Nauru tragedies are NOT a failure of policy and politics.
FREE THE POLITICAL PRISONERS!
via @InsurrectNews [3/5/16]
@trishcahill [3/5/16]: #Canberra cares. Here tonight to mourn tragic death of a young man in our care #Omid #CloseTheCamps #BringThemHere
@vivianharris45 [3/5/16]: Hundreds of Canberreans keeping vigil for#Omid #BringThemHere
"We're sick and exhausted! You've destroyed our lives! Did you come just to gape at our misery?
We lead miserable lives!
You've been torturing us for three years!"
Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney [3/5/16]:
... But there is plenty of evidence that the Department of Immigration and Border Force, IHMS and mental health workers in Australia and Nauru have failed even a basic duty of care to people under their control.
Hodan was under high security 24-hour watch in the Brisbane Transit Accommodation when she was snatched by Border Force officers last Wednesday morning, because she was considered to be “at risk.”
In the two weeks before she was removed from Brisbane, she made a number of self-harm attempts.
Hodan’s removal was reckless in the extreme, and directly contributed to her suicide attempt on Nauru.
On the very night that Hodan was returned to Nauru, she swallowed washing powder at the IHMS clinic, OPC 1.
She has been in OPC 12 under “high watch” since she was returned to Nauru.
“Hodan was a known suicide risk. It is Peter Dutton, IHMS and mental health workers who have to explain how Hodan was able to leave OPC 1 and attempt self-immolation at the bus stop,” said Rintoul.
“It is Peter Dutton and offshore processing that robbed Omid and Hodan of their hope. To belittle her distress and her need for help has condemned the Minister and the policy and exposed how little care there is for those who need it.”
One week since the PNG Supreme Court decision and political prisoners are still being held illegally.
Only the Financial Times urges Australia to close the camps.
Evidently the only journalist reporting from Manus Island is Behrouz Boochani [3/5/16]:
For our sisters and brothers in Nauru.
I am writing this lettee from Manus to you as a brother who is, like you, experiencing the hardest days. I am writing for you as I cry from the same pain and the same suffering that only we can deeply know and understand. We lost our friends in our ways and those happenings were because of the death of humanity and justice. We lost our friends because many of the Australian people are watching our suffering in silence.
When one of us dies or harms ourself the Australian politicions are happy because they want to send out a violent message with our body to the world. They want to say 'don't come to Australia we have no mercy and will kill you in our prisons'.
We should know that this gov really wants us to kill ourselves. It is clear because they put us in these hells.
Imagine our islands are like two sisters and we are all members of a suffering family. We are a family who is fighting for our lives. These days your brothers in Manus are crying for you and are in sympathy with you. We never forget you and this message is coming from our heart.
Please dont hurt yourself. Please don't burn your beautiful body. The world needs you and be sure that this nightmare will finish one day.
I, as a brother ask you not to hurt yourself. Our family is tired we can not endure watching you when you are hurting yourself. Please don't hurt yourself. We are a big family with the strongest sisters and brothers. We are not alone. We are a big family. Please dont hurt yourself.
The New Zealand Prime Minister says his government is unlikely to approach Papua New Guinea with an offer to resettle asylum seekers detained by Australia on Manus Island. ... [RNZI - 3/5/16]
"New Zealand willing to take 150 asylum seekers" was tragic, desperate ALP spin. [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." ...
Sydney Morning Herald [2/6/15]:
... Fishermen spotted two boats floating near Landuti island in the West Rote district, 500 kilometres north-east of the Australian coast, on Sunday.
"They looked exhausted," Rote police chief Hidayat said.
"One female passenger is pregnant – we took her immediately to the hospital but she is ok now."
Mr Hidayat said the migrants told him they had been caught by Australian customs on May 26, who sunk their boat.
They were put in two blue and white boats, and sent back into Indonesian waters. ...
Refugee group condemns New Zealand refugee deal: Gillard undermines refugee convention [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 9/2/13]
I do not consent to being governed by a fascist duopoly and will #VOTEINFORMAL in 2016.
