In early June Hamid was arrested for his effective protest organising.
As far as we know he's still in Nauru jail.
Day 44, refugee protest on Nauru, 2 May 2016 @InsurrectNews [2/5/16]
Refugee ALP Coalition problematic statement about this Thursday's PNG Supreme Court hearing [25/10/16]:
... The summary judgement seeks the Supreme Court to order:
(i) that the PNG and Australian government make all necessary arrangements for the transfer to Australia of all those applicants who wish to return to Australia within 30 days of the order of the court; and
(ii) the governments of PNG and Australia make all necessary arrangements for the transfer to a third country (capable of offering them a durable solution) of those applicants who do not wish to return to Australia. <----- "Durable Solution" is vile terminology applied by the complicit UNHCR to paper over human rights atrocities against refugees.
This is bullshit. These men were imprisoned by the ALP in July 2013, Operation Sovereign Borders commenced in September 2013. ----> ... “The compensation payable for the multiple human rights breaches cannot begin to make up for torture that Operation Sovereign Borders has inflicted on people who sought protection from Australia. ...
Hopefully there will be journalists in attendance so ALP "advocates" can't distort the outcome ---> Matters regarding sham refugee processing, illegal imprisonment and compensation back in PNG Supreme Court [PNG Loop - 11/10/16]:
Parties involved in the asylum seekers case before the Supreme Court will have till Oct 20 to file their arguments.
This is in response to another application that was filed by the detainees’ lawyer, Ben Lomai.
Lomai filed another application on Sept 30, after the hearing date of two applications filed earlier was set for Oct 27.
Parties in the case appeared before the Supreme Court on Monday afternoon where directions were issued.
The Deputy Court Registrar will confirm the application books before the hearing on the morning of Oct 27.
A three-judge Supreme Court bench will hear the three applications.
The first application will be moved by PNG Immigration and State lawyers in relation to a jurisdictional issue.
They claim that Lomai, as a lawyer for the asylum seekers, has no right to sign the Enforcement of Constitutional Rights' Applications on their behalf.
The second application was filed by Lomai on behalf of the asylum seekers, asking for Summary Judgment from the Supreme Court that also covers compensation for the illegal detainment of his clients following the five-man Supreme Court bench ruling on April 26.
UN envoys urge Myanmar to investigate itself as latest purge of Rohingya in Rakhine carries on with impunity [Reuters - 25/10/16]
What happened to the #Rohingya at Kyet Yoe Pyin 12-15th October 2016? @JamilaHanan [24/10/16]
Hundreds of Myanmar's Rohingya villagers are facing a second night hiding in rice fields without shelter, after the army on Sunday forcibly removed them from a village in a crackdown following attacks on border security forces.
Four Rohingya sources contacted by Reuters by telephone, said border guard officers went to Kyee Kan Pyin village on Sunday and ordered about 2,000 villagers to abandon it, giving them just enough time to collect basic household items. ... [Reuters - 24/10/16]
@TamilGuardian [25/10/16]: Jaffna at a standstill with hartal today protesting deaths of Jaffna Uni students Sulaxan and Kajan by police last week ...
Students across the Tamil homeland held demonstrations on Monday, protesting against the deaths of Jaffna University students Nadarasa Kajan and Pavunraj Sulaxan and calling for justice.
In Kilinochchi hundreds of students, including Tamil schoolchildren in uniform, marched on the streets waving black flags and demanding accountability for the murder of the two university students. TNA MP Sritharan was amongst the politicians who addressed the rally as it marched outside the Kilinochchi District Secretariat. ... [Tamil Guardian - 24/10/16]
Right to work, change of policy and Sri Lankan boat asylum seekers [Online Opinion – 25/10/16]:
... The participants in my study are from various backgrounds and often have substantial skills and work experience.
They have the capacity, willingness and preparedness to work hard and make significant economic and social contributions to Australia.
However, cruelty and rejection as a result of Australia's punitive immigration regime places them in a situation of permanent limbo, an 'onshore' version of the deterrent strategies against asylum seekers who arrive by boat widely condemned, yet unrelenting, in detention sites 'offshore'.
Minnesota activists push back as deportations loom [Phnom Penh Post – 24/10/16]:
Minnesota activists are mobilising community members today against what they call the unjust deportation of eight Cambodian citizens from the United States, according to local media.
On Thursday, about 200 people gathered at the University of Minnesota to hear from the families of eight men who are currently awaiting deportation to the Kingdom.
Chamroeun Phan, Chan Heng Ouch, Chan Om, Ched Nin, Phoeuy Chuon, Ron An, Soeun Chheng and Sameth Nhean were all detained in August.
