Oct 2019 media stories

The silent struggle of refugees in Indonesia
Registered asylum seekers pitch tents in Central Jakarta; most were previously housed but faced little option following declining support from the Australian government and the Indonesian Organization for Migration.
(Jakarta Post) 31 October 2019.

Queensland coroner orders Nauru refugee death inquest to resume for more evidence (SBS News) 30 October 2019

This mother still doesn’t know how her son died on Nauru, a year after she buried him (SBS News) 30 October 2019

WMA Statement on Medical Age Assessment of Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seekers (World Medical Association) October 2019

Manus Island has shut – but hundreds of asylum seekers say they’re now stranded (SBS News) 28 October 2019

How #SaveHakeem people power freed refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi ABC News) 28 October 2019

Hundreds of Commonwealth Games athletes and officials ‘have asylum claims rejected’ (SBS News) 29 October 2019

Australia’s immigration detention system is cruel and damaging by its very nature (Guardian Australia) 28 October 2019

Mining company gets $20m contract to maintain Christmas Island detention centre that is holding four people (Guardian Australia) 27 October 2019

Manus Island Refugees’ Lives Of Misery Revealed In New Documentary (10 Daily) 27 October 2019

Bangladeshi asylum seeker dies by suicide at a Lakemba mosque (SBS News) 26 October 2019

Self-harm rates on Nauru, Manus Island ‘exceptionally high’ (RNZ) 25 October 2019

Catholic preschools open doors to asylum seeker children (Catholic Weekly) 25 October 2019

Qantas stares down activists on asylum seeker transportation (SMH) 25 October 2019

Qantas Faces Questions on Asylum Seeker Transfers at AGM (Australianaviation.com.au) 25 October 2019

Medivac sham weakens border (The Australian) 23 October 2019

Australia ‘coercing’ Manus Island asylum seekers to go home (RNZ) 23 October 2019

Australia urged to pay compensation for unjustified use of force in immigration detention (Guardian Australia) 23 October 2019

Scott Morrison’s captain’s call inserts medevac critic Sarah Henderson as chair of human rights committee (ABC News) 23 October 2019

Medevac is about health not migration outcomes (Eureka Street) 23 October 2019

Women honoured at Qantas awards call out CEO Alan Joyce on refugees (7 News) 23 October 2019

Christmas Island detention centre cost $27 million to ‘detain four people’ (SBS News) 22 October 2019

The evidence is clear: the medevac law saves lives. But even this isn’t enough to alleviate refugee suffering (The Conversation) 22 October 2019

Fewer than one in 10 medivac refugees need hospital care (The Australian) 22 October 2019

Dutton lashes ‘back door’ asylum seeker laws allowing medical transfer and says Australians have been ‘conned’ (7 News) 22 October 2019

Bangladeshi asylum seeker dies by suicide at Lakemba mosque (SBS Bews) 22 October 2019

PNG officials making brazen demands for kickbacks from Manus operator (SMH) 21 October 2019

Up to 10 refugees remain in PNG despite Medevac approval (SBS News) 21 October 2019

More refugees in Australia than offshore (9News) 21 October 2019

Men approved for ‘medevac’ transfer detained in Port Moresby prison (SMH) 21 October 2019

From wrecking ball to kingmaker: why all eyes are on Jacqui Lambie (Guardian Australia) 20 October 2019

The challenges of gay asylum seekers (Malta Times) 20 October 2019

Bangladesh says thousands of Rohingya agree relocation to island (Aljazeera) 20 October 2019

Australian police arrest Iraqi man over 350 asylum-seeker deaths (DW) 19 October 2019

Migration policy enters uncharted waters (Inside Story) 18 October 2019

Meet the migrants speaking out about wage theft (The Feed – SBS) 18 October 2019

Manus Island refugee dies in Brisbane (RNZ) 18 October 2019

Lambie stays mute on medevac vote after Senate inquiry splits on party lines (The Conversation) 18 October 2019

Labor and the Coalition are arguing about asylum seekers coming by plane. Here are the facts (ABC Fact Check) 18 October 2019

Manus Island refugee doctor dies in Australia (Cora Courier) 18 October 2019

Mentally ill asylum seeker sent away from promised treatment on 5,400km Qantas round trip (Guardian Australia) 17 October 2019

Peter Dutton claims Australian veterans want refugee medevac laws scrapped (SBS News) 17 October 2019

Peter Dutton blocks asylum seeker’s ‘violent’ and ‘criminal’ dad from Australia as daughter seeks medical treatment (7 News) 16 October 2019

Tamil family remain in detention as Australia mulls UN request (Aljazeera) 16 October 2019

Kurdish refugee Behrouz Boochani warns of ‘genocide’ in northern Syria (SBS News) 16 October 2019

