@MSF_Sea  [25/5/16]:  ... The evacuation/eviction of #Idomeni continues and parts of the once bustling camp now resemble a ghost town





@MSF_Sea [25/5/16]:  Those left in #Idomeni tell us they are desperate. This elderly woman from Syria was up early this morning...





"HELLO TO EVERYBODY.  LOVE PEACE.  HELLO TO EVERYBODY.  SAY NO TO WAR."  ‏@MSF_Sea [25/5/16]:  A message from the former residents of #Idomeni




Refugees protest in Lesbos:  We are not animals, we need our rights  ‏@AlbaFerrs [25/5/16]




‏@ItalianNavy [25/5/16]:  #SAR #MarinaMilitare nave Bettica in soccorso a barcone #MareSicuro #migranti recuperati oltre 550 e 5 salme




How many refugee boats did Australia push back, sink or abandon over the past 24 hours? ---> Another 3,000 migrants were rescued from stricken boats in waters off Libya on Tuesday, the Italian coastguard said, lifting the total saved in the space of 48 hours to 5,600. ... [The Local - 25/5/16]




El Papa ha felicitado a los miembros de la ONG española Pro Activa Open Arms. La entidad ha entregado un chaleco salvavidas al Papa [VIDEO - 25/5/16]




Day 67 refugee protests, Nauru



Image: ‏@InsurrectNews [25/5/16]




‏@SuchNigel [25/5/16]:   We wanna get out of this hell and we are thank of our Aussie friends #Nauru #ShareHumanity #BringThemHere




‏@SuchNigel [25/5/16]:  Our goal is let Australian people how we have been treated by thier government We never hate Australia #Nauru




...  we are trying to ensure that the perfect is not the enemy of the good



"tweeted" by ‏@PaulDRonalds - CEO Save The Children [25/5/16]



Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney [25/5/16]:



The fire that gutted the unit in the Nauru refugee camp, Anuijo, on Monday, May 23, was part of a suicide attempt, according the husband of the woman who was rescued from the burning unit.

The Iranian woman was given oxygen at the Nauru hospital after being rescued from the unit.

Her husband and son were not at home when the room was engulfed in flames.

The family, including their 5-year-old son, is now being held under surveillance in OPC1.

A message from the husband of the 30-year-old Iranian woman says that his wife has suffered depression “for a long time,” and had attempted suicide on other occasions.

She had told medical service providers, IHMS, that she intended to kill herself, “But no-one paid any attention,” he said.

Although the message does not say how the fire was set, her husband says, “Today she locked herself inside that room, and tried to commit suicide.”

The husband’s account fits with the fact that security guards had to break into the room to rescue the woman.

The suicide attempt is the latest in a series of suicides and serious attempted suicides on Nauru as despair has taken hold of the population of asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru.

Today, Wednesday 25 May, will make the 67th day of protest at the Nauru family compound, RPC 3, and the 28th of protest at the single men’s camp, OPC2.

The Nauruan government’s growing practise of criminalising suicide by arresting and charging already vulnerable people for attempting suicide is only adding to the anguish and disquiet on Nauru.




 ‏@drobwlldiad [25/5/16]:  My friend Farhad Rahmati tells me the torture of asylum seekers in Foxtrot on Manus is increasing ...



In past 12 hours the Broadspectrum under immigration order cut the power in Foxtrot camps (which is Negatives in) 3 times. 

No power means no fans, no shower, no washing machines, no lights, no TV ... Absolutely nothing without power. 

We strongly believe immigration started to torture us again in inhumane ways.




"This room is our sleeping room.  Let us we sleep here until we die in this detention." ‏@racvictoria [25/5/16]:  Photos from Mike compound on #Manus. This is the TV room....




Enforcement of constitutional rights case to be heard in PNG Supreme Court on 30 June [The National - 25/5/16]:


The Supreme Court will convene next month to appoint a single judge to hear facts relating to the enforcement of constitutional rights for asylum seekers held at the regional processing centre on Manus Island. 

