Political prisoners on Nauru and Manus need our help, not our censure.
They are under attack by the Australian government.
@InsurrectNews [3/5/16]: #Nauru: It's been reported that an Iraqi refugee named Mohammed was knocked off his motorbike by 2 locals and is now in Ron Hospital.
Riot police in gear are ready to attack any gathering on Nauru. ...
Nauruan locals are ready to attack refugees. At least 10 police cars at the hospital on Nauru. ...
From a refugee in Nauru: The Nauruan police are arresting all refugees they see in community. More to come. ...
@drobwlldiad [2/5/16]: Hodan, a child refugee taken to Nauru three years ago at the age of 16, now 19 years old, will never grow any older, has died ...
"Don't kill her! Same as Omid!" Refugees on Nauru protest for Hadon to be airlifted to an Australian hospital. [VIDEO - 2/5/16]
As UNHCR report happy moments in the Rakhine (Arakan), an ugly regional conspiracy was partially uncovered by Peter Lloyd today.
... Yet local authorities have maintained restrictions on the movement of Rohingya in IDP camps and in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships that limit their access to health care and education, make it nearly impossible to work, and impinge on religious freedoms.
International attention has focused on Arakan State since an estimated 31,000 Rohingya fled the region by boat in the first half of 2015.
But so far the feared resumption of the maritime exodus of Rohingya asylum seekers and migrant workers has not materialized, partly the result of limits on boat departures and harsh pushbacks from Malaysia and Thailand.
United Nations and European Union officials recently stated that the drop in maritime departures and a UN-backed government program to resettle 25,000 Rohingya in new homes heralds an improved situation.
This is premature. Burmese government laws and policies that deny the country’s 1.2 million largely stateless Rohingya their rights and basic freedoms remain.
The desperate humanitarian situation and the potential for anti-Rohingya violence needs to be urgently addressed. This is no time for complacency. ... [Human Rights Watch - 26/4/16]
Days after MOAS abandons its short lived South-East Asia mission, Rohingya refugees perish [Reliefweb - 20/4/16]
MOAS ends its sea mission in South-East Asia, will continue using their ground network and advocacy in the region - apparently [Media Release - 15/4/16]
The responsibility is collective, and belongs equally to Turnbull, Dutton, Marles and Shorten.
Blood on all their hands.
"We now need to reflect"??? You ALP stooge arseholes. STOP DISCIPLINING TERRORISED REFUGEES. AND STOP FILTERING THEIR VOICES FOR PARTISAN ADVANTAGE. HELP THEM. [RAPBS - 2/5/16]:
RAPBS has decided that we will not be acting as a conduit for rapidly circulating information on FB that is often reactive or sensationalist. We would rather document the information we receive on our website on a regular basis. We now need to reflect on the awful events of the last weeks and on how we can move forward in a way that is helpful for our political prisoners. Let there no more killings on our black sites.
We will keep protesting until Australia's ILLEGAL camps are closed and the political prisoners are free.
Day 44, refugee protest on Nauru
Image: @InsurrectNews [2/5/16]
Refugee self immolated after being told by representatives from the Australian branch of the UNHCR that he should expect to continue being held for another 10 years [ABC - 2/5/16]
Australia's crimes against refugees are being exposed to the world [Insurrect News - 2/5/16]:
A 21 year-old Somali female refugee, Hadon, has set fire to herself on Nauru.
She is presently at the Nauru hospital.
The Refugee Action Coalition understands that an air ambulance has already been called to medivac Hadon to Australia.
Witnesses say she is badly burned – saying all her clothes have been burned off. One report says she has suffered burns at least as bad as Omid.
Hadon was one of three refugees snatched by Border Force office at 3.00am from the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation last Wednesday morning, 27 April.
She was carried bodily out of the detention centre by Border Force officers.
The removals came in the early hours following the news that the PNG Supreme Court had found that the Manus detention centre was unlawful.
Hadon was brought to Australia in November last year – after suffering a serious head injury.
