... A week after their forced return, Dong Guangping and Jiang Yefei were paraded on Chinese state television confessing to breaking immigration laws. Both men are criminally detained and at the mercy of a criminal justice system where torture and other ill-treatment to extract “confessions” remains widespread.

 Their forcible return is part of a growing pattern, as China casts its net beyond its borders to round up critics and others that have sought sanctuary abroad. In itself this threatens, among other things, core principles on the protection of refugees, a bedrock of international law. ... [Guardian - 8/12/15]




A nation that imprisons people in concentration camps just because they are seeking asylum is not a democracy.



With OSB Commander MAJGEN Andrew Bottrell at Manus RPC yesterday ...


Image: @PeterDutton_MP [31/3/15]



Save Mohammad Albederee [8/12/15]:


Nearly a year ago I began another of my life's journeys. One that is continuing today and into the future but one that I believe is very worthwhile.

I was feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by what I was hearing about treatment of asylum seekers in offshore detention and decided that I had to take direct action after seeing vision of hundreds of desperate hunger striking asylum seekers on Manus Island.

It has been one of the most emotionally and physically difficult rides ...of my life this year but I would not change it for anything.

Joining the men on Manus in hunger strike has brought me into contact with those imprisoned there and I now count them amongst my best friends.

I share their hopes and dreams, frustrations and fears and I would not change that for anything in the world.

Asylum seekers are human beings who love their family and friends and aspire for a better life.

They just want what everyone else wants.

Don't let government scare campaigns convince you that hate and discrimination are the answers to our national safety.

Hate will only create more pain and fear for everyone.

Bring those on Manus and Nauru to Australia.

Give them safety and security and love.

That is the only solution to the 'refugee crisis' and the only right thing to do.

Let them, and those who know them get on with leading productive lives instead of fighting against the injustice of these totally insane measures that are ultimately costing Australia financially and showing the world that we are a morally bereft country.

Let Australians open their homes and their hearts and show the rest of the world that we are not what our government has portrayed us as.

We are better than that.

Really what this post is for, is to thank all of you who have touched my heart and my life. You know who you are. ...





The UN Women-organised Film Festival 2015 "Nothing Less Than Equal" has been hailed a success.

The film festival program last night was organised to raise awareness and mark the 16 Day of Activism Against Gender Violence.


The film festival was opened by the US Ambassador Judith Beth Cefkin and also had in attendance the acting regional representative of UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the Pacific, Catherine Phuong and deputy representative and officer in charge of UN Women, Nicolas Burniat. [Fiji Times - 2/12/15]





Free the Children NAURU [27/11/15]:


25.11.15 Connect told to refugees in Nauru : "we have new accommodation for you" when I went there I didn't have room

I lied on the street and Nauru police arected (arrested) me and 3 strong Nauruian men with force pushed me in the police car and they kept me in the jail, still I don't have room for live.

please help me just I need a room for live.

I asked Australian connect worker (her name is (deleted) and they left me alone and Nauru police arested me and they kept me in ...the jail and they left my belongs in the street, I need your help please. still I dont have any place for live.

I am not alone,we are 4 single ladies.

This morning 27.11.15 a protest started at RPC3 one man (Name deleted) climbed to the top of a crane

He was protesting about having another interview with Australian immigration because he has had many interview and he still doesn't know about his refugee statue .

he has a message to world : ( WORLD ,KIDS IN NAURU NEED YOUR HELP )





Nauru's former resident magistrate Peter Law says there's a climate of fear in the country [RNZI - 25/11/15]




... It’s unusual that they [Connect Consortium - who run "settlement" services for refugees exiled on Nauru] haven’t encountered any allegations of rape or sexual assault, because there are many. Such as the story of Beth, a young Ethiopian refugee who was released into the Nauruan community in May. Allegedly Beth, whose name I have changed, was sitting on the beach with some other Ethiopian women when local men gave her a drink. 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. 


