And still not a single objection from any Australian politician, refugee "advocate", UN representative, human rights organisation or law association as men (who have been subjected to 4 years illegal imprisonment and torture) are refouled from Manus Island
"If they find me, they should kill me. ..."
STICK YOUR "WHITE PAPER" UP YOUR ARSE HUMAN RIGHTS LAW CENTRE. WHY HAVE YOU SUDDENLY ABANDONED THE MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN ON NAURU AND MANUS WHEN YOUR ADVOCACY IS NEEDED MOST? [3/3/17]
Nepalese asylum seeker in hiding after refoulement from Australia's illegal refugee prison on Manus Island [ABC - 3/3/17]:
A Nepalese asylum seeker says he is destitute and in hiding after being deported from Papua New Guinea.
The man was "involuntarily removed" from Australia's offshore detention centre on Manus Island three weeks ago and flown back to Nepal.
He has asked to remain anonymous, saying he fears he will be killed if certain people find out he is back in Nepal.
"I'm still now in hiding somewhere, I can't go out," he said.
"If they find me, they should kill me. That is the problem."
The man was one of two Nepalese asylum seekers deported last month.
He said he did not know he was being deported when he was asked to attend an appointment with immigration officials at the Manus Island detention centre.
"They did not say anything [like] 'you are going to [be] removed', they did not say anything before, but after that they take me into custody," he said.
Detainees are meant to undergo a Deportation Risk Assessment before they are sent back to their countries of origin.
Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection did not answer questions about whether the Nepalese man had been assessed and was aware of what was happening.
It denied involvement with the deportations and issued a statement saying: "These are matters for the Government of PNG."
PNG lawyer Ben Lomai is applying to the country's Supreme Court to stop them being deported.
"They are illegally assessing the asylum seekers right now and we are saying that their process is flawed on the basis it is unconstitutional," he said.
Mr Lomai is arguing that a PNG Supreme Court decision last year which found the asylum seekers were being illegally detained has invalidated the processing of the men's refugees claims.
He said that meant PNG should not be deporting them.
"The [memorandum of understanding] between Australia and PNG has been declared unconstitutional and unenforceable and so on that basis nobody should go back to the centre and do all this processing," he said.
"In fact, the asylum seekers should have been removed back to Australia."
Mr Lomai's application is likely to be heard by a three-man bench of the Supreme Court on March 8.
Why did Obama deport 85 Muslim asylum seekers to Bangladesh, India and Nepal? [Democracy Now - 8/4/16]
@BehrouzBoochani [3/3/17]: #Manus IHMS completely shut down since 2pm today. No IHMS staff remain in clinic. They said due to gas leak. It's a lie. They are illegal
As the fascists march on ... ---> The annual Papua New Guinea-Australia 25th Ministerial Forum (MINFOR) is scheduled to get underway from March 7-9 at the Madang Resort Hotel.
The Forum is an important bilateral meeting between PNG and Australia. ... [PNG Loop - 3/3/17]
By jingo no hard feelings about those TB clinics eh cobber? More improvements is expected to happen to repair the iconic Kokoda Track in Northern Province.
This follows a signing between the Kokoda Track Authority and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.
Nine rangers from Queensland will work with KTA staff to maintain key sections of the track, and keep its historical significance.
Tourism Minister, Tobias Kulang and Queensland National Parks Minister, Steven Miles signed the agreement in Australia. ... [EMTV - 3/3/17]
The Waigani National Court has sentenced 50 illegal Vietnamese fishermen to 4 years imprisonment with hard labour.
District Court Magistrate, John Kaumi delivered the verdict with a strong message saying their sentence must be a warning to other illegal fishermen from the Asian region.
The verdict was handed down at the Bomana District Court House this morning. ... [EMTV - 3/3/17]
Two more Nauru refugees reportedly succumb to nearly four years of torture - and accept Australia/IOM false promises and lies - for exile and statelessness in Cambodia [Cambodia Daily - 3/3/17]
Australia's multi million dollar "Voyage of the Damned" refugee exile deal with Cambodia is no joke [BBC – 18/9/15]
Family compound, Anibare, Nauru [March 2015]
Breaking further from traditional partners, Cambodia has aborted a planned military exercise with Australia, a defense official said on Tuesday, tilting the country’s allegiances once again toward China.
