Category Archives: Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Villawood Sentences ‘Bring The Law Into Disrepute’


(Image:  Asylum seekers on the roof of Villawood Immigration Detention Centre by Adam J.W.C. from Wikimedia Commons)

New Matilda, 1 July, 2013: On Friday, custodial sentences were handed down in the NSW Supreme Court for five men charged with offences resulting from a “disturbance” at Villawood Detention Centre in April 2011. The men were charged with riot.

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Villawood refuses Persian New Year’s festivities



Green Left Weekly, March 28, 2014: Staff at Villawood detention centre denied Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers the right to celebrate Persian New Year’s, a festival that has been celebrated for more than 3000 years, over the weekend beginning on March 21.

A group of 10 volunteers, including former inmates, were denied the right to take in food during the visit, which occurred during regular visiting hours.

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