These are not isolated incidents. I have another letter, also written by a Somali woman, who recounts a similar story. Sarah, whose name I have also changed, was offered a lift by a man at the supermarket’s bus stop. “In car, man said I have to get something from my home first. When we got there dogs came out barking. Man said get out of car, dogs won’t hurt you. Dogs came close to attacking me. I asked him to call dogs away. He said get inside the house – they don’t know you – if you go inside they think you are part of family.

“I went inside. Dogs came in too. Man took off all his clothes and showed me his private parts. I wet my pants and soiled my pants. This is reason I left Somalia – this fear of rape – I see it happen to many. Then he said I don’t care and hit my face very hard. He said dogs will kill you if you don’t suck my private part. Then I have no choice.”   ... [The Saturday Paper - 22/8/15]





All over the world, Greens politicians are capitulating to empire ---->  Green MP Caroline Lucas steps down from Stop the War Coalition role  [Guardian - 8/12/15]





Boko Haram torches village near kidnapped girls' town  [Daily Star- 8/12/15]






Israeli forces shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian during a predawn detention raid into Duheisha refugee camp to the south of Bethlehem on Tuesday.

Medics identified the Palestinian as Malik Akram Shahin and said he had been shot in the forehead, where the bullet remained lodged.

Witnesses said he was "left bleeding for long before he was evacuated to the public hospital in Beit Jala, where medics pronounced him dead."

He was killed when large numbers of Israeli forces stormed Duheisha camp in the early hours of Tuesday, detaining a number of local residents and delivering summons to others.

As the soldiers broke into Palestinians' homes, they reportedly fired live rounds, tear gas canisters, and stun grenades "indiscriminately" through the camp's narrow alleys.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that "overnight, a riot broke out" in Duheisha camp, with Palestinians throwing "pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails" at Israeli soldiers.  ... [Maan - 8/12/15]




Palestinian shot dead after stabbing Israeli in Hebron [Maan - 7/12/15]




Private U.S. donors are massively funding Israeli settlements by using a network of tax-exempt nonprofits, which funnelled more than $220 million (about 850 million shekels) to Jewish communities in the West Bank in 2009-2013 alone, a Haaretz investigation has found.

The funding is being used for anything from buying air conditioners to supporting the families of convicted Jewish terrorists, and comes from tax-deductible donations made to around 50 U.S.-based groups. ... [Haaretz - 7/12/15]




Afghanistan:  US drone strike kills 11 in Nangarhar [TOLO News - 8/12/15]





Asian Development Bank approves $1.2 billion in grants to "support Afghanistan’s energy security" [Khaama - 8/12/15]





Work on a long-delayed gas pipeline project, which is estimated to cost $10 billion, would get under way next week in Turkmenistan, a Pakistani official said on Wednesday. 

The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline was conceived 25 years ago, but its implementation has since been impeded by security concerns and political rifts. ... [Pajhwok - 8/12/15]




Saudi executes Pakistani heroin smuggler [Daily Star - 8/12/15]




“The Saudis, the [United Arab Emirates] and Bahrain are all in Yemen and dealing with violent extremism there,” he said.


“But we’d like to see some more help particularly in Syria.”




Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr  [US Department of Defense - 7/12/15]



 Last Wed this kid was wounded in airstrikes targeting a park in Taiz city’s Al Houban district, 2km from @MSF clinic


Image:  ‏@JamesNichols73 [8/12/15]




The World Health Organization has condemned the attack on Al-Houban clinic, run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Taiz, in which nine people were wounded, including two MSF staff. ... [Arab News - 8/12/15]




Yemen:  Peace talks to start next week among warring parties, regional actors, says UN envoy [Media Release - 7/12/15]





The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday it will investigate Chicago's police department following protests over the 2014 police shooting death of a black teenager, on the same day local prosecutors said they would not seek charges in another police shooting case. ... [Reuters - 7/12/15]




A Pike County deputy has been fired after reporting his gun misfired Thursday night, killing his neighbor, and now faces a Wednesday preliminary court hearing. ... [Chillicothe Gazette - 7/12/15]




... Jenkins was scheduled to testify before a special Grand Jury because of his involvement in another shooting death on March 28.

He was put on administrative leave twice for that shooting and place back on administrative leave this morning before he was charged in the death.

