Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

Upcoming Events

6pm Thurs 10 Aug | Vigil For Hamed – Stop the Deaths, Bring Them Here (note location change)

6pm Thurs 10 Aug | Vigil For Hamed – Stop the Deaths, Bring Them Here (note location change) 0

When: 6-7pm Thursday 10th August

Where (note change of location): Federation Square, Melbourne (opposite Flinders St Station)

 

 

Stall, banners and leafleting from 5pm, speakers from 6pm

Speakers inc Pamela Curr – longtime refugee advocate, more tba

Hamed a A 31 year-old Iranian refugee, was found hanging from a tree this morning 7/18/17 near the school close to the East Lorengau Transit Accommodation.

His death brings the Manus detention death toll to five.

While suicide is suspected, mystery surrounds his death. His body was found near the school well outside East Lorengau centre. Refugees on Manus are convinced that his death is suspicious as Hamed had often been beaten by locals.

The circumstances of Hamed’s death might be unclear. But what is very clear, is that his death was preventable. Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton had all the power to save this man’s life. And they didn’t. Whatever the immediate cause they are responsible for his death.

Hamed’s mental health problems were well-known. He received medical treatment in Melbourne in 2015. Advocates had raised the details of his case with Peter Dutton, IHMS and Comcare. He had been held in prison at the Lorengau settlement, then was placed at the East Lorengau centre when he was released.

There. were many points in time which could have made a difference. Ultimately Like all the others who have died on Manus, Hamid should never have been in detention or been on Manus. Detention had robbed him of his mental health and now it has taken his life.

Hamid’s death will confirm the worst fears of refugees on Manus. Manus is not safe. East Lorengau is not safe. They have already told Border Force that they will not move.

RAC is calling on Turnbull government to end the siege of Foxtrot compound, and to bring all of the refugees here.

Open Public Enquiry
End the Deaths
End the Seige
Bring Them Here

Call Marg 0417 031 533 or Chris 0403013183 for more details

Facebook event here

‘You are worse than I am’: Trump told Turnbull he admired offshore detention 0

 

‘YOU ARE WORSE THAN I AM’: TRUMP TOLD TURNBULL HE ADMIRED OFFSHORE DETENTION

The article attached was published in The Guardian Australia. More reason why we need to be outraged and stand up against the government’s cruel, illegal and costly policies.

A brief recap: the Washington Post published the transcript from the January phone-call between Trump and Turnbull, where the former later went on Twitter and called the US deal a “dumb” deal. Turns out calling the deal “dumb” and “stupid” was the least of our worries…

 

PARTICULARLY NOTABLE QUOTES:

– Turnbull explained, repeatedly, that the US was only obligated to look at taking 1,250-2,000 “basically economic refugees from Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan”

– “Why haven’t you let them out?” Trump asked. “Why have you not let them into your society?”

“OK,” said Turnbull, “I will explain why. It is not because they are bad people. It is because in order to stop people smugglers, we had to deprive them of the product. So we said if you try to come to Australia by boat, even if we think you are the best person in the world, even if you are a Noble [sic] Prize-winning genius, we will not let you in. Because the problem with the people –”

Trump interjected, to say: “That is a good idea. We should do that too. You are worse than I am.”

JOIN US ON FRIDAY 4 AUGUST, 5:30 AT THE STATE LIBRARY TO STAND UP FOR REFUGEE RIGHTS IN AUSTRALIA

 

Guardian Article: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/03/donald-trump-malcolm-turnbull-refugees-australia-phone-call

Facebook event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/786453751534960/

5:30pm Fri 4 Aug | Manus is not safe: #BringThemHere now: Urgent action

5:30pm Fri 4 Aug | Manus is not safe: #BringThemHere now: Urgent action 0

When: 5:30pm Friday 4 August

Where: State Library of Victoria

Today (Monday 31 July) both power and water were shut off in the Foxtrot compound on Manus Island, in an attempt to force the refugees to leave the centre.

Two days before, three attacks in twelve hours on refugees shows how unsafe the Manus community is for refugees and why refugees are refusing to move from the detention centre to East Lorengau.

On Saturday night two refugees on Manus were brutally attacked in separate incidents. One had his wrist slashed open with a bush knife. The attacks have reinforced the refugees’ fears for their safety and their lives if they are forced out of the detention centre.

The moves to meet the arbitrary October deadline for “closure” is literally putting refugees’ lives at risk. Not only are refugees vulnerable to attack, there is no adequate medical treatment and insufficient food for those forced into East Lorengau.

It is clear the government has no solution for the people they illegally dumped on Manus. There is nowhere safe for them on the island. Join us to demand tha the refugees and asylum seekers are brought to Australia immediately.

There will be an intersection sit in as part of this action, as a response to the escalating pressure and cruety towards refugees on Manus Island.

call Chris 0403 013 183 for more info

Facebook event here