... Tonight his wife will wait for him, but he will not call ...



Murder by mandatory detention [Refugee Rights Action Network WA  – 1/8/15]



Refugee Action  Coalition, Sydney

Yongah Hill detention centre is in lockdown, and Serco’s riot squad has been mobilised following the death of a 27 year-old Afghan asylum seeker at around 9pm Friday night.

While the cause of death is still unclear, the man’s body was taken from the detention centre by Western Australian police in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The death has highlighted the neglect and lack of medical care in the detention centre.

The man had asked for medical help for the last two days, but typically had only been given panadol.

There is not even a nurse on duty after 5pm weekdays.

Other detainees have complained that Serco guards took too long to call an ambulance.

“They watched and let him die,” one asylum seeker told the Refugee Action Coalition.

It is believed that the man had slashed himself earlier on Friday and should have been on suicide watch, which would mean regular observations by Serco guards.

A disturbance broke out following the death when one of the Serco guards was heard to say, “one less for us to look after’.

“This is another death in detention that lies at the feet of the Immigration Minister and the neglect that characterises the detention regime. The man should never have been in detention. There is no excuse for keeping someone in detention for three years. If he had been in the community, he would more likely still be alive,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.




Ongoing silence of UNHCR, human rights groups, politicians = agreement with Dutton's sneaky and unjust deportations





Saturday night taking out the trash ---->   ABC reports on forced deportations of "failed" Manus refugees [1/8/15]:




... They have been being offered money if they return voluntarily with the International Organisation for Migration. ...





Inmate found dead in Hobart's Risdon Prison, in third Tasmanian death in custody in two months


ABC [1/8/15]:

A 23-year-old man has been found dead in the minimum security section of Risdon Prison in Hobart, in what is the third death in custody in Tasmania in two months.

Police said the death at the Ron Barwick minimum security section did not appear to be suspicious.

The coroner, police and a government pathologist visited the Hobart prison on Friday night.

Director of Prisons Brian Edwards said the man died from natural causes, suspected to be the result of a medical condition.

"These investigations indicate there are no suspicious circumstances; however, Tasmania Police is preparing a report for the coroner who will examine the death." he said.

"This is standard practice when a death occurs in a corrections environment."

Greg Barns from the Prisoners Advisory Legal Service said questions would probably be asked in these circumstances about medical care.

"One of the questions would be what request did that person make about their medical care? Was that medical care request acted upon? When did they last see a doctor? They're all issues that need to be answered and no doubt the coroner will answer them," he said.

Premier Will Hodgman extended his sympathies to relatives of the man.

"I do want to extend on behalf of the people of Tasmania our sympathies to the relatives and the friends of the deceased. It is tragic news and our thoughts are with them," he said.

"We need to understand what has in fact occurred here and it's too early for me to say."

It is the third death in custody in Tasmania in two months.

A Tasmanian man died in custody in June while being transported from Launceston to Hobart in a prison van.

About a week later a South Australian man on remand for the alleged murder of his wife was found dead in Risdon Prison.

Robin Michael, 63, of Belair, was charged with murdering Kerry Michael on Mount Roland in Tasmania's north-west in February.





Coast to coast:  More dangerous and resource wasting class and race based police pursuits end in crashes, hospitalisations



 West Australian [1/8/15]:


Two people were taken to hospital after a police pursuit ended when a car crashed into the front of a house in Greenwood last night.

The pursuit began in Girrawheen at about 9:15pm when a White Toyota Corolla failed to stop for police.

It ended about an hour later when the Corolla crashed in the front yard of a house on Warwick Road.

It is believed to have collided with another vehicle moments earlier on the corner of Coolibah Drive and Warwick Road.

One person was taken to Royal Perth Hospital and another to Joondalup Hospital.

A 17-year-old Nollamara man was charged with numerous offences, including stealing a motor vehicle and dangerous driving.

He is due to appear in Perth Children's Court on August 4.



Yahoo [1/8/15]:


A man and a woman are in custody after a cross-border pursuit from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay.

The pair allegedly sped off when Queensland police attempted to stop them at Coomera during Friday's peak hour rush on the Pacific Motorway.

