Australia's protected and unaccountable Minister for Refugee Concentration Camps tries to reassure his masters
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says preparations are underway to accommodate more asylum seekers at Christmas Island in case the Government loses a High Court case against offshore detention. Lawyers have argued detaining asylum seekers on Nauru is in breach of Australian laws.
They have told the High Court that the Federal Government is in control of the centre, despite its operating under Nauruan law.
Mr Dutton said he was confident that the Federal Government was in a strong legal position.
He told Sky News [Rupert Murdoch's racist, war mongering, refugee hating propaganda network] that the High Court was expected to deliver its finding next year, but the Department of Immigration and Border Protection had already started planning in case of a loss.
"It's prudent for my department ... to put in place contingency arrangements," he said.
"If we needed to accommodate more people on Christmas Island, there is some prep work that is taking place there now."
Human Rights Law Centre legal advocacy director and one of the lawyers involved in the case, Daniel Webb, said a win for their client could have significant implications for the Federal Government.
But Mr Webb told the ABC he did not know whether a win would result in an end to offshore detention.
"The questions involved in this case, about the lawfulness of our government's role in detaining people in other countries, they really strike at the core of the current offshore arrangements," he said.
"The answers to those questions, it is fair to say, will have significant implications going forward."
Mr Webb said he was not surprised by the Government's actions on Christmas Island, citing previous measures such as the transition to an open centre on Nauru on the eve of the court hearing.
While the High Court finishes sitting this week, and will not return until February, Mr Webb said a finding could be delivered at any time.
Further detail has been sought from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
The loophole that left Australia's offshore processing system vulnerable to the High Court, potentially declaring Nauru and Manus Island illegal, has been closed.
Last night, the Senate passed the rushed bill with support from both the Coalition and Labor, along with crossbenchers Nick Xenephon, John Madigan, and Bob Day, 41 votes to 15.
Only The Greens, Jacqui Lambie, David Leyonhjelm, Ricky Muir, Dio Wang, and Glenn Lazarus voted against the bill. ... [Pedestrian.TV - 26/6/15]
Murder charge, Capalaba [QPS Media - 6/12/15]:
A 32-year-old woman has been charged with murder following investigations into the suspicious death of a man in Capalaba yesterday.
The body of a 51-year-old Carina man was located in a culvert on Degen Road around 12.50pm yesterday.
A crime scene was declared and forensic investigators returned to the scene today.
A 32-year-old Capalaba woman has been charged with one count each of murder and interfering with a corpse.
She is expected to appear in the Cleveland Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Investigators are satisfied a third party was not involved in the commission of this crime.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Shooting incident, Gold Coast [QPS Media - 6/12/15]:
Police are currently investigating a shooting incident at Merrimac this afternoon.
Initial inquiries reveal that at about 3:40pm a car was stationary in a carpark on Gooding Drive when a second car has stopped in the carpark.
A man has got out of the second car and approached the other vehicle before firing several shots into the car.
He then got back into the car and drove off.
A 24-year-old man who was the passenger of the vehicle received non-life threatening leg injuries and presented himself at Robina Hospital.
A 19-year-old woman is assisting police with their inquiries.
Investigations are continuing.
Detectives have charged a man following the investigation of an alleged stabbing at Wynnum today.
It will be alleged that at about 11:50am in a unit complex at Bride Street an altercation occurred between two male residents of the units during which one man received stab wounds to the hand, torso and head.
An 81-year-old Wynnum man has been charged with unlawful wounding and will appear at the Cleveland Magistrates Court tomorrow.
A 66-year-old Wynnum man was treated at the Redlands Hospital for non-life threatening wounds to the hand, torso and head. [QPS Media - 6/12/15]
Trespass incident, Woolloongabba [QPS Media - 6/12/15]:
Police have issued a 21-year-old man with a notice to appear in court following an incident in Woolloongabba this morning.
Around 4.30am police were advised that a man had entered a construction site and had climbed to the top of a crane on Carl Street.
After hours of negotiations, the man climbed down from the 80-metre high structure and was detained by police around 11am.