Qantas faces mounting pressure to cease assisting government in deporting asylum seekers (7 News) 16 October 2019

These asylum seekers want to give back by teaching others how to cook their food (SBS) 16 October 2019

Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani may no longer be on Manus Island, but he is not yet free (The National) 15 October 2019

High self-harm rates among detained asylum seekers prompts calls for action (Phys Org) 15 October 2019

Last asylum seekers exiting Manus Island (9 News) 15 October 2019

Asylum seekers in detention 200 times more likely to commit self-harm than Australians, research finds (ABC News) 14 October 2019

Coalition digs in over refugee transfers (The New Daily) 14 October 2019

Asylum seekers have a right to higher education and academics can be powerful advocates (The Conversation) 14 October 2019

‘Lost ability to do basic maths’: Asylum seeker number bungle means ‘plane people’ not a record (SMH) 14 October 2019

There’s no airport border ‘crisis’, only management failure of the Home Affairs department (The Conversation) 14 October 2019

Peak medical authorities issue joint plea to save refugee medevac laws (SBS News) 13 October 2019

Jacqui Lambie rules out horse-trading her vote on bill to repeal medevac (Guardian Australia) 13 October 2019

Experts urge Senate to hold the line on refugee medical help (SMH) 13 October 2019

The invisible people (The Week) 12 October 2019

Australia-PNG need to find a solution for failed asylum seekers: UN (ASBS News) 11 October 2019

MANUS, the film, puts the spotlight on the government’s total absence of respect for the stranger (Newcastle Herald) 11 October 2019

Papers reveal bungles over refugee arrest (Northern Daily Leader) 11 October 2019

Do we really care about ‘plane people’? (Brisbane Times) 11 October 2019

New approach to refugee support is a ‘game changer’ – says UNHCR’s Gillian Triggs (UNHCR News) 10 October 2019

New refugee data centre can inform policies, solutions worldwide: Guterres (UN News) 10 October 2019

Asylum seekers approved for medevac transfers detained in Port Moresby (Guardian Australia) 10 October 2019

Manus Island detention centre to become a school (RNZ) 10 October 2019

UN human rights chief slams Australia for making asylum seekers ‘convenient scapegoats’ (SBS News) 9 October 2019

Asylum seeker processing wait time blows out to two years (SMH) 9 October 2019

Manus Island needs Australian restoration – journalist (RNZ) 9 October 2019

Coalition woos Jacqui Lambie to back migration character test crackdown (Guardian Australia) 9 October 2019

United Nations human rights commissioner criticises Australia’s asylum-seeker policies (ABC News) 9 October 2019

Australia on track for record number of asylum seekers arriving by plane, Labor says (Guardian Australia) 8 October 2019

European Court: Denying journalist access to asylum-seeker centre violated right to freedom of expression (the Spofia Globe) 8 October 2019

‘It’s time to act’: Oscar winner Cate Blanchett gives a passionate speech about refugees at a UNHCR committee meeting in Geneva (Daily Mail) 8 October 2019

‘We all feel the shame and guilt’: Aussie Canadians campaign to sponsor refugees detained Down Under (The Star) 7 October 2019

What the Safe Third Country Deals Mean for The Future of Asylum in the U.S. (YubaNet.com) 7 October 2019

Massive wage underpayments at major recycler a ‘national disgrace’ (SMH) 5 October 2019

Acclaimed human rights activist compares Australian incarceration in infamous detention centre to I, Daniel Blake (The London Economy) 4 October 2019

The Fate Of Refugee Families Is In America’s Hands (Cognoscenti) 4 October 2019

Jacqui Lambie should not horse trade on medevac repeal bill (The Conversation) 3 October 2019

Manus refugees in PNG hotel pressured to relocate (RNZ News) 3 October 2019

Public views on asylum and refugee policies similar across European countries (European University Institute) 2 October 2019

‘UN human rights chief must address Manus, Nauru during Australian visit,’ psychologist says (SBS Spanish) 2 October 2019

Australia must stop discriminating against refugees with disabilities (Mirage News) 2 October 2019

Smoke and Mirrors (Harvard Politics) 2 October 2019

UN urges Australia to release Tamil asylum seeker family from offshore detention (The Straits Times) 2 October 2019

Asylum seekers transferred from Manus Island to Port Moresby being ‘forced into poverty’ (SBS News) 2 October 2019

Manus men’s ‘dehumanising’ detention continues (RNZ News) 1 October 2019

Former teacher sues Nauru detention centre operator for ‘devastating’ black mould illness (Guardian Australia) 1 October 2019

Refugee movements in South East Asia decrease, but threats on their journey rise (UNHCR News) 1 October 2019