SPRING HILL VOICE
Not a single Australian journalist went to Nauru to report on the 2013 riot trials.
The ABC's Gaven Morris is full of shit.
... I was a Staff Sergeant in the South African Police during and after the Apartheid era and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never witnessed the injustice and ill-treatment of human beings that I witnessed at Bravo Camp, RPC Nauru. ... [Nauru Senate Inquiry, Submission 98 - August 2015]
Image: Displaced Peoples Organisation Limited via @CSerow [23/8/13]
This photograph of the Nauru Police Force was taken by Clint Deidenang when he was told to leave the area outside the court house during the 2013 riot trial.
Media trumpet the ongoing destruction of another family on Nauru as ALP lawyers don't call for and end to Australia's anti-refugee torture policy [Channel 10 - 21/10/16]
Adnan Shirwani, 36, with his 6-months-pregnant wife Maryam, 33, from the Kurdistan region of Iran. They spent one year in the detention centre and were given refugee status and released to the community based camp in June 2014. ... [Photographed by Vlad Sokhin, October 2014]
Nauru: Dream turned nightmare for boat refugees seeking asylum in Australia [RIA Novosti - 2/11/14]
Media outlets and "advocates" who are now pretending the concentration camp component of Australia's anti-refugee policy had an end date are lying. [SBS - 25/2/14]:
... Ms Thompson is the first staff member to publicly resign from Manus Island following a recent outbreak of violence [attack on the refugees] which left one dead.
She was originally bought in to conduct refugee-assessment interviews and claims she was told to tell inmates their only option was resettlement in Papua New Guinea.
Ms Thompson said she knew their only option was indefinite detention, and so did they.
"I would not go back because there is no process, nothing for me to do, no process to assist people with - it's fake," she said.
"It's not designed as a processing facility, it's designed as an experiment in the active creation of horror to deter people from trying in the first place."
Ms Thompson told Dateline she was given a script to follow while conducting refugee assessments.
"We were informed that we were not to discuss resettlement, we were not to discuss third country options," she said.
"It was made very clear to us every day, sometimes even twice a day, under the threat of being removed from the island, we were not to talk about a third country, we were not to suggest there were any resettlement options, we were not to suggest they would be able to get off PNG," she said.
“We knew that this was ridiculous, but we were lying to people and we were told to keep that message going to keep it clear."
"What's not happening is any clarification on where they are going to end up."
“There is no process, the process doesn’t lead anywhere except indefinite detention." ...
Joint media release with Kevin Rudd - Prime Minister, Mark Dreyfus - Attorney General and The Hon Tony Burke MP - Australian Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship [19 July, 2013]
The ABC still haven't given Nauru refugees the right of reply to UNHCR slurs ---> No UNHCR staff member or any other individual in our presence throughout last week's mission to Nauru made comments to asylum seekers that they could expect to be on the island 'for up to 10 years' or otherwise return to their country of origin. ... [EDITOR'S NOTE - 4th May, 2016 - ABC]
King George Square
Image: @McquireJacob [22/10/16]
@riserefugee [21/10/16]: RISE SUPPORTS NATIONAL CALL TO ACTION organised by @WARmobofficial ...
Aboriginal artist’s message resonates in Palestine [Electronic Intifada - 21/10/16]:
... Sitting inside the plain-looking tent, its sides raised to allow an audience to look in, and with a sign in Arabic at its front, Bell, a striking figure, spoke passionately about how his people have been oppressed, displaced, uprooted, impoverished and alienated in their own homeland.
“Colonial forces create divisions whenever and wherever they can,” Bell said on the rooftop of Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in the Old City of Jerusalem where his tent had been erected.
“We must find every way possible to get our message across.” ...
Israeli Prison Service (IPS) refused last year to allow doctors’ visits to Palestinian prisoners who were subjected to torture while in detention, Haaretz Hebrew newspaper said.
The paper quoted The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel as saying that the IPS has continued to refuse to allow those who were subjected to torture to meet with doctors.
The Israeli human rights group finds that prisoners waited years for medical tests to verify claims of mistreatment. ... [PNN - 21/10/16]
Israeli settlers seize Palestinian lands in Jordan Valley [PNN - 21/10/16]
50-year-old Palestinian man shot in the foot with live fire during Gaza protests [Maan - 21/10/16]
4 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria [Maan - 22/10/16]:
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) released a statement on Friday condemning the killing of four Palestinian refugees from the Khan Eshieh refugee camp in Syria, warning that Khan Eshieh “is at risk of becoming another Yarmouk,” the refugee camp in Damascus devastated by years of violence.
