Manus Island: The government uses the logic of terrorism in its treatment of asylum seekers

The Guardian, Monday 19 January 2015. Read the original here. Seven-hundred men taking part in a week-old hunger strike and protest; unconscious bodies strewn over the ground from lack of stretchers; between 30 and 40 cases of stitched lips; parched asylum seekers desperately grabbing for the water bottles placed tauntingly just beyond their reach. The… Continue reading Manus Island: The government uses the logic of terrorism in its treatment of asylum seekers

The price of Australia’s war on asylum

New Matilda, September 9 2014. Read the original here. So often, since the Tampa, we’ve asked, what next? What will the next asylum outrage be that the Australian government finds it necessary to justify? Last week, Hamid Kehazaei’s death from septicaemia after a foot infection became the latest answer. Another sacrifice to the idols of… Continue reading The price of Australia’s war on asylum

No news from Manus

New Matilda, January 14, 2013. Read the original here. Since December, the Immigration department has increasingly censored refugees’ ability to communicate with the outside world. Its petty and vindictive restrictions on this basic freedom are likely to deepen the ongoing mental health crisis within detention, both offshore and domestically. On Sunday, three Iraqi men made… Continue reading No news from Manus