Justice Terence Higgins, presiding as a single judge in Waigani yesterday, set the matter for hearing on June 30. 

Higgins said the full bench would appoint a single judge who would conduct a trial on the statement of agreed and disputed facts. 

Lawyer Ben Lomai told the court that the statement of agreed and disputed facts was ready after discussions with other parties were completed.

Lomai represents principal plaintiff Benham Satah and 301 other asylum seekers. 

The court also allowed the affidavit of first respondent, chief migration officer Rabura Mataio, to be added to the application book.

Mataio’s lawyer, Peter Kuman told the court that the affidavit filed last October explained the processes involved in the processing centre on Manus. 

Kuman said the affidavit explained how the asylum seekers were kept at the centre and the type of services provided there. 

 A further affidavit filed by deputy chief migration officer Esther Gaegaming this month was not tendered to the court because photographs in the affidavit required dates. 

Kuman said he needed more time to get additional information regarding Gaegaming’s affidavit. 

Lomai said Gaegaming’s affidavit had general statements and that it needed to be specific with evidence provided.

Higgins ordered parties to return to court for further directions on June 6, before the hearing on June 30.  




OR YOU COULD CALL ON THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT TO STOP PUSHING AWAY REFUGEE BOATS YOU FUCKING CLOWNS --->  Human Rights Watch says Vietnam breaking international law - and Australia's detention, deportation and death policies are beyond criticism? [SBS - 25/5/16]:


...  Human Rights Watch's Australian director Ms Pearson told SBS News Vietnam was breaking international law.

"The right to leave any country, including one's own, is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," she said.

 "It's also in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, both of which have been ratified by Vietnam and both of which are also important to the Australian government.


Ms Pearson said the Australian government should step in to place pressure on Vietnam to drop the charges.

“Imprisoning desperate people trying to leave their own country is cruel as well as unlawful,” Ms Pearson said in a statement. <--- Sure Elaine. [Five men with beards who tried to flee Australia by boat charged with "counter-terrorism" ("election crime"?) - ABC - 14/5/16]

“The Vietnamese government loses nothing by letting these people go, and Australia should press Vietnam to do so.” 




National broadcaster uses Vietnamese rolls to mock victims of Australia's war of attrition against refugees illegally imprisoned on Nauru and Manus [ABC - 25/5/16]




Detention, deportation and death. The UNHCR's "durable solutions" for refugees in South East Asia - where resettlement is forbidden [Phuket Gazette - 25/5/16]:



Police are preparing to file charges of murder with intent against a police officer who shot a Rohingya man after a group of 21 Rohingya men escaped from Phang Nga Immigration Detention Center early Monday morning.

“According to witnesses, Muhammad Kornee, 18, threw a big rock at one of the officers and the officer used his gun to defend himself,” said Capt Chatree Pienkayai of the Phang Nga City Police.

“Charges of attempted murder will also be brought against the deceased Rohingya man.”

Eleven of the Rohingya escapees were captured on Monday and three more yesterday, leaving six of the detainees still on the run.

The Muslims for Peace Foundation took the body of the dead Rohingya man to Phuket to conduct a funeral for him.

The foundation will also inform the man’s relatives of his death.




Leaked documents show how the UN failed to protect Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya [VICE - 22/5/16]





Police Scotland is seeking to extend a controversial training project with Sri Lankan police despite new evidence of the force’s involvement in torture, The Ferret can reveal.

Police Scotland had a contract that expired at the end of March this year to train Sri Lankan police officers and develop “ethical leadership” at its National Police Academy.

The project proved highly controversial at the outset in 2012 due to Sri Lanka’s appalling human rights record but Police Scotland defended the new relationship at the time, arguing that it was aiming to improve the human rights situation.

However, a new report from Freedom from Torture revealed that last year 17 Sri Lankan asylum seekers – including a child – who were tortured after President Sirisena’s election in January 2015 were referred to the charity. ... [The Ferret - 24/5/16]




Almost 3,000 more people were imprisoned at the notorious S-21 interrogation center than previously thought, the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s co-investigating judges have asserted in a recently declassified memo.