Officers issued the man with a notice to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 21 in relation to one count each of trespass, unregulated high risk activity, public nuisance, wilful damage, obstruct police and possess a dangerous drug.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Girl, 4, pulled from water at Bribie Island [Brisbane Times - 6/12/15]
WA Premier Barnett's son assaulted in Northbridge club attack [WA Today - 6/12/15]
Out-of-control car hits Ballajura pedestrians and puts four teens in hospital [WA Today - 6/12/15]
A 60-year-old cyclist died after a collision on Sunday morning with a vehicle at Bennett Springs, 29 kilometres northeast of Perth. ... [WA Today - 6/12/15]
A grandmother has died after crashing a go-kart while racing at a Christmas party at Beenleigh, south of Brisbane.
The 63-year-old died after losing control while riding the go-kart with family members on Saturday night. ... [ABC - 6/12/15]
Serious traffic crash, Coulson [QPS Media - 6/12/15]
Serious traffic crash, Annerley [QPS Media - 6/12/15]
A man was trapped in his upturned car for several hours west of Maryborough before he was airlifted to hospital on Sunday morning.
Emergency services were called to a single vehicle car accident on Glenbar Road in Aramara about 6.30am to free a male teenager who was trapped in a car that had rolled upside down.
A caller to emergency services had reported hearing the driver calling out for help. ... [Brisbane Times - 6/12/15]
Cricketers everywhere can appreciate a good straight drive, but nobody was left laughing when a cabbie drove straight on to a cricket field and parked his vehicle mid-pitch in Brisbane yesterday.
In Queensland's Warehouse Cricket Association B1 fixture between Macgregor and Griffith University, a straight hit from Macgregor's Nigel Sherborne went sailing over the rope - and smashed the windscreen of the parked cab.
The unhappy cabbie decided to vent his anger and between innings drove his vehicle onto the field at DM Henderson Park. He parked it smack bang in the middle of the pitch before Griffith could start their innings. ... [Cricket.com - 6/12/15]
Detectives are investigating the armed robbery of a chemist in Idalia that occurred yesterday morning. ... [QPS Media - 6/12/15]
Cannabis crop seizure, Chambers Flat [QPS Media - 6/12/15]
... “The Government will introduce legislation that will provide greater support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; that will get handguns and assault weapons off our streets; and that will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana,” Gov. Gen. David Johnston said in the speech. ... [Global News - 4/12/15]
Sun-charged waka full of Bougainville beans arrives in Wellington
At the end of the rows of white metal masts bobs one brown wooden one.
Ropes stretch from its sails down to the deck where the head of a turtle carved into the wood can just be seen under a pile of hessian sacks.
Each one holds 30 kilograms of cocoa beans, but the crew grab them with ease and pass them off the deck to bicycle mounted volunteers waiting to pedal the beans away.
After a year of planning, six months of korero and a three month journey, the Fijian waka Uto ni Yalo has delivered a tonne of the beans, grown in Bougainville, to Wellington’s Chaffers Dock.
Unlike its fossil fuel dependent neighbours, the Fijian waka relies solely upon the wind and the sun to power it across the ocean.
It’s been a long journey for those on board the Uto ni Yalo who set out from Fiji three months earlier on what should have been a six-week trip.
Flying or commercially shipping the cargo would have been faster but that conflicted with the values of those behind the voyage, the Wellington Chocolate Factory’s Gabe Davidson and Rochelle Harrison.
The idea took root over a year earlier when a bag of Bougainville cocoa beans was handed to Gabe by a chocolate addicted customer.
“I didn’t even know where Bougainville was, I thought it was potentially somewhere in New Zealand,” he says.
“But the quality of the beans was high, it had some smoke taint, but I could see there was an opportunity there to uncover a rare and unique cocoa flavour.”
Gabe says the beans could rival those produced in West Africa and South America and more craft chocolate makers should team up with Pacific growers.
So he put his money where his mouth is and set about finding a way to sustainably ship a tonne of the Bougainville beans to the factory in Wellington without any idea of how to sail or a boat to sail on.
