Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

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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(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 14/02 | AUSTRALIA’S TREATMENT OF REFUGEES  CONDEMNED AT INTERNATIONAL AWARD CEREMONY

Abdul Aziz Muhamat, a Sudanese refugee unlawfully held for over five years on Manus Island has won the prestigious Martin Ennals Award, presented in Geneva yesterday, 13 February. “Australia’s treatment of refugees has again been exposed and condemned on the world stage,” said Ian Rintoul, a spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “It is fantastic(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 12/02 | MORRISON DEFEAT A STEP FORWARD FOR REFUGEES; NOW BRING THEM ALL HERE

The news that the Medivac amendments have been carried by the federal parliament is being celebrated on Manus and Nauru, tonight. There are twenty-five men in PIH hospital in Port Moresby that must be immediately transferred to Australia. Most of them have been waiting many months for treatment they cannot get in Port Moresby. Similarly,(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 31/01 | NAURU ASYLUM SEEKER MEDIVACCED AFTER BASHING

An Iranian asylum seeker, brutally bashed by Nauruan locals on Tuesday, was medivacced to Australia yesterday, Wednesday, 23 January. Refugees who saw him said his condition  was “very bad”, with serious facial injuries. It is thought he may have suffered brain injuries. Although he was conscious, he was confused and incoherent. There is no information(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 25/01 | VILLAWOOD SUICIDE: DETENTION CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTIM

A 33 year-old refugee, from Sierra Leone has hanged himself in Villawood Detention Centre. He was found in his room around 4.30pm, this afternoon, Friday 25 January. It is understood that Musa (not his real name)  had been held in the detention centre around three years, and had previously been diagnosed with psychiatric problems. Tragically,(…)

MEDIA RELEASE 2/1 | GOVERNMENT DETENTION CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT IS A FRAUD

The Refugee Action Coalition has dismissed the government announcement that Maribynong and Blaxland at Villawood will close, as an empty gesture. “The fact is that the government has increased detention capacity with new compounds being opened at Yongah Hill, and a high detention facility opening in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation, to replace Maribynong,” said(…)