No word yet on when Jenkins will testify for the special Grand Jury with this latest charge handing over his head. [nbc4i - 4/12/15]




Al Jazeera cameraman dies in Syria's Homs [Al Jazeera - 8/12/15]




Dozens of civilians have been killed or injured in a coalition air raid, reported local sources.

Those who died in the attack on Monday were understood to be from the Hasakah countryside in north-eastern Syria.

"At least 37 civilians - mainly women and children - were killed in a coalition airstrike on the village of al-Khan in Hasakah," Mudhar Hammad al-Asaad, a local journalist, told al-Araby al-Jadeed. ... [al-Araby - 8/12/15]



 Amid ‘relentless’ violence and destruction in Syria, UN deputy relief chief urges greater civilian protection [Media Release - 7/12/15]




United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria



 US Department of Defense [7/12/15]:



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

Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted nine strikes in Syria:

-- Near Hawl, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle bomb, and three ISIL vehicles.

-- Near Dayr Ar Zawr, four strikes struck four ISIL oil wellheads.

-- Near Mar’a, a strike damaged an ISIL artillery piece.

Strikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber and fighter aircraft conducted 11 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

-- Near Kisik, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit , destroyed an ISIL fighting position and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Mosul, a strike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Ramadi, seven strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units, wounded five ISIL fighters, denied ISIL access to terrain, and destroyed 13 ISIL buildings, nine ISIL fighting positions, six ISIL heavy machine guns, three ISIL staging areas, two ISIL house bombs, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL tunnel, an ISIL bomb, and an ISIL assembly area.

-- Near Tal Afar, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.





The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces have reportedly managed to regain full control of the strategic Palmyra-Homs highway from Daesh militants in the center of the country.

The strategic Palmyra-Homs highway has been won back by the Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces after fierce fighting with Daesh militants in central Syria, media reports said. ... [Sputnik News - 8/12/15]




Iraq: ‘Islamic State’ atrocities fuelled by decades of reckless arms trading [Amnesty International - 8/12/15]




ISIS smuggles majority of oil through Turkey, says Iraqi PM amid ‘sovereignty violation’ rift [RT - 8/12/15]




@IraqiSMCEn  - Iraqi Spring Media Center [8/12/15]: 




 Anbar: The government's air force has shelled a home in Thubat neighbourhood /2 in Fallujah killing A'isha Wadhah , a child, amputating her sister's hand and wounding her brother.....




Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Latifiya area south of Baghdad resulted in 6 deaths and injuries.




Baghdad: News agencies:A roadside bomb has exploded near ice cream shop in Mashtal area east of Baghdad resulted in death and 5 injuries........







Seven army camps in Thessaloniki that are not currently in use have been chosen to temporarily house refugees and migrants as Greek authorities seek ways of easing the overcrowding at the Idomeni border crossing with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

The camps are currently going through a quick renovation process that is being carried out by local authorities and the army.

Soldiers, however, will not be involved in looking after the refugees and migrants once they are transferred to the camps. This task will be undertaken by nongovernmental organizations and volunteers put forward by municipalities. ... [Ekathimerini - 7/12/15]







@MSF_Sea [7/12/15]:   Kids and riot police; another day of misery at #Idomeni for the ~2100 stuck there since last month







@PROACTIVA_SERV [8/12/15]:   Let's go, another dinghy is approaching. #safepassage #refugeeswelcome







@la_kaseta [7/12/15]:   Today we've shot the team of @PROACTIVA_SERV helping a Syrian family to go ashore. ...





@MSF_Sea [7/12/15]:   ... The rescue is over and 97 #people are now warming up and calming down on board the #Argos





Russia and India hold joint naval exercise in Bay of Bengal [TASS - 7/12/15]





Twelve men in Mandalay were convicted yesterday for having links to an alleged armed insurgent group – one that human rights workers claim may be entirely fictitious.

The 12 defendants were given five-year sentences for receiving training from an organisation referred to as the “Myanmar Muslim Army”.

