MEDIA RELEASE 5/03 | REFUGEE SUICIDE DEMANDS IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ALL ‘AT RISK’ DETAINEES CLOSE ALL THE DETENTION CENTRES

“The tragic death last night of the second immigration detainee in less than two months, demands immediate action from the government,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action  Coalition, ” The government must immediately release all ‘at-risk’ detainees from immigration detention.
“It is clear the mental health crisis that is created by long-term detention, cannot be managed from inside the detention centres. Musa’s suicide death two months ago in Villawood was a stark warning that has been ignored by the government. Attempted suicide is almost daily occurrence in Australia’s detention centres.
“People are unnecessarily being held in immigration detention. Just like offshore detention,  the onshore detainees are hostages to the government’s electoral strategy.
“The detention centres should be closed.”
Video clips of the situation last night (Monday 4 March)  in Villawood’s La Trobe compound, in the aftermath of the Iraqi refugee’s suicide, are attached.
Protests against long-term detention and arbitrary powers that allow the Minister to cancel visas and effectively hold people in indefinite detention continue inside MITA,  Melbourne’s detention centre and at Yongah Hill.
For more information, contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

MEDIA RELEASE 19/02 | ANOTHER SUICIDE ATTEMPT AT MITA

A 19 year-old Iraqi asylum seeker has attempted suicide in the MITA North compound of the Melbourne detention centre.

He was found by Ali, another detainee, hanging behind the locked door of his room, around 5.30pm. It is believed he is being treated at the medical centre in MITA..

The compound has now been locked down.

Other detainees have told the Refugee Action Coalition, that the man has told medical officers this morning that he wanted to kill himself. But nothing was done.

“Once again, Serco’s indifference to their duty of care has put a life at risk,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

The attempted suicide in MITA comes less than a month since Musa , a refugee from Sierra Leone, committed suicide in Villawood detention , despite being on high watch after being released from a Sydney mental health facility a few days before.

“The 501 protest  in MITA and Yongah Hill is still waiting for answers to their demands – about indefinite detention, lack of process, and family separation,” said Rintoul, “They should be released.”

 For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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