On the night of Oct. 18, as they attempted to leave the Khan Eshieh camp -- to which access has been highly restricted -- south of Damascus, Nofeh Mohammed Jarad, who was in her 60's, her daughter Ibaa Saeed al-Nader, 22, their driver and a one-year old baby were all killed when their vehicle was shelled.
The mother of the baby, a Syrian citizen, also died in the incident. ...
Reconciliation agreements were signed during the day with representatives of 15 more settlements in Syria, including eight — in the province of Latakia, six — in the province of Hama, and one — in the province of Quneitra, the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in its regular daily bulletin posted on the Russian Defense Ministry’s official website on Friday.
At the request of representatives of the United Nations and other international organizations, Russian President Vladimir Putin decreed to extend the humanitarian pause in Aleppo for one more day, until 7pm Moscow time on October 22, the Russian center said. ... [TASS - 22/10/16]
Terrorist organisations continue to prevent families from leaving eastern neighborhood of Aleppo [SANA - 21/10/16]
Citizens injured by terrorist rocket attacks in Damascus, Aleppo and Daraa [SANA - 21/10/16]
The UN Human Rights Council has voted to start an independent special inquiry into the situation in the war-ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo, indicating that the blame for most of the civilian casualties lies with Syria and Russia.
A resolution aimed at reviewing alleged human rights violations in Aleppo was introduced by Britain and its Western and Arab allies.
The document was approved Friday, with Russia and China voting against the draft.
The council has requested that the International Commission of Inquiry "conduct a comprehensive independent special inquiry into the events in Aleppo."
It also urges the body to identify and bring to justice those responsible for the alleged abuses. ... [RT - 21/10/16]
In a robust ruling in favor of Abu Ghraib detainees, an appellate court ruled Friday that torture is such a clear violation of the law that it is “beyond the power of even the president to declare such conduct lawful.”
The ruling from a unanimous panel of judges on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstates a lawsuit against a military contractor for its role in the torture of four men at the notorious prison in Iraq. ... [The Intercept - 22/10/16]
Not only are the Anglo-Americans united by common opinions, but they are separated from other nations by feelings of pride.
For the last 50 years no pains have been spared to convince the inhabitants of the United States that they are the only religious, enlightened, and free people.
They perceive that, for the present, their own democratic institutions prosper, while those of other countries fail; hence they conceive a high opinion of their superiority and are not very remote from believing themselves to be a distinct species of mankind.
‘Democracy in America’, Alexis De Tocqueville  - as mentioned by commenter "Frank" ---> Adam Curtis: Another manager of perceptions [OffGuardian - 21/10/16]
Australian football coach kidnapped in Yemen appears in ransom video [Nine MSN - 21/10/16]
US drone strikes in Yemen kill 8 [Long War Journal - 21/10/16]
The Saudi regime has once again violated the ceasefire in Yemen, carrying out airstrikes on the impoverished Arab country.
Saudi Arabia launched rocket attacks against several areas in the Yemeni province of Sa’ada on Friday.
According to Yemen's al-Masirah news website, the rockets hit residential areas in Shada district.
On Thursday, six people were killed in airstrikes by Saudi warplanes on Sa'ada and the province of Amran.
The Yemeni army and popular committees launched retaliatory attacks on Saudi military positions in the southwestern province of Jizan. ... [Press TV - 21/10/16]
@GraffitiExpert [21/10/16]: Surfers Paradise just got a small taste of what it's like living in a war zone - buzzed by fighter jets #GoldCoast
@GraffitiExpert [21/10/16]: As Lennon's 'Imagine' warbles from The Clock [Hotel]. Oh the irony. ...
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 21/10/16]
Two Minneapolis police officers followed proper procedure in a confrontation that led to the fatal shooting of a black man in November, and won't face discipline, the city's police chief announced Friday.
Chief Janee Harteau said an internal investigation found the officers were warranted in using deadly force in the death of Jamar Clark, 24. ... [NY Daily News - 21/10/16]
@agirecudi [21/10/16]: Aftermath of Turkish and jihadi bombing of SDF controlled Sheikh Issa.
