237th day of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugees transit center.


#Manus SOS



Image: @sunosi3 [27/3/18] 



 @Aussie4Refugees [27/3/18]:  Hey Behrouz - we want THE NEWS, not your filtered literary meanderings #Manus





 @Aussie4Refugees [21/10/17]:  Amanda Tattersall is co-founder of oxymoronic "Labor for Refugees"



@Aussies4Refugees [27/3/17]:  "Perhaps this is the reason that until now Australian politicians have avoided coming to this island" Burke, Morrison and Dutton have visited #Manus The policy's mastermind Shorten, hasn't. [Any writing filtered thru pro "deterrence" Guardian should be viewed with suspicion]



Pro "deterrence" Guardian helps Bill Shorten whitewash THE FACT he is the mastermind of Australia's current anti-refugee policy; perpetuates false choice moral bind and misguided Labor Conference hope




Does the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia's amalgamation with the MUA and CFMEU mean they also now support pushing back refugee boats? ---> ... The support given to boat turnbacks by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), threatens to set this process back within the union movement and risks emboldening racist and xenophobic views among the Australian working class.


Other unions, such as the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia (TCFUA), Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, Australian Services Union (ASU) Vic, SA, Qld and NSW/ACT Services branch, and the Finance Sector Union voted against turnbacks.

According to the Australian Financial Review, in addition to the CFMEU and MUA, sections of United Voice and other branches of the ASU sided with Shorten.

The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees' Association was “absent” for the vote and United Voice was split on the issue across their state branches, according to conference observers.

Michele O’Neill, from the TCFUA and delegate from the Victorian left spoke passionately at the protest outside the conference and again during the debate on the floor. ... [Green Left Weekly - 31/7/15]



Guardian [25/7/15]:


… Meanwhile I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact that Labor for Refugees is balking at putting the motion on turnbacks this afternoon.

Labor for Refugees actually set this whole torturous debate in motion by making it known some time back that this issue would be pursued at the national conference.

Given the factional balance at this conference, it was entirely possible that a motion prohibiting turnbacks could succeed.

There was support on the left, and from elements of the right.

Bizarre, this semi retreat at the eleventh hour.


No sooner had the Giles/Watt motion been agreed to then Labor for Refugees (brackets, question mark) has raised objections to the motion being put at all – according to party sources.

As they say in the classics, go figure. ...



New Matilda lays bare Labor for Refugees' shallow cynicism [New Matilda - 24/7/15]:


... Speaking to New Matilda today, Co-Convenor of Labor for Refugees Shane Prince, refused to confirm whether the group would even move a motion calling on the party to take an anti-turn back stand.

Instead, Prince argued that as turn backs were a breach of international law the party platform was in fact already opposed to them.

The draft platform prepared for the conference says Labor will treat asylum seekers in accordance with Australia’s international obligations.

“Something we have to weigh up is whether we have to move such a motion to make something abundantly clear which we say is already abundantly clear,” Prince said.

“We’re not in the business of moving motions just for the sake of doing it. What we do not want to do, for obvious reasons, is to move a motion that then fails.

“Because that will confuse the party, it will lead to internal divisions on an ongoing basis, and it will be used as an argument to say that the platform allows turn backs and we say it doesn’t. We don’t want division within the party.” ...



@GraffitiExpert [27/3/18]: Another feeble notice of motion from the Greens allows LNP and Labor politicians to whitewash Australia's complicity in genocide and degradation of human rights throughout our region ... #Senate #Myanmar #Cambodia



Block A-6 Successfully opening a new frontier basin in the southern Rakhine offshore region (Bay of Bengal) – Pyi Thar discovery [MPRL]



Bangladesh is not expecting much help from foreign donors as it forges ahead with plans to relocate 100,000 Rohingya refugees to an uninhabited island, an undertaking that does not yet have a timeline, a state minister said in an interview. ... [Prothom Alo - 27/3/18]



@nslwin [24/3/18]:  #Myanmar building concentration camp for #Rohingya returnees will be completed by around end of this month. 600 buildings will be able to accommodate 30,000.