They were charged under section 5J of the Emergency Provisions Act, undermining the security of the union. ... [Myanmar Times - 8/12/15]






 Myanmar's stock exchange to open, but not for business [Channel News Asia - 8/12/15]




Myanmar will submit its debut report disclosing information on its extractive industries next month, in the hope of being accepted as a compliant member of the International Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), officials said yesterday.

The initiative is the global standard for transparency on natural resource governance. ... [Myanmar Times - 8/12/15]







The United States on Monday announced a work-around in its Myanmar sanctions regime to allow trade through ports and other infrastructure run by cronies of the former ruling junta, drawing sharp criticism from a leading Republican lawmaker.


The administration officials who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity about Monday's measure before it was announced said that the sanctions waiver was not a reaction to the election, although they characterized it as a step that could create "breathing space" for Suu Kyi's party as it forms the next government. It was not immediately clear if Suu Kyi was consulted. ... [Yahoo - 7/12/15]




A Divisive bill that could open Myanmar’s lucrative mining sector further to foreign investment has been submitted for the third time to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw for approval. ... [Myanmar Times - 27/11/15]





BG Group and Woodside to start offshore exploration in Rakhine Basin [Myanmar Times - 19/11/15]




 The CEO of Australian company Woodside, Mr Peter Coleman, and Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, HE Nicholas Coppel, met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss Woodside's investment in Myanmar on 12 May 2015.  Australian Embassy in Myanmar



In the opposition’s first post-victory statement on the fate of persecuted Rohingya Muslims, a senior National League for Democracy official has said helping the group will not be a priority when the party takes power next year.

Dismissing the stateless ethnic minority as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, Win Htein told the New York Times they should be “returned” there. ... [Coconuts Yangon - 19/11/15]




They’re concentration camps, and people are dying [TIME -17/6/14]:


... Doctors Without Borders, the international aid agency that was evicted by the government in February, has not been allowed back. Although some foreign aid groups have resumed operations since late March, when radical Buddhists ransacked more than a dozen offices, the U.N. says much more should be done.

The World Food Programme continues to provide rations of rice, chickpeas, oil and salt, but aid workers insist they are not enough to stem the gathering problem of acute malnutrition.

Indeed, several interned Rohingya tell TIME they were brutally beaten by Burmese security forces in recent weeks for attempting to supplement their diet by fishing beyond the boundaries of the camps.

Burma’s government refuses to recognize its 1.3 million Rohingya as citizens. Though Rohingya have lived in the Buddhist-majority country for generations, they are widely, and affectedly, referred to as Bengalis, to convey the false impression that they are intruders from neighboring Bangladesh.

“There is no such thing as ‘Rohingya,'” insists U Pynya Sa Mi, the head of a monastery in Sittwe.

“The Rakhine people are simply defending their land against immigrants who are creating problems.” ...




... We have some asylum seekers, but that’s pretty much stopped.

We have stopped the boats with our policies, which are regarded as cruel by many people.

But I have to say again, our policy on border protection is harsh, but it has been absolutely demonstrated that it is better than any other alternative. ...



Israel and Australia: A conversation with Turnbull [Jewish Journal - 25/8/15]




Stopping people from seeking asylum not only breaches international conventions, it's expensive [Sydney Morning Herald - 8/12/15]:



The federal government spent $1.2 billion running Australia's offshore detention centres last financial year, including $20 million on charter flights alone – more than the budget cuts required to fund Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's innovation cash-splash announced this week.

Figures provided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection show the government also spent almost $138,000 on an advertising blitz in Indonesia following the leadership spill, warning would-be asylum seekers that Australia's border stance would not yield under Mr Turnbull's leadership. ...




Australia stopped accepting UNHCR refugees in October 2014.




Regional pariah hypocritically attempts to take moral highground [Japan Today - 8/12/15]:


... Australia, which hauled Japan before the ICJ in 2010 to try to end the annual hunt, would continue to raise concerns, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

“We are working with other like-minded nations to build international consensus against Japanese whaling,” Bishop said in a statement.

“We are also exploring options for further legal action.” ...