@cdersim3 [21/10/16]: ... #Turkey-backed jihadists attacking Um-al Qura & Hasiye in the region #Shahba and Um-Hosh & Herbol, north of #Marea (ANHA) #Afrin
@cdersim3 [21/10/16]: More than 1,000 civilians from #Mossul have arrived on the border to #Rojava and will be placed at al-Hawl camp, #Hasakah (ANHA)
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [21/10/16]:
Baghdad: A person was killed and 9 were wounded when an IED exploded in Siha neighborhood in Doura area south of Baghdad.
Ta'meem: 13 women were killed and 46 wounded when coalition air force targeted a funeral in Daqooq district in Kirkuk.
Nineveh: Peshmerga has targeted Mosul by planes and artillery .
US soldier "embedded with Kurdish Pershmerga" killed in Northern Iraq roadside bombing [Antiwar.com - 20/10/16]
Bunkers and booby-traps as Islamic State makes a stand in Libya [Reuters - 21/10/16]
Four more Bunyan Marsous fighters died today and 30 were injured as the advance against IS in Sirte edged forward slowly, at one point behind two tanks. According to the BM Operations Room 20 terrorists were killed in the fighting, which it described as “desperate”.
Photos were posted showing at least two bodies, one of whom appeared to be in his middle teens.
The battle has focused on the 600 complex of pink flats separated from the BM forces by an area of open ground with little cover.
Yesterday five foreign nationals, two Turks, two Indians and a Bangladeshi were freed from a makeshift IS prison.
It is not known how they fell into the terrorists’ hands but there has been a number of raids into the oil fields, including Mabruk.
In February 2015, five oil workers, three Filipinos and two Nigerians were seized in an IS assault near Mabruk.
The latest casualties in BM’s slow push into Sirte’s Third District may have found themselves to be the first wounded to be treated in the Italian field hospital which has just begun work.
The fully-equipped and staffed military facility was declared operational yesterday by Italian defence minister Roberta Pinotti.
Located at Misrata airport, it is guarded by as many as 200 Italian paratroopers. [Libya Herald - 20/10/16]
On October 20, 2011, Libya’s Muammar al-Gaddafi was brutally murdered by a mob of NATO-backed ‘rebels’, after first being beaten and violated in the most barbaric fashion.
History leaves no doubt that not only was the Libyan leader murdered on this day but Libya itself. ... [Counterpunch - 21/10/16]
'Libyan Coast Guard' craft attacks migrant boat, at least four dead: Sea-Watch NGO [Reuters – 21/10/16]:
The crew of a speedboat labeled "Libyan Coast Guard" attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants, beating them with sticks and causing many to fall into the water and at least four to drown, a humanitarian group said on Friday.
The Germany-based Sea-Watch group, which is one of several non-governmental organizations operating vessels off the coast of Libya, said the speedboat swooped in just as they were about to go to the aid of the overcrowded rubber boat.
"The violent intervention of the Libyan Coast Guard caused a situation of mass panic on board the rubber boat in distress," Sea-Watch said in a statement.
"One tube of the rubber boat collapsed, causing the majority of the 150 people to slip into the water."
The Sea-Watch crew recovered four bodies, spokesman Ruben Neugebauer told Reuters, and was still conducting rescues.
About 120 others were brought safely onto the Sea-Watch 2 ship, while four were unconscious and receiving treatment. Italy's coast guard said there were nine rescue operations underway on Friday, and that Sea-Watch was involved.
A spokesman for Libya's naval forces in Tripoli said he had not heard about the incident.
Italy's coast guard and a spokesman for the EU's anti-smuggling operation Sophia also said they had no information about the attack.
Italy has taken in more than 146,000 boat migrants so far this year and is on track to see more arrivals than last year, when 153,000 arrived. Since Sunday, some 2,200 have been rescued.
It was not immediately clear if the incident would affect the planned start of training next week of up to 100 Libyan coast guard members as part of the EU mission Operation Sophia.
The spokesman for Sophia had no immediate comment.
The U.S. military, which also operates ships in the region, had no immediate comment on the incident.
"Next week training starts with the Libyan coast guard," Neugebauer said.
"We think it's quite important to think about with whom we are collaborating."
According to information the German government has provided to parliament, the first set of training is to take place on two ships – one Italian and one Dutch off the coast of Libya, with equipment and trainers provided by Germany, Italy, Greece, Belgium and Britain.
