Day 223 refugee protests, Nauru



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [28/10/16]



Lawyers for Australia's political prisoners on Manus hope to file new application for release next week [RNZI - 28/10/16]:


The lawyer representing asylum seekers detained on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island says his team is already working on a new application to return the detainees to Australia.

Yesterday, the PNG Supreme Court dismissed two similar applications as the lawyer had signed them on behalf of his clients.

It followed the court's ruling in April that the detention of asylum seekers in PNG is illegal.

The lawyer, Ben Lomai, said opposing counsel were able to exploit an inconsistency in the court's rules that resulted in a split decision of the three-judge bench against him.

He said he hopes to file the new application next week with the signatures of about a thousand asylum seekers detained on Manus Island.

"One of our guys is already there and we just sent another guy from Sydney going in this morning."

"Otherwise I will go in myself and get everybody done, but I have already notified all of the asylum seekers. They're disappointed with the decision, but they know that eventually justice will prevail."

The Supreme Court is unlikely to hear the new application until next year Mr Lomai said.


... A 24-year-old Sudanese asylum seeker named Aziz has been held on Manus Island for three years and three months.


"If we did commit any crimes -- which means we come to your country illegally -- all right, it's enough. Three years and three months is enough. You shouldn't keep us here for four years, or five years. It's really against the international law." ... [SBS - 28/10/16]




“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.”


Thomas Pynchon




In the absence of journalism and opposition to Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and boat turnback policy, Hadley and Dutton's hate interviews have become truth [27/10/16]:


... RAY HADLEY: Now I know you don't comment when it happens, but after it has happened we can get a comment. Have we had any recent cases where boats have attempted to reach the Australian waters and either been turned back or taken into custody?

PETER DUTTON: We have had a couple Ray where we have been able to work with the authorities to stop the ventures before they've got on water. So we do work with foreign intelligence services and with the Australian Federal Police who are based in Indonesia for example and we work with those people to work out when a venture has been put together. ...



At least 11 innocent people were killed in a Burmese Navy shooting rampage on two boats carrying Rohingya people on board in the Naff River around 1 AM today, a reliable source said.

It has been reported that the victims were fleeing from the continuous military assaults and extrajudicial killing of the innocent civilians in Maungdaw to Bangladesh.

Most of the victims of the incident are from ‘Ye Twin Chaung (Raimma Bil) and Paung Zaa (Ashikka Fara)’ villages. ... [RVision TV - 27/10/16]



Guardian [3/6/15]:


... Goledzinowski [Australia’s ambassador for people smuggling issues, Andrew Goledzinowski] said resettlement was raised during the Bangkok meeting on 29 May.

“All who spoke on resettlement said that this was not a durable solution for the Rohingya problem and that it would constitute a pull factor,” he told a Senate estimates committee on Wednesday.

“The UNHCR was the most articulate on this point.”

He engaged in bilateral meetings with representatives from some of the other 16 countries in attendance, and is adamant that at least one will seek further briefings on adopting Australia’s key asylum seeker measures.

“We also were able to talk a little bit about our own experiences during operation sovereign borders where we’ve been very successful in disrupting people trafficking and smuggling networks,” Goledzinowski said.



‏@Sthumoe [28/10/16]:  This #Rohingya family was arrested by #Myanmar Navy in the Naf river yesterday and took them Police custody in #Maungdaw ... 



Rakhine extremists prevent aid worker from reaching concentration camp [RVISION TV - 28/10/16]



‏@nslwin [27/10/16]  #Myanmar govt is sending aids for #Rakhine Buddhists in #Maungdaw while the aids for #Rohingya Muslims are blocked. ...



Myanmar investigates death in custody of one Rohingya amid military operation in Rakhine [Reuters - 28/10/16]:


... Residents and human rights campaigners say security forces have killed civilians, arbitrarily detained residents, committed rape and burned houses.

Htin Kyaw's office said via its website that authorities had opened an investigation into the death of Khawrimular, who was detained on Oct. 14 on suspicion of involvement in the earlier attacks along with his three sons and two of his brothers.

Sources in the Maungdaw area of Rakhine told Reuters Khawrimular was a community leader and previously worked for international aid organizations in the area.

Soldiers interrogated Khawrimular and returned him to Kyeinchain police station, where the suspects were being held, on the morning of Oct. 17, said an official account published in the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper on Thursday.

"On the way back, the suspect grabbed a firearm from a soldier. Responsible personnel managed to subdue Khawrimular, but he lost consciousness as a result," the report said, adding that he died on the way to hospital.

Security forces have killed at least 33 alleged attackers since Oct. 9 and more than 50 people have been arrested.

At least two other deaths in custody have been reported.

Eight Rohingya women told Reuters this week that they were raped by soldiers who entered the remote U Shey Kya village to conduct what authorities called a "clearance operation" on Oct. 19. ...



