No truth to Prime Minister’s claim about Global Compact on Migration

MEDIA RELEASE   21 November 2018   The Prime Minister’s claim that the signing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration would compromise its immigration policy and border security is nonsense, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) says. RCOA chief executive officer Paul Power said the Global Compact is a non-binding, cooperative agreement which leaves nations which sign it with full freedom…

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Manus Island: Australian and PNG leaders must act urgently to save lives

MEDIA RELEASE 21 November 2018   The misery of indefinite detention on Manus Island is pushing increasing numbers of refugees and people seeking asylum to suicide attempts and self-harm, a new report by the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) and Amnesty International has found. In the report, Until when? The forgotten men on Manus Island, RCOA and Amnesty International paint a stark picture of…

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Australian Hazara community fears massacre as Taliban attack Hazara districts in Afghanistan

MEDIA RELEASE 16 November 2018 – AUSTRALIA The recent large scale attacks and atrocities by the Taliban against the Hazara people in Afghanistan has resulted in the killing, kidnapping, and displacement of family members and relatives of thousands of Hazara-Australians. In the last two weeks, the Taliban has waged a sustained attack on Hazara villages in Khas Uruzgan, Malistan and Jaghori districts resulting in…

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RCOA condemns attacks on Hazaras in Afghanistan and call for end to forced returns

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 15th November 2018   The Refugee Council of Australia strongly condemns escalating terrorist attacks on Hazaras in Afghanistan and calls for the international community and Afghan Government to act swiftly to prevent further violence, provide protection to those displaced by Taliban attacks, and immediately end the forced return of Hazara asylum seekers to Afghanistan. From late October 2018, Taliban forces undertook…

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Cuts To Support For People Seeking Asylum Put Pressure On States And Community Organisations To Help Those Made Homeless

Cuts to support for people seeking asylum put pressure on states and community organisations to help those made homeless

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 1st November 2018 Today will see hundreds more people seeking asylum exited from basic but vital support in the latest round of Federal government cuts These cuts could result in extra costs of up to $120 million for states and community organisations to help thousands who may face homelessness and destitution The Refugee Council of Australia and its partner organisations are…

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Nauru Children Do Not Have Time To Spare Whilst Political Bargaining Continues In Canberra

Nauru children do not have time to spare whilst political bargaining continues in Canberra

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 23 October 2018   The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has called on the government to stop playing politics with children’s lives and urgently bring refugee children on Nauru and their families to safety.   Refugee Council of Australia spokesperson Kelly Nicholls says the organisation is relieved that politicians on all sides have recognised that the remaining children need to get…

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MEDIA RELEASE – Refugee Council Welcomes MPs’ Call To Move Refugee Children From Nauru

MEDIA RELEASE – Refugee Council welcomes MPs’ call to move refugee children from Nauru

MEDIA RELEASE 16 October 2018 The Refugee Council of Australia welcomes today’s news that three federal Liberal MPs have publicly urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to bring all the refugee and asylum seeker children and their families from Nauru to Australia for urgent medical treatment. The Refugee Council of Australia welcomes today’s news that three federal Liberal MPs have publicly urged Prime Minister Scott…

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Wentworth Candidates Call For Evacuation Of Refugee Kids From Nauru

Wentworth candidates call for evacuation of refugee kids from Nauru

MEDIA RELEASE Monday 15 October 2018   Leading Independent and minor party candidates united to call for the evacuation of refugee kids and their families from Nauru at a major by-election forum in Wentworth last night.   Four candidates in the Wentworth by-election spoke to a packed audience at Waverley College, to discuss refugee and asylum policy in the lead up to the by-election…

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Would You Accept This Reality For Your Child? Everyday Parents Band Together To Support Call To Get Kids Off Nauru

Would you accept this reality for your child? Everyday parents band together to support call to get kids off Nauru

Mums and dads from all walks of life are the latest group to lend their support to the campaign to bring the 102 children currently trapped on Nauru to Australia in a moving and emotional video.
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Former refugee Shukufa Tahiri recognised as one of Australia’s most influential women

MEDIA RELEASE Friday 7 September 2018     Former refugee, and now human rights advocate, Shukufa Tahiri has been recognised as one of Australia’s most influential woman for her tireless work.   The Australian Financial Review this week named Ms Tahiri in its prestigious 100 Women of Influence awards.   Ms Tahiri arrived in Australia to reunite with her father who had sought asylum…

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New Nauru Report Exposes Offshore Processing Abuse As Regional Leaders Meet For Pacific Island Forum

New Nauru report exposes offshore processing abuse as regional leaders meet for Pacific Island Forum

MEDIA RELEASE   Two prominent refugee organisations have released a new report today that rips through the shroud of secrecy surrounding offshore processing on Nauru. Secrecy enforced by the Australian government.   The report includes detailed cases of child and adult trauma and descriptions of deteriorating conditions that people seeking asylum live through in Nauru.   Read the full report here.   As leaders…

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