The Libyan coast guard currently has three boats in Tripoli, three boats in Misrata and two boats in Zuwarah, according to the German government report.
The German military said it had no information about the incident.
In August, another humanitarian group that operates rescue ships off the coast of Libya, Doctors Without Borders, said it had been attacked and boarded by armed men on a Libyan navy boat.
The Libyan navy said it fired "warning shots" because it thought the vessel was involved in people smuggling.
@guardiacostiera [21/10/16]: #CentraleOperativa coordina soccorsi #MediterraneoCentrale: #Guardiacostiera, @EUNAVFORMED_OHQ @defenceforcese ONG salvano 3300 migranti
“Today is one of the heaviest days of my life” [Counterpunch - 21/10/16]:
... “Today I got the immigration decision that my case was rejected. Me and Ahmed are not welcomed to Finland. Thanks for everything you did.”
The next day he wrote again.
“Today is one of the heaviest days of my life. Everybody, my son, my cousin and myself….we just kept silent. We are shocked from the decision. Losing my brother, jailed for 2 years, kidnapped, tortured, losing my house, parents, father-in-law, death threat letter and assassination attempt. Over 50 relatives killed. What more must I give them for them to believe me? Only one thing I forgot, to submit my death certificate. I feel I am being slaughtered. I don’t know what to tell my wife and children [in Baghdad].” ...
Statement from Detention Watch Network (DWN) Co-Director Silky Shah on emerging details of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holding more than 40,000 people in detention while entering into and renewing contracts for increased detention capacity ... [Detention Watch Network - 21/10/16]
Hostile Jurisdictions [American Immigration Lawyers Association - 21/10/16]:
... “I have always loved court, but as many of you know I quit court. Maybe the last straw was my client who had a seizure in the parking lot of EOIR after the Judge granted her request for relief from deportation and denied her husband’s. Maybe it was having to call the court from my hospital bed just hours after the birth of my daughter to ask about a continuance still not granted after months, even when I went to the clerk weeks before with a letter from my doctor that stated I was no longer allowed to work and a list of ungranted continuances which the clerk refused to accept. Maybe it was having a judge punish me for the many, many appeals I won by making me wait till the end of master calendars to be called, regardless of when I checked in. Maybe it was the general feeling of depression and darkness that began to surround me every day. The feeling that nothing I did was every good enough, thanks to the abuse of the judges and the double standard for the private bar and the government, maybe it was taking the blame for all the things clients were unable to do or provide rather than throw them under the bus in court because judges would pick apart the evidence to the nth degree, maybe it was all the long last minute continuances and sudden move ups of hearings making it impossible to ever both be prepared and make any money on these cases. Mostly I just became stressed and fatigued as I had never felt in my life before and a light started to go out in my soul… That’s how it’s felt to me…” ...
Day 216 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @elahe_zivardar [21/10/16]
@SuchNigel [21/10/16]: Thank you #Australia for torture #Nauru ...
Another petition calling on Turnbull and Dutton to end ALP policy [Asylum Seeker Resource Centre - ASRC]
Turnbull and Dutton will NOT #BringThemHere because Shorten and the ALP won't allow it. Advocates who don't protest the LNP and ALP duopoly equally aren't serious.
Weasel words, token funding and NGO hotlines don't change the fact your party is the party of torture and pushing away refugees Daniel Andrews [Huffington Post - 31/8/16]:
... The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), which has been established in Victoria for over a decade, will provide assistance to asylum seekers and temporary protection visa holders enrolling in courses with integrated education plans. ...
@nslwin [21/10/16]: Demonstration at #ManusIsland detention centre organized by #Rohingya refugees on Oct 19th. Called to end extrajudicial killing in #Maungdaw
MD Imran [19/10/16]:
We are stateless Rohingya from Manus Island Detention centre which is run by the Australian Government.
We are deeply sorry for the innocent Rohingya civilians who are being killed inhumanly.
More than 100 Rohingyan children, women and men have been killed and 700 houses are being torched by the Myanmar government in the last 5 days.
Our mothers and sisters are being raped to death in front of their families, our brothers are being buried alive, as well as our young boys being shot and stabbed in front of their parents so drastically. It is not just today's situation.
It has been happening for over 70 years for the Rohingyan people from Arakan.
