207th day of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugees transit center.


# Manus SOS



Image:  @sunosi3 [25/2/18]



@AliKhan17003722 [25/2/18]: since we have been starting our protest forty days passed but up today no one from #UNHCR come to us. Why ? 40 days of our protest #Balikpapan #AsylumSeekers



@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN [25/2/18]:  Today is our 40 days of protest in Balikpapan detention center for freedom .and day by day the situation geting worse but nothing advanced about our releasing . Watch todays peaceful protest in this short video.  



@Aussie4Refugees [25/2/18]:  Slaughter continues as construction begins on Afghan section of a major gas pipeline linking four countries



At least 23 killed in multiple attacks across Afghanistan [AFP - 24/2/18]



@YoursRohingya : 24/2/2018 8pm: #Burmese #HlunHtein (Security Forces) conducted raids in #UHlaPhay village in #Buthidaung Tsp. And they arbitrarily arrested & detained 10 #Rohingya villagers who were taking rest outside their homes after their works.



@nslwin : 700 #Rohingya from #Buthidaung arrived in #Bangladesh yesterday (Feb. 24). They had to flee as they were forced to starve and locked in the village since August 25, 2017.



Three female Nobel Peace laureates to meet Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh [bdnews24.com - 24/2/18]



Myanmar's government has razed at least 55 villages once populated by Rohingya, destroying with them evidence of crimes against the persecuted minority, according to Human Rights Watch.

Satellite images released by the rights group on Friday show that, between December 2017 and mid-February, areas that were once full of buildings and greenery had been completely cleared. ... [Al Jazeera - 24/2/18]



Three bombs rock Myanmar's northwestern city Sittwe, policeman injured [Reuters - 24/2/18]



Bangladesh opposition leader jailed for five years on corruption charges [WSWS - 22/2/18]



More than 100 women in Yarl's Wood detention centre go on hunger strike over inhumane conditions [Independent - 22/2/17]



Immigration detainees whose coach caught fire as it took them to a deportation flight were handcuffed by escort staff before they were allowed to get off, in breach of Home Office rules, eight of the detainees have said. ... [Guardian - 22/2/18]



Mexico again among Canada’s top sources of refugee claims [Global News - 23/2/18]



Canada: Over-burdened refugee tribunal ditches legislated timelines for hearings [CBC - 20/2/18]



@mattdamours [18/2/18]:  ... Teddy arrived in Quebec last year from Burundi, and his refugee claim was just accepted. He's marking his 1st winter here with a Mtl to QC-City bike ride, along with other refugees and immigrants.  



... A Sri Lankan immigrant herself, Bala was inspired to write The Boat People by the real-life story of a group of Tamil refugees who arrived in Vancouver in 2010 on a cargo ship and were detained after government officials began to suspect they had connections to the Tamil Tigers. ... Novelist Sharon Bala shares stories of immigration, luck and 'the good place' with new Canadians [CBC - 21/2/18]



The United States navy is set to return to Sri Lanka in the coming months, as part of this year's Pacific Partnership exercise. ... [Tamil Guardian - 24/2/18]



@Aussie4Refugees [24/2/18]:  Sri Lanka's Disappeared ...



"It's an appointment made by G4S": Former Immigration Minister Tony Burke says he knew nothing about a Sri Lankan military commander being appointed a manager at the Labor Party's Manus Island refugee concentration camp [Nine MSN - 25/2/14]



In a move that is unprecedented internationally, the Labor government of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Friday announced an immediate suspension of all refugee applications from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. ... [WSWS - 12/4/10]





1. The Labor Party and LNP agree that boat people won't be settled in Australia.


2. That is the policy, hence the accumulation of decades-long human rights violations against refugees and asylum seekers.


3. Partisan media, NGOs, Greens politicians, "advocates", unions, professional associations and lawyers who won't demand the END of this policy, are key to its continuation, and therefore complicit in ongoing atrocities against those they pretend to care about.



... People coming to Australia by boat will not - should not expect to be accepted into our refugee and humanitarian intake. ...


Tanya Plibersek




Sayed Abdellatif, the Egyptian refugee detained in Australia on the basis of false charges from a show trial nearly two decades ago, has been removed from Interpol’s wanted list, paving the way for his possible release.