The car was tracked by the police helicopter and police vehicles were forced to keep a distance because of safety concerns.

When the vehicle crossed the Queensland border, their NSW counterparts took over as the helicopter hovered overhead.

The chase ended when the male driver lost control while attempting to pass through a roadworks zone near Bangalow, west of Byron Bay, about 6.30pm.

The pair were arrested but the 26-year-old woman was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for injuries she sustained when the car came to a stop.

The 29-year-old man, who will appear in the Lismore Local Court on Saturday, was charged with several driving offences, including driving while disqualified.

Queensland police plan to seek his extradition at a later date







... One particular motorist however caught the attention of police when intercepted, the driver’s suspicious behaviour led police to conduct further inquiries into his identity and it will be alleged that the man provided officers with a false driver’s licence.  ... [QPS Media - 31/7/15]




... It will be alleged a man at the address assaulted a female officer, dragging her into a room before attempting to close the door.

A second officer deployed capsicum spray and was able to force open the door dragging the first officer back out into the corridor.

The man allegedly again tried to attack the first officer at which point a taser was deployed and the man locked himself into the room.

A woman who had been in the room at the time was released a short time later. ... [PSPA incident, Ipswich  - QPS Media - 1/8/15]









... The woman wasn’t physically injured during the incident. A 15-year-old North Ipswich boy has been charged with break and enter, and armed robbery. He will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act 1992.  ... [QPS Media - 1/8/15]









“Abducted” 5yo girl found safe and well in Mackay, Queensland [ABC – 1/8/15]




Child Abduction, AMBER Alert, and Crime Control Theatre, Timothy Griffin and Monica K. Miller [Sage Journals - Criminal Justice Review - June 2008]:



Intense interest in disturbing child abductions by the mass media, public safety organizations, and the public has helped sustain a socially constructed mythology and sporadic “moral panic” about the presumed pervasiveness of this threat to children.

The result has often been reactionary “memorial” legislation enacted in response to sensational cases.

A recent example is the America's Missing Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert system, which is designed to interrupt serious child kidnappings in progress by soliciting citizen tips to help officials quickly rescue victims.

Drawing on available empirical evidence and theoretical considerations, the authors contend that AMBER Alert has not achieved and probably cannot achieve the ambitious goals that inspired its creation.

In fact, AMBER Alert is arguably an example of what could be called crime control theater.

It is a socially constructed “solution” to a socially constructed problem, enabling public officials to symbolically address an essentially intractable threat.

Despite laudable intentions, AMBER Alert exemplifies how crime control theater can create unintended problems, such as public backlash when the theatrical policy fails and a distorted public discourse about the nature of crime.

Considerations for the future of AMBER Alert in particular, and the concept of crime control theater in general, are discussed.


New Zealand: Tasers policy rushed in, says campaigner

RNZI [1/8/15]:

A civil liberties campaigner says the move to have front-line officers carry tasers at all times while on duty has been rushed in without public debate.

Until now, they have only had access to them from lockboxes kept in vehicles.

Barry Wilson, from the Auckland Council for Civil Liberties, said it was a major change in public policy and should have been introduced as a law change only after a proper debate in parliament.

He said there had already been cases where officers had broken protocols and used excessive force with their tasers.

Mr Wilson feared it was a step closer to arming the police with guns.

The roll-out of the new policy began yesterday, though it could be weeks or even months before all front-line officers are carrying tasers.







Bundaberg man's death suspicious: police

Yahoo [1/8/15]:

The death of a middle-aged man at a house in central Queensland is being treated as suspicious.

The man was found at a property at Coonarr, southeast of Bundaberg, and is believed to have died about 2am on Saturday morning.

An investigation centre has been set up at the Bundaberg police station and anyone with information is being urged to contact authorities.







Wounding, Tallebudgera Creek, Burleigh Heads




QPS Media [1/8/15]:




Police are investigating after a man sustained a head injury on Tallebudgera Creek this afternoon.

Initial investigations indicate around 1.50pm the man was paddling a canoe on the creek at Burleigh Heads with a woman when he was struck on the head by an unknown object.

The pair returned to shore and called for assistance.