Having now suspended joint drills with both the U.S. and Australia, all Cambodian military exercises are being supported by China, the official said. ... [Cambodia Daily - 1/3/17]
This is the Australian national broadcaster's latest report from Myanmar, where a genocide is taking place ---> Thriving populations of endangered mammals offer conservationists hope in Myanmar [ABC - 3/3/17]
Still walking and never stop.
Canberra I be there one day until than I make my way there :) @Clintonswalk [2/3/17]
@Clintonswalk [3/3/17]: ... Most amazing think is people pull up for a yarn & what to take photo with me I love it when people pull up to see how we are
Dylan Voller calls for more youth after-hours services in Alice Springs [ABC - 28/2/17]:
... Mr Voller said he felt engagement between police and young people needed to be better.
"I was down at the youth centre the other night where I take a couple of other YPs (youth patrol) to the disco and the police were there on their Segways telling some young people not to go in there," he said.
"To me, that's appalling as that's the only thing that's going to get them off the streets and now they're just kicking them back out onto the street to walk around.
"They should be welcoming them in there and sitting them down and talking to them about which road they are going down if they keep misbehaving."
One thing on Mr Voller's mind is the plight of one of his former prison mates.
Rather than discuss his own treatment in juvenile detention and prison Mr Voller was eager to talk about a campaign to pardon Zak Grieve.
Grieve is serving a mandatory life sentence for the murder of Ray Niceforo in Katherine in October 2011.
Niceforo's murder was described as the first contract killing in Northern Territory history, but Mr Voller said Grieve should be freed.
"He's the most kind-hearted bloke, he didn't do it, and he's pretty much given up hope on the justice system and buckling down and doing his time, but he shouldn't have to, because he didn't do anything."
According to Northern Territory crime statistics, break-ins to commercial businesses have increased over a 12-month period, adding to speculation that crime is peaking, especially over the recent summer months.
Subsequently, youth advocates are calling for more after-hours services to keep bored and disengaged youth off the street.
"I've never broken into a house or [done a] business crime at all," Mr Voller said.
"I just believe there needs to be more stuff to get kids off the street, more youth programs, possibly even like BushMob."
He suggested a 24-hour centre with beds where young people could sleep overnight and have access to night counsellors who could drop them off at school the next morning.
Mr Voller said his life would be vastly different if an after-hours service existed.
"I believe I wouldn't have ended up in gaol where I was if I had more support and more people that I could trust and talk to," he said.
"Not just a little caseworker who would just see you for five minutes and go; someone who I could actually talk to." ...
Native title being watered down for big mining, say Traditional Owners [NITV - 3/3/17]:
...The proposed amendments to the Native Title Act will reverse a recent landmark court ruling in Western Australia to reinstate the status quo so that Indigenous Land Use Agreements do not require all applicants to sign off.
Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council Youth Spokesperson Murrawah Johnson said the changes are designed to undermine self-determined, traditional decision-making processes.
"The process is entirely inadequate and disrespectful to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by the changes, many of whom have not been notified about the amendments, let alone consulted," she said.
The Noongar people, who are the subject of the decision, say the government's bill to overturn the ruling is denying their native title rights.
Noongar native title claimant, Mervyn Eades said: "Because we won, they've decided to bring it in and have our decision overturned to suit them and mining companies and everyone else's interests." ...
Federal Court reserves Adani decision [Sydney Morning Herald - 3/3/17]
The Queensland Government appointed an Adani company director to chair the authority overseeing the Abbot Point coal port, despite being warned of "potential conflicts of interest".
Brad Fish was a director of Adani's Abbot Point Operations Pty Ltd when he was made the chair of the state-owned North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP).
NQBP oversees the ports at Weipa, Mackay, Hay Point and Abbot Point.
