The “Australian Story” of Behrouz Boochani

Tonight (1 April, 2019) on Australia's national public broadcaster, the long running documentary series, "Australian Story" will focus on someone who isn't allowed to ever be Australian and, although he has committed no crime, is regularly vilified by many Australians, including members of the current Australian government. But Australia has shaped the last five years …

Advertisements

Detained asylum seeker wins Australia’s richest literary prize

It has just been announced that from Manus Island, Iranian-born refugee Behrouz Boochani has won both the non-fiction prize and the prize for literature at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for his book, 'No Friend but the Mountains'. The Guardian's full report is here. Will this lead to any change in the major parties' adherence …

Behrouz Boochani wins journalism award for Manus Island writing

Iranian Kurdish writer Behrouz Boochani has been detained for more than five years by the Australian government simply for seeking a safe place to live. During his time imprisoned on Manus Island, he has:  written regular diaries of his experiences for Guardian Australia, contributed to the Saturday Paper, co-directed a documentary he secretly shot on a …

Just one question … HOW LONG??

In Australia, criminals convicted of murder and rape know the length of their sentence. It's the law. In Australia, victims of oppressive regimes who arrive seeking help are never told the length of their detention. That's criminal. It has been 4 years since Reza Barati was killed in the 'regional processing centre' he was detained …

“Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVFj9NHcpqY This film was shot on a mobile phone by Kurdish-Iranian refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani who remains on Manus Island. His collaboration with Netherlands-based Iranian filmmaker Arash Kamali Sarvestani to produce this documentary feature is essential viewing for anyone to whom the issue of the treatment of refugees matters. There is no embellishment, there …

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 …