... Burke and Parke said they would continue to work for the election of a Shorten-led Labor government at this year’s election. <--- Only a fraud or a fool stays in - and/or supports - a party whose policies they disagree with. [Melissa Parke won't recontest seat - Guardian - 22/1/16]
ALP confirms it will keep treating refugees like human trash, Melissa Parke continues her role as ALP alibi [SBS - 3/5/16]
PR stunt for fascist, anti-refugee ALP featuring Melissa Parke ---> ... These Calls to Account have now been gathered into a moving and powerful documentary.
To coincide with the Human Rights Film Festival a number of pop-up screenings will be held throughout May, beginning with a screening at Curtin University on May 12 at which Human Rights Commissioner Professor Gillian Triggs will be present. ... [RAPBS]
Thank-you Melissa Parke [RAPBS - 17/10/15]
The Saturday Paper [27/9/14]:
... [Melissa] Parke plays a different role, as Labor navigates an awkward environment in which its options for criticising the government are circumscribed by its desire to be part of Team Australia.
She provides an alibi for Labor to avoid a loss of votes to the Greens as it joins the government in backing tougher terror laws and military action in the Middle East and continues to offer bipartisan support for offshore processing of asylum seekers.
Some Coalition MPs argue Bernardi plays a similar role in placating those Liberal supporters who were disappointed that Abbott abandoned the 18C changes.
As Labor leader Bill Shorten stresses that he is “working very well together” with Abbott on national security, it doesn’t hurt to have at least one opposition MP putting an alternative view. It’s a fine line, though, as left-wing Labor senator Sue Lines discovered late last month when Shorten rebuked her for accusing the government of using the threat of terrorism to deflect attention from the budget.
Back in May when Parke and Burke first raised their intention to pursue a caucus motion on ending offshore detention, there was frustration among Labor MPs at the timing, distracting as it did from the backlash to the budget. The motion was destined to fail.
Some also feared that, by reopening the debate, Parke was risking exposing Labor to attack over whether it was strong enough to manage the electorally sensitive issue.
But Parke is not a loose cannon and her recent statements have been carefully worded. Even dissent in modern Labor is often tightly scripted.
Although Dastyari’s remarks on refugee policy earlier this year were reported as pitting him against Shorten, his speech had in fact been vetted by the party’s leadership. ...
… Dance to the tune of a civilized hate
Just a few more Reds to exterminate
Business, labor and Congress agree
Just like they used to in Germany …
'Hitler Ain't Dead', Bill Frederick 
... Overland contacted the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Serco, and several Serco employees for comment.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection chose not to comment, and no other responses were received. On refugees and the worsening conditions in onshore detention centres [Overland - 3/5/16]
Poets and artists expose the intentionally grotesque inhumanity of immigration detention [The Hill - 28/4/16]:
Twenty years ago this week, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, ushering in an era of mass detention and deportation of immigrants. A few months later on September 30th, the President signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act.
Together, these laws doubled the number of people in U.S. immigration detention from 8,500 each day in 1996 to 16,000 in 1998. Over the last two decades, the immigration detention population has increased fourfold to approximately 34,000 per day.
To mark the creation of these misguided laws, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) has released an anthology of poems and artwork from people impacted by immigration detention and their allies. While a pencil is not in itself political, the written word is a vehicle for spreading awareness, spurring reform, and healing ourselves and our communities.
In Call Me Libertad: Poems Between Borders, Sylvester Owino, an asylum seeker from Kenya who spent nine years in U.S. immigration detention, explains the importance of poetry for the soul: “Writing about the abuses against us was the only way to let it out, slowly, so slowly.” ...
At one border park, separated immigrant families hug across a steel divide [Washington Post - 1/5/16]
... It will be an exercise in upper middle class-coordinated Astroturf: fake-grassroots movement-building captive to the partisan and electoral agenda of the Democratic Party, which means subordinated to the corporate and militaristic Clinton machine and the Democratic National Committee.
