Please, please, please... Stop separating families



Day 17 of peaceful protest Nauru ...  ‏@elahe_zivardar [21/2/17]  



Royal Commission to sort of investigate child abuse refugee "deterrence" in Australia's offshore concentration camps [Guardian - 21/2/17]



NO REPLY ---> .@RAPacificBeat Where can I find the English version of this report? ... @Aussies4Refugees



Guardian and ALP think tank join vile "utility of the deserving" chorus, as Australia's anti-refugee policy continues unopposed and unscrutinised [21/2/17]



FUCK. POLLS. Do some JOURNALISM Michael Gordon, or GET OUT OF THE WAY [Sydney Morning Herald - 21/2/17]:


Australians overwhelmingly believe keeping asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru indefinitely is cruel, but are evenly split on whether they should be resettled in Australia, a survey has found. ...



As above ---> Waleed Aly inverts reality. [New York Times - 21/2/17]



Online Visitor visas now available to Chinese nationals [Minister for Immigration Media Release - 20/2/17]



Latest installment of phoney Obama-US "deal" pantomime [SBS - 21/2/17]:


 Immigration Minister Peter Dutton insists Australia will reject Central American refugees that pose a risk under the swap deal struck with the US. ...



WAITING ... WAITING ... WAITING ---> US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman renews call for declassification of phoney Obama-Australia refugee "deal" [Senator Chuck Grassley Media Release - 2/2/17]



AUSTRALIA IS TURNING AWAY, INCARCERATING AND EXILING REFUGEES.  While Australia's war of attrition continues unchallenged by so called "experts", these whitewashing gabfests should be protested ---> ... Paul Power, RCOA CEO, said; ‘We are very excited to be holding the first ever Refugee Alternatives Conference this year, which will bring together refugee communities, academics and people with practical and policy experience to explore alternatives to current refugee policy and develop sustainable solutions to one of the global community’s great modern challenges. The Refugee Alternatives Conference is particularly timely given the scale of the challenge the world now faces and Australia’s commitment to the Global Compact on displacement at the UN Summit last year.  ... [Refugee Council of Australia - 20/2/17]



Politely calling bullshit on the anti-refugee "global compact" and dodgy UN Summit [IRIN - 28/9/16]



Can Radio National Breakfast point out Dadaab refugee camp on this map of South East Asia?



Which country on this map of  South East Asia is a supposedly a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention, but hasn't accepted refugees since 2014?



What happens when resettlement countries don't fulfil their obligations under the UN Refugee Convention ---> ... The Delhi-based Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) submitted a report on the Rohingya refugee crisis to Yanghee Lee, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, on the eve of her four-day visit to Bangladesh from Monday.

More than six lakh Rohingyas have sought refuge in Bangladesh since 1992 but in December 2016 Myanmar offered to accept the return of fewer than 2,500 Rohingyas.

The report stated that while gross human rights violations against the Rohingyas must be investigated, the UN cannot ignore the Buddhists of CHT being made a minority in their own land by the permanent settlement of Rohingya refugees “who belong to the same stock of people as the majority Muslim population of Bangladesh”. ... [Hindustan Times - 20/2/17]



Fiddling while Rome burns --> ASEAN to discuss South China Sea, Rohingya in the Philippines [The Nation - 20/2/17]



Unilever, Myanmar and the Rohingya Genocide:  An Open Letter to Unilever CEO Paul Polman [20/2/17]



Turkey says it has distributed aid to Rohingya in Rakhine state, Myanmar - but where's the proof? [Anadolu Agency - 20/2/17]



The Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) arrested six Rohingya figureheads in southern Maungdaw for skipping a meeting held on Sunday in relation to National Verification Card also called NVC, it has been reported. ... [Rohingya Vision - 20/2/17]



‏@nslwin [20/2/17]:  Nobody can go out from villages. They can't go for shopping. All restrictions started today. If this continues people will be starving soon.



A set of recently declassified CIA reports reveal how Sri Lanka’s former president J R Jayewardene attempted to garner military support from the United States and position himself as a moderate dedicated to solving the island’s ethnic crisis, even as the Sri Lankan army was committing large scale human rights abuses in the North-East.

Declassified documents from the CIA show how despite regarding himself as “South Asia’s elder statesman and a political moderate” the Sri Lankan president “had twice ordered his forces to take Jaffna” as part of a massive military assault on the peninsula.

“Burn the place to the ground,” Mr Jayewardene admitted he had instructed his forces. ... [Tamil Guardian - 20/2/17]



Schoolchildren across North protest in solidarity with Pilavu [Tamil Guardian - 20/2/17]



Families of the missing protest in Kilinochchi [Tamil Guardian - 20/2/17]



 I have walked thru community, station & homeland. I have sat with my people, my elders, our children.