The victim, a 25-year-old Seventeen Mile Rocks man, was treated at the scene for a non-life threatening laceration to the side of his head.

The man reported hearing a ‘crack’ immediately before the impact with police believing an air rifle or similar weapon may have been involved.

At the time of the incident the canoe was around 20-30 metres off the north bank of the river near the intersection of Elanora and Awoonga drives.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have either heard a gunshot or who may have witnessed anyone acting suspiciously, in particular on the north side of the creek, to contact Crime Stoppers.

The woman in the canoe was not injured. Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.









Fatal traffic crash, Mount Stuart [QPS Media - 1/8/15]






Fatal traffic crash, Redbank Creek [QPS Media - 1/8/15]






Fatal traffic crash, Bluewater [QPS Media - 1/8/15]





Blue Mountains bushfire: Conditions ease but homes still threatened, NSW Rural Fire Service says [ABC -1/8/15]





California declared a state of emergency Friday as wildfires blazed across the parched state, and a firefighter was killed battling the flames, according to officials. ... [teleSUR - 1/8/15]



Greenpeace protesters claim symbolic victory as Shell Oil ship leaves Portland [Oregon Live – 31/7/15]



Police boat rams Greenpeace canoeist in Portland protest [VIDEO - Irish Times - 31/7/15]






Super trawlers causing irreversible damage to wildlife, Adelaide protestors call for ban [ABC - 1/8/15]





The 95-metre factory trawler is permitted to fish in the Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery targeting jack mackerel, blue mackerel and redbait.

But South Australian Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell earlier this year raised concerns it could catch sardines, which are a no-take species in SA.

"I have very serious concerns about its impact on our fisheries, particularly our quota-managed sardines and our recreational game fishing industry," he said. ... [Nine MSN - 1/8/15]









Northern NSW beaches remain closed after shark attack [ABC - 1/8/15]






Christopher Pyne's book launch marred by protest [Canberra Times – 31/7/15]








Statement by ministers from TPP countries


Bangkok Post [1/8/15]:

The following is the full text of a joint statement released on Friday by ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative.

We, the trade ministers of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam announce that, after more than a week of productive meetings, we have made significant progress and will continue work on resolving a limited number of remaining issues, paving the way for the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

Ministers and negotiators leave Hawaii committed to build on the momentum of this meeting by staying in close contact as negotiators continue their intensive engagement to find common ground. Negotiators will also continue to work to formalise the achievements that have been made this week.

In this last stage of negotiations, we are more confident than ever that TPP is within reach and will support jobs and economic growth.

The progress made this week reflects our longstanding commitment to deliver an ambitious, comprehensive and high-standard TPP agreement that will support jobs and economic growth across the Asia Pacific region.








Goldman Sachs tentatively agrees to pay $270 million to settle lawsuit: source [Reuters - 31/7/15]:



Goldman Sachs Group Inc has tentatively agreed to pay about $270 million to settle a lawsuit by investors, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Pension funds led by NECA-IBEW Health & Welfare Fund of Illinois accused the bank of misleading investors about the risks associated with mortgage securities offerings.

NECA-IBEW, an electrical workers' pension fund, owned some mortgage-backed certificates underwritten by Goldman.

Goldman and its rivals have faced many lawsuits by investors seeking to recoup losses on mortgage securities.

The investors typically have claimed they were misled about the risks relating to the underlying home loans, most of which were made before or as the U.S. housing slump took hold in 2007.

A spokesman for Goldman Sachs declined to comment and attorneys for the fund did not immediately return calls for comment.

Also on Friday, Goldman Sachs was among a group of banks that received court approval for a $235 million settlement related to mortgage securities reached in February, according to a court filing.

 Citigroup Inc, Goldman Sachs and UBS AG agreed to pay $235 million to settle U.S. litigation accusing them of concealing the risks of mortgage securities sold by the former Residential Capital LLC before the global financial crisis.

Led by the New Jersey Carpenters Health Fund, the investors accused the banks of misleading them in registration statements and prospectuses about the quality of mortgage loans backing the securities they helped underwrite in 2006 and 2007.

The bank is still awaiting potential settlements with government authorities. On July 16, Goldman disclosed it set aside $1.45 billion for mortgage-related legal costs and regulatory matters.

