United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 23/3/17]



The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.





Surfers Paradise [23/3/17]



@openarms_fund [23/3/17]:  #Directo Localizados 2 botes semihundidos y 2 cuerpos.Imposible no pensar en los cadáveres q pronto escupirá el mar #Personas #HelpOpenArms



@sol2refugees [23/3/17]:  #Vial #Chio #Greece The new arrival #refugees in the cages like like this #Welcome to #EUROPE 2017 ...



@Refugees_Gr [22/3/17]:  Few days before reunification to Germany, with his 2 sons a 57 y.o. Syrian #refugeesgr died in the camp Petropoulaki ...



‏@OccupyLjubljana [22/3/17]:  Slovenian police deporting a Syrian family (father, mother, baby born in Slovenia) to Croatia&beating protesters ...



Dutton wedgies ALP with Murdoch-driven "US helped weed out most of the brown Muslims in Australia's handpicked Syrian intake" propaganda [ABC - 23/3/17]



Well resourced ALP "advocates" temporarily halt deportation from Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation.  ALP anti refugee policy continues unopposed. [Red Flag - 23/3/17]



‘Treaty is unfinished business’: Young First Nations women speak out at Redfern forum [NITV - 23/3/17]



Video shows guards at an Australian youth detention centre tackling a boy who was later hospitalised [ABC - 23/3/17]



ALP fascists.  Where's 4 Corners now?  ---> Meet the new boss, WORSE than the old boss. [NITV - 23/3/17]:


Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner fronted the Royal Commission today and questioned its ability to make detailed findings, with the same level of scrutiny as a court would. ...



Children in Australian youth detention centres are being subjected to conditions likened to early colonial times [NITV - 23/3/17]


... Of particular concern to Mr Jackomos is the over-representation of Koori children in isolation.

The report found that while Koori children make up 16 per cent of the population at Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre, they make up 30 per cent of young people in isolation.

“Many of these Koori children have severe trauma issues,” he said.

“Isolation and the manner of it can only make it worse. I understand sometimes they need to be separated, but it’s the factors that go with it: without proper sanitary conditions, without toilet paper. ...



For more than 600 days and two Christmas holidays, Marlene and her seven-year-old son Antonio have languished in indefinite detention at Pennsylvania’s “Berks Family Residential Center,” a glorified term for an immigrant prison.

Her child has been granted Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), which the U.S. government says is supposed to “help foreign children in the United States who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected.”

But instead of sanctuary, or even a fair hearing, Marlene and her son face open-ended incarceration and “expedited removal” orders, compounding the trauma they endured when they were forced to flee their home in El Salvador under threat of gang violence. ... [AlterNet - 20/3/17]



Immigrants deported under Obama share stories of terror and rights violations [The Conversation - 23/3/17]



... The statement opened with a passage from Chapter 19 of the Book of Leviticus: "The word of God is truly alive today. When an alien resides with you in your land, do not mistreat such a one. You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; you shall love the alien as yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt."

The bishops urged Catholics to "not lose sight of the fact that behind every policy is the story of a person in search of a better life. They may be an immigrant or refugee family sacrificing so that their children might have a brighter future." ... US Catholics asked 'to accompany' migrants, refugees seeking better life [Catholic News Service - 22/3/17]



Lighthouse Cuban migrants in legal limbo after months of imprisonment at Guantánamo [Miami Herald - 9/1/17]:


...“We are very grateful for all the help they have given us, but we do not understand why we are not allowed to talk to lawyers or work,” the Cuban migrant said.

Initially, a total of 20 migrants were transported to the base, but three of them returned to Cuban soil — two of them returned voluntarily and a third was repatriated after authorities discovered that he once worked for the government’s Ministry of the Interior.

 “We are forbidden to speak to the press about our situation,” said the rafter, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation by the authorities at the base.

Of the group of 17 men who remain at Guantánamo Bay, 10 are unemployed, said a second Cuban rafter who also spoke on condition of anonymity.

