Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

Media releases

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Media Release: Concern for Iranian refugees on hunger strike in Broadmeadows Detention Centre 1

Refugee activists are concerned about the welfare of two Iranian refugees currently on hunger strike in Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation in Broadmeadows. The Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) is also concerned about the growing number of refugees who remain detained after receiving their refugee status, whilst awaiting security checks from ASIO that take far too long.(…)

Media Release: Refugee Action Collective calls on the government to decriminalise people smuggling

Media Release: Refugee Action Collective calls on the government to decriminalise people smuggling 0

The Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) is saddened by the news of over 200 asylum seekers who have potentially died at sea on their way to Australia to seek asylum. The Refugee Action Collective also condemns the anti-people smuggling policies of the Gillard Labor government and places them with the blame for the death of possibly(…)

Bridging visas welcome, but government refugee policy still inhumane

Bridging visas welcome, but government refugee policy still inhumane 0

Recent changes to the immigration process with some asylum seekers released into the community under ‘bridging visas’ whilst their claims are being processed are welcome, but sadly do not spell the end of mandatory detention. A new detention centre continues to be built at Wickham point near Darwin. The rate of release on bridging visas(…)

Refugee activists oppose removing human rights from Migration Act; All MPs who support human rights should vote against Gillard’s amendments. 0

The Refugee Action Collective opposes the proposed changes to the Migration Act by the Labor government and any amendments proposed by the Liberal opposition. It believes all amendments seek to strip any safeguards for human rights and defies international law. The changes proposed by Prime Minster Julia Gillard and Immigration Minister Chris Bowen make Australia’s(…)

Statement: Refugee activists call on pro-refugee Labor MPs to cross the floor 0

Refugee activists call on pro-refugee Labor MPs to cross the floor The Refugee Action Collective condemns Labor’s plan to try and change the Migration Act to make the Malaysian “solution” lawful in the wake of the High Court victory. We reiterate our demand to end all offshore processing. Asylum seekers should be processed on the(…)

Media Release: Boys sew their lips at Broadmeadows Detention Centre 1

Press Release of boys sewing lips at MITA (Broadmeadows Detention Centre): Three unaccompanied minors protest over weekend of 23rd July 2011. On the afternoon of Sunday 24th of August, The Refugee Action Collective received distressing images and news of 3 boys sewing their lips together at the Broadmeadows Detention Centre. When trying to visit these(…)