Rally to support PNG legal challenge to Manus detention, and oppose possible deportations 0

Media Release for immediate release

Rally to support PNG legal challenge to Manus detention, and oppose possible deportations

 

The Refugee Action Collective will be protesting against any moves to forcibly remove ‘failed’ asylum seekers from Manus Island, from 5pmMonday August 17, City Square corner Swanston and Russell Sts. City.

 

“Asylum seekers have been told if they don’t voluntarily depart they will either be deported or potentially held in ‘correctional institutions’ (PNG jail) indefinitely if they cannot be returned. PNG has no agreement with Iran to forcibly return asylum seekers; despite this 6 PNG police forcibly moved a 27 year old Iranian asylum seeker on Manus to solitary confinement in attempt to coerce him and other to return ‘voluntarily’.” said Chris Breen for the Refugee Action Collective
“Lawyers are seeking injunctions for the men at risk of removal by attaching them to a Supreme Court Case in PNG that is challenging the legality of detention on Manus Island. Under s42(1) PNG’s constitution guarantees liberty unless a person has committed a crime or illegally entered PNG. The denial of access to lawyers, and the brutal conditions in which asylum seekers have been held will also be challeneged. For almost two years over 1000 asylum seekers have been held on Manus Island in appalling conditions designed to break people. No-one has been resettled, and there is no immediate prospect of this.”

“Today the Supreme Court Case is back in court in PNG. We are rallying to support  the challenge to the legality of detention on Manus. We demand the Australian government only remove asylum seekers from the Manus Island hell hole in order to bring them to the Australian mainland for fair processing and permanent resettlement.” concluded Breen
Speakers include:

Reza Yarahmadi – Iranian refugee

Margaret Sinclair –Refugee Action Collective

For further comment call Chris Breen 0403 013 183 or Margaret Sinclair 0417  031 533