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Its All Over Now – a tribute to the disenfranchised of the world – JMO

Australians apologise to asylum seekers with photographic campaign

February 25, 2014


AUSTRALIANS have taken apologies into their own hands after the Federal Government’s blunderous approach to incidents involving asylum seekers.

Demonising and secrecy must stop, Mr Abbott

February 25, 2014 – au.news.yahoo.com
$1.2b deal to run asylum camps

Feb 17, 2014 – Reuters
One dead, many hurt as asylum seekers riot at PNG detention camp

“Our sympathies are extended to the transferees – that person’s family and friends who would have been in the facility as well,” Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said in reference to the dead asylum seeker.

“If people choose to remove themselves from that center then they’re obviously putting themselves at much greater risk and in an environment where there is violent behavior,” he told reporters in the northern Australian city of Darwin.

(Reuters) – An asylum seeker was killed and at least 77 injured in the second riot this week at a detention center in Papua New Guinea used to process asylum seekers, Australia’s Immigration Minister said on Tuesday.

One person was in critical condition with a head injury and another sustained gunshot wounds during the clashes on a small island in impoverished Papua New Guinea.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says the riot began when detainees forced their way out of the center, but refugee advocates insist it was sparked when Manus Island residents and police stormed the facility, attacking the asylum seekers.

The facility is part of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s tough stance against asylum seekers but it has come under fire over human rights concerns.

24 February 2014 – Crikey.com.au

Morrison’s use of asylum seeker death unravels as facts come back to bite

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has been brought undone by the characteristics that make him the quintessential Abbott government minister: his inexperience, his aggression and his disdain for facts.

February 22, 2014 – Herald Sun
Sadness over asylum seeker Reza Berati’s death on Manus Island

As Immigration Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the body of asylum-seeker Reza Berati would be repatriated to Iran according to his family’s wishes, the people of Manus Island have expressed sadness that the violent death has drawn unwanted attention to their peaceful home.

Berati, 23, was killed on Monday night after it is believed he was stomped in the head by riot police during a protest that had steadily got out of hand over two days and nights.

Feb 18, 2014 – Reuters
One dead, many hurt as asylum seekers riot at PNG detention camp

(Reuters) – An asylum seeker was killed and at least 77 injured in the second riot this week at a detention centre in Papua New Guinea used to process asylum seekers, Australia’s immigration minister said on Tuesday.

Minister Scott Morrison said the riot began when detainees forced their way out of the centre, but refugee advocates said it was triggered when Manus Island residents and police stormed the facility, attacking the asylum seekers.

One person was in a critical condition with a head injury and another sustained gunshot wounds during the clashes on the small island in impoverished Papua New Guinea.

The facility is part of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s tough stance against asylum seekers but it has come under fire over human rights concerns.

23 Feb 2014 – SBS
Morrison defends Manus about-face

Scott Morrison is facing calls for his sacking over the Manus Island riot, but Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he is an “outstanding minister”.

Labor has accused Mr Morrison of “losing his grip” on the detention centre, while the Australian Greens have called for Prime Minister Tony Abbott to sack his minister.

In an about-face on the original explanation for Tuesday’s riot, Mr Morrison also questioned the role of the security firm which runs the centre, G4S.

Defending his initial version of what happened at the facility, Mr Morrison said it was important to providing a briefing in the immediate aftermath because of the “tragic death” of Iranian Reza Berati, 23.

PM Abbott must sack Scott Morrison and close Manus Island – Greens

The Australian Greens have called for Scott Morrison to be sacked from the Ministry following revelations that the violent attacks on Manus Island took place inside the refugee prison camp, resulting in the death of asylum seeker Reza Berati.

“The Prime Minister must sack the Minister and close his cruel refugee prisons immediately,” Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

“Tony Abbott must take personal responsibility for the failure of the morally bankrupt and cruel offshore processing regime that was started by Labor and embraced by his government.

“Tony Abbott had a direct line of duty of care to Reza Berati and he is now dead. He must take personal responsibility. Blaming the victims of this tragedy is cowardice.

“We will continue to see tragedy, cruelty and unrest in these refugee prison camps until Tony Abbott shuts them down.”

Greens immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said: “It is clear that the government are trying to cover up how brutal the attacks on refugees inside the Manus Island camp really were. This is an appalling abuse of government power, and Scott Morrison should be forced to resign.

Feb 18, 2014 – Salon

Asylum seeker dies in Papua New Guinea camp

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An asylum seeker was killed and scores were injured when a violent protest ended with a breakout from an immigration detention camp run by Australia on the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea, an official said Tuesday.

One asylum seeker had died from head injuries as he was taken by ambulance to the hospital, Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said. It wasn’t clear what his nationality was, or how he had sustained the injuries.

Two other seriously injured asylum seekers — one with a gunshot wound and the other with a fractured skull — would be flown to Australia for medical treatment, Morrison said.

February 18 2014 – Jakarta Post

Asylum seeker dies in Papua New Guinea camp

An asylum seeker was killed and scores were injured when a violent protest ended with a breakout from an immigration detention camp run by Australia on the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea, an official said Tuesday.

