Super-interesting sidenote: A PNG judge (Cannings J) has initiated his own inquiry into human rights violations in Manus detention. The PNG govt brought about legal action straight away to quash the inquiry, arguing Cannings is ‘biased’. They were successful, but Cannings just started up another inquiry (with a slightly different focus) immediately! Whether that inquiry can go ahead, I believe, is still being decided. But Cannings is not backing down! He’s the dude that got access and allowed Aussie journos to join him in inspecting Manus in March, much to the annoyance of our and PNG’s govt.
Manus Island detention could be illegal under PNG’s constitution. This is a big deal! It could be the best chance we’ve got of seeing Manus detention closed! But not many people know about the case currently in PNG’s Supreme Court. Here are the facts:
“In so many ways, [Israel is] a country so much like Australia, a liberal, pluralist democracy. A beacon of freedom and hope in a part of the world which has so little freedom and hope. … It is so easy for us in Australia to get moral qualms, if you like, when we read about Israeli actions in – on the West Bank for instance – or Israeli involvement in Lebanon. And yet, we are not threatened in the way Israel was and is, and if we were threatened in the way Israel was and is, I am sure that we would take actions just as strong in our own defence. When Israel is fighting for its very life, well, as far as I’m concerned, Australians are Israelis. We are all Israelis in those circumstances.”
-Tony Abbott (2012)
Who killed Reza Berati? According to two asylum seekers, they were beaten and tortured by Australian officials to retract their evidence because a number of staff were involved in Berati’s death.
everyone slept on this so I’m reblogging.
This is Emad Burnat, the Palestinian filmmaker nominated for an Oscar for his doco 5 Broken Cameras, and his family. They made it to Oscar night, but not before being detained at Los Angeles International Airport, because Immigration Officers found it hard to believe a Palestinian could be an Oscar nominee (even after Burnat presented them with the official Oscars invitation). Michael Moore came to his help, and Burnat told him: ‘It’s nothing I’m not already used to. When you live under occupation, with no rights, this is a daily occurrence.’ Check out Moore’s series of tweets about this.