New Zealanders forced to sign away rights to escape Christmas Island concentration camp, but NZ Justice Minister accepts Dutton's assurance [RNZI - 8/12/15]




Ronnie Knight MP complains that refugees exiled and imprisoned on Manus Island are socialising with locals and aren't being disappeared quickly enough [PNG Loop - 8/12/15]




Ronnie Knight MP continues putting on a show for his constituents as investigation into expat rape of local woman stalls [PNG Loop - 8/12/15]




Hanuabada investigators are claiming to have uncovered that statements given in by police into the initial shooting –to-death investigation at the village, were in fact the same statements typed out with just the submitting officer’s name being changed ... [PNG Loop - 8/12/15]




Families of the late Nelson Rema, who died from a gunshot wound while being pursued by police in Port Moresby will petition the government to take immediate action on police brutality. ... [PNG Loop - 8/12/15]




US, Singapore sign enhanced defence cooperation pact [Channel News Asia - 8/12/15]





Singapore's Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen and his United States counterpart Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter welcomed the inaugural deployment of the P8 Poseidon aircraft to Singapore from Dec 7 to 14. ...  [Channel News Asia - 8/12/15]



Foreign Minister defends government to US Ambassador [Cambodia Daily – 8/12/15]:


Last month, Mr. Namhong insisted that he had nothing to do with the sudden issuance of an arrest warrant for Mr. Rainsy, and did not even know his lawyer had asked for the warrant to be issued until after the fact.

Mr. Rainsy has since been removed from parliament and stripped of the legal immunity that came with his status as a lawmaker by a majority vote of the CPP-dominated National Assembly’s standing committee.

He is now abroad in self-imposed exile.

His deputy, Kem Sokha, was stripped of his position as National Assembly vice president a few weeks earlier. Just days before that, two CNRP lawmakers were severely beaten while leaving the Assembly at the end of a CPP-organized protest against Mr. Sokha.

Mr. Namhong said on Monday that he told the U.S. ambassador that Mr. Sokha’s removal was entirely justified because he had used his position to “slander” the government, and assured Mr. Heidt that the government would take steps to prevent any more attacks on lawmakers.

“His Excellency the ambassador was convinced by what I explained,” he added.

Leaving the meeting, Mr. Heidt said he had a “friendly” talk with the minister but declined to go into any detail. The U.S. Embassy said the pair discussed the political situation, but would not elaborate.





Sixteen members of the US Congress have signed a joint letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen calling on the premier to “immediately cease the harassment and persecution” of the opposition. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 7/12/15]




More than 40 garment workers in Kompong Speu province fainted on Monday morning when they arrived for work only 14 hours after the factory had been fumigated, officials said.

The 44 workers who fainted, all women, fell ill shortly after they began the day’s work at the newly-opened Cerie Cambodia Garment factory, which employs 700 workers mostly producing ladies’ underwear, according to Chek Borin, director of the provincial labor department. ... [Cambodia Daily - 8/12/15]





Jaffna political prisoner declares hunger strike [Tamil Guardian - 7/12/15]





Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera denied the existence of secret detention centres on the island, in a speech made to parliament last week. ... [Tamil Guardian - 7/12/15]



Beijing's first ever red alert for pollution in place [Channel News Asia – 8/12/15]






Activists, journalists dragged out of Climate Expo for protesting corporate influence over COP21 negotiations [Democracy Now - 7/12/15]



Democracy Now [7/12/15]:

… CRYSTAL LAMEMAN: My name is Crystal Lameman, and I’m a member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, which is in northern Alberta, Canada. And the goal of our people coming here today to be on the water is, as indigenous peoples, we have an understanding with our one true mother that water is life. Nipiy pimatsowin. Water is life.

We are the first to experience the causes and effects of climate change.

When we’re pulling fish from the water that have cancers hanging off of them, we don’t live in Third World country. We live in Canada, what is supposed to be a developed First World country. And the indigenous peoples in that country are having to fight for their basic human rights to breathe clean air and drink clean water.

AMY LITTLEFIELD: And what role do you have in the negotiations?

CRYSTAL LAMEMAN: We don’t have a role. We walk around with badges that say "observer." We’re not allowed into the negotiating spaces.







Did you know not one Australian politician has responded to this?



And not one Australian media outlet has reported it?




