Thanks for numbering every box and putting the LNP last!  ----> Queensland government 'morally bankrupt' on Adani mine [Nine MSN - 3/4/16]

 

 

 

Adani Carmichael coal mine objection [Environmental Defenders Office, Queensland – 27/4/15]:


In a dramatic revelation, the Land Court of Queensland today heard evidence that suggests that Adani has grossly inflated its job numbers to try to secure approval of its huge Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin.

Adani’s own independent expert witness, Dr Jerome Fahrer, admitted that the mine and railway will only produce 1,464 net jobs per annum – far, far less than the 10,000 jobs figure Adani has trumpeted on its website for mine, rail and port.

...

 

 

 

Scientists have declared that key portions of the Great Barrier Reef - over a thousand miles long and the ‘‘largest living structure on the planet,’’ according to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - are now seeing the worst coral bleaching in recorded history. ... [Boston Globe - 31/3/16]


 

 

 

Private dinners, lavish parties and shoulder rubbing. How coal giant Adani charmed Australia's political elite [Guardian – 21/8/15]:

 

... In October 2010, Queensland’s then Premier Anna Bligh travelled to India on a trade mission to promote the state’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games and “strengthen Queensland’s position as an ally and destination for future trade and investment in the eyes of the Indian market and nation leaders”.

A report tabled to the Queensland Parliament shows that Bligh’s first official meeting with Indian figures was with Adani, where the company’s owner Gautam Adani and his international development executive Harsh Mishra got to quiz the Premier about policies relating to rail lines, underground coal gasification and support for mining in the Galilee Basin.

Bligh also “agreed to attend the opening” of Adani’s offices in Brisbane later that month and extended an invitation for Adani to meet with its co-ordinator general when they were next in Brisbane.

After Campbell Newman won power for the Liberal National Party in Queensland, he led a trade mission to India too.

While there, Newman joined former Labor Resources Minister Martin Ferguson and a 76-strong business delegation for a tour of an Adani port and a power plant, reportedly getting there on a private jet.

The report on the trade mission, tabled to Parliament, shows that Mr Adani then hosted a lavish reception at his home for the entire delegation.

Judging by one freelance photographer’s images, the event was quite an affair with much handshaking all-round.

The event was part of “OzFest” – Australia’s “largest cultural festival” for which Adani was a “platinum sponsor”

In 2013, the Queensland Governent was again in India for a trade mission led by then Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and, again, the Adani company was on hand.

Seeney’s delegation travelled with Adani executive Harsh Mishra to visit an Adani-owned port and power station before Seeney had a private lunch with the company.

Later that same day, Seeney met with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi (now the Indian Prime Minister) and… Gautum Adani.

...

 

 

 

Arundhati Roy in Chicago on Modi and the Hindu Nationalists [VIDEO - March 18, 2013]

 

 

 

 

From 'The Chequebook & The Cruise-Missile: Conversations with Arundhati Roy by David Barsamian' [Harper Perennial, 2004]:

 

In March 2002, a pogrom was carried out against the Muslim population of Gujarat. You've written an essay on this entitled "Democracy: who Is She When She Is at Home." What happened in Gujarat?

In February 2002, the BJP was gearing up for elections in Uttar Pradesh. They had trundled out their favourite campaign issue, the building of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. Communal tension was at a fever pitch. People were traveling to Ayodhya by train to participate in the building of the temple. At the time, Gujarat was the only major state in India to have a BJP government. It had for some time been the laboratory in which Hindu fascism had been conducting an elaborate experiment. In late February, a train carrying belligerent VHP and Bajrang Dal activists was stopped by a mob outside the Godhra station. A whole compartment of the train was set on fire and fifty-eight people were burnt alive.

Nobody really knew who was responsible for the carnage. Within hours, a meticulously planned pogrom was unleashed against the Muslim community. About two thousand Muslims were killed. One hundred and fifty thousand were driven from their homes. Women were publicly gang-raped. Parents were bludgeoned to death in front of their children. The leaders of the mob had computer-generated lists marking out Muslim-owned shops, homes, and businesses, which were burned to the ground. Muslim places of worship were desecrated. The mob was equipped with trucks loaded with thousands of gas cylinders that had been hoarded weeks in advance. The police did not merely protect the mob, but provided covering fire. Within months, Gujarat's Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, announced proudly that he wanted to have early elections. He believed that the pogrom would win him Hindu hearts.

