Media Releases

Media Releases from ARAN & other
Refugee Organisations & Support Groups

Dorothy Hoddinott awarded honorary doctorate: leading educator and
refugee supporter honoured
(University of Sydney) 15 April 2021

Safe Settlement Fundraiser: crisis for 15 men recently released from
immigration detention as Border Force payments stop

(  4 April 2021

Latest media releases from the Refugee Action Coalition Sydney
March-April 2021

Potential return of refugees and people seeking asylum to Nauru and PNG
proof of Government policy failure

(Human Rights Law Centre) 3 March 2021

Across Australia, home hosts say “beds are ready” for refugees
Offers have been made from people across Australia ready and willing to open their homes as a viable alternative to keeping refugees in indefinite immigration detention.
(ARAN) 23 August 2020

Release refugees to stay @homesafelywithus
A coalition of refugee support groups today offered to open their homes to asylum seekers and refugees currently held in Australia’s immigration detention centres.
(ARAN) 8 August 2020

Commonwealth Ombudsman statement on COVID-19 risks in immigration detention
(Mirage News – NSW Public Interest Advocacy Centre) 1 July 2020

Implementing OPCAT in Australia 
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released recommendations for how Australia should implement the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT)
(AHRC) 29 June 2020

ASEAN: Overhaul Regional Response to Rohingya Crisis
Human Rights Watch 26 June 2020

Social justice groups welcome support for multicultural communities affected
by COVID-19
(Catholic Outlook) 12 June 2020

COVID-19 Watch hub focuses on refugees and other displaced people
The Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law sees a strong and rapid uptake in contributions from humanitarians, academics and refugees
(UNSW Newsroom) 27 April 2020.

Let’s Protect Health As A Human Right
Right now, tens of thousands of people are afraid to access vital medical care, due to their visa status and fear of deportation. (April 2020)
Sign this Amnesty petition to the PM and State leaders.

Legal challenge filed to protect refugee at COVID-19 risk in
detention (Human Rights Legal Centre) 22 April 2020.

Letter to Prime Minister Morrison (Refugee Council of Australia)
Nobody Left Behind: Ensuring people seeking asylum, refugees and other vulnerable groups are included in COVID-19 responses. Download the letter.
If your organisation would like to sign-on to the letter, please
fill out this form. 20 April 2020.

Refugee Protest Arrest and Fines 
Liberty Victoria is very concerned about the arrest of one person and the issuing of fines totalling $43,000 to those engaged in a “car convoy protest” on Good Friday outside the Mantra Hotel in Preston, which is holding refugees and people seeking asylum. Liberty Victoria. 14 April 2020. Read more…

Academics for Refugees: COVID-19 Open Letter to the
Australian Government

Controlling COVID-19 in Immigration Detention and the Community.
We, the undersigned, urge the Australian Commonwealth government to take urgent action to contain and avoid sickness and deaths among people detained in immigration detention facilities and the broader Australian community, resulting from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Academics for Refugees 15 April 2020. Read more…

Federal Government must act urgently to avoid COVID-19 catastrophe in immigration detention. Human Rights Law Centre: 2 April 2020

Coronavirus information in your language: SBS April 2020

COVID-19 and services at Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania: April 2020

COVID-19 – Refugee Legal: March 2020

COVID-19 – RCOA: March 2020

COVID-19 – Human Rights Law Centre: March 2020

COVID-19 – UNHCR: March 2020

COVID-19 – Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia: March 2020

COVID-19 – Asylum Seeker Centre: March 2020

COVID-19 – Asylum Seeker Resource Centre: March 2020

COVID-19 – Amnesty International Australia: March 2020

COVID-19 – United Nations: March 2020

Staying connected during Coronavirus: Multicultural Australia, March 2020

Coronavirus Experts Condemn Detention Crowding: Joint Statement of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases Limited, and the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control. 19 March 2020

Iran country report: Afghan Refugees Statement; Callout for support.
Asia-Pacific Network of Refugees. 19 March 2020

Urgent Statement from the Asia Pacific Network of Refugees 17 March 2020

MEDEVAC REPEAL – Reflections and Actions:
Messages from the Refugee Council of Australia, GetUp, and the Human Rights Law Centre

New funding for Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative, honouring the Sidney and Elcon Myer legacy
Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (CRSI) July 1 2019

A new vision for community refugee sponsorship in Australia
Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (CRSI). May 19 2019.

Refugee Action Coalition Sydney (RAC)
Current media releases from the RAC. Continuing 2019.

Inquest begins into shocking death on Nauru
National Justice Project (NJP). February 24 2019.

Situation now extremely dire for mentally ill Manus refugees
Mums 4 Refugees. January 30, 2019.

Save the Children Youth Ambassadors raise their voices in Canberra
Save The Children.  November 20 2018.

ARAN Briefing Paper for those attending the APEC Leaders Forum
Port Moresby November 2018
ARAN – Australian Refugee Action Network. November 12 – 18 2018.

Manus rejections more proof of failure of us resettlement deal
RAC (Vic) – Refugee Action Coalition (Victoria) November 11 2018.

Children from Nauru, detained in Australia and not going to school
RAC (Vic) – Refugee Action Coalition (Victoria) October 31 2018.

Think of asylum seeker kids on International Children’s Day
RAR – Rural Australians for Refugees October 23 2018.

Australia’s future doctors stand with the medical community for the removal of children from Nauru
ASMA – Australian Medical Students’ Association September 27 2018.

AMA Calls On Prime Minister to Move Asylum Seeker Children and Families Off Nauru to Better Health Care
AMA – Australian Medical Association September 20 2018.

Save the Children Australia joins campaign to free 119 children trapped on Nauru
Save the Children August 20 2018.

Rural Australians for Refugees Press Release
RAR – Rural Australians for Refugees August 20 2018.

Pacific Island Forum Heads of State briefing paper
ARAN – Australian Refugee Action Network August 20 2018.