SOLIDARITY WITH NATIONAL DETENTION CENTRE PROTESTS
When: 4pm, January 23
Where: Department of Immigration and Border Protection, 2 Lonsdale St, East Melbourne
Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2357828367779768/
Refugee supporters will rally at the Immigration Dept at Casselden Place in support of detainees participating in the national hunger strike protest.
• End Serco Abuse
• End Detention Centre Torture Now
• From Manus & Nauru to MITA – Close the Camps
The national detention centre hunger strike began on Monday 21 January. Detainees in the Villawood, Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA) and Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) detention centres joined the detainees at Yongah Hill in Western Australia who were then in their eighth day of protest.
Detainees at Villawood, put out the following statement of demands:
We are initiating a peaceful protest from 21 January 2019, in finding a solution to our freedom, we ask the Department of Immigration, and ABF to address the the following breaches of our human
1. Placement and transfer away from family and partners
2. The limbo of many detainees who have no criminal or Migration matters pending
3. Lengthy delays in releasing detainees who have had successful judicial review
4. Use of restraints for relocation and medical transport, this is an unnecessary, humiliating and in many cases, re-traumatising measure, especially when other measures ( up to 4 officers
escorts per person) are in place
5. Use of isolation which the Australian Humann Rights commission says is a ‘ last resort measure’
6. Incident reports to be shared with the detainee if they are to be placed on our files, thereby potentially affecting our legal/ migration matters
7. No avenue for detainees to demonstrate current circumstances in relation, eg Rehabilitation courses
8. Use of long term detention (over 2 years) without relief which is known to cause mental illness
9. Unreasonable delays in returning people who accepts deportation and overstay their visa.
10. No solution for stateless detainees except indefinite detention.
We, along with our partners, children, family and friends are suffering from our indefinite detention and respectfully ask that you give us a second chance and fair go.
call Chris Breen on 0403 013 183 for more info