Activists are urging Minnesota residents to begin calling their local officials today to ask for the men’s release.
The Minnesota 8, as activists are calling them, fit the profile of many Cambodians deported from the US.
Most were born in Thai refugee camps, came to the US as small children and have never set foot in their country of citizenship.
All of them are legal US residents, but face deportation due to a 2002 repatriation agreement that determined immigrants who are not US citizens can be deported if they are convicted of a crime, including some misdemeanours.
In a report released this month, the US-based Southeast Asia Resource Action Center estimated there are about 13,000 citizens of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam awaiting deportation from the United States, 78 percent of whom will be deported due to their criminal record.
“Who would of known what he did in the past will soon catch up to him even when he’s a changed man,” wrote Sokha Kul, Sameth Nhean’s fiancé, in an online petition.
“Like most deportees, he’s done his time. His home is here in America in Minnesota with his kids and family.”
Family members also expressed concern that the men would have trouble adjusting to life in a developing country.
“The main issue is that they don’t speak the language and can’t find a job,” said Villa Kem, executive director of the Phnom Penh-based Returnee Integration Support Center (RISC).
“We try to put the majority into training so they learn to be English teachers and use their language skills.”
According to Kem, an estimated 523 people have arrived from the US since 2002, with 34 arriving in 2016 alone.
Many of the deportees also arrive without the identification documents needed to live and work in Cambodia, Kem added.
Cambodian crew members tells of four years captivity by Somali pirates [Cambodia Daily – 25/10/16]
Attackers kill 12 in Kenyan guesthouse blast near Somali border [Reuters – 25/10/16]
At least 59 people were killed and more than 100 wounded when gunmen wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police training academy in the southwestern city of Quetta and took hostages, government officials said on Tuesday.
More than 200 police trainees were stationed at the facility when the attack occurred late on Monday, officials said.
Some cadets were taken hostage during the attack, which lasted five hours. Most of the dead were police cadets. ... [Reuters - 25/10/16]
A five-member delegation led by former external affairs minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha which arrived in Srinagar on Tuesday met top Kashmiri hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani in an effort to break the ice between the centre and separatist leadership.
The meeting lasted more than an hour. Sinha said the talks happened in a cordial atmosphere. Ahead of the meeting, Yashwant Sinha had told the media that the delegation was ‘not official’ and its members had come to meet the separatist leaders in their personal capacity to assess the situation which arose after killing of a Hizbul Mujahideen militant on July 8.
Since then, Kashmir has been roiled by unrest.
While Geelani who is under house arrest, allowed the delegation inside his residence in Srinagar’s Hyderpora area, the media was kept out. ... [Hindustan Times - 25/10/16]
Greenpeace, others sought US intervention after action by India: WikiLeaks [Hindustan Times - 24/10/16]:
... The Sandler Foundation among other things have funded the Sunrise Project, which is opposing Adani’s $21.7 billion mine project in Australia. ...
@wikileaks [23/10/16]: Clinton strategy for front group to astroturf progressive youth into working for Clinton (see "Attachments") ...
Day 219 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @elahe_zivardar [24/10/16]
.. With the continuance of this policy, every day new cases of violence, abuse and unbearable suffering are added to the list.
Unfortunately, the government still insists on pursuing this policy, accusing the people who speak out against it of exaggerating and inventing the damning evidence.
But the government is lying.
And now we can see their plan clearly: they do not care that we on Manus and Nauru are refugees. They only want us to take their bribes and go back to certain danger, death and persecution.
In response to overwhelming evidence of abuse, their only answer is ‘take our money, and go back to your country of origin’.
After 40 months – more than three years – no-one has been settled on Manus Island. The few in Port Moresby are struggling to survive. Now several more of us have been attacked by local people who do not want us here.
Therefore we can only say that we are official hostages. ... To the Australian people, from Manus prison, Behrouz Boochani [Overland - 24/10/16]
Sadists continue their war of attrition against refugees because there is no opposition to Australia's exile and torture policy.
We are child and we can work out the lie why no one else work out the lie?
"Hiding from Reality" by refugee child M on Nauru
@drobwlldiad [24/10/16]: ... @lynnemurphy1 reports on the dire water situation on #Nauru
... Yesterday, 23 October 2016, Australia's refugees and asylum seekers held in Nauru were informed that the island has no more water.
The people in the camp are not to shower or wash clothes and there is no water to flush the toilets.
Babies clothes may be washed if people share loads in the washing machines.
They are still being supplied with drinking water.
The refugees who have moved to the community have no drinking water and have been told there is plenty of drinking water in the shops for $1.00 or $1.50 a small bottle.
