No Permanent Protection Visa to be granted to people who arrive in Australia

No Permanent Protection Visa to be granted to people who arrive in Australia.

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BLOOD ON HANDS … Refugee Boat Timeline Updated to December 5th

5th Dec

FURTHER UPDATE:

3.45pm WST – It seems asylum seekers have been found on shore at Christmas Island. The Shire President (Gordon Thompson) is reporting that the vessel sank on Monday, that there are around 30 people involved and that, as yet, there are no reports of deaths.

I have just seen a tweet from Oliver Laughland of the Guardian Australia that “Those on board have been living on a remote beach for the past 3 days. 8/9 were found by police wondering up a main road on CI earlier today”

The West Australian is reporting that, “A group of Burmese asylum seekers appears to have arrived on Christmas Island undetected. Christmas Island residents said a group of asylum seekers had been been discovered wandering on a remote road on the eastern part of the island this afternoon. They claimed to have arrived on the island on Moday when their boat came ashore at the remote Dolly Beach. Another larger group had remained behind at the beach while others went for help. They said there had been no fatalities.“

Later in that same report was the following wich seems to indicate a second vessel!

A man identified as Chris said he had heard a boatload of Sri Lankan asylum seekers had run aground on Greta Beach. “Apparently their boat has wrecked,” he told Macquarie Radio. “The Navy have raced over there. I heard the situation was quite bad.” He said the beach was small and surrounded by extremely high cliffs. It’s believed the boat arrived about 11am.”

Different beach – three days or a few hours? One boat or Two?

UPDATE

Herr ÜberGrossenFührer Morrison has broken his “no information” rule and announced that there has been an incident on the South East Coast of Christmas Island. To me that sounds like a sinking or a boat which has run aground on the rocks.The same thing happened in December 2010. Surely, with the increased and much touted surveillance our new “Border Protection” has brought to the area, no Asylum Seeker vessel could make it that close to the Island without being spotted! There is some incompetence shown here and I do hope it has not cost any lives.

Sue and I had been watching a sudden flurry of movement by HMAS Larrakia and an unknown vessel up and down the East Coast of Christmas Island and wondering at the reason. We suspected an unexpected arrival but did not dream that the Minister would be telling us so quickly.

Further updates will be made as available.

This Morning

Yahoo Australian News is reporting that “Another asylum vessel has arrived on Christmas Island – the third to make it to Australia since Indonesia said it would end all cooperation on people smuggling. Officials on Christmas Island say a vessel carrying about 60 people was intercepted last night. The passengers have been transferred at sea to a larger border protection vessel.” (Thanks Sue)

The “larger Border Protection Vessel” is probably ACV Ocean Protector which explains why she has hidden herself from the Live Marine Traffic sites. The question is, “Will these people be landed before 9am EST tomorrow so that they can be included in tomorrow’s press conference”?

Reports are that there are still around ten boats out there heading towards Christmas Island.

Unexpected information released by Morrison’s Sea Security

Weather at Cirebon; 28C, Fine and cloudy, wind 10Kmh SE-NW

Weather at Christmas Island; 27C, Fine and cloudy, wind 22 Kmh E, Seas 1m, Swell S@2.5m.

 

Ærchies Archive - Digital Detritus

A CONFIRMED INCIDENT

AT CHRISTMAS ISLAND

Read of today’s events below.

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The updated, weekly figures I have collated.

This will be updated each week.

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arrival listTo find the older information click here

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5th Dec

Unexpected information released by Morrison’s Sea Security

Weather at Cirebon; 28C, Fine and cloudy, wind 10Kmh SE-NW

Weather at Christmas Island; 27C, Fine and cloudy, wind 22 Kmh E, Seas 1m, Swell S@2.5m.

FURTHER UPDATE:

3.45pm WST – It seems asylum seekers have been found on shore at Christmas Island. The Shire President (Gordon Thompson) is reporting that the vessel sank on Monday, that there are around 30 people involved and that, as yet, there are no reports of deaths.

I have just seen a tweet from Oliver Laughland of the  Guardian Australia that “Those on board have been living on a remote beach for the past 3 days. 8/9 were found by police…

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Unaccompanied girl sent to detention on Nauru, refugee advocates say

November 21, 2013 · 12:47 pm

re-blogged from Hazara Asylum Seekers wordpress

November 21, 2013

Asylum seeker advocates say an unaccompanied teenage girl has been sent to Australia’s immigration detention centre on Nauru.

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) has obtained two photos showing a young girl getting off a flight.

On the tarmac is an orange witches hat that says Air Nauru. The only other people in the photos are ground staff and a police officer.

Pamela Curr from the ARSC says the girl came off the plane first and alone.

“While she was on Christmas Island, the Minister for Immigration was her guardian,” she told ABC’s PM program.

“When he authorised the placing of her on a plane and sending her offshore, he cut that, he himself cut that legal responsibility and placed her in danger.”

On Friday, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison confirmed there were three other unaccompanied minors on Nauru.

