Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

Upcoming Events

REFUGEE ACTION COLLECTIVE STRATEGY DAY:

SATURDAY 13 JANUARY
11AM – 1PM
535 ELIZABETH STREET, MELBOURNE

Join Refugee Action Collective to discuss the strategies we need to win an end to Australia’s refugee brutality.
The Manus catastrophe has brought into focus Australian refugee brutality, and tens of thousands of people across Australia have protested. Unions, community groups, prominent individuals, Greens and ALP members have been calling on the government to “Bring Them Here”. Dutton presents as relentlessly and remorselessly cruel, but domestic and international pressure against him is mounting. The polls show that there is a decent chance Labor will win in 2018, this makes the task of breaking Labor refugee policy an urgent one.
If you are interested in getting involved in Refugee Action Collective in 2018, come along.
For more info, contact Lucy 0404728104

https://www.facebook.com/events/522860088093066/

NO PRIDE IN DETENTION FLOAT AT MIDSUMMA PRIDE MARCH

SUNDAY JANUARY 28
2PM – 5PM
FITZROY STREET, ST KILDA
The recent siege on the Manus Island detention centre has exposed yet again the cruelty and callousness of Australia’s refugee policy. For 23 days the refugees and asylum seekers imprisoned on Manus Island peacefully resisted the government’s efforts to move them to new prisons, that were incomplete and inadequate. Eventually the government broke the siege, beating the men with metal poles and forcing them onto buses.

The siege may have ended but the humanitarian crisis on Manus Island and Nauru has not. The new facilities on Manus have no reliable power or electricity. The men do not have decent access to medical and psychiatric help. There is still no safety, security, permanent resettlement or freedom.

Malcolm Turnbull has made much of his support for marriage equality but many of the refugees held on Manus and Nauru are LGBTIQ. There are approximately 30-40 gay men on Manus. Having fled persecution in their home countries they now find themselves languishing in horrific conditions at the hands of Turnbull and Peter Dutton. Under the PNG criminal code, gay sex is illegal on Manus Island punishable by up to 14 years jail; gay refugees live in constant fear of persecution.

Despite the hardship they face, many of the refugees on Manus Island have been vocal about their support for marriage equality in Australia. Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish journalist and political refugee tweeted at the beginning of the postal survey ‘from Manus prison camp, I vote yes’.

The No Pride in Detention contingent at the Pride March is an opportunity for the LGBTIQ community to show solidarity with the refugees and asylum seekers in offshore detention. We will be demanding that Malcolm Turnbull close the camps on Manus and Nauru and bring the refugees here to safety. We call on Bill Shorten to end the bipartisan support for offshore detention. This year, Shorten has been vocal in his support for marriage equality, now its time to say yes to refugees’.

Contact Geraldine for more info 0458 039 596

 

 

 

END OF YEAR VIGIL FOR ASIO ‘NEGATIVE’ REFUGEES

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

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

Put Out a Welcome Mat for Refugees: 7 December

It’s time to end the hate; it’s time to stand up against the racism; it’s time to welcome refugees. On December 7, be a part of ‘Put out a Welcome Mat for Refugees Day’. Join with thousands of Melbournians to tell Tony Abbott and his government that enough is enough – it’s time to put out a welcome mat for refugees. Help make sure that on December 7, Melbourne is awash with messages that call for the government to put out the welcome mat for refugees.

WHAT TO DO…

  • Chalk/poster/leaflet/letterbox streets and train stations in your neighbourhood in the lead up to, and/or on, December 7 – DISPLAY POSTERS AVAILABLE HERE
  •  Approach neighbourhood centres/businesses/workplaces to display welcome posters in the lead up to, and on, December 7th.

ON THE DAY…

  • Come to the launch, 10am State Library Melbourne, December 7. Bring your own welcome mats and messages calling for welcome centres, not detention centres!
  • Publicise the launch – event posters here RAC – welcome mat A4  &   RAC – welcome mat- A5 small size
  • Stay in touch with the event through the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/170155619852115/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
  •  Share what you plan to do by leaving a comment below.
  •  Shower your neighbourhood with messages calling on the government to welcome refugees!
  •  Take photos of the welcome messages and put them on instagram (details to come soon).

What would it take for our government to genuinely put out a welcome mat for refugees?

Our Welcome Mats symbolise a call to:
i) Turn detention centres into welcome centres- replace mandatory detention with resettlement support and community services;
ii) Process and resettle refugees in Australia- close offshore processing camps on Nauru and Manus Island;
(iii) Ensure that refugees are granted permanent, not temporary protection;
(iv) Ensure all asylum seekers have the right to work;
(v) End all forced deportations to danger;
(vi) It is no crime to seek asylum, it should be no crime to bring the boats;
(vii) Invest the $8 billion dollars set to be wasted on detention and offshore processing over the next four years into health, education and community services for all of us, including refugees and asylum seekers.

Event poster

Endorsers:

Amnesty International Australia Refugee Network (Vic),

Australian Churches Refugees Taskforce

Victorian Greens

Radical Women