Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

2017 Media Releases

MEDIA RELEASE 9/11| MANUS STANDING STRONG

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MANUS STANDING STRONG;

Hundreds of Manus refugees and asylum seekers are staging a protest in Mike compound where the fences have been pulled down. (Photos attached.)

Meanwhile, in Port Moresby, appeal documents have been lodged with the Supreme Court to appeal against the Chief Justice decision not to grant injunction to prevent further human rights breaches and the forced relocation of refugees and asylum seekers from the detention centre.

“The government can no longer rely on the decision of the Chief Justice to provide an excuse to deprive the refugees of the necessities of life or to force them out of the detention centre,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

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MEDIA RELEASE 9/11| MANUS FENCES BEING DISMANTLED

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MANUS FENCES BEING DISMANTLED
Within a couple of hours of a notice being handed to the refugees inside the Manus detention centre, fences around the Mike Compound have begun to be taken down.
Reducing the security around the centre will only raise the detainees’ fears of being attacked even further.
It was through the Mike fences that PNG locals and staff attcked the asylum seekers in 2014. It was in Mike Compound that Reza Barati was killed and scores of others were savagely bashed.
The moves to dismantle the fences comes as it is reveleaed that there are no proper security in the areas that the government is trying to force the refugees to move to.
The point thatthew refugees have made over and over again, is that the Lorengau settlement area is not safe. There is a fence around the East Lorengau facility but because people are forced to go to the Lorenagu settlement area for food and medications, they are vulnerable to attack. And the attacks are frequent and brutal.
Despite more lies from Peter Dutton about the state of the other two facilities, Hilldie haus and West Lorengau Haus – even the Murdoch press have revealed there are not even perimeter fences around them.
“Removing the fence around Mike, shows the contempt that the Australian and the PNG governments have for the security of refugees who are in their care and need protection. Defenceless people just became more vulnerable. It is a form of psychological torture” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
“Is also shows the contempt for the governments’ responsibility to provide permanent secuity for the refugees and asylum seekers. Their demand is for enduring protection in a safe, third country. Many of those who have been deemed negative have never submitted a refugee claim in PNG, because they claimed protectioin form Australia when they arrived in 2013.
“The PNG government has no right to detain the people on Manus. The PNG and Australian governments are in contempt of the PNG Supreme Court ruling in 2016, which reads in part, ‘Naturally it follows that the forceful bringing into and detention of the asylum seekers in MIPC is unconstitutional and therefore illegal.’ Their on-going detention on Manus is illegal.
“The government has created a humanitarian disaster on Manus Island; it needs to urgently end the siege, and bring the refugees and asylum seekers here, to provide the security they need.”

Protest Dutton and Abbott, “End The Siege; Bring them Here,” Australian Technology Park, 6pm, Friday 10 November. Speakers include : 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.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

MEDIA RELEASE 7/11 | LAWYERS WILL APPEAL COURT RULING ON MANUS DETENTION SIEGE

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LAWYERS WILL APPEAL COURT RULING ON MANUS DETENTION SIEGE

 MANUS STILL UNSAFE

The PNG Supreme Court has declined to issue an injunction to restore immediately food, water, and power to the Manus detention centre.

The Chief Justice found that while the applicant’s (Behrounz Boochani) human rights may have been breached, that damages rather than an injunction is the suitable remedy.

The lawyers in the case will appeal this finding, as early as tomorrow (Wed 8 November).

“The decision of the PNG Supreme Court decision does not alter the inhumanity of the siege on Manus Island, nor alter the role of the Australian government,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition

“It does not alter the fact that Manus is unsafe, and settlement in PNG is impossible.The onus is still on the government to provide the safety and security that the refugees and asylum seekers need.”

The refugees and asylum seekers have made it clear that they will not leave the detention centre.

“We had no expectation from the court,” one refugee told the Refugee Action Coalition

“They were unlawfully transported to PNG; they have been unlawfully held in detention. They`must be immediatelty evacuated,” said Ian Rintoul.

“The Turnbull government will never live down what they have done on Manus. The refugee movement will do whatever we can to support and sustain the refugees inside the detention centre, and keepo fighting for the government to bring them here.”

Protest Dutton and Abbott, “End The Siege; Bring them Here,” Australian Technology Park, 6pm, Friday 10 November.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713