Australia confirms Manus Island immigration detention centre will close...but...?

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    Australia confirms Manus Island immigration detention centre will close

    Odd?

    Sense?

    Despite...

    And...it's pretty sad...

    Overall... :(
     
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    Asylum seekers face lifetime Australia ban if they arrive by boat

    The Australian government plans to introduce legislation to ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever being allowed into the country.

    The ban will apply to any adult who has been sent to detention centres on Nauru or Manus Island since July 19th, 2013.

    It means adults who have previously tried to enter Australia by boat since July 2013, but who have chosen to return home, will never be allowed to get a visa to Australia - even as a tourist, or a spouse.

    The government plans to backdate its ban to July 19th, 2013, because that is when the former prime minister Kevin Rudd said: “As of today, asylum seekers who come here by boat without a visa will never be settled in Australia.”

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/worl...ustralia-ban-if-they-arrive-by-boat-1.2848529

    Looks like Australia hasn't learned a lot in what's right or wrong. :(
     
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    Government to pay $70m damages to 1,905 Manus detainees in class action

    Refugees and asylum seekers awarded $70m plus costs for physical and mental injuries suffered in detention centre.

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    The Australian government and its offshore detention contractors will pay more than $70m in compensation to nearly 2,000 refugees and asylum seekers for illegally detaining them in dangerous and damaging conditions on Manus Island.

    The government on Wednesday settled a class action brought by Slater and Gordon on behalf of 1,905 refugees and asylum seekers detained on the island, rather than proceed with a six-month trial that would have involved evidence before the court from detainees of murder inside the detention centre, systemic sexual and physical abuse, and inadequate medical treatment leading to injury and death.

    The detention centre was ruled “illegal and unconstitutional” by the PNG Supreme Court in April 2016. It remains operational, housing nearly 900 men, but is slated for closure in October this year.

    “This case is not just about me, it is about every person who has been trapped on Manus Island,” Kamasaee said.

    “I came to Australia seeking peace, but I was sent to Manus, which was hell. I was in pain every minute of every day and I cried every night until I had nothing left.”

    Kamasee said his treatment in the Manus Island detention centre was degrading and cruel.

    “Sadly, many of my friends are still there.

    “Our voices have never been listened to, but today we are finally being heard and I hope everyone’s suffering can be over as quickly as possible.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/austral...ges-to-manus-island-detainees-in-class-action
     
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    Slater & Gordon needed that win, they are bankrupt, debt selling for cents on the dollar, shareholders screwed badly like the illegal immigrants on the island.
     
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    Overall, I'm glad they won, these "illegal" immigrants had been abused by the Australian authorities, they've known that they send them to "a cruel" life instead of the helping them in the first place. IMHO, no money can "really" make up when people suffer like this, it's simply not good enough IMHO to say "these people are Illegal and sending them of in harms way"...this wasn't a holiday, these people have suffered for real, now they get the recognition at least they should have gotten in the first place from the people they thought should and rightfully would help them, but sadly the Australian government led these people down and I'm okay that they won and the Australian authorities must pay out after this win, as mentioned earlier these people wanted "only help" not "money", sadly they haven't received the help they needed, now they receive the money for having been abused and sent in harms way the Australian government which have known that they will be abused on Manus Island all along. It's not about shareholders, it's about what's right and what's wrong. Let's hope that Australia wakes up form their right wing fantasies and sees it how the situation really is for people who need help, a country helps them and not the other way around, and lets face it, in reality no human being should be judged "illegal" because in the bigger scheme of things it's only someone with too much money and too much self interest who believes that a human being could be someone illegal.
     
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    US officials walk out of Australia-run Nauru detention centre

    Abrupt halt to screening interviews from US officials throws refugee swap programme into doubt.

    The resettlement of refugees from an Australia-run detention centre on the Pacific island of Nauru as part of a deal with the US has been thrown into doubt after American officials interviewing detainees left the facility abruptly.

    The officials halted screening interviews and departed the island on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the US had reached its annual refugee intake cap.

    “US [officials] were scheduled to be on Nauru until 26 July but they left on Friday,” one refugee told Reuters, requesting anonymity as he did not want to jeopardise his application for resettlement.

    In the US, a senior member of the union that represents refugee officers at the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a Department of Homeland Security agency, told Reuters his own trip to Nauru was cancelled.

    Jason Marks, chief steward of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1924, told Reuters his trip had been pushed back – and it was unclear whether it would even take place. The USCIS did not respond to requests for comment.

    The Australian immigration department declined to comment on the whereabouts of the US officials or the future of a refugee-swap agreement between Australia and the US that Donald Trump earlier this year branded a “dumb deal”.

    An indefinite postponement of the deal would have significant repercussions for Australia’s pledge to close a second detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island on 31 Oct. Only 70 refugees, less than 10% of the total detainees held in the camp, have completed US processing.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/15/us-officials-walk-out-australia-nauru-detention-centre

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    Brutal truth of Australia's detention regime can't be written off. Not even for $70m

    The Australian government was prepared to pay out to stop the shame of Manus Island being aired in court. But the ultimate cost is borne by the refugees and asylum seekers who have had their lives ruined.

    This is settlement, but no solution.

    The announcement that the Australian government has agreed to pay $70m in compensation to 1,905 refugees and asylum seekers illegally held in offshore immigration detention on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island will bring a measure of comfort to those held in that place – in the words of one refugee still held there, “a little bit of justice”.

    What it will not do is resolve the Kafkaesque limbo the refugees and asylum seekers find themselves in.

    The indefinite confinement of 900 men continues after four years, with no definitive way out yet apparent.

    Eight months after a much-vaunted deal with the US to take refugees from the Australian detention camps on Manus and Nauru was announced, not a single person has been resettled. Even if the US does take some refugees, Australia concedes it can never resettle all of those who remain under its offshore bailiwick.

    It is alleged the government agreed to settle the class action, and to compensate 1,905 refugees and asylum seekers held on Manus, in order to avoid the scrutiny that an open court hearing would bring: that the government will pay any amount of money, contort itself to any legal sophistry, to keep unexamined what it is doing in those secret islands.

    The Australian government, through the immigration minister, Peter Dutton, contends its settlement was a “prudent” act, designed to head off potentially far greater costs. It was settled with the condition that the government does not admit liability, and Dutton said it “strongly refutes and denies the claims made in these proceedings”.

    In one sense, that this case never made it to court hardly matters. The government cannot say it didn’t know of the abuses in that place and nor can the Australian people.

    Since the Manus Island detention centre was reopened by Australia in 2012, offshore detention has suffered the indignity of a thousand exposures – from the United Nations, courts foreign and domestic, Australian Senate inquiries and government reports, public whistleblowers, media investigation, human rights and legal groups – but it carries on still. It is bipartisan policy still, indefinitely detaining still.

    https://www.theguardian.com/austral...n-regime-cant-be-written-off-not-even-for-70m
     

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