The Wellington Chocolate Voyage.
Portugal's new left-wing, anti-austerity government announced late Friday it was moving to halt the privatization of transport systems in Lisbon and Porto, a measure introduced by its right-wing predecessor. ... [Naharnet - 5/12/15]
Antonio Bagnato, the prime suspect in the kidnapping and murder of a former Australian Hells Angels leader in Pattaya, has been arrested in Cambodia.
The 26-year-old Australian, wanted on a Pattaya Provincial Court warrant for Monday's abduction and killing of 37-year-old Wayne Rodney Schneider, was captured in a hotel on 82nd Street in Phnom Penh around 4.40pm Thursday, according to local Khmer-language media. ... [Bangkok Post - 4/12/15]
Japan: Investigation underway into Maritime Self-Defense Force’s selection of next-generation choppers [Japan Today - 6/12/15]
Pakistan's powerful spy agency - Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) reportedly sheltered key Taliban leaders, including the group's reclusive leader Mullah Omar, following the U.S's military intervention in Afghanistan in 2001, government sources have confirmed.
"Several foreign intelligence services planned to create friction and disunity between the Taliban and these spy agencies extended efforts in recent months to accomplish the task. The role of foreign intelligence agencies and ethnic issues within the Taliban finally split them," former Taliban deputy minister of mines Hassan Haqyar said in reference to the divided insurgent group. ... [TOLO News - 5/12/15]
Fire destroys 80 shops in Kabul market [TOLO News - 5/12/15]
Scores of Afghan migrants marched through the streets of Stockholm on Friday in protest over President Ashraf Ghani's comments during a Germany TV interview where he said if Afghans "live abroad they become dishwashers."
Demonstrators, who marched to the Swedish Parliament, also raised their objections over a possible agreement between Afghanistan and Sweden to deport Afghan migrants.
They said if government comes up with solid security measures and if high-level government officials bring back their own families that live abroad they will be prepared to return home. ... [TOLO News - 5/12/15]
Egypt's Interior Ministry says nine police have been detained after a man was beaten to death while in custody in the southern Luxor province last month. ... [Daily Star - 5/12/15]
Israeli forces on Saturday afternoon shot and wounded a 16-year-old Palestinian boy with live fire during clashes in the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum near Qalqiliya, a local official said.
Murad Shtewei, a spokesperson for a popular committee in the village, told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers shot Aqel Ramzi in the thigh in clashes that broke out following a demonstration.
He said that Israeli forces had "ambushed" the march, firing live rounds and tear gas canisters at them.
He said that Ramzi was taken to Rafidia hospital in Nablus for treatment, and that dozens of protesters suffered excessive tear gas inhalation. ... [Maan - 5/12/15]
Israel demands Palestinian Authority pay Dawabsheh medical costs [Middle East Monitor - 4/12/15]
The Dawabsheh murder case gets curiouser and curiouser: Walla has just revealed that one of four Israeli settler youth accused of committing the arson fire which murdered three members of the Dawabsheh family and left a boy orphaned, is a U.S. citizen.
The family, whose name isn’t mentioned, has turned for assistance to the U.S. embassy and senators. ... [Richard Silverstein - 4/12/15]
The Jordanian branch of the UN Refugee Agency is no longer using the services of the British security firm G4S. The firm has long been targeted by the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for its involvement in human rights abuses against Palestinians.
It provides services to Israeli prisons and checkpoints in the occupied West Bank, where Palestinians are frequently tortured and mistreated. The decision by the Jordanian branch of the UNHCR, as the refugee agency is known, follows protests in five major cities worldwide last weekend.
Activists marked the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People by denouncing the UN’s relationship with G4S. ... [Electronic Intifada - 4/12/15]
... Bethlehem's Mayor Vera Baboun said: "Today we light the Christmas tree to show the world that we are people who deserve to live." ... [Maan - 5/12/15]
Charities call for UK to act as Saudi airstrikes devastate Yemen [Herald Scotland - 5/12/15]:
... Raja, a seven-year-old quoted in the report, told how he was playing in his garden when a missile hit his house, just as his mother was trying to get out with her other two children.
