Category: Christmas Island

Another tragic death in detention – Vigil on 12 November 2015

Canberra Refugee Action Committee MEDIA RELEASE 10 November 2015 There is nothing suspicious about the circumstances of the death of Kurdish refugee Fazel Chegeni while in detention on Christmas Island, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said in Parliament yesterday. However, the…

Witnesses to asylum seeker boat crossings

In 2013 Luke Mogelson and Joel Van Houdt pretended to be asylum seekers in order to experience travelling to Australia by boat seeking asylum. Because there have been so few accounts of what this journey is like I am republishing…

How much power is too much when dealing with asylum seekers

Gabrielle Appleby and Claire Higgins, The Age  Extract: The proposed Good Order Bill gives broad discretionary powers to private contractors working in Australian immigration detention centres for the use of force against detainees to protect the life, health or safety…

Deaths and injuries at immigration detention centres revealed

Sarah Whyte The Age Nine deaths, spewing raw sewage and snake bites are some of the workplace and safety incidents faced by Department of Immigration and Border Protection workers and asylum seekers over a year. There were 449 incidents recorded for asylum…

Behind the Wire: hear their stories

BEHIND THE WIRE Stories From Mandatory Detention Behind the Wire is an oral history project documenting the stories of men, women and children who have experienced Australian mandatory detention over the past 22 years. It seeks to bring a new…

Extraordinary new bill threatens whistle blowers with jail terms

Somayra Ismailjee, New Matilda A seemingly mundane bill, [The Australian Border Force Bill 2015] passed by the senate last week could have serious implications for those trying to blow the whistle on the Department of Immigration…… Part 6 of the…

Lawyers gain access to ‘dangerous’ Christmas Island compound after judge dismisses ‘contrived’ refusal

The Age, Bianca Hall, April 24, 2015 Lawyers have won an emergency court order allowing them to access a Christmas Island compound that is home to 12 asylum seekers, who the government claims are dangerous. Solicitors are currently on Christmas Island…