“We can call our family once a week, but nobody tells us how much longer we have to be here,” he said.

“Some of us work in manual jobs and get paid $4.97 an hour.”

According to the migrant, a high-ranking official at the base, Commander Dennis Mojica, has told them twice that anyone who does not accept their current situation “has the door open to return to Cuba,” a phrase which they consider a pressure tactic to get them to return to the island.  ...



Absolutely heartbreaking story of humanity destroyed by the ALP and UNHCR  


Labor will be supporting this legislation because IT IS OUR POLICY.


"Opposition" Leader, Bill Shorten speaking on the Migration Amendment (Regional Processing Arrangements) Bill 2015  [House of Representatives Hansard - 24/6/15]



During the UNHCR's April 2016 visit to Nauru, refugees were told to expect to remain on the island for "another ten years". [Arman has never been given a right of reply to the UNHCR's denial of these claims.]

Immediately after Thomas Albrecht and his team 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 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]



Pari still being punished 1 year after Omid's self-immolation protest against Australia's bipartisan anti-refugee"deterrence" policy [Guardian - 23/3/17]:


... Since Omid’s death, Pari has been under the guard of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Queensland, and now Victoria.

Speaking with the Guardian, sitting in the visitors’ area of the Maribyrnong immigration detention centre, she nods towards the ever-present guard standing watch.

“They tell me I am a high-risk detainee,” she says, laughing at the absurdity of her 157cm (5’2”) person posing a threat.

But the categorisation – assigned to her because it is alleged she once damaged a computer in detention – has had serious ramifications.

She has been shunted through three detention centres since her partner’s death, moved with neither warning nor explanation.

In Brisbane she was shaken awake at 2am and dragged from her room, put in handcuffs and taken to Melbourne.

She was not allowed to say goodbye to her roommate, nor pack her belongings, which were sent to her later.

When she asked the Australian Border Force why she had been transferred, Pari was told it was for “operational reasons” and that she had no right to know.

When an infection in her mouth required hospital treatment, Pari was walked through wards clapped in handcuffs and manacled to guards, “as though I am a criminal, as though I am a dangerous person”.

For Pari, a year of indefinite detention has reduced her life to a series of numb, changeless rituals: of being told when to eat and bathe and sleep; of waiting for secured doors to be opened; of being closely escorted down the labyrinthine corridors of the detention centre that, for all the future she can foresee, is her entire world. ...



RISE: Refugees, Survivors and Ex-detainees is alarmed by a proposal by a “refugee advocate” Natasha Blucher and the President of the Norfolk Island chamber of commerce, John Brown, to sign a deal with the Australian government to traffick refugees held hostage in Nauru and Papua New Guinea (PNG).

We condemn so-called refugee advocates, the refugee sector and other organisations who are bottom feeders constantly coming up with abusive “solutions” that treat our people who simply arrived to this country to seek protection as a “problem”. ... [Media Release - 6/5/16]



Senate Hansard [15/3/17]:


... Senator McKIM: I wanted to just take you to something in your submission to the committee from 23 February. It is the response to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners' submission.

It has been co-signed by Mr Johnston and Dr Seevnarain. You have said in there that you are not aware of any suicides on Nauru or Manus Island over the last three years.

Then you have said that one death, which was reported as possible suicide in the media, was from unknown causes, and then you have gone on to say: 'The other was a man who set himself on fire as a form of political protest, with what appears to be an accidental death ensuing.'

How do you know that it was an accidental death? I mean, how do you know that that was an accidental death and that the person did not intend to kill themselves?

Dr Holdaway [Medical Director, Mental Health Service, International Health and Medical Services]: I can talk to that. My definition of a suicide would be a person who attempts to kill themselves with the intention of being dead at the end of it—they intend to die of whatever act they commit.

Senator McKIM: How do you know this person did not intend to die?

