@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN [7/3/18]: 50 days of our peaceful demonstration in Balikpapan detention center for freedom and justice .every day we ask for help to be release from detention but no one come from UNHCR to us , and IOM and DGI also don't pay attention ...

 

 

Sri Lanka orders mobile internet restriction in anti-Muslim violence hit region [Tamil Guardian - 7/3/18]

 

 

@TheUNTimes [6/3/18]:  The @UN Secretary-General must list forces from #Afghanistan, the Congo, #Israel and #Myanmar in annual shame list for #child violation: - says @1612Watchlist

 

 

Conditions "ripe" for Myanmar's ongoing genocide of the Rohingya: Gas exploration and construction of pipelines the big elephant in the room for China's state media and UNHCR - who blame elephants [Xinhua - 7/3/18]

 

 

@EyeOfRohingya [15/3/18]:  #Rohingya minor children detained by #Saudi Immigration in Jeddah Detention Center under residence law. ...

 

 

Like Turkish dissidents, Uyghurs too face deportation from Malaysia [Free Malaysia Today - 1/3/18]

 

 

Asylum seekers sentenced to 15 months in prison for working illegally in Hong Kong [MENAFN - 28/3/18]

 

 

A Congolese woman at the center of a lawsuit accusing the U.S. government of unlawfully separating her from her 7-year-old daughter after they crossed the California-Mexico border seeking asylum was released Tuesday, an official with the American Civil Liberties Union said.

The woman was released from a detention center in San Diego under orders coming "from up top" in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project.

The child, however, remains about 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) away from her mother in a Chicago facility, he said. ... [The Tribune - 6/3/18]

 

 

The Justice Department is suing California and two top state officials, accusing them of interfering with federal immigration efforts by passing and enforcing state laws that hinder U.S. operations against undocumented people. ... [NPR - 6/3/18]

 

 

Attorneys seek release of Mexican journalist held in US immigration detention centre [US News - 6/3/18]

 

 

Mexico: The most dangerous country for journalists outside of war zones [WSWS - 6/3/18]

 

 

US Coast Guard intercepts and forcibly returns 10 Cuban migrants [Caribbean News Now - 5/3/18]

 

 

@ErikGerhardsson [5/3/18]: During the weekend the Turkish Coast Guard stopped 9 refugee boats carrying a total of 398 men, women & children trying to reach the Greek islands. ...

 

 

@Refugees_Gr [5/3/18]: 14 y.o. Afghan stabbed by coast guard in the feet hit with batons while they tried to remove his shoes. ...

 

 

Forty-seven people died crossing the Mediterranean in a wooden boat last month. This is their story. [PRI - 1/3/18]

 

 

Spanish authorities reported on Saturday that two sub-Saharan migrants died as they were trying to swim to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. ... [Morocco World News - 3/3/18]

 

 

Melilla : The inhuman conditions of reception facilities for migrant minors migrants [yabiladi - 27/2/18]

 

 

@maledictus [2/3/18]: Greek Asylum Service employees to withhold their labour until they get paid. #RefugeesGr already suffer long delays due to understaffed services

 

 

Nice Lie (A documentary):

 

Greece 2017/18. While the Greek economy is still recovering from the financial crisis, 60.000 refugees are trapped in the country.

They describe their daily challenges in barbed wired camps on the Greek Islands or on the streets of Athens.

People who came to Europe seeking safety and a decent life find that “those human rights are no more than a NICE Lie”, as 19-year old Abtin from Iran concludes.

So they fight for their rights on the streets, supported by solidarity initiatives and try to move on to central Europe – but many of them are deported back to Greece.

 

 

@Aussies4Refugees [‏[2/3/18: Nevermind refugee concentration camps, racist policing and children in adult prisons: Jobs, tech and culture as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews visits Israel and Greece [December 2017] ...