 

 

 

 

Brisbane Times [27/4/15]:

 

It was a key commitment given in return for his support in helping Labor gain government, but independent MP Peter Wellington said Queensland's Bill of Rights was not a priority.

Mr Wellington proposed a charter of rights, similar to that enacted in the ACT in 2004, in response to the Newman Government anti-association laws.

But he said the approach of the Palaszczuk Government so far had negated the need for urgency.

"This is another matter which is important, but I don't see it as the highest priority," he said.

"The excesses of the Campbell Newman government are what brought forward many people's calls for a bill of rights, but we are seeing a totally different government under Annastacia Palaszczuk.

"And while the Bill of Rights is important to me I don't see it as a priority because she is leading a completely different style of government than the Campbell Newman government.

"She has said that before any proposed changes there will be consultation with Queenslanders and I believe that is the right way to go about it."

...

 

 

 

NSW Premier's official visit to Israel [Media Release – 29/3/16]:

Innovation, cyber security and cutting-edge medical and financial services technologies will form the focus of a visit to Israel next week by NSW Premier Mike Baird.

The week-long visit is believed to be the first to Israel by a serving NSW Premier.

As part of the visit, Mr Baird will lead a high-level delegation of business, research and public sector leaders, which has been coordinated by the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.

“Israel is known as ‘startup nation’ for good reason, and, as we prepare to launch our own Innovation Strategy later this year, there can be no better time to study the successful Israeli model for nurturing new ideas and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship,” Mr Baird said.

“We also want to create practical connections and synergies between Australian companies and researchers working in areas ripe for innovation and their Israeli counterparts.”

Another key focus of the visit will be medicinal cannabis, in which Israel is a pioneer.

The NSW delegation -- which includes NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer Professor Mary O’Kane and medicinal cannabis advocate Lucy Haslam -- will have an opportunity to exchange ideas with Professor Raphael Mechoulam of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Professor Mechoulam is widely recognised as the world’s foremost academic authority on medicinal cannabis research.

Cyber security will be discussed during the visit at a roundtable to be co-chaired by NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione.

In addition to visiting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Mr Baird will spend a day on the West Bank, meeting Palestinian leadership and seeing first-hand how Australian aid dollars are working for local communities.

 

 


US firms target investment in Israeli cannabis R&D [Reuters – 29/3/16]

 

 

 

Peter "protected and unaccountable" Dutton (and friends) lie, again.

 

Guardian [3/4/16]:

 

 

The government has reclassified sections of detention centres as “community detention” in order to be able to claim that all children have been released from immigration detention. 

The immigration minister, Peter Dutton, announced on Sunday there were no children left in detention, but a source within his department told the Guardian the “release” was “more bureaucratic sleight of hand than emancipation”.

As an example, families with children in “held detention” in the “family compound” of Villawood detention centre were told by letter on Friday that their detention was now classified as “community detention”.

They have been “released” from detention without moving.

...

Meanwhile, the fortnight-long protests waged by refugees and asylum seekers in Nauru continue.

On Saturday night, a 19-year-old woman attempted suicide by drinking shampoo and was taken for medical care.

Seven teenage boys, including, reportedly, the woman’s brother, climbed the roof of a tent in the camp, chanting “freedom” and demanding to speak with immigration.

Security guards on the island turned off the lights to stop photos being taken, as the boys were threatening to jump.

The boys wrote a letter requesting a meeting with immigration officials and climbed down after guards agreed to ask immigration to meet with them.

Late on Sunday, the boys returned to the roof of the tent, after their request to meet with immigration officials was refused.

...

 

 

 

 

And hours after the lie was exposed, Australia's political and media class are still lining up to accept, amplify or defend it - just like they do over and over and over ... ----> Dutton LIED about self harm and the "opposition" protected him:   21 mins in --->   Wilkie MP moves censure of Immigration Minister [VIDEO - 22/2/16]

 

 

 

 

House of Representatives Hansard [22/2/16]:

 

... I am not going to preside over a situation where we have people self-harming to come to hospitals in this country because they believe that is the route out into the Australian community for Australian citizenship. ... [Dutton]

 

...

 

I have looked very closely at the motion and spoke with the minister, briefly, to get his recollection—and I, obviously, have my own recollection of what was said in here.