I have listen, heard, felt the pain



Image: ‏@Clintonswalk [19/2/17]



‏@Clintonswalk [21/2/17]:  Justice Mobile is up and running, thanks again to the good people willing to help #ClintonsWalk - Noonie



Michael Long and the Long Walk story.



This party of racists think Australians have forgotten who extended the Intervention --> ALP's latest co-optation effort [SBS - 20/2/17]


Opposition Leader Bill Shorten hosted a meeting of Indigenous Labor MPs from the Commonwealth, State and Territory parliaments to establish a national Labor Indigenous Caucus in Brisbane today. 

The new caucus aims to increase Indigenous voter enrolment, expand the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of the Labor Party, and initiate a young leaders program where Indigenous youth are identified and paired directly with MPs. ...



Indigenous and human rights groups have condemned the Senate's rushed passing of new laws extending the intervention in remote Northern Territory areas. ... [ABC - 29/6/12]



After being found guilty of manslaughter for the filmed, execution-style shooting of 21-year-old Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif, 20-year-old Israeli soldier Elor Azarya was sentenced to 18 months in prison, a year's probation, and a demotion in his military rank on Tuesday. ... [SBS - 21/2/17]



Israeli forces detain 20 Palestinians in overnight raids [Maan - 21/2/17]



Israeli naval forces detained five Palestinian fishermen from the same family on Tuesday morning while they were sailing off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip.

The head of the union of Gaza fishermen, Nizar Ayyash, told Ma'an that Israeli forces had detained Umran Saber Bakr, Mahmoud Saber Bakr, Abdullah Saber Bakr, Thabet Abd al-Raziq Bakr, and Omar Muhammad Bakr, and took them to the port of Ashdod in southern Israel.

Meanwhile, Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishermen sailing off the coast of Beit Lahiya, witnesses told Ma'an. No injuries were reported. ... [Maan - 21/2/17]



Israeli court sentences Palestinian boy with leukemia to 3 months in prison [Maan - 21/2/17]



Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal released from prison as Gazans stage solidarity sit-in [Maan - 20/2/17]



@Delo_Taylor [20/2/17]:  URGENT: Police have surrounded water protectors camp at Standing Rock & will launch raid Wednesday at 2 pm. #NoDAPL



@AhmadAlgohbary [19/2/17]:  Photo of today's bombardment on the capital #Sanaa by #Saudi jets #Yemen



Smart bombs made in Scotland were dropped in Yemen by UK-trained Saudi air force [Daily Record - 19/2/17]



‏@wikileaks [19/2/17]:  Sweden’s unethical – and unlawful – arms deals with ‘ISIS-backing’ Saudis (archive)



US drone strikes kills "12 ISIS militants in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan [Khaama - 21/2/17]



The Taliban insurgents heavy casualties in a series of airstrikes conducted in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the militants were killed or wounded in Nawa and Sangin districts. ... [Khaama - 21/2/17]



Civilian shot dead by police in Kabul city [Khaama - 20/2/17]



Unidentified gunmen attacked a civilian home, killing 10 members of a single family, including women and children, in eastern Laghman province, an official said on Monday.

At least four people were wounded in the bomb attack, Sarhadi Zwak, the gubernatorial spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The incident occurred at around 7:30 on Sunday night in the Marwat Kas area of Badpakh district.

He said unidentified armed men lobbed hand grenades into the house, causing the casualties.

The governor has directed local authorities to investigate the incident and brief him on the situation. ... [Pajhwok - 20/2/17]



Rebels on the verge of surrendering two important suburbs in east Damascus [AMN - 21/2/17]



Russian mine pickers have completed their mission in Syria’s Aleppo and its suburbs and are returning home to Russia, Russia’s Channel One said on Monday. ... [TASS - 20/2/17]



Syrian Army General Command calls on citizens to return to their homes in secured areas in Aleppo’s eastern countryside [SANA - 20/2/17]



Two people were killed and twelve were injured on Monday by rocket shells fired by terrorists on New Aleppo and Minian neighborhoods in Aleppo city.

A source at Aleppo Police Command told SANA that terrorist groups positioned in the western countryside of Aleppo city targeted New Aleppo neighborhood with rocket shells, killing one person, injuring ten others, and causing material damage to the citizen’s houses and properties.

Later, the source added that a child was killed and two others were injured due to rocket shells fired by terrorists on Minian neighborhood in Aleppo.

