The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is the national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them. It has more than 200 organisational and over 900 individual members.
New Migration Regulations took effect on 18 November that could have a very significant impact on refugees, especially those on temporary protection visas. Unless these Regulations are disallowed by the Senate on 27 November, the Regulations will apply to a broad range of temporary visas, including temporary protection and bridging visas.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton must assure the safety of all those men on Manus Island says the Refugee Council of Australia.
The Australian Federal Police have confirmed they are active on Manus Island as PNG authorities moved in to the centre and are reported to have smashed up the belongings of refugees and taken their valuables, including mobile phones.
Paul Power, CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia said, “Our worst fears about a possible escalation of violence appear to be coming true today.
Refugee Council of Australia and Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Joint release
As the humanitarian crisis on Manus Island escalates, Australians and the broader global community are coming to the aid of the innocent men trapped inside the centre.
Last week as Immigration Minister Peter Dutton ordered food, clean water, electricity and medicines be cut off from those inside the Australian funded and staffed Manus centre, a 24 year old man from Iran, Amir Taghinia, detained there for over 4 years, was flown out to safety to Canada.
The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has called on the Australian Government for transparency around about their proposed alternative accommodation for the men detained on Manus, following remarks by UNHCR officials and the Manus Island Governor that the accommodation is inappropriate, inadequate, unsuitable and unfinished.
As the clock ticks towards Australia’s self-imposed deadline for the closure of the Manus Island immigration detention centre, tensions are escalating with refugees, people seeking asylum and the local community on tenterhooks.