hospitalised after hours perched on border fence, Ceuta [Antena 3 TV - 17/6/16]





@SRodrigoruiz [17/6/16]:  Ingresan a un migrante subsahariano en hospital en #Ceuta tras varias horas encaramado a la valla




@SRodrigoruiz [17/6/16]:  #REFUGIADOS Localizan una balsa con numerosos migrantes próximo a la isla Alborán, @salvamentogob inicia su rescate




‏@SRodrigoruiz [17/6/16]:  #ESPAÑA Alertan de una balsa con 52 migrantes que están cruzando el #Mediterráneo, se activa operativo de rescate




Day 91 refugee protests, Nauru


...  Where is justice after 3 years? Where is freedom after 3years?  @elahe_zivardar [18/6/16]



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [18/6/16]




"FREEDOM IS OUR RIGHT" ‏@Mums4Refugees [18/6/16]:  Yesterday was Day of protest on Manus. You guys are inspiring!!! After 3 years. ...




... Where are the fish?


Where are the loaves of bread? ...



'King Of Kings', Models [1985]




Australia-bound boat refugees brought ashore in Aceh. UNHCR nowhere to be seen. Greens, Australian human rights groups silent. [Yahoo - 18/6/16]:


Dozens of Sri Lankan migrants stranded on a boat off Indonesia were allowed to come ashore Saturday, easing a tense stand-off with local authorities that drew international condemnation.

The 44 migrants, who include many women and children, had been stuck on a boat off Aceh province for a week as authorities in the western province refused to allow them to disembark.

But officials relented Saturday and allowed the migrants -- who were adrift after their Indian-flagged vessel broke down en route to Australia -- to take refuge in tents set up along the beach.

Police had begun taking photographs of those brought ashore in a bid to establish identities, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

Authorities had previously said the boat would be towed out to international waters to continue on its journey after repairs are completed and the weather improved.

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla had ordered Aceh officials to allow the migrants to disembark the vessel, which washed up by a beach in the town of Lhoknga.

"We're happy to see that is finally being implemented," said Lilianne Fan, international director of Aceh NGO the Geutanyoe Foundation, whose team on the ground witnessed the disembarkation.

"At this point the most urgent thing from our point of view is that immediate access is given to the UNHCR," she added, referring to the UN refugee agency. ...




Everyone except the Australian media and human rights establishment are beginning to wonder why the UNHCR are invisible [Asian Tribune - 18/6/16]:


...  those group of Sri Lankan Tamils, 17 women including a pregnant woman, 9 children totaling 44 in numbers, were from the refugees camps in Tamil Nadu, India, languishing there for years, without any hope and prospects of resettlement for a descent and honorable living, in that country.

Currently over 64,000 Sri Lankan Tamils are stationed in 109 refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, India.

According to the latest information, totally over 100,000 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees are presently in India and the Indian Government has shunned the officials from the UN Refugees Agency to visit them to establish their refugees’ status and make necessary arrangements to sent them to asylum granting countries. <---- Utter BULLCRAP.   The UNHCR have abandoned helping refugees with protection and GENUINE resettlement in South East Asia.  Their neocon driven "durable solutions" are detention, deportation, exile and death - and they should be held to account.

India keeps the Sri Lankan Tamils in refugee camps as bargaining chips with Sri Lanka, but those human beings in those refugee camps undergo untold hardship, and it is learnt.

Those Sri Lankan Tamils in the refugee camps are being systematically harassed by Q branch Tamil Nadu police officers for money, as well as for sexual concessions.

By languishing in the refugee camps for years, occasionally a group or two of Sri Lanka Tamils, who are in the refugee camps try to leave their camp stealthily, without the knowledge of Indian authorities, whenever opportunities afforded.

The 44 Sri Lankans claim they were en route to Australia when they had engine troubles.

The present group of 44 Sri Lankan Tamils too were from the refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, and they had suffered enough in the hands of the Q branch police, manged to escape the stranglehold of the police to leave by boat to Australia.

That was the only possibility they had, it was told, as they were unable to leave by air to an asylum giving country to seek asylum.

It is now learnt that Indonesian Authorities in the province of Aceh are preparing to tow the boat with Tamil men, women and children out to sea on Friday after rescuing it last weekend.

