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Category: Australian immigration and asylum

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Free kick for Fitzroy’s youth in a football club scoring diversity goals – a photo essay

The Lions play a vital role for the talented kids, many from refugee backgrounds, living in one of Melbourne’s most gentrified suburbsGrowing up in the high-rise commission flats of Melbourne’s inner north, one thing was certain for Abdul Abdurahman.De…

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Free kick for Fitzroy’s youth in a football club scoring diversity goals – a photo essay

The Lions play a vital role for the talented kids, many from refugee backgrounds, living in one of Melbourne’s most gentrified suburbsGrowing up in the high-rise commission flats of Melbourne’s inner north, one thing was certain for Abdul Abdurahman.De…

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‘Big surprise’: Hakeem al-Araibi feels the love as he returns to football club

Bahraini refugee in the spotlight during Pascoe Vale’s first home game of the season despite not getting any playing timeIt hardly mattered that Hakeem al-Araibi didn’t make it on to the pitch for his homecoming match.The Bahraini refugee, whose recent…

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Hakeem al-Araibi arrives in Australia to hero’s welcome

Wife of refugee thanks supporters for helping to secure his release as family call on Bahrain to ‘drop all the fabricated charges’Hakeem al-Araibi arrived in Melbourne on Tuesday, 77 days after he was arrested in Thailand on an Interpol red notice, dra…

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Australia urges Thailand to use its powers to free Hakeem al-Araibi

Request comes as Thai prosecutor confirms country’s attorney general has authority to override court processThe Australian government has renewed demands for the release of Hakeem al-Araibi after the Thai prosecutor publicly confirmed the government ha…

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Hakeem al-Araibi’s detention not Sheikh Salman’s responsibility, AFC says

Asian Football Confederation, which has come under fire for failing to call for the refugee footballer’s release, says its president was recused from overseeing the region 18 months ago The Asian Football Confederation claims its president, Sheikh Salm…

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David Squires on … saving Hakeem al-Araibi – before it’s too late

The refugee footballer has been detained in a Thai jail for more than 50 days and says he is losing hope‘Please help me’: Al-Araibi tells of his Thai jail ordealSign the #savehakeem petition Continue reading…

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‘Please help me’: refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi tells of his Thai jail ordeal

Exclusive: In an interview with the Guardian he pleads for his release and says he fears torture and jail if extradited to BahrainHakeem al-Araibi, the refugee footballer from Bahrain who was detained in Thailand while on his honeymoon, has said he is …

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Hakeem Al-Araibi’s case is a true test of Fifa’s new human rights policy | Minky Worden

World football’s governing body has a responsibility to speak up in defence of the detained playerThe news refugee Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi was detained by the Thai authorities on a “red notice” by Interpol has rocked the sports world. A “r…

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Hakeem Al-Araibi’s case is a true test of Fifa’s new human rights policy | Minky Worden

World football’s governing body has a responsibility to speak up in defence of the detained playerThe news refugee Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi was detained by the Thai authorities on a “red notice” by Interpol has rocked the sports world. A “r…

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Barefoot to Boots: Socceroo Awer Mabil recognised for refugee work

Forward honoured with 2018 FIFPro Merit Award Initiative in Kenya helps young African refugeesAwer Mabil’s journey from refugee camp to Socceroos dressing room made headlines last month when he made his debut for the national football team, and now the…

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Cameroon athletes missing from Commonwealth Games

Disappearances of five boxers and weightlifters from conflict-riven country raises suspicions they have fled with no intention of returning home Five Cameroonian athletes have been reported missing from the Commonwealth Games athletes village, with sus…

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Cameroon athletes missing from Commonwealth Games

Disappearances of five boxers and weightlifters from conflict-riven country raises suspicions they have fled with no intention of returning home Five Cameroonian athletes have been reported missing from the Commonwealth Games athletes village, with sus…

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Indian Commonwealth Games ‘imposters’ detained at Brisbane airport

One man charged with people smuggling and falsifying documents after eight claim to be journalistsA group of Indian nationals has been arrested and detained as “imposters” claiming to be journalists covering the Commonwealth Games.The Australian Border…

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Manus Island protest interrupts Australian Open final

Protesters unfurl banner reading ‘Australia Open for Refugees’ in bid to expose poor conditions asylum seekers in detention are kept in

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Manus Island protest interrupts Australian Open final

Protesters unfurl banner reading ‘Australia Open for Refugees’ in bid to expose poor conditions asylum seekers in detention are kept in

Refugee activists interrupted the Australian Open men’s tennis final, unfurling a banner demanding the closure of the controversial Manus Island immigration detention centre.

With Novak Djokovic leading Andy Murray 4-3 in the second set, protesters walked down to the court wall at the Yarra River end of Rod Laver Arena, draping the banner over sponsors’ logos, with the aim of having it captured by television cameras and broadcast around the world.

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