Day 35, refugee protests on Nauru
... Then I go to my brother
And I say brother help me please ...
'A Change Is Gonna Come', Sam Cooke 
Day 35 of peaceful protest in RPC3 on Nauru.
They're still waiting for the change.
Open your eyes remove the sand.
Come together hand in hand.
We need help if you're there
Let us happiness with you share.
Hossein Azadi added [23/4/16]
@InsurrectNews [VIDEO - 23/4/16]: Day 35 of protests by #refugees at the Australian govt's refugee detention center on #Nauru. ...
Gillian Triggs? UNHCR? Greens?
"I knew I could have destroyed them." <--- Then WHY didn't you?
Behrouz Boochani [23/4/16]:
Tomorrow morning they will move me to Oscar.
i want to resist and they must take me by force.
They said that you only have 15 miniutes and if you resist we will take you by PNG police force I want to resist because i never accept their positive result.
I heard that the Wilson security has received an email from Canberra, praising them for relocating 900 people without using force.
I look forward to knowing what the next email will be.
I want to resist because of my values as I believe that this is a modern slavery and I would never accept it.
... None but ourselves can free our minds. …
'Redemption Song', Bob Marley 
Vietnam sentences refugees refouled by Australia to house arrest [Radio Free Asia - 22/4/16]:
Four refugees who were returned to Vietnam by Australia a year ago were sentenced to prison on Friday for their role in staging an attempt by their extended family to flee the country, RFA’s Vietnamese service has learned.
Tran Thi Thanh Loan was sentenced to 36 months in prison, while her husband Ho Trung Loi received 24 months.
Tran Thi Lien was jailed for 36 months, and Nguyen Van Hai received 24 months, according to court documents seen by RFA.
They were tried and convicted by the local People’s Court in La Gi town in Binh Thuan province on charges they violated article 275 of Vietnam’s penal code, one of the laws Vietnam uses to combat human trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation.
The four defendants were among 46 people who fled Vietnam by boat in March 2015. They were returned by boat from Australia in April of last year, and Loi and Hai were detained in July.
Tran Thi Thanh Loan and Tran Thi Lien were permitted to remain at home with their children after their sentencing.
“Maybe they let me stay at home because I don’t have my own house and because of my four children,” Tran Thi Thanh Loan told RFA on Friday.
What's an "illegal escape"? ---> ... Trung Doan from Vietnamese group VOICE said the two women and two men were jailed for organising an illegal escape overseas. ... [ABC - 23/4/16]
Vietnamese returned to persecution? Australians should know [Refugee Council of Australia – 7/8/15]:
Australians have a right to know about the welfare and safety of the 46 Vietnamese asylum seekers who were forced back to the country they were fleeing, says the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA).
“Forty years ago this year Australia accepted the first refugees fleeing the communist regime in Vietnam. Today the Communist Party remains in office in Hanoi and the Abbott Government has confirmed that, for the second time this year, it has sent back asylum seekers in cooperation with the Vietnamese Government,” RCOA chief executive officer Paul Power said.
“If the Australian Government is so confident that these people are not refugees, why the need for so much secrecy? Why not assess their claims thoroughly? Why detain them at sea where they cannot access legal advice and where there is no opportunity for any scrutiny of the process? Why not let UNHCR or another independent body monitor what is happening?
“This is not the behaviour of a Government that ensures that it lives up to its obligation to protect persecuted people; this is the behaviour of a Government that has something to hide.”
The cursory screening of asylum seekers coming by boat directly from countries of origin was introduced in 2012 by the Gillard Government, when it was applied to people fleeing Sri Lanka.
“Refugee claims are often very complex and it is simply not possible to assess these claims fairly or accurately through a rushed screening process on the high seas,” Mr Power said.
“We know that some of the Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were forcibly repatriated after being screened at sea subsequently fled to another country where they were found to be refugees and others ended up in detention on return. We are already hearing reports that some of the Vietnamese asylum seekers returned during this latest incident have been detained.
