184 days of peaceful protest from #Manus ... [East Lorengau]



All human beings are born free & equal in dignity and rights . We deserve to be treated like human beings. We are just fleshes and blood not scrap irons . Enough is enough @sunosi3 [3/2/18]



Killing in the name of ---> Australian firm Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has secured a $410 million contract to supply its new R400S-Mk2 remote weapons systems to an undisclosed overseas customer with the help of Australia’s export agency Efic. ... [Defenseworld.net - 30/1/18]



...  Compassion

At the end of a gun

Every life precious

Except for a brown one ...


'Cheerful Hypocrisy', Snog [2015]



@GraffitiExpert [3/2/18]: Asleep.



@7NewsGoldCoast [3/2/18]: Brisbane researchers have made a world breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease. They have found sufferers can sing their way to better health. ...



Grandmother has breast surgery while wide awake [9 News - 2/2/18]



How neoliberalism is damaging your mental health [The Converation - 30/1/18]



Indonesia Day 17 of protesting for #Freedom in #Balikpapan detention center ... [Hazara International Network - 2/2/18]



@pashi1415 [2/2/18]: 17th days peaceful protest in Balikpapan prison camp we want our right just freedom ,we have been detained for three years and half. Refugees need urgent help. ...



Indonesia: Refugees abandoned by Australia in squalid detention centres [Alaraby - 22/11/17]:


... Earlier this year he and the other inmates were told by Thomas Vargas, the head of UNCHR in Indonesia, that they "might be here for ten more years… and maybe [even] after ten, be forced to go back.  He said if we can't tolerate it, we should 'go back to our country'." ... [Where did UNHCR officials get the magic number "10"?]



Eritrean refugees cling to life after Calais gunfight [Al Jazeera - 2/2/18]



Child refugees who fled Nazis plead for UK to take in more migrants [BBC - 1/2/18]



@GardenCtPublic [1/2/18]: ... #BrookHouse conditions amount to indirect discrimination against Muslims forced to pray next to toilets due to lock-ins. Major implications for immigration centres. ...



... The case was brought by Mohammed Hussein, 23, from Ethiopia, and Muhammad Rahman, 35, from Bangladesh, both former detainees at Brook House immigration removal centre.

They said that, despite being smokers themselves, sleeping in small and poorly ventilated three-man cells where all three detainees were smokers was intolerable.

The two men argued that observant Muslims were particularly adversely affected by such conditions.

They had no choice but to pray next to a toilet while locked in their cells between 9pm and 8am. ,,, [Guardian - 2/2/18]



... One of the claimants, a man who shares a room with two other detainees, said he had suffered from recurring chest pains for six months, with regular headaches.

During the course of the overnight lock-ins, he allegedly requested painkillers by using a buzzer, but his requests received no response.  ... [Independent - 1/2/18]



Britain’s shameful indefinite detention for migrants has to end, Diane Abbott - shadow home secretary and Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington [Morning Star - 16/12/17]



‏@JulianAssange [1/2/18]:  Here's the fake news @Guardian stating that although I have political asylum and UN orders, I'm being "harbored" by "officials" and although my asylum relates to the US case and I am not wanted by Sweden, to "avoid extradition to Sweden" for "sex abuse"  



@wikileaks [1/2/18]: Catalan political leaders imprisoned by Spain take their case to the UN [led by Assange lawyer Ben Emmerson] 



Passports belonging to two Indonesian immigrants who are seeking sanctuary in the United States were stolen when their homes were burglarized.

Harry Pongemanan and Arthur Jemmy have been living in the U.S. since the 1990s after fleeing religious persecution.

The men were able to secure jobs and started families but have now been targeted for deportation.

The men have been hiding out in the Reformed Church of Highland Park until their immigration status can be worked out.

But while they have been hiding, their homes were broken into. 

It was not known if the homes were burglarized as a result of a hate crime or if it was the work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. ... [News 12 - 2/2/18]



A federal judge on Thursday blocked the government from deporting dozens of Christian Indonesians who fear persecution if returned home, until they're given a chance to fight their removal.

U.S. District Judge Patti Saris in Boston said 50 Indonesians living illegally in New Hampshire must be given time to reopen their immigration cases and argue that the conditions in their home country have changed. ... [US News - 1/2/18]



Cuban man, 33, dies in custody of US immigration authorities [NBC - 1/2/18]:


... The first detainee to die in ICE custody this fiscal year was Kamyar Samimi, a 64-year-old Iranian man who died on Dec. 2 at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, according to an ICE statement at the time.

