191 days of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugees transit center. # Manus SOS



Image: @sunosi3 [9/2/18] 



@Aussie4Refugees [9/2/18]:  Prince Human Rights ponces about the Pacific pointedly ignoring the plight of refugees.



@Aussie4Refugees [9/2/18]:  As IOM and UNHCR Indonesia inundate social media in a pathetic effort to neutralise their Australian funded complicity in indefinitely imprisoning and deporting refugees - here is a little reality ... #Balikpapan



@Miladkhan01 [9/2/18]: ... 184 innocent migrant from Afghanistan is detained for the past four years in Balikpapan . Age 14 up to 65 .. Please pay attention to us too .. Its been around 24 days that we are in a peaceful protest, but yet nobody helped us to be released . Instead they cut-off our services.  



@ATawasoli [9/2/18]: We want just healthy place for balikpapan refugees  



Afghan official says a Chinese and three Uzbek militants killed in an air raid against the Islamic State in northern Jowzjan province [US News - 8/2/18]



Afghan security forces kill 7 members of a family in Alishir district of southeastern Khost province [Pajhwok - 8/2/18]



@JulianAssange [9/2/18]:  The courage of Malcolm Turnbull. What happens if you are an Australian arbitrarily detained without charge for 2621 days overseas in violation of two UN rulings and want to renew your passport (expired: January 2017) and meet all the criteria to do so? Same result as a year ago



@JulianAssange [9/2/18]:  Australians let us all rejoice for we are young and free to die for Washington DC so our politicians can get cushy jobs for themselves and their relatives at all the best hedge funds and think tanks.   



@wikileaks [9/2/18]:  "The Supreme Court unanimously holds that the [WikiLeaks] cable should have been admitted into evidence" Historic win in UK Supreme Court today for the admissibility of diplomatic cables published by @WikiLeaks. ...



@davidsheen [9/2/18]:  Even after South Sudan’s President let his troops gang-rape girls & castrate boys, Israel continues to sell it arms, by way of Uganda, Israeli Ambassador to South Sudan Hanan Godar admits to RW Israeli activist. Disgusted, the RW-er started a hunger strike



@davidsheen [9/2/18]: Haaretz video of yesterday’s protests at Rwandan embassies all over the world against President Paul Kagame trafficking African refugees into statelessness and suffering so Netanyahu can ethnically cleanse Israel of tens of thousands of non-white non-Jews  



Sounds like a logical response, doesn't it? ---> Allegations of fraud and corruption against Ugandan officials, UNHCR and WFP staff prompts immediate biometric registration of the refugees [Guardian - 9/2/18] 



This is not a backdown by the Israeli government.  Just as they do in Australia, the UNHCR has stepped in to provide cover for Israel's ongoing war on African refugees by offering a durable "safe third country" solution to what will end up being a token minority [Times of Israel - 7/2/18]



@Refugees4Sale [7/2/18]:  In today's solidarity demo at the Rwanda Embassy, London, UK, Rwandan diplomatic staff handed protesters the following statement. @RwandaGov Israel already deported thousands of refugees to your state, and some have survived to testify. We believe the deportees, not you,.



@aptly_engineerd [6/2/18]:  Outside Holot, Israel’s lonely desert detention center specifically for African refugees. Holot is part of a stated policy to make their lives miserable so they’ll leave on their own. Detainees receive inadequate food & shelter in the camp, which is made from shipping containers



Israeli forces shower Palestinian school with tear gas, sending several students to hospital [Maan - 8/2/18]



A young Palestinian man died on Tuesday night after succumbing to wounds he sustained earlier in the afternoon during clashes with Israeli forces in the al-Jabal a-Shamali area of Nablus City in the northern occupied West Bank. ... [Maan - 7/2/18]



Abbas' government sued over alleged CIA-backed wiretapping of top Palestinian officials [Haaretz - 7/2/18]



Traditional owners lose their fight to stop uranium mine in WA [NITV - 8/2/18]



NSW police will investigate themselves following an incident in which a naked teenager was tasered, capsicum sprayed and struck by officers after allegedly assaulting them in Byron Bay [Tweed Shire Echo - 8/2/18]



For the second time in six months, a coroner calls for ceiling fans at Darwin's prison be to fitted with a device that prevents them from being used in suicide attempts. ... [ABC - 7/2/18]



Uruguay’s government has decided to extend for another year the economic aid that it has given six former Guantánamo Bay prisoners who resettled in the country in 2014, an official said Thursday.

The government liaison to the freed prisoners, Christian Mirza, said they will receive a minimum salary of about $450 until January 2019.

Mirza said the government will also pay their rent and might pay so they can learn a trade, seek psychological therapy and study Spanish.

The aid’s extension has been approved by the government and must now be signed by Uruguay’s Foreign Minister.


Despite the social and financial aid, the men have complained that the government needs to help them more and have staged protests.

The most vocal of the men has been Abu Wa’el Dhiab. For years, the Syrian man was at the center of a legal battle at Guantánamo because of repeated hunger strikes launched to protest his indefinite detention.

Dhiab went on a hunger strike in 2016 to demand he be allowed to leave Uruguay and join his family in Turkey or in another country.

He also tried to travel to Russia in 2017 in one of at least four attempts to leave the South American country. [Miami Herald - 8/2/18]



Ex-Guantanamo inmate exiled in Uruguay exits coma, resumes hunger strike [Democracy Now - 16/9/16]:


... On Thursday, only hours after Dhiab awoke from his coma, Amy Goodman spoke to him in an exclusive Democracy Now! interview.

He was lying on his bed, very weak, in downtown Montevideo.

Goodman began by asking him how he feels.

Abu Wa’el Dhiab: "I feel really very, very worse. All my body hurt me, and my kidney, my headache, my stomach, my right side really bad. Many things. But I feel all my body hurt me."

Amy Goodman: "There’s a battle in court in the United States to release the videotape of your force-feeding in Guantánamo. Can you describe what that force-feeding was like for you?"

Abu Wa’el Dhiab: "Like the United States always say in the media, 'Human rights, human rights, human rights.' There’s never in Guantánamo, don’t have any human rights. Never, never, never. He took the video from first time go to me in my cell to move me to chair and give me the tube for give me forced feeding. But if you see this video and see the guard, how treated with me, how beat me, how make with me, that’s not human."

Amy Goodman: "President Obama says he wants to close Guantánamo. Do you believe that will happen?"

Abu Wa’el Dhiab: "If he wants to close Guantánamo, he can. He can now. Now. He can give order, close Guantánamo. He can close Guantánamo. But he coward. He can’t take this decision, because he scared. But Guantánamo supposed to close, should be closed, Guantánamo, because Guantánamo, that’s not good for the United States. Never."

Abu Wa’el Dhiab’s daughter is getting married this weekend in Turkey—an event Dhiab had longed to be at. He continues his hunger fast in Uruguay. ...



8 February 2018