Adani runs the only operating coal terminal at Abbot Point, north of Bowen.
Mr Fish's appointment as NQBP chair was made in September 2015 by Treasurer Curtis Pitt. ... [ABC - 28/2/17]
Queensland media suddenly interested in "exposing" Newman government's subversion of the toothless CSG regulator ---> ... We cannot ignore the facts. Australians have a right to know the full impact of CSG and ensure that it doesn't become the next generation asbestos.
One Nation opposes CSG Mining until there is substantial evidence that it does not affect people's health, the environment, our farming and water. [One Nation Policies]
A civilian was killed and four others, including a paramilitary trooper, wounded in a grenade blast in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Friday. ... [Greater Kashmir - 3/3/17]
Police detain scores of leaders in Srinagar [Kashmir Today - 3/3/17]:
Police on Friday detained scores of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation frint (JKLF) leaders including its vice chairman, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal and others when they were holding a peaceful sit-in near Budshah Chowk Lal Chowk. ...
The Union Home Ministry's decision to authorise Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to procure additional 5,000 pellet guns with whooping six lakh cartridges to be used on Kashmiri protesters would only "aggravate the situation" in Valley, noted human rights activists and academicians said. ... [First Post - 3/3/17]
Israeli ministers to introduce bill aiming for annexation of massive Maale Adumim settlement [Maan - 2/3/17]
Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians, including 12-year-old boy, in overnight raids [Maan - 2/3/17]
Shots were fired from the besieged Gaza Strip at Israeli forces deployed near the border between the Palestinian territory and Israel on Thursday afternoon, shortly before Israeli forces targeted two alleged Hamas sites in the territory with a military aircraft and tank.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that shots were fired from Gaza as Israeli forces were carrying out “routine activities” on the border. No injuries were reported.
The spokesperson could not confirm to Ma’an where the incident took place in Gaza or what constituted "routine activities" by Israeli forces around Gaza, which has been held under a devastating Israeli-imposed siege for a decade. Shortly after the incident, several Israeli forces targeted two alleged Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that an Israeli aircraft and tank targeted the two sites in response to the shots that were fired at Israeli military forces on the border.
Witnesses said that six shells targeted a military site belonging to the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.
Israeli military planes were also flying above the targeted area at the time, witnesses added.
No injuries have been reported. In the morning there were reports of Israeli forces opening fire on Palestinian lands and homes in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, as Israeli soldiers were stationed at the border.
During a separate incident in the morning, four Israeli military bulldozers entered the territory of Gaza east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza. ... [Maan - 2/2/17]
Palestinian killed by Israeli settler in illegal Hebron outpost after alleged stab attack [Maan - 1/3/17]
Facebook apologises for blocking Palestinian Fatah page over Arafat photograph [RT - 1/3/17]:
... Facebook has been working with the Israeli government to fight “incitement” posts.
Delegates from Facebook traveled to Israel in September as the state was working to pass legislation to force social media networks to take down content Israel describes as encouraging violence.
The legislation passed its first reading in the Knesset in January. ...
@haaretzcom [1/3/17]: In last monologue, Israeli comedy show host implores Israelis to wake up and smell the "apartheid"
Rejected by Israel, some Eritreans find shelter in Germany [Al Jazeera - 3/3/17]:
... Israel does not deport Eritreans back to their dangerous homeland because that would violate the United Nations Refugee Convention.
Instead, Eritreans get short-term visas that must be continuously renewed, but they have no right to work or access to welfare services.
Mesgen lived in this legal limbo for seven years, getting by by working illegally in restaurants and sharing a tiny Jerusalem flat with other Eritreans.
Then, in 2015, Israeli authorities ordered him to reside in Holot, a detention centre for "illegal immigrants", which has the capacity to accommodate 3,000 people, without freedom of movement or the right to work.
The only other alternatives offered to Mesgen - and other Eritreans - were to return home voluntarily or leave Israel for another African nation.
"I didn't want to go to Holot," Mesgen recalled.