 

 

Victorian State Labor government gives Asylum Seeker Resource Centre $600,000 to continue playing partisan games with refugee lives and keep Shorten's personal - and illegal - July 2013 policy intact [Media Release - 11/9/17]

 

 

 

"It is OUR policy":  Bill Shorten Labor Machiavelli behind re-opening Manus Island and Nauru concentration camps, Bill Shorten, and signatory to the illegal July 2013 PNG arrangement, Mark Dreyfus, meet with Israeli anti-refugee "opposition" politicians Avi Gabbay, Isaac Herzog [October 2017]

 

 

As the Israel Prison Service on Monday began clearing asylum seekers out of the Holot detention facility ahead of its closure, authorities there forbade detainees to bring application forms for asylum requests into the compound. ... [Haaretz - 6/3/18]

 

 

@aptly_engineerd [5/3/18]: An Eritrean child peeks out of a store front in South Tel Aviv. The banner on the building reads דרום תל אביב נגד הגירוש - “South Tel Aviv Against the Deportation.” March, 2018 

 

 

@Aussie4Refugees [20/2/18]:  "Only under a neo-colonial framework could sending Eritreans to an arbitrary country in Africa with far fewer resources, education and employment opportunities, and capacities to accommodate long-term refugees than Israel, seem logical."

 

 

Empty promises and death: What Eritrean refugees found after "agreeing" to leave Israel for a "safe third country" [Middle East Eye - 12/2/18]

 

 

Israel starts issuing deportation notices to African asylum seekers not imprisoned in Holot concentration camp [Haaretz - 4/2/18]:

 

... Dabsai, a 47-year-old from Eritrea is a resident of Netanya.

"I don't want to go to Rwanda," he said.

"I'm from Eritrea, and I don't want to return to Eritrea. I'm going to jail, without fear."

Habtum, an asylym seeker from Eritrea who spent over a year in the Holot detention facility, said "They told me to leave after 60 days. I told them that I cannot, there's a problem because I came here."

He says he'd rather enter prison. 

...

Two weeks ago the population authority gave similar notices to asylum seekers held in Holot, which is expected to close in around six weeks.

Asylum seekers there say the authority has held conversations about deportation with about 60 of the some 900 people in the detention center in the Negev desert, all from Eritrea.

During these talks, the authority representative told them they must go to Rwanda or to their own country, otherwise they will be imprisoned at Saharonim Prison indefinitely.

They were given a month to inform the authority of their decision. The Holot detainees say Uganda was not offered as an option, as it was in the past.

During these conversations, the asylum seekers were given a two-page letter in Hebrew entitled “Information Sheet for the Infiltrator Leaving for a Safe Third Country” (“infiltrator” being the state’s term for asylum seekers who entered Israel over its border with Egypt).

It begins, “We would like to inform you that the State of Israel has signed agreements allowing you to leave Israel for a safe third country that will absorb you and give you a residency visa that will allow you to work in that country, and promises not to remove you to your country of origin.” ...

 

 

@davidsheen [6/3/18]:  A reminder of who rules global empire, and who serves it: USA opens permanent military base in Israel 

 

 

How “Russiagate” helps the Israel lobby [Electronic Intifada - 6/3/18]

 

 

Embassy of the Russian Federation to the UK Press Officer's comments on the incident with Sergei Skripal [6/3/18]

 

 

"Minor Cannibalism" @GraffitiExpert [4/3/18]: And you thought Socialist Alliance just funnelled votes to the Australian Labor Party ... 

 

 

@Aussie4Refugees [7/3/18]:  When Australia's human rights establishment, "advocates", UNHCR, lawyers and media posit a "safe third country", is Gillard's failed proposal to traffick refugees to #Malaysia what they mean? ...

 

 

US and Israeli Ambassadors to Nauru and PNG have never been asked a single question by Australian journalists covering refugees and the Asia Pacific region

 

... Beth began to feel woozy, before being dragged into bushes by two or three men and raped.

They then poured fuel on her and set her alight. I have seen photographs of her after the assault.

Her left breast is so badly burnt that the skin has blackened and lifted from the flesh. 

As a result of the rape, Beth became pregnant. A solemn Christian, the thought of abortion appalled her but she decided to go through with it.

Beth was flown to Brisbane for the termination where, not long after, she attempted to hang herself with a bed sheet.

She is now back on Nauru.  ... [The Saturday Paper - 22/8/15]

 

 

Ambassador Cefkin with Nauru President Baron Waqa [December 2016]

 

 

 Nauru: A ‘human dumping ground’, Julie Morse [Pacific Standard - 12/4/16]:

 

... When Pacific Standard reached out to Nauru Ambassador Judith Cefkin for her thoughts on the refugee camp conditions, she sent back only a boilerplate response:

 

“We encourage all countries to work with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to find durable solutions for refugees and asylum seekers.” ... 

[DURABLE SOLUTIONS is a vile neocon talking point used by UN and US officials to deflect protection obligations to refugees.]