People who knew her did not believe she had recovered from the injury.
“This is another self-harm attempt that is Peter Dutton’s responsibility,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. <---- It is not Dutton's "responsibility". The responsibility is collective, and belongs equally to Marles and Shorten.
“A vulnerable young woman who needed protection was a victim of a spiteful removal. She has been sent to the toxic environment that the Minister has created on Nauru. Tragically this was entirely predictable.” <--- The "toxic environment" is the intended outcome of bipartisan deterrence policy.
Blaming Dutton while avoiding the ALP's integral role in creating Australia's anti-refugee fascism, guarantees its continuance.
Omid's widow imprisoned in a motel room, denied a lawyer and sedated if she cries [Guardian - 2/5/16]:
... A friend of Omid’s wife told Guardian Australia immigration officials had also tried to convince her to return to Iran with her husband’s body.
She is, just as Omid was, a recognised refugee whose claims of persecution in her home country were found to be valid.
Doctors for Refugees has sought access to Omid’s wife, but has not yet gained approval from the immigration department.
Dr Barri Phatarfod, co-founder of the group, said sedation of distressed people in immigration detention was common.
“If someone is distraught, in distress, or threatening self-harm, they’re under this quite ominous category called non-compliance,” Phatarfod said.
“So many people we’ve seen who are deemed non-compliant … it results in their sedation. ...
... Queensland Ambulance Service Deputy Commissioner Dee Taylor-Dutton said new clinical practice procedures would allow paramedics to administer the anti-psychotic drug Droperidol to patients in situations with a high risk of violence. ...
"I [Health Minister Cameron Dick] thank the Commissioner for his leadership on this issue and also thank the members of the Taskforce - including QAS staff, United Voice Queensland and representatives from the university sector - for the work they have done in delivering this report. ... [Sunshine Coast Daily - 28/4/16]
Vigil for Omid – Tuesday, 3 May, 5.30pm, Garema Place, Civic
[Refugee Action Committee, Canberra]:
Canberrans are urged to attend a vigil for Omid Masoumali, the 23-year-old Iranian refugee who died after setting himself on fire at the Nauru detention centre last week.
Omid died in a Brisbane hospital on Friday after resorting to his desperate action in front of his family and visiting UNHCR officials. A witness reported his last words were, “This is how tired we are, this action will prove how exhausted we are. I cannot take it anymore.”
Omid joins Reza Barati, Fazel Chegeni, Hamid Kehazaei, Ali Ahmad Jafari, Reza Alizadeh, Mohammad Nasim Najafi, Khodayar Amini and Leo Seemanpillai, all victims of Australia’s barbaric detention regime whose deaths give the lie to the government’s assertions that its detention policies are designed to save lives.
Canberra Refugee Action Committee spokesman Dr John Minns said it was clear that the trauma of indefinite detention and the harsh conditions in the detention centres was pushing people beyond the limits of their endurance.
“Enough is enough. These people have already suffered tremendous violence, hardship and inhumanity,” Dr Minns said.
“It took a Papua New Guinean court to tell us what we already knew: that our Pacific Island gulags are illegal; that detaining people who have committed no crime for years in appalling conditions is breaking them; and that the only possibly solution to the current situation is for the Australian Government to finally take responsibility for those who fled to Australia seeking our protection,” he said.
“These camps must close now, and all those sent illegally to Manus Island and Nauru must be brought back immediately to Australia for resettlement,” Dr Minns said.
He urged Canberrans to attend the vigil in Garema Place from 5:30pm on Tuesday, 3 May, to mourn Omid’s unnecessary death, and to demand the Government #CloseTheCamps and #BringThemHere
... The Australian embassy sits on a busy intersection in central London, its imperial architecture and navy blue flags peppered with mini Union Jacks marking out the diplomatic territory of one of Britain’s most devoted colonies.
Inside its sandstone walls, the Australian High Commission works alongside Tourism Australia and The Britain Australia Society to perform the day-to-day work of representing the Australian state in the heart of the colonial motherland.
