Refugees

Journalists punished in Australia for fleeing Saudi regime

Two gay journalists fled to Australia from Saudi Arabia in October after authorities interrogated and threatened to ‘out’ them. This would have put their lives at risk, given that homosexuality is illegal in Saudi...

Tamil family victims of cruel refugee policies

A family of Tamil asylum seekers have been given a temporary reprieve from being deported back to Sri Lanka, where they face a very real threat of persecution and retaliation from the government. Despite...

Humanitarian crisis on Manus Island deepens

The humanitarian crisis on Manus Island has reached new proportions. Since the federal election in May, more than 50 refugees are reported to have self-harmed or attempted suicide, including setting themselves on fire. Some of...

Christmas Island hellhole reopened

Earlier this year, parliament passed the Medivac bill which was supposed to allow asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru to access medical care in Australia. This bill was a historic defeat for the government. If...

Government shift into scaremongering mode

The Morrison government suffered a historic defeat last month, losing a vote on the floor of parliament. This was the first time a sitting government has lost a vote on a significant matter for...

Hunger strike at Melbourne detention centre

Several hundred refugees and migrants at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) centre began a hunger strike in January. The facility was opened in 2008 and was only supposed to hold people on a...

Government blackmailing refugees

With the closing of the Manus Island detention centre refugees detained there are being given dire options. Some of the refugees have been offered to be temporarily relocated to a “transit-centre”, but those already...

Couple protests and direct action to stop cruel refugee policies

Palm Sunday on March 20 saw thousands of people in capital cities across Australia rallying for the rights of asylum seekers facing deportation, and mandatory offshore processing, under the federal government’s cruel refugee policies....

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