If the international community continuously ignore the Rohingya genocide and persecution, we are afraid we are going to see another neverending battle and the Rohingyan people will be extinct very soon.
We are pleading to all responsible citizens of the world, to spread word of this desperate situation as far as you are capable and to take immediate necessary action to stop this genocide of Rohingyan people.
@nslwin [21/10/16]: Demonstration in front of Town Hall in #Sydney organized by #Rohingya community in #Australia. Their joint statement ...
@nslwin [21/10/16]: 8 #Rohingya women, rape victims from #UShinGya #Maungdaw are: 2 is 15-yo, 1 is 18-yo, 1 is 20-yo, 1 is 25-yo and the remaining 3 is 30+ -yo.
@nslwin [21/10/16]: 8 #Rohingya women from #UShinGya village #Maungdaw were raped by #Myanmar army on Oct 19th. I received all names of the women.
The Burmese government and army should urgently ensure humanitarian aid can reach ethnic Rohingya and other vulnerable populations in northern Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today.
Government security operations have cut off assistance to tens of thousands of people and forced many to flee their homes.
The United Nations and donor governments should publicly call on the Burmese government to ensure aid organizations can reach those in need. ... [Human Rights Watch - 21/10/16]
Aung San Suu Kyi's continues her regional tour as Rakhine burns [Bangkok Post - 21/10/16]
@JamilaHanan [21/10/16]: I felt that same sadness in 2012 when I saw her touring the world saying nothing whilst #Rohingya homes were burning.
Two Tamil students from Jaffna University were reportedly shot dead by Sri Lankan police on Thursday evening.
The official cause of death is yet to be certified.
Students are currently gathering outside Jaffna Hospital to hear the results of the post-mortem. ... [Tamil Guardian - 21/10/16]
Trial underway in Canada for alleged smuggling of Tamil refugees [Tamil Guardian - 21/10/16]:
The trial of four men who are accused of human smuggling after the arrival of 492 Tamils on the coast of British Columbia in 2010, has commenced on Wednesday.
Lesly Emmanuel, Kunarobinson Christhurajah, Nadarajah Mahendran and Thampeernayagam Rajaratnam pled not guilty under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Crown counsel, prosecutors for the Ministry of Justice stated that "none of the 492 persons aboard the MV Sun Sea had the required travel documents” and were smuggled into the country illegally.
Crown’s statements also described the conditions endured by migrants.
“There were no beds. The men slept on the floor. Food was sent below decks and the men were only allowed on deck for certain periods of time. The women and children slept under tarps on the deck of the boat.”
One person died on board and was buried at sea. Emmanuel and Christhurajah were both on board the MV Sun Sea, with Emmanuel said to be the captain and Christhurajah as a “person of influence on the boat.”
Mahendran and Rajaratnam, both Canadian citizens, were not on board the MV Sun Sea but are accused of being agents.
The case comes after the highest court of Canada ruled that human smuggling laws were overbroad and as a result imposed a narrower definition, in November 2015.
This allowed the opportunity for many who were on board the MV Sun Sea to have their cases for refugee status reheard.
However, the four accused are being tried on the claim that they took money in exchange for bringing people to Canada.
This trial is to be decided by a 12-member jury and is expected to last 8 weeks.
We've shut down so-called Adelaide #JusticeForFella #BlackLivesMatter
Image: @Spike_o_o [21/10/16]
@Spike_o_o [21/10/16]: Ms Dhu's uncle speaks out about her death and calls to #ReleaseTheCCTV ... [Parliament House, SA]
@Spike_o_o [21/10/16]: Dylan Voller's family speaks out against the abuses he has experienced in youth detention ...
National Call to Action Against Systemic Violence and Brutality by Australian Police and Corrections.
Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance - WAR [21/10/16]:
A young Aboriginal boy was received by Parkville youth justice detention centre with 40 or so dog bites all over him from Victoria Police.
Formal complaints have been to VicPol professional standards and the boy is seeking legal advice.
Apparently there will be a story in the age newspaper on Sunday.
This happened in the last 1-2 weeks. <--- Ask Senator Claire Moore why the use of dogs by police to harm and instil fear is permissible in Australia.
Last August, a Senate motion to expedite the ratification of OPCAT [Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment] didn't even get to a vote because protected and unaccountable Queensland ALP Senator Claire Moore objected.
