November 9, 2015
When: 5:30pm, Thursday Nov 12
Where: Bourke St Mall, Melbourne
On Sunday November 8th, tragedy struck once again in Australia’s detention centres. Fazel Chegeni was found dead on Christmas Island after escaping from the detention centre on the Friday evening.
Detainees report that Serco’s guards enforce a ruthless rule of force on Christmas Island, which relies upon confining asylum seekers to solitary confinement, 24-hour surveillance, denial of access to phone and internet, and beatings.
Fazel’s death is the latest consequence of Australia’s cruel ‘border force’ policies, which sees refugees languish for months and years in brutal detention centres. Fazel himself was suffering the effects of these policies, having attempted suicide multiple times before being locked up in Christmas Island.
The riots that followed Fazel’s death are a consequence of the brutality and despair that refugees, asylum seekers and others endure on Christmas Island.
Fazel was a stateless Kurd, who had already been found to be a refugee, after being locked up in Curtin Detention Centre in 2010. After being released to community detention in Melbourne Fazel’s visa was revoked as he was charged with an incident in Curtin. The charging, and effective criminalisation, of asylum seekers for incidents within detention centres is a worrying trend, given the brutal treatment within, and dismal conditions of, these camps.
The only solution is for the camps to be closed immediately, and all asylum seekers processed in the Australian community.
Please join us in marking Fazel’s life and death, and the tragedy that is Australia’s cruel refugee policies.
Please bring an origami crane or an origami boat.
Contact Lucy Honan 0404728104 for more details
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