Goldman is among banks targeted by a federal-state working group to go after misconduct in the pooling and sale of mortgage securities in the run-up to the financial crisis. Goldman and Morgan Stanley are next in line for potential settlements, a person familiar with the matter said at the time. Bloomberg first reported the news about the $270 million settlement on Friday.

The pension fund case is NECA-IBEW Health & Welfare Fund v. Goldman Sachs & Co., 08-cv-10783, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).








Will the IMF throw the spanner in the works? – as I feared and Dr Schäuble hoped? [Yanis Varoufakis – 30/7/15]





via @cristyclark [2012]




UK grants Chinese artist Ai Weiwei new visa in U-turn [Channel News Asia – 31/7/15]






Morrissey claims sex assault by security at US airport [BBC – 31/7/15]







'Desmond Tutu: not going quietly':   In a video interview with David Frost for Al Jazeera, Desmond Tutu offers his personal insight into the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and his concerns for the recent developments taking place in the country. Later, joined by Jimmy Carter, they discuss The Elders’ involvement in the Middle East and how they as an organisation decide where to focus their efforts. [Al Jazeera - November 2012 via The Elders]








A federal magistrate on Friday entered a "temporary" not guilty plea for Dylann Roof on hate crime charges in the slaying of nine African-Americans at a South Carolina church, even as his lawyer said his client wanted to plead guilty.

The lead defense attorney, David Bruck, said he could not advise Roof, 21, to declare his guilt in the massacre until after prosecutors said whether they would seek capital punishment.

"Roof has told us he wishes to plead guilty," Bruck told the court. "Until we know whether the government will seek the death penalty, we cannot advise Mr. Roof." ... [Reuters - 31/7/15]








United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria




US Department of Defence [31/7/15]:


U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, which took place yesterday, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Fighter-attack, fighter and bomber aircraft conducted 24 airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Hasakah, seven airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit and five ISIL small tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL motorcycles, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL command and control center.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, 17 airstrikes struck eight ISIL staging areas, three ISIL bridges, four ISIL checkpoints, an ISIL training area and an ISIL logistics site.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, fighter-attack, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 17 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with the government of Iraq:

-- Near Qaim, two airstrikes struck an ISIL staging area.

-- Near Beiji, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL structures and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Habbaniyah, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL fighting position and four ISIL rocket rails.

-- Near Haditha, two airstrikes destroyed five ISIL structures, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL weapons cache and an ISIL command and control center.

-- Near Makhmur, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and an ISIL anti-aircraft artillery weapon and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Ramadi, four airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and terrain denying ISIL a tactical advantage and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and two ISIL excavators.

-- Near Sinjar, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Tal Afar, one airstrike destroyed two ISIL bunkers.






‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [31/7/15]:




Anbar: News agencies:Dozens of civilians including women and children were either killed or wounded as the air force shelled the homes of displaced persons in Rutba district in west of Anbar............




"52 displaced children died in the last weeks due to the high temperature and shortage in water and power provided by the government which also has not distributed the amounts of money allocated for them ", the head of the displaced persons committee in the current parliament declared..............................







In ISIL-controlled territory, 8 million civilians living in ‘state of fear’ – UN expert [Media Release - 31/7/15]







Britain’s secret ties to governments, firms behind ISIS oil sales, Nafeez Ahmed [Medium.com - 31/7/15]







The US Navy has announced that the USS Theodore Roosevelt would leave the Persian Gulf this fall and that would be the first time the Pentagon has no warships in the region since 2007. ... [Press TV - 31/7/15]







Saudi drones launch 3 airstrikes on northwestern Yemen [Press TV - 31/7/15]:

Saudi drones have launched three airstrikes on the city of Harad in Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah, local media say.

Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network did not provide further details about the Friday midnight attacks.

Yemenis carry a Saudi drone captured in Sa’ada province on May 1, 2015.

This came as Yemeni army forces, backed by popular committees, shelled a Saudi military base in the southwestern province of Dhahran al-Janub and a military base in the country's southwestern city of Jizan.

Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 - without a UN mandate - in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, an ally of Riyadh.