One asylum seeker had died from head injuries as he was taken by ambulance to the hospital, Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said. It wasn’t clear what his nationality was, or how he had sustained the injuries.

Two other seriously injured asylum seekers — one with a gunshot wound and the other with a fractured skull — would be flown to Australia for medical treatment, Morrison said.


February 18, 2014 – ABC News.go

Asylum Seeker Dies in Violent Protest at PNG Camp

The unrest at the camp in Papua New Guinea, which began late Monday and ended Tuesday, has heightened pressure on Canberra to close these camps but the government was holding firm, saying it is an effective deterrent against asylum seekers.

The provocation for the violence at Manus Island was not immediately clear. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison described the violence as the latest in a series of protests at the camp, which houses around 1,300 men from countries including Afghanistan, Sudan’s Darfur region, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Somalia, and Syria.

“This is a tragedy, but this was a very dangerous situation where people decided to protest in a very violent way and to take themselves outside the center and place themselves at great risk,” he told reporters.

He said one man died from head injuries as he was taken to the hospital. He would not disclose the victim’s nationality, or say how he had sustained the injuries.

The Papua New Guinea government revealed that the dead man was an Iranian national, Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

February 24, 2014 – The Age
Construction company Transfield to be paid $1.22b to run offshore detention

Construction company Transfield Services will be paid $1.22 billion by the Australia government to run both offshore detention centres, as Immigration Minister Scott Morrison continues to defend his response to the outbreak of violence last week at the Manus Island centre that left an asylum seeker dead.

Details of the contract were released as reports emerged that a former Sri Lankan military officer has been heading the detention centre on Manus Island.

Dinesh Perera has been running the facility for the G4S security company, where there is also 30 ethnic Tamil Sri Lakan asylum seekers, the ABC reported on Monday afternoon.

In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange on Monday morning, it was announced Transfield Services will formally replace security group G4S to hold the contract on Manus Island for 20 months. The company has also overseen the running of the Nauru detention centre for 12 months.

The company will also be responsible for welfare services after the Salvation Army’s contract was not renewed.

One person dead, others seriously injured during violent Manus Island clashes

What happened on Manus – The official account of events that led to the death of an asylum seeker on Manus Island on Monday night, according to Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison.

The asylum seeker died on the way to Lorengau Hospital, Mr Morrison said.
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Two asylum seekers have been flown to Australia for treatment, one for a fractured skull and another for a gun-shot wound.

Refugee advocates say locals and the PNG police attacked the centre with machetes, knives and other weapons and have again condemned Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers in offshore detention centres, saying Manus Island is dangerous and lawless.

They say Australia has put the lives of people seeking asylum, who have already fled torture, war and gross human rights violations, at risk.

On Monday night, one asylum seeker from Lebanon who is in the Manus Island compound wrote in a Facebook message that the violence had started again.

”Tonight polices [sic] and g4s attack us again. Many peoples in the yard. Injure please we need one to help us. May be till morning they will kill us. We are human or animls [sic].”

February 18, 2014 – The Hindu

Asylum seeker dies in Papua New Guinea camp

An asylum seeker was killed and scores were injured when a violent protest ended with a breakout from an immigration detention camp run by Australia on the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea, an official said on Tuesday.

One asylum seeker had died from head injuries as he was taken by ambulance to the hospital, Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said. It wasn’t clear what his nationality was, or how he had sustained the injuries.

Two other seriously injured asylum seekers one with a gunshot wound and the other with a fractured skull would be flown to Australia for medical treatment, Mr. Morrison said.

February 18, 2014 – The Guardian
Manus Island: One dead, 77 injured and person shot in buttock at Australian asylum centre

Australian immigration minister confirms 77 people were treated for injuries and one person died of a head injury.

Morrison described Monday’s incident as “more serious” than the one on Sunday, during which 35 detainees escaped before being recaptured.

“The news of a death is a great tragedy and our sympathies are extended to the transferee’s – that person’s – family and friends who would have been in the facility as well,” he said.

“This is a tragedy, but this was a very dangerous situation where people decided to protest in a very violent way and to take themselves outside the centre and to place themselves at great risk.”

Morrison said protesting asylum seekers broke through fences just after 11pm on Monday, but “at 3am this morning order was completely restored to the centres”, although it still was not certain that all detainees had been returned.

“At all times the G4S staff who were involved were involved in maintaining order within the centre itself,” he said.

February 24, 2014 – News.com.au
Manus governor accuses asylum seekers


Scott Morrison admits there are still questions to be answered about Manus Island. Source: AAP

Mr Morrison’s office did not respond to AAP’s request for comment but the minister later told 2GB radio he did not think those involved in the unrest were transferred from Nauru.

“Nauru burnt down on the 19th of July, under the previous government, into twisted wreckage and the people who were involved in that are facing charges in Nauru,” Mr Morrison said.

Mr Morrison is under fire after admitting that most of the violence – including the death of Reza Berati – likely happened inside the centre, not outside as first claimed.

He defended his initial report, saying it was later qualified by conflicting accounts.

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