Man deported from Fiji after attempted escape from Australia/PNG anti-refugee regime appears in Court [Radio Australia - 7/2/17]

 

 

... The case was adjourned from today to Wednesday, after Sawari interrupted the magistrate, stating that the village mentioned was incorrect.

Magistrate Maristella Painap told Police Prosecutors to get the correct details of Mr Sawari before 12pm tomorrow before the courts can arraign him.

Sawari also claimed that police did not even ask him for proper names to his village so he was puzzled as to how they came up with the village name on his details. ​

Lawyer representing Mr Sawari, Loani Henao will file a bail application tomorrow.

Sawari was charged with falsifying information to obtain a passport and he is currently waiting court at the Waigani Police Station cells. [PNG Facts - 6/2/17]

 

 

More than 200 families have been displaced over the weekend in Port Moresby.

These are settlers who have been residing behind the Erima Bridge.

They are now asking on their local members to resettle them, as they have been sleeping out in the cold for the past few days. ... [EMTV - 6/2/17]

 

 

While fascists are "respected", atrocities continue: Dr Sharman Stone takes her white woman's burden to US Embassy forum in PNG [PNG Facts - 6/2/17]

 

 

The aid cargo for Rohingya in Myanmar will be transported by barge to Sittwe after being unloaded in Yangon, said mission organisers.

Organising committee head Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said some 200 tonnes from the Malaysian ship Nautical Aliya would be carried there with another 300 tonnes of rice already in Myanmar.

“We will have two days to get a barge before we put the cargo on it for Sittwe,” he told The Star on board the ship.

A Malaysian-led mission departed Port Klang on Feb 4 for Myanmar and Bangladesh with aid meant for Rohingyas in both countries.

It is carrying some 2,300 tonnes of aid and nearly 200 volunteers from 12 countries including Malaysia. ... [The Star - 7/2/17]

 

 

‏@nslwin [5/2/17]:  13-yo #Rohingya boy, Hasson from #KyeeKanPyin was detained by #Myanmar military this morning. Brutally tortured and released in the evening.

 

 

Love your work, but you need to kick more people off their land: World Bank to Myanmar [Myanmar Times - 31/1/17]

 

 

 

 Abandoned mosque in #Sittwe #Myanmar. Community of #Rohingya who used to pray here have now fled or in #IDP camps nearby.  ‏@ScottHeidler [28/1/17]

 

 

Bangladeshi fisherman killed by Myanmar Border Guard Police shooting at the Teknaf border in Cox’s Bazar [Dhaka Tribune - 7/2/17]:

 

A Bangladeshi fisherman has been killed and another injured by Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) shooting at the Teknaf border in Cox’s Bazar.

The incident with the BGP took place in the Naf River around 6:30am Monday.

The deceased is Nurul Amin, son of Kabir Ahmed of Chowdhurypara village under the upazila.

Fisherman Mohammad Hakim, who witnessed the incident, said: “We three, including Amin, went to fish on the Moulvibazar Point of the Naf River in the morning. At that time, seven BGP members drove a patrol boat into Bangladesh territory. They opened fire on us, leaving two injured. ...

 

 

Bangladesh journalist murder: Mayor’s driver arrested [bdnews24.com - 7/2/17]

 

 

Let us return to our lands: Pilavu villagers' protest continues [Tamil Guardian - 7/2/17]

 

 

 

Refugees in Indonesia are protesting in front of the UNHCR's office for the second day. They demand a fairer and faster process of their asylum claims. ... [Hayat Rahimi - 7/2/17]

 

 

20 killed, 38 wounded in explosion at Afghan Supreme Court in Kabul [Khaama - 7/2/17]

 

 

The number of children killed in Afghanistan's conflict rose by 25 percent in 2016, according to the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan.

The 2016 Annual Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan, released on Monday, documents an overall 3 percent rise in civilian casualties — both deaths and injuries — from the previous year. ... [Chicago Tribune - 6/2/17]

 

 

We speak to a former British Intelligence officer at MI5 about the dangers of Trump receiving fake intelligence.

We speak to a Guatemalan human rights lawyer about Israeli, British and U.S involvement that led to 200,000 dying in Guatemala's dirty war.

We speak to the TOR Project about the former President leaving the surveillance door wide open for Donald Trump. [Going Underground - RT - 6/2/17]

 

 

IOF beseige 25,000 Palestinians in West Bethlehem villages [PNN - 7/2/17]:

 

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) for ten days now have been closing down all main entrances to Palestinian towns and villages in the western countryside of Bethlehem, central West Bank.