Meanwhile in Daraa city, three people were killed and two others were injured on Monday due to terrorist rocket attacks on the National Hospital and residential neighborhoods. ... [SANA - 20/2/17]



‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [20/2/17]: 


"Three out of five people now depend on untreated water from wells in the west of Mosul areas as water systems and treatment plants have been damaged by fighting or run out of chlorine," said Peter Hawkins, the UNICEF Representative in Iraq.


"Food prices in western Mosul are almost double than in eastern Mosul," said Sally Haydock, the WFP Representative in the Iraq .


UN: The situation is bad in west of Mosul ,people are doing their best to feed their children and heat their homes.


Anbar: News agencies: The government forces have imposed a curfew on Heet City ,Kubeisa and Baghdadi districts for precautionary measures according to the declaration.


Baghdad: A person was killed and "4"were wounded as an IED exploded in Nasir Walsalam area in "Abu Ghreib "district west of Baghdad.


Baghdad: News agencies: 3 women were killed as gunmen in 4x4 vehicle -it is believed belonging to death squads- attacked by silenced weapons a home in Haswa area in Abu Ghreib district today evening .



While the Iraqi military talks up its huge offensive against western Mosul, security forces are also seeing through a planned purge of all “enemies” in the eastern half of the city, which they now control militarily after some two years under ISIS control. ... [ - 20/2/17]



Non-combat death of US servicemember; 144 others killed in Iraq [ - 20/2/17]:


... Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on Baghdad to order Coalition forces to withdraw from Iraq after Mosul is recaptured. ...



Five people were wounded Monday when a mortar missile landed on their home west of Baghdad, according to police sources.

The missile hit a residence in al-Makaseb area, wounding five people from one family, the sources told Alsumaria News. ... [ - 20/2/17]



Turkish army says killed 34 Kurdish militants in air strikes in northern Iraq [ - 20/2/17]



US Secreatry of Defense arrives in Iraq, says country not after Iraqi oil [ - 20/2/17]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 20/1/17]



‏@wikileaks [20/2/17]:  Trump has named Gen H. R. McMaster National Security Advisor: Inside the Petraeus-McMaster inner circle (2009) ...



‏@KatlynBabyak [20/2/17]:  Iraqi Christian refugees protest against #UNHCR resettlement delays [Beirut]



More than 300 African migrants jumped the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Monday morning, the second mass push since Friday, the emergency services said.

Eleven people were hospitalized after the jump over the 6-metre, barbed-wire fencing surrounding the North African enclave, the Red Cross said. ... [Reuters - 20/2/17]



Greece plans more deportation camps [Ekathimerini - 19/2/17]



The IOM call this a rescue -> Libyan Coast Guard capture 185 migrants; imprisons them in Al-Zawiya detention centre [Libya Observer - 19/2/17]



IOM coerce migrants (including unaccompanied children) trapped in Libya to return to Nigeria and Senegal with promises of "reintegration support" [Reliefweb - 17/2/17]



‏@JulianAssange [20/2/17]:  @Lenin All Ecuadorian citizens, journalists and refugees have the right to freedom of expression.



WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is sheltered in Ecuador’s embassy in London, should reduce meddling in the policies of countries Ecuador has friendly relations with, the frontrunner for Ecuador’s presidential elections, Lenin Moreno, told RT. ... [RT - 20/2/17]



Chinese "whistleblowing" journalist granted political asylum in Australia [SBS - 20/2/17]



If you aren't OPPOSING (or seriously interrogating the impacts of) Australia's anti-refugee policy, you are doing PR/emboldening it ---> Refugee Council of Australia tweet a link to this horror, and the UNHCR claim "profound concern", but why aren't they calling for an END TO THE POLICY? Report by Liam "the February 2014 attack on the Manus refugee concentration camp was a riot" Cochrane [ABC - 21/2/17]:


A Vietnamese asylum seeker has said she faced three months of detention and beatings after being returned by Australian immigration officials.

Tran and family now stranded in Indonesia with two other Vietnamese families Tran Thi Lua fled a second time, trying to reach Australia this month, but her boat broke down off the Indonesian coast.

Now she is stranded in Indonesia with her three children and two other Vietnamese families, hoping for an interview with the United Nations refugee agency this week.

The other two mothers on the recent boat trip were also returned by Australia in 2015 and faced punishment from the communist Vietnamese Government.


For Mrs Tran and her three children, the future is very uncertain.

Her children are aged 4, 10 and 12.

The Vietnamese community in Australia has rallied to support the families stranded in Indonesia.

Donations from Australia have paid for rental accommodation, keeping the families out of Indonesian immigration detention facilities.