It will be absurdly over-focused on the irrelevant Democratic Party platform, not actual social movement-building. ... The Bernie fade begins, Paul Street [Counterpunch - 2/5/16]
Sri Lankan refugees make it to Australia by boat, imprisoned on ABF
[Sydney Morning Herald - 3/5/16]:
Locals have reported that a small wooden boat filled with asylum seekers has made it to within 500 metres of the Cocos Islands, the first boat to be spotted near the Australian territory in two years.
The ABC's Hack program has reported the small boat was carrying an estimated 12 asylum seekers, which one local identified as being Sri Lankans.
The program said the boat approached the Indian Ocean archipelago, just over halfway between Australia and Sri Lanka, in rough weather on Monday morning.
Local man Awie Rasa told the ABC he saw the vessel approaching the main lagoon between Home Island and West Island about 10.45am, local time.
"It's moving pretty fast, moving 12-15 knots," he told the ABC.
"It's heading towards Home Island ... The customs [officers] on the jetty are running up and down and getting their tenders into the water."
"I heard it didn't reach Home Island, just [anchored] about 500m away.
"That's pretty close."
He believed the boat was a Sri Lankan vessel, and carrying about 12 men.
Another man told the ABC that Australian Federal Police officers intercepted the men and escorted their boat to a mooring, from where members of the Australian Border Force took them to a vessel.
"We've had a significance presences between Navy and Customs guys for many months," the man said.
"They come, they go, they disappear for a few days and come back."
"As far as vessels reaching the lagoon and getting inside the lagoon – that's certainly the closest one that's got in for some time."
Another man, who did not want to be identified, told Fairfax that Australian officials spent about an hour speeding between the boat and the Ocean Protector customs ship, about lunchtime.
It is not clear where the men were taken.
A spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection referred questions about the boat to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's office.
A spokeswoman for the minister said she would "not comment on operational matters". ...
Desperate to maintain the illusion of LNP/ALP difference, Bianca Hall disappears Rudd's key role stopping Sri Lankan asylum seekers [Project SafeCom Inc. - April 2010]
The former head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) intelligence wing in Batticaloa was arrested by Sri Lankan police officers on Monday in Eravur.
Sri Lanka's Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) told the family of Krishnapillai Kalainesan, known as Lt. Col. Prabha that he was arrested in relation to an investigation of the alleged regrouping of the LTTE. ...
The arrest is the latest in a series of arrests of former LTTE members over recent days. ... [Tamil Guardian - 1/5/16]
Australian media continues holding advocates to account for LNP and ALP anti-refugee fascism [ABC - 3/5/16]
UNHCR Australia doesn't deny anti-refugee activities on Nauru and Manus. FINALLY draws attention to inhumane conditions [Media Release - 2/5/16]:
... UNHCR’s principal concern today is that these refugees and asylum-seekers are immediately moved to humane conditions with adequate support and services.
Still won't talk to Peter Lloyd. [ABC - 3/5/16]:
... Peter Lloyd, the Iranian man Omid Masoumali and his death; now on this program yesterday his best friend said he that he believed Omid had spiralled into a suicidal depression after asylum seekers were told by the UNHCR to expect to remain on Nauru for a decade.
Has there been any response from the UNHCR about that?
PETER LLOYD: There's been no direct response from the UNHCR about the specifics of that allegation.
What they have done is issued a statement which essentially repeats what they said last week, which was that they'd been on Nauru for a mission to monitor the welfare of asylum seekers.
That's not what some people on the island are saying, it was put to us yesterday in the program and subsequently after that a number of others backed up the claim that in meetings, Thomas Albrecht, the UN's representative who led that mission was making statements along with a fellow woman in that team from the UN that the asylum seekers could expect to be on the island for as much as 10 years.
That was directly blamed for the suicide of the Iranian last week, and perhaps it may have been a factor in what happened overnight with the Somali woman.
We don't know yet, but certainly it can't be ruled out that the belief amongst the asylum seekers whether it's true or not, the belief has taken hold that they are going to be there for a very long time.
ELIZABETH JACKSON: Peter Lloyd thank you.
