206th day of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugees transit center.


 # Manus SOS



Image: @sunosi3 [24/2/18]  



@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN [24/2/18]:  39 days of forgotten #Refugees of Balikpapan detention center protest .39 days paased up today but here is no any releasing yet .we ask from IOM and UNHCR helping for our freedom.  



@MahdiAlizada18 [24/2/18]: 38 days of forgotten Refugees of #balikpapan detention center demonstration for #freedom.the situation here is critical.we need urgent help   



@JulianAssange [23/2/18]:  *Sixteen* female lawyers who worked for Swedish law firm which pushed to arrest me (I was cleared) come forth to denounce the firm as a financial racket and its head as an abusive fraud ...



Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said the United Kingdom is unwilling to talk with the Andean country about the release of Julian Assange, who has been living in Ecuador’s London embassy since 2012 after being granted political asylum. ... [teleSUR - 24/2/18]




"WikiLeaks is the intelligence agency of the people" ...  @WLTaskForce [24/2/18]



Trump does The Snake [Conservative Political Action Conference 2018 - 23/2/18]



Trump announces Anthony Pratt's billion dollar new enterprise in the US, and praises Greg Norman's athletic prowess, before Turnbull does the worm [White House Press Conference - 23/2/18]



Dr Sofia Galani, one of Human Rights at Sea's Non-Executive Board of Advisors, gave a presentation at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution last month on the topic of maritime security and human rights ... [The Maritime Executive - 12/2/18]



US Coast Guard cutter Joseph Gerczak arrives in Hawaii to stop the boats [Media Release - 12/2/18]



New routes out of Cuba [Washington Blade - 20/2/18]



Couple seeking asylum together after 3 month separation by Homeland Security [KVUE - 23/2/18]



The family of a Cuban man who died last month from pneumonia while in the custody of federal immigration authorities has hired an Atlanta attorney and a local immigrant rights group to investigate what happened to him.

Yulio Castro Garrido, 33, is the third U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainee to die in less than a year after being held in detention centers in Georgia.


At his funeral in Miami this month, his relatives watched a slide show including photos of him growing up as a young boy in Cuba, getting married and spending time with his wife and son in America.

They buried him Feb. 10.

Suarez was so stunned by his brother’s death — it was difficult for him to believe he died from pneumonia — that he sometimes thinks Castro is still alive in the immigration detention center and will one day be free. ... [The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 20/2/18]



@immcouncil [22/2/18]: We're challenging the government’s unlawful practice of depriving certain Temporary Protected Status holders with close family relationships or employment in the U.S. from becoming lawful permanent residents. ...



Trump administration sued over detention of immigrant children [Reuters - 21/2/18]:


... The lead plaintiff in the case is a 17-year-old boy, identified in the lawsuit as L.V.M.

The boy came to the United States from El Salvador with his mother and brother in 2016 fleeing gang violence, and the family has applied for asylum, according to the NYCLU.

According to the lawsuit, L.V.M. was taken from his home on Long Island by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in July 2017 and detained, based on police reports that he was involved with the MS-13 gang, which the NYCLU said were false.

L.V.M. remains in ORR custody some seven months later, even though an immigration judge and a local ORR supervisor have determined that he poses no threat, the lawsuit said. ...



A man held at the Northwest Detention Center on Tacoma’s Tideflats was beaten by a guard and put into solitary confinement after going on a hunger strike, according to a legal action filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.

The American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington chapter filed a request for an injunction Friday on behalf of Jesus Chavez Flores, 34, a Mexican national who has been held at the facility since December.

The injunction seeks to prevent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Geo Group from holding Chavez in solitary confinement for expressing his right to free speech. ... [The News Tribune - 23/2/18]



Activists put Northwest Detention Center on trial [The Seattle Globalist - 20/2/18]



On Monday, Malick Njai received an unsettling letter from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The agency wanted him to report to their Phoenix office, and something about the request felt wrong.

By Friday, the father of two who's lived in Arizona for 22 years was in ICE's detention facility in Florence. ... [Phoenix New Times - 16/2/18]



@Aussie4Refugees [24/2/18]: ... “In addition, the rights violating practices surrounding Guantanamo are now a model for the detention and incarceration polices of the US and other states. ..." 