An experienced immigration worker is travelling from Thailand this week to assist with the case, a refugee advocate said.



What Australia's fanatical anti-refugee policies mean for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]:


... While it is widely reported in the media that the number of boats leaving Indonesia for Australia has significantly dropped since the commencement of OSB, NGOs in Indonesia highlight that people seeking asylum have continued to arrive to the country.

While some live in supported shelters or independently in the community, others are locked up in immigration detention centres.

By 2015 there were 33 sites of immigration detention throughout Indonesia.

Australian funding through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has expanded the capacity of this detention network since 2011. ...



"WE ARE HUMAN" Indonesia: Refugees in Kupang detention centre protest UNHCR's refusal to resettle them [Hazaras in Indonesia - 10/2/17]



‏@HanNguyenNews [7/2/17]:  Following the protest we've been invited to see where some of the refugees live. This place sleeps 16 people each night.



THAT'S BECAUSE THEY'RE PROTECTED AND UNACCOUNTABLE ---> UNHCR officials in Jakarta could not be reached for comment. ... [The Daily Progress - 6/2/17]



Australia stops accepting refugees [SBS -  18/11/14]:


... The UNHCR's Canberra office also refused interview requests. ...


... Prior to taking up this assignment in early 2014, Mr. Albrecht served as Head of the UNHCR Regional Support Hub in Nairobi ... [UNSW Kaldor Centre]



... UNHCR Representative Thomas Albrecht told Ref Coord he had had to deliver a stern warning to the refugees: either shape up or he will ask the GOG [Government of Ghana] to post several military officers inside the camp.

To emphasize the seriousness of his message, he suspended all UNHCR services to Budumburam during the week of May 1-7. ... [WikiLeaks]



... Where the executioner’s face is always well hidden ...


'A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall' is a song written by Bob Dylan in the summer of 1962.  ... and covered by Bryan Ferry in 1973 ... [Wikipedia]



  Today the Australia - United Nations Parliamentary Group, co-chaired by Melissa and Senator Chris Back, along with the United Nations Association of Australia hosted a morning tea to celebrate Refugee Day (20 June). Mr. Thomas Albrecht, UNHCR regional representative spoke about the plight of refugees around the world and reminded the audience that it was important to also “celebrate” refugees on Refugee Day as these are courageous people who have come through so much, are resilient and contribute enormously. [Melissa Parke - 25/6/14]



Free to rub fascism in our faces because there is no opposition, no journalism, and so called human rights organisations and "advocates" are complicit



Always glad to see Fonsie the #AusFiji #diplocat cat @ High Commission in #Fiji LittleBear looks forward to a Purr-cific meet up 1 day ‏@Senator_CFW [21/2/17]



Australian rights organisations/UNHCR knew of this case but waited until AFTER Loghman Sawari was deported from Fiji to say anything ---> ... “We will absolutely be supporting him. We stand ready to assist this individual because that's our job,”said the director of Fiji's Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission Ashwin Raj.


Sawari's lawyer said his client is in "good spirits”and is "happy to get away from his past condition".

"His journey is not just for himself, but those on Manus and those kept in captivity and this also to highlights the Australian government's failed asylum program,” said Mr Ravindran-Singh.

"People are suffering there, people are having mental breakdowns, people are attempting suicide, the list goes on.

"This is a complete failure on the Australian government part and this has been documented in reports, including in UN reports, and the Supreme Court of PNG has ruled this place (Manus Island regional processing centre) is illegal and be shut down.

"It's really embarrassing for the Australian government with their partner PNG.” ...  [SBS - 2/2/17]



Outsourced US Homeland Security officials continue inspecting and interrogating illegally held political prisoners on Manus Island as part of ongoing fictional Obama-Australia "deal" sideshow [The National - 21/2/17]:


... Meanwhile, Boochani said officers from the Resettlement Support Centre continued to conduct interviews for detainees in the Regional Processing Centre on Manus.

The support centre was contracted by the United States Department of Homeland Security to assist refugees seeking permanent resettlement in the US.

“I don’t know exactly how many people were interviewed today,” Boochani said.

“It’s hard to know but everyday about 15 to 20 people have interviews.”

The Resettlement Support Centre started its interviews on Feb 15.

On April 26, last year the PNG Supreme Court ruled that the detention of asylum seekers at the regional processing centre on Manus was unconstitutional.



WAITING ... WAITING.  ---> US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman renews call for declassification of phoney Obama-Australia refugee "deal" [Senator Chuck Grassley Media Release - 2/2/17]



"Papers please" PNG government to impose ID cards on Manus Island [PNG Loop - 21/2/17]




21 February 2017