He said: “I saw my mum burning in front of me. Then I fell down and later I found myself in the hospital and my body was injured.
“I didn’t find my mum beside me as always. Later I found out she, my brother and sister had died.” ...
Four female suicide bombers attacked the Chadian island of Koulfoua on Lake Chad on Saturday, killing at least 15 people and injuring 130 in an attack blamed by security sources on militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
Chad extended a state of emergency in the region last month after a double suicide attack that killed 12 people.
Dozens of people were killed in multiple bombings in the border town of Baga Sola in October.
But new restrictions, such as bans on motorized canoes aimed at stopping attacks, makes it harder for aid agencies to access the roughly 60,000 displaced people living there. ... [Reuters - 5/12/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
Great turn out & sprit today in #Leeds for the #DontBombSyria protest march @STWuk
Image: @vineetaseh [5/12/15]
US Department of Defense [5/12/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 11 strikes in Syria:
-- Near Hawl, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb, and four ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Ayn Isa, one strike produced in inconclusive results.
-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes struck an ISIL gas and oil separation plant well-head.
-- Near Mar’a, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building and wounded an ISIL fighter.
Strikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter, ground attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Habbaniyah, one strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and two ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Ramadi, seven strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL bunker, two ISIL vehicle bombs, 15 ISIL fighting positions, 12 ISIL buildings, three ISIL light machine guns, three ISIL rocket-propelled grenades, an ISIL anti-air artillery piece, an ISIL assembly area, five ISIL staging areas, an ISIL weapons cache, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Sinjar, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb and an ISIL fighting position.
Iraq summons Turkey's ambassador over troop deployment near Mosul [Reuters – 5/12/15]
Russia’s Defense Ministry has slammed Washington’s reaction to the outing of the secret oil trade between Turkey and Islamic State terrorists, calling it a “theatre of the absurd” and saying it looks rather like “direct patronage.”
“Finally, our colleagues from the State Department and the Pentagon have confirmed that the photo-proof, which we presented at a briefing [on December 2], of the origin and destination of the stolen oil, coming from the areas controlled by the terrorists, is authentic,” Major General Igor Konashenkov, a Defense Ministry spokesman, told a media briefing on Saturday. ... [RT - 5/12/15]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center - 5/12/15]:
Baghdad: News agencies :A roadside bomb exploded near shops in Ubeidi area today evening resulted in two deaths and 6 injuries .....
Baghdad: News agencies : A dead body of unidentified man shot was found in Sadda neighbourhood in Zufooraniya area today evening .....
Diyala: News agencies: A roadside bomb has exploded near a home in the middle of Diyala resulted in two injuries of policemen ......
A 7-year-old girl died and her mother is in a serious condition after they were shot in the parking lot of a sports arena following soccer practice, police in Michigan said Friday.
Emma Watson Nowling, 7, and her mother, Sharon Watson, 37, both of Belleville, were shot in their vehicle by a family friend who then turned the gun on himself, Taylor Police Department said in a news release. ... [NBC - 5/12/15]
Police: 1 dead after standoff at Wisconsin motorcycle shop [CBS - 5/12/15]
... Thalasinos’ friend, Kuuleme Stephens, told The Associated Press on Thursday that she happened to call him while he was working with Farook, and that he brought her into their debate, loudly declaring that Farook “doesn’t agree that Islam is not a peaceful religion.”
She heard Farook counter that Americans don’t understand Islam, and Thalasinos responded by saying “I don’t know how to talk with him,” she said. ... Messianic San Bernardino victim was ‘gentile’ supporter of Israel, argued with killer on Islam [Times Of Israel - 5/12/15]
10 hurt in bomb attack on Hindu gathering in Bangladesh [Asia Times - 5/12/15]
... More than 1,500 people from a wide variety of countries, including Iran, Morocco, Pakistan, Yemen, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, have remained at Idomeni since the border restrictions where they have staged protests almost daily. Late last month, some 60 people went on hunger strikes and a group of 11 Iranian sewed their mouths shut in protest. ... [UNHCR Media Release - 4/12/15]
Deportees’ rights should be protected, says Pakistan Interior Minister [Dawn – 5/12/15]:
Meanwhile, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has decided to register a case against 15 migrants who were deported from Greece on Thursday.