 

ChilOut, a not-for-profit organisation that wants to end children in detention, says there are more than 100 children detained on Nauru.

The organisation’s campaign director, Sophie Peer, says she is extremely disappointed but not shocked that an unaccompanied minor is on Nauru.

“We knew that Minister Morrison, even as the guardian for these vulnerable children, did plan to send them to remote detention on Nauru indefinitely,” she said.

“We certainly ask of him to reconsider and to bring these children where they belong, back to the mainland of Australia and to be treated as children.”

Advocates highlight sex assault risk

Ms Peer says the conditions on Nauru are not appropriate for a young girl on her own.

“What we understand is, of course, insufficient power, insufficient water [on Nauru],” she said.

“The people are living in Army-style tents that have no air conditioning. It’s hot. It’s dusty. There’s absolutely no privacy. It’s quite a long walk to the toilet block from the accommodation tents.”

Ms Curr says there have been sexual assaults reported in other detention centres.

“There’s always that risk,” she said.

“We know from young men, unaccompanied minors who are sent to Manus, that they made allegations of being raped. We don’t know what is going to happen to this girl.”

A statement from the Immigration Minister sent to the ABC says it is government policy that families who arrive illegally by boat are sent to Nauru and there are no exemptions to the policy.

It also says the publication of images of asylum seekers can place relatives of those persons at risk in their home countries.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-20/unaccompanied-girl-sent-to-detention-on-nauru-refugee-advocates/5105678

remembering in the silence

I have been thinking of this report and thinking of how quickly this was all silenced.  I am thinking of those who are suffering such horrors still and anew.  With much love and determination to fight for you. Janet

Manus Island detainees ‘raped and abused’ with full knowledge of staff

Whistleblower who worked at Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea says it is not fit to ‘serve as a dog kennel’

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Temporary regional processing centre in Manus Island, Tent Interior Photograph: Department of Immigration and Citizenship/PR Image

Detainees on Manus island have been raped and abused with the full knowledge of staff, a former senior guard at the Australian processing centre has claimed.

Speaking to SBS’s dateline on Tuesday, the whistleblower alleged that repeated incidents of rape and assault occurred on the PNG regional processing centre and condemned the facilities as not even fit to “serve as a dog kennel”.

Rod St George, the former G4S security senior manager on the island, claimed that assault victims were knowingly left in the same compound as their abusers as there are not adequate facilities to separate them.

“There was nothing that could be done for these young men who were considered vulnerable, which in many cases is just a euphemism for men who have been raped,” he said.

Adding: “We might separate people in those circumstances on the mainland, but there aren’t any facilities at Manus to do that, so these people who have been assaulted are forced to remain back in the tent.”

The whistleblower also said that self harm and suicide attempts on the island were “very common – almost daily” . He said: “I’ve never seen human beings so destitute, so helpless and so hopeless before. I took the position with every intent of making the place a safer environment, but it proved quite rapidly to be an impossibility. In Australia the facility couldn’t even serve as a dog kennel. The owners would be jailed.”

He also claimed that a number of detainees had intimidated others into self-harming, and said that one detainee had been left injured after others had been “pouring solvents in his ear for some time”.

The immigration minister Tony Burke confirmed on Wednesday morning that despite St George’s allegations the government still plans to transfer asylum seekers to Manus under its draconian new “PNG solution” within a few weeks.

Burke, who is travelling to offshore detention facilities at Manus and Nauru on Wednesday, said he had had a “direct conversation” with the whistleblower and was starting to “work through these issues”.

Speaking on ABC radio, Burke described the allegations as “horrific”. He said that during his conversation with St George the whistleblower had made specific allegations, including that it was impossible to separate detainees if abuse allegations were made. He said he would be examining them directly.

He added: “He [St George] thought some of that may have actually been addressed since he left, but not sure whether it’s been done to the full extent possible. I’ll be in Manus for the next couple of days, and I’ll have a look for myself.”

The news comes as another boat carrying asylum seekers bound for Christmas Island sunk off the coast of Java on Tuesday night. The Australian Maritime Authority has said there were up to 100 people on board. Three deaths have been reported. The Indonesian search and rescue agency are mounting an operation in response.

Asked to comment on the allegations made by the whistleblower, a spokesman for Diac said: “The department takes all allegations of this nature seriously, and has initiated a process to obtain the full and specific details made Mr St George, so we can investigate his claims.”

The spokesman continued: “The department is unaware of the claims on SBS dateline of “unreported acts of self harm” which are alleged to be “off the scale”. Suicide attempts or incidents of self harm at the centre and any allegation of misconduct is taken seriously, and we encourage anybody with information about these allegations or other allegations to contact the department so we can investigate.”

He said that the department was aware of one allegation of sexual assault in the Manus processing centre, but said the detainee did not press charges when interviewed by the PNG police. He said the department had seen no allegations of rape in the processing centre.

“Rape is a criminal offence in PNG. Any claim will be reported to police for investigation – transferees are encouraged to report personal safety concerns immediately,” he said.