Dr Holdaway: There is no history prior to this attempt which would indicate that he was suicidal.

Senator McKIM: That is not definitive, is it, Dr Holdaway?

Dr Seevnarain [Senior Health Adviser, International Health and Medical Services]: I would ask that, if we are to discuss the specifics of cases, we take it in camera, please. ...



 "UN UN! SHAME ON YOU! SHAME ON YOU!"  [Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru - 3 May 2016]



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]



Loghman Sawari is now stateless thanks to the UNHCR [ABC- 23/2/17]



... Why do people set themselves on fire in front of UN? Because they remind us how human rights is a big business in this country and there is no real action. ...  


Mina Taherkhani - political prisoner of the Australian government, Nauru [Guardian - 7/11/16]




Two refugees set themselves alight at Australia’s concentration camp on Nauru [WSWS - 4/5/16]:


... The self-immolations came just days after the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Supreme Court ruled that the Australian-run Manus Island centre violated the PNG constitution’s ban on the unlawful deprivation of liberty.

The Australian government has defied that ruling, insisting that the PNG government must not shut down the facility, highlighting Canberra’s flouting of both domestic and international law, which recognises the right of refugees to seek asylum without being punished or persecuted for doing so.

Yasi, who was reportedly sent to Nauru as a 16-year-old child three years ago, is being treated in a Brisbane hospital for “critical injuries” after being airlifted from Nauru.

Reports from Nauru suggest she has severe burns to 70 percent of her body, with her upper body and face most badly affected.

The teenager was returned to Nauru less than a week ago, having been brought to Australia last November after being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident.

Early last Wednesday morning, guards forcibly dragged her, screaming in protest, out of a Brisbane immigration facility. ...



22 February 2016, House of Representatives: Wilkie MP moves to censure the Immigration Minister re self harm lie and the ALP leap to Dutton's defence <---- 21 mins in.



Guardian Australia gives anti-feminist Julia Gillard another soapbox as the women she imprisoned on Nauru were again censored by the media on International Women's Day. --->  Women and children, including unaccompanied minors, will be among those sent to Nauru and Manus Island for processing under a hardline approach aimed at sending a message to people smugglers that there will be no exemptions.

With the first batch of about 40 asylum seekers to be flown this week to Nauru, where a temporary tent city has been erected, the Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, said he would not be issuing any blanket exemptions to people sent offshore because these would be exploited by the people smugglers. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 12/9/12]



Australian human rights sector continue protecting Dutton as he blatantly escalates the ALP's anti-refugee indefinite detention, exile and refoulement policy



With OSB Commander MAJGEN Andrew Bottrell at Manus ...  @PeterDutton_MP [31/3/15]



Has the media actually bothered to ask the UNHCR, Refugee Council of Australia, Amnesty, or any prominent human rights spokespeople or lawyers about the recent deportations from Manus? 

The absence of outrage, as the Australian government brazenly brutalises these human beings, appears to indicate that none of them believe what is happening is wrong  ---> Asylum seeker deported from Manus Island concentration camp fears for his life in Lebanon [Sydney Morning Herald - 22/3/17]



Men face deportation after 4 years illegal imprisonment and sham "assessment" on Manus Island - Australian media, Amnesty, UNHCR, Refugee Council of Australia etc silent [RNZI - 17/3/17]



Nepalese asylum seeker in hiding after refoulement from Australia's illegal refugee prison on Manus Island [ABC - 3/3/17]



@Aussie4Refugees [23/3/17]:   Former US official and media confuse public re Australia refugee "deal" - any luck on your request to declassify?



Current serving US State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration officials have nothing to say about the bogus Obama-Australia "deal"?  They're happy for their former boss to speak on their behalf?



US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman still awaiting declassification of Obama-Australia refugee "deal" [Senator Chuck Grassley Media Release - 2/2/17]



Landowners on Manus demand compensation after trees cut down for road and powerlines [The National - 23/3/17]




23 March 2017