They were among the 49 deportees aboard a chartered flight which landed at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport. The FIA found 30 of them to have been illegally deported from Greece and allowed 19 to enter Pakistan.
After conducting a thorough investigation on the basis of their documentation, the agency had released four and decided to register the case against the 15 others and their agents under the law of the land, a senior FIA official told APP on Friday.
He said FIA had been directed to arrest the agents, most of whom hail from Peshawar, Gujranwala, Gujrat and Mandi Bahauddin.
The official said that over the past 13 days the FIA had arrested 234 human smugglers, including 48 proclaimed offenders and four most wanted human traffickers.
Israel set to expand Holot refugee concentration camp [Ynet - 3/12/15]
Dead silence from "opposition", Greens, human rights groups and media re Turnbull's responsibility for ongoing human rights atrocities indicates their approval , complicity and/or hypocrisy [New Matilda - 27/11/15]:
... The media are falling over themselves to laud Malcolm Turnbull. Even the Guardian is getting in on the act.
Lenore Taylor was recently heard to say “I think he’s the best”, to which Katharine Murphy replied “Well I thought he was the best first”.
A recent piece by Katharine Murphy called Prime Minister Turnbull “Mr Nuance”. ...
How many refugee boats did the Australian navy push back in last 24 hrs Mr Turnbull?
How many asylum seekers did the Australian navy deny protection to in the last 24 hours Mr Turnbull?
Australian Operation Sovereign Borders personnel told asylum seekers: Fuck your mothers ... fuck your family ...
ABC, Law Report [AUDIO - 22/7/14]
Happening now: over 300 people rescued by @ItalianNavy arriving in #Catania #Sicily in the cold early morning
Image: @MedeaSavary [5/12/15]
... "Australian beaches are beguiling, they are enchanting, but they can be very dangerous," Mr Turnbull told reporters at North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club.
"The water is a part of Australian life, but we have to be water safe," he said on Sunday. [Nine MSN - 6/12/15]
How many babies did the Australian Navy push back to danger in the last 24 hours Mr Turnbull? @NikoCastellano [5/12/15]: Mohanet,nació hace solo 5 días y acaba de llegar a #Lesbos con sus padres y 4 hermanos huyendo de #Siria #refugees
Court hears how crew, locals rescued panicked refugees after their boat was pushed back by Australian authorities [Nine MSN - 2/12/15]:
... Crew member Marthen Karaeng told the court about the scene when they arrived 100 metres off Landu Island.
The water was six metres deep and they needed to "save the lives" of many of the 65 people who had paid smugglers to get them to New Zealand.
"The weather was not good, the wind blowing strong," he said.
"After saving myself, I asked people on land to help the immigrants, especially one woman who was pregnant.
"Women immigrants were screaming, causing panic on the boat.
"If the boat had hit a rock, the situation would've been worse."
@ItalianNavy [5/12/15]: #SAR Nave Aviere #MarinaMilitare ha terminato operazioni di soccorso su barcone con 240 migranti a bordo
@MSF_Sea [5/12/15]: Mohammed's belongings fit in 1 hand - a passport, ID & phone wrapped up in tape. How would you pack to flee a war?
Italy rescues over 1,500 migrants off Libya coast [Ahram - 4/12/15]:
... On Thursday, nearly 2,000 migrants were rescued in 11 operations which saw a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) boat come to their aid, along with two vessels taking part in the EU's Operation Sophia, which patrols the sea for people smugglers. ...
Unlike the Australian media and "opposition", it appears these children might be asking Peter Dutton questions
Congratulations to Drew from year 1 at Holy Spirit Catholic School for winning my 2015 Christmas Card Competition. [Peter Dutton - 29/11/15]
Driven insane to the point they are now asking Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton for assisted suicide
An open letter to Australia's leaders, claiming to have been written on behalf of 600 asylum seekers in an Australian detention center, carries a desperate plea for suicide assistance.
