MORE ASYLUM SEEKERS HAVE DIED THAN HAVE BEEN RESETTLED, REPORT SHOWS

Nicole Hasham
Environment and immigration correspondent

253 Nauru detainees attempt self-harm, Senate hears

More asylum seekers have died on Manus Island than have been resettled, gay detainees are mistreated and refugees released from detention are not allowed to work or move freely, a human rights report says.

The gay men said they had frequent nightmares, were extremely depressed, and isolated themselves, often not leaving their rooms

It is two years since the former Labor government announced asylum seekers who arrived by boat without a visa would be denied refugee status in Australia but resettled in Papua New Guinea, via assessment at Manus Island.

Since then, not one has been resettled. This is despite Australian immigration officials confirming 129 detainees have been deemed genuine refugees.

Two asylum seekers sent to Manus have died – one killed during riots that swept through the detention centre and one from septicaemia after cutting his foot.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection on Thursday confirmed 88 men found to be refugees remain in detention on Manus.

Another 41 have been transferred to a transit centre.

However, a report released on Thursday by Human Rights Watch and the Human Rights Law Centre said the men were prevented from leaving the island and denied opportunities to work and study.

Refugees are allowed to leave the transit centre, but many were not given identity documents enabling them to find work, the report said. One refugee was not allowed to travel to Port Moresby for work and others were reportedly denied volunteer opportunities.

The report found gay men were mistreated in detention by other detainees – “shunned or sexually abused or assaulted and used by the other men”.

“The gay men said they had frequent nightmares, were extremely depressed, and isolated themselves, often not leaving their rooms,” the report said.

It said the detention centre was overcrowded and detainees suffered depression and anxiety.

The groups visited the island in June and July and interviewed asylum seekers, refugees, United Nations agencies and PNG immigration officials, police, and hospital staff. They were allowed access to the transit centre but not the detention centre.

In the 2013-14 financial year the federal government spent $437.6 million to run detention facilities on Manus. There are 943 transferees on the island including the refugees.

“More asylum seekers sent to Manus have died than have been resettled,” Human Rights Law Centre director of legal advocacy Daniel Webb said.

“People found to be refugees deserve a real solution – not a transfer to a facility down the road where they remain in limbo.”

An Immigration Department spokeswoman said refugee determination, settlement and law and order issues “are matters for the PNG government”.

A PNG government spokesman said it was developing a national resettlement policy which “takes time and should not be rushed. This is in the interests of both the refugees and the communities into which they will resettle”.

Meanwhile, Shine Lawyers social justice counsel George Newhouse says the government’s controversial new border force laws would prevent detention centre staff from documenting riots such those on Manus Island last year, or from writing about their work in personal diaries.

He said doctors and nurses in state and territory hospitals who treated asylum seekers would also be covered by the secrecy provisions forced upon detention centre workers.

The Immigration Department said emergency room doctors and nurses “working in their normal roles” would not be captured by the laws. It said employees and contractors had never been allowed to “make personal records of protected or sensitive information for their own purposes”.

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Here’s a mix I put together for Outlawzzz Radio which airs 10-12 midnight also on 4ZZZ Brisbane.

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TEST THEIR LOGIC – P.O.V

Mic RighteousDon’t it Make you wonder (freedom for Palestine)

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WESTBRED DIAMONDSTILL A NIGGA

Dr Dre – FUCK YOU

ΕΞΤΑΣΗ ΤΕΑΜ – ΑΝΤΑΡΣΙΑ  (Examination Team – Mutiny)

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DDM – Total Destruction of Capitalism

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ENLIGHTENED FOOLIN THE BEGINNING

Dr Dre – Murder Ink

 

THE REAL ANARCHIST WORLD ORDER [update]

THE REAL ANARCHIST WORLD ORDER [update]

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This weeks show starts off with .. Linda ranting about people who support the police or make comments such as ‘I don’t do anything wrong so I don’t need to worry about the police’. These people almost always are white and rich and their privilege leads them to have these views.

Which leads nicely into the 30th Rap News which is titled New World Order but really leads us on a path to explore the world order in a completely different way to what you might expect.

