Refugees

Melbourne's Park Hotel a Covid incubator, says refugee advocate

The refugees came from the Australian offshore detention camps in Manus (Papua New Guinea) and Nauru, and were brought to the mainland for medical treatment.

They are being held at the Park Hotel in Carlton, where 22 of them now have Covid-19, with one hospitalised.

The Refugee Action Coalition's Ian Rintoul claimed the proper protocols of separating the infected from those without the virus had been ignored by Australian officials.

He said the Australian government has created a Covid incubator in the Park Hotel.

Australia rules out resettling asylum seeker family in New Zealand or USA

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said resettlement arrangements with both countries were only open to refugees, and the family was not legally considered to be refugees.

The family has been detained on Christmas Island since 2019.

They were removed from their home in the regional Queensland town of Biloela in 2018 by Australian Border Force officials after their visas expired.

Nauru government condemns refugee and asylum seeker parents who put children at risk

The Government says it condemns the actions of refugee and asylum seekers parents who put their children at risk by intentionally hurting them, ordering them not to eat or drink, or encouraging them to self-harm, in order to influence legal proceedings or create a medical emergency so that they can be taken to Australia.

“As we have stated many times, this has happened and continues to happen, and those who deny this are misinformed or simply don’t want to admit the truth.”  

Nauru president attacks journalists for covering refugee stories during Forum

Since 2013, about 900 refugees have been exiled to Nauru where the forum's annual leaders meeting concluded yesterday.

Mr Waqa, who earlier denied reports of widespread suffering among the refugees, says the Pacific is not interested in their stories.

NZ foreign minister not going to discuss refugees at Pacific Islands Forum

NGO groups have been pressuring leaders to get conditions for refugees in Nauru on the agenda.

But Peters says he hasn’t gone to Nauru to talk about that issue.

“What we're not going to do is hijack the whole purpose of a huge part of the world that is a blue conference, so to speak. It is critical that we get our agenda completed as well.”

Peters attended the forum’s official opening ceremony last night.

He’s expected to have his first bilateral meeting with his new Australian counterpart, Marise Payne today.

Call for Forum leaders to take a stand on Aust treatment of refugees

Nauru, which is home to an Australian immigration detention centre, is hosting this year's leaders' summit, which will get under way on September 1.

Amnesty International has co-signed a joint open letter representing a coalition of 84 NGOs, which addresses Forum leaders and observers about conditions for refugees on Nauru, and also PNG's Manus Island.

Amnesty's Pacific researcher, Roshika Deo, said the system is clearly broken if children on Nauru are considering self-harm.

Call for Forum leaders to take a stand on Aust treatment of refugees

Nauru, which is home to an Australian immigration detention centre, is hosting this year's leaders' summit, which will get under way on September 1.

Amnesty International has co-signed a joint open letter representing a coalition of 84 NGOs, which addresses Forum leaders and observers about conditions for refugees on Nauru, and also PNG's Manus Island.

Amnesty's Pacific researcher, Roshika Deo, said the system is clearly broken if children on Nauru are considering self-harm.

PM softens language on meeting with refugees on Nauru

It comes as pressure is mounting on the Australian government to accept New Zealand's offer to take 150 refugees from Nauru and Manus Island.

An Iranian man detained on Nauru wrote to Jacinda Ardern earlier this month asking if he could meet with her when she visits Nauru.

He was told by her office that would not be possible as she will be focussed on the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' meeting.

Australia's High Court rejects Nauru refugee claims

The court upheld decisions of the Supreme Court of Nauru, where the asylum seekers have been exiled since 2013.

A Pakistani man from Peshawar told the court he feared being persecuted by the Taliban if he returned to the Pakistan city.

The court found while there was a real possibility he would be harmed in Peshawar, he could move elsewhere in Pakistan.

Another Pakistani feared he would be harmed by a militant political party in Karachi because he had injured one of its senior members.

Australia's High Court rejects Nauru refugee claims

The court upheld decisions of the Supreme Court of Nauru, where the asylum seekers have been exiled since 2013.

A Pakistani man from Peshawar told the court he feared being persecuted by the Taliban if he returned to the Pakistan city.

The court found while there was a real possibility he would be harmed in Peshawar, he could move elsewhere in Pakistan.

Another Pakistani feared he would be harmed by a militant political party in Karachi because he had injured one of its senior members.