Abdellatif, once described as a “pool fence terrorist” by Tony Abbott, has been exiled from his homeland for 26 years after being convicted in absentia of offences he never committed during a discredited mass trial in Cairo in 1999.

The evidence used to convict Abdellatif was obtained using torture, including of his own father, a fact known by the Australian government since 2015, but not acted upon.

Abdellatif arrived in Australia by boat in 2012, seeking asylum with his wife and children.

His family lives in the Australian community but he has been in detention ever since. ... [Guardian - 24/2/18]



@Aussie4Refugees [24/2/18]:  They keep us in detention because we are found to be innocent,” he said. “They don’t want to say, ‘We were wrong’. They think, ‘We should keep them in detention to avoid embarrassment.’” [UN WGAD called for Sayed Abdellatif's release in April 2015]  



Concerning Mr. Sayed Abdellatif, Ms. A, and their six children: B, C, D, E, F and G [UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention - April 2015] 



UN Victory in Assange Case:  Decision has big implications for refugees and whistleblowers - but was roundly dismissed by Australia's establishment "refugee advocates" and seen on TV international law "experts" (eg Rintoul, McAdam and Saul) - who ignored the majority decision and inexplicably focussed on the minority dissenting opinion [Center for Constitutional Rights - 5/2/16]:


... In our briefs to the WGAD, we argued that someone is effectively detained when they are forced to choose between confinement and running the risk of persecution.

That is the precise dilemma faced by Mr. Assange, who would lose the protection of his asylum if he stepped out of the embassy.

The risk of extradition is the 'fourth wall' for the now repudiated claim that he is free to leave the embassy.

As a result, it has been years since Mr. Assange has had access to proper medical care, sunlight, or the ability to see his family.

The WGAD's decision in Mr. Assange's case sets an important precedent for refugees.

In our submissions we analogized the situation faced by Mr. Assange to that of asylum-seekers in detention facilities.

States may claim that asylum-seekers held in subhuman conditions are not 'detained' because they are technically free to leave for their home country, but this is a non-choice, since the home country would persecute the asylum seeker.

The WGAD decision could mean that so-called 'open' facilities like the Israeli Holot, deep in an Israeli desert, and the Australian-run center in Nauru are legally equivalent to closed prisons.

This concept of detention builds on arguments already adopted by many sources of international law, including the European Court of Human Rights, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and WGAD case law.

We expect this decision to be cited in future refugee detention challenges. ...



@Aussie4Refugees [11/1/18]:  If the PNG Supreme Court has again ruled trafficking, imprisonment and exile of #Manus refugees unconstitutional, why are lawyers, media and "advocates" prioritising compensation over IMMEDIATE RELEASE and ACCESS TO A GENUINE ASYLUM PROCESS? ... 



+972 Magazine [24/2/18]:  Over 15,000 people demonstrate in south Tel Aviv against the planned deportation of asylum seekers from Israel. 



@AsafRonel [24/2/18]: Also happened yesterday: high level delegation of Israeli weapon companies & the defense ministry officials visited Rwanda yesterday, appearantly as part of the deal to deport African refugees from Israel to Rwanda in return for... (we can only assume because the deal is secret)



@davidsheen [23/2/18]:  Important analysis from @wac_maan: While groups of Israeli workers have spoken out against Netanyahu ethnically cleansing the country of tens of thousands of non-Jewish African refugees, their professional unions shamefully refuse to join their protests...  



@davidsheen [23/2/18]:  Israeli Justice: Jews who beat an African refugee for an hour & a half in front of city hall, killing him and kicking his face until it was unrecognizable, aren’t convicted of murder “due to the difficulty in proving which one of them had caused his death”  


After Israelis lynched this African refugee in front of city hall, the mayor of Petach Tikvah (sister city of Chicago, IL) ordered to shut off electricity & water to the apartments of African refugees, to drive them out of town… & the courts sanctioned it  



@Ruptly [22/2/18]:  Hundreds of African migrants marched from the Holot detention centre to the Saharonim Prison in Israel’s southern Negev region on Thursday, after seven Eritreans who refused deportation were imprisoned.




24 February 2018