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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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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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Refugees drawing strength from memories of war

Australia: (Featured) “When we look back at all we have faced – leaving Vietnam, through refugee camp, coming to Australia – this COVID-19 seems so small,” Nahn says. Refugees discuss how they have drawn strength from their past experiences to … Continue reading

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Human Rights Commissioner calls for immigration detainees’ release over coronavirus infection fears

Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner has called for the “urgent” and “immediate” release of immigration detainees in line with recommendations of peak medical bodies advising the federal government on their response to COVID-19. Commissioner Edward Santow in an exclusive interview with … 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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CHINA: China’s Post-COVID strategy

In the aftermath of the covid19 pandemic, the increasingly belligerent behaviour exhibited by China in South Asia and South East Asia and China’s imposition of the National Security Law in Hong Kong, it is interesting, to see the tone of the English … Continue reading

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