The new figure of 15,101 prisoners—2,828 higher than the number previously accepted by the court—was put forth in a memo from Co-Investigating Judge Michael Bohlander to the Trial and Supreme Court chamber presidents, uploaded to the court’s website two weeks ago. ... [Cambodia Daily - 24/5/16]




‏@wikileaks [25/5/16] ... Sweden's lowest court says it will not drop Assange arrest warrant. Case now moves to Court of Appeal ...




A grandfather and two of his grandchildren were killed by a decades-old artillery shell on Tuesday in Prey Veng province when it exploded as the old man was using it as a makeshift workbench. ... [Cambodia Daily - 25/5/16]




Nine GSDF troops mistakenly fired live rounds at each other in Hokkaido drill [Japan Times - 25/5/16]




UPNG students vow to fight on [The National - 25/5/16]




Students at the National Polytechnic Institute of Papua New Guinea started boycotting of classes this morning. ... [PNG Loop - 25/5/16]






The National Doctors Association is supporting the University of Papua New Guinea students in their call for Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to step down from office.

Association secretary Dr Sam Yokopuawas reacting to the decision by the university council to suspend semester one indefinitely following the ongoing boycott of classes.

Yokopua said the petition by the students to O’Neill was clear and all issues were explained well. ... [The National - 25/5/16]




Thousands of people in the Papua New Guinea province of Simbu have called on prime minister Peter O'Neill to resign from office.

The call, centred around the demand for Mr O'Neill to stand aside to clear his name regarding an alleged fraud case, came at a public forum held in Kundiawa and attended by over 6,000 people. ... [RNZI - 25/5/16]




The Southern Highlands provincial government will bring the Israeli company Innovative Agro Industries to be based in the province.  ... [The National - 24/5/16]




The case involving two police officers implicated in the condom swallowing incident at the Boroko Police Station on Dec 4 last year has been further adjourned to June. ... [PNG Loop - 25/5/16]





Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, his personal adviser Dr Jakob Weiss, Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari and Police Commissioner Gari Baki are involved in a secret plot with LR Group of Israel to create a private intelligence agency and secret paramilitary spy force in Papua Guinea. ... [PNG Blogs - 2/5/16]




And in North Brisbane, a woman made homeless after fleeing her violent husband, sits in an RSL carpark every evening to access the internet so her son can do his homework.  [Newcastle Herald - 25/5/16]:


A woman fleeing domestic violence chose her car rather than a NSW Government-referred “last resort” Newcastle hotel room in March, prompting questions about a system that puts traumatised women in emergency accommodation with men, including men on parole. ...




Pointless luvvies ----> A plea from the Human Rights Commission for the Coalition government to relent on its hard line on specific domestic violence leave for public servants has been rejected. ... [Canberra Times - 25/5/16]




Police are appealing for witnesses of an alleged hit-and-run that killed a man south of Brisbane overnight to come forward.

The man aged in his 50s was struck by a car while walking home from shops in Inala around 8.20pm on Tuesday, police say. ... [Yahoo - 25/5/16]




@QldAmbulance [25/5/16]:  Female 70s taken serious to Toowoomba Hosp. after she was hit by a vehicle at Clifford St, #ToowoombaCity at 4pm. She sustained leg injuries




A man is fighting for life in the Gold Coast University Hospital after a car and motorbike collided at Yatala. ... [MYGC - 25/5/16]




Man freed from car hanging off bridge on Brisbane Valley Highway [Nine MSN - 25/5/16]




Emergency crews are still working to clear the scene of a crane accident in Pimpama.

Two men were injured when the machine rolled on Pimpama-Jacobs Well Road near Extreme Karting around 9.40am.

They have been taken to hospital in a stable condition. ... [MYGC - 25/5/16]




Worker freed from Victorian power station trench [Nine MSN - 25/5/16]




Boat capsizes off Queensland coast: one person dead, two in hospital [Brisbane Times - 25/5/16]




Woman critical after Brisbane house fire [Yahoo - 25/5/16]




‏@QldAmbulance [25/5/16]  Paramedics treating one male person for smoke inhalation after factory fire on Gold Coast #Nerang about 11:30pm.  [Even Surfers Paradise was enveloped in toxic smoke.]




