180 days of peaceful protest from East [Lorengau] #Manus



 It’s was raining whole day so we took our duty today from inside the incarceration center of scraps metal which costed Australian taxpayers money 2.9$ billion dollars to built  @sunosi3 [29/1/18]



@Shamindan1 [29/1/18]: Day 180 peaceful protest. [West Haus, Manus Island]



Majority of Australians do not support the Labor Party's anti-refugee policy of trafficking and indefinite imprisonment on Manus Island and Nauru [Stuff.co..nz - 29/1/18]



@Aussie4Refugees [29/1/18]: New Zealand "offer" and US "deal" - are sadistic, diversionary delay tactics pushed by the political, media and rights establishment. This is Australia's policy, and it is Australia that has to fix it.



It is relevant that the pro "deterrence" media and their pollster mates are conducting bogus polls about the New Zealand "offer", as an explicit display of refugee torture is underway



... He said he had been restrained for three days and had been slapped by hospital staff during feeding sessions. ... [RNZI - 26/1/18]



As Australia continues plumbing the depths of "deterrence" barbarity, "advocates" like Ian Rintoul persistently blaming Dutton (for implementing Labor Party anti-refugee policy) have surely gone beyond the pale [RNZI - 27/1/18]:


There is a call for the medical evacuation of a two-week old baby boy from Nauru, born to Iranian refugees detained there by Australia.

The refugee advocate Ian Rintoul said the baby has an infected umbilicus, but was not given antibiotics by staff at Nauru hospital on Thursday as they said he was too young.

Mr Rintoul said the infection became so severe by Thursday night that the baby's feet were swollen and bleeding.

He said the baby was taken back to hospital where there were six failed attempts to insert an intravenous drip.

Mr Rintoul said the baby's temperature was not checked regularly overnight and antibiotics not administered until mid-day Friday.

He said the baby's treatment was another example of medical negligence on Nauru that would not have happened in Australia where his parents sought asylum.

"There is a very real risk of septicaemia in such situations and Nauru is a long way from life-saving medical intervention. Monitoring the baby's temperature is an elementary measure of the scale of the infection," he said.

"The safest measure is to arrange the baby's medical evacuation. The fate of this baby's life, like the lives of so many others on Nauru, rests with Border Force and Minister Dutton. In scores of cases, they have ignored doctors' recommendations for medical treatment.

"That can't be allowed to happen. Bring the baby and his family to Australia."



Details of IHMS refugee concentration camp contracts have ALWAYS been redacted. 

That is the policy. ---> ... The provision of health care to asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island is governed by the ‘Heads of Agreement’ between the Commonwealth of Australia (represented by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)) and International Health and Medical Services (IHMS) (the contract).

The contract was tabled in the Senate on 21 September 2012, with the payment schedule and financial details redacted.

Despite this, some financial details are known, such as that IHMS will be paid $22 million for the provision of health care for six months from 14 December 2012.


The contract governing the provision of health care on Nauru and Manus Island is intended to ensure IHMS provides a level of care that is sufficient to maintain optimal health, broadly comparable to what is available in Australia and the best available in the circumstances.

Yet apart from journalist reports, there is limited publicly available information on which to base an assessment of whether these objectives are being achieved ... Health care for asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island [Parliament of Australia Library - 28/6/13]



@Aussie4Refugees [28/1/18]:  In seizing on a possibility for more Trump bashing, the New York Times inadvertently reveals UNHCR and IOM priority of protecting Australia's borders, and their contempt for refugees and their rights ...



Authorities respond to refugee protest at Australian funded IOM refugee concentration camp Balikpapan by limiting medical services via Asif Rahimi [29/1/18]



Hazara International Network [29/1/18]:  Day 13 live from Refugee protest in #Balikpapan detention centre, Indonesia  



Another day, another world leader visits a Rohingya refugee camp to not call for their protection or condemn Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide [Dhaka Tribune - 29/1/18]



Michelle Yeoh, UN goodwill ambassador and star of Aung San Suu Kyi biopic 'The Lady', calls Rohingya conditions in Bangladesh ‘despicable’ [The Star - 28/1/18]



Aung San Suu Kyi, Bill Richardson: Once a friend always not be a friend [The Stateless - 27/1/18]



A former UN staffer described the crimes committed by the Sri Lankan army against the Tamil population as a genocide in an interview with PTI at the Jaipur Literature Festival in India this week. ... [Tamil Guardian - 28/1/18]



12 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy [Tamil Guardian - 28/1/18]



UNHCR reportedly "helps" Zimbabwean family who were stranded at a Thai airport for 3 months [Bnngkok Post - 25/1/18]



East Timor dissolves Parliament in effort to solve political standoff [Sydney Morning Herald - 26/1/18]:


... Gusmao has demanded that any development of Greater Sunrise involve an offshore LNG processing plant on in a remote part of East Timor, which he envisages becoming an industrial hub.

But the field’s joint-venture partners, led by Woodside Petroleum, say bringing the gas ashore to East Timor across a deep undersea trench is uneconomic.

They want to exploit the reserves through a floating LNG platform or pipe the gas to an existing LNG plant in Darwin.

Gusmao is tipped to head a new authority to oversee the Greater Sunrise development, which is critical to East Timor’s future as existing joint gas fields with Australia run dry in the next few years.



... In 1984, a power struggle within the Timorese independence movement led to a schism between the resistance commanders.

As a result, some resistance leaders were forced to surrender to the Indonesian army, while others remained in the jungle and continued the liberation struggle.

The ousted commanders were roughly aligned with the leaders of today’s FRETILIN party, while some of those who continued leading the guerrillas now head the CNRT.

This intra-resistance conflict generated deep-rooted bitterness among the liberation movement’s leaders.

Now that these leaders have become the political elite of independent Timor-Leste, the same personality-based divide has become a fixture of national politics. ... [Fundasaun Mahein - 24/1/18]



An Indonesian court has convicted and sentenced an environmentalist to 10 months in prison on a charge of spreading communism by carrying a hammer-and-sickle banner at a protest last year.

The prosecutor at the Banyuwangi District Court, in East Java province, had sought a seven-year sentence for defendant 37-year-old Hari Budiawan (alias Budi Pego). ... [Asia Pacific Report - 26/1/18]



Multiple users have reported Facebook has banned posts about Indigenous reconciliation and changing the date of Australia Day after others complained such posts and images were 'racist' and 'spam'. ... [NITV - 29/1/18]



Australia’s national bullying campaign oblivious to online Aboriginal hatred [Welcome to Country - 23/1/18]



How the Murdoch press keeps Australia's dirty secret [John Pilger - 12/5/11]:


... In 1984, the Labor Party “solemnly pledged” to finish what Whitlam had begun and legislate Aboriginal land rights.

This was opposed by the then Labor Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, a “mate” of Rupert Murdoch.

Hawke blamed the public for being “less compassionate”; but a secret 64-page report to the party revealed that most Australians supported land rights.

This was leaked to The Australian, whose front page declared, “Few support Aboriginal land rights”, the opposite of the truth, thus feeding an atmosphere of self-fulfilling distrust, “backlash” and rejection of rights that would distinguish Australia from South Africa.

In 1988, an editorial in Murdoch’s London tabloid, the Sun, described “the Abos” as “treacherous and brutal”.

This was condemned by the UK Press Council as “unacceptably racist”. ...




29 January 2018