"I told them I cannot go back to my country, but I will go back to Africa."
In July 2015, an Israeli immigration officer escorted Mesgen to Ben-Gurion international airport, handed him a one-way ticket to Rwanda with a travel document for Rwandan immigration officials, and $3,500 in cash - the reward for those who exit Israel voluntarily.
The initiative was launched by the Israeli Immigration Authority in 2013 to persuade asylum seekers to leave the country.
Research by the International Refugee Rights Initiative - a non-profit organisation focusing primarily on Africa - found Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers who left Israel voluntarily were sent to Rwanda and Uganda.
Upon arrival, they were either encouraged to leave these countries, or live under the radar without legal status.
In the report Deported to the Unknown by the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants - a Tel-Aviv based NGO - Eritreans who left Israel voluntarily testified they were denied residence permits in Rwanda, held captive for days at a villa in Kigali, and eventually were smuggled to Uganda. ...
Gisama Mohammed flew to Israel to help her husband, a Sudanese asylum seeker, join her in Canada, but Israeli authorities are holding her and her daughter, claiming she wants to settle in Israel. ... [Haaretz - 2/3/17]
Detained Salvadoran mother suffering from brain tumor in Texas wins release on emergency bond [NY Daily News - 2/3/17]:
... An immigration judge previously denied Beltran Hernandez’s asylum request and ordered her deported.
The case is under appeal.
In court papers filed Monday, Marouf said her client was unfairly treated like a dangerous criminal during her medical crisis.
She was placed on a “no contact” list at the hospital, had guards in her room at all times — even during discussions with doctors — and was escorted back to the detention center in handcuffs, the lawyer said. ...
Immigration detention: Building our own Guantánamos [One Small Window - 5/6/15]:
... Guantánamo Bay is the site of an immigration detention facility for asylum seekers and refugees which opened its doors in 1991 to mainly Haitian refugees fleeing political unrest in the country.
Joined by Cubans after 1994, tens of thousands of people seeking protection were housed in a “series of tent cities and shelters guarded by United States troops and surrounded by barbed wire”.
Asylum seekers whose claims are rejected are sent home while refugees are held there until they are resettled in a third country, which can take months or years.
Like detainees at the more notorious facility in Guantánamo Bay, they are not allowed to enter the US; they are also denied access to adequate legal and medical assistance.
In early 2012, the detention centre held 33 Cubans, 21 of whom were recognised refugees awaiting resettlement.
The fact that the US managed to detain so many without due process rights at the site for over a decade was a factor in its choice of venue to house so-called ‘enemies combatants’ in the war on terror.
Some of these tent cities would provide the foundations for the other prison camp opened on 11 January 2002. ...
@ShutGuantanamo [2/3/17]: 10+ years of regular #closegitmo demos outside US Embassy London, still patiently waiting for #Guantanamo to close, not giving up!
Algeria is in negotiations with Washington to release one of two Algerian detainees still held at the notorious Guantanamo Bay site, Algeria's Justice Minister announced in a local radio interview on Tuesday. ... [Middle East Eye - 1/3/17]
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 2/3/17]
President Donald J. Trump today promised to rebuild the U.S. military and called for a 12-carrier Navy during a visit to the future USS Gerald R. Ford in Newport News, Virginia.
Trump addressed the pre-commissioning unit of the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier on the ship’s hangar deck.
He told the crew that if Congress passes his budget, the military “will win again.” ... [US Department of Defense - 2/3/17]
@guardiacostiera [2/3/17]: #CentraleOperativa coordina 6 operazioni #SAR: circa 970 #migrant isalvati da unità #Guardiacostiera, Siem Pilot, Golfo Azzurro, Aquarius
@LighthouseRR [2/3/17]: Last night, we received a call from a #Lesvos fisherman alerting us to a landing. We assisted 45 ppl, & provided hot breakfast in Stage 2.
