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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.