Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

2017 Media Releases

MEDIA RELEASE 19/11 | URGENT SURGERY NEEDED FOR BRAIN-INJURED REFUGEE ON NAURU

Refugee Action Coalition

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URGENT SURGERY NEEDED FOR BRAIN-INJURED REFUGEE ON NAURU

A 28 year-old Rohingyan refugee injured in a motorbike accident on Nauru this morning around 7.00am has been unconscious in the RON hospital since this afternoon (Saturday 18 November).

The accident between two motorbikes, happened on the Fly Camp Rd, the same road where a refugees was killed on 2 November.

It is understood that doctors believe the man needs an urgent surgery to deal with a clot or bleeding on his brain. He was vomiting blood and had bleeding from his right ear beefore he lasped into unconsciousness.

Other refugees on the island do not believe that Nauru is equipped to perform the brain surgery need, but no arrangements have been made for the man to be medivacced for urgent treatment.

People on the island are also concerned that the current dispute between Border Force and the Nauru government that has seen the Nauru government expel 107 Canstruct workers from the island in the last 24 hours has paralysed administration on the island and is delaying the decision to provide the urgent treatment he needs. The injured refugee is a Canstruct worker.

The dispute between Border Force and the Nauru government is over rent (believed to be over $3.5 million a year) that Border Force has been paying for space in the Menen Hotel (owned by the Nauruan government) for various activities.

“We have grave fears for the life of this refugee. He needs urgent surgery; any delay could be a matter of life and death,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

 “Border Force cannot shrug off its responsibility for this man’s welfare. We are calling on Peter Dutton to ensure that a money-squabble with Nauru is not going to cost this refugee his life.”

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

MEDIA RELEASE 17/11 | EMERGENCY RALLY: STILL NO SAFE SETTLEMENT AS MANUS DEFIES THE SIEGE

Refugee Action Coalition

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EMERGENCY RALLY: STILL NO SAFE SETTLEMENT AS MANUS DEFIES THE SIEGE

Despite constant claims from the Prime Minister and Immigration Minister that new relocation areas are safe and ready, photos from West Lorengau on Manus Island show that the area is still a construction site.

“Dutton’s claim that he wants to close Manus Island as soon as possible; that’s a lie. Dutton wants Manus, like Nauru to become a permanent prison island,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“Dutton intends to scuttle any plan for safe resettlement. He is deliberately depriving refugees of the necessities of life to force the refugees were forced into less safe areas of Manus Island than provide the safe resettement that he is obliged to.”

“As the Turnbull govenment sinks in the opinion polls, Dutton sinks into infamy, engulfed by international condemnation.
“The naked brutality of the government siege has exposed the use of torture that has underpinned Manus Island from the beginning. Labor has now joined the call for Dutton to accept New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 refugees. Labor urgently needs to take another step.
“The only guarantee of safety for all the asylum seekers and refugees is for the goverment to end the siege, evacuate them all, and bring them to Australia.”

Emergency protest rally: “End the Manus Siege; Bring them Here,” Saturday, 18 November, 1pm, Hyde Park. Speakers include : Benjamin Law (writer), Ann-Maree McEwan, organiser Independent Education Union.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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MEDIA RELEASE 10/11 | MORE INHUMANITY ON MANUS AS IMMIGRATION EMPTIES DRINKING WATER

Refugee Action Coalition

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MORE INHUMANITY ON MANUS AS IMMIGRATION EMPTIES DRINKING WATER

The Manus siege was tightened another notch this afternoon, (Friday 10 November) when PNG police and immigration officers entered Oscar and Delta compounds of the Manus detention, and began emptying the tanks and turning over the water bins being used by the refugees to collected the rain water that has kept the refugees alive the last 10 days. (Photo attached.)

The officers are also systematically removing tents that the refugees have used for cooking and for sleeping outside to avoid the unbearable heat.More perimter fencing is being removed leaving the refugees even more exposed to possible attack.

“Everyone in the tropics knows how precious water is and how quickly dehydration can become a serious medical issue. Denied water and with medical help sometimes delayed for hours, refugee lives are being put at risk,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“We are again calling for the immigration minister to end the siege and restore food, water and services.

“This afternoon’s action on Manus makes Peter Dutton’s at the lavish fundraising dinner at Redfern tonight even more disgusting.

“Dutton is kidding himself if he thinks anti-refugee brutality can save the Turnbull government. The siege on Manus, the gratuitous use of state power against defenceless individuals symbolises everything that sees the government relentlessly sink in the opinion polls.”

Protest Dutton and Abbott, “End The Siege; Permanent Protection; Bring them Here”, Australian Technology Park, 6pm, Friday 10 November. Speakers include: Nathan Moran (CEO of Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council); Lee Rhiannon, NSW Greens Senator, ex Nauru Save the Children worker; Rita Mallia CFMEU president NSW Construction Division ; Shannen Potter, Vice President of Young Labor NSW, Lily Matchett, Stop Adani Campaign.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713