Police dog savages man during chase in East Perth apartments [WA Today - 25/5/16]




An experienced police constable fired his gun four times, at least twice hitting a Tasmanian man who later died in hospital from his injuries. ... [Nine MSN - 25/5/16]




These bills passed by Queensland Parliament yesterday [24/5/16] --->  Mineral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill, and Penalties and Sentences (Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council) Amendment Bill.




The financial invasion of Greece [Counterpunch - 24/5/16]




Workers at Athens public transport and ports on strike May 26/2016 [Keep Talking Greece]




Queensland's political and media establishment, police, coconuts (and union bobbleheads) ramp up Aurukun pacification, voices of community - especially the kids - go unheard [ABC - 25/5/16]




Israeli forces shot and killed a 19-year-old Palestinian woman at a checkpoint north of Jerusalem on Monday.

An Israeli police spokesperson claimed that the woman had allegedly attempted to stab a soldier at the checkpoint and another soldier shot the woman, who died at the scene.

No Israelis were reported injured during the incident.

The woman was identified as 19-year-old Sawsan Ali Dawud Mansour. ... [Electronic Intifada - 14/5/16]





Israel to demolish 4 water wells, 3 structures, road in southern Nablus [Maan - 24/5/16]




As Israel has rejected the French peace initiative to end Israeli occupation, and Palestinians welcomed it, the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has been pushing efforts to hold a three-way summit wit hthe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. ... [PNN - 24/5/16]




Hundreds of academics call for boycott of genocide conference in Israel [Academics for Palestine Media Release - 23/5/16]




Lariam [Mefloquine] should be drug of last resort for troops, British MPs say [BBC - 25/5/16]:


... After a six-month inquiry, the defence select committee found the potential side-effects were clearly highlighted by manufacturers Roche, but there was "strong anecdotal evidence" that the stringent conditions laid down for prescription were often disregarded.

Committee chairman Dr Julian Lewis said:

"It seems quite clear that not only is the MoD unable to follow the manufacturer's guidelines for prescribing the drug in all instances, but a number of troops discard their Lariam rather than risk its potentially dangerous side-effects.


Maj Mick Wallace took Lariam during his deployment in Kenya in 1998, and he says he has been severely depressed ever since:

"When I came back my wife said I wasn't the same man. I was short-tempered, anxious at times. I just didn't feel right and it's still going on.

"I've had several courses of anti-depressants and all they do is stick a plaster over it and as soon as I stop taking them, I go downhill again.

 "I've never attempted suicide but it's been at the back of my mind.

"Recently I went into my barn which I use as a workshop and I had to leave straightaway because I kept thinking about hanging myself.  ...




Stop pretending mefloquine was used safely on soldiers: former top Canadian drug bureaucrat [Edmonton Journal - 7/2/16]




Antimalaria drugs used in "an experimental program in interrogation and torture" of detainees at Guantanamo [Kevin Gosztola  - 5/4/15]




Mass administration of the antimalarial drug mefloquine to Guantanamo detainees: a critical analysis, Remington L. Nevin Department of Preventive Medicine, Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, Ft. Polk, LA, USA [2012]:


... One possibility is that the use of mefloquine was simply erroneously directed by senior US military medical officials overly confident of the drug’s safety and unfamiliar with its appropriate use, in an apparent foreshadowing of its later, broader misprescribing among US military personnel (Nevin 2010).

Another possibility, which is deeply troubling to consider, is that the decision to administer the drug was informed and motivated at least in part by knowledge of the drug’s adverse neuropsychiatric effects and the presumed plausible deniability of claims of misuse in the context of its seemingly legitimate clinical or public health indication. ...