... From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Albrecht served as Deputy Regional Representative at the UNHCR Regional Representation for the United States of America and the Caribbean, located in Washington. His responsibilities there included overseeing the protection of refugees, internally displaced persons and stateless persons in over 20 countries and territories of the region as well as finding lasting solutions to their problems. Before coming to Washington in October 2005, Mr. Albrecht was the UNHCR Representative in Ghana.
Mr. Albrecht joined UNHCR in 1987 and worked in refugee situations in the East and Horn of Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, the Americas as well as Eastern and Central Europe.
These operations related to refugee protection, emergencies, capacity building efforts as well as the advancement of durable solutions for refugees, with particular emphasis on people orientation, empowerment, gender equality, the sustainability of initiatives and results-based management.
Mr. Albrecht was also posted at UNHCR’s Headquarters in Geneva, where he worked in the Department of International Protection.
As part of his assignment he served as the principal editor of the UNHCR Resettlement Handbook, the authoritative guide to third country resettlement policy and practice.
Mr. Albrecht was also involved in designing the new operations management system for the Organization.
These assignments were complemented by missions throughout the world. [UNSW Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law]
GHANA REFUGEE ROUNDUP [12/5/05]:
... UNHCR Representative Thomas Albrecht told Ref Coord he had had to deliver a stern warning to the refugees: either shape up or he will ask the GOG [Government of Ghana] to post several military officers inside the camp.
To emphasize the seriousness of his message, he suspended all UNHCR services to Budumburam during the week of May 1-7.
Albrecht was dismayed that an "entitlement mentality" had gripped many of the refugees, some of whom have spent 15 years in camps. ...
SUDANESE REFUGEES ON THE BRINK OF EXPULSION FROM GHANA [22/7/05]
... The removal of Thomas Albrecht from the helm of the regional resettlement hub has resulted in lost momentum with region-wide efforts as the knowledge and charisma necessary to keep BOs invested in resettlement as a tool of protection.
Noting that the USRP [United States Resettlement Program] could ill afford letting slippage by UNHCR stand in the way of a successful resettlement program, Dewey came away energized that an intervention by PRM might prove helpful in setting UNHCR back on track. ... [PRM A/S - POPULATION REFUGEES AND MIGRATION ASSISTANT SECRETARY - DEWEY'S DISCUSSIONS WITH UNHCR AND AMBASSADOR ON REGIONAL AND LOCAL RESETTLEMENT ISSUES - 16/6/14]
Up until last week, the UNHCR Australia branch has deflected any queries about the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in South East Asia to the "Bangkok office".
That their efforts are expended fundraising and caring about refugees anywhere but in our region - especially those imprisoned in Australia, and on Nauru, Manus and Christmas Island - has never been scrutinised.
They have previously assisted the Australian government in its subversion of the right to seek asylum by "welcoming" its lies about the release of refugees on Nauru in October 2015.
The United Nations has postponed a planned visit to Australia because the federal government cannot guarantee legal immunity to detention centre workers who discuss asylum seekers and migrants.
The United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Canada's Francois Crepeau, was due to visit Australia on Sunday for about two weeks to investigate the plight of migrants and asylum seekers in offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island, following an invitation from the federal government.
But Mr Crepeau said in a statement that the Border Force Act, which makes it a crime for immigration and border protection workers to disclose information about offshore detention centres, "serves to discourage people from fully disclosing information relevant to my mandate". ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 26/9/15]
Cate Blanchett and the banality of evil.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today announced the appointment of Academy Award winning actor Cate Blanchett as a global Goodwill Ambassador. ... [Media Release - 3/5/16]
It was great to meet with @RefugeesChief Filippo Grandi in Geneva today
Image: @PeterDutton_MP [29/3/16]
Evidently UNHCR Geneva approves of the Australian branch's incendiary anti-refugee activities [ABC - 2/5/16]
Representatives from UNHCR Australia gave this their tick of approval before PNG Supreme Court decision? ----> Australia tortures refugees for three years then says they are to be deported [ABC - 25/4/16]:
... This means [Behrouz] Boochani remains detained with asylum seekers who have had their refugee claims refused and have been told they have no option but to return to their countries of origin.
