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Australia called to act against Chinese detention of Uighurs

Melbourne, Australia - Members of the Uighur Muslim community in Australia are renewing calls for action from the government amid reports that a number of Australian permanent residents are effectively trapped in China's Xinjiang province. The Guardian reported on Monday that at least 17 Australian residents are being held under house arrest, in prison or…

Australia scraps game in Thailand over Hakeem al-Araibi detention

Australia's football officials have scrapped a scheduled match in Thailand to protest against the continued detention of Hakeem al-Araibi, a refugee player who is fighting extradition to Bahrain. In a statement on Wednesday, Football Federation Australia said it had cancelled the game against China, a friendly match before next month's qualifiers for the Asian under-23…

Manus and the deepening despair of Australia’s endless detention policy

Manus Island, Papua New Guinea - Aziz Abdul Muhamat¬†had agreed to meet me for an interview near the East Lorengau refugee transit centre at eight in the morning. The 25-year-old Sudanese man is a nominee for a global human rights prize¬†- the Martin Ennals Human Rights Defender award - for his advocacy work on behalf…

Barricaded refugees ‘ready to die’ than return to Libya detention

Refugees and migrants refusing to leave a cargo boat in a Libyan port are pleading to be taken to Europe, saying they are prepared to die than be returned to detention in the North African country. As the standoff with Libyan authorities in Misrata entered its ninth day, two of those on board said on…
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