2pm 28 Nov | Book Launch – Uncovering Forgotten Cities

When: 2pm Saturday 28 November

Where: Melbourne’s Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St Melbourne

multicultural hub

Join the Refugee Action Collective for the launch of Adbon Danton’s new book – Uncovering Forgotten Cities

Speakers:
Abdon Danton – author
Speaker from the Refugee Action Collective

Abdon Danton’s new book helps explain why refugees flee, and why refugee camps provide no permanent security. Danton writes that half of all refugees worldwide are children under 18 years old and that there are refugee camps the size of cities like Zurich. Some refugee camps are more than 20 years old. They are increasingly desperate places. People have fled refugee camps in Jordan back to Syria because of hunger. In Indonesia refugees have tried to bribe their way into detention centres, rather than face starvation on the streets as they run out of money.

Australia tries to play off a small handful hand-picked from camps, with those who come by boat, but they are all fleeing the same misery and persection. Come to a forum that will discuss why refugees have the right to seek sanctuary by any means, why boat turnbacks and offshore processing only increase suffering, and what a genuinely humanitarian response would look like.

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NAVY TOWS CHRISTMAS ISLAND ASYLUM BOAT BACK TO SEA

> Refugee Action Coalition

> MEDIA RELEASE
>
> NAVY TOWS CHRISTMAS ISLAND ASYLUM BOAT BACK TO SEA
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> A boat of asylum seekers which arrived at Christmas Island early this
> morning (Friday 20 November) has been towed back to sea by the navy.
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> The small boat which arrived unescorted at Christmas Island this
> morning had earlier been covered by a tarpaulin to prevent any contact
> between the asylum seekers and people on the shore.
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> The boat has now been towed out to sea by the navy.
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> “We are extremely concerned that the navy is attempting to turn this
> boat back to Indonesia,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the
> Refugee Action Coalition, “Australian officials may well be, once
> again, trying to bribe the crew to return to Indonesia.
>
> “Turning boats back and bribing the crew both constitute international
> crimes and violate the rights of asylum seekers.
>
> “We know many boats are still attempting to reach Australia to gain
> the protection they cannot get in Indonesia. These asylum seekers may
> well be fleeing the same dangers as the 12,000 Syrians Australia says
> it will accept.
>
> “But the Coalition government has banned the resettlement of any UNHCR
> refugees from Indonesia. The government’s policy means they have no
> alternative but to try to reach protection by boat.
>
> “We are calling on the government to allow this boat to land and to
> process their claims in Australia. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is
> in Darwin today, ideally placed to prevent more human rights abuses of
> these asylum seekers.”
>
> For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

NAURU POLICE IGNORE SAVAGE ASSAULT AS ASYLUM SEEKER FLOWN TO AUSTRALIA FOR URGENT TREATMENT

Refugee Action Coalition
MEDIA RELEASENAURU POLICE IGNORE SAVAGE ASSAULT AS ASYLUM SEEKER FLOWN TO AUSTRALIA
FOR URGENT TREATMENT

Reza, an Iranian asylum seeker on Nauru, has been flown to Australia
for urgent medical treatment for a broken jaw and facial injuries
after a savage assault by a local bus driver.

The assault took place on Sunday, 15 November. Reza was medivacced to
Australia on Monday, 16 November.

The assault took place following a routine bus ride from the single
men’s camp. A group of around six asylum seekers began a sing-a-long
in the bus, when the bus driver took offence and demanded that they
stop the singing and clapping.

When the asylum seekers refused and argued with the driver, he drove
to the central police station. The driver demanded that the police
intervene. But the police refused after asking whether any of the
passengers had any complaints. The asylum seekers on the bus insisted
they were just ‘sharing the love’.

The Nauruan diver then drove a short distance from the police station,
pulled Reza off the bus and delivered two punches, smashing his jaw,
and eye, leaving him unconscious.

Reza was taken to the Nauru hospital and then to the IHMS clinic in
the old detention centre.

On Monday morning, 16 November, Reza was flown to Australia for
emergency treatment.

No action has been taken by the Nauruan police against the bus driver.

“The bus driver is readily identifiable; there is no shortage of
witnesses, but so far the Nauruan police have done nothing to bring
the attacker to account,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the
Refugee Action Coalition.

“Just like the un-investigated sexual assaults, this is another
instance of locals carrying out acts of violence against asylum
seekers and refugees with impunity. The local police are completely
unwilling to investigate or lay charges against local Nauruans.

“Rather than being protected, offshore processing has left refugees
vulnerable to more acts of violence and abuse. Nauru must be closed.”

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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