The motion suggests the minister said something he did not.

There is a principle in all of this that matters: that we get the facts right as we seek to debate this issue, that we be absolutely and forensically and passionately and zealously accurate about it, because we as a country are not going to resolve this issue so long as we make spin a part of how we go about this.

In circumstances where what the minister has said is a matter that is plainly on the record, we are not going to be voting for something that suggests something different. ... [Marles]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refugees protest. We protest too - until they are ALL free! [Researchers Against Pacific Black Sites - 2/4/16]:

 

 

... These words written by Amir, a man held in Australia’s detention black site for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island, PNG, go to the heart of the new policies announced by PNG immigration authorities earlier this week.

...

Most of us received our refugee status more than a year ago and we are not willing to be resettled in your country, which is great NO to your country from us to continue living life here…

In our countries we were threatened of imprisonment, exile, torture and beatings, but in your country we were literally indefinitely imprisoned, exiled, tortured and were beaten up.

In your country two of our friends were killed, one from negligence and the other one was beaten to death by your people.

In your country we stood in lines for hours and hours to receive ‘food’, shower, toilet and malaria medication under the merciless sunlight.

In your country our humanity was taken away and we were humiliated but we sewed our lips and went on hunger strike with hundreds of our friends to plea for freedom but again you suppressed us because the only thing you could care was the money that Australia would put in your pocket to dehumanise us.

By writing this letter we would clearly like to inform you that we are not willing to be your slaves and await for death in poverty, loneliness and disease in case to be a lesson for the refugees in rest of the world. ...

 

In the recent moves to break up this nascent solidarity and community, we see a tactics of division and disruption all too familiar from other contexts.

This is a tactic that must be clearly named and called out for what it is, as a communication we received recently from an inmate on Manus asks us to do:

 

After this separation they can take control of us like our movement or actions and up the pressure.

I don’t have any answer to this cruelty only we have to be patient that’s all.

I don’t know what you can do. Maybe you can write and publish it.

 

 

 

 

Refugees may be welcome in Bega, but Australia hasn't accepted any refugees since July 2014 [Bega District News - 3/4/16]

 

 

 

Australia no longer accepts refugees and is stopping people from seeking asylum by pushing boats back and torture [SBS - 10/7/15]

 

 

 

Guardian [11/12/15]:


Secret federal government documents cast doubt over whether Australia told Indonesia and the United Nations about a retrospective ban on taking refugees from official channels.

In November last year Australia announced it would no longer accept refugees who applied for resettlement through the UN’S refugee agency in Indonesia.

The ban applied to anyone who registered with the UNHCR from 1 July 2014.

...

 

 

 

Syrian man returned from Manus Island gulag by Australian government injured - and his father killed - during shelling [ABC - 20/10/15]

 

 

 

The lengths to which the Australian immigration department has gone to facilitate the repatriation of traumatised Syrian asylum seekers detained in offshore detention centres has been extensively revealed in departmental emails obtained under freedom of information laws. ... [Guardian - 19/8/14]

 

 

 

@wikileaks [2/4/16]:   Greek PM Alexis Tsipras letter to #IMF head Christine Lagarde in response to our publication this morning. #Greece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMF internal meeting predicts Greek 'disaster', threatens to leave Troika [WikiLeaks - 2/4/16]

 

 

 

Bombs continue raining down upon Syria and Iraq

 

 

 

US Department of Defense [2/4/16]:

 

 

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

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted six strikes in Syria:

-- Near Hawl, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Raqqah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Mara, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 10 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL bunkers, an ISIL mortar position and an ISIL vehicle bomb.

Strikes in Iraq

Rocket artillery and fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 20 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

-- Near Qaim, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Habbaniyah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.

-- Near Haditha, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying an ISIL vehicle bomb, two ISIL fuel tankers, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL-used bridge, an ISIL barge and eight ISIL boats and denying ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Kirkuk, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL command and control node, four ISIL assembly areas and an ISIL supply cache.

-- Near Qayyarah, seven strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL weapons cache and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL command and control node, two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL unmanned aerial vehicle.

-- Near Ramadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL anti-air artillery piece.

-- Near Sinjar, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit, destroying an ISIL vehicle and suppressing an ISIL mortar firing position.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed six ISIL rocket rails and an ISIL supply cache.

...



 

 

Time has come to go

Pack your bags, hit the open road

Our hearts just won't die

It's the trip, keeps us alive ...