The people have been told they must wait for rain.
I presume this means for rain to fill the tanks.
I don't know why the desalination plants that are said to provide 80% of the island's needs are not supplying water to the refugees.
"It's our policy" ----> Detainees have been digging under the compound fence to get to water bottles stacked against the fence. Deprive them of the basic necessities of life, then beat them.
Given the similarities between US and Australian anti-refugee torture and exile policy, Ambassador Cefkin must be extremely proud of the ongoing US influence in the establishment of Guantanamo style gulags throughout the region!
... When Pacific Standard reached out to Nauru Ambassador Judith Cefkin for her thoughts on the refugee camp conditions, she sent back only a boilerplate response: “We encourage all countries to work with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to find durable solutions for refugees and asylum seekers.” ...
Nauru: A ‘Human Dumping Ground’, Julie Morse [Pacific Standard - 12/4/16]
Greater protection of #humanrights leads to stability, & prosperity in our societies. - @AmbCefkin - Judith Cefkin - US Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu. ... Image: @FWRM1 [1/12/15]
Great to see Ambassador Cefkin with representatives from Fiji, Kiribati and Tonga at the Future Leaders of the Pacific Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The week-long conference brought together young Pacific Leaders passionate about combating climate change, preserving oceans, and environmental protection. ... [US Embassy Suva - 6/9/16]
... “The United States is committed to working with our partners in the region to increase the climate resilience communities in the Pacific Islands and promote sustainable and inclusive economic development,” Ambassador Cefkin said. ... US and Pacific partners unite to build climate resilience [November 2015]
USAID Coastal Community Adaptation Project [18/8/15]:
Last week, US Ambassador Judith Cefkin, accompanied by Abraham Simpson, CEO of the Nauru Utilities Corporation, and Elcoga Gadabu, Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment, visited the site of a proposed USAID-funded water storage facility that will double the currently available water storage and add 4 million liters of water buffering capacity to the Nauru water system.
This collaboration of USAID/C-CAP with the Nauru government will help address the dire water shortages and support the country’s comprehensive national level approach to building climate change resilience.
Water, water everywhere but Nauru refugees missing out, unless they're being waterboarded [Sydney Morning Herald - 12/2/16]
AMA submission to the latest Nauru Senate inquiry reinforces Australia's torture and exile anti-refugee policy [RNZI - 24/10/16]
The “patients first” argument, Dr John-Paul Sanggaran [The Guardian - 5/3/16]:
... This argument puts forward that the clinicians’ duty is to attend to the patient first.
That is, they should provide care irrespective of the circumstances and this act is in and of itself a justification for working in immigration detention.
It is important to consider that health care staff are not functioning in a humanitarian role at present, they are well remunerated – a recent position for a doctor working on Nauru was offering $13,000 a week.
This unfortunately lends credence to accusations of profiteering.
Certainly no one can criticise an individual clinician for doing their best to deliver care to a patient at any single point, this is however a particularly myopic assessment.
Any acts of care cannot justify maintaining a system of suffering.
By providing labour for this system, you are in effect part of it, whatever rationalisation used to excuse this fact. ...
ABC continues exploiting Syrians to invisibilise Australia's ongoing atrocities against refugees [24/10/16]
Feel good "Welcome Zone" concept promoted in Parramatta as Australia's war of attrition against refugees continues unopposed [Refugee Council of Australia - 24/10/16]
Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014.
... 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]
Australia going to unthinkable lengths to return Syrian refugees imprisoned on Nauru and Manus [Guardian - 19/8/14]
@MSF_Sea [24/10/16]: ... Only 200 unaccompanied minors have been registed for shelter & protection in #Calais so far. There are 1291 present in the jungle.
Paris: Demonstration solidarity with the evicted migrants from #calaisjungle #Calais. Photo @mili__paris @RRYrevolucion [24/10/16]
@RefugeeInfoBus [24/10/16]: Earlier today... Music and dance keeping people warm while weather is bitterly cold during the #calaiseviction
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 24/10/16]
They're surprised that ADF veterans bullied their child? I question the bogus premise of this story. Fascists. [ABC - 24/10/16]
10 children injured at boot camp after pontoon flips, Samford [Yahoo - 13/1/16]: ... It was initially reported that they were scouts, but a youth boot camp organiser says they were cooling off after finishing an army-style challenge. Veterans For Youth (V4Y) founder Daimien Patterson praised an 18-year-old lifeguard, who was on-hand for the swimming activity, for ensuring everyone was accounted for. ...
@9NewsGoldCoast [24/10/16]: ... A young woman is claiming police brutality after she was pinned down on a busy Gold Coast street. ...
25 October 2016