Senate Hansard [11/8/15]:
... Senator MOORE: Yes, Senator Wright, we did deny formality to this important motion, because it is our longstanding practice.
Where we have an issue such as this which is complex and creates a number of complex situations and also determines significant discussions across all states and territories, we believe it is not appropriate to use the notice of motion process for that, and that is our standard practice.
A second parole application by a murderer who used an axe to kill a West Australian mother and her three children has been rejected, with the state's Attorney-General saying it is very unlikely he will ever be freed. ... [ABC - 21/10/16]
Kensington murder accused denies admissions, court told [The Age - 21/10/16]
A suspected double murder of two young children in Yanchep on Thursday night is believed to have been carried out by their 35-year-old father Jason Headland.
Mr Headland, who remains in a critical condition at Royal Perth Hospital, is under police guard after he apparently tried to commit suicide following the death of his two children aged three and five. ... [WA Today - 21/10/16]
Accused murderer says mother killed Mildura toddler Nikki Francis-Coslovich [The Age - 20/10/16]
Philippine National Police Director says investigation underway into violent attacks on protestors at US embassy [Philstar.com - 20/10/16]
BHP says it will defend Brazil charges [Yahoo – 21/10/16]
Argentina: Hundreds protest British military exercises in UK-occupied 'Falklands' [VIDEO - Ruptly TV – 20/10/16]
Women take to the streets in Buenos Aires City to condemn femicides [Buenos Aires Hearld - 20/10/16]
How Fr Pat survived Argentina’s purge [Irish Examiner – 18/10/16]
Clinton emails reveal direct US sabotage of Venezuela [teleSUR – 26/7/16]
@wikileaks [21/10/16]: Clintons have over ‘500 Different’ conflicts of interest -- Clinton Foundation Executive Doug Band #PodestaEmails ...
@wikileaks [21/10/16]: There is no US election. There is power consolidation. Rigged primary, rigged media and rigged 'pied piper' candidate drive consolidation.
@wikileaks [21/10/16]: WikiLeaks reveals first batch of US president Barack Obama emails sent via secret address email@example.com ...
@wikileaks [21/10/16]: RELEASE: The Podesta Emails Part 14 ... #HillaryClinton
@wikileaks [21/10/16]: RELEASE: The Podesta Emails Part 13 ... #HillaryClinton ...
Clinton campaign makes wildly inconsistent claims about emails published by WikiLeaks [Shadowproof – 20/10/16]
In all disproportion to size and physical heft, WikiLeaks has managed to throw bombs of digital worth into various political processes with marked effect.
While its critics and detractors deny and attempt to dispel its influence, the authorities are still concerned.
So concerned, in fact, that they have attempted, over the years, to curb the reach and access to the website, and its chief publisher, Julian Assange. ... [Counterpunch - 20/10/16]
Newsweek’s Eichenwald doubles down on debunked conspiracy, loses it on Twitter [Sputnik News - 20/10/16]
'Grab a pussy ... cat' facebook post could hurt Humane Society, says marketers [CBC - 20/10/16]
Walk Together and keep Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and boat turnback policy unopposed.
Image: @prehumax [29/6/15]
All aboard the bipartisan ship [Overland - 11/8/15]:
... Welcome to Australia director Brad Chilcott has publicly supported a policy of turn-backs in breach of the principle of non-refoulement.
In advance of the ALP conference, which he attended as a delegate for the increasingly inappropriately named left faction of the party, Chilcott called for the ALP to ‘neutralise’ a divisive debate by ‘closing the ocean route to Australia’.
This, from the leader of an organisation that takes its motto from the national anthem: ‘For those who’ve come across the seas.’
The Coalition and Labor have joined forces to vote down a motion to grant amnesty to almost 270 asylum seekers currently in Australia.
The 267 people, including 37 babies, are facing the prospect of being sent to Nauru in the wake of yesterday's High Court judgement which upheld offshore immigration detention.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young today moved a motion in the Senate, asking for the Federal Government to allow the asylum seekers to remain onshore.
In full, the motion read: "the Senate calls on the Turnbull Government to grant amnesty to the 267 men, women and children in Australia as part of the M68 High Court challenge, and allow them to stay."
It was defeated 10-40, with independent senator John Madigan siding with the Greens. ...