This theme of privilege continues and Anna gives us a bit of an update on Ferguson, then we discuss the difference in the reaction to the death/killing of a man and that of a woman.

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SCOTT MORRISON MP RETIRES DEFEATED AND SAD

SCOTT MORRISON MP RETIRES DEFEATED AND SAD

[UPDATE: Even though he managed to pass the bill it was through bullying and blackmail. No one is going to stop fighting for refugee rights = human rights. Read how Morrison used children as bargaining chips]

Let’s make this happen. Morrison has been trying to pass draconian legislation to introduce Temporary Protection Visas and other measures to make the lives of refugees even harder ever since he got into his position.

But he keeps getting stopped and is going to be stopped again with your help.

Since it looks like we aren’t going to be able to gather in the streets or in front of Parliament House in Canberra to urge all crossbench Senators to reject the bill sending letters and making phone calls will have to do.

The government is getting

So I sent this please feel free to change to suit your situation.

Dear Senator,

I write to urge you to vote against the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014.

While I have always supported the right of anyone to seek asylum in this country regardless of the way they arrive here, I am now closely affected by this bill because my partner is an asylum seeker from Iran.

I know first hand the difficulties people face when they must leave their home countries for fear the government will kill them.

It is incumbent upon you to be educated on the life and death matters contained in this Bill.

This proposed legislation is more harsh, more cruel and more internationally illegal than any other piece of legislation proposed in Australian history.

It legislates against refugees human rights and it will cause people to die.

The deaths at sea, the deaths by torture if the people are sent back to their homeland from which they fled… and the suicides that result if this legislation is passed – these deaths will be on your conscience if you vote for this draconian piece of legislation.

Here is an lawyer speaking on what the Bill means.

I earnestly urge you to watch it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eETzMYgEaM

Let us remember that those people who arrive here by boat, the ones we detain (ostensibly jail) commit to a island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, put into the community to live a life of destitution without work rights on Bridging Visas – for one and two and now, under the” no advantage policy” an undetermined amount of time, prevent from re uniting with their families in the future …these people just want to live, and not die… and to live a life that’s worth living.

They come from Iran, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Burma, Palestine and many other places.

There is no way for people like my partner to seek asylum other than come on a boat to Australia.

There are no queues in these countries.

Australia is a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention.

We invite these vulnerable people here by being a signatory. As though we are their friends. And then, as they knock at the door, we open it and then slam it shut in their face. Except it s not really like this. It is much much much worse. It’s literally a matter of life and death.

These are people, just like you and me. Not political footballs for point scoring.

We need to find a solution to this problem which is humane and just. Please don’t just vote against this bill but also actively use your position to influence policy so people on Bridging Visas and those in detention can be processed. And Australia formulates a way of assisting the worldwide issue of displaced people.

Here’s some information from Get Up on this Bill.

What are the key implications of this bill?

Yours Truly..
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INFORMATION ON THE BILL AND CONTACT ADDRESSES

The Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014, is currently before Parliament. It is expected that it will be voted on in November. As well as the proposal to reintroduce TPVs, this bill contains a lot of very disturbing amendments to the Migration Act:

If passed, the bill will:
• Remove references to the UN Refugee Convention from the Migration Act and replace them with ‘Australia’s interpretation of international law
• Remove the ability of the High Court to challenge refugee policy and operations
• Exempt Customs/ Navy/ Border Force boats from maritime laws. This will allow actions such as removing safety devices, food, water and fuel from asylum-seeking boats.
• Allow the Government to send boats or individuals anywhere it chooses. The bill removes the need for Australia to have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with countries in the region, or for the country to be a signatory to the Refugee Convention. It also allows boats to be towed to a “place” that is not another country. It would allow boats to be towed beyond Australian waters and just left there without regard for safety.
• Establish a fast track assessment process which removes access to the Refugee Review Tribunal and provides very limited review processes. Fast turnaround processing was ruled illegal in the United Kingdom in July 2014 as it carried an “unacceptable risk of unfairness”.
• Classify children born in Australia, to asylum seekers who arrived by boat, as “transitory persons”, giving them no access to permanent residency or citizenship.
• Change the definition of ‘refugee’ to allow the government to deny a claim for refugee status if it decides that there is a ‘safe area’ in the country of origin, or that the nation’s police force is ‘reasonably effective’.
• Allow the Australian government to return / remove people regardless of non-refoulement obligations.
• Keep asylum seekers, currently living in Australia, in indefinite statelessness and uncertainty, unable to reunite with their families or move on with their lives.