... Representatives from the UNHCR visited the Manus Island detention centre last week and met the men detained there.
The UNHCR in Australia has been approached for comment. ... [Guardian - 18/4/16]
UNHCR Australia tells media its secretive "mission" was to "monitor" the mental health of exiled, indefinitely imprisoned and abused refugees [Guardian - 27/4/16]
UNHCR "welcomes" Australia's lies about releasing refugees on Nauru in leadup to High Court Challenge [5/10/15]
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]
... Cuba issued Otto Frank a visa on December 1, 1941, according to the documents, but it was canceled 10 days later when Germany declared war on the United States.
The following summer, as Jews were being sent from Amsterdam to Nazi camps, the Frank family went into hiding for two years before being discovered and sent to concentration camps.
Otto Frank survived the camp but died in 1980. ... Anne Frank's family sought US visa, letters show [Reuters - 14/2/07]
Free the Children NAURU [30/3/16]
Statement from RANZCP President [3/5/16]:
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is deeply concerned by reports of recent events of poor patient care on Nauru.
RANZCP Professor Malcolm Hopwood says “It is essential that all individuals in the care of the Australian government receive adequate medical care, and this includes timely assessment and ongoing management of any risk of self-harm, as well as efficient transfers to hospital facilities when required.
“Self-harm is a complex and dangerous behaviour indicating psychiatric distress which should be treated with appropriate mental health care rather than punitive means”.
@manusFad22 ]3/5/16]: We escape from bad situation in our own country (manus and Nauru ) We escape from injustice and we found another injustice from Aust gov
We're expected to believe there's not a single journalist in Port Moresby to report the latest legal manoevering re Australia's illegal camp?
Senate Hansard [2/5/16]:
Senator DI NATALE (Victoria—Leader of the Australian Greens) (14:28): Mr President, I ask a further supplementary question, a relevant follow-up question.
The Papua New Guinean Prime Minister said very clearly that Australia is wholly responsible for the people on Manus Island.
Does the Prime Minister reject that those 850 people seeking asylum seeker are this government's responsibility?
Senator BRANDIS (Queensland—Attorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (14:29): Senator, those people are the responsibility of the government of Papua New Guinea which accepted them. I am of course aware, as we all are, of a decision of the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea.
Australia was not a party to those proceedings. No orders were made against Australia or any Australian party in those proceedings.
Those orders have no effect on Australia. They were orders in relation to the constitutional and legal obligations of the government of Papua New Guinea in relation to those people, and it is that government who is burdened by the order and has responsibilities to deal with the matter.
PNG lawyer to file application for Manus refugees to be released into
the care of the Commonwealth of Australia [SBS - 28/4/16]:
… Port Moresby-based lawyer Ben Lomai, who acts for about 600 of the detainees, said they have not yet been released from the centre.
“The important point is we will be seeking leave to join Australia, as a party to these proceedings, and then I’ll get an order to have the asylum seekers returned back to Australia,” he said.
“In that way, we don’t have to worry about seeking to apply to enforce judgement in a foreign jurisdiction.
The application will seek an order from the Supreme Court that "asylum seekers and the refugees, who were the subject to the memorandum of agreements between PNG and Commonwealth of Australia, shall forthwith be released into the care of the Commonwealth of Australia and be returned back to Australia, being the first port of entry, within 30 days or a time practicable, but not less than 60 days, from the date of this order."
Mr Lomai said he expects to file the application by tomorrow for a hearing to be scheduled for Monday.
“Of course we will be serving on the consulate here on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia, and that will take some time for them to have a look at the documents,” he said.
Mr Lomai said contempt of court proceedings would also be filed if the detainees were not released. ...
... Mr Lomai said in light of the ruling he would make an application to the PNG Supreme Court to have the men transferred to Australia.
He said the asylum seekers were delighted at the Supreme Court's decision but they still did not know where they would end up.
"There was a lot of jubilation in the camp but at the same time there is some mixed feelings because they are more interested to know where are they going to go from there now they have their freedom," Mr Lomai said.
