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Kurdish-Iranian writer, filmmaker, and asylum seeker

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Behrouz Boochani: Kurdish-Iranian writer, filmmaker, and asylum seeker
Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish-Iranian journalist, human rights defender, writer and film producer. He was born in western Iran. He was held in the Australian-run Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea from 2013 until its closure in 2017. He remained on the island before being moved to Port Moresby along with the other detainees around September 2019. On 14 November 2019 he arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand on a one-month visa, to speak at a special event organised by WORD Christchurch on 29 November, as well as other speaking events. In December 2019, his one month visa to New Zealand expired. It has been confirmed that Boochani has not left New Zealand, and is currently there on an expired visa.

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Film based on Behrouz Boochani's novel in the works

Planning is underway for a feature film based on Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani's book about his detention on Manus Island.
SBS - Published

Peter Dutton insists Behrouz Boochani will never step foot in Australia

Peter Dutton won't be drawn on whether he is concerned refugee Behrouz Boochani, who spent years in offshore detention, could seek asylum in New Zealand.
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They are happy for Behrouz but his 'brothers' remain in PNG, begging for freedom

The arrival of Behrouz Boochani in New Zeland made him a free man after six years, but more than 80 other refugees and asylum seekers are not free to leave PNG.
The Age - Published

'You exiled me to Manus': Behrouz Boochani lashes Labor's 'shameful' response to NZ arrival

"You exiled me to Manus and you have supported this exile policy for years," the Kurdish refugee said.
SBS - Published

Kurdish refugee and writer Behrouz Boochani gets warm welcome in NZ

Behrouz Boochani travelled to New Zealand on a visitor's visa to attend a literary conference but told reporters he has no plans to return to Papua New Guinea.
SBS - Published

Writer held in offshore Australian asylum detention arrives in New Zealand

Writer and refugee Behrouz Boochani left the Australian-run offshore Pacific detention camp where he has been held for six years, arriving in New Zealand late on Thursday to speak at a literary..
Reuters - Published

Kurdish refugee and writer Behrouz Boochani arrives in New Zealand after six years in Papua New Guinea

The journalist has reportedly travelled to New Zealand on a visitor's visa to attend a literary conference but told journalists he has no plans to return to Papua New Guinea.
SBS - Published

Refugee Behrouz Boochani accepts Australian biography award from Manus Island via WhatsApp

Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani has been awarded the 2019 National Biography Award worth $25,000 for his book No Friend But the Mountains - and he's accepted it from Manus Island via Whatsapp.
SBS - Published

Manus refugee wins Aust biography award

Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani has been awarded the 2019 National Biography Award worth $25,000 for his book No Friend But the Mountains.
SBS - Published

Manus refugee says most of the remaining detainees don't want to come to Australia

Kurdish journalist and Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani has told an Australian audience that the men remaining in offshore detention just want to be allowed to leave.
SBS - Published




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