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Thousand of people march in Melbourne to condemn the death of an asylum seeker in Manus Island. (Photo: Daniel Taylot/Socialist Alternative

Australia: Death of refugee on Manus Island inevitable

By Tue, Feb 25, 2014 5:25PM UTC Comments Off Thousand of people march in Melbourne to condemn the death of an asylum seeker in Manus Island. (Photo: Daniel Taylot/Socialist Alternative

Following the brutal murder of Reza Berati, 23, an Iranian asylum seeker detained at Manus Island detention camp last week, political observers said his death was inevitable and an example of  a policy that works. Operation Sovereign Borders reiterates the message: Do not attempt to take a boat to Australia. A migration agent who is working on the...

Situation deteriorates at ‘toxic’ Manus Island detention camp

By Mon, Feb 17, 2014 7:34PM UTC Comments Off Situation deteriorates at ‘toxic’ Manus Island detention camp

Last Sunday’s meeting with Immigration Minister Scott Morrison enraged detainees at the Manus Island asylum seeker detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Morrison reportedly announced that they would remain in limbo for good. Morrison, however, denies reports that he told the detainees they were not to be resettled in Papua New Guinea....

UN raises concern over Australia’s new asylum law

By Sat, Aug 18, 2012 10:15AM UTC Comments Off UN raises concern over Australia’s new asylum law

Following Australian Parliament’s passage of a bill to process asylum seekers offshore, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)  held a press briefing in Geneva saying the new policy raises complex legal, protection, policy and operational issues. UNHCR Spokesperson Adrian Edwards welcomes Australia Expert Panel’s Report as it encourages regional cooperation which the UNHRC has long supported....

Australian experts to boat people: Go back to Asia

By Mon, Aug 13, 2012 8:04PM UTC 1 Comment Australian experts to boat people: Go back to Asia

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard beamed when she met the Press in Canberra looking as if she is out of the asylum conundrum. The Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers, which her Government appointed prior to Parliamentary break in June 28, released a Report early today outlining 22 Recommendations on how to deal with the flood of asylum seekers arriving by boat. The Report...

Australia: No deal on asylum seekers

By Fri, Jun 29, 2012 11:05PM UTC 2 Comments Toddlers are among the latest boat arrivals. (Photo: Danile Wilkins)

The Senate upheld a High Court’s decision to scrap an extra-territorial solution to  people smuggled by boat into Australia in a dramatic vote, 39 against 29. This is a nail in the coffin of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s benchmark policy to solve human smuggling. It also puts to rest Gillard’s “Malaysian Solution”—a deal that allows Australia to take in 4,000 genuine...

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