Day 94 refugee protests, Nauru



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [21/6/16]




‏@elahe_zivardar [21/6/16]:  94th day of peaceful protest on Nauru




Refugee concentration camp's impact on Nauru democracy not an issue for Australia:  Bishop and Plibersek [Yahoo - 21/6/16]




... “The Stop the Boats policy is presented as a humanitarian policy,” Nadine explains.

“Whenever we argue with people, they say, but it saves lives. What we’re trying to show is that it’s not, people die elsewhere or are receive horrific treatment in the island detention centres.” ... Activists storm Australian Embassy in London with boat to protest illegal refugee policy [Huck Magazine - 21/6/16]




NCD Governor Powes Parkop slams Australia's refugee concentration camp on Manus Island [EMTV - 21/6/16]:


In responding to an official speech by Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davis, on World Refugee Day, National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, said he always believed detaining refugees at the centre was wrong.

“High Commissioner, I have been one of the MPs who have been against what is happening in Manus Detention Centre. I am not afraid to say it’s wrong because these refugees, they did not want to come to PNG or to Manus Island,” Parkop said.

He continued to say that in order to facilitate this arrangement, “we have bent our rules, [broken] our laws.”

Parkop, a human rights lawyer turned politician, said he agrees with the decision of the Supreme Court which found the detention centre unconstitutional.

He said it is not only illegal but also culturally wrong in PNG to detain people.

“We are hospitable people, we welcome refugees. We want to bring them to our house. We are compassionate people, and that’s the culture that we should maintain. And the culture that is being imposed on us by the Australian government is not our culture, to put people in detention centers, to lock them up, because they are there to find a better life,” said Parkop.

He added that while Australia’s efforts in resettling refugees is commendable, they can still do a lot more in terms of processing and resettling them in Australia rather than sending them to other countries.







Malcolm Turnbull, why didn't you answer my question on Q&A about Manus Island? Behrouz Boochani [Guardian - 21/6/16]






Behrouz Boochani [17/6/16]:



 This short piece is directed to some human rights organisation who claim that they are caring about refugees in Manus and Nauru.

I have a lot experiences in communication with them and due to these experiences i have lost trust in them.

Many of you talk and talk but in the end it becomes clear that you are working for your own interests, careers and public recognition.

It is clear because you have the ability and power to put pressure on the gov but in many cases you do not.

You are a part of this system and collaborate with the government. You are a result of the capitalist individualist system.

I wonder how many documents should be send outside, how much evidence of, for example cruel torturous health 'care' we must provide so that you will do serious actions to protect and help innocent people inside Australian Guantanamo.

During the last weeks some of you made contact with me and asked for more information about here.

Honestly I want to say that you have enough information, do your research, look at all that we have sent you.

Even when we fill your forms and send information it seems you put it somewhere but do not take action but you are only doing a show.

You are not honest in your works.

I feel that in someways you are happy that we are here because for you too we are an industry.

If we get freedom you will lose your job or you will lose your position.

I published articles about our situations and you be sure that i had enough documents to back up I once published a picture from a man who had lost 14 teeths and also i helped him to fill out forms for some of these organisations but they did not do anything for him.


I have helped many people fill out these forms, many very sick people, but Instead again they asked for the documents again.

I wonder how they asked again about documents.

It is clear that what Australia is doing in these prisons. You don't need more information.

I myself feel tired from these organisations because i sent out a lot of documents to them. I am tired from the organisations that play with us. I have decided to cut my comunication with them.

I have learned that i must use my ability and not wait for their actions.

I will continue to fight but I will not trust them again.







Why are the Greens ignoring the Australia-bound Sri Lankan boat refugees stranded in Aceh? [Media Release - 21/6/16]




The Indonesian government said Tuesday a boatload of stranded Sri Lankan migrants would not be towed back out to sea, after local officials had sparked anger by pledging to send them on their way in a rickety craft.

Authorities will allow those with genuine refugee claims to stay in Indonesia pending permanent resettlement to another country, and send the others back home, an immigration department spokesman said. ... [Channel News Asia - 21/6/16]





Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy has offered to give humanitarian assistance to the Indonesian Government for ethnic Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka marooned on the shores of Aceh for more than a week. ... [Free Malaysia Today - 21/6/16]




Pointless. These illegal camps must be closed and the refugees GENUINELY resettled --->  The Australian Greens have announced that they will introduce a Private Members Bill into the Parliament, allowing media to gain access to Australian detention centres, following the election.

The 'Transparency Guarantee Bill' would mandate a reasonable level of access for media to detention centres and amend the migration act to make it illegal for the government to fund offshore detention centres where media are not allowed regular access. ... [Greens Media Release - 21/6/16]




Myanmar officials must refer to the oppressed Rohingya Muslim minority as "people who believe in Islam" rather than by their name, according to a letter seen by AFP Tuesday, as a UN rights envoy prepares to visit the benighted group. ... [Channel News Asia - 21/6/16]




In California, Black Lives Matter activist Jasmine Richards, whose conviction on a charge known up until recently as "felony lynching" sparked protests around the country, has been freed.

