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UNHCR stresses urgent need for States to end unlawful detention of refugees and asylum-seekers, amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Australia: “Measures to tackle COVID19 do not justify arbitrarily detaining refugees and asylum seekers on arrival”. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling today on States to urgently release refugees and asylum-seekers who are being unlawfully  held in detention.  Instead, … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Authorities Arrest Bangladeshi migrant who criticised Malaysian government on TV

Malaysian authorities say they have arrested a Bangladeshi man who criticised on television the country’s treatment of undocumented migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 25-year-old will now be deported. In a documentary on Al Jazeera, Rayhan Kabir said the government discriminated against … Continue reading

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New Zealand Grants Refugee Status to Kurdish-Iranian Writer

New Zealand: New Zealand has granted refugee status to a Kurdish-Iranian writer, Behrouz Boochani, who was held for about six years in an Australian-run offshore detention camp, authorities said Friday. Boochani was detained on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island after he … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Court Overturns Caning Sentence for 27 Rohingya Refugees

A court in northern Malaysia’s Kedah state threw out a lower court’s ruling that 27 Rohingya be caned for entering the country illegally, calling it inhumane to punish refugees with strokes from a rattan stick, setting aside a lower court’s … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Rohingya face ‘cruel’ caning sentence in Malaysia as hostility to refugees grow

Survivors of dangerous sea journey convicted amid a rise in hate speech and mass detentions in centres rife with Covid-19.  A group of 31 Rohingya men who disembarked from a boat in April have since been convicted under the Immigration … Continue reading

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Border Force defends handling of coronavirus risk as global report points finger at Australia’s asylum seeker treatment

Australian Border Force Commissioner Michael Outram has defended the management of coronavirus risk at immigration detention centres after two guards tested positive for COVID-19. On Sunday night, asylum seekers and refugees detained at a hotel Melbourne were informed a guard … Continue reading

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Anxious wait for New Zealand deportees as Australian guards isolate due to Covid-19 risk

Australia and New Zealand: Guards at Sydney’s Villawood detention centre have gone into isolation after going to a pub that was now the source of a Covid-19 outbreak. It comes as a group of New Zealanders being held there anxiously … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Victoria: Security guard’s positive test raises fears for refugees

Australia: A security guard at a Melbourne hotel housing asylum seekers has tested positive for coronavirus.Refugee Action Collective group president Chris Breen warned: “This positive COVID-19 case confirms all the warnings from refugee advocates about the risk of COVID-19 to … Continue reading

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The Australian Government’s cruel treatment of Ramsiyar Sabanayagam

Featured- Australia: Ramsiyar Sabanayagam, has already experienced unbelievable suffering in his life, furthered now by the Australian government’s COVID-19 detention measures. After enduring six and half years of detention on Manus Island, Ramsiyar has again been locked up upon arriving … Continue reading

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‘Game Over’ Campaign

Papua New Guinea, Nauru and Australia: Amnesty International Australia has been documenting how sport has offered respite and sanctuary to those detained amid the suffering. Sporting communities across Australia have backed Amnesty’s findings and begun a campaign in support called … Continue reading

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