Update: Gulistan has been deported. Police violently broke a the small blockade trying to stop Gulistan’s deportation to danger in Afghanistan. Thanks to those who rushed down to Maribyrnong detention centre when we got word the deportation was happening early. Thanks to everyone who had been prepared to get down to Maribyrnong to try and stop the deportation. Our hearts and thoughts are with Gulistan. There is some short shaky video footage of events that transpired.
Action Alert – Melbourne protest vigil to stop forced deportation to danger
‘The Refugee Action Collective and Hazara community representatives have called a protest vigil to stop the deportation of Gulistan, a 33 year old Hazara man who has been in Australia for 3 years. Hazaras returning to Afghanistan have been tortured and killed. Gulistan is scheduled for deportation this Wednesday.’ said Chris Breen for the Refugee Action Collective
There will be an overnight vigil from 7.30pm tonight Tue December 16
for a main protest at 7.30am Wed December 17 at
Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre
53 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone
‘Gulistan had been a victim of Taliban roadblocks on the road between Jaghori and Kabul and forced to work as slave labour for the Taliban. The Refugee Review Tribunal decision to deport Gulistan is inconsistent and out of date. Other RRT decisions have found the dangers faced by asylum seekers from Jaghori are sufficient to grant protection’ continued Breen
‘The tribunal decision relies on Department of Foreign Affairs information from early 2012. It claims Jaghori within Ghazni province is safe, but the Australian government itself is unable to return asylum seekers to Jaghori, it dumps them in Kabul. The tribunal also ignored evidence from Professor William Maley that nowhere in Ghazni province is safe for Hazaras.’
‘This would be the 3rd forced deportation to Afghanistan. Zainullah who was deported in August was captured and tortured a month later by the Taliban for two days before he broke free. Abdullah, who was deported from Perth in October, remains stuck in Kabul with no support and too terrified to travel to Jaghori where he is originally from. An Australian citizen Sayed Musawi was killed on the road between Kabul and Jaghori in September.’
‘The RRT further claimed that failed Afghan asylum seekers are not targeted on return, but this was precisely what happened to Zainullah in August when the Taliban found pictures of Australia in his phone. This new evidence serious undermines the credibility of their decision’.
‘The decision makers ought to travel the road between Kabul and Jaghori themselves, before declaring it safe and condemning Gulistan to possible torture and death. Immigration Minister has the power to prevent this deportation, we call on him to intervene and use it.’
‘Last weekend 19 people including two