203rd day of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugees transit center.



Freedom, peace&democracy and justices that’s the life we want to live in not the fences or torment . No one shall be subjected to torture or cruel .#Manus SOS‏ @sunosi3 [21/2/18]



Group of refugees who accepted exile and statelessness in PNG - after being trafficked to Manus Island by the Australian Labor Party - suddenly arrested for re-imprisonment in new concentration camp [RNZI - 21/2/18]:


Nine Manus Island refugees who tried to resettle in Papua New Guinea are reportedly being returned to the island.

Police took the nine men into custody yesterday in Port Moresby, according to refugee in the city for medical treatment.

The men were arrested at Aku Lodge where they had been unable to pay for their accommodation but refused to move.

Armed police stormed the lodge, captured the men and took them to the airport, the refugee said. But as their plane was about to take off it was damaged by a mobile boarding staircase, canceling the flight.

The refugee said he was told the plan was to send the nine men back to Manus on Friday.

The PNG Immigration Authority could not be reached for comment, but its website says that in 2016, 74 refugees from Manus were to undertake training for resettlement in the country.


About 600 men are thought to be on Manus while about 100 are estimated to be in Port Moresby's Granville Motel awaiting medical care.



@Aussie4Refugees [21/2/18]:  #Manus refugees who want to stay in PNG claim no access to citizenship process, underscoring Shorten puppet Kevin Rudd's July 2013 "resettlement" lie



Tamil refugee faces imminent deportation from Australia after UN Committee Against Torture lifted an interim measure request that he not be returned to Sri Lanka [Red Flag - Tamil Refugee Council - 21/2/18]:


The Tamil Refugee Council is demanding answers about the fate of a Tamil refugee who was last night handcuffed and removed from his room at the Broadmeadows detention centre (Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation).

“We had been in contact with Santharuban every two hours yesterday,” said Aran Mylvaganam, Tamil Refugee Council spokesperson.

“But we lost contact after 5pm. We have been told by detainees in the centre that Santharuban was handcuffed and taken from his room at about 9pm. They say that he resisted, but was overwhelmed. His belongings were also removed. Now we have no idea where he is.” ...



An explosion and fire on a bus in Diyatalawa this morning left 19 injured, including Sri Lankan army personnel. 

The army commander informed the prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe the incident was caused by a hand grenade. ... [Tamil Guardian - 21/2/18]



Amid calls from UK parliamentarians for his expulsion, Sri Lanka's UK defence attache, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, will return to Colombo for "consultations" the army spokesperson, told reporters today. 

Brigadier Fernando was filmed on February 4 making a throat slitting gesture at Tamils protesting outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London.  ... [Tamil Guardian - 21/2/18]



North-East civil society call for action marking 1 year of disappearance protests [Tamil Guardian - 20/2/18]



Today 21/2/2018 the head of director general of immigration came to the detention center of #Balikpapan to visit Refugees [Indonesia]



Image: @MahdiAlizada18 [21/2/18]



@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN [21/2/18]:  36 days of #Refugees protest in Balikpapan detenton center for freedom.this is a short video from today's situation ...



Scholars, activists and politicians in Germany to hold an International Conference on Myanmar genocide at the Jewish Museum in Berlin [Rohingya Blogger - 20/2/18]



Burma officials told Bangladesh to cut-off life saving aid to Rohingya Muslims living on the Zero Line at a meeting between border authorities on Tuesday. ... [Asian Correspondent - 21/2/18]



Bangladesh: The crisis is not over - Rohingya refugees are still arriving [Médecins Sans Frontières - 19/2/18]



@Aussie4Refugees [21/2/18]:  "The Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2 drillship has been awarded a three-well contract plus five one-well options with Woodside offshore Myanmar. The contract is scheduled to start in April and expire in September 2018."



@Aussie4Refugees [21/2/18]: Dutton and Abbott's episodic hate mongering and incitement are cultivated by the Australian media. Dutton and Abbott's best defenders in this sideshow are the Labor Party. Journalism is dead, and there is no opposition in Australia. Let us move on. ...



@GraffitiExpert [21/2/18]:  Plunder and pedophilia. Oi. Oi. Oi. ...



The President of the Philippines has ordered that two journalists be banned from entering the presidential palace, an act one Filipino reporters' rights group described as "appalling and extremely unbecoming" of a President.

Independent news website Rappler reported on Tuesday that Rodrigo Duterte directly ordered his presidential security team to bar the organisation's CEO and one of its reporters from covering events at the palace.  ... [Al Jazeera - 21/2/18]



Thailand:  Junta committee insists on role in media reform [The Nation - 21/2/18]



US and Thai marines slurped snake blood and ate scorpions in a jungle survival programme on Monday as part of the annual Cobra Gold war games. ... [Bangkok Post - 20/2/18]



... "Good guys in, bad guys out," says the large sign in front.

