Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

2017 Media Releases

4:30pm 9 Feb | Don’t Silence Refugees: Oppose the Mobile Phone Ban

4:30pm 9 Feb | Don’t Silence Refugees: Oppose the Mobile Phone Ban

When: 4:30-6pm Thursday 9 February

Where: Department of Immigration, 2 Lonsdale St Casselden Pl, Melbourne

immgration department

Join the Refugee Action Collective to oppose the government and department of immigration cruel and punitive attempts to silence refugees, by banning mobile phones from detention centres, cutting off refugees from the outside world and silencing the horrors inside detention, as part of a general criminalisation of asylum seekers.

We’re also speaking out against the proposed prison-like changes to MITA (Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation), further removing the rights of asylum seekers and making their lives worse.

Speakers include Pamela Curr.

Called by The Refugee Action Collective (Victoria)

MEDIA RELEASE | BASHED MANUS REFUGEES NEED URGENT MEDICAL TREATEMENT

Refugee Action Coalition

MEDIA RELEASE

BASHED MANUS REFUGEES NEED URGENT MEDICAL TREATEMENT

Two Iranian refugees, Mehdi and Mohammad, arrested and bashed by up to 10 PNG police and immigration officers last night (New Years eve) on Manus Island are still in police custody 24 hours later.

Neither of the refugees has been seen by doctors or received any medical attention for what appear to be serious injuries.

 

The refugees have confirmed to the Refugee Action Coalition that they were first approached around 8pm, by PNG Immigration officers who told them they had no right to be outside of the detention centre.

The Immigration officers were quickly joined by PNG police, who began to assault the refugees – beating their head, face, neck and back

Neither have had received any pain relief. Mehdi says he believes that his wrist and jaw may be broken; while Mohammed is suffering severe headache and pain and thinks his nose is broken.

“Ultimately the refugees are Australia’s responsibility. We are calling on the Australian government and the PNG police to ensure that the arrested refugees get immediate medical treatment,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“It is a bad enough that refugees are arbitrarily arrested and bashed on Manus. Denying medical  medical treatment to refugees is also part and parcel of systemic failure of Australia’s offshore detention regime.”

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

MEDIA RELEASE | 2017? SAME AS 2016 – BRUTALITY RULES ON MANUS. IT’S TIME TO BRING THE REFUGEES HERE

Refugee Action Coalition
MEDIA RELEASE
2017? SAME AS 2016 – BRUTALITY RULES ON MANUS.
IT’S TIME TO BRING THE REFUGEES HERE
Two Iranian refugees, Mehdi and Mohammad, have been savagely beaten by PNG police and PNG Immigration officials on New’s Eve. (Photos attached. Mehdi in green T shirt. Others photos available on request.)
The two refugees were in the Lorengau settlement area on Manus last night when PNG officials arrested them around 8pm.
The refugees say they were doing nothing wrong and were only going to join New Year celebrations.
It seems their crime is being outside the detention centre
The two refugees are still in police custody this morning, 1/1/17, although no charges have been laid.
“That two refugees could be beaten so badly by PNG police on New Year’s eve makes it clear that there is no freedom for refugees on Manus, ” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
“We would expect the PNG police to be held accountable for the alleged assault, but the PNG police routinely act with impunity.
“The Australian government itself is a party to the brutality, having ignored the PNG Supreme Court decision in April 2016 to close the detention centre.
“The government says that the refugees on Manus may be considered for resettlement in the US – but any resettlement in the US seems to be months away if it happens at all. There has been no request even for Manus refugees to even show ‘an expression of interest’ in going to the US.
“But every day Manus detention takes its toll. At Christmas, Faysal lost his life. Slowly but surely the lives of all those being held on Manus is being lost.
“The latest bashings are just the latest indication  of the reality of Australia’s offshore detention regime. It’s time the government stopped playing politics with the lives of innocent people, and brought all the asylum seekers and refugees to Australia.”
For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713