Donate to help provide a dignified funeral for young man who died on Nauru

A much-loved and respected 26-year-old* – who himself pleaded for help, as did his family – became a fatal victim of offshore detention on Nauru on the 15th of June this year. In death, he has been treated as he was in life by those who ruled his incarceration. (The Australian government refused to reunite …

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Children dying on Nauru, men dead on Manus … but keep 1,600 in offshore hellholes

"Forgive me for not congratulating you all for being less racist than a Nazi while children are being tortured." Senator Nick McKim could easily find the tragic irony in yesterday's bipartisan disapproval in parliament of Fraser Anning's "final solution" maiden speech. The Greens Senator spoke yesterday in parliament about the reality of indefinite offshore detention …

Australia – a government that commits torture and doesn’t care?

When we think of torture, we each have our own interpretations. For most Australians, it's likely that theirs come from history or from fiction. TORTURE is a sickening word. But it's an even more sickening act. So of course no Australian would want to contemplate that they or their government were currently committing, or party to, …

‘Dying is better than living, you’ll be free’ … Australia’s policies inflict THIS THOUGHT on a CHILD and then deny her need for proper healthcare

[Warning: the content of this post about severe mental illness will disturb readers. For those detrimentally affected by this topic, please refrain from reading. Your ongoing support is deeply appreciated.] She is 12 years old or younger. She has been held on Nauru for almost 5 years. And she desperately wants to die. Crying and …

When a 6yr old says her name is ‘EZB037’, something is very very wrong

During my first visits to the Nauru "regional processing centre" in 2014, I knelt down to speak with a six year-old girl. Asking her name, I was disturbed when she answered with a boat number, "EZB037.” Believing she misheard, I asked again, only to hear the same letters and number repeated. We can only imagine …

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 …

Diary of a Disaster – by Behrouz Boochani

A scan of his Twitter feed makes you feel as you do in those dreams where horrific things are happening right in front of you but you are unable to move or speak – an ineffectual witness to human catastrophe …How can anyone read another human being stating, "The refugees are digging into the ground …

Manus Centre Closes Tomorrow – Detainees are AUSTRALIA’s responsibility says PNG government

With the Manus Island Detention Centre officially closing tomorrow (31 Oct), a crisis is imminent. HUNDREDS of people (more than 600 of whom have already been formally recognised as having refugee status) who wanted to reach Australia to make lives for themselves in peace-loving communities are set to face abandonment on an island where they are …