It is perhaps fitting that the images of Fazel Chegeni, Hamid Khazaei and Reza Berati appeared like ghosts on the walls of the Australia House – the physical border of Australian diplomatic territory – never to be permitted entry, just as in their short lives.
Meanwhile, inside the building, the daily work of branding Australia as a desirable destination for tourists, students, highly-skilled workers and international investment continues.
Last week’s projection illuminates the ongoing racist violence that has defined this settler colony since its inception. It is a violence that its rulers both deny and seek to conceal.
But international condemnation of Australia’s treatment of refugees grows, and as this projection demonstrates, the world is watching. ... Australian Embassy in London lit up with faces of dead refugees [Media Diversified - 1/5/16]
Wondering where Paris "stop the boats" Aristotle is?
@ASRC1 This year Bendigo's Talking Justice event opens with @JulianBurnside @felicitygerry and Paris Aristotle 20 May. Pls join us, RT
"tweeted" by @lcclc - Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre [2/5/16]
Statement and Questions from the more then fifty refugees - given ‘temporary protection visas’ to ‘re-settle’ on Nauru [4/8/14]:
... We want to tell you that we are here like animals.
In a zoo there is different animals from different countries and people go to look at them.
Nauru is a zoo.
We are just different animals from different countries. People come to visit here and then asks some questions then they note it down.
But we know from experience that they are doing just paper work and nothing will happen.
They just come to look at us.
Recently one man called Paris Aristotle came to our accommodation and he said he was from a NGO in Victoria. He said he is here to help us and to listen to us.
On that first day we asked him to take our problems to the media and he said that he cannot because he has good relationship with the minister!
We are confused. Is this man here for us or immigration?
The second day when he came, he came with Mark who is the deputy chief secretary of immigration and, as he told us, he is in charge of all detention centres of Australia.
When we were talking Paris was supporting Mark, not us. When we tell them some things they laughed at us. We are confused, is this man, Paris, here for us or for the DIAC? ...
If you close your eyes you don't see anyone drowning. And if you cover your ears you can't hear them scream ----- > .... PARIS ARISTOTLE: I- The government has stopped the boats and I for one am glad that we haven't seen anybody drown in the last 18 months as a consequence of those boat journeys, but, we also have to examine the way in which we've done that and whether that is sustainable over the longer term. ... [ABC - 29/5/15]
Omid. My @smh Sun-Herald cartoon.
Image: @cathywilcox1 [30/4/16]
Refugee self immolated after being told by representatives from the Australian branch of the UNHCR that he should expect to continue being held for another 10 years [ABC - 2/5/16]:
ELEANOR HALL: Well now to a new and concerning explanation that has emerged that could help explain the suicidal act of a refugee in Nauru.
Omid Masoumali died after setting himself on fire last week.
According to his best friend, the 23 year old Iranian man had just been told that he should expect to continue being held on Nauru for another ten years, if he refused to go back to Iran.
Fellow Iranian, Arman Enkaie says the dispiriting news was broken by a delegation from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
PETER LLOYD: Eleanor, we have calls into the UNHCR right now to see what they've got to say about this but the account that comes from the island has been confirmed or validated to me by other parties in the political system, who say it chimes with what they understood that the UNHCR went there to do, which was to deliver some very bad news.
The prospect of being there with them, plus another 10 years is what appears to have set this guy off the edge.
And just a footnote, I understand that Nana his wife, grieving wife, is still in isolation in Brisbane in a hotel room with staff from Border Force.
They have taken her phone from her today, we've been only been able to speak to a male, an Australian-voiced male who wouldn't put her on the phone. But as late as last night, she was talking to people.
She's of the belief at the moment, we understand, that she wants to go back to Iran, with her husband's body in the next two weeks.