A gentle reminder: Unions are part of the detention industry [xBorderops - 22/7/15]
The dishonesty is palpable. Australia is NOT celebrating. Australians are waking up to the fact we've been hoodwinked. [Refugee Council of Australia - 30/6/16]:
The principle sponsor of this year’s Refugee Week was the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Major sponsors include AMES Australia, Core Community Services, Life Without Barriers, Settlement Services International (SSI) and the St Vincent de Paul Society. Other sponsors included Navitas English, Jesuit Social Services, NSW Teachers Federation, City of Melbourne, City of Sydney, Inner West Council, Multicultural NSW, Foundation House. Refugee Week partners are Australian Refugee Association, Baptcare, Wyndham CEC, Amnesty International Australia, Caritas Australia and the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
April 2016: UNHCR told refugees to abandon hope, then fled to Australia and called for their "immediate movement".
Day 38 of refugee protests on Nauru [Image: @InsurrectNews - 26/4/16]
“If you don’t know about the camps and what you are signing up for with the job, where have you been living for the past 23 years? Doctors and nurses and teachers are not high school students. They know about the abuses.
"Doctors, nurses, teachers — just say no. Boycott the jobs.”
Save The Children not saving anyone [Green Left Weekly – 10/9/16]
Tweeted by @SandiHLogan - National Communications Manager, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Canberra [19/7/13]
Journalist and political prisoner on Manus Island, Behrouz Boochani, calls on Doctors 4 ALP to actually challenge Australia's refugee torture and exile policy [20/10/16]:
I took these photos from one of the sick refugees today.I share these photos with you when we just heard a good news of the doctors who can speak out about the systematic torture in Australian Guantanamos.
I ask all those doctors that worked on Manus and Nauru or those who are still working here to speak out loudly about here and tell the truth to the world.
Teachers 4 ALP and "advocates" join Doctors 4 ALP in reinforcing Australia's anti-refugee torture and exile policy [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 21/10/16]:
... “Teachers for Refugees will be there in numbers to support the Sydney doctors’ march on Saturday 5 November, which will demand the closure of Manus and Nauru, and the bringing of all refugees and asylum seekers there to Australia,” he said. ...
DOCTORS MARCH FOR REFUGEES [BILLSHORTEN ], SAT 5 Nov, 1pm, Hyde Park Fountain.
Refugee torture, exile and boat turnbacks: Shorten's unchallenged, personal ALP policy. 100% "Opposition" Leader speaking on the Migration Amendment (Regional Processing Arrangements) Bill 2015 [House of Representatives Hansard - 24/6/15]
@riserefugee [4/10/16]: doctors & nurses: STOP using our Bodies & Corpses to pay $$Your Bills$$. ...
Open Letter from RISE: Refugees, Survivors and ex-detainees to Save the Children-Australia and overseas Board of Directors [28/8/16]:
... Our members have been, and continue to be outspoken for more than a decade at great personal cost, about the abusive nature of Australia’s mandatory detention system, hence we continue to regard with disbelief that people callously continue to apply for jobs in this abusive system.
To witness this apparent ignorance, disregard and erasure of voices of refugee and asylum seeker detainees and ex-detainees in the struggle for justice and freedom is an ongoing trauma our community faces to this day.
We demand that Save the Children and all other organisations and individuals to please, in the name of humanity, desist from working in, being complicit in and endorsing asylum seeker/refugee concentration camps and other anti-refugee policies.
Former Nauru worker interviewed on NPR explains how child abuse is a deliberate component of Australia's anti-refugee torture policy [24/8/16]:
... What was the first case that came to your attention that made you think something is seriously wrong here?
"Three days into my first rotation on Nauru there was an adolescent boy who had been sexually assaulted. The child was living in fear of this sexual assault being repeated not just to him but to his mother who was living without a partner in the detention facility."
Who was the alleged abuser, according to the victims?
"So it was an employee who was a cleaner. And he actually admitted to the sexual assault, and while the security guards were making note of the sexual assault and taking the boy's report, the person who sexually assaulted the young boy continued to mock him. And see there was a complete lack of privacy in this detention facility, so here is a boy having to report a sexual assault and he is doing it in the open air, in front of guards, while the abuser is standing there mocking him. And see what was really amazing to me is here was a Save the Children manager there and she told me at the time that this person was going to be moved to a different detention facility within Nauru but that he wasn't going to be fired. And she said this just as a matter of, this was just normal, you have to accept it, this is just the way it is." ...
