Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

Upcoming Events

Emergency Protest – Don’t send baby Ferouz and mother Latifa back to Nauru‏ 0

1pm, Sat 30th November – Corner of Bourke & Swanston st


Newborn baby Ferouz and his family face the threat of being returned to Nauru. “When she is in a fit state to return to Nauru then that’s what will occur” said Immigration minister Scott Morrison. 

The Nauru detention center and its extreme heat, is not a fit place for an adult, let alone a new born baby and other children. Latifa said “We don’t think the kids going to survive if they’re returned there, even seven-year-old and four-year-old there we are always crying and they don’t eat the food and they find very difficult”.

Latifa also has diabetes, and is recovering from a Caesarean operation. Early separation from her child has impacted on Ferouz ability to breastfeed and he will rely on sterile bottles in Nauru. The Nauru detention centre does not have adequate conditions for proper sterilisation.

Join this protest to demand all families and children are brought back from the island, as the first step to closing detention on Nauru completely.
Join and share the event on Facebook
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Call Lucy 0404 728 104 or Amanda 0423 013 245 for more info

END OF YEAR VIGIL FOR ASIO ‘NEGATIVE’ REFUGEES 0

47 people found to be genuine refugees remain imprisoned indefinitely on the basis of politically motivated ’negative’ ASIO security assessments. They include Ranjini and her three children. These refugees have committed no crime, had no trial and face no charges. Many have been imprisoned for over 4 years, the majority suffer from severe mental health issues according to Ombudsman’s reports. They have no legal right to appeal their security assessments as is available to Australian citizens.

These are Australia’s political prisoners, most are Tamils from Sri Lanka. ASIO suddenly started dishing out negative security clearances for refugees from Sri Lanka after the Oceanic Viking stand off in 2009, and Rudd’s announcement of a processing freeze for Sri Lankan asylum seekers in early 2010. The decision to imprison these refugees is a political one, not a criminal one. Two of these refugee attempted suicide in recent months. Many of them are imprisoned at Broadmeadows detention centre – join us for an end of year vigil to fight for their rights.

NO INDEFINITE DETENTION
NO ASIO VETO ON REFUGEES
Monday Dec 16 from 7pm at MITA Broadmeadows
detention center, 120 – 150 Camp Rd Broadmeadows

Download poster to print

call Chris 0403 013 183 or visit http://rac-vic.org for more info

 

 

Public Meeting: The Nightmare of Offshore Detention

Public Meeting: The Nightmare of Offshore Detention 0

The Nightmare of Offshore Detention
Forum: 25th November 6:30pm Multicultural Hub – 506 Elizabeth St City, opposite Vic Markets
Speakers:
Aoife Reddy (Former Salvo worker on Nauru)
Mohammad Baqiri (Refugee detained on Nauru under John Howard)
Hayley Byrnes (Former teacher on Manus Island)

Currently asylum-seekers arriving by boat to Australia are processed offshore. As of Friday Oct 20 there were 1061 asylum-seekers on Manus Island, 827 on Nauru and 2211 on Christmas Island. Conditions on Nauru and Manus Island are atrocious and include overcrowding, poor health facilities, high risks of malaria, skin diseases, and the trauma of long periods of detention. Pregnant women are among those on Nauru despite its high temperatures and infant
mortality rate. On Manus Island and Nauru, asylum seekers are living in tents, with little shelter from the heat of 50 degree days. This has led to suicide attempts, asylum-seekers being flown back to Australia for treatment, and tensions between asylum-seekers and guards. Contrary to government rhetoric asylum seekers have been moved to Australia. Offshore processing is necessarily harsh, as it is predicated on deterring asylum seekers. Come along to this meeting to
hear first hand of the conditions inside offshore detention centres, and why we need to end mandatory offshore detention.

For more info contact Eliot on 0413 479 865