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Manus Island, the new “promised land” for refugees seeking Australia

By Sat, Jul 20, 2013 10:23AM UTC 0 Comment

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has come up with his own Papua New Guinea Solution to deal with boat arrivals containing people seeking asylum in Australia. In doing so he has scrapped predecessor Julia Gillard’s Pacific Solution Mark II and embarked on a bold move towards border protection while still operating within the parameters of...

Australia to send refugees to Papua New Guinea

By Sat, Jul 20, 2013 9:39AM UTC 19 Comments

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister warned Friday that all refugees who arrive in the country by boat will be resettled on the island nation of Papua New Guinea, a policy shift that rights groups immediately condemned. The move, described by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as “very hard line,” aims to deter an escalating...

Nauru asylum-seeker protest leaves several hurt

By Sat, Jul 20, 2013 9:23AM UTC 0 Comment

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A protest at an Australian-run immigration detention camp in Nauru turned violent Friday with several asylum seekers and guards injured in a rock-throwing riot, officials and a witness said. Around 150 asylum seekers were involved in the unrest on the tiny Pacific atoll country, Australia’s Immigration Department said in a statement....

Inner Mongolian asylum seekers shunned by ‘outer’ politics

By Mon, Jun 24, 2013 3:23PM UTC 0 Comment

President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj has been described as the “Ambassador for Mongolia” by local journalists for his ability to spread awareness of the country’s growing democracy abroad. He turned a social guffaw captured in September 22, 2011, where his face was obscured by President Barack Obama’s hand during a group photo of democratic leaders taken at...

Australia punishes children in immigration prisons

By Fri, Mar 15, 2013 8:44AM UTC 0 Comment

……Let us be the ones to say we are not satisfied that your place of birth determines your right to life. Let us be outraged, let us be loud, let us be bold. – Brad Pitt Hollywood actor Brad Pitt never visited Manus Island, but if he does, he will probably reiterate what he said...