Local sources said that the army installed checkpoints and barries in the area, and have been searching residents and their vehicles.

About 25,000 people in the towns of Husan, Nahalin, Wadi Fukin and Battir, west of Bethlehem, have been living under tight siege for nearly nine days, according to local official Hasan Hamamreh. ...

 

 

Palestinian family 'violently assaulted' by masked Israeli police in Jerusalem raid [Maan - 7/2/17]

 

 

Israeli forces demolish Palestinian structures in the Jordan Valley [Maan - 7/2/17]

 

 

Israeli forces resumed attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday evening, injuring two Palestinians, after injuring a Palestinian earlier Monday in a series of Israeli army airstrikes in northern Gaza, in response to a rocket that landed in an open area in the Ashkelon region of southern Israel on Monday morning.

Witnesses told Ma'an that at least eight Israeli missiles were fired at several locations across the besieged coastal enclave.

One airstrike hit agricultural land in the center of Khan Yunis city in the southern Gaza Strip.

A spokesman of the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, confirmed that two people were injured in Khan Yunis. ... [Maan - 6/2/17]

 

 

Muhammad al-Qiq begins new hunger strike to protest latest administrative detention [Maan - 6/2/17]

 

 

Aboriginal Tent Embassy [7/2/17]:  Another image of Dylan (with his mother Joanne) - since emerging from NT's Hell House of torture and abuse.

 

 

Journalism in Australia:  Asking all the wrong people, all the wrong questions ---> A resident-led blockade of a new youth prison site using trucks and cars is being considered by people in Werribee South outraged by the Andrews government's plans to build a $288 million juvenile prison in their suburb. ... [The Age - 6/2/17]

 

 

 

This size tree it was a first along this stretch of road. - Noonie ...  @Clintonswalk [7/2/17]

 

 

Why did WA Police leave a traumatised Aboriginal family stranded? [ABC - 7/2/17]:

 

... "If it were a white family [with] no food, no electricity, with a dead body, I'm sure they'd be rescued straight away," Cody's uncle Cameron Sturt told Awaye!.

That's an accusation Kimberley Police Superintendent Allan Adams may be forced to address today when he meets Gwen Sturt, Cody's mother, to try to explain the decisions made by police two years ago. ...

 

 

Melbourne’s City Council has voted to ban the homeless from sleeping on the city’s streets.

Council members voted four to five in favour of the amendment to the 2009 Activities Local Law this evening at Town Hall. ... [Nine MSN - 7/2/17]

 

 

Below the thunders of the upper deep;

Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,

His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep

The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee ...

 

 

'The Kraken', Alfred Lord Tennyson [1830]

 

 

Flying squid, Surfers Paradise [7/2/17]

 

 

Man injured in violent carjacking, Southport [MYGC - 7/2/17]

 

 

Two tourists viciously assaulted in Surfers Paradise [MYGC - 6/2/17]

 

 

A man has been rushed to hospital with critical burns after a gas bottle exploded on the Gold Coast this morning.

Just before 5.30am, emergency crews raced to Resources Court at Molendinar after receiving reports a man had been injured in an explosion.

The man, aged in his 30s, was treated at the scene before being taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with burns to his legs, arms and face. ... [MYGC - 7/2/17]

 

 

A toddler has been mauled by a dog just north of the Gold Coast.

The boy was bitten on the face several times by the animal at Eagleby at 2:42PM.

He has been taken to Logan Hospital. [MYGC - 6/2/17]

 

 

Man hit by car, Arundel [MYGC - 6/2/17]

 

 

Cyclist hit by car, Hope Island [MYGC - 6/2/17]

 

 

Lismore doctor faces 16 more assault charges [Tweed Shire Echo - 7/2/17]

 

 

A Gold Coast plastic surgeon has avoided prison after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a patient during a consultation in May 2015.

Ces Colagrande, 46, was found guilty at Southport District Court today following a six-day trial on a single count of sexual assault.

He was given a nine-month jail sentence, wholly suspended for 18 months for his crime. ... [Nine MSN - 6/2/17]

 

 

A local police sergeant has been has been suspended from official duty with the Queensland Police Service.

The 58-year-old from the South Eastern Region is alleged to have assaulted a member of the public whilst on duty, police said in a statement. ... [MYGC - 6/2/17]

 

 

Logan bookstore owner to face judge-only trial [Nine MSN – 6/2/17]:

 

Former Islamic bookshop owner Omar Succarieh will face a judge-only trial as he fights allegations of extortion.