 

 

'The Trip', Still Corners [2013]

 

 

 

 

 

 

@MSF_Sea [2/4/16]:   This family arrived to #Lesvos yesterday but the family shelters at #Moria are full so they wait outside.

 

 

 

‏@MSF_Sea [2/4/16]:   The family too has nowhere to go now that the family shelters in #Moria are full.

 

 

 

 

Through the coils of razor wire and a fence that stretches across green fields, the gathered people can see what has become a forbidden land – Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and its still-snow-capped mountains, the route they had hoped to take on their journey northward through the Balkans to the more prosperous heartland of Europe.

The gate in the fence has been sealed for nearly a month to the thousands of refugees and other migrants whose desperate dash across the continent left Europe scrambling for a coherent response to its largest refugee crisis since World War II.

The decision that eventually came was to close the western Balkan route, stranding more than 51,000 people in Greece, the vast majority of them war refugees. ... [Ekathimerini - 1/4/16]

 

 

 

 

@llmhurtado [2/3/16]:   Ready tonight to patrol with @PROACTIVA_SERV in the north of #Lesvos.

 

 

 

 

The Turkish coast guard intercepted some 63 migrants, mostly Syrians, off Turkey's western coastal town of Dikili on Saturday as they tried to sail to the Greek island of Lesbos.

The migrants waited at the port of Dikili for registration before being sent to "repatriation centers". ... [NRT - 2/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Turkish Coastguard attack refugee boat [VIDEO - Migrant Report - 18/3/16]

 

 

 

 

Libya: Five dead, 15 injured after detention centre escape [Migrant Report - 2/4/16]:

 

At least five African migrants are dead and 15 injured, some of them seriously after guards at a detention in the coastal town of Zawiya opened fire during a mass escape early on Saturday morning.

Sources said a large group of migrants attempted an escape from the centre around 1am on Saturday morning.

The details are still sketchy but at one point there seems to have been a confrontation between some of the escaping migrants and guards who form part of the Al Nasser Militia, also responsible for guarding the nearby refinery.

“We don’t know how it happened yet but at one point there was an exchange of fire. It didn’t last long but at least five migrants are dead and 15 are injured,” a source from Zawiya told Migrant Report.

The injured were taken to the nearby hospital in Zawiya, which is about 45kms from the capital Tripoli.

The detention centre in Zawiya is severely overcrowded with more thousands of migrants.

“We are informed there may be as many as 15,000 migrants,” the same source told MR.

“The conditions are terrible, severe overcrowding, no proper sanitation or proper medical facilities. It’s disastrous,” he said.

Most of the migrants staying there were arrested or intercepted at sea this year, according to the source.

 

 

 

 

European policy is driving refugees to more dangerous routes across the Mediterranean [The Conversation - 29/3/16]

 

 

 

 

 

US Coast Guard pushes back boat refugees to Dominican Republic, three face charges as second attempt at seeking asylum [Dominican Today - 2/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Dutton and Murdoch Press gloating thanks to "we'd be worse" ALP, and feeble, partisan media and human rights groups.

 

 

Where is the scrutiny of the false "deterrence" meme, and why Australia is permitted to reject refugees with such brutality and impunity?

 

 

 

 

DAY 14 Asylum seeker protests on Nauru.

 

 

Image: ‏@childrennauru [2/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Australia's isolationalist, exceptionalist (and bipartisan) policies of stopping people from seeking asylum have had the flow on effect of condemning 1,000s of refugees in South East Asia to indefinite detention, refoulement and genocide.

 

 Operation Sovereign Borders personnel told asylum seekers:  Fuck your mothers ... fuck your family. ...

 

 

 

[ABC - Law Report - AUDIO - 22/7/14]

 

 

 

 

... It’s been more than two years since I arrived in Indonesia. And more than 10 months ago I was officially accepted as a refugee — and all I can do is continue to wait.

Once a week I go to the U.N.H.C.R. office to check on my case, and I’m told politely to wait more. ... [New York Times - 21/8/15]:

 

... Everything seemed O.K. — until the storm hit. Winds, rain and waves pounded our weak wooden boat. A vessel full of people who had escaped terror at home found that once again our lives were on the line.