@filiopk [2/3/17]: A 23 yo Syrian refugee tried to leave #Lesvos island by hiding in his mother's suitcase. She was boarding the ferry to Athens #Greece
Mohammed, one father struggling to reunite his family [AYS/Medium - 1/3/17]:
... “This waiting is the hardest part of our journey,” he told AYS through a volunteer who interpreted his words in a room where he and his son are living.
“This is harder than Idomeni or the journey. In Idomeni, we were lost and didn’t know where or when we are going. But here, it feels like somebody is lying to us all the time, giving us false promises. This is tiring and long. We went through all this, and we are waiting for the permission to go and see our family, to reunite with them. To bring my son to his mother, and to see my daughter.” ...
IT'S A PRETTY SIMPLE REQUEST AUSTRALIA ---> Please, please, please... Stop separating families
Day 14 of peaceful protest Nauru ... @elahe_zivardar [18/2/17]
there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire
'Lives In The Balance' Jackson Browne 
Coercion of illegally held political prisoners on Manus Island continues unchallenged and unopposed by the Australian media, lawyers, "advocates" and human rights organisations [The National - 2/3/17]:
... According to Boochani, three asylum seekers from Lebanon and 12 from Bangladesh agreed to voluntarily leave the centre.
“They will be transferred in the next few days,” Boochani said.
“All of these men signed but the big problem is that all of them were under pressure and threatened by immigration for a long time.
“Nobody has done research about the people who went back to their countries during the past four years, so we don’t know what has happened to them.
“It’s hard to imagine the cruelty of this policy and how they have put so much pressure on people who had suffered incredibly for four years.”
Boochani said that the Resettlement Support Centre, a company contracted to assist refugees seeking permanent resettlement in the United States, interviewed about 20 refugees per day.
The Resettlement Support Centre was contracted by the United States Department of Homeland Security.
He said that there was uncertainty within the centre whether the resettlement deal between the Australian and the United States governments would eventuate.
“In Manus, there are no advisers for refugees to help them make decisions about their future,” he said.
“When refugees asked RSC (Resettlement Support Centre) company officers, they don’t give them any useful information.
“There is no assurance that they will reunite with their families and it’s very worrying .”
Stenographers may breathlessly and unquestioningly report Dutton's denials, but where are the JOURNALISTS who will reject the stonewalling, and start holding the government and opposition to account for the atrocities created by their anti-refugee policy?
@SkyNewsAust [3/3/17]: .@PeterDutton_MP says there has been no arrival of asylum seeker boat or boats in Darwin ...
@janeenorman [3/3/17]: Immigration Minister Peter Dutton denies reports that a number of asylum seeker boats have arrived in Darwin ...
@JoshButler [3/3/17]: Dutton denies reports of asylum seeker boats detained in Darwin, says there has been illegal fishing operations up there
This appears to indicate drownings are ongoing - where is the media follow up ? ---> Perhaps Australian Border Force personnel wouldn't be so traumatised if they were RESCUING asylum seekers, instead of pushing them away? [ABC - 27/2/17]:
Australian Border Force is investigating the extent of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in its workforce caused by having to retrieve the bodies of asylum seekers killed trying to reach Australia by boat.
Speaking before a Senate estimates hearing at Federal Parliament on Monday morning, Border Force chief Roman Quaedvlieg revealed there was "significant anecdotal evidence" of trauma to frontline personnel.
"Not just those that were pulling bodies out of the water, but those that were actually dealing with the trauma of the interceptions, the capsizes, several of our officers went overboard, were at significant risk of harm and indeed death to themselves, and certainly dealing with the stress and trauma of the [illegal maritime arrivals] on board those vessels," Mr Quaedvlieg said. ...
... The court heard Cassidy suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and had slipped into drug abuse after witnessing the "deaths and near-deaths of child and adult refugees" during his service. ... Former navy serviceman jailed for ramming Gold Coast airport with car [Brisbane Times - 13/12/16]
“When I see the picture, I feel like I would rather die,” toddler’s father Zafor Alam told CNN. “There is no point in me living in this world.”