Succarieh, who last year pleaded guilty to foreign incursion charges, is due to stand trial in the Brisbane District Court later this month charged with intending to gain a benefit with threat of detriment.

On Monday, Brisbane District Court Judge Leanne Clare ruled in favour of an application to have the case heard as a judge-only trial.

Queensland's Department of Public Prosecutions is appealing against the four-and-a-half year jail sentence handed to Succarieh last year for the foreign incursion charges.

 

 

Refugee

 

by

 

One Earth

 

 

Sabre Lane allows Peter Dutton to continue the ALP lie justifying torture and murder of refugees in concentration camps to stop them from drowning [ABC - 7/2/17]

 

 

THERE IS NO "DEAL". There never was. There is only indefinite detention, torture, exile and deportation. THAT is the policy ----> Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today called on the Trump administration to make public the details of a secret agreement between the Obama administration and Australia to transfer to the United States foreign nationals who attempted to enter Australia as refugees. 

These foreign nationals have instead been held by the Australian government at Pacific Island detention facilities. 

Grassley first raised concerns about the clandestine pact in November, and called on the Obama administration to release the classified details in December, after it became clear that there was no apparent reason for the information to be classified.  ... [US Senator Chuck Grassley - 2/2/17]

 

 

PNG lawyer i gohet long helpim ol refugee long kot [Radio Australia - 6/2/17]:

 

Lawyer blong ol 856 refugee na asylum seeker long Manus Islands i kamap long Papua New Guinea Supreme Court gen long tede bihainim ol wok blong helpim ol.

Ben Lomai i tok as tingting long ol wok em i wokim nau em long salim ol lain ia i kam long Australia or go long narapela kantri, na tu long ol i ken kisim kompensesan.

Mr Lomai dispela i bihainim disisan blong Supreme Court long 26 April long yia i go pinis olsem, ditensan blong ol refiuji na asailam sika ia long Manus em i rong aninit long mama loa blong Papua New Guinea.

Dispela em i  aninit long summary judgement blong Supreme Court long keis we oposisam lida bipo, Belden Nama ibin bringim go long kot.

 

 

‏@BehrouzBoochani [7/2/17]:  There was no court for Loghman Savari yesterday. He is still in prison. Torturing him enough.

 

 

Loghman Sawari's Fijian lawyer to visit him in PNG, return belongings [Fiji Times - 7/2/17]:

 

Lautoka-based human rights lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh is planning to travel to Papua New Guinea to return the belongings of Iranian national Loghman Sawari who was deported to PNG last Friday by Immigration Officials.

Mr Ravindra-Singh had been representing Mr Sawari while he was in the country seeking asylum. Mr Sawari appeared in the Papua New Guinea court yesterday charged with passport-related offences.

"I plan to go to PNG to visit him and also to take across his two bags that are still here with me, at the moment I haven't had any contact with his lawyer, but I can confirm that he has been produced in Court today (yesterday)," Mr Ravidra-Singh said.

Mr Ravindra-Singh said he would also speak with Mr Sawari's PNG-based lawyer.

He said he was still awaiting word from the Immigration Department regarding the situation surrounding his client's deportation.

 

 

UNHCR "gravely concerned" for Loghman Sawari after advising Fiji's Attorney-General he could be deported [RNZI - 7/2/17]

 

 

... [Fiji's Attorney-General] Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said he was advised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that Mr Sawari was not recognised as a refugee under the UNHCR mandate.

"It has further advised that he is a refugee recognised by Papua New Guinea under its national procedures. So Fiji has merely returned Sawari to his rightful place of residence," he said. ... [RNZI - 3/2/17]

 

 

AFTER Loghman Sawari was deported, the OHCHR said it wanted to help [Fiji Times - 3/2/17]

 

 

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. ...

 

 

It is time for the UNHCR to explain why it doesn't want refugees on Manus and Nauru freed and GENUINELY resettled.

 

 

Manus prison: I tried to reach Eaten Fish, security stopped me. It's important for us to know what's happening to him. He's only 48kg

 

Manus prison: Eaten Fish needs emergency medical treatment, he's been in isolation room for past 8 months. I'm deeply worried for him

 

 ‏@BehrouzBoochani [6/2/17]

 

 

What happened during Loghman Sawari's Court appearance?  Where are you Michael Gordon?  Janet Galbraith?  Why have you abandoned him? [Fiji Times - 6/2/17]

 

 

... In recent days, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, launched a campaign for these three men to be brought to Australia.