Another PNG lawyer, Loani Henao, has called on both governments to accept the unanimous ruling, which is not subject to appeal.
"The Governments of Papua New Guinea in particular and that of Australia must take immediate steps not tomorrow or next year or in six months' time to remove the unconstitutionally set up detention centre on Manus Island," he said. ... [ABC - 27/4/16]
PNG public urged to report illegal foreigners [The National - 3/5/1]:
... During a two-day workshop on refugee reporting at Airways Hotel in Port Moresby, Ampa’oi [PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority compliance manager Dominic Ampa’oi] said it was very important to share information.
“Agencies have been withholding information and it makes it hard to apprehend and prosecute over-stayers.
But if we share information, then we stretch the net out. One little information will crack a case,” he said.
Ampa’oi said it was hard to stop illegal immigrants from entering a country.
Police Commissioner Gari Baki has been ordered to appear in the National Court today to explain the consequences of his action in closing the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate office. ... [The National - 3/5/16]
@MarilynShephe15 [2/5/16]: ... Rob McDonald took on the force of our racist laws and saved dozens of kids from death in Woomera, now he's dead
FREE THE POLITICAL PRISONERS FROM AUSTRALIA'S ILLEGAL CAMPS!
"DAY 2 WITHOUT "OMID".
"OMID" was not the first.... give a hand and let it be the last.
Hossein Azadi [30/4/16]
The Nauru government says the 21-year-old Somali woman suffered critical conditions and is being treated at the island's hospital by Australian doctors.
It says it has requested an emergency evacuation to Australia. ... [RNZI - 3/5/16]
Silence = Blood on your hands AMA, health unions and professional associations ---> She is really 19- a tiny girl with unstable diabetes- should never have been sent to Nauru or returned there last week ... @pamelacurr [3/5/16]
Over 40 days refugees on Nauru have been peacefully, and steadfastly, protesting. The Australian media and human rights establishment have ignored them.
Blood on their hands. [Day 40 refugee protests on Nauru - Autonomous Action Radio - 28/4/16]: "SHUT DOWN OFFSHORE" "TRANSFIELD SHAME ON YOU SHAME ON YOU" "WILSON SHAME ON YOU" "UN SHAME ON YOU" "GIVE US FREEDOM" "ABF SHAME ON YOU" "WHERE IS FREEDOM" "DIRTY POLICY"
BULLSHIT AND DAMAGE CONTROL. THE CAMPS ARE ILLEGAL AND EXILE IS ILLEGAL. ---> [Guardian - 3/5/16]: ... The incident will increase the pressure on the Australian government to improve conditions on Nauru and at its other offshore detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.
Despite Labor supporting the government’s policy of refusing settlement for refugees arriving by illegal boats, the party’s immigration spokesman Richard Marles said it was leaving people without hope.
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull “must urgently seek a viable agreement to resolve the fate of people on Manus Island and Nauru”, Marles said on Tuesday. ... <--- This is not a point of difference. It's treating people like human trash. It's fascism.
I do not consent to being governed by a fascist duopoly and will #VOTEINFORMAL in 2016.
UNHCR Geneva approves of the Australian branch's incendiary anti-refugee activities? [ABC - 2/5/16]
Indonesian police have arrested hundreds of West Papuans who took part in a series of demonstrations across Papua region yesterday.
Reports emerging from the remote Indonesian region indicate police arrested over a thousand people who had marched to express support for the United Liberation movement for West Papua.
Demonstrators were also showing support for the meeting of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua currently underway in London.
Yesterday's protests in several of Indonesia's eastern cities came as West Papuans marked the anniversary of transferral of administration in the former Dutch New Guinea to Indonesia in 1963.
The Jakarta Globe reports that over 500 arrests were made at a huge demonstration in Jayapura.
The Asia Pacific Report noted that similar rallies in Merauke and Sorong also led to more than 100 arrests, with dozens more arrested in the Indonesian cities of Makassar and Semarang. [RNZI - 3/5/16]
3 May 2016