Corpses of Rohingya women and children float in Naf River – Bangladesh Marine Engineer [The Stateless - 12/12/16]
... “In our village, helicopters fired guns at us, and the Myanmar soldiers also opened fire on us. We couldn't stay in our house. We fled and went into hiding in the jungle,” Alam continued.
“My grandfather and grandmother were burnt to death. Our whole village was burnt by the military. Nothing left.”
After Alam made it to the Naf River, which runs between Myanmar and Bangladesh, he started swimming and was rescued by some fishermen who helped him across the border.
Once there, he began trying to get his wife and sons to safety.
“I called (my family) on Dec. 4. They were very desperate to leave Myanmar,” Alam recalled.
“They were the last words I had with my family. When I was talking to my wife over phone, I could hear my youngest son calling 'Abba-Abba' (father-father).”
Alam had made a deal with a boatman to help his family cross the river, but just as they were making their escape, the security forces found them.
“When the Myanmar police got a sense that people were preparing to cross the river, they opened fire,” the man explained.
“Hurriedly, the boatman took all people on board to escape the firing. The boat became overloaded. Then it sank." ...
“Two helicopters were deployed to our village. The helicopters flew over the village for over 20 minutes, firing randomly at the villagers. The first round of attack was carried out from a higher altitude, but in the second and third rounds, they flew just over the rooftops of the houses. Seven members of my brother’s family in-law were killed in the helicopter attack.” ... Report of OHCHR mission to Bangladesh: Interviews with Rohingyas fleeing from Myanmar since 9 October 2016 [3/2/17]
"I saw the navy patrol boat towing the Indonesian fishing boat out to sea away from Christmas Island ...
"It's a wicked thing to do."
Image: @KJBar [20/11/15]
... 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]
... Australian Operation Sovereign Borders personnel told asylum seekers: Fuck your mothers ... fuck your family ... [AUDIO - ABC - 22/7/14]
Australian government boasts about rounding up and punishing more predictable victims of our exploitative economic system [Minister for Immigration Media Release - 2/3/17]
The story about IHMS (International SOS) operating illegally in PNG was news a week ago. The Australian media's reporting of it today - and after parliament has risen - is crooked. Especially in light of their censorship of the current Nauru dengue outbreak ---> Australian funded "health care" provider operating without registration in PNG [The National - 24/2/17]:
Global healthcare giant International SOS has been operating the Manus Health Facility for three years without registration by the PNG Medical Board, according to a government-sanctioned committee.
This was despite formal requests by Health Minister Michael Malabag and the medical board for plans to be submitted for approval, the Independent Review Committee said in its preliminary findings.
The three-member committee, headed by medical board chairman Dr Osborne Liko, said the senior management of ISOS had “deliberately breached the law”.
It said ISOS country general manager Mark Delmonte had confirmed that the health facility had not been registered or licenced under the PNG Medical Registration Act.
“They were only given temporary licences for day clinic at makeshift containers in 2013 only for the purpose of daycare clinical services. Knowingly, ISOS has operated the Manus facility thus seriously breaching the PNG Medical Registration Act 1980. The penalty for that breach under the legislation must be applied. Senior management of ISOS deliberately breached the law.”
The committee said the Government took swift action by deporting Delmonte and not allowing any new registration for ISOS throughout the country until a full investigation is completed.
Following the clampdown, ISOS threatened to stand down medical services at the Manus Health Centre if the facility was not licenced and a travel ban lifted.
Regional managing director for Australasia, Adrian Leach, said in an email to Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari on Jan 13 that the company “cannot sustain services beyond Friday 20th January to the required level on Manus Island under the health service contract with the Australian government”.
Malabag reiterated that several refugees had died in Manus while the health facility remained unlicenced “raising serious criminal and other legal issues” in the coronial inquest into the death of asylum seeker Hamid Khazeai. ...
ALP lawyers win injunction to stop Mehdi's return to Australia's illegal prison on Manus Island. Australia's anti-refugee policy remains unopposed [SBS - 2/3/1/7]
Australian actors silent on imprisoned refugee performer, as cynical, racist frauds at the MEAA exposed [RNZI - 22/2/17]:
Actors in Australia have refused to voice their support for a campaign to free a performer from Australian detention on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.