A letter was sent to Prime Minister Turnbull, signed by many journalists, writers, performers and cartoonists.

The campaign was to be launched last November, but with the announcement of the US-Australia deal that would hopefully see the men granted refuge in America, it was put on hold. ... <-- WHAT A CROCK. [Sydney Morning Herald - 6/2/17]

 

 

These people don't give a fuck about refugees - if they did they'd be writing to Shorten first [MEAA Media Release - 5/2/17]

 

 

Peter Hartcher not allowed to reveal details of fictional "US deal" - does FAKE NEWS instead. [Sydney Morning Herald - 6/2/17]

 

 

US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman renews call for declassification of covert refugee deal [2/2/17]

 

 

On anniversary of UN decision, Assange calls on UK, Sweden to release him ... @wikileaks [6/2/17]

 

 

‏@wikileaks [6/2/17]:  Germany's Spiegel: Only the NSA can save us from Trump  

 

 

Australian Federal Police member taken to hospital after shooting at Melbourne headquarters [Nine MSN - 6/2/17]:

 

An Australian Federal Police member has been taken to hospital after a shooting incident at the AFP headquarters in Melbourne.

The AFP confirmed police and ambulance responded to the shooting at the La Trobe Street headquarters this afternoon, after a person received a gunshot wound while inside the building about 5.45pm.

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection to the shooting.

 

 

The American military has failed to publicly disclose potentially thousands of lethal airstrikes conducted over several years in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, a Military Times investigation has revealed.

The enormous data gap raises serious doubts about transparency in reported progress against the Islamic State, al-Qaida and the Taliban, and calls into question the accuracy of other Defense Department disclosures documenting everything from costs to casualty counts.  ... [Military Times - 5/2/17]

 

 

'THE COMING WAR ON CHINA' TO OPEN IN AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS AS TRUMP'S MAN BEATS WAR DRUMS [John Pilger]

 

 

Dendy Portside, Brisbane - 16 February - apparently.

 

 

The secret of the Bikini Islands [RT - 10/12/16]:

 

... Lying in the vast Pacific Ocean between the US and Asia, the "once bountiful" atoll is a "stepping stone to Asia and China" for the US.

In 1946 the US took over the Marshall Islands as a trust territory, but turned it into a "laboratory for the testing of nuclear weapons, and its people into guinea pigs," the film says, adding that effects of the atomic bomb were also tested on animals.

...

"What the Americans did was no accident. They came here and destroyed our land. They came to test the effects of a nuclear bomb on us," a local woman told the filmmaker. ...

 

 

1985: The evacuation of Rongelap [Greenpeace]:

 

... The Rongelap people were returned to their island in 1957, in spite of the fact that it had been continually dosed with fallout from nuclear tests during their absence.

No 'cleanup' of radiation was ever conducted and in 1979, an aerial radiation study of the northern Marshalls conducted by the US revealed high levels of residual radiation on Rongelap Atoll - in some places even higher than at Bikini itself.

But the US government representative to the Marshall Islands had ruled that Rongelap was still perfectly safe, as long as the people stay away from the northern islands and eat imported tinned food.

The Islanders' pleas to the US government to be evacuated had always fallen on deaf ears.

So at the request of Rongelap's representative to the Marshall Islands parliament, Greenpeace agreed to take on the task of evacuating the entire population to the safer island of Mejato 180 kilometres away.

'Operation Exodus' was a major departure for Greenpeace, this was not a traditional Greenpeace style protest, there were no inflatables or banners to hang, there was just the logistic challenge of moving an entire population 180 kilometres in the Pacific. ...

 

 

... This voyage of this Flotilla recalls the old law of the sea - which obliges us to give assistance to anyone in peril, without regard for flags - and seeks to open a multitude of flows toward a new world for which maps are yet to be created. ... [Project SafeCom Inc.]

 

 

 

 

The Flotilla of Hope [Wikipedia]:

 

The Flotilla of Hope was a voyage by yacht carried out in 2004 by protesters critical of the Australian government's asylum policy.

The boats sailed to Nauru, a Pacific island nation which is host to Australia's offshore immigrant detention centre.

They intended to deliver goods to those interned (most detainees are families who fled conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq), but were not allowed to land by the Nauruan government.

Under an agreement put into effect earlier that year, Australia had taken responsibility for the island's finances and civilian police force.

