210th day of peaceful protest [East Lorengau, Manus Island]



Australian govt offshore detention centers on Manus and Nauru has ruined many pple lives as well as Australia taxpayers money . Today one local guy has lost his life while he was lifting a big generator by Crane ...‏ @sunosi3 [28/2/18]



@EzatullahKakar [28/2/18]:  On 1 Nov 17 a crane was used to remove generator from Lombrum camp, leaving more than 600 men with no lighting or power. The same crane today rolled & crushed a local father of 8 children. ...



@Aussie4Refugees [28/2/18]:  National Gallery of Victoria changes its security contractor; Men women and children remain trapped in fear and insecurity on #Manus and #Nauru as Australia's bipartisan anti-refugee policy continues unopposed and unchallenged ...





... Why'd he die and who is guilty?


Not I said the big world leader
Who prosecutes the "war on terror"
I am keeping the world safe for you
It is what leaders are appointed to do
The refugees that have to flee
Are not my responsibility
Don't point your finger at me
He was in prison to keep you free ..


'Who Killed Reza Berati?', Phil Monsour [2014]



Local G4S staff member from #Manus Island RPC poses with gun and radio. @Asher_Wolf [2/3/14]



"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 Manus Island concentration camp [Nine MSN - 25/2/14]



@Aussie4Refugees [28/2/18]:  More than 14,000 refugees have no shelter. are trapped and/or indefinitely imprisoned in Indonesia because signatories to the UN convention refuse to accept them



@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN [28/2/18]: 43 days of our peaceful demonstration for freedom in Balikpapan detention center .the life has taken from us here,we need urgent help.please hear our poor voice



@Ehsanullah1991 [28/2/18]:  Day 43 from peaceful protest of #Asylumseekers in #Balikpapan 152 #refugees locked in high security camp with barbed wire all over around from inside all doors and windows installed with iron bars since 2014 till now. For now we running with Zero facilities. Plz raise our voice.  



We’ve seen the contract between the UK government and G4S. This explains a lot. [The Canary - 23/2/18]:


... At Duncan Lewis, we wanted to know the truth behind the abuse of our client Abbas, so we immediately called for a public inquiry into our client’s ill-treatment.

In a separate case, we also challenged the “disgusting” living conditions in Brook House.

In the course of this litigation, we asked the government to provide us with details of its contract with G4S. ...



From inside Yarl’s Wood—‘We are on hunger strike to end psychological torture’ [Socialist Worker - 28/2/18]



Macron cracks down on migrants in France [QUARTZ - 23/2/18]:


... The bill has sparked anger among human rights charities and members of Macron’s own party.

Though Macron presides over one of the largest parliamentary majorities in post-war France, his party is an eclectic mix of MPs that sit on both the left and right of the political spectrum. Some on the left have expressed alarm, while others have vowed to introduce amendments to modify the bill.

In an open letter to the president, trade unionists and academics also slammed the migration bill.

The letter accuses Macron of betraying the supporters who led him to an astonishing victory in last year’s presidential election.

“Unfortunately, we’ve woken up in a country where one snatches the covers from migrants at Calais. Where one tears up their canvas tents in Paris. Where one gets lost, with frozen hands and feet, on the snow-blocked slopes of the French-Italian border,” the letter notes. ...



French woman faces charges for 'aiding' asylum seekers [Al Jazeera - 12/2/18]



Lawyers from the bar associations of several Aegean islands on Tuesday expressed their opposition to the compulsory detention of refugees and migrants reaching Greece from neighboring Turkey. 

Addressing a joint press conference in Athens, lawyers from Chios, Lesvos, Kos, Samos and Rhodes indicated that the detention of migrants on the islands was a violation of both Greek and international law. ... [Ekathimerini - 27/2/18]



@sol2refugees [26/2/18]:  15 years #FortressEurope (2001- 2018 = 32040 registered death) Interactive map of migrant and #refugee deaths on the way to #Europe, or trying to stay in #Europe. See the #map here ...



@ChiosMonitor [26/2/18]:  Living standards like this result in significant #health risks. Demand #safepassage and fight for #humanrights. This is unacceptable. #Refugeesgr #WASH



These people, including families with young children, have fled war-torn countries, leaving everything behind.

Some have lost their loved ones.

All they wanted was a new home and a safe future.

But right now, they are stuck on the Greek Islands in unsafe conditions.