Police had accused Richards of trying to de-arrest someone during a peace march.

She was released Saturday, less than two weeks after being sentenced to 90 days in jail, minus time served.

She is due back in court next month for pretrial hearings in two other cases. [Democracy Now - 20/6/16]




Ohio gun shop owner fatally shot during concealed carry class [Democracy Now - 20/6/16]




Bahrain strips top Shi'ite Muslim cleric of citizenship [Reuters – 21/6/16]




Residents of Sair and its surrounding villages in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron held a funeral Monday for 22-year-old Arif Sharif Jaradat, who died Sunday after succumbing to a live bullet wound he sustained last month when Israeli forces shot him. ... [Maan - 20/6/16]



Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians across West Bank, including mother and children [Maan - 20/6/16]



The Israeli civil administration is willing to demolish a 10-meter-deep water reservoir that is the only source of water for 20 Bedouin families in Umm Al-Jimal community in the Jordan Valley, claiming that it has no building permit. ... [PNN - 20/6/16]



Palestinian refugees killed as Syria violence escalates [Electronic Intifada - 20/6/16]




During a bilateral meeting at the Pentagon today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-Israeli defense relationship, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement.


During Lieberman's visit to the United States, Cook said, he will also travel to Fort Worth, Texas, for a ceremony as the first F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft destined for Israel rolls off the production line. ... [US Department of Defense - 20/6/16]




Yemen’s pro-government forces and Shiite Houthi rebels exchanged 224 prisoners in two days, the largest swap since the beginning of the civil war last year, officials from both sides said on Sunday. ... [CCTV - 20/6/16]



Yemen talks in Kuwait enter 60th day [Al Arabiya - 20/6/16]



... The meeting referred to the UNHCR’s role in helping Yemen to organize the process of asylum and voluntary return of Somali refugees whose country is seeing a stability at the current stage, taking into account the exceptional and unprecedented circumstances experienced by Yemen as a result of the continued aggression and siege. ... Refugee issues in Yemen discussed [SABA - 20/6/16]




Briefing on the latest wave of targeted killings of women in Somalia [Somaliland Press - 20/6/16]




Somali militants kill five police in north Kenya [Reuters - 20/6/16]




Bomb attacks kill at least 22 in Afghanistan [Reuters - 20/6/16]:


More than 20 people were killed in separate bomb attacks in Afghanistan on Monday, including at least 14 who died when a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying Nepali security guards working at the Canadian embassy in Kabul, officials said.

A Reuters witness saw several apparently dead victims and at least two wounded being carried out of the remains of a yellow bus after the suicide bomber struck the vehicle in the capital.

 Hours later, a bomb planted in a motorbike killed at least eight civilians and wounded another 18 in a crowded market in the northern province of Badakhshan, said provincial government spokesman Naveed Frotan. ...




Violence against women increasing in Helmand province [Pajhwok - 20/6/16]




Report: US drones hit Taliban more than terrorist networks despite purported end of war [Democracy Now - 20/6/16]




At least eight people have been killed in a drone strike by US forces in Afghanistan’s northern province of Kunduz.

Ghulam Hazrat Karimi, an army spokesman, said the aerial attack was conducted in the Archi district of the province, which is located 250 km (155 miles) north of the country’s capital, Kabul, the previous night. ... [Press TV - 19/6/16]




At least 3,657 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan from the European countries, the officials in Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations said Monday. ... [Khaama - 20/6/16]




@IraqiSMCEn  - Iraqi Spring Media Center [20/6/16]:



Baghdad: A roadside bomb attached to car has exploded in Amiriya area west of Baghdad resulted in death of a professor...........



Salah-il-deen: The dead body of editor in chief of the local journal has been found in Tuz Khirmato Hospital after he was kidnapped at Baghdad-Kirkuk road near Amarli nahiya which is controlled by Hashd Militias...........................



Baghdad: Our reporter:A blast has occurred at the gate of Taji Camp north of Baghdad resulted in dozens deaths and injuries of the governmnet army elements........................




United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 20/6/16]




5 civilians injured in rocket attack, Aleppo [SANA - 20/6/16]




A civilian was killed and another one was injured in terrorist rocket attack in Hama northern countryside on Sunday. ... [SANA - 20/6/16]




Eight Syrian refugees have been shot dead by Turkish border guards as they tried to escape war-torn northern Syria, a human rights watchdog has claimed.

Three children, four women and one man were killed on Saturday night, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

It said a total of 60 Syrian refugees had been shot at the border since the start of the year. ... [Guardian - 20/6/16]




During the UNHCR visit to Nauru (in April), refugees were told to expect to remain on the island for "another ten years".


Immediately after they conveyed this message to the refugees, Omid Masoumali covered himself in flammable liquid and set himself alight shouting at the delegation


"We're sick and exhausted! You've destroyed our lives! Did you come just to gape at our misery? We lead miserable lives! You've been torturing us for three years!"