But it was not clear whether Indonesian Authorities moved the stranded vessel yesterday.

It would be the second attempt in the past week to remove the vessel from Indonesian waters after it suffered engine trouble and was discovered stranded last Saturday.

The migrants have been at sea for about a month and were trying to reach the Australian territory of Christmas Island.

'Thinacheithi' appeals that UNHCR should come forward to rescue those 44 Sri Lankan Tamils stranded in a boat, off the coast of Aceh , Indonesia and temporarily settle them in another country under their protection and arrange their asylum.




Tamil Internally Displaced Perons are preparing to march with white flags towards lands that have been occupied by Sri Lanka’s military under the guise of a High Security Zone in Jaffna.

The President of the Valikamam North Rehabilitation Society, A Gunabalasingam, on Friday said, the people had stopped protesting for their resettlement after the new president promised in December that the Valikamam North people would be resettled within six months.

Speaking at a press conference in Jaffna, he added that the displaced have now realised that they have been deceived by President Maithripala Sirisnena.

Mr Gunabalasingam said they were now forced to restart their struggle to reclaim their original lands. ... [Tamil Guardian - 18/6/16]




‏@JamilaHanan [18/6/16]:  Two #Rohingya children age 12 and 13 arrested + tortured by authorities, 12 year old boy still missing feared dead.




@elahe_zivardar [17/6/16]:   Day 90 of peaceful protest on Nauru. People chant: where is freedom , after 3years?



‏@Mums4Refugees [17/6/16]:  The men in Camp 2 Nauru - tonight's protest ...



Amnesty gives Australia another free pass, claims UNHCR selfie with boat is evidence they are "on the scene" in Aceh, but being denied access to refugees [Media Release - 17/6/16]




UNHCR "spokeswoman" makes cagey remarks to AAP [SBS - 17/6/16]:


... The UN refugee agency said it was "deeply concerned" about the condition of the 44 people on board.


"We stand ready to support the government in ensuring that the group's protection and humanitarian needs are addressed following disembarkation," a UNHCR spokeswoman told AAP on Friday. ...






Australian politicians, human rights establishment silent as another blatant "voyage of the damned" stunt unfolds [BERITA TERBARU HD - VIDEO - 17/6/16]




Last month, the Obama Administration doubled down on their Central American refugee deterrence policy by beginning a new round of raids targeting mothers and young people for deportation back to some of the most dangerous and violent places in the world.

However, similar to the first time the Administration launched raids on these families in January, they are attempting to remove individuals from the U.S. who have not yet exhausted their legal remedies or had their day in court.

In fact, the CARA Family Detention Pro-Bono Project documented 21 recent cases where individuals were processed for deportation after being denied any basic due process protections or ever having had their claims heard.

In addition, CARA highlights disturbing and inappropriate conduct on the part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers during the raids, including forcing women to change clothes in front of officers and arresting children on their way to school. ... [American Immigration Council - 17/6/16]




28 Cuban boat migrants forcibly returned by US Coast Guard [7 News WSVN - 16/6/16]




94-year-old former Auschwitz guard found guilty of complicity in 170,000 murders [NPR - 17/6/16]:


... Hanning, who served in a unit that handled newly arrived prisoners and assisted in determining who would be enslaved and who would be sent to die, was charged in connection with the slaughter of Hungarian Jews at Auschwitz.

The number of murders in which Hanning was found to be complicit, 170,000, was determined by matching Hanning's service records with transportation logs for Hungarian Jews. ...




Latest CIA torture documents show "evidence of war crimes" and level of brutality that even shocked Bush [Democracy Now - 17/6/17]:



... JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And the role of psychologists in this? What do the documents show?

DROR LADIN [attorney with the ACLU]: I mean, the role of psychologists is horrifying. So we represent also in another lawsuit Gul Rahman’s family over his death under torture.

And these documents now reveal why he was singled out for such brutality. And it’s because of this psychological theory that they could identify someone who was a sophisticated resister, and then deploy this escalating set of tortures in order to break him.

And when you now have these reports, we can see why they thought he was such a sophisticated resister.

And this is what it is: He complained about the violations of his human rights.

He complained about the poor treatment. And in a detention facility in which he would freeze to death from hypothermia, he said he had trouble thinking because it was so cold.