“It is a fundamental principle of international law that people seeking safety and protection not be returned to their persecutors. Many Australians would be shocked to learn that the Australian Government is prepared to risk returning vulnerable people to serious harm.
“The process of screening at sea is not about protecting refugees. It is about trying to shirk our responsibilities towards people who are seeking help.”
A Hazara man has said he is set to be deported to Afghanistan from an Australian immigration detention centre after a lawyer failed to lodge an appeal for his refugee claim.
If the repatriation goes ahead, the 27-year-old man will be the fifth ethnic Hazara to face forcible deportation back to Afghanistan after seeking asylum in Australia.
The man told Guardian Australia he fled Afghanistan in 2012 and arrived on Christmas Island.
He was refused a protection order shortly after and spent time in the West Australian detention centre Yongah Hill and in community detention.
His claim for asylum was rejected and the rejection reaffirmed by the refugee review tribunal in early 2013, probably at a cost to him of more than $1,600. ... [Guardian - 23/4/16]
Not "forgotten", blacked out by the western media ---> Don't let Afghanistan become forgotten crisis: Red Cross official [Reuters - 22/4/16]
Election strategy. LNP: Goad and gloat. ALP: Bully advocates. Greens: Help ALP ----> Dutton pretends ALP cares about refugees. This is a bald faced lie. [Media Release - 22/4/16]
@ABCNews24 [29/9/15]: Plibersek: People coming to Australia by boat should not expect to be accepted into our refugee & humanitarian intake
Anthony Albanese says the government must modify its asylum seeker policies as the people smugglers adopt new strategies for bringing people to Australia. ... [SBS - 18/7/13]
... Parliamentary secretary Ed Husic said it was right to look at ways of updating the convention to meet current conditions.
"What it doesn't deal with is someone hopping on a plane from Tehran, going to Indonesia and then hopping on a vessel to come across and do the two-day trip (to Australia) and classing themselves as a refugee," he told Sky News. ... [Yahoo 7 - 18/7/13]
Calls for Australia to withdraw from UN Refugee Convention [AUDIO - 17/6/13]:
There's growing concern Australia's support for the United Nations Refugee Convention is attracting asylum seekers to Australia.
Former Labor Immigration minister Gerry Hand has suggested withdrawing from the convention, arguing it may lead to a drop in asylum seeker numbers.
... A stand and deliver moment against 20 guards knowing they were going to smash me.
Image: @nampix Nick Moir [22/2/14]
"What does it mean to be a refugee?" Narrated by Australian actress Cate Blanchett:
Through images created by five internationally acclaimed artists, REFUGEE explores the lives of refugees from a host of diverse populations dispersed and displaced throughout the world.
The exhibit features photographs taken in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Myanmar, Serbia, Slovenia, and the United States.
With the number of displaced people having reached some 60 million globally, according to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, this timely exhibition allows audiences to engage with aspects of the plight of refugees not previously encountered, and to reflect on a full range of refugee experiences through singular images.
The compelling exhibit offers visitors insight into the plight of refugees, including their efforts to survive, their needs, their dreams and their hopes for a better future. ...
@DetentionWatch [22/4/16]: Photos from today's #EndDetention #Baltimore March by @stevepavey. #not1more
Obama’s two-faced immigration policy [Center for Constitutional Rights - 21/4/16]
Australian troops train before deploying to Iraq to be sitting ducks, and to help the US create more refugees to push back [ABC - 23/4/16]
Police raid pushed academic to end her life, says euthanasia advocate [Guardian – 23/4/16]
A young man is recovering in hospital after falling from a high-rise building in Broadbeach overnight.
The man, believed to be aged in his 20s, was seriously injured after reportedly falling from a fourth-floor balcony of the Meriton Apartment tower at around 2am on Saturday. ... [MYGC - 23/4/16]
Traffic incident, Bajool [QPS Media - 23/4/16]:
Police are at the scene of a single truck rollover on Port Alma Road, Bajool.