In the latest Saudi attacks, fighter jets bombarded some areas in Yemen’s Maʼrib province. Warplanes also fired dozens of rockets on the province of Sa'ada, killing at least four civilians.

In southwestern Yemen, Saudi warplanes hit areas in the provinces of Lahij and Aden, killing at least four people.

Over four months of Saudi airstrikes against Yemen have caused severe shortages in basic necessities. Some 80 percent of Yemenis are in dire need of immediate assistance.

Many international aid organizations are seeking a safe passage into Yemen to send much-needed medical and humanitarian supplies to the country.

According to local sources, Saudi Arabia’s onslaught has so far claimed nearly 5,000 lives, mostly civilians, and displaced over a million people internally.







Palestine to lodge ICC complaint over baby's death [Al Jazeera - 1/8/15]







Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teen late Friday evening near Ramallah during clashes at Atara checkpoint, medical sources said.  ... [Maan - 31/7/15]






Israeli forces killed a Palestinian and injured another on Friday after opening fire at them near Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, sources told Ma'an.

Medical sources told Ma'an that Mohammad Hamid al-Masri,17, was shot by Israeli forces and died instantly, and another Palestinian was moderately wounded. ... [Maan - 31/7/15]








BBC Panorama Documentary:  The Train that Divides Jerusalem [July, 2015]







Militias have taken advantage of the political vacuum in Central African Republic (CAR), engaging in ethnic cleansing of Muslims in a bid to erase the community from the country, human rights group Amnesty International has said.

Discussing Friday's report, entitled "Erased identity: Muslims in ethnically cleansed areas of the Central African Republic," Joanne Mariner, a senior crisis response adviser at the UK-based organisation, told Al Jazeera that Muslims in the western half of the country were being repressed and forced to abandon their religion.

 More than 30,000 Muslims are living in seven enclaves, guarded by UN troops, across the country, but for those living outside, especially in rural areas, they are being targeted with impunity, the report found. ... [Al Jazeera - 31/7/15]









@MSF_Sea [31/7/15]:   "It is impossible to go back. The airport isn't working and we have no permission to leave #Libya" - Osman, Pakistan








...  My job is to report on the migration crisis in all its forms – in north Africa, Italy, Greece and throughout the Balkans. In the course of my reporting, I’ve interviewed dozens of refugees about why they’re risking death to reach Europe. The most common answer is this: because there is no other option. Many cannot return home, or start new lives in other countries in the Middle East or north Africa. So they have nothing to lose by trying for Europe. This means that they will continue to cross the sea in leaking boats – and a few of them will continue to set up camps at Calais – until there is a safe, legal and realistic means of being relocated to Europe. ... Patrick Kingsley [The Guardian - 1/8/15]







Mediterranean refugees attacked by gunmen: Standard Operating Proceedure Australia uses to repel refugees as part of Operation Sovereign Borders? [Yahoo - 31/7/15]:



Migrants trying to sail from Turkey to Greece are increasingly reporting being attacked by gunmen trying to prevent them from reaching Europe, according to multiple sources.

The reports came as the UN's refugee agency on Friday said Greece's infrastructure was falling "far short" of the needs of the 109,000 migrants who have arrived in the country this year, fleeing war, poverty and persecution.

An international NGO, which did not wish to be named, has launched an investigation after several witnesses reported being attacked en route from Turkey to Greece, with some saying they were robbed and others saying the motors from their boats were stolen.

The NGO said it suspected the involvement of "mafia gangs", while also noting that the Greek coastguard has previously engaged in activities designed to deter migrants from trying to make their way to Greek shores. "But we have been assured that this has finished," the NGO said.

Reports of attacks on migrants were particularly common around the Greek island of Lesbos in the east Aegean Sea, it added.

Nawal Soufi, and Italian activist who has handled numerous distress calls from Syrian refugees at sea, said she had heard of around 20 boats whose passengers had been attacked in recent months.

"The migrants speak of commandos -- some say they (were confronted by EU border agency) Frontex, others by the Turkish or Greek coastguard -- others by militias or pirates," Soufi told journalists, adding that such cases have rocketed in recent months.