They write this down in cables and say, "Gul Rahman is a very sophisticated resister. We need to employ even more brutality." ...




Seattle teacher pepper-sprayed by police reaches $100,000 settlement [Democracy Now - 17/6/16]




'State of Surveillance' with Edward Snowden and Shane Smith [VIDEO - HBO/Vice News - 9/6/16]




Turkey bans Istanbul gay pride due to 'security fears' [Al Jazeera - 17/6/16]:


... Until 2015, the gay pride march had been held on 12 occasions largely without incident, growing into the largest such event in a Muslim country with thousands taking part in a celebration of diversity.

Last year, however, the parade was banned by the governorship hours before the event.

Soon after, it was shut down through police intervention for the first time in its 13-year history. ...




Boko Haram fighters have killed at least 18 people at a funeral in northeast Nigeria, a witness and a police official have said.

The attackers shot at mourners and set houses on fire after arriving on motorbikes in the village of Kuda near Madagali town in Adamawa state on Thursday evening, witnesses said. ... [Al Jazeera - 17/6/16]




Central African Republic: UN mission strongly condemns escalation of violence in country’s west [Media Release - 17/6/16]




Hundreds of protestors marched through Kabul city on Friday to press the government to act for safe release of Kunduz hostages.

Protestors warned to continue mass protests and unless government takes action and ensures the release of the passengers who were abducted on Baghlan highway recently. ... [TOLO News - 17/6/16]





"Would-be suicide bomber" gunned down by security forces in Nangarhar [Pajhwok - 17/6/16]




Afghan police tell foreigners in Kabul to stay in or hire guards [Reuters - 17/6/16]




An Australian charity boss in her 60s has been kidnapped by armed men claiming to be intelligence agents in Afghanistan, her organization said Friday.

Katherine Jane Wilson is the founder and executive director of Zardozi, a non-governmental organization supporting female artists and entrepreneurs in the country, according to the charity. ... [NBC - 29/4/16]




Gunmen (wearing military uniforms) storm Paghman mosque, three civilians killed [TOLO News - 16/6/16]




Murdered MP Jo Cox had contacted police over threats [Reuters - 17/6/16]




The eyewitness who insists Jo Cox’s killer shouted “Britain First” before murdering the MP was on the leaked British Nationalist Party (BNP) membership and contacts list.

Britain First and the BNP are known to be openly hostile toward one another.

As a result of eyewitness Clarke Rothwell’s claims, the media have been quick to link the Labour MP’s murder to Britain First, a hard line nationalist group.

Much of the press has also linked the killing to Britain’s European Union (EU) referendum, and Germany’s Chancellor Merkel has claimed the Leave campaign is to blame for the murder, for using “radical” language. ... [Breitbart - 17/6/16]




... Cox had only been elected in 2015.

As an MP, she was involved with Labour Friends of Palestine and wrote part of a 2015 report by the group, urging a lifting of the Israeli blockade on Gaza.

She said in February that moves by the Conservative government to use legal threats to curtail the boycott of Israel were “a gross attack on democratic freedoms. It is our right to boycott unethical companies.”

Although a new MP, Cox had already developed a reputation as a campaigner for refugees to be given shelter in the UK, especially those fleeing the war in Syria. ... [Electronic Intifada - 16/6/16]




Sisi says fight against terrorism as important as 1973 victory against Israel [Ahram - 17/6/16]




Israeli forces launch tear gas at protesters in Kafr Qaddum [Maan - 17/6/16]




Israeli soldier behind Hebron shooting told his commander: 'The terrorist was alive, he needs to die' [Haaretz - 16/6/16]




Saudi deputy crown prince due to meet on Yemen with UN chief [Reuters - 17/6/16]




... During a press briefing at the Saudi Embassy in Washington on Friday, Adel al-Jubeir said the Arab monarchy has long been pushing for a US military campaign to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Saudi minister added that from the very start of the crisis in Syria, Riyadh has strongly favored “a more robust policy, including air strikes, safe zones, a no fly zone, a no drive zone.”

He went on to say that the kingdom had called for arming Syria’s so-called “moderate opposition” with ground-to-air missiles and reiterated an offer to deploy Saudi special forces as part of any US-led operation against the Damascus government, which has been making back-to-back gains against the Daesh Takfiri group. ... [Press TV - 17/6/16]





18 June 2016