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.
Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration warns that patients with a history of depression, anxiety disorders or other major psychiatric illness should not be prescribed the drug.
It's common for asylum seekers in detention to suffer depression, post traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses.
The US military developed the drug in the 1970s and has curbed its use among troops after it was linked to permanent brain damage, suicide, murder and domestic violence. ...




 Protest in support of #refugees in offshore detention at Australian embassy in London tonight ...





Image:  ‏@NadineElEnany [24/5/16]




Men, women and children trapped on Nauru and Manus are under physical and psychological attack by the Australian government, and are protesting for their lives.


The Australian media and human rights establishment are denying them a voice.



I THINK YOU SHOULD START DOING SOME JOURNALISM YOU FASCIST KNOBS. --->    ‏@Lateline [24/5/16]:  What do you think of Australia's asylum seeker policy? ...   #VOTEINFORMAL




VOTE 1 ALP and belittle refugees' legitimate claims for justice, freedom and GENUINE resettlement [Save The Children Australia Media Release - 25/5/16]:



Save the Children, formerly responsible for protecting children and families on Nauru, has welcomed Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s indication that a future Labor Government would be open to resettling refugees from Manus Island and Nauru in countries like Canada. ...




All aboard the bipartisan ship [Overland - 11/8/15]:


Writing in The Australian, Save the Children Australia CEO Paul Ronalds makes a more reluctant argument for the same conclusion: that organisations supporting refugees should embrace the opportunity for bipartisan consensus by abandoning active support for the principle of non-refoulement:


Although we may not like turnbacks, it is clear the policy is here to stay. Now we and other advocates for the rights of asylum-seekers must look beyond this aspect of the policy and concentrate our efforts on implementing a genuine regional framework, which we have long called for.


As NGOs have taken on major government contracts for refugee and asylum-seeker services, such as the $19m contract Save the Children currently holds with the detention facilities on Nauru, these organisations have become structurally invested in maintaining government control over asylum seekers.

But liberal humanitarians are more deeply invested in government control over asylum seekers than can be explained by any direct financial benefit.

They may disagree with right-wing conservatives on how many refugees should be accepted, or the details of how those who are turned away should be treated, but they share the premise stated by John Howard during the Tampa crisis: ‘We will decide who comes here and the manner in which they come.’  ...




United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 24/5/16]




Fallujah offensive: Thousands of civilians trapped [Al Jazeera - 24/5/16]:



... Speaking to Al Jazeera from Baghdad, the Norwegian Refugee Council's Becky Bakr Abdulla recalled stories told to her by families who managed to escape Fallujah, where the Iraqi army has shelled areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS) group since Monday.  

"People basically are surviving on dried dates and water from the river," Abdulla said.

"The only things these families managed to take with them were the clothes they're wearing and their IDs."

Abdulla explained that the few families who did escape the town in Anbar province had to traverse around 30km by foot and pass numerous checkpoints in order to reach safety. ...




US backed "Syrian Democratic Forces" launch offensive on Raqqa [Al Jazeera - 24/5/16]




Yemen: Bomb attack near Sanaa University kills two [Al Jazeera - 24/5/16]





In Yemen, ISIS has claimed responsibility for an explosion that killed at least 40 Yemeni army recruits in the southern city of Aden.

The attack hit recruits as they lined up to enlist. Aden serves as the temporary capital of the Saudi-backed Yemeni administration, which is fighting Houthi rebels.

Meanwhile, a British-made cluster bomb has been found in a Yemeni village, bolstering reports the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed coalition fighting the Houthis has been dropping the banned weapons.

Amnesty International found the unexploded bomb in northern Yemen. Cluster bombs contain bomblets which fan out over a wide area and often fail to explode until civilians pick them up later. [Democracy Now - 24/5/16]




How many refugee boats did Australia push back, sink or abandon over the past 48 hours?  ---> Around 2,000 migrants seeking to reach Europe were plucked to safety from unseaworthy boats in the Mediterranean in 15 operations off the coast of Libya on Monday, the Italian coastguard service said.

Two Italian naval vessels rescued more than 500 people while two Doctors Without Borders (MSF) boats took another 788 migrants.    

