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  • Against the intentions of the Australian government to prevent any further evolution of people smuggling networks in Indonesia, responsible for shipping „unwanted“ asylum seekers from Indonesia to Australia, anti-people people smuggling campaigns have been impeded by Australia’s draconian asylum policies that have prolonged the stay of asylum seekers and refugees in transit in Indonesia. Against state Read more
  • The Border Crossing Observatory launched the ‘Count border deaths’ campaign in 2012 in an effort to raise awareness and apply pressure on the Australian Government to count and account for deaths in Australian immigration custody. A central feature of this campaign was to lobby the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) to include these deaths in Read more
  • Four years ago the Border Crossing Observatory launched the Australian Border Deaths Database recording all known Australian border deaths from January 2000-present. To date, 1,970 deaths have been recorded including deaths in onshore and offshore immigration detention centres, deaths at sea en route to Australia, deaths on return to country of origin following deportation and Read more
  • Reem Abu-Hayyeh from the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) provides an insight into the recent IRR report recording 160 border deaths in Europe after arrival in ‘Unwanted, Unnoticed: An audit of 160 immigration related deaths in Europe’. On 29 January 2012, Mohammad Rahsepar, an Iranian torture survivor, hanged himself from the window of his room in the Würzburg Read more
  • Stefanie Grant, Visiting Senior Fellow at the Human Rights Centre, London School of Economics has written on border deaths from a global perspective arguing that while states have generally treated migrant deaths as an exception to their normal reporting and accounting obligations, a number of new initiatives are working to identify and count these deaths. Migrant deaths at Read more
  • Maurice Stierl from Watch the Med (WTM) writes on WTM’s Alarm Phone interventions at the border zone between North Africa and Europe in an effort to save lives at sea for those attempting to reach Europe. More than 1,800 people lost their lives at sea in the first few months of 2015 alone when seeking to reach Europe. Read more

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