Following the action, asylum was granted to over half the refugees on Nauru and Aladdin Sisalem who was in solitary confinement on Manus Island, New Guinea was released.

Along the way to Nauru, the Flotillas docked at Santa Cruz, a far flung island of the Solomon Islands Where they were met by the local indigenous people.

The Flotillas carried their cargo through the 12 mile No Go Zone and got to within 500 metres of Nauru coast until they were chased out by 6 Nauruan boats. ...

 

 

Trump's Executive Orders could drastically expand family immigration detention centres [Truthout - 5/2/17]:

 

... For all the attention paid to Trump's brutal executive orders, the issue of family detention has gone almost completely ignored in the media. It's still unclear exactly how the women and children who are held will be impacted by the orders, or Trump's administration at large.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detains immigrants in "over 200 county jails and for-profit prisons," according to Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC).

Women and children are only held in three of those facilities, however -- two in Texas, at Karnes and Dilley, and one in Berks, Pennsylvania.

The population at the three existing immigrant family jails fluctuates, but at capacity they can hold up to about 3,000 people.

For now, "it's been business as usual" says Amy Fischer, policy director at the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), which represents immigrants and asylum seekers in court.

"Prior to January 20th, we were seeing asylum-seeking families being turned away at the border. That's something we're still seeing. The fact that things have not changed drastically shows how bad things already were." ...

 

 

A call for immigration arrests, court records to be made public [Casa Grande Dispatch - 30/1/17]:

 

... To borrow a phrase from the Boston Globe’s Maria Sacchetti, the American immigration system is “cloaked in a blanket of secrecy,” one that seems reluctant to lift away even when lives are at stake.

That blanket not only shields convicted criminals from “embarrassment or retaliation” at the expense of their victims but also those immigrants who have neither criminal records nor equal rights.

Even as those guilty of crimes ranging from basic traffic or drug citations to murder are effectively given another chance, afforded fair hearings, attorneys and constitutional protections, their non-criminal counterparts have fewer rights and a limited ability to contact the world beyond the walls of detention.

They do not have the right to a court-appointed attorney. They do not have the right to a speedy hearing. They do not have the right to a second chance.

Sacchetti ticks off casualties in a declaration she made to a federal court: a young woman with no criminal history, dead from a heart condition before she was ever given a chance to plead for medical help before a judge; a father of five in Texas, disappeared from his family after he was detained; a wheelchair-bound Cuban man, left invisible in detention for 14 years. ...

 

 

... The reason he has been so successful is that the Trump regime and the neoliberal establishment are playing to two entirely different audiences.

The Trumpians are playing to “flyover country,” not just nationally, also internationally.

For reasons I’ll get into in more detail shortly, many of these non-urban working class folks are not real thrilled with Globalism and are responding to Trump’s neo-nationalist message.

The neoliberal elites are playing to their base, most of whom are no less misguided than the folks they deride in “flyover country.”

This is mostly due to the identity politics that have been part and parcel of neoliberal ideology for going on the last fifty years, and is why the so-called “resistance” to Trump is centered around issues like racism and misogyny, rather than any kind of cogent reading of the global political dynamics at play here. ... The resistance and its double [Counterpunch - 30/1/17]

 

 

If you want to end Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy, YOU MUST target the man who holds the key 

 

Labor will be supporting this legislation because it is our policy.

 

"Opposition" Leader, Bill Shorten speaking on the Migration Amendment (Regional Processing Arrangements) Bill 2015  [House of Representatives Hansard - 24/6/15]

 

 Costa sums up the #mardisgras controversy #letthemstay @billshortenmp [Image:  ‏@KieranBennett - 14/3/16]

 

 

ALP and Shorten use strong arm tactics in attempt to silence No Pride in Detention float at Sydney Mardi Gras [Guardian - 7/3/16]:

 

... A No Pride float organiser, Amy Thomas, told Guardian Australia the suggestion the float could be removed was “completely unacceptable to us”.

“The compromise was that we would let others go in front of us,” she said.

“The marshals were made to hold us back while a couple of floats which came from further along Oxford Street went ahead of us … Obviously they wanted to avoid the embarrassment of the hypocrisy of Bill Shorten and the Labor party’s position on offshore processing.”

Thomas said she was disappointed in the event organisers.

“The origins of Mardi Gras were a protest for gay rights and it’s long been a venue for that,” she said.

