A group of concerned Australians living in a regional area outside Sydney
To encourage positive attitudes to refugees in the community and at all levels of government.
To welcome, befriend and assist refugees facing uncertain futures, in detention and in the community.
Practical, emotional and financial assistance for refugees and to encourage positive attitudes to refugees in the community and at all levels of government
New restrictions have left asylum seekers on Manus Island unable to communicate with their supporters about the conditions of detention. Who will tell the stories that journalists won’t touch, asks advocate Nick Riemer Since December, the Immigration department has increasingly censored refugees’ ability to communicate with the outside world. Its petty and vindictive restrictions onRead more
The case of a young Sri Lankan mother has highlighted the legal and ethical contortions that have become a feature of our refugee process. Ranjini had already been assessed as a refugee and was establishing a new life in Melbourne with her second husband, Ganesh, when she and two young sons from her previous marriageRead more
New unrest, involving hunger strikes, attempted suicides and letters addressed to the Australian people, has erupted on Manus Island, the remote Papua New Guinea island where the Australian government has so far incarcerated 221 asylum seekers. The refugees’ protests highlight the inhumanity of the Labor government’s policy, which consists of transporting men, women and childrenRead more
Humanitarian News and Analysis – a service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. PERTH, 14 January 2013 (IRIN) Human rights groups have strongly condemned conditions at Australia’s two offshore processing centres for asylum seekers on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus. “Conditions are overwhelmingly inadequate, with intolerable physical conditions thatRead more
Once a haven for refugees from Afghanistan, the Pakistani city of Quetta has turned into a deathtrap. Many see escape to Australia as their only hope. For years, the Pakistani city of Quetta has been studded with billboards put up by Australia. When a suicide bomber detonated himself in a Shia Muslim rally on SeptemberRead more
Escalating unrest saw three men briefly escape the Manus Island detention facility at the weekend and run into the sea in apparent joint suicide attempt. On Saturday, 40 more people – all single men, mostly Iranians, Iraqis and Afghans – arrived at Manus. Asylum seekers already there reported that the men had not been toldRead more