236th day of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugees transit center.


#Manus SOS



Image: @sunosi3 [26/3/18]



@mustafa_hzr [26/3/18]:  69th day of #Refugees and #AsylumSeekers peaceful demonstration in #Balikpapan #detention center for #freedom.



@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN [26/3/18]:  Balikpapan refugees peaceful protest for freedom which is their basic human right. 



@JawharySharif [26/3/18]:  Today is the 69th days of our peaceful demonstration actually successively in side the #Balikpapan IDC of Indonesia . Unfortunately no one hear our voices. #UNHCR #IOM keep us far from our right. we are human like you don't overlook us. We are #refugees & we want our right.  



@Aussie4Refugees [26/3/18]:  What happens when organisations like UNHCR and IOM are complicit in racist, genocidal policies that keep refugees out of countries who are supposedly signatories to the refugee convention  


Not long ago, a young father hanged himself in Bogor, West Java.

He was a refugee trapped in Indonesia.

After the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) informed refugees in Indonesia that it is unlikely they will ever be resettled, he lost all hope - and with it his life.

The lack of a long-term solution for refugees is taking its toll on the resilience of vulnerable people here in Indonesia.

His despair represents all refugees here. I know because I am also one of the 14,000 refugees trapped in Indonesia. ...



@GraffitiExpert [26/3/18]: Did Sam "movie star refugee advocate" Neill happen to get details of the warped US-Australia "deal" after Trump's new wing man Barack "deporter in chief" Obama finished his soft sell for war in the Pacific to New Zealand's fascist "left"? 



@Aussie4Refugees [26/3/18]:  Sweden accepts Nepalese refugees who were trapped for nearly 4 years in the Federated States of Micronesia


Why did Obama deport 85 Muslim asylum seekers to Bangladesh, India and Nepal?



Keeping refugee families apart, reuniting others next door [Seattlepi.com - 26/3/18]:


Sitting in apartment complexes on opposite sides of town, the women — one a former shopkeeper from Somalia, the other a teacher from Bhutan — waited for children to come home.

Only the teacher, Devi Gurung, was rewarded for her patience.

On the landing outside an apartment decorated with Buddhist prayer flags, she watched as a school bus turned down the block and the niece she had not seen in four years, hopped to the curb.

"I am lucky," said Gurung, reunited with her sister's family just a few days earlier after spending more than half her life in a refugee camp.

The next morning, Amina Olow smiled, too, but faintly, as she recalled the daughters she has not seen in nearly a decade.

Then she unfolded a letter from U.S. immigration officials, dated more than a year ago, that seemed to promise the two girls would join her soon.

She's heard nothing since. ...



As the decade-long third country resettlement programme of the Bhutanese refugees living in eastern Nepal draws to a close, the fate of the those still in the camps hangs in the balance. ... [Kathmandu Post - 19/11/17]



When India attempted to quietly cancel two major events in its capital that featured the Dalai Lama, it seemed to signal a desire to recalibrate its China policy, possibly to the detriment of the 95,000 Tibetan refugees living within its borders. ... [South China Morning Post - 17/3/18]



Kim Dotcom wins Human Rights Tribunal case, declares extradition bid 'over' [Newshub. - 26/3/18]



Days after Cambodian and Thai officials reportedly agreed on closer coordination over “foreign fugitives”, opposition party members who have fled the country for Thailand have provided evidence of Cambodian military vehicles stationed near their homes in Bangkok, increasing fear among asylum seekers that they could be extradited. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 26/3/18]



Nearly a million migrant workers yet to register with Thailand Labour Ministry as deadline draws near [The Nation - 24/3/18]



Syrian asylum-seeker's bid for refugee status rejected by Tokyo court [Japan Times - 20/3/18]



Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont detained in Germany [Deutsche Welle - 25/3/18]



@JulianAssange [25/3/18]:  In 1940 the elected president of Catalonia, Lluís Companys, was captured by the Gestapo, at the request of Spain, delivered to them and executed. Today, German police have arrested the elected president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, at the request of Spain, to be extradited.



January Melilla stampede Morocco's fault, nothing to do with militarised border: Spanish government [MWN - 25/3/18]



One in two rejected asylum seekers win appeal in German courts [Deutsche Welle - 23/3/18]



@franxstrax [23/3/18]: Last week Alpine guide arrested in France for helping migrant who was about to give birth, now 31 y.o pregnant migrant dies in Italian hospital after French gendarmes push her back at the border. Not even the name is reported. France has lost all humanity



@ErikGerhardsson [25/3/18]: Since yesterday evening four refugee boats carrying 152 men, women & children has arrived to Lesvos.  



