Written By: - Date published: 8:01 pm, November 23rd, 2017 - 155 comments
Categories: australian politics, International, jacinda ardern, political parties, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags: inhumanity, Manus Island, refugees
Earlier today, the Guardian was reporting that PNG police and paramilitary had descended on the Manus Island detention centre and given refugees one hour to leave. From The Guardian report…
Amnesty International said serious injuries were entirely foreseeable, and the PNG government was “knowingly placing the refugees at risk”. Amnesty’s Pacific researcher, Kate Schuetze said: “There is no justification for this action.
“International law and standards demand that refugees enjoy international protection. The country where they sought refuge – Australia – has violated their rights at every turn. PNG has aided and enabled Australia’s policy of cruelty and degradation of the refugees.”
Meanwhile NZs PM has stated that sending a message to the world in terms of NZs values is “as simple as just doing the right thing“…except she seems to confuse “doing” with simply holding a bloody view!
Cut the crap. Send a frigate. Tell Australia it can blow any threats about “diplomatic consequences” out its arse.
Julia Gillard’s Labor government reopens detention centre – not used since 2004 – and the first 19 asylum seekers arrive from Christmas island.
A UNHCR report finds every asylum seeker on Manus displays signs of anxiety and depression.
New Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd announces people who seek asylum by boat will never be settled in Australia, with all sent to Manus or Nauru.
Three days of violence leaves 70 detainees seriously injured, with some shot by police, stabbed and with their throats slit. Iranian detainee Reza Barati is murdered after security guards inflict fatal head injuries during the riot.
Iranian Hamid Kehazaei dies after a delayed medical evacuation to Australia, as a treatable bacterial infection develops into septicaemia.
More than 500 men begin a two-week hunger strike in protest against conditions on the island. Two stitch their lips together, three swallow razor blades and collapsing strikers have to be forcibly removed by security.
A Guardian investigation reveals widespread failings in the healthcare services provided by IHMS in detention centres, including Manus Island.
A PNG woman employed by Transfield alleges she was raped by Australian colleagues inside the centre. The alleged perpetrators are flown out of the country.
Papua New Guinea supreme court rules the detention centre is illegal and unconstitutional and must be closed.
Australia confirms Manus detention centre will close but says none of the 854 men still there will be resettled in Australia.
Sudanese refugee Faysal Ishak Ahmed dies after six months of suffering numerous blackouts, falls and seizures inside the detention centre.
PNG immigration officials confirm the centre will close on 31 October, and tell detainees to ‘consider their options’. Over the following months basic services are shut down around detainees, to encourage them to leave
The Australian government settles a class action, paying $70m compensation to more than 2,000 detainees for illegal detention and mistreatment, but denies any liability.
Iranian asylum seeker Hamed Shamshiripour is found dead, having taken his own life. His friends say they pleaded with the Australian government to provide treatment for his mental health problems.
Twenty-five men leave Papua New Guinea for the US under a resettlement deal between Australia and the US. The total number to be transferred is still uncertain, with the US under no obligation to take a set amount.
A formally recognised refugee dies in Lorengau hospital.
A week before it’s due to close, it’s revealed more than 600 detainees are refusing to leave the centre, citing fears for their safety in Lorengau.