“It is a situation where you have LGBTQI refugees on Nauru and Manus Island in PNG and in both countries homosexuality is illegal and subject to years of imprisonment. [Both parties] know they’re placing people in that situation. You can’t march on the streets against homophobia and not be questioned on what I say is a selective view on homophobia.”

 

 

Manus prison: Cartoonist Eaten Fish is on hunger strike, media doesn't care. He's close to death & media only watching Donald Trump

 

‏@BehrouzBoochani [5/2/17]

 

 

Man who escaped Australia/PNG anti-refugee regime to seek asylum in Fiji, but was deported, to appear in Court [Fiji Times - 6/2/17]:

 

Deported Iranian national Loghman Sawari, who was sent back to Papua New Guinea last Friday, has been charged and will appear in court in PNG today.

Lautoka lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh, who was representing Mr Sawari while he was in Fiji, said that his client was kept in a prison complex in PNG and had managed to get a lawyer to represent him in court today.

Mr Ravindra-Singh could not confirm the charges against Mr Sawari, but said he was in contact with Mr Sawari's support team in PNG.

"I'm aware of the fact that he has got a lawyer and that he has been charged. I haven't seen the charges and since everything is literally on shutdown that side, all I can confirm now is a lawyer has been arranged and we're still waiting for the charges," Mr Ravindra-Singh said.

"Authorities have not said anything to us as yet of the reason why he was deported in the first place. I am still waiting for the letter from the Immigration department on why he was deported."

Meanwhile, Behrouz Boochani — a Kurdish journalist and human rights defender currently held on Manus Island, PNG -—recently posted on social media via Twitter claiming Mr Sawari had been charged with passport-related offences.

In his tweet Mr Boochani said "Chief Migration Officer says Loghman Savari was interviewed yesterday (Saturday) and is in police custody charged with passport related offences".

In a separate tweet, Mr Boochani claims Mr Sawari was in a bad condition.

 

 

Like the UNHCR, Amnesty had a AN ENTIRE WEEK to urge protection for Loghman Sawari. They said NOTHING. Now, instead of using this opportunity to call on Australia to end its anti-refugee policy, they choose to condemn Fiji [RNZI - 6/2/17]:

 

... Amnesty's Pacific Researcher, Kate Schuetze, said Fiji had failed an important test at a time when it's making a bid for a seat on the UN's Human Rights Council.

"The Fijian authorities gave assurances that he would not be arrested before he had that interview." <--- Really?  First I've heard of it.

"He's been let down quite seriously by those promises and I think serious questions need to be asked because this is a pretty big bungle by Fiji," Kate Schuetze said. ...

 

 

ILLEGALLY AND UNCONSITUTIONALLY HELD MEN ARE BEING BRUTALISED AND THREATENED WITH DEPORTATION AS AMNESTY AND FRIENDS BLURT ON ABOUT THE BOGUS "US DEAL" [RNZI - 6/2/17]

 

 

THERE IS NO "DEAL". There never was. There is only indefinite detention, torture, exile and deportation. THAT is the policy ----> Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today called on the Trump administration to make public the details of a secret agreement between the Obama administration and Australia to transfer to the United States foreign nationals who attempted to enter Australia as refugees. 

These foreign nationals have instead been held by the Australian government at Pacific Island detention facilities. 

Grassley first raised concerns about the clandestine pact in November, and called on the Obama administration to release the classified details in December, after it became clear that there was no apparent reason for the information to be classified.  ... [US Senator Chuck Grassley - 2/2/17]

 

 

ABC continue laying the propaganda groundwork to justify collective punishment of Australia's illegally and unconstitutionally held men on Manus Island [6/2/17]

 

 

New Zealand media - disappointingly - start doing the same [RNZI - 6/2/17]

 

 

Murdoch's Post-Courier says planned forced deportation of men from Australia's concentration camp on Manus Island is a step toward its closure [RNZI - 6/2/17]:

 

... Mr Kantha [Acting Chief Migration Officer] said those who are not refugees have no lawful basis to remain in the country and must depart.

He said they are encouraged to take up offers of Assisted Voluntary Return. ... <--- Coercing political prisoners to return to their country of origin after 4 years in a concentration camp is NOT "voluntary return"

 

 

Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, says his country does not accept any of its citizens repatriated against their will  [Guardian - 15/3/16]

 

 

Shall we compare state tyrannies, or question our own nation's abdication from international treaties? ---> 979,441 refugees reside in Iran [UNHCR 2015]

 

 

 

6 February 2017

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