Initial investigations suggest that the incident occurred around 5.40am this morning.
The male driver was not injured.
The truck was carrying Ammonium Nitrate and an exclusion zone has been declared as emergency service crews work to contain the incident.
Traffic diversions are in place and motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible.
A man is in a critical condition in the Gold Coast University Hospital following a head-on crash with a B-double truck in New South Wales.
Police a Suzuki Vitara being driven by a 33-year-old Queensland man collided head-on with a Kenworth B-double truck in the northbound lanes of the Pacific Highway around 30 kilometres south of Grafton in the New South Wales Clarence River Valley around 1.30am on Sunday.
The 33-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene before being airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital where he remains this morning in a critical condition. ... [MYGC - 23/4/16]
A motorcyclist has been rushed to hospital in a critical condition following a crash at Nerang.
The man, believed to be aged in his 50s, reportedly came off his bike along Nerang-Broadbeach Road just before 2pm.
He’s been rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition. [MYGC - 23/4/16]
Woman thrown off motorcycle in Gold Coast hinterland crash [MYGC - 23/4/16]
Fatal traffic crash, Millaa Millaa [QPS Media - 21/4/16]
A cyclist has been hit by a car in Carrara.
The accident happened at the intersection of Gooding Drive and Nerang Broadbeach Rd at 5.30am. ... [MYGC - 21/4/16]
A man has broken his ankle in an accident at a worksite at Burleigh Heads.
The victim in his early 20’s was injured when a forklift ran over his foot on Rudman Parade at 6:08am.
He was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition. [MYGC - 21/4/16]
Charges following dangerous, resource wasting, class and race-based police pursuit, Ipswich and Brisbane [QPS Media - 23/4/16]
Charges following dangerous, resource wasting, class and race-based police pursuit in Kuraby [QPS Media - 22/4/16]
Appeal for witnesses, hit and run Thornlands [QPS Media - 23/4/16]:
Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a vehicle that was involved in a traffic crash overnight in Thornlands.
Around 7.45pm, a car that was travelling on Springacre Road slowed down to pull into the driveway of a residence.
A white SUV that was towing a jet-ski trailer travelling in the same direction then collided with the back of the car, pushing it through a concrete bollard on the side of the driveway and then into a power pole.
The driver of the car, a 33-year-old woman, was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital for treatment of head and facial injuries and a possible broken arm.
The driver of the SUV stopped around 150 meters down the road, but then continued on without assisting and was last seen travelling on Spirngacre Road.
Police believe that the SUV will have significant front end damage as there was fluid and debris that was left at the scene that leaked from the vehicle.
Shortly after this crash, two cars and a truck were involved in a separate crash further up the road, but there were no reported injuries.
Police are appealing for anyone that might have seen a white SUV towing trailer in the area between 7.30 and 8.30pm or anyone that might see or be approached by the owner of a white SUV to repair significant front end damage to contact the Brisbane Forensic Crash Unit on 3364 3311 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Investigations are continuing.
Suspicious death, Mount Isa [QPS Media - 23/4/16]:
Detectives are investigating after a 24-year-old man was located deceased at a residence in Mount Isa early this morning.
Just before 1am police were called to unit block on Dempsey Street following reports that a man had sustained a stab wound to the chest.
The 24-year-old man died at the scene a short time later.
A crime scene has been established by police who are treating the man’s death as suspicious.
A 24-year-old woman is currently assisting police with their inquiries.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information that may assist with investigations to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Investigations are continuing. ...
Police are investigating after a woman was wounded in Redbank Plains this morning.
Around 11am, a woman received an injury to her arm at a Redbank Plains Road address after a knife was thrown at her following a verbal altercation with a man known to her.
She was transported to Ipswich Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. No one is assisting police with their enquiries at this time.
There is no further information available at this time.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day. [QPS Media - 21/4/16]
Police investigating Broadbeach incident [MYGC - 21/4/16]:
Police are investigating an alleged domestic assault of a 25-year-old woman at Broadbeach Waters this morning.
