Learning to be Human

On a day when Australians peacefully protested as the men on Manus Island have been having to do for far too long, I learnt about being human. Since the Tampa Affair, the policies of successive Australian governments have shown us ignorance and cruelty. And for 16 years, Australia has learned those traits well. We have …

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Peaceful Protests across Australia this weekend #evacuatemanus

The men who were forcibly removed from the RPC don't belong on Manus Island and they don't want to be there. Manus Island – its people and their culture, the small communities and inhabitable terrain, the employment situation etc. – can't cope with an influx of hundreds of men from different parts of the world. …

Attack on Manus Refugees – Day 2

No one can now say that force is not being used. No one can dispute that violence is being inflicted on people on Manus Island and the REFUGEES are NOT responsible. The men who refused to leave the RPC have shown resilience and restraint to maintain their PEACEFUL protest under extreme pressure, particularly when a …

Behrouz Boochani ARRESTED

What future is there for free speech? What faith can we have in peaceful protest? Considering what this skilful and determined writer/journalist has been doing in recent days, those who know the law would probably credit him with educating, informing and advancing the cause of human rights. If those are criminal acts, what hope is …

URGENT! POLICE OPERATION UNDERWAY ON MANUS

Papua New Guinea police and immigration officers have entered the former detention centre with refugees inside reporting large numbers of officers, including the paramilitary police Mobile Squad, shouting and demanding refugees hand over phones. The refugees say they have been given an hour to leave with officers being  intimidating and aggressive as they dismantle structures and throw …

SAVE THE MEN ON MANUS

The New York Times and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre have just visited the men on Manus Island. Click on the logos below to read/see what they're reporting …   So when you see phrases like … There is a medical emergency on Manus … Men will die if they don’t get medical treatment, urgently …

The Power of Words … and the reality behind them

On a day when human rights are at the forefront of our minds – with Australia voting YES to marriage equality – it is a day to note and respect the POWER OF WORDS, the power of communication. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has acknowledged the overwhelming majority of Australians who support marriage equality and yet it seems …

The Day of Reckoning

The asylum seekers on Manus Island who remain in the Regional Processing Centre (RPC) have continued their peaceful protest against the treatment they have been enduring not only in recent days but over 4 years of incarceration. TODAY THEY – AND WE – WILL FIND OUT WHAT IS AT THE HEART OF OUR NATION'S VALUES …

The FACTS about Manus

Today's Guardian article by Senator Nick McKim gives clarity and truth to some of the misinformation or doubts that proliferate about the crisis on Manus Island. To anyone who is asking questions about the refugees and their situation, there are some objective, informed answers. Here at this website too, we're aiming to provide a clear …

SPEAKING OUT as the Manus Crisis worsens …

The voices accusing Australia of crimes against humanity are far outweighing the pale repetition of baseless rhetoric by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton.   Grand Chief of Papua New Guinea, Sir Michael Somare has accused the Australian and PNG governments of lacking human dignity and respect over the Manus Island …