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Manus Island/Australia: Authorities must respect right to protest, refrain from violence

Responding to reports of protests on Manus Island, where Papua New Guinea (PNG) immigration officials, implementing a policy set by the government of Australia, are attempting to force refugees and asylum seekers out of an immigration detention centre, Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Deputy Campaigns Director for Southeast Asia & Pacific, said: “Until there is a safe place for them to go, forcing refugees and asylum seekers out of the detention centre will cause even more suffering.

Date:
4 August 2017
  • News
  • Nauru
  • Refugees

Ferrovial continues to build a fortune on refugees’ despair

Spanish multinational Ferrovial continued to make millions from the abuse of refugees and people seeking asylum on Nauru and Manus Island in the first half of 2017, despite attempts to distance itself from Australia’s deliberately cruel refugee “processing” system, Amnesty International said today. Financial reports released today show that between 1 January and 30 June 2017 Ferrovial reported revenues of €1.

Date:
27 July 2017
  • News
  • Australia
  • Refugees

Australia: Compensation deal must lead to safe resettlement for refugees

A landmark settlement that forces the Australian government to pay more than AUS $70m in compensation to nearly 2,000 refugees and asylum seekers for illegally detaining them on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island amid horrific conditions must lead to their safe resettlement, Amnesty International said today. “While the compensation deal is important, it does not remedy the injustices visited upon the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island or change their present circumstances.

Date:
14 June 2017
  • News
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

As Papua New Guinea Approaches New Elections, Human Rights Concerns Persist

Later this month, Papua New Guinea will go to the polls to elect a new government. The country’s seven million people, who are spread across several islands and speak more than 800 languages, form one of the most diverse electorates. Once famed for its natural resources, Papua New Guinea is among the world’s poorest countries, a fact that is keenly felt today as the economic boom of a few years ago has yielded to a mere 2 per cent annual growth.

Date:
7 June 2017
  • Research
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Detention

Papua New Guinea: In the firing line: Shooting at Australia’s refugee centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea

At around 6:30pm on 14 April 2017, tensions escalated between refugees and soldiers. Shots were fired by Papua New Guinea Defence Force soldiers into the Manus refugee centre, placing refugees, staff and government officials at serious risk. This latest incident highlights that the safety for refugees on Manus Island (sent there by Australia) cannot be guaranteed.

Date:
14 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 34/6171/2017
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  • Australia
  • Refugees

Australia / Papua New Guinea: Immigration Dept.’s claims about shooting on Manus Island refuted

Digital verification of images and videos establishes that bullets were fired directly into the Manus refugee centre on 14 April, putting the lives of refugees and asylum-seekers there in danger, a new Amnesty International briefing says today. The new briefing, In the Firing Line, directly contradicts initial claims made by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Papua New Guinea Police, suggesting that the soldiers only fired bullets into the air.

Date:
14 May 2017
  • News
  • Australia
  • Asylum

Australia/PNG: Shooting incident at Manus Island centre exemplifies the failure of offshore processing

Reacting to today’s shooting incident in the Australian Government-run refugee detention centre on Manus Island, Anna Neistat, Amnesty International’s Senior Director for Research, said: “Today’s shooting serves as just another example that Manus island detention facility is not a safe place for asylum seekers. More incidences like this are inevitable unless the refugees and asylum seekers are relocated to safety.

Date:
14 April 2017
  • News
  • Australia
  • Corporate Accountability

Spanish corporate giant Ferrovial makes millions from Australia’s torture of refugees on Nauru

A major corporation responsible for running the Australian government’s refugee “processing” centre on Nauru is making millions of dollars from a system that amounts to torture of refugees and people seeking asylum, Amnesty International said today. A new briefing, ‘Treasure I$land’, exposes how Spanish multinational Ferrovial and its Australian subsidiary Broadspectrum are complicit in, and reaping vast profits from, Australia’s cruel and secretive refugee “processing” system on the Pacific island.

Date:
5 April 2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Business and Human Rights

Australia: Treasure I$land: How companies are profiting from Australia's abuse of refugees on Nauru

Under the Government of Australia’s “offshore processing" regime, everyone who arrives in Australia by boat seeking asylum is forcibly taken to a "Refugee Processing Centre" on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea or the Pacific island of Nauru. This briefing exposes how companies Broadspectrum and Ferrovial are complicit in and reaping vast profits from the abusive and secretive system on Nauru, acting contrary to their responsibility to respect human rights and exposing themselves to potential liability under civil and criminal law.

Date:
5 April 2017
Ref:
ASA 12/5942/2017
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  • Philippines
  • Killings and Disappearances

Australia needs to speak up about the Philippines' murderous 'war on drugs'

A longstanding relationship between two countries means being able to stand up for what's right. Australia has to be prepared to deliver difficult messages, not becoming indulgent of, or indifferent to, murder on a mass scale, like what we're seeing in the Philippines. Ever since President Rodrigo Duterte swept to power at the end of June last year, more than 1000 people have been killed on average each month, most often in extrajudicial executions.

Date:
1 February 2017
  • News
  • Nauru
  • Refugees

Australia is heading in the wrong direction with refugee ban

There was a time when Australia led the way on refugee protection. Following World War II, Australia came second only to the United States on resettling European refugees. Its signature brought the Refugee Convention into force a few years later. And, in the 1970s, it resettled the third highest number of Indochinese refugees following the wars there. Sadly those days are a distant memory. After earning global notoriety for the cruelty it continues to inflict on refugees and people seeking asylum on Nauru and Manus Island, the Australian government has shown it is capable of worse.

Date:
1 November 2016
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Refugees

Australia: Island of Despair: Australia’s “processing” of refugees on Nauru

The current policy of the Australian Government is that no person who arrives in the country by boat seeking asylum can ever settle in Australia. Instead, anyone who arrives by boat is forcibly taken to offshore “Refugee Processing Centres”, one of which is on the remote Pacific island of Nauru. The government claims that the policy protects people who might otherwise undertake the hazardous boat crossing to Australia.

Date:
17 October 2016
Ref:
ASA 12/4934/2016
  • News
  • Australia
  • Refugees

Australia has turned Nauru into an open-air prison

The Australian government is subjecting refugees and asylum seekers to an elaborate and cruel system of abuse – brazenly flouting international law – just to keep them away from its shores, a new Amnesty International report says today. Based on months of research, including interviews with more than 100 people in Nauru and Australia, Amnesty International’s report Island of Despair: Australia's 'processing of refugees' exposes the government of Australia’s policy of “processing” refugees and asylum-seekers on Nauru for what it is: a deliberate and systematic regime of neglect and cruelty.

Date:
17 October 2016
  • News
  • Australia

Australia: Reforms to justice system essential to protect the rights of Indigenous youth

Major reforms must be undertaken by the authorities in the Australian state of Queensland to protect the rights of Indigenous children from a youth justice system that criminalizes them out of all proportion to the general population, a new Amnesty International report says today. The report Heads Held High: Keeping Queensland kids out of detention, strong in culture and community will be launched at Parliament House, Brisbane today.

Date:
31 August 2016