The note, which refugee advocate Julian Burnside QC released on his website Nov. 30, paints a picture of men who have reached a point of despair, worthlessness and hopelessness.
he words, claimed to have been penned by the detainees at Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, express the sentiment that they have been used as pawns in Australia's hardline refugee policy to "stop the boats", and suggest that having fulfilled their role they have now been assigned to the "rubbish" heap.
The letter, addressed to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Australia's Minister for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) Peter Dutton, outlines three options for how the mass suicide could be carried out. "This is not a joke or a satire," it states.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency on Friday, Burnside said he received the letter (in full below) in an email from "a person who is in fairly regular contact with some of them [asylum seekers on Manus Island]."
Anadolu Agency has requested comment from the offices of the prime minister and the minister for immigration and border protection, and also sought confirmation as to whether the letter is or is not genuine to no avail.
"It’s a symptom of people in extreme distress," Burnside said.
"I don’t think it matters if you take the words at their face value or not. It’s about what drives a person to pen sentiments like that." ... [Anadolu Agency - 4/12/15]
Sunshine Coast Daily [10/11/15]:
Manus Island refugees are being driven insane by interminable detention as part of a strategy one advocate believes is meant to break them so that they accept voluntary repatriation to the countries from which they fled.
John Ennis of Nambour, a former teacher engaged by the Salvation Army to work on the Papua New Guinea island said those who go back to the places from which they escaped are often imprisoned.
He spends most nights talking by phone to detainees who are living in cramped tent and shipping container accommodation that lacks air-condition and adequate toilet facilities.
By the reckoning of his sources on the island Mr Ennis believes that up to 75% of the detainees have serious mental health issues resulting from their incarceration and previous life experiences.
They are being prescribed sleeping pills and other medication they describe as "mind pills" to help them sleep at night but some won't take them because they fear they are at the root of many of the problems being experienced.
"Sometimes they are extremely confident at others nearly suicidal," he said.
"It's not consistent. Sometimes they sleep all day and others they can't get to sleep for a week."
A recent dysentery outbreak, which impacted more than 100 men, had them queuing in the rain to access one of 15 working toilets.
When he was there, Mr Ennis said the rain would cause septic systems to overflow and run along drains dug either side of crushed coral walking paths.
The trauma they have experienced has in some cases brought on a heart condition called atrial fibrillation, which can lead otherwise fit young men to suffer strokes.
Mr Ennis worked on Manus Island as a contractor to the Salvation Army to provide education services from late 2013 until just before the death of Reza Barati in 2014 after Papuan New Guinea locals broke into the compound.
He says his advice is that Barati was kicked repeatedly in the head by four Australian guards after he had been bashed almost senseless by locals.
As many as 11 refugees either in detention or on temporary protection visas in the Australian community had died in the past 18 months.
In the past few weeks Iranian Fazel Chegeni was killed on Christmas Island, two asylum seekers, one in Western Australia, have burned themselves to death and another hanged himself at Brisbane International Airport.
What he found when he went to Manus Island were polite, respectful people many of whom were highly intelligent and some who had been professionals and global leaders in their fields.
One Iranian he encountered had been in charge of delivery of water and sewerage infrastructure to the Beijing Olympic village but fell out of favour at home and faced arrest before he fled to Australia.
Mr Ennis says management of the Manus Island centre appeared chaotic but he's convinced it is designed that way.
"There is no security (for detainees), no certainty and no respect,'' he said.
"Nobody could be that hopeless.
"They would give them sleeping pills and then when everyone was all asleep they would be dragged out at 1am.''
The staggering $1.4b cost of detaining around 950 people is also something he struggles with, given the conditions in which the men live.
The men sleep four to a 2.5 metre square room without a window that opens, fans that have either broken or are inadequate and are unable to open the doors at night because of mosquitoes.
A loose network of refugee advocates, several of whom live on the Sunshine Coast, provide moral support to the detainees and provide advice and material assistance in a variety of forms.
Save Mohammad Albederee [6/12/15]:
Dear Transfield trolling team.