@MovingEurope [23/3/18]:  @alarm_phone reports #Push-Back in the #Evros region (#Greece ). The people decided to swim back through the river to #Turkey.



NGO rescue boat is held by Italian authorities after refusing to cooperate with Libyan coastguard [ECRE - 23/3/18]



@sol2refugees [22/3/18]:  Young man from Syria set himself on fire in front of EASO, #Moria camp, this afternoon. Allegedly he received his second rejection. He is in the hospital. His life is not in danger. ...



@lesboslegal  [21/3/18]: Accessible videos detailing Greek Island procedures and the rights of asylum seekers. Produced in collaboration with Legal Centre Lesbos, RefuComm, and Translators without Borders.



@AllegraSalvini [22/3/18]:  Collecting tags on the walls of #Lesbos island in Greece: "FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT" in Moria Hotspot --> Here Freedom of Movement is not guaranteed: people trapped on the island waiting months, sometimes years, for their applications to be examined! #opentheislands #EUWhereAreYou 



@sol2refugees [22/3/18]:  The #offices of the #Afghan #community in #Athens attacked by fascist in today.  



@AHampay [25/3/18]: ... Hotel marathon beach , nea makry , Athens NO MORE CAMP #refugees #iom #unhcr — in Néa Mákri ... 



Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Athens and chanted "open the borders" after sixteen migrants drowned at the weekend in the Aegean Sea, 5 of whom were children ... [EURO News - 18/3/18]



@AnwarNillufary [6/3/18]:  Dear @CommissionerHR from the entrance of the @UNHCRGreece while I'm on protest here for nearly One year, reaching out to you again and seeking your intervention to stop Greece's and #UNHCR's illegal treatment of my case. They're literally killing me here. ...



Erdogan Announces Anti-Kurd Operations Expanded in Syria and Iraq [Antiwar.com - 25/3/18]



U.S. forces said they had killed “two terrorists” in an air strike in southwestern Libya on Saturday as part of efforts to deny militants a safe haven in the country’s vast desert.

The strike hit on the outskirts of the city of Ubari and was carried out in coordination with the internationally recognized Government of National Accord in Tripoli, the U.S. Africa Command said in a statement. ... [Reuters - 25/3/18]



@Aussie4Refugees [24/3/18]:  DR Congo: Thousands displaced since December 



Bethlehem: 7,000 run in Freedom for Palestinians Marathon [IMEMC - 24/3/18]



25,000 protest in Tel Aviv against Israel's asylum seeker deportation plan [Haaretz - 24/3/18]



@972mag [24/3/18]:  Images of the mass protest in Tel Aviv. Asylum seekers and Israeli protesting against deportation and for social justice  



‏@aptly_engineerd [24/3/18]:  African asylum seekers wrap themselves in emergency blankets given to those pulled from the Mediterranean Sea to protest Israel’s plan to deport them to countries where they face trafficking ...



@davidsheen [24/3/18]: ... Who is Avi Gabbay, the new leader of Israel’s Labor Party? And does he in fact represent some kind of… “Alternative to Netanyahu”?



@Aussies4Refugees [23/1/18]:  "It is OUR policy" Bill Shorten Labor Machiavelli behind re-opening #Manus #Nauru Shorten, and signatory to illegal July 2013 PNG arrangement Dreyfus, meet Israeli anti-refugee "opposition" politicians Avi Gabbay, Isaac Herzog [Oct 2017] ...



Guards at an immigrant detention center in West Texas were spoiling for fights with their charges, heaping verbal abuse and threats on them and delivering beatings and using pepper spray indiscriminately, two men held at the facility said.

The West Texas Detention Facility in Sierra Blanca, which is operated by Louisiana-based LaSalle Corrections under a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was criticized this week in a report by immigration rights groups.

They’re asking the departments of Justice and Homeland Security to look into allegations that immigrants from Africa were physically assaulted, called racial slurs and denied medical care. ... [San Antonio Express-News - 23/3/18]



GEO Group sues Washington to keep privately run immigration detention centre open [Muck Rock - 23/3/18]



... In a letter to Greyhound Lines Inc, the ACLU asks the bus company to stop allowing Border Patrol agents to board its buses and question passengers without warrants. ... US Border Patrol has been arresting people from Spokane's Greyhound station. [Inlander - 21/3/18]



@dancohen3000 [19/3/18]:  Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz to go on trial six years after he gunned down Mexican teen José Antonio Elena Rodríguez across US-Mexico border 



US Coast Guard intercepts and forcibly returns 201 Haitian migrants [Miami Herald - 14/3/18]



A short, brutal history of ICE  [Splinter - 2/2/18]



24 March 2018