 

 

Israel Ambassador to the Pacific Island States, Tibor Shalev Schlosser, hopes to see the PNG-Israel relationship heightened through increased cooperation and development [PNG Loop - 6/12/17]

 

 

 

@GraffitiExpert [2/1/18]:  Israel bought a sewage treatment system for #Nauru two weeks before it voted against a UN General Assembly resolution on Jerusalem. ...

 

 

 

@Aussie4Refugees : April 2017: US Ambassador to PNG Cassy Ebert-Gray welcomes 100 US Marines from the USS Comstock as PNGDF goes on violent shooting rampage against Australia's illegally imprisoned refugees on #Manus Island

 

 

STOP THE LIES.

 

END THE POLICY. 

 

OPEN THE ISLANDS.

 

FREE THE REFUGEES!

 

 

1. Refusing to submit to a sham assessment after being trafficked and indefinitely imprisoned in a concentration camp does not make a person a "rejected asylum seeker".

2. The ABC are pro "deterrence", and are therefore deliberately censoring crucial facts, the wider context of this atrocity, and failing to hold those who are responsible [i.e. Australian politicians, officials and NGOs] accountable.

3. The UNHCR continue to provide cover and are therefore complicit in the policy, and its murderous outcomes.

4. Withholding medical care is deliberate, and supported by Australian unions and professional associations.

5. The July 2013 PNG-Australia refugee exile arrangement produced the lawless "limbo" and was ruled illegal by the PNG Supreme Court in April 2016.

6. High profile "advocates" and legal "helpers" like Greg "advisor to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks" Barns must explain why they aren't pursuing a case for immediate release and access to a genuine asylum process, and are instead focussing on compensation and the "safe third country" furphy.

 

 

 

Featured:

 

Farhad Rahmati, Iranian refugee

Catherine Stubberfield, spokeswoman, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Greg Barns, lawyer

 

 

@Aussie4Refugees [5/3/18]:  In Behrouz Boochani's film 'Chauka Please Tell Us The Time' [which should be uploaded to the internet so the people - not just privileged audiences - can see it] a local remarked on lack of constructive legal challenge to end detention/torture on #Manus

 

 

... Sometimes I could see a butterfly that was trying to go out. I would stay and smoke some cigarettes and watch the butterfly until it found its way to freedom.

Sometimes for an hour I would just watch that butterfly. ... Chauka co-director Behrouz Boochani shares his story with Australian Centre for the Moving Image writer Enza Capobianco [May 2017]

 

 

UN Victory in Assange Case:  Decision has big implications for refugees and whistleblowers - but was roundly dismissed by Australia's establishment "refugee advocates" and seen on TV international law "experts" (eg Rintoul, McAdam and Saul) - who ignored the majority decision and inexplicably focussed on the minority dissenting opinion [Center for Constitutional Rights - 5/2/16]:

 

... In our briefs to the WGAD, we argued that someone is effectively detained when they are forced to choose between confinement and running the risk of persecution.

That is the precise dilemma faced by Mr. Assange, who would lose the protection of his asylum if he stepped out of the embassy.

The risk of extradition is the 'fourth wall' for the now repudiated claim that he is free to leave the embassy.

As a result, it has been years since Mr. Assange has had access to proper medical care, sunlight, or the ability to see his family.

The WGAD's decision in Mr. Assange's case sets an important precedent for refugees.

In our submissions we analogized the situation faced by Mr. Assange to that of asylum-seekers in detention facilities.

States may claim that asylum-seekers held in subhuman conditions are not 'detained' because they are technically free to leave for their home country, but this is a non-choice, since the home country would persecute the asylum seeker.

The WGAD decision could mean that so-called 'open' facilities like the Israeli Holot, deep in an Israeli desert, and the Australian-run center in Nauru are legally equivalent to closed prisons.

This concept of detention builds on arguments already adopted by many sources of international law, including the European Court of Human Rights, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and WGAD case law.

We expect this decision to be cited in future refugee detention challenges. ...

 

 

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has concluded that detention of a Pakistani man Ammar al Baluchi by America at Guantanamo Bay is arbitrary and breaches international human rights law.

The UN Working Group - comprising human rights experts - urged the US government to allow them to visit the infamous detention centre, saying its continued operation was a source of deep concern and its closure must remain a priority for the government.

The group stated that al Baluchi was being kept in US detention with no legal basis and had been denied his rights to be brought promptly before a judge and to challenge the lawfulness of his detention before a court. ... [The News - 1/3/18]

 

 

6 March 2018

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