Mubarak, a 30-year-old Syrian who set sail from Turkey to Greece in May, said his boat was stopped by what he believed was a Turkish navy vessel, which fired water jets in a bid to scare them away.

Men then tried to take the boat's engine, but after more than an hour's fighting the migrants managed to make it to Lesbos, said Mubarak, who has since claimed asylum in Germany.

A mobile phone video of the skirmish appears to show a military boat and silhouettes of the attackers, against the sound of the boat's panicking passengers.

A Syrian who left Turkey on Tuesday night told Soufi how a navy boat had approached his vessel and hooded men, who carried M16 rifles and spoke a language she did not understand, came onboard.

They carried out a heavy-handed search of passengers, tearing their clothes and underwear to find hidden cash, and throwing the contents of their bags overboard.

The attackers abandoned the passengers after stealing their engine. The group was rescued by the Turkish coastguard, along with another group who had suffered a similar attack.

Efi Latsoudi of the NGO "Village All Together", based in Lesbos, said the attacks may be aimed at dissuading migrants from making the trip, tactics that have been common in Greece in the past.

"Amnesty International and other human rights groups have repeatedly denounced the poor treatment of migrants in Greece, who are beaten and intimidated in a bid to convince them to return to Turkey," she told AFP.

The UN's refugee agency, the UNHCR, on Friday urged the European Union to provide "urgent and robust" support to Greece to help it deal with the crisis.






Rushed, unjust and forced deportations of "failed" Manus refugees imminent. 


Human rights groups, NGOs and media still silent.


(Except when they're praising the ALP's commitment to refoulement and torture)





Flowchart for persons refused refugee status in PNG #Manus




via @shanebazzi [31/7/15]






Asylum seeker dies in WA concentration camp [West Australian - 1/8/15]:

An asylum seeker has died at an immigration detention centre in Western Australia.

The Department of Immigration says the male detainee died at the Yongah Hill detention centre on Friday.

There was no indication of suspicious circumstances, it said in a statement to AAP.





Are the UNHCR deliberately or reluctantly silent about the plight of Muslim refugees in South East Asia?  [The Siasat Daily - 31/7/15]:


The Cyberabad police here has sought cooperation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to keep tab on Rohingya Muslim refugees who have been living in the city after fleeing from Myanmar.

With unmonitored refugees leading to security concerns in Hyderabad and Cyberabad limits, Cyberabad Police Commissioner C V Anand has asked that all refugees living here be brought on record and long term visas (LTVs) and UNHCR cards issued to them immediately so that the local police and intelligence agencies can monitor them, an official release said today.

As per records of COVA, an NGO associated with UNHCR, 1,806 Myanmar refugees were registered with it. On physical verification, only 1,725 refugees were found presently staying in camps in Hyderabad and Cyberabad police commissionerates, the release said.

“Out of it, only 461 Myanmar refugees were issued UNHCR cards and for others, it is under process. The refugees are staying in areas of Balapur, Baba Nagar, Barkas, Shaheen Nagar and Kishanbagh in old city,” it said.

Under the UN Refugee Convention, refugees coming from war-torn countries like Somalia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Afghanistan and from Myanmar etc, due to their government’s persecution, are issued a ‘Refugee Certificate’ valid for two years and renewable after that.

“This is the only protecting document for them. But most of the refugees in Hyderabad and Cyberabad have entered illegally and are staying illegally. Over a period of time, many of them have obtained voter ID cards, Aadhaar cards, SIM cards. But they not being monitored by security agencies and local police, which is leading to concerns,” it said.

An action plan has been drawn up and it has been decided that till UNHCR cards are issued, the COVA will help local police station to get Rohingyas staying in their area registered with details of family, any SIM cards – cell numbers, Aadhaar cards, voterID cards, ration cards, driving license, etc.

As part of the plan, police station sector sub- inspector will maintain separate registers for the camps in their sectors for the purpose.

“It is learnt that these Rohingyas are moving in and out of their settlements and travelling to Jammu and Kashmir and other states. From now on, they will have to inform the local police station about their movement and also report to the police upon their return,” the release said.

Hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees had settled down in various parts of Old City here in October 2011, following ethnic violence in Myanmar.






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