What’s worse, many are forced to sleep in summer tents, they are right now exposed to cold and rain and are not safe. ... [Amnesty - 26/2/18]



@ErikGerhardsson [26/2/18]: Today two refugee boats carrying approximately 70 men, women & children arrived to the Greek islands. ...



A court in the Czech Republic has released Salih Muslim, a former Kurdish Syrian leader, despite Turkey's official request for him to be extradited.

Muslim, a prominent former leader of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria, was arrested in the Czech capital of Prague on Saturday at Turkey's request. ... [Al Jazeera - 28/2/18]



Syria: 24 persons killed in US airstrikes in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor [SANA - 27/2/18]



Iraq seeks to lure investors to boost oil, gas output [Al Jazeera - 27/2/18]



Displaced Iraqis freeze to death at Turkish border; 16 killed in Iraq [Antiwar.com - 27/2/18]



Desert graves give up ISIS dead; 147 killed in Iraq [Antiwar.com - 26/2/18]



... "The medics said two further air strikes hit paramedics who were trying to lift the victims from the rubble" ... Saudi air strikes kill five civilians in Yemen [Reuters - 28/2/18]



A bodyguard of President Ashraf Ghani has been stabbed to death [Pajhwok - 27/2/18]



US drone strike kill 3 militants, injures 3 more in Laghman province [Khaama - 26/2/18]



Up to 14 people were killed in landslides and by collapsed buildings during a powerful earthquake in the remote Papua New Guinea highlands, police and a hospital worker said on Tuesday, with unconfirmed reports of up to 30 dead.

The 7.5 magnitude quake that rocked the region early on Monday also damaged mining and power infrastructure and led ExxonMobil Corp to shut its $19 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, the country’s biggest export earner.

Two buildings collapsed and along with a landslide killed 12 people in Mendi, the provincial capital of the Southern Highlands, said Julie Sakol, a nurse at Mendi General Hospital, where the bodies were brought to the morgue.

“People are afraid. The shaking is still continuing. There’s nowhere to go but people are just moving around,” she said.

Dozens of aftershocks rattled the area, including a 5.7 quake on Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Police in Mendi said 14 people were killed in the initial quake, including three in Poroma, south of Mendi. ... [Reuters - 27/2/18]



Sinhala mob damages Muslim shops and mosque in Amparai [Tamil Guardian - 27/2/18]



Bell Helicopter Textron, a US-based aerospace company, marked 50 years of sales of helicopters to the Sri Lankan military by presenting an award to a military official in Singapore earlier this month. ... [Tamil Guardian - 25/2/18]



The Sri Lankan brigadier and defence attache to the UK, Priyanka Fernando, who was seen making death threats to Tamil protesters in London, received a hero welcome on board the Sri Lankan airlines flight he took back to Colombo this week.  ... [Tamil Guardian - 23/2/18]



Myanmar donate 300 tonnes of rice to Sri Lankan flood victims [Daily Mirror - 26/2/16]



@shafiur [11/2/18]:  Our world: Myanmar creates #rohingya refugees. Myanmar govt. takes over Rohingya rice fields. Myanmar exports highest volume of rice ever to Bangladesh in 2017-2018. Myanmar rice given as relief to Rohingya refugees.  



... Cold shores of the prison, framed under the stars

Cold cries of the prisoner, blamed for the bars ...


'Too Many Lovers', John Malcolm [2002]



@Eshaghi_ [27/2/18]:  It's almost 5 years I’m living in #Indonesia as a #refugee , No country has contacted me for resettlement yet, the Indonesian government also does not allow me to work! I’m absolutely stuck and forgotten in this country. ...



@Aussie4Refugees [26/2/18]:  More than 14,000 refugees are trapped in Indonesia because signatories to the UN convention refuse to accept them ...



@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN [27/2/18]:  42 days of our peaceful protest in detention center of Balikpapan for freedom and justice. Watch us today's protest in this short video ...




Asif Rahimi has been detained for more than 4 years in #Balikpapan prison in #Indonesia. He is an #AsylumSeeker from #Afghanistan.Now he is fighting with many other #Refugees Activists for freedom. #Australia, #IOM and Indonesia are involved in this awful situation. ‏ @basirahang [27/2/18]



@MahdiAlizada18 [27/2/18]: 42days of our peaceful protest in #Balikpapan detention center 4 #freedom. We ask cooperation from IOM & UNHCR to release us from detention



@MahdiAlizada18 [27/2/18]:  Which human rights you are talking about ?whers is human right and human dignity of Balikpapan Refugees ?



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]



27 February 2018