Whistleblower Says Asylum Seekers Waterboarded And Zip Tied By “Thug-Like” Guards On Nauru – By Max Chalmers

In a dramatic and at times bizarre hearing, the man behind the claims stepped into the spotlight. Max Chalmers reports. A whistleblower who worked in the Nauru immigration detention centre has gone public with allegations that waterboarding took place in the compound and that cable-ties were used to chain asylum … Continue reading

Asylum seeker on Manus forcibly returned to Iran amid court challenge

Papua New Guinea has forcibly returned an asylum seeker to Iran, even as a court case was under way to stop his removal.The 27-year-old man – whose name Guardian Australia has chosen not to publish – had been held on Manus Island for more than two years. He was removed … Continue reading

Claims Nauru police watched fireworks as asylum seeker sexual assault victim waited

It has been reported that the 23-year-old Iranian victim has been flown to Australia for treatment three months after the attack. Her family said she had been on a hunger strike at Nauru after the incident, and attempted suicide twice, including by drinking insecticide.It comes as Immigration Peter Dutton said … Continue reading

Iranian woman allegedly raped on Nauru flown to Australia for treatment

An Iranian asylum seeker who was allegedly raped on Nauru has been flown to Australia for medical treatment, three months after the alleged assault took place, according to reports in media.The 23-year-old was allegedly attacked in May on her way back to the Australian-run Nauru Detention Centre after a visit … Continue reading

We invited an asylum seeker to a Q&A session on Facebook. This is what happened next…

Hazara asylum seeker Khadim Dai fled to Indonesia to escape the Taliban, in fear for his life.Khadim, who was found to be a genuine refugee by the UNHCR and is living in Indonesia until he is resettled in another country, featured in the recent Fairfax Media multimedia series Frontiers of … Continue reading

HESTA dumps Transfield citing detention centre abuses

Evidence that sexual assaults, child abuse, and other human rights violations inside the Australian government’s offshore asylum seeker processing and detention centres are being covered up has led one of the country’s biggest superannuation funds to dump contractor Transfield Services.

Customs officer confiscates passenger’s phone and then uses it to secretly text

A customs officer at Sydney international airport confiscated a mobile phone from a passenger during a baggage search and then secretly used it to send and receive messages without the passenger’s knowledge.The November incident has been referred to the Australian Federal Police, but the new Department of Immigration and Border … Continue reading

Adani mine a $20b project creating 10,000 jobs? The Abbott government’s myths busted

When it comes to Australia’s largest coal mine, the Abbott government has a difficult relationship with the truth. If you haven’t heard, Australia is under siege from a new kind of eco-warrior, one with a manual and money for legal challenges designed to endlessly frustrate economic development.At the centre of … Continue reading