Around 8am police received reports of a woman being assaulted by a man during an argument at a home in Ensenada Court.
The woman sustained facial injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics. ...
Body located, Lake Eacham [QPS Media - 21/4/16]
Public nuisance charge, Isle of Capri [QPS Media - 21/4/16]:
Police have charged a 39-year-old man after an alleged disturbance in the Isle of Capri (Surfers Paradise) today.
It will be alleged that the man entered an office on Via Roma around 11am making threats and demands.
He allegedly attempted to force entry into a secure area then fled on foot when staff confronted him.
No one was physically injured during the incident.
The man was located a short time later on Bundall Road where he was taken into custody and was charged with one count of public nuisance.
He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on May 5.
A man has been charged after he allegedly threatened staff with a knife outside a Logan hospital in the early hours of this morning.
It will be alleged around 12.05am police were called after an agitated man with a knife threatened a 47-year-old female nurse in the carpark of the hospital on Loganlea Road at Meadowbrook.
Prior to police arrival, hospital security approached the man and they were also allegedly threatened.
Police arrived and attempted to negotiate with the man, however, he refused and allegedly lunged at them with the knife.
Officers deployed a Taser and the man was taken into custody without further incident. The man sustained a minor cut to his head during the incident and received medical attention.
No one else was physically injured during the matter.
A 29-year-old man from Bethania has been charged with going armed as to cause fear, threatening violence and serious assault police.
He is due to face Beenleigh Magistrates Court today.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day. [QPS Media - 21/4/16]
Charges, police incident, Peregian Beach [QPS Media - 20/4/16]
"BERNIE & HILLARY" — A Bad Lip Reading [VIDEO - 21/4/16]
New York City: Election Board clerk suspended over voting fiasco [Democracy Now - 22/4/16]
The latest Nuit Debout – Up All Night – protest in Paris involved a performance by 300 musicians of Dvorak’s New World Symphony on Wednesday night in the Place de la Republique.
Most of the players were amateur.
The performance is rather good. ... [VIDEO - Slipped Disc - 22/4/16]
tell the Queensland "Greens" where the Condamine River is!
River explodes into flames from methane coming from nearby fracking sites [Ecowatch – 22/4/16]:
So much methane gas is now bubbling up through the Condamine River in Queensland, Australia that it exploded with fire and held a large flame.
Gas seeping into the river began shortly after coal seam gas operations started nearby and is growing in volume and the stretch of river affected is expanding in length.
[NSW] Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham travelled to Chinchilla in South Western Queensland to investigate the impact of the coal seam gas industry on the environment as part of the Greens’ campaign to ban fracking and unconventional gas in Australia.
“I was shocked by the force of the explosion when I tested whether gas boiling through the Condamine River, Qld was flammable,” Buckingham said.
“So much gas is bubbling through the river that it held a huge flame for over an hour.” ...
ATSB Preliminary Report: Derailment of freight train near Julia Creek, Queensland on 27 December 2015 [21/4/16]
Catastrophic leak found in holding tank at Washington state nuclear site [Inquisitr - 22/4/16]
Tropical Cyclone Amos has rapidly intensified; will impact Samoa, American Samoa this weekend [The Weather Channel - 22/4/16]
As 175 world leaders signed the Paris Agreement at United Nations Headquarters today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the next critical step is to ensure that the landmark accord for global action on climate change enters into force as soon as possible. ... [UN Media Release - 22/4/16]
The Palestinian president and Israel's ambassador to the United Nations traded barbs on Friday during a signing ceremony for the Paris climate accord, in the latest example of continuing Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who signed the agreement on behalf of the Palestinians, took advantage of the presence of some 60 world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly to criticize Israel.
"The Israeli occupation is destroying the climate in Palestine, and the Israeli settlements are destroying the environment in Palestine," Abbas told the 193-nation assembly.