We screamed and cried. Someone deep inside the crowd shouted in Farsi, asking if anyone could speak English. I yelled out that I could, and I was hustled forward to the bridge. The captain had already called for help. I was handed a satellite phone. Seconds later I was talking with someone from Australian search and rescue.

“Hello. Can you hear me? Hello? ... We are asylum-seekers in distress on a boat. Our boat is broken and we will drown!”

Rescue: “Could you read me your G.P.S. location?”

I didn’t know how to do that. I had never used a satellite phone before, but I was guided by a voice in my other ear.

Rescue: “What do you wish us to do for you?”

“We are in a real bad situation, sir. We will drown. Our boat is broken. We are nearly 100 people on board. Could you please rescue us?”

Rescue: “What do you wish we do for you?”

“We wish to be rescued, sir! I repeat, sir, we wish to be rescued!”

We stayed low in the boat, helpless, counting every second. They’d said 15 to 25 minutes. Seventeen hours passed. It appeared that the Australians didn’t believe our plea for help.

In desperation, I called an Australian journalist I knew in Jakarta to ask if he could alert the Indonesian authorities.

Nine hours later, a warning bell heralded the arrival of Indonesian search and rescue. We were given first-aid and water. It felt like a miraculous act of kindness. ...

...

 

Naqsh Murtaza is a former television news presenter writing a book about his experiences as an asylum seeker.

 

 

 

... After five days at sea, their boat reached Australian waters, but the engine failed as they struggled to make their way closer to Christmas island.

The Rohingya desperately waved to the crew of a passing Australian Navy vessel, which Mr Abdul said did not respond.  ...  [The Straits Times - 1/2/16]

 

 

 

 

... The asylum seekers remain in limbo in Indonesia. Kandiha Kayuran and his wife, who gave birth in December, are still in immigration detention in Kupang.

He told Fairfax Media they had no idea what the future held.

"No one cares, New Zealand is not listening, and Australia too, even after the Amnesty report came out. Please help us."

 

 

Jail for boat crew paid by Australian official to turn back [Sydney Morning Herald - 17/1/16]

 

 

 

Canberra Times [17/6/15]:

 

... The Kanak was shifting on the reef, and he was worried they would be cast adrift with no food or fuel.

Most of the 65 asylum seekers from Myanmar, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka [52 are registered as refugees] were already swimming ashore, but Mr Kayuran had stayed on board with his pregnant wife V. Nadhiya, and a handful of other women and young children.

The women were crying with fear. They tried to call for help but couldn't go outside because the ship was tilting sideways.

The Navy warship HMAS Wollongong and an Australian customs trip had transferred the asylum seekers onto two small boats, which they say was woefully inadequate.

"All we had was a small chocolate and water," Mr Kayuran said.

"It was not enough. If we had been stranded on an uninhabited island we would have died."

There were also no toilets: Ms Nadhiya, three months pregnant, had to use a box while Mr Kayuran covered her with a bed sheet.

The fuel on one boat, the Jasmine, had run out and almost 70 people had been forced to cram into the Kanak. Then it hit a reef.

When the villagers came to their rescue, Mr Kayuran discovered that far from being cannibals they were incredibly kind.

"They eat chicken and pigs," he says.

The people of Landu are mostly subsistence fishers and seaweed farmers, whose livelihoods were severely impacted by the Montara oil spill six years ago, which killed fish and turned seaweed yellow.

Despite their poverty they were incredibly generous, cooking and providing clothes for the asylum seekers.

Mr Kayaran, is now being processed at the immigration hostel, Inaboi, in Kupang. He has already eked out an existence in Malaysia for nine years, working illegally part time when possible.

"If I have to spend another 10 years here, it would be easier to die." All he wants, he says, is a peaceful life in New Zealand, where he can work legally and start again with their new baby.

Many of the asylum seekers Fairfax Media spoke to at Inaboi can't understand why the Australian navy and customs ships sent them back to Indonesia when they were still in international waters.

They say they had no intention of going to Australia, which they knew closed its borders in 2013, but had read on the internet that New Zealand had a refugee quota program which offers 750 places per year.

Bangladeshis Nazmul Hassan and Muhammad Habib were among those who allege they saw an Australian official called "Agus" give envelopes of money to the captain, Yohanis Humiang and crew.

"We saw the crew put it inside his pocket. It was inside a white envelope," Mr Hassan said.

"Yohanis said we have to go back to Indonesia and Australia wants to pay for that."