An Irish navy boat rescued hundreds more as did a passing cargo ship, according to the coastguard. ... The Local - 24/5/16]





@MSF_Sea [24/5/16]:  7 pregnant women rescued from boat in distress today now being cared for by #MSF midwife onboard




@MSF_Sea [24/5/16]: ... The #Aquarius has taken on a transfer of 255 #people rescued by a commercial tug boat. 386 are now on board.




Such beauty --->  Migrants help Italian police overcome poor English skills [The Local - 20/5/16]:



... When the mayor asked them, they were all too happy to volunteer as teachers.

“I want to help people here,” Rahaman, an asylum seeker from Pakistan, told La Repubblica.

“I used to be a teacher back home and so feel I have a lot to offer."

Ruvolo [Mayor of Caltanissetta, Giovanni Ruvolo] hopes the scheme could play an important role in helping asylum seekers integrate into Italian life.

"It also provides them with the opportunity to give something back to the town which has welcomed them with open arms," Ruvolo told The Local. ...




And such cruelty --->  ... Emad Hawary, a 50-year-old Syrian, fled on foot with his wife and two daughters to avoid being transported out.

"The police were everywhere and it was quite scary," he said after seeking refuge at a nearby gas station.

"We don't want to go to a shelter. It's just another field."

Hawary said the family was still determined to reach northern Europe and their son who is already in Germany. ...  Buses and Bulldozers: Refugees are removed from Greek camp [AP - 24/5/16]




@MSF_Sea [24/5/16]:  #MSF nurse in Idomeni today: when I talked to patients today, many started to cry- they told me they were desperate & didn't know what to do




Photojournalists and journalists banned from Idomeni evacuation operation [Greek Reporter - 24/5/16]




Just because it isn't on the front page, or headlining in the Australian media doesn't mean it isn't happening Helen Szoke.  We note your silence. --->  When will Oxfam's Australian branch issue a statement on behalf of the refugees illegally detained for three years - without process -  on Manus and Nauru? [24/5/16]:


“Oxfam is working in the Filipiada camp where families being transferred from Idomeni are due to arrive in 24 hours. We will work alongside the Government of Greece to help those families to have access to basic services and maintain their dignity, and it's the responsibility of the authorities to ensure people are registered and have access to the asylum process as quickly as possible.

“Families constantly tell us that they are given little, if any, information about what is happening when they are moved on. This adds further to their despair and desperation. People must be given full access to information and services, including general health and mental health support.

“Vulnerable people, the majority of whom are women and children, are being treated like pawns in a chess game. Europe's response is clearly not fit for purpose. EU leaders must provide safe and legal routes for those seeking to enter Europe and meet their international responsibilities as people arrive.”




Who should take responsibility for the journalists illegally detained by Australia on Manus and Nauru Peter Greste? [ABC - 25/5/16]  And why aren't journalists following up on the explosive revelations about the UNHCR earlier this month?




As Rohingya refugees are rounded up and shot at, three North Koreans wait in Thailand to claim asylum in South Korea [Reuters - 24/5/16]:



Several more North Korean workers have fled their jobs in an overseas restaurant run by the isolated North, South Korea's Unification Ministry said on Tuesday after a media report said three people had escaped from China and were claiming asylum.

New Focus, a Seoul-based website run by North Korean defectors with sources in the North, said three workers from an unidentified restaurant in Shanghai had fled to a third country, citing an unidentified source.

South Korea's Munhwa Ilbo newspaper reported earlier on Tuesday that the workers were in Thailand. It also cited an unidentified source. ...







US uses predator drones to keep refugees out [Sputnik News - 25/5/16]





... Northrop Grumman's proven maritime unmanned aircraft systems can reach any part of the world within hours, offering cost-effective surveillance - whether it's helping Australia monitor and protect its vast coast and surrounding oceans, or responding to issues of border security and natural disasters. ...


Northrop Grumman advertisement [Australian Financial Review - 7/8/13]





25 May 2016