Demonstrations held in Bangladesh, Malaysia and Germany against ongoing atrocities in Myanmar [Arakan Times - 28/10/16]



Jail for man who tried to push terminally-ill girlfriend out of Melbourne hotel window [The Age - 28/10/16]



A 16-year-old boy who survived a seven-metre fall at a construction site on Thursday was part of a group training scheme for students to undertake an apprenticeship while still at school.

Questions remain whether the boy - who suffered multiple fractures - was adequately supervised immediately before he fell at the site where the new Coles Supermarket is being built in Amaroo.

Master Builders ACT Kirk Coningham said the boy was one of their KidsAssist apprentices - a program that has helped more than 500 kids get their lives on track in the past 14 years.  ... [Canberra Times - 28/10/16]



Man who killed both his parents doesn't deserve life sentence, court told [The Age - 28/10/16]:


… Mr Kassimatis said the crimes were provoked by the "truly awful treatment" the former electrician had endured "at the hand of his father" during his childhood and adolescence, while his mother "stood by and watched".

"He maintains his childhood and early adolescence was stained by regular verbal and physical abuse," Mr Kassimatis said.

"It is a form of provocation, especially when it occurs in early childhood". …



Parents jailed for rape, torture, imprisonment of daughter [Sydney Morning Herald - 28/10/16]



Salvation Army paedophile sentenced to18 years jail [ABC - 28/10/16]



Three traumatised middle-aged men have told a Sydney court of the horrific effects on their lives after they were sexually abused as boys by a Trinity Grammar School teacher. ... [Nine MSN - 28/10/16]



Family charged over missing Parmelia man's murder [WA Today - 28/10/16]



A former nurse accused of murdering two elderly residents of a NSW nursing home has told a jury she can't recall saying that fictional murderers on a TV show should have used insulin.

Giving evidence at her NSW Supreme Court trial on Friday, Megan Haines, 49, couldn't recall telling her boyfriend the murderers on the CSI episode should have used insulin to kill their victims, the same method she is accused of using.

Under questioning by her lawyer, Haines said she had no recollection of a conversation where she allegedly commented: "It's easy, inject them ... with insulin."

Haines has pleaded not guilty to murdering Marie Darragh, 82, and Isobella Spencer, 77, in May 2014.

The crown alleges she administered a fatal dose of insulin to both elderly women at Ballina's St Andrews Village after they complained about her. ... [Nine MSN - 28/10/16]



A Brisbane man has been sentenced to 12 years jail for shooting his ex-partner in front of her children. ... [Yahoo - 28/10/16]



Two men have turned up at hospital with gunshots wounds to their faces and hands after an incident at North Lakes in southeast Queensland.

Police say the men presented themselves for treatment at about 10pm on Thursday and they remained in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

It's believed the two men were shot in the vicinity of Springsure Parade, North Lakes, but police have yet to locate a crime scene and have appealed for public assistance to determine what happened. [Yahoo - 28/10/16]



A man has been killed in a head-on crash in central Queensland.

The vehicles collided on Childers Road at Cordalba, south of Bundaberg, on Friday morning, police say.

The 48-year-old driver of one vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 34-year-old female driver of the other vehicle was treated for minor injuries.

The Forensic Crash Unit are investigating. [Yahoo - 28/10/16]



@9NewsGoldCoast [28/10/16]:  A truck has burst into flames at Chinderah today after being hit by another truck at high speed ...



76-year-old man dies in Gympie road crash [Yahoo - 27/10/16]



Three men were hospitalised within an hour following three separate traffic incidents on the Gold Coast last night.

Paramedics were first called to an incident involving a car and a cyclist on Toombul Avenue and the Gold Coast Highway at Miami just after 7pm on Wednesday.

It’s understood a man aged in his 40s was riding a bike when he was struck by a car.

He was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition with a shoulder injury. 

Then, around 7.45pm, paramedics were again called to the Gold Coast Highway at Miami following a two-car crash.

A man aged in his 20s was injured in the collision.

He too was transported to the University Hospital in a stable condition.

Just minutes later, about 7.50pm, a pedestrian was struck by a car on the corner of Old Burleigh Road and George Avenue in Broadbeach.

The man, also aged in his 40s, suffered a suspected shattered collarbone.

He was transported stable to the Pindara Private Hospital. [MYGC - 27/10/16]



Two police officers have been injured while attempting to pull over a speeding ute in far north Queensland.

The two male officers were in a police vehicle that crashed into a cement barrier as they tried to intercept the white 2012 Holden Commodore on the Bruce Highway near Cairns around 7.20pm on Wednesday. Both officers were taken to Cairns Hospital with minor injuries, but have been released. [Yahoo - 27/10/16]



True believers again rally behind their fascist leadership at the Gold Coast Convention Centre this weekend.



