Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

Free the refugees! Let them land, let them stay!

Archives April 2014

Protest G4S involvement in the murder of Reza Berati

1pm this Friday April 4

@ G4S Head office
441 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004

join and share the event on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/events/1398940910380376

 

Asylum seekers on Manus Island have directly accused G4S guards of the murder of Reza Berati and the violent attacks. They can name and identify their attackers. The Australian government and the Australian Federal Police are protecting the murderers of Reza Berati. There is no doubt that G4S staff were among those who killed Reza and brutally attacked other asylum seekers, however  in the past week it has become clear that:

*G4S and its employees have refused to co- operate with PNG police investigators

*Two Australian G4S employees wanted for questioning over the murder of Reza Berati were allowed to return to Australia

*The Australian Federal Police refused a request to help PNG police investigators

*The PNG government acting after consultation with Australia moved to shut down Justice Cannings Human Rights investigation in PNG

 

Join us for a snap protest to demand a serious independent and public investigation take place.

– Full and open inquiry into the murder of Reza Berati and attacks on asylum seeker on Manus Island

– G4S must fully co-operate with any inquiry

– Staff must be made available for interview

– Video footage, documents, communications must be turned over

 

CLOSE MANUS, CLOSE NAURU – STOP OFFSHORE PROCESSING

 

Call Chris 0403 013 183 or Sue 0413 377 978 for more info

Public Meeting – Australia’s Dirty Secret Exposed

Australia’s Dirty Secret Exposed
eyewitness accounts from Nauru and Manus

6.30pm Monday 28th of April, at Drill Hall, 26 Therry Street Melbourne
(behind the Multicultural Hub on Elizabeth St – opp Vic Markets)

Speakers include

Marc Isaacs – former Salvation Army worker on Nauru, and author of a new expose “The Undesirables” of Australia’s brutal treatment of refugees on Nauru.

Jasmine Ali – Refugee Action Collective

More speakers TBA

28 April public meeting
Call Vanessa 0404 698 657 for more info

N.B. Mark Isaacs will also be speaking at Melbourne Book Launch for the “Undesirables”¬† this coming Monday April 7, 6pm for 6.30pm start at The Kelvin Club 18 Melbourne Place, Melbourne
The Undesirables Melbourne Launch Invitation
The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper has written about Mark’s book:

Eyewitness accounts from inside Australia’s detention centres are rare. Walled in behind government secrecy, contracts which bind them to silence, and fear for their livelihoods, staff and former employees of the groups running the centres bite their tongues or confide only in close colleagues, family members or friends.


The few who have spoken to the media have mostly done so anonymously, or through third parties. Now, the first of what could be a steady trickle of embarrassing whistleblower accounts has emerged in the form of an explosive book, The Undesirables, by a former Salvation Army employee, 26-year-old Sydneysider Mark Isaacs. The title is taken from a term Isaacs says a government staffer was overheard using to describe the asylum seekers at the camp.