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The Aboriginal Tent Embassy, the longest running protest by First Nations peoples, is about to mark its 50th year. This brief timeline was put together by Chloe de Silva and Markela Panegyres.

While Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic is in detention, refugee rights activists have taken the opportunity to protest the detention of refugees brought to Australia under the Medevac law in 2019. Chloe DS reports.

A detained Serbian tennis player at the Park Hotel has unwittingly helped shine a spotlight on the Morrison government's cruel policies towards refugees. Chloe DS reports.

A protest against Black deaths in custody in Sydney on December 7. Photo: Zebedee Parkes

Three more deaths in recent weeks have taken the number of First Nations people who have died in custody since the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody to 485. Chloe DS reports.

Sivaguru 'Rajan' Navanitharasa with Tamil Refugee Council member Renuga Inpakumar Photo: TRC/Facebook

Chloe DS reports that Sivaguru “Rajan” Navanitharasa, who endured one of the longest periods inside Australia’s detention centres, was finally released into community detention on November 25.

Protesters continue to demand that refugees inside the Park Hotel prison are released into the community. Chloe DS reports.

Protesters gathered outside the Park Hotel in Carlton to demand that the refugees be immediately released. Chloe DS reports.

 

A refugee imprisoned at the Park hotel prison in Carlton told Green Left  that three refugees had tested positive for COVID-19 and that many others have symptoms. Chloe DS reports.

The Socialist Alliance will field two long-term activists for the Victorian Senate on People and Planet before Profit platform, reports Chloe DS.

Refugees on hunger strike against indefinite detention in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation are so ill their bodies are shutting down. Chloe DS spoke to Arya, one of the hunger strikers.

Trains have been made accessible for wheelchair users, but trams have not. Chloe DS and Chris Petersen report on the campaign to rectify this.

Chris Petersen and Chloe DS report that 14 refugees have been on hunger strike for more than a week in protest at their imprisonment. 

If the Murugappan refugee family is released from Perth community detention, they are likely to join 18,000 others on insecure temporary visas. Chloe DS reports on the cruel visa system.

Refugee rights supporters gathered outside the Park Hotel prison again to demand the detainees be released and for all detention centres to be closed down. Chloe DS reports.

The release of refugees from detention has given activists hope that there will be a change in policy. But, as Chloe DS writes, they won't stop organising until all refugees are released and given permanent protection.

A sizable protest in Melbourne demanded freedom for refugees detained in a hotel prison, reports Chloe DS

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