Dreamworld: Roozbeh Araghi's family forced to call triple-0 to get information from authorities after his death [ABC - 28/10/16]



A Brisbane woman says Dreamworld staff "pushed off" her concerns when her raft became stuck in the Thunder River Rapids ride, just months before four people died in "very similar" circumstances.

Jade Dunlop said she was told by staff that empty rafts routinely got stuck at the bottom of a conveyor belt, and that other rafts then came along to push them through. ... [ABC - 27/10/16]



Tributes flow for Brisbane-based singer and bus driver Manmeet Sharma [Nine MSN - 28/10/16]



Driver killed, several passengers injured in fire bomb attack on Brisbane bus [Yahoo - 28/10/16]



‏@QPSmedia [28/10/16]:  A man threw an incendiary device at the driver of a bus. 29-year-old driver died at the scene. @CoPStewart



Woman's body found in house at The Gap [Brisbane Times - 28/10/16]



A 23-year-old Oxenford man is in the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition after he was punched during a physical altercation in Surfers Paradise in the early hours of this morning.

Around 3am two groups of men were involved in a physical dispute in Orchid Avenue.

Early investigations indicate the 23-year-old man intervened to stop the fight when he was punched from behind, causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement.

The men involved in the fight fled the scene but were located by police at The Esplanade a short time later.

Two men, aged 27 and 29 years old, are presently assisting police with their investigation. ... [QPS Media - 28/10/16]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 27/10/16]



‏@wikileaks [25/10/16]:  The US is currently bombing seven countries. ...



Following calls for more intensive Search and Rescue operations, SAFE PASSAGE, and an end to the arbitrary detention and criminalisation of migrants - the UK military begins helping the Libyan Coastguard stop people from seeking asylum [Media Release - 27/10/16]



97 refugees drown as Libyan Coastguard captures 29 and imprisons them in concentration camps [Libyan Express - 27/10/16]



US Envoy on Refugees, Migration Policy in Southeast Asia [Anne Richard] press conference with UNHCR and IOM fobs off concerns about Myanmar human rights abuses and refugee exodus [3/6/15]:


... A/S RICHARD: ... You know our Coast Guard intercepts the boats and then conducts interviews on its decks to find out if the people, if the boat people in the Caribbean have a credible fear of persecution or not.

And if it is judged that they are economic migrants they’re returned to places from which they’ve come.

But if it’s judged that they may have a case for asylum then they are not returned and that they get follow-on interviews and they may end up being moved as refugees to a new country. So the numbers we’re talking about in the Caribbean are quite small, but this, with this approach of ensuring that people get a chance to express their case is a part of what the US is doing that I think is needed throughout the region. I think that’s mostly on that issue. ...



Seeking to end detention of immigrant families in Pennsylvania, an alliance of Philadelphia City Council members, immigration activists, and law students unveiled a new tactic Wednesday - international pressure.

The group announced the filing of an "urgent action appeal" with the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, a five-member panel of experts that investigates alleged human-rights abuses and makes nonbinding recommendations. ... [ - 27/10/16]



UN Victory in Assange Case:  Decision has big implications for refugees and whistleblowers [Center for Constitutional Rights - 5/2/16]



Yakima County jail will house Haitian refugees [Yakima Herald - 27/10/16]



One of the country’s leading reporters on the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is suing the Pentagon over its delay in providing figures for staffing levels at the controversial facility.

Carol Rosenberg, a Miami Herald journalist who’s reported on the Guantánamo prison since 2002, filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeking expedited release of the data.


John Langford, a Yale Law School research scholar who wrote the brief for Rosenberg’s case, said continuing investments at the Guantánamo base raise questions about the stated desire of President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to close the prison.

According to the brief, those investments include “$240 million to construct new buildings and repair existing structures and $66 million to build a new school for the children of base residents.” The Navy also has proposed spending $40 million to lay a fiber optic cable between the base and Puerto Rico, according to the brief. ... [McClatchyDC - 26/10/16]



Guantanamo Board orders ongoing indefinite detention of Palestinian held without charge for 14 years [ABC News - 27/10/16]



With 84 days left in office, President Barack Obama has offered few details on how he will fulfill a promise he made nearly eight years ago to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. ... [Courthouse News Service - 27/10/16]



What did the UNHCR tell men imprisoned on Manus Island during their visit in April this year? -->  ... Representatives from the UNHCR visited the Manus Island detention centre last week and met the men detained there.


The UNHCR in Australia has been approached for comment. ... [Guardian - 18/4/16] 



UNHCR have plenty of time to tweet about refugee deaths in the Mediterrenean, but no time to explain why they don't want refugees imprisoned on Manus and Nauru released and resettled? 



Why does the media continue to protect UNHCR complicity in Australia's anti-refugee policy?




28 October 2016