The Legacy of Guantánamo, Lizzy Ratner [The Nation - 14/7/2003]:
... But the INS [Immigration and Naturalization Service] ignored these warnings and refused to close the camp or to airlift the sickest refugees, like Joel Saintil, to hospitals in the United States.
When asked by reporters why it ignored the refugees’ medical plight, an INS spokesman, Duane “Duke” Austin, responded with unrepentant candor:
“They’re going to die anyway, aren’t they?” ...
... In hindsight, we can see that we were wrong to allow our trust in Clinton and his election promise to dictate legal strategy.
Clinton sorely disappointed us, and our belief in him caused our clients to spend more time in the inhuman camp conditions.
But for our belief in Clinton, we could have tried the case four of five months earlier and ended the horror of the camp that much sooner.
If there ever is a next time and I am faced with a similar situation and must choose a legal strategy, I will disregard the promises of politicians.
Clinton's promises and our reliance on them seriously jeopardized our relationships with our clients.
We wrongly believed and persuaded our clients to believe that Clinton would change their circumstances.
Regaining the trust of our clients was not easy. ... How We Closed the Guantanamo HIV Camp: The Intersection of Politics and Litigation, Michael Ratner
Mexico stops truck with 121 Central American migrants bound for the US [Reuters - 20/10/16]:
... Migration officials stopped the truck during a routine operation in the southern state of Tabasco, and were alerted to the migrants inside when they heard screams for help.
Of the 121 Central Americans they discovered, 55 were minors, with 23 girls and 32 boys.
The migrants had paid between $3,000 and $5,000 to be driven through Mexico to the U.S. border, and had been told not to eat or drink during the journey in order to avoid being detected by authorities, the INM said. ...
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 20/10/16]
@SavvasKarma [20/10/16]: Anti-war, #antifa demonstration in #Athens #Greece
@SavvasKarma [20/10/16]: US Embassy guarded by riot police due to anti-war protest in #Athens #Greece
Petra Laszlo is Hungary’s most notorious camerawoman.
Ms Laszlo lost her job with a far-right television station last September when she was recorded tripping up and kicking Syrian refugees as they fled across the border into Hungary.
She kept her handheld camera rolling throughout.
Although she has been indicted on charges of breaching the peace, Ms Laszlo had largely avoided the public spotlight until last Friday, when a local newspaper pictured her accepting an award for a publicly funded film about Hungary’s 1956 revolt against Russian domination — a conflict that forced 200,000 Hungarian refugees to flee the country.
Since last year’s incident Ms Laszlo and Osama Abdul Mohsen, the 52-year-old Syrian man she targeted, have attempted to move on with their lives.
In a letter published in Magyar Nemzet, a rightwing newspaper, Ms Laszlo wrote: “I’m not a heartless, racist child-kicking camerawoman. I do not deserve this, nor the political witch hunts against me, nor the smear, the many death threats.”
Mr Mohsen, a professional football coach, told CNN he did not accept her apology.
He moved to Madrid where he has started a job with Cenafe, the Spanish national coaching body.
But he has not shared Ms Laszlo’s recent success. On the same weekend Ms Laszlo and her husband celebrated their Ft500,000 cash prize, Spanish news organisation El Confidencial reported Cenafe had not renewed Mr Mohsen’s contract, because of his difficulties learning Spanish.
His family remains in Turkey. [Financial Times - 18/10/16]
EU steps up weasel words; calls for deals with Africa to stop people from seeking asylum [Yahoo - 21/10/16]:
... The EU wants so-called "compacts" with those African countries -- Ethiopia, Niger, Nigeria, Mali and Senegal -- ready for the spring, when the weather improves and migrants are likely to head en masse again to Europe on rickety boats. ...
@MSF_Sea [20/10/16]: ... Concerning reports from #Leros where at least 10 Syrians have been deported to #Turkey before their asylum claims were processed 1/2
@MSF_Sea [20/10/16]: These #people were reportedly not given access to legal assistance and include families with young children 2/2
UNHCR discusses co-operation with Egypt days after anti-refugee "smuggling" laws pass [Ahram - 19/10/16]
@guardiacostiera [20/10/16]: #SAR #CentraleOperativa coordina soccorsi #MediterraneoCentrale: unità #Guardiacostiera, @EUNAVFORMED_OHQ e ONG salvano circa 1400 migranti
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