The asylum seekers recall the mysterious "Mr Agus" as a man who worked for the Australians, spoke fluent Indonesian and wore jeans and a black T-shirt with sunglasses pushed up on his head.

Bangladeshi Mohammad Belayer Hossain paid people smugglers $US4000 ($5190) to take him to New Zealand. Now he is back in Indonesia.

"I'm very sad - my money has finished," he says.

"I don't know why Australia stopped us. They should have let us go. They caught us, they turned us back and now they don't want anything to do with us."


 

 

 

Refugees on boat at centre of turn-back payment allegations ask why they were intercepted in international waters [ABC - 17/6/15]

  

 

 

Letter sent to the New Zealand government by the refugees via [RNZI - 7/6/15]

 

 

 

... The boats were the only escape ... Rohingya: Exile in the Rakhine [AUDIO - RNZI - 3/4/16]

 

 

 

Israeli weapons aid potential genocides in Myanmar and Burundi [Electronic Intifada - 18/1/16]

 

 

 

 

West, Gulf complicity in oil-fuelled genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya [Middle East Eye - 11/11/15]

 

 


Last Muslim enclave in Sittwe fears for future under Aung San Suu Kyi

 

Channel News Asia [3/11/15]

 

 

 The CEO of Australian company Woodside, Mr Peter Coleman, and Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, HE Nicholas Coppel, met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss Woodside's investment in Myanmar on 12 May 2015.  Australian Embassy in Myanmar

 

 

The Phuketwan journalists say this picture of emaciated Rohingya on the beach was given to them by the Thai navy [BBC - 1/9/15]

 

 

 

In an extraordinary display of Western isolationism and exceptionalism, last month's Bali Process meeting let Australia off the hook for the flow on impacts of our anti-refugee policies.  --->  UNHCR leadership pins hopes on democracy in Myanmar and "repatriation" -  calls on Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to sign refugee convention [23/3/16]

 

 

 

Evidently there is a schism between neocon apologists and humanitarians within the UNHCR --->  ... However, since the Australian government cut its resettlement programs — effectively barring the UN Refugee Agency from submitting any new cases registered in Indonesia since July 2014 — asylum seekers and refugees have found themselves stranded in Indonesia.

Since the cessation of settlement programs in Australia the burden of processing new arrivals in Indonesia, and finding a safe place for them, is straining organizations that were already struggling to deal with the influx.

"We're trying our best to provide the most vulnerable refugees with assistance," Vargas says, "but we unfortunately have a very limited budget given the terrible crisis that we are seeing right now globally, with the refugee situation."

... UNHCR says that Australia's policy of pushing boats back into harm's way, and essentially assisting ruthless smugglers, is unacceptable.

"From UNHCR's point of view any state that intercepts a boat in international waters, or in their own territorial waters, becomes responsible for the safety of the passengers on that boat, including refugees and asylum seekers," country representative Vargas says. ... [Jakarta Globe - 21/3/16]

 

   

 

Rights groups demand end to indefinite detention of 1,000s of Rohingya refugees in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia [Bangkok Post - 12/3/16]

 

 

 

... Rohingya refugees in Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia told BROUK and Fortify Rights that police routinely used the threat of arrest to extort money and property from them, particularly if they were unable to produce proper documentation or a card demonstrating they were a registered asylum seeker with the UNHCR.

Changes in the UNHCR's registration practices in Malaysia have considerably narrowed access to asylum procedures for Rohingya refugees, the [Everywhere Is Trouble] report said, leaving many without any documents and at risk of serious security abuses, including the possibility of indefinite detention.

Rohingya refugees in Malaysia said the lack of access to UNHCR registration was the single most important issue they faced, followed by a lack of access to affordable healthcare and livelihoods.

...

"We hoped the international attention on the boat crisis last year would have resulted in durable solutions and greater protections for Rohingya refugees in Southeast Asia, but that's not what we've found," said Tun Khin.

"ASEAN can and should do better.  ... [The Nation - 12/3/16]

 

 

 

 

"Everywhere is Trouble"  An update on the situation of Rohingya refugees in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia  [March 2016]:

 

... BROUK [Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK] and Fortify Rights note with concern the disappearance of hundreds of Rohingya refugees from the camps in Aceh. 