We all need to write to our state Senators and to the cross bench Senators and tell them that if they vote for this bill, they will be voting for Australia’s domestic law to authorise human rights abuses. Ask the Libs to cross the floor, and ask the Nationals to think for themselves! Write to Clive and ask him what he was thinking when he helped Morrison craft this horrendous bill.

Use some of the points above, but use your own words. Include something personal about yourself. “As a parent of three children…” “As someone who is interested in history…” “As a twenty year-old with a long future of voting ahead of me….” Anything you can think of to give it a connection to a real voter.

Here are the addresses for the cross bench Senators and Clive Palmer. Paper letters in envelopes are best, but please email rather than doing nothing. Make sure you include your name and address.

Senator Bob Day AO (Family First)
Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices
100 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000
senator.day@aph.gov.au

Senator Jacqui Lambie
29 Wilson Street
Burnie TAS 7320
senator.lambie@aph.gov.au

Senator Glenn Lazarus
PO Box 228
Brisbane QLD 4001
senator.lazarus@aph.gov.au

Senator David Leyonhjelm
PO Box 636
Drummoyne NSW 1470
senator.leyonhjelm@aph.gov.au

Senator John Madigan
17 Albert St
Ballarat Vic 3350
senator.madigan@aph.gov.au

Senator Ricky Muir
Level 4, Treasury Place
Melbourne VIC 3002
senator.muir@aph.gov.au

Senator Dio Wang
PO Box 6120
East Perth WA 6892
senator.wang@aph.gov.au

Senator Nick Xenophon
Level 2
31 Ebenezer Place
Adelaide SA 5000
senator.xenophon@aph.gov.au

Mr Clive Palmer MP
Palmer United Party
PO Box 1978
Sunshine Plaza, QLD, 4558

You’ll find the other Senators for your state here. You can search by state by using the map. Then click on their names for contact details.
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Senators

ANARCHIST AFFLICTION

ferguson

Now the G20 is over and the fever has passed we’ve got other afflictions to contend with .. such as

INSURRECTO-RIOTOSIS .

This is the name of the latest show from The Stimulator we play the first half straight up on the show.

We talk a little about the G20. We want to focus on the future now and how we can build a strong anarchist resistance in Brisbane.

One thing that is sure not to cure any anarchist related affliction you have is how you choose to spend your money.

To look into this further we play a short video by Savage Revival called Individualism vs Resistance.

This show aired just before the Furguson verdict was announced and Anna shares some of the background to the story.

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EXECUTE CAPITALISM

The count down is on to the G motherfucking 20 and the media is going wild over ‘Anarchists’ and the usage of black bloc style tactics in the sleepy streets of Brisbane.

We’ve also been warned to look out for anarchists with nail clippers. What terrifying things could anarchists do with nail clippers?

Apparently we bring them so we can escape from zip tied handcuffs. How can we used nail clippers while handcuffed I don’t know… but I guess it could work if one managed to de-arrest someone. Thanks for the tip Professor Clive Williams.

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On AAradio though we begin by looking further afield to Iran where the brutal Islamic government has executed a woman who killed a man who tried to rape her. As of October 22 this year Iran had executed at least 585 people.

Then to get a good perspective on the big gangster meeting happening in Brisbane next month The Juice Media break it down for us with the latest Rap News.

And continuing on with our look at what went on in the streets of resistance outside other G20’s we look at what went down in Mexico.

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Daily Meds – Money in the Bank info
Kids on the Run – Barkly Desert Culture – Ali Curong Community info
Marx and Tu P – March is Long info
Eedam feat. Shahin Nafaji – Execution info
thejuicemedia – G20 info
BAMBU – Minimum Wage info
Shining Soul – No Mercy info
DDM – Greve Generale info