UNHCR Australia says its secretive Nauru "mission" was to "monitor" the mental health of exiled, indefinitely imprisoned and abused refugees [Guardian - 27/4/16]
The Financial Times. Not the Australian medical and human rights establishment. The Financial Times [1/5/16]:
... The fact that neither major political bloc in Australian federal politics is willing to take a stand to clearly oppose these policies in the run-up to a general election reflects badly on a nation of immigrants that depends on continued immigration for its economic growth and future prosperity.
It is also an indictment of the Australian media and the wider public discourse that racism and fear-mongering is so popular among a significant portion of the electorate.
The government should act immediately to process rapidly the detainees languishing in the camps.
It should then, as a matter of principle, announce before the election in July its intention to shut down permanently all of its offshore detention centres. ...
[ABC - 2/5/16]: ... PETER LLOYD: The medical company that operates the clinic on Nauru won't say when the doctors made the decision to seek a medivac.
It took 24 hours for a medical airlift team to arrive in Nauru, a six-hour flight from the mainland. The company that operates the plane refused to say what time on Wednesday they received the order to go.
The Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has defended the time taken to bring Omid to Brisbane.
The AMA (Australian Medical Association) begs to differ. Barri Phatarfod again. ... <--- This is incorrect. Barri Phatarfod is from Doctors for Refugees. The AMA are silent.
Time for the Australian media to start holding criminal politicians in the LNP and ALP to account ---> The longer these political prisoners are illegally detained, the more compensation Australia will be liable for [RNZI- 2/5/16]
Lawyer for Manus Island political prisoners to serve compensation claim on Australian High Commission [AUDIO - ABC - 2/5/16]
What makes me "shudder"
This animated film will make you shudder: Voices from Manus Island, where Australia deports Asylum seekers
"tweeted" by @melissarfleming - Chief Communications Spokesperson at UNHCR [1/5/16]
1. Australia is refusing to release nearly 1,000 political prisoners on Manus Island despite a court order to do so.
2. Australia is able to continue pretending it doesn't have to release these men because the media won't hold Turnbull, Dutton, Shorten and Marles to account.
3. There is not a single item demanding the immediate release of these men - and/or addressing the dire situation of imperilled refugees on Nauru - on today's Order of Business in the Senate, or House of Representatives program.
4. Australia for UNHCR - whose whose visit to Nauru was the focus, if not trigger for last week's self immolation protest - have not even issued a statement of condolence.
5. Australia's anti-refugee policy of indefinite detention, torture and death has lead to a suicide crisis on Nauru. The human rights and medical establishment refuse to condemn this barbarity, and the international community are looking the other way.
6. Media professionals are tweeting links to stories about Peter Dutton and Miss Nauru.
... When Pacific Standard reached out to Nauru Ambassador Judith Cefkin for her thoughts on the refugee camp conditions, she sent back only a boilerplate response: “We encourage all countries to work with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to find durable solutions for refugees and asylum seekers.” ... Nauru: A ‘Human Dumping Ground’, Julie Morse [Pacific Standard - 12/4/16]
@AmbCefkin [1/5/16]: Gorgeous day at Vatu-I-Ra #Fiji @TourismFiji
@AmbCefkin [28/4/16]: Enjoyed lunch at "the Golden Arches," while in #Lautoka #Fiji today. ...
People on Koro Island are solely depending on food ration distributed by Government, nine weeks after Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston ravaged the island.
Their plantations were completely destroyed and their fish and sea supplies became rare after the tidal waves made a clean sweep of their catching ground. ... [Fiji Times - 2/5/16]
A world war has begun - break the silence: Renowned Australian journalist and film-maker John Pilger is shooting his new film in the Pacific and Asia. He describes a 'wall of propaganda' and asks: does Australia care? ... [VIDEO - March 2016]
Psychologist whose lawyers say he didn’t design CIA torture program wrote a book bragging that he did [Huffington Post - 29/4/16]
The death toll of a pair of ISIS suicide car bombs against the southeastern Iraqi city of Samawah continues to rise this evening, with the latest figures showing 32 people killed and at least 75 others wounded, many severely. ... [Antiwar.com - 1/5/16]
2 May 2016