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Papuan activists face maximum life imprisonment

Six political activists face life imprisonment for peacefully campaigning for the self-determination of Papua.

First UA: 130/19

Award-winning journalist Behrouz Boochani freed from Manus Island

Iranian refugee to speak at notable literary festival in New Zealand Visa to travel sponsored by Amnesty International Behrouz Boochani, an award-winning journalist from Iran who is known for his work reporting on human rights abuses from Manus Island, has left Papua New Guinea and landed in New Zealand’s Auckland Airport. Boochani’s visa was sponsored by Amnesty International New Zealand, after he was invited to speak at the WORD Christchurch literary festival. Using nothing but a mobile phone, Boochani wrote the book ‘No Friend But The Mountains’, about his harrowing journey to find freedom

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Urgent Action: Papuan activist charged for posting Facebook video in Indonesia

A peaceful pro-independence Papuan activist, Agustinus Yolemal, was detained and charged for posting a video on Facebook.

UA 165/18 issued 07/09/2018

Manus Island: Inquest finds death of asylum seeker 'completely preventable'

Refugee advocates shout slogans as they protest
Refugee advocates shout slogans as they protest © SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images

“Australian government must end this inhumane system for good” - Kate Schuetze A Queensland Coroner has today ruled that the tragic death of Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei from an infection acquired in the Manus Island detention centre was “completely preventable”, highlighting severe failings in the healthcare of refugees in offshore detention centres. Kate Schuetze, Amnesty International’s Refugee Researcher, who was present at the Brisbane court today, said: “The Coroner today outlined a litany of errors that lead to Hamid Khazaei’s death in 2014 following his detention in an

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Manus Island: Refugees moved from 'one hellish situation to another'

New facilities unsafe and do not meet refugees’ basic needs Refugees say they live with constant fear of violence from locals 88% suffering from depression or post-traumatic stress disorder Informal curfew advised to mitigate security risks Australia has used a deliberate system of cruelty to increase the hardship suffered by refugees and asylum-seekers in detention centres on Manus Island, Amnesty International said in a new report today. Following the Australian government’s withdrawal from its detention centre last year, Punishment not protection, documents the demeaning and deeply

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Papua New Guinea: Asylum-seeker on hunger strike restrained and force-fed

Responding to news that an asylum-seeker being treated at a hospital in Papua New Guinea for a serious medical condition has been restrained for three days and is being force-fed by hospital staff after he went on hunger strike, Kate Schuetze, Amnesty International’s Pacific Researcher said: “Forcing medical treatment and feeding a patient without his consent, unless it is medically necessary, may violate the right to health and the right to be protected from torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. “He has gone on hunger strike to protest against the poor medical treatment he

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Urgent Action update: Refugees forcibly removed from Australian detention centre in PNG

There are ongoing concerns as hundreds of refugees are forcibly relocated from the Lombrum detention centre.

3rd update on UA 184/17 issued 23/11/2017

Urgent Action update: No safe option for refugees at the Manus Island detention centre after camp 'closure'

There are serious concerns for the health and security of hundreds of refugees after essential services were withdrawn.

2nd update on UA 184/17 issued 03/11/2017

Urgent Action: Sixth death on Manus amid Australian government inaction

The most recent death on Manus Island highlights the ongoing risks from violent attacks and inadequate health care.

1st update on UA 184/17 issued 06/10/2017

Urgent Action: Extreme risk of violence for refugees of Australia on Manus Island

Australia’s offshore detention and processing policy on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), amounts to the systematic abuse of hundreds of individuals.

UA 184/17 issued 09/08/2017
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