... DIRTY POLICY!...   via @InsurrectNews [9/5/16]



Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, May 2016  



Refugee advocates will hold a vigil outside Federal Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's Queensland electorate office for an asylum seeker who died in Brisbane on Christmas Eve. ... <---  Where were Mark Gillespie and his merry band of thespian "advocates" when Rudd imprisoned Faysal in Manus refugee death camp? [Yahoo - 28/12/16]



... But the routine detention of asylum seekers arriving without visas and the construction of remote detention centres to house them followed the landing of a boat carrying 26 people at Pender Bay near Broome in November 1989.

It was the first boat to carry asylum seekers to Australian territory since 1981 and its arrival marked the beginning of a second wave of boatpeople landing on Australia shores. (The first wave lasted from 1976 to 1981. It was made up of about 2000 refugees arriving in small groups who were fleeing Communism in Indochina after the end of the Vietnam War. They were not detained on arrival.)

There were many Cambodians aboard the Pender Bay boat and subsequent vessels and their arrival came at a sensitive time for the Labor government of Prime Minister Bob Hawke.

Hawke’s high-profile foreign minister Gareth Evans was deeply involved in crafting a peace process for Cambodia, which involved the repatriation of 300,000 Cambodian refugees from camps along the Thai border.

The federal government feared that confidence in the plan could be undermined if Cambodians in Australia were found to be refugees or if their personal stories were allowed to become public.

Hawke was quick to declare categorically that the Cambodians were not ‘political’ but ‘economic’ refugees.

He said he would not allow Cambodian asylum seekers to ‘jump the queue’ of Australia’s orderly migration program .

The label ‘queue jumper’ has been used to denigrate asylum seekers arriving by boat ever since. ... Australia's sledgehammer, Peter Mares [APO - 25/2/2004]



1992: Fences go up around the "boat people" [AP Archive]



Horrible old fascist (who's never been held to account for the damage he has done to this country) spruiks nuclear waste dump at annual Woodford ALP love in [ABC - 28/12/16]



Bob Hawke was approached for an interview for this story and he declined. "There was no CIA interference in Australia's trade unions" --->  Former spy Christopher Boyce speaks out in an explosive new Dateline interview. [VIDEO - SBS - February 2014]



... It cannot be described with a picture,

The mesmerising colours of the Olgas.

Or the grandeur of the Rock

Uluru has power! ...


'Raining On The Rock', John Williamson feat. Warren H Williams [1986]



The Victorian Government has lost its challenge to a ruling it illegally detained juvenile inmates in the state's most notorious maximum security prison.

The Court of Appeal today found Supreme Court Justice Greg Garde was not in error when he declared the decision to transfer youth offenders to Barwon Prison was illegal.

The government has been ordered to transfer the juvenile offenders to a remand centre or a youth justice centre by Friday afternoon. ... [Nine MSN - 28/12/16]



Drama in the UN Security Council: Israel’s illegal settlements [Counterpunch - 28/12/16]:


... The resolution had already danced a jig into hasty retreat after Egypt expressed second thoughts on whether it should go head.

 On Thursday, Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, breathed a sigh of relief at Cairo’s change of heart – momentarily.

“The delaying of the vote is an important step. However, we realize that this issue is not yet resolved.”

On that score, Israeli pressure had proven to be effective, mounted aggressively by Netanyahu, the Foreign Ministry and the National Security Council.

Donald Trump’s huffing had also convinced the Egypt to desist, though the exact form of that persuasion is unclear.

It was left to New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal to take the wheels of the resolution and drive it to a vote. ...