... Why did the Clinton Justice Department insist on snuffing out the precedential value of the Guantanamo ruling?

In later interviews, Clinton national security officials explained that they feared future refugee crises in the Caribbean and couldn't afford a court precedent that might limit their options for handling the situation.

Using words that have a prophetic ring today, one official commented that White House advisers wanted "maximum flexibility" on Guantanamo, "confident that they would do the right thing but not wanting to be forced by the law to have to do so." ... 



@Aussie4Refugees [14/2/18]:  Australia's refugee concentration camps were reopened by the Australian Labor Party under the watchful guidance of the United States (Clinton-lead) State Dept



Today, a Virginia federal judge ruled that the treatment of three Iraqi individuals formerly detained at the infamous “hard site” at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq constitutes torture, war crimes, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, based on a thorough review of U.S. domestic and international law.

The ruling also held that the men have sufficiently alleged that employees of private military contractor CACI Premier Technology conspired to commit and aided and abetted these crimes.

The case, Al Shimari v. CACI, was filed nearly ten years ago, and CACI has repeatedly argued that, even if its employees were involved in torture and other abuse, the company is shielded from liability.

Today’s 54-page ruling definitively rejected that position, as well as attempts by certain Bush-era officials to water down the prohibition against torture, and allowed the lawsuit to proceed against CACI. ... [Center for Constitutional Rights - 21/2/18]



Guantánamo lawyers urge International Criminal Court to investigate US torture program [Andy Worthington - 21/2/18]



@RemingtonNevin [23/2/18]:  A pointed excerpt from my new chapter on mefloquine use among Guantánamo detainees, appearing in the new Columbia University Press @ColumbiaUP book, "Ethics Challenges in Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology Practice". ...



@RemingtonNevin [14/2/18]:  I am pleased to have had a Letter to the Editor accepted for publication in the Australian Journal of Military and Veterans' Health, titled "A Rearguard Defence: Mefloquine, Tafenoquine, and the Australian Army Malaria Institute", to be published in JMVH soon.  



There is no reason why Senator Whish-Wilson couldn't have mentioned Mefloquine use on prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and Manus Island in his press release [23/8/16]



Manus Island workers have reportedly suffered psychotic episodes after being given a controversial anti-malarial drug and detainees are still being offered the medication despite official warnings that people with mental illness should not use it.


...The department said fewer than five detainees were currently prescribed the drug, but did not say how many had used it since the centre reopened in 2012.

The spokesman also did not say how many staff had been prescribed mefloquine.

Paul Stevenson, an experienced psychologist who has worked at Manus Island, said detainees were "suffering a high degree of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety [and] depression".

Extensive use of mefloquine at Manus Island was "part of our overall dereliction of duty," to detainees, he said, adding that workers had also suffered ill-effects.

"I know of staff members who have experienced short-term psychotic effects as a result of their use of the drug," Mr Stevenson said.

He had observed "anxiety, depression … paranoia, some degree of delusional thought." ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 24/8/16]



SBS [5/5/14]:


Asylum seekers on Manus Island are being given a type of anti-malaria medication that detention centre staff have been warned not to take because of serious side effects.

Centre staff were warned not to take Mefloquine, also known as Lariam, because of adverse health effects.

Salvation Army worker Simon Taylor says in a submission to a Senate inquiry that he is aware asylum seekers have been given the drug despite the warnings to staff. ...



... Education policy, refugee policy, it's all the same thing for me. 

You can't have an education policy which is supposed to be about inclusion, about fairness, about compassion, if at the same time you deal nothing but cruelty to people who come here looking for a new way of life.

That's not an education policy.  You can't do that.  It's hypocrisy.  ...



... There's an idea there, that stopping the boats somehow saves lives. 

It's a lie.

What it means, is that when people die, we don't know about it.

Now we need to help people who are fleeing war and persecution when they come here, we need to help them, not lock them up in those gulags in the South Pacific.

Labor policy's absolutely wrong.


I want to counter the lie that stopping the boats saves lives. It simply does not.


It means that people have a horrible journey across the Mediterranean, it means that people stay in Syria, it means that people stay in Afghanistan, and perhaps they die there. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 14/5/16]




23 February 2018