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Australian refugee lawyer condemns deportations to Sri Lanka

By Mike Head, December 21, 2012

A lawyer involved in 16 recent Sri Lankan deportation cases explains that methods being used by the government are unlawful.

Australian foreign minister visits Sri Lanka to tighten anti-refugee measures

By Mike Head, December 14, 2012

Gillard’s government is stepping up its partnership with the autocratic Sri Lankan regime to prevent refugee boats sailing from the island.

Protests continue in Australian refugee detention camps

By Mark Church, December 8, 2012

Detainees are protesting against the barbaric conditions in the Pacific island camps, as well as the uncertainty surrounding their asylum claims.

Australian government intensifies anti-refugee policy

By Mike Head, November 22, 2012

The Gillard government is increasingly violating the basic democratic rights of refugees, and repudiating any adherence to fundamental precepts of international law.

Nauru refugee hunger striker taken to hospital

By Mark Church, November 19, 2012

Omid’s protest highlights the brutality of the Australian Labor government’s policy of transporting refugees to be detained indefinitely on Nauru.

Hunger strike continues in Australian refugee detention centre on Nauru

By Mark Church, November 10, 2012

On the government’s instructions, Australian officials have refused to negotiate with the detainees over their asylum visa applications.

Australian detainees in hunger strike on Nauru

By Mark Church, Mike Head, November 5, 2012

Asylum seekers are protesting the appalling conditions on the island and the Australian government’s refusal to start processing their refugee claims.

Australian Labor government “excises” entire country to bar refugees

By Patrick O’Connor, October 31, 2012

Australia will effectively become a legal black hole for refugees, undocumented workers, and anyone else without recognised legal status.

Australian High Court strikes down ASIO-dictated detention of refugees

By Patrick O’Connor, October 6, 2012

Despite the unlawful character of the existing setup, none of the more than 50 detained refugees affected by adverse ASIO assessments will be released.

Australia pressures refugees to return to Sri Lanka

By Mike Head, October 2, 2012

Tamil asylum seekers are being coerced to return despite clear evidence of persecution and torture.

Australian government removes refugees to Nauru

By Will Morrow, Mike Head, September 20, 2012

Prime Minister Gillard’s government has gone far beyond the so-called “Pacific Solution” of the previous Howard Liberal government.

Australia: Refugees stage hunger strike against removal to Nauru

By Will Morrow, September 3, 2012

The desperate act of protest is the inevitable outcome of the government’s refugee law changes.