Chris Slee

The Refugee Action Collective in Victoria has vowed to hold a car cavalcade in defiance of a police ban, to demand freedom for detained refugees, reports Chris Slee.

As public transport usage collapses, the private operators of Melbourne’s public transport system are seeking a “rescue package”, reports Chris Slee.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on March 5, where they agreed on a plan for a ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib province, writes Chris Slee.

A state of fear is being re-established in Sri Lanka ahead of snap elections, writes Chris Slee.

Refugee rights campaigners rallied outside the Federal Court on February 21 to voice their support a Tamil family facing deportation, reports Chris Slee.

The escalating war in Idlib has forced another million people to flee the northern Syrian province, but Turkey and Greece have closed their borders to these desperate refugees, writes Chris Slee.

Chris Slee reports that refugees from Manus Island and Nauru, who are in Australia to receive medical treatment, are being detained in a hotel.

The Bashar al-Assad regime has captured more than a third of Idlib, a province in north-western Syria, which had been controlled by rebels. Chris Slee writes that in the process, about 900,000 people have been displaced according to United Nations figures.

Three solidarity activists who recently returned from Venezuela addressed a meeting organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign in Melbourne on February 13, reports Chris Slee.

There is growing concern the university sector is not following best practice in dealing with the outbreak of the coronavirus, but is instead joining in the racist hysteria, write Yaji Spencer and Chris Slee.

Chris Slee reports that professional firefighters in Victoria have won a pay rise.

There are currently two wars being fought in northern Syria, writes Chris Slee.

Capitalism cannot solve the climate crisis, and Chinese capitalism is no exception, writes Chris Slee.

Bomana prison annex

Australia has spent $22 million on the Bomana prison annex for asylum seekers. Yet, the government denies any responsibility for the treatment of detainees, despite the fact they are in Papua New Guinea because Australia sent them there.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, regarded by many Tamils as a war criminal, won the Sri Lankan presidential election on November 16 with 52.3% of the vote.

He was defence secretary in 2009, when the Sri Lankan armed forces massacred tens of thousands of Tamils in the final stages of their war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The LTTE were fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and east of the island of Sri Lanka.

Defend Medevac protest in Sydney on November 9.

Refugee rights activists rallied across Australia on November 9 to defend the Urgent Medical Treatment Bill (Medevac), which was passed in February.

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