Just a call out that even if Mohammad dies in hospital and not in your 'Prisoner of Policy War' camp I am still holding you responsible and will be coming after you.
You won't be escaping justice so you might want to check on his current condition.
Refusing to let him back to camp so he has some comfort of being around friends is not endearing you to me at all.
Having a word in the ear of your Immi mates might be a better use of your time than trying to cover your lying deceptive arses.
Australians are not stupid and you are sucking up funding that could be used for the homeless and disabled in Australia and we want that money back.
Being unable to even keep your 'clientele' alive doesn't look good on your resume or your share prices.
Change your name to Broadspectrum? Your reputation will precede you. Shares in murder? I don't think so...
Save Mohammad Albederee [5/12/15]:
Mohammad has been told he will never return to Manus Island from Pr Moresby hospital and can't use a phone so he is refusing fluid and medication since Thursday.
He has said goodbye. He wants to die. He's too tired. He can't keep going.
He is heavily jaundiced and said he has infection in liver and stomach. He could barely speak and is in extreme pain.
He can't cope with being sick and alone and denied communication with loved ones any more.
We have learned nothing from the senseless death of Hamid, but at least now we know beyond a doubt that our government is capable of murdering asylum seekers slowly and systematically
US: Theo Lacy hunger strikers reach agreement while concerns rise over other strike participants’ health [#NotOneMore - 5/12/15]:
#Freedomgiving Hunger Strike in Detention Reaches 10th Day, ICE Urged to Release Participants
The day after protests prompted comment from all three democratic presidential candidates with Sanders and O’Malley issuing support, an ICE supervisor visited the 37 asylum-seekers who started the #freedomgiving hunger strike.
The meeting led to the detainees temporarily ending their strike under the agreement that anyone waiting for travel documents will be released within two weeks and ICE will honor its protocol, releasing all pending cases on parole.
At the Etowah detention center, officials took the opposite approach, defying its public statements of concern by punishing participants, placing Mahbubur Rahman, Kamruzzaman Rasel, Lavu Khan, and two others in solitary confinement.
While at the other centers the hunger strike continues including Sohel Khalashi at the Otay center in San Diego, who was rushed to medical care due to stomach pains and then underwent heart surgery. Upon return, he continued refusing meals stating in a phone call.
“When I started the hunger strike. On the third day of hunger strike, I had stomach pain and ICE brought me to medical and conducted a heart operation.
Since then, they have locked me in separate room. I still did not eat yet. Maybe I will die. I have no words to explain my condition. ICE came today and I told them to release me or I will die here.
I got my parole but they cancel my parole. The judge cancelled my parole. They labeled me a terrorist. They have no basis to label me terrorist. But I have proof that I am not, but they won’t listen to me. When I was in Bangladesh I was part of BNP (Bangladesh National Party). If I go back I will killed. So if they don’t release me, I will die here.”
Now reaching 10 days without food and enduring intimidation by authorities, concerns over hunger strike participants’ health and safety are rising.
Fahd Ahmed, director of DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving and principal support for the strikers, comments, “We are concerned for the health and safety of the hunger strikers, most of whom have refused food for ten days.
With an agreement reached at the Theo Lacy facility, ICE should release all the whistleblowing detainees and an investigation into the cruelty and negligence they have experienced should be launched immediately.”
About 120 correctional officers at Goulburn jail, in the New South Wales southern tablelands, are striking for 24 hours following a dispute over inmates' televisions.
The Public Service Association (PSA) said inmates at Goulburn Correctional Centre were refusing to follow guards' orders after officers seized mobile phones, drugs and other items along with televisions that had been tampered with.
Chair of the PSA's Prison Officers Vocational Branch Steve McMahon said management then negotiated with the inmates to provide them with replacement televisions.
"The staff feel that those actions have placed them at a great risk because the inmates now have managed to manipulate the system and had their items returned," Mr McMahon said.
"They damaged them in the first place and their refusal to mustering in the afternoon is a blatant breach of prison discipline." ... [ABC - 5/12/15]
6 December 2015