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23 Aug 2016 description

By Joanna Menagh

Three asylum seekers died after setting out on a makeshift raft from a sinking asylum seeker boat in 2013 in a desperate bid to get help, an inquest in the Perth Coroner's Court has heard.

The plight of the men, Mohammad Hassan, 21, Mohammad Noor, 20 and a man known as Mr Sabibullah, had come to the court's attention because the administrator of the island wanted to nominate them for a bravery award.

27 Jul 2016 description

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 27, 2016) – A Sudanese man who fled war and persecution and was injured in riots in Manus Island in PNG has been secretly deported from Melbourne to Christmas Island.

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09 Oct 2015 description

08-10-2015 - Media reports in recent days claiming the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre is in ‘lockdown’ and that recently transferred detainees have been assaulted are wrong.

There is no truth to these claims, and the Department has consistently provided media outlets with clear responses to these allegations.

Media reports have focused specifically on claims that registered sex offenders recently transferred to Christmas Island have been “bashed”.

08 Sep 2014 description

By Alexandra Fisher - exclusive

Vietnamese asylum seekers at the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre say members of the group were bashed and injured during a targeted attack on Friday night.

Three separate sources told the ABC they were contacted by Vietnamese asylum seekers on the island, who said they were mobbed by a group of Iranian detainees.

The Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network (DASSAN) said two Vietnamese asylum seekers from the centre contacted it in separate private messages on Facebook the next day.

29 Jun 2014 description

Staff on Christmas Island have been told to prepare for the possible arrival of asylum seekers, according to Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan.

An asylum seeker vessel made contact with marine rescue authorities on Thursday night claiming to be leaking oil 300 kilometres west of Christmas Island.

The ABC understands that vessel is from southern India and has more than 150 people on board, including 37 children.

Ms MacTiernan said people onboard two asylum seeker boats were picked up by border protection authorities on Saturday evening.

02 Jan 2014 description

Australian police are investigating a claim that a female asylum seeker in detention on Christmas Island has been sexually assaulted by another asylum seeker.

The Christmas Island Shire President Gordon Thomson says that the woman was assaulted in one of the five family compounds on the island.

The matter was reported late last week after the woman came forward to make a complaint.

17 Jul 2013 description

By Peter Lloyd, staff

Christmas Island's chief administrator has called on authorities to release the names of asylum seekers lost at sea during the perilous journey to Australia.

In an interview with AM, Jon Stanhope said the capacity of the island's morgue had been increased from 5 to 50 as the island dealt with the continued influx of asylum boats making the crossing from Indonesia.

Audio: Jon Stanhope speaks to AM (AM)

11 Dec 2009 description

The immigration detention centre at Christmas Island has run out of regular beds following the arrival of another boat of asylum seekers.

A boat carrying 63 people made it to the island yesterday before being detected by border protection officials.

A statement from Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor says the boat was found "in the vicinity" of the island's Flying Fish Cove.

The boat is the second to be intercepted in as many days.

Yesterday, a boat carrying 53 people was intercepted 20 nautical miles off Christmas Island.

11 Dec 2009 description

Simon Cullen, Canberra

Australia's Government has been criticised over a proposal to house asylum seekers in tents on the Indian Ocean territory of Christmas Island.

The Federal Immigration Department says it may house some asylum seekers in tents if the Christmas Island detention centre becomes full.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, says that idea is unacceptable.

"We should simply be bringing them to the mainland and processing them here," she said.

The Australian Opposition's Immigration spokesman, Scott Morrison, says overcrowding in the detention …

25 Apr 2009 description

A boatload of 32 Sri Lankan asylum seekers has arrived at Christmas Island under the escort of the Australian Navy.

The boat was intercepted off the Western Australian coast, near Barrow Island, on Wednesday.

The Shire President Gordon Thompson says a Navy vessel escorted the group to Christmas Island this morning for processing.

He says the men will undergo health checks, before being transferred to the Island's detention centre.

"It's good to see everybody safely ashore without incident," he said.

Mr Thompson says there are now close to 300 people in the …