Melbourne marches on World Refugee Day to end mandatory detention

Sunday’s rally saw over a thousand refugee activists and supporters rally outside the State Parliament on World Refugee, as part of nation-wide protests on the 20th anniversary of mandatory detention, a policy introduced in 1992. It was a lively rally that the Refugee Action Collective were part of building with the Refugee Advocacy Network. The rally called for an end to mandatory detention and also raised the plight of Ranjini, a pregnant mother of two who faces indefinite detention due to unaccountable and unjust negative ASIO security assessments.

Check out the video footage and photos from the day below.

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Our next event is on July 11, which is a public forum, ‘ASIO Assessments, Leaving Refugees in Limbo’ with Julian Burnside, Niromi de Soyza, author of ‘Tamil Tigress’ and Declan Murphy from the Refugee Action Collective. More details to be announced soon and the speakers are subject to change, but you can RSVP on Facebook to keep in touch.