When Fortify Rights first visited Rohingya refugees in Aceh less than two weeks after fishers rescued them from boats abandoned by human traffickers in May 2015, more than 1,000 Rohingya men, women and children were living in several makeshift camps. 

BROUK and Fortify Rights noted that there are now only 300 Rohingya refugees in the camps in Aceh.   ...

 

 

 

 

Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugees sheltering in Aceh progressively deported by the IOM [TRIBUNnews.com - 27/9/15]

 

 

 

 

ANTARA [5/8/15]:

 

Some 100 refugees from Bangladesh being accommodated at Blang Mangat immigration office in Lhokseumawe city, Aceh province, have been repatriated, according to local immigration spokesman Albert Djalius.

"We hope that all the Bangladeshi refugees can be repatriated in mid-August 2015," Djalius stated here on Wednesday.

He remarked that some 100 refugees who were stranded in Aceh in early May, this year, had complete immigration documents, and therefore, they were flown back to their country of origin from Kuala Namu Airport in Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday.

However, he noted that 71 other refugees are still being accommodated in shelters, awaiting a clear demographic data from the Embassy of Bangladesh to Indonesia in Jakarta.

According to Djalius, the repatriation was managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which has been making all the necessary arrangements for providing accommodations.

...

 

 

 

 

Last year, the ALP and LNP voted against a Greens Senate motion for Australia to provide SAR assistance and to help resettle some of the abandoned refugees [Senate Hansard - 24/6/15]:



Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (15:39): I move:


That the Senate—

(a) expresses concern at the disturbing reports aired on the Four Corners television program on 22 June 2015;

(b) notes:

(i) that only 412 Rohingyans have been resettled in Australia through Australia's humanitarian program since 2008, and

(ii) the Government's recent refusal to provide assistance or resettlement for Rohingyans currently in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, and stranded at sea off these three countries; and

(c) urges the Government to:

(i) contribute to the search and rescue mission for thousands of migrants, including Rohingyans, currently stranded at sea,

(ii) resettle some of the Rohingyan migrants rescued by Indonesia and Malaysia, and

(iii) resettle an increased number of Rohingyans in the 2015 humanitarian program, increasing the number of the program if necessary.


The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion be agreed to.

 

The Senate divided [15:39]

(The President—Senator Parry)

 

Ayes ...................... 13

Noes ...................... 33

Majority ................. 20



AYES



Di Natale, R

Hanson-Young, SC

Lazarus, GP

Ludlam, S

Madigan, JJ

Milne, C

Rhiannon, L

Rice, J

Siewert, R (teller)

Waters, LJ

Whish-Wilson, PS

Wright, PL

Xenophon, N



NOES



Back, CJ

Bilyk, CL

Brown, CL

Bullock, J.W.

Bushby, DC

Cameron, DN

Canavan, M.J.

Colbeck, R

Edwards, S

Fawcett, DJ

Fifield, MP

Gallagher, KR

Heffernan, W

Ketter, CR

Leyonhjelm, DE

Lindgren, JM

Lines, S

Marshall, GM

McEwen, A (teller)

McGrath, J

McKenzie, B

McLucas, J

Moore, CM

Nash, F

O'Neill, DM

Parry, S

Peris, N

Polley, H

Ruston, A

Ryan, SM

Urquhart, AE

Wang, Z

Williams, JR


Question negatived.

 

 

 

 

BALI PROCESS REINVIGORATED, SEEKS ANSWERS TO ROHINGYA CRISIS [17/4/09]:

 

... We also told the Australian delegation that since the conference did not formally discuss the Rohingyas - originally slated to be the key point of the conference - that the AHG [Ad Hoc Group] mechanism should be pursued quickly to address this pressing issue.

Bringing Burma to the table was a major accomplishment, we acknowledged; however, we cannot wait for Burma to change its policy before discussing the Rohingya crisis. This can be discussed without Burma.

Foreign Minister Steven Smith later approached us privately to assure us that Australia would press for the AHG mechanism to "be invoked soon to deal with the Rohingyas."

Australia announced at the conference its contribution of AD300,000 to care for the Rohingyas in Aceh. IOM said the Dutch are promising a similar donation, perhaps conditional upon a U.S. donation. ...

 

 

How a Murdoch company profits from Australia's taxpayer funded, anti-refugee propaganda [Sydney Morning Herald - 2/4/16]

 

 

 

 

 

3 April 2016

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