The preliminary cause of death was cardiac arrest, according to the statement.

He had entered ICE custody on Nov. 17 at the Aurora Contract Detention Facility.

Twelve immigrants died in ICE custody in fiscal year 2017, according to the agency — the highest since fiscal year 2009, when there were 14 deaths.

A Southern-based social justice organization that investigated Georgia's detention centers said many questions surrounded Castro's death.

"This is tragically the third death in Georgia immigration detention centers in less than a year," said Azadeh Shahshahani, legal and advocacy director at Project South.

Late last year, Penn State Law and Project South's investigation into Georgia's detention centers found detainees lack adequate medical care.

Detained immigrants report being served rotten and spoiled food and denied dietary accommodations for health reasons, according to their investigation.

The two previous deaths of detainees that had been held in Georgia detention centers both occurred in May of last year. Atulkumar Babubhai Patel, a 58-year-old Indian national, died on May 16 at a hospital in Georgia, according to a statement from ICE at the time.

Patel was transferred into ICE custody at Atlanta City Detention Center on May 11 and two days later a nurse checking his blood pressure noticed he had shortness of breath and transferred him to a hospital, where he eventually died, ICE said.

His cause of death was ruled as complications from congestive heart failure.

That same week, 27-year-old Jean Jimenez-Joseph was found unresponsive in his cell at Stewart Detention Facility in Lumpkin with a sheet around his neck at around 12:45 a.m. on May 15, according to ICE.

Jimenez, a Panamanian national, was pronounced dead at a hospital at 2:15 a.m. that morning and the preliminary cause of death was ruled as self-inflicted strangulation, according to ICE's statement.



Husband jailed in Green Card quest shares his story [Boston Herald - 2/2/18]



... immigrants married to U.S. citizens are being swept up by ICE agents on their first attempts to gain residency in a ramp-up of the crackdown on migrants, according to Bay State lawyers.

“It’s cold. It’s callous. It’s heartless. It’s noncompassionate. It’s un-American — there is no need for it,” said immigration attorney Jeffrey B. Rubin.

Rubin will be in immigration court this morning at the John F. Kennedy Federal Building downtown arguing for bond release for his client, Fabiano de Oliveira.

Oliveira, 33, was arrested Jan. 9 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — better known as ICE — as he and his American spouse were interviewing at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Lawrence.

The couple was beginning the routine process of determining whether their marriage was lawful — a prerequisite  for gaining residency for illegal immigrants who are married to U.S. citizens — when he was grabbed.

The interview is the initial step in obtaining a green card. ... [Boston Herald - 30/1/18]



Guantanamo Bay: An untold history of occupation, torture, sham trials and resistance [Media Roots - 5/9/14]



The military has put a federal court on notice that it plans to demolish the Detention Center’s first communal, prison-of-war style prison, a site where guards posted President Barack Obama’s Guantánamo closure order on an outdoor bulletin board and detainees saw it fade in the sunshine.

Camp Four, as it was called, was opened in 2003 as a bunkhouse-style lockup for up to 175 captives.

It was the first place where war-on-terror detainees could eat and pray together, kick around a soccer ball and take classes.

It opened as a pre-release site to prepare prisoners approved for repatriation, but eventually became a perk for cooperative captives. ... [Miami Herald - 31/1/18]



Army guards brought an Iraqi prisoner into court in a wheelchair and neck-to-waist brace for a hearing that abruptly ended Tuesday morning after troops forgot to bring to court a special toilet seat for the disabled and then denied the captive a hospital bottle to urinate in. ... [Miami Herald - 30/1/18]



@Reprieve [24/1/18]:  Continuing a real look at #Guantanamo detainees. Saifullah Paracha - oldest detainee turned 70 last year. In dangerously poor health. Had 2 heart attacks while detained. Father. Legal U.S. resident. Studied at New York Institute of Technology. No charge or trial.  



@Abdulaziz_Ada [2/2/18]:  Today early morning around 3am a group of police & ABF went on operation to hunt down some of the refugees from Granville Motel and Shady Rest in Port Moseby. They have forcibly removed 15 men and sent them back to Manus some of the men have not finish their medical treatments.



‏@BehrouzBoochani [2/2/18]:  Immigration sent about 15 refugees back to Manus from Port Moresby. They had been sent to Port Moresby for medical treatment, but some are saying they didn’t receive medical treatment and were put through a fake process for a long time.#Manus



2 February 2018