Support for UN motion is 'declaration of war,' Netanyahu reportedly told New Zealand [i24news - 27/12/16]



Israeli ministers have advanced the so-called “Facebook bill” that would allow Israeli officials to force the social media giant to remove certain content through a court order if there are suspicions of “incitement” after an Israeli ministerial committee approved the bill on Sunday. ... [Maan - 27/12/16]



Israel continues demolition campaign on Palestinian homes in Negev [Maan - 27/12/16]



Syrian prisoner Asaad al-Wali, 70, from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights died Sunday while in Israeli custody, head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe said in a statement. ... [Maan - 26/12/16]



Israel is threatening to expel an Australian journalist in Jerusalem, accusing him of being a supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

The threat against Antony Loewenstein comes after the freelance journalist asked a question about Israeli apartheid at a press conference given by former government minister Yair Lapid, and after a campaign against him by the anti-Palestinian group HonestReporting. ... [Electronic Intifada  20/12/16]



Kurdish journalist missing in Turkey after protesting TV closure [RUDAW - 26/12/16]



Turkey detains journalists for reporting on energy minister’s leaked emails [The Daily Dot - 25/12/16]



Russian Air Force begins bombing southwest Aleppo ahead of Syrian Army offensive [AMN - 28/12/16]



Russian jets carry out strikes in East Ghouta [AMN - 28/12/16]



Russian sappers demine nearly 1,000 hectares in east Aleppo [TASS - 28/12/16]



Foreign mercenaries and advisers in the ranks of the Syrian opposition should come as no surprise as Russia has pointed to this fact a number of times, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing.

When asked to comment on media reports saying that during the operation to free Aleppo Syrian troops had seized several dozens of military and political advisers who proved to be citizens of NATO countries, Zakharova said that she had no information on any prisoners, however, "it is no secret that there is a large number of mercenaries who claim to fight for democracy in Syria as they understand it, but in fact they are foreign nationals whose beliefs have nothing to do with democracy in Syria." ... [TASS - 27/12/16]



Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed a peace plan for Syria with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a telephone call on Tuesday, Russia's foreign ministry said in statement.

It also said that Lavrov informed Kerry that a U.S. decision to ease some restrictions on arming Syrian rebels may lead to more casualties. [Reuters - 27/12/16]



One killed in terrorist rocket attack in Hama Countryside [SANA - 27/12/16]



Army and Armed Forces units continued carrying out counter-terrorism operations across the country on Tuesday, thwarting two attacks by ISIS terrorists in Aleppo and Sweida provinces. ... [SANA - 27/12/16]



@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [27/12/16]:


Baghdad: Persons were wounded as multi roadside bombs exploded in mashtal and Baghdad Al-Jadeeda areas east of Baghdad.


Baghdad: News agencies: A person was killed and 8 were wounded as an IED exploded in Nahrawan district southeast of Baghdad.


Nineveh: News agencies: 19 civilians were killed and 4 wounded as US-led coalition aircraft shelled Faisaliya ,Qosiyat and Dandan areas in Mosul.


Nineveh: News agencies: The Old Bridge which is the last one linking two sides of Mosul City was destroyed as the US-led coalition aircraft targeted it .


Mosul people are still leaving the fight areas where more than 3250 civilians mostly women and children have fled during the last three days... It is noteworthy that the humanitarian situation in the displacement camps is bad as in the fight areas as the camps lack the most basic necessities of life.



An Iraqi journalist was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from her home in Baghdad overnight, police and relatives said on Tuesday, prompting Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to order an investigation.

Afrah al-Qaisi is an outspoken critic of government institutions in satirical columns she writes for several local newspapers and media outlets.

Qaisi used to work for the pan-Arab, Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. ... [Reuters - 27/12/16]


United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria, throughout the festive season [US Department of Defense - 27/12/16]


Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Tuesday has seized copies of Al-Jareeda and Akhir Lahza newspaper from the printing house without giving reasons. ... [Sudan Tribune - 27/12/16]



South Sudan rival forces clash in oil-rich Upper Nile state [Sudan Tribune - 27/12/16]



The Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow has called on long-serving ruler Yahya Jammeh to give up power peacefully, like former colonial power Britain did in 1965.