The visiting area has no walls, no privacy panels -- just two wire fences. Like animals in a zoo, detainees and visitors alike are pressed against the wire, shouting above the deafening noise.

Once visiting hours are over, detainees are strip-searched before they are corralled into their cells.


There are 22 detention centres in Thailand, housing the many "illegal immigrants", as defined by Thai law.

Under Thailand's 1979 Immigration Act, anyone who overstays their visa is immediately considered to be in violation of the law.

As Thailand is not a signatory of the 1951 Refugee Convention, these "illegal immigrants" include asylum seekers and refugees, both those who are waiting resettlement to a third country, and those whose UNHCR cases have been closed.

These include Rohingya, Somali, Palestinian and Pakistani refugees and asylum seekers. ... [Bangkok Post - 18/2/18]



US urges Malaysia to protect Uighurs facing deportation [The Asahi Shimbun - 16/2/18]:


The United States on Thursday urged Malaysia to provide temporary protection to 11 Uighur Muslims reportedly held there, warning they could face torture or persecution if forcibly returned to China.

Human Rights Watch says the Uighurs were among more than 200 detained in neighboring Thailand in 2014.

Thailand deported more than 100 of the group to China in July 2015 in a move that brought international condemnation.

The whereabouts and well-being of those who were returned are unknown, the rights group says. Michael Cavey, a State Department spokesman for East Asia, said the United States has called on Malaysia to grant the U.N. refugee agency access to the Uighurs to determine their eligibility for resettlement in another country.

He called for temporary protection to any of the individuals "who may be subject to torture or persecution if returned against their will."

Rights groups say hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Uighurs have fled China in recent years.

The Turkic-speaking Muslim minority group complains of harsh cultural and religious suppression in the Xinjiang region in China's far west and severe punishment of those repatriated.

Beijing has accused Uighur separatists of terrorism in Xinjiang, where hundreds of people have died in ethnic violence.

The 11 Uighurs in Malaysian custody are believed to be part of a group of 20 people who escaped from immigration detention in southern Thailand in November.

Last week, Malaysian Deputy Premier Ahmad Zahid Hamid said China has officially requested the extradition of the Uighurs, state news agency Bernama reported.

Separately, more than 40 other Uighurs are believed to be held in Thailand.



THIS is an opposition --->  In the last few days The Sun, The Mail, The Telegraph and The Express have gone a little bit James Bond. We've got news for the billionaire, tax exile press barons: Change is coming. @jeremycorbyn [20/2/18]



NT News launch new wave of attacks on Aboriginal communities [Welcome to Country - 20/2/18]



@GraffitiExpert [23/1/18]: How the Murdoch press keeps Australia's dirty secret ...



... There'll be no sadness, no sorrow

No trouble I see

There will be peace in the valley for me, some sweet sweet day ...


"Peace in the Valley" is a 1937 song written by Thomas A. Dorsey ... [Wikipedia]



Sweet Country: Coming to a cinema near you [Transmission - 22/1/18]



@JulianAssange [19/2/18]:  Who owns Australia? ...



@JulianAssange [18/2/18]:  At least #Barnaby is sleeping with an Australian. More than what can be said for PM #Turnbull who puts out 24/7 for @USAEmbassyinOZ and Wall St. ...  



... Assange faces a secret US indictment on charges related to WikiLeaks’ disclosure of classified US documents.

The US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, said recently, “Arresting Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is a priority…we’ve already begun to step up our efforts and we will seek to put some people in jail.”

On January 20this year, the former left wing Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa, who gave Assange asylum back in 2012, said that he’s “afraid for Julian Assange’s safety… for (incumbent) President Lenin Moreno it will only take pressure from the United States to withdraw protection for Assange.” ... Julian Assange’s ordeal [Daily Times - 19/2/18]



@immcouncil [20/2/18]:  We’ve filed an amicus brief outlining Sessions’ troubling statements that display an intense hostility toward noncitizens ...



The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency today denied local lawmakers recent request to rescind their new policy that allows for the agency to detain any undocumented immigrant inside of state courthouses.

This new policy, which was implemented on February 1, gives ICE the authority to detain anyone present in court including victims, witnesses, or even family members. ... [Kings County Politics - 20/2/18]



Gilles Bikindou, a Cary church member and native of the Republic of Congo, is slated to be deported on Friday, the Greenwood Forest Baptist Church announced this afternoon.

According to the church, Bikindou has a life-threatening illness, and it believes he will die if he is deported back to the Congo. ... [Indy Week - 19/2/18]



A crowd of immigrant rights advocates blocked a Homeland Security van late Thursday from accessing the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Video footage showed dozens of people standing in the street, in front of a marked van, chanting, "Drive out ICE!" and "Stop the deportations!" Some held signs.

The protest was in response to raids this week that led to the detention of more than 100 people suspected of violating immigration laws. ... [LA Times - 15/2/18]



20 February 2018