The campaign, which also appeals for the release of a writer and a cartoonist, is being run by the Australian union for actors and journalists, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.
In 2014, prominent Australians including actors took part in a "We Are The World"-styled mass choir that sang a song called "We're Better Than This", which called for the release of child refugees detained on Nauru.
Several Australian actors have joined the union's campaign but when asked to comment on the 32-year-old performer Mehdi Savari, who is detained on Manus Island, none came forward - which New Zealand actor Oscar Kightley said was strange.
"Strange because it's their union. If you're unwilling to comment it's because you're scared about something. But I don't know what they'd be scared of. I don't know what the consequences would be," he said.
Mr Kightley has been outspoken in New Zealand media decrying Australia's four-year detention of refugees in prison camps on Nauru and Manus Island.
Well-known for his recent role in the movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Mr Kightley was happy to voice his support for Mr Savari, an actor, troubadour, magician and comedian, who used to host a popular children's television programme in Iran.
"I guess I feel for him as a fellow actor and artist, who's chosen to perform in terms of his way of living life and communicating what he's about as a human," said Mr Kightley.
From hospital in Port Moresby, Mr Savari said he was suffering from paralysis.
"After four years I have finally saved enough money to buy myself a wheelchair," he said.
"I am here because of my eye infection and serious gastric problems for which I take daily medication.
"The emotion trauma I've experienced and the physical hardships I've endured living on Manus Island have resulted in the breakdown of my mental health and are the reason why I am in this situation on Port Moresby." ...
"I am not a criminal, I am a refugee, do you understand what that is?"
[ABC - 8/2/17]
Loghman Sawari granted bail but still faces charges [Amnesty International USA - 24/2/17]
Loghman Sawari is now stateless thanks to the UNHCR [ABC- 23/2/17]
It's quite the story -> REFUGEE ESCAPES TO FIJI FROM AUSTRALIA'S SHAM "RESETTLEMENT" IN PNG, BUT WAS DEPORTED, JAILED AND SUBSEQUENTLY ABANDONED BY PARTISAN MEDIA HACKS AND HUMAN RIGHTS LUVVIES [PNG Loop - 15/2/17]
Someone is lying [RNZI - 13/2/17]:
The Fiji Government forcibly deported Loghman Sawari back to PNG earlier this month after he fled the country on a false passport.
In a statement, Fiji's Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said he had been advised by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees over the deportation.
However, a spokesperson for the UNHCR, Catherine Stubberfield, said the agency was very worried by Fiji's deportation of Mr Sawari.
"We had sought assurances from the Government of Fiji that he would have access to the country's national asylum procedures, which are in place and functioning, and we've very concerned for his welfare now that he has been returned - against that advice."
31 January: UNHCR refuse to comment on Loghman Sawari case [Fiji Times]:
... When contacted, the United Nations refugee agency regional Representation in Canberra external relations officer, Catherine Stubberfield, said the agency could not comment on individual cases of people of concern for the individuals' protection. ...
Former worker at Australia's illegal prison on Manus Island tells forum man's refugee claim rejected because he was deemed "too educated" to be a Rohingya [Brisbane Times - 9/4/16]:
Brisbane maths teacher Jacob Rice taught at the Manus Island immigration detention centre in 2014 when a 23-year-old Iranian man name Reza Berati was bashed to death by security guards during a riot by hunger strikers [when refugees were attacked].
One of the friends the teacher-turned-whistleblower made while working on Manus for nine months was a Rohingya maths teacher.
His friend is still in indefinite detention as his application for asylum had just been rejected on the grounds that he was educated.
The man has told his family that they should consider him dead.
Mr Rice said the Immigration Department had rejected his friend's asylum claim because they concluded he could not be a genuine Rohingya person because members of this religious minority in Burma were not allowed to be educated.
He holds a masters degree in mathematics.
One of his daughters was studying medicine while the other had won a maths competition. ...
3 March 2017