The West African regional grouping Ecowas has warned it will send troops to oust Mr Jammeh if he refuses to step down when his term expires on 19 January. ... [BBC - 27/12/16]



French aid worker Sophie Petronin kidnapped in Mali [France 24 - 26/12/16]:


... Thousands of French soldiers have been deployed across the Sahel region just south of the Sahara since Operation Barkhane was launched in 2014. ...



An Egyptian Foreign Ministry official called on Addis Ababa to stop what Cairo believes to be the provocation of crises between the two countries against the backdrop of Ethiopian accusations in October that Cairo supports the anti-government Oromo ethnic group.

The two countries have been at loggerheads since Ethiopia started to construct the Grand Ethipian Renaissance Ethiopian Dam, which Egypt fears could reduce its share of Nile water. ... [Middle East Monitor - 27/12/16]



Al-Jazeera producer arrested in Egypt for 'broadcasting false news': Interior ministry [Ahram - 25/12/16]



Moroccan Navy rescues sub-Saharan migrants [Morocco World News - 27/12/16]



Why does the UNHCR's concern and advocacy for rescuing refugees not extend to South East Asia? [Media Release - 27/12/16]:


Aboard a search-and-rescue boat in the Aegean, lifeguard Sarah Mardini scans the horizon through binoculars, searching for dinghies carrying refugees from Turkey.

In August 2015, she and her younger sister Yusra took the same hazardous route to Lesvos themselves, as refugees fleeing the war in their native Syria.

The women, who are trained elite swimmers, captivated audiences around the world, first for their rescue of their 18 fellow passengers after their flimsy boat's engine failed, and again when 18-year-old Yusra made history when she competed in Rio this year as part of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team.

 This autumn, 21-year-old Sarah returned to Lesvos as a volunteer lifeguard with Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI), a Greek, non-profit humanitarian organization that assists refugees in distress as they attempt to reach the island. ...



You said you would continue your advocacy in South East Asia? Were you serious, or not? Why are you silent about the region pushing back Rohingya refugees to Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide? @moas_eu [27/12/16]:  #MOAS 2016: a year in review. Missions and milestones ...



EU provides €300 000 for emergency assistance to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh [ReliefWeb - 28/12/16]



‏@nslwin [25/12/16]: These #Rohingya refugees in #Bangladesh arrived on Dec 24th night. They are from #NgaSarKyu #Ngakura and #USheyKya.



A Rohingya man who refused to demolish his own home was shot by Myanmar’s Border Police (BGP) in northern Maungdaw on December 25, while the BGP continues to demolish more Rohingya homes across the Maungdaw District reportedly on the order by the Rakhine (Arakan) State Administration, it has been reported. ... [RVision TV - 27/12/16]



Myanmar: Rohingya man’s headless body found in river after speaking to journalists [Independent - 27/12/16]



Genocide is good for business: Australia-Myanmar trade and investment news, December 2016 [Sat Press Releases]




Foreign Minister Julie Bishop presents Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with a photograph of their meeting in 1995. 28 November 2013



Myanmar’s Rohingya genocide is aided by friends in high places [Mint Press News - 28/1/16]


How many more have to die?  Where is the Australian politician, human rights organisation, NGO or professional association who will demand AN END to the policy?



"They treat us like a criminal.  If we go for a medical appointment they put handcuffs on us.  They hold us.  I feel very sad.  I feel like we live in a jail."


Message from a person in detention via ‏@ourbackyardact [6/6/16]



 Protesters lock themselves in cage @ Immigration Dept in Melbourne ...  [Image: ‏@fightingempire - 6/6/16]



More damage control as apologists call for medical services review of Australia's refugee death camps. No journalism.  No opposition.  Torture, exile and turnback "deterrence" policy continues. [ABC - 28/12/16]:



Behrouz Boochani, Iranian journalist and refugee <---- Whose consistent and clear statements about the denial of health care as a weapon against refugees are relentlessly and selectively edited by partisan "advocates" and the media. 