"Please help us in putting an end to the occupation and to settlements." ... [Reuters - 22/4/16]
Fighting crime with good policing [QPS Media - 19/4/16]:
24 April 2016 11am – 12.30pm
Police Headquarters 200 Roma Street Brisbane QLD 4000
After a career in tactical units and high-volume arrest-oriented policing roles, Corey Allen redefined himself and his role by focusing on empathy, vulnerable persons and building his team’s personal values.
His own journey from homelessness to Officer in Charge of one of Australia’s largest police stations has been marked by innovation and creativity in policing and crime prevention.
Showing sustained commitment to social justice and improving the situation of vulnerable people in his division, Corey saw results in the form of unheralded crime reductions.
A finalist in the “local hero” category of the Australian of the Year awards, recipient of four National Crime and Violence Prevention Awards, and Griffith University’s Alumnus of the Year, Corey has led a weighty shift in police culture that has been welcomed by the community.
If you cannot make the lecture or would like to know a little more about Corey’s ideas you can see his TedXSouthbank talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azOjseE1aLw
The one and a half hour presentation will start at 11am on Sunday, April 24 and will be both informative and educational.
The lecture content will be suitable for all audiences.
The Museum opens its doors to the public on the last Sunday of each month from 10am to 3pm from February to November in addition to the standard Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm opening hours.
Monthly Sunday openings feature guest speakers from across the historical and crime-solving spectrums.
Australia: Human rights a la carte as those with the megaphones don't seem to be able to see the Nauru refugees jailed for attempting suicide [Human Rights Commission - 22/4/16]:
A unique gathering of medical specialists, police, law experts and survivors of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting will take place at the Australian Human Rights Commission in Sydney on Friday, 29 April.
The event will be led by Elizabeth Elliott AM. Elizabeth is a Distinguished Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health in the Sydney University Medical School; Consultant Paediatrician at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network at Westmead; a National Health and Medical Council of Australia (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellow; and Founder and Director of the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit. ...
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones ---> Labiaplasty and Female Genital Cutting: Not So Different:
Archive 2011-12 / News / No. 6, Vol. 58 (2012)
... On a western-centric website, body modification is described as being performed for “motivations (such) as sexual enhancement, a rite of passage, aesthetic reasons, denoting affiliation, trust and loyalty, religious or mystical affiliations, shock value, and self-expression”.
Interestingly, these are the exact same reasons that certain body modifications such as the oft-criticised Female Genital Cutting (FGC, also referred to as Female Genital Mutilation) are performed in non-Western states. ...
Grand Mufti of Australia sues Rupert Murdoch's Daily Telegraph for defamation [Guardian – 23/4/16]
FBI Director: Agency paid $1.3 Million to crack iPhone [Democracy Now - 22/4/16]
Eight family members found dead in a rural southern Ohio community were shot in the head “execution style,” most while they slept, authorities said Friday. ... [KTLA - 22/4/16]
Vigils mark 1st anniversary of death of man killed by prison guards [Democracy Now - 22/4/16]:
And family members and friends have launched a five-day vigil and hunger strike to mark the first anniversary of the death of Samuel Harrell, an African-American man who died on April 21, 2015, after as many as 20 corrections officers kicked, punched and threw him down a flight of stairs while he was incarcerated at the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, New York.
The group of officers who assaulted Harrell are known as the "Beat Up Squad."
Activists gathered outside the prison Thursday night, where Jeff Golden spoke out.
Jeff Golden: "Exactly a year ago here tonight, a gentle 30-year-old man named Sam Harrell, who was doing time on a drug charge, was brutally murdered by as many as 20 corrections officers, all of whom are still on active duty."
Suicide rates in the U.S. have hit a 30-year high, with particularly high surges in the rates for women and middle-aged people.
Researchers said the spikes could be linked to a drug epidemic among white Americans and increasing economic instability.
Harvard Professor Robert Putnam said, "This is part of the larger emerging pattern of evidence of the links between poverty, hopelessness and health." [Democracy Now - 22/4/16]
23 April 2016