 Today Australia House called the police when we asked them to accept a boat symbolising refugees ...



Image: ‏@NadineElEnany [20/6/16]








"CLOSE THE CAMPS. STOP TORTURING INNOCENT PEOPLE.  SHAME AUSTRALIA SHAME."‏ @Mums4Refugees [20/6/16]:  ... Tokyo, Japan o/s Australian embassy. ...





@aslanp81 [20/6/16]:  Hope never dies. Berlin Australian Embassy ...




Australia stopped accepting refugees 2 years ago.







Refugee Council helps UNHCR pretend their "durable solutions" of detention, deportation, exile and death do not exist in South East Asia [Media Release - 20/6/16]




The lives of men, women and children are imperilled. Using refugees to try and get Shorten and Marles elected is the LOWEST act imaginable --->  ‏@JulianBurnside [19/6/16]:  Last night one of the refugees on Nauru was attacked by locals: they hate the refugees. This is LNP deterrent plan  <---- You can call to end unjust refugee policy, or you can wish for the election of the ALP.  You cannot do both.  They are mutually exclusive.




From Manus prison to Australian voters - Behrouz Boochani via @KateSusabu [15/6/16]:


... I want to speak about my experiences inside this prison as a journalist who is trying to work at the best of his ability.  I have experienced systematic censoring of my work over the past 3 years. 

Most of my articles are published in independent media, with a notable few exceptions.  I believe that when Labor speaks of granting journalists access to these prisons that this is a cruel joke, a dirty political game.

Over the past 3 years, Labor could have supported and forced access for journalists to these prisons, they could also have listened to the works of writers, journalists, artists and human rights defenders and amplified our voices, made our voices and reports part of the mainstream.  They chose not to.

I believe that the independents and the Greens should raise these questions and highlight the very obvious propaganda that the Labor and Liberal parties are spreading.  It is clear that these two parties are playing with Australia's international interests.  It is clear that these two parties are invested in the torturing of children, women and men.

To the Australian people, think deeply, use your own thoughts and ability to question. 

Watch and examine how the Australian political parties will use advertisements and propaganda to try to make your minds up for you, to stop you thinking independently.

We in these prisons, are being used for political aims, women, children and men are used in this power play.

You too are used in a power play.

Hold your government and all the political parties to account.

You have a voice.  Use it.




... Paradoxically, Behrouz Boochani was granted "PNG refugee status" (i.e. exile) he did not want, during a visit by the UNHCR in April. ... Life within the Australian Guantanamo [ - 26/5/16]




There is no process, the process doesn't lead anywhere except indefinite detention [SBS - 25/2/14]






Australia-bound Sri Lankan boat refugees still detained in Aceh.  UNHCR plays dumb, Australian human rights groups and Greens, mute. [Jakarta Post - 20/6/16]:



... The boat carrying 44 Sri Lankan asylum seekers ran aground at Loknga, Aceh, last week, meeting a cool welcome from local authorities.

Aceh Governor Zaini Abdullah said the province had done its part by providing the group with humanitarian assistance that would allow the asylum seekers to continue their journey.

Provincial security forces were forced to bring the Sri Lankans ashore because the boat had almost amid blustery weather and choppy seas.

Besides efforts to repair and tow the boat, the authorities also disembarked the vessel’s passengers so it could be towed to the shoreline.

The security personnel also attempted to tug the boat with the help of fishing boats, but failed due to a sudden storm.

House of Representatives member Nasir Jamil on Sunday visited and spoke to the refugees, who said they were hoping for help from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR).

“Please, we want UNHCR to handle us. Our boat is not in a good condition. We fear death if we go now,” said Artika, an asylum seeker able to speak English.

According to Artika, the boat is not fit to sail, as in addition to engine trouble, it is also leaking in a number of places.

She added that she and her fellow passengers had sailed from Tamil Nadu in India and were on their way to Australia when their boat ran into trouble in Indonesian waters.

“We just want to go to Australia because we know Australia from our families. I have an uncle living in Australia,” she said.




No push-back to sea, give Tamil ​​asylum-seekers in Aceh immediate access to UNHCR [Geutanyoë Foundation Media Release - 20/6/16]




On Sunday, my kids will wake me up extra early and play “Las Mañanitas” to wish me a Happy Father’s Day while handing me handmade Father’s Day cards.

They’ll give me extra hugs and tell me they love me. That’s what’s done on Father’s Day in my house. It’s nothing special, though it means a lot to me personally.

But there are a lot of fathers out there who won’t get that chance.

Their kids won’t give them that extra hug or make them breakfast, because the Obama Administration is refusing to treat Central American families fleeing violence as refugees.

Instead, they are treating them as illegal border crossers and separating families at the border – fathers are torn away and unable to protect or comfort their families, while mothers and children are sent terrified to incarceration. ... This Father’s Day [American Immigration Lawyers Association - 17/6/16]





21 June 2016