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