@kalamabul408 [24/3/18]:  Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar Bangladesh...



@kalamabul408 [24/3/18]: yesterday 9:30 am one child died to playing nearly hill side broken grown from madhur Chara BB 12-zone area. his Name is Hossain Juher.Father name is abdul noor. age 9 yrs. myanmar address buthidaung township village track naraing chong and another one is girl very injured..



@GraffitiExpert [27/3/18]: ... On behalf of the House I extend a very warm welcome [to the Sri Lankan State Minister of Foreign Affairs]. Honourable members: Hear, hear! ...



@GraffitiExpert [27/3/18]:  On behalf of all Senators I wish you [Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka] a warm welcome to Australia and in particular to the Senate. Honourable senators: Hear, hear!



@SLinAustralia [27/3/17]: SriLanka’s State Minister Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake met Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Chair of Australia SriLanka Parliamentary Group Scott Buchholz in Canberra



@GraffitiExpert [27/3/19]: Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduces new "streamlined" process for relatives of Sri Lankans who die overseas [presumably this also applies to deaths caused by Australia's refugee "deterrence" policy]



Sri Lankan Navy on Monday sunk a ship used by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the western seas of the island. ... [Colombo Page - 26/3/18]



Over 2,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen chased away by Sri Lanka Navy, nets cut off [Hindustan Times - 25/3/18]



@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN [27/3/18]:  Today's peaceful protest for freedom in Balikpapan detention center ...



@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN [27/3/18]:  70th day of our peaceful protest for freedom in #Balikpapan detention center -Indonesia . Every day we ask for help to get free from detention center but IOM ,UNHCR and DGI do not attention about our problems .we need the help of everyone. help  us please .



@AliNatiqi [27/3/18]:  The pictures say what is our demand, from the @IOM, @UNHCR and @human_right. 70 days.



@RezaHaidari1711 [27/3/18]:  ... This is Balikpapan's IDC in Indonesia. It's 4 years that a great number refugees are captive and imprisonment here. This place is Thoroughly unknown with human right. Human right is dead here.



@GraffitiExpert [27/3/18]:  Partisan attacks on the manner in which Dutton is using his arbitrary powers only serves to reinforce them ...



@Aussie4Refugees [27/3/18]:  Blatantly hypocritical motion in Australia's parliament [26 March 2018] on Israel, genocide and refugees supported by LNP and Labor politicians ...



@Aussie4Refugees [27/3/18]: And with Tony Abbott launching her new book, Senator Pauline Hanson signals her willingness to rejoin Australia's mainstream war mongers and bigots





Israel: Deportation of African asylum-seekers is a cruel and misguided abandonment of responsibility [Amnesty - 26/3/18]



Refugees in Israel - International Solidarity [26/3/18]: ... The Israeli government was supposed to respond today in court to the petition against the agreement with the Rwandan government. It waited until the last moment to file a request for a postponement. ...



... Attorney Itay Mack, who represented the 119 petitioners, wrote in response to the latest request that the impression was being given that the state was not prepared for the mass deportations.  

“There is a slender chance that the respondents will get an extension in light of the Passover holiday. The respondents are even asking to submit a confidential document that is at the heart, so they claim, of their request. It can be surmised that this is another thing on which the Rwanadan dictatorship has sought clarification before they state their position,” Mack said.  

The lawyer representing the activists requested that the court immediately release the 280 migrants who have been imprisoned in Saharonim Prison after refusing to “voluntarily leave” and are set for deportation. ... [YNet - 26/3/18]



‏@Refugees4Sale [25/3/18]: Part of Israel's deportation mechanism is the manipulative segregation of the refugee community to sub-groups, playing one group of refugees against another,...



@theIMEU [25/3/18]: ... Earlier today, Palestinian Christians were attacked by Israeli forces during their Palm Sunday procession in occupied East Jerusalem. One Palestinian was arrested.



25 March 2018