Professor Louise Newman, Convenor of the Alliance of Health Professions for Asylum Seekers <----- AMA is too busy reminding Australians about personal responsibility to issue a statement about another refugee dying through deliberate medical neglect? [28/12/16]

Chris Bowen, Acting opposition leader <---- No he isn't.



Sydney Morning Herald [14/3/12]:


The Immigration Department developed its new, highly restrictive policy on media visits to detention centres with reference to US military arrangements governing media access to the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention centre.

Documents released under freedom of information show the ''deed of agreement'' that Immigration insists journalists and media organisations visiting detention centres must sign was ''informed by … the current US Department of Defence media access policy for its detention facility at Guantanamo Bay''.

The department also justified extremely tight media control and censorship to the Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen [PROTECT], as ''the right balance'' in circumstances that included ''the current climate associated with media ethics, media 'phone hacking' [in Britain]''.  ...



Women and children, including unaccompanied minors, will be among those sent to Nauru and Manus Island for processing under a hardline approach aimed at sending a message to people smugglers that there will be no exemptions.

With the first batch of about 40 asylum seekers to be flown this week to Nauru, where a temporary tent city has been erected, the Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, said he would not be issuing any blanket exemptions to people sent offshore because these would be exploited by the people smugglers. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 12/9/12]



Syrian man returned from Manus Island gulag by Australian government injured - and his father killed - during shelling [ABC - 20/10/15]



The lengths to which the Australian immigration department has gone to facilitate the repatriation of traumatised Syrian asylum seekers detained in offshore detention centres has been extensively revealed in departmental emails obtained under freedom of information laws. ... [Guardian - 19/8/14]



"Human lives, human rights" claims the UNHCR Canberra's latest slick and cynical fundraising effort, as their lack advocacy for the rights of refugees in our region remains unscrutinised.  Questions the UNHCR have not yet answered --->  ... Why we are treated so inhumanely??? Why the humanitarian organizations around the world (UNHCR, Amnesty International, US Committee for Refugees) are the silent spectators on the inhumane treatment and harsh policy of Australian Government. To UNHCR from refugees on Nauru [13/5/16]



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]



Long-term detention of mothers and children in Pennsylvania [Human Rights First - 19/8/16]:


... Rather than adopting a refugee protection and child protection approach, the Obama Administration implemented an “aggressive deterrence strategy focused on the removal and repatriation of recent border crossers.”

That approach has been deeply criticized by a wide array of voices, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Bar Association, 178 Representatives of the House and 35 Senators, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and numerous faith groups.


Most families at Berks have been there for upwards of six months.

This prolonged detention has had serious negative consequences for children, including suicidal gestures and ideation, anxiety, sleeplessness, behavioral regressions, and lack of appetite.

Moreover, the facility has failed to provide adequate health and mental health care to children and their mothers, has been accused of institutional neglect, and employs staff members who make children feel unsafe. ...



One woman, detained at Berks for four months, told ICE that her 5-year-old daughter had diarrhea for three weeks and that the detention center’s doctor failed to provide her child with any medication or other care.

The woman asked for “adequate medication” for her daughter and for the opportunity to have her asylum case handled outside of detention.

ICE’s response: “Thank you! You may disolve [sic] your case at any time and return to your country. Please use the medical department [at Berks] in reference to health related issues.” ... Mothers in family detention: ‘We will get out alive or dead’ [Rewire - 12/8/16]



... Why did you choose us to make an example of to frighten other Central American families, with no regard for the suffering it causes us and our children? ... Mothers targeted in immigration raids and still detained pen letter to President Obama [American Immigration Council - 28/1/16]



Cuban migrants arrested after making it to Florida [7 News Miami - 23/12/16]



How refugees become "economic migrants" almost overnight [CNSNews.com - 23/12/16]




28 December 2016