Democracy Now [7/12/15]:



In Australia, an immigration lawyer has posted an open letter signed by hundreds of asylum seekers imprisoned at the Manus Island detention center on an Australian naval base in Papua New Guinea calling for mass assisted suicide by gas chamber, poison injection or being dumped at sea.

An asylum seeker said he wrote the open letter because detention authorities recently told him and others that no country in the world would accept them.

He said, "So when we found out they will keep doing this and we will be experiencing gradual death for the rest of our lives in here, why not ask them to execute us instead?"




What this psychopath is saying is no different from the Australian silence surrounding the Manus refugees' letter ----->   ... "What, are you kidding me? I’m about to fly to Paris and shoot ‘em in the head myself,” Fiore said, adding, "I am not OK with Syrian refugees. I’m not OK with terrorists. I’m OK with putting them down, blacking them out, just put a piece of brass in their ocular cavity and end their miserable life. I'm good with that." ... Nevada Assembly member says she wants to shoot Syrian refugees [Las Vegas Sun - 7/12/15]




Not one Australian politician has responded to this either - largely because the media (and human rights sector) are protecting them.




Australia is still killing refugees  - and THEY ALL KNOW.







...  @PeterDutton_MP the Marie Antoinette of Australian politics allows starving #AsylumSeeker to be fed cake.



Image:  ‏@FrBower [6/12/15]




Save Mohammad Albederee [7/12/15]:


UPDATE on Mohammad Albederee 7pm 7th December.

Mohammad was told that if he accepted fluid after 5 days refusing treatment then he would be allowed a 10 minute phone call. He accepted a bag of fluid this evening and received his strict 10 minute call.

If he agrees to be on a drip until Wednesday they have agreed to let him return to Manus Island Detention Centre to be with his friends despite still being unable to eat or drink.

At least he will have some comfort of familiar faces because the Australian Government will not let him come to Australia for medical treatment.

Wednesday will be 8 months since he has been able to hold down food or fluids.

Our government is a disgrace but I am grateful for small mercies and Mohammad fights on.








Mohammad Albederee is an Iraqi asylum seeker who has not eaten without throwing up for over six months. He says he was assaulted by security guards at the Manus Island detention centre. In an attempt to be sent to Australia for medical attention, he started a hunger strike that has left him on his deathbed. Mohammad now wants to go back to Manus Island to die, with the company of his friends and family. But he is not allowed to return. [AUDIO - The Wire - 7/12/15]




Australian Financial Review admits BDS works! [7/12/15]





Nauru President Baron Waqa arrived in Taiwan, accompanied by a nine-member entourage, to begin a six-day official visit to the Republic of China Monday. ... [Focus Taiwan - 7/12/15]





New Zealand politicians seek clarification about Orwellian "Request for Removal" form [RNZI - 8/12/15]:


Justice Minister Amy Adams has contacted the office of Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton for a "please explain"over a form that waives New Zealand detainees' rights to a guaranteed appeal when they choose to return home.

Ms Adams said the form, if still in use, went against specific promises by Mr Dutton and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that any New Zealander who returned would not be disadvantaged in pursuing an appeal.

"On the face of it it does concern me," said Ms Adams.

"The Australian Prime Minister and Peter Dutton have been very clear in their assurances to us that there would be no prejudice whatsoever of either the consideration of their case or, if their case was upheld, their ability to return to Australia."

"And we've gone back to them and said they need to explain because we expect them to stand by the assurances they've made, to us and to New Zealanders."

The "Request for removal from Australia" form, purportedly given to detainees wanting to return home, has been leaked to RNZ News.

It says: "If I have outstanding visa applications, requests or legal proceedings, I understand that if I choose not to withdraw them, consideration of my claims by the department or relevant review bodies (including the courts) may be discontinued once I am removed from Australia." Read the full form here

Australian lawyer Greg Barns said the form appeared to sign away detainees' guaranteed right to an appeal once they chose to return home.

"What it seems to indicate is that you take a risk, if you continue with your visa application and go back to New Zealand you take a risk that the immigration department in Australia will discontinue your case because you won't be able to attend the proceedings," he told Morning Report.

Mr Barns, of the Australian Lawyers' Alliance, said the document was contrary to what Prime Minister John Key had been saying and left New Zealanders at the mercy of Australia's Immigration Department.

Ms Adams said if any New Zealanders had already signed the form, she would expect Australia to honour its commitments.

"Which is that anyone who chose to return wouldn't be in any way prejudiced. Their prime minister was very clear about that, their [immigration] minister has been very clear about that and we expect them to stick to that."

Ms Adams was asked whether New Zealand ministers had been misled by the Australian government.

"Well look at this stage I've gone back to them and asked them to give some more information around that, because on the face of it, it certainly raises concerns. But as I've said if they are not living up to their commitments then that's something we'll take very seriously.

"New Zealanders should be told very clearly that if they return there isn't prejudice to the consideration of their case, that's my expectation and we're certainly seeking some urgent response to them on that."

Her office had contacted the office of Peter Dutton this morning. "And we said this does not on the face of it appear to align with the commitments you've made to us and we want to know what the story is. We'll wait to see what comes and escalate it if we have to."

The form also required those returning home to pay their own costs, which Ms Adams said went against another promise made by Australian ministers.

"They've been very clear that any removal is at the removing country's cost, that's the standard provision in international law.

"That's been repeated both by the Prime Ministers and to us, so look I don't know if that form is out of date, is not being used, I mean the basis on which it's been presented to me suggests it is in current use which is of concern."

In October, Mr Key and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull discussed the policy in place since December under which non-citizens of Australia can be deported if they had served more than a cumulative year in prison.

"The simple message would be, I don't want New Zealanders on Christmas Island, I think they should come home to New Zealand and we'll deal with the application and the processing of their appeals from New Zealand," Mr Key said at the time.




Assange in UK: Five years without freedom - or charges

Deutsche Welle [7/12/15]:

... WikiLeaks is alive - still. On December 3, the whistleblowing organization published secret documents dealing with negotiations for the Trade in Services Agreement between the United States, the EU and 22 other states.

WikiLeaks founder and spokesman Julian Assange witnessed this publication from his refuge in the Ecuadoran embassy in London - as he had the site's revelations about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in mid-November, as he had the publication of about 60,000 messages from Saudi Arabia's diplomatic service in June.


Assange took refuge in the embassy after exhausting every possible legal action to avoid extradition. His fear of being sent to the United States cannot be dismissed as paranoia. The United States reacted strongly to the biggest revelations released by WikiLeaks in 2010.

 The publication of the "Afghan War Diary" (more than 91,000 US reports on the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010), the "Iraq War Logs (nearly 392,000 reports from 2004 to 2009) and especially "Cablegate" (more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables from 2003 to 2010) had shown the world a new - and hardly flattering - image of US political activity.

As a result, some US politicians openly advocated murdering Assange. Though it stopped short of that, the Obama administration - which has clamped down on whistleblowers with unprecedented rigor - latched on to the outrage. The administration has targeted not only the whisteblowers themselves, but also those who help them publish disclosed secrets.

The journalist Charles Glass told DW that President Barack Obama's government has prosecuted more journalists than all previous administrations combined: "It has been using the espionage act of 1917 - which was a wartime measure by another ostensibly liberal president, Woodrow Wilson - not to prosecute spies, but to prosecute journalists who have been exposing what the Obama administration has been doing in terms of torture, murder, rendering suspects around the world."

Matthias Spielkamp, a board member of Reporters Without Borders , shares that view: "What we're seeing is that whistleblowers are persecuted tenaciously and aggressively like never before."

Spielkamp said attempts by the US government to prevent WikiLeaks from releasing information amounted to restrictions on the press. For example, in December 2010 the online retailer Amazon was pressured by the US government to no longer provide WikiLeaks with server space. And at the time international credit card companies, as well as the online payment service Paypal, refused to transfer funds to WikiLeaks. Spielkamp also rejected claims that WikiLeaks had endangered lives by publishing the confidential documents: "This has never been proved. But the assertion is repeated again and again."

There is no clear proof that potential US interest in Assange has anything to do with the criminal investigations in Sweden. Nikolaos Gazeas, a lawyer based in the western German city of Cologne, said the fairness of the proceedings against Assange was clearly questionable. Gazeas, who deals with international criminal law, particularly criticized the Swedish prosecutors: "Up to this point, there has been no questioning of Assange in the UK. If you consider that the Swedish judiciary conducted - in 2014 alone - 44 questionings of witnesses or defendants abroad, it seems quite remarkable that they refused, in the case of Assange, to consider an obvious move like that for such a long time, only to abandon it eventually due to formal issues."

"Put very cautiously," Gazeas said, "it gives rise to the suspicion that the Swedish authorities involved don't seem to have such a profound desire to actually conduct an interrogation of Assange in London."





Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, on ISIS and extradition [VIDEO - Channel 4 - 8/12/15]







Former Brisbane real estate agent Gerard Baden-Clay's murder conviction for killing his wife Allison has been downgraded to manslaughter.

Court of Appeal Justice Hugh Fraser set aside the murder finding today, saying there was not enough evidence to suggest he smothered her.

During Baden-Clay's appeal four months ago, his lawyers argued he panicked and unintentionally killed the mother-of-three during an argument at their home in Brookfield, in Brisbane's west. ... [ABC - 8/12/15]



Brisbane mum and daughter dead in suspected murder-suicide

Yahoo [8/12/15]:

A mother and daughter have been found dead in inner-city Brisbane, just blocks apart from each other.

The 11-year-old girl suffered a violent and horrific death, found dead in the bathroom of an Auchenflower unit just after 1am.

Police say the girl's 49-year-old mother took her own life after jumping from a crane just blocks away from the Dunmore Terrace apartment where her daughter's body was found.

Detective Acting Superintendent Geoff Sheldon said the child suffered a violent death that has left officers involved traumatised.

"As you can imagine, nothing could be much more horrific than that," he told reporters in Indooroopilly.

"It’s quite a violent death.

"He’s horrendously upset. Any death of a child is horrendous, this is particularly so unfortunately."

He also said the girl's 65-year-old father claims he was asleep in another room at the time of his daughter's death.

The father is "horrendously upset,” Supt. Sheldon said.

"There was a call from concerned people just to go and check on how they were," he said.

"There were some issues in relation to the relationship earlier that night.

"So police have gone around and been confronted with the deceased child."

The girl has an eight-year-old sister who was not in the apartment at the time.

Police are now trying to determine how the child died, and who is responsible.

For support and information about suicide prevention, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.





A Sydney man who was bashed and stabbed after being set upon by five men in an ambush in Fairfield East faded in and out of consciousness as a bystander tried desperately to save his life.

Homicide Squad detectives are on the hunt for a group of men who were allegedly armed with metal bars when they attacked the 35-year-old man on Belmore St in Fairfield East on Sunday.

He later died in hospital after the horrific attack described by the man who came to his aid as a "senseless killing".

"Why do people do this?" asked 67-year-old Derek Corney, who rushed to the man's aid when he saw him lying on the grass next to the road. ... [Yahoo - 7/12/15]





Another act of bigotry greenlighted by the political and media establishment ----> Police are investigating the discovery of a pig’s head dumped in a toilet at the University of Western Australia’s Muslim prayer hall yesterday. ... [Yahoo - 7/12/15]




Cronulla riot anniversary rally plan sparks complaint to Human Rights Commission [Guardian - 7/12/15]





Dead zone in Cockburn Sound after fish kill [West Australian - 8/12/15]





Lock the Gate Alliance has responded to news that the Qld Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) will not investigate the approval of the Acland Stage 3 coal mine on the Darling Downs, with calls for urgent reform to beef up the scope and powers of the CCC. ... [Lock The Gate - 7/12/15]





University of Queensland scientists are calling for greater international collaboration to save the world’s migratory birds, with research finding more than 90 per cent of species are inadequately protected due to poorly coordinated conservation efforts.

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) research team found many species of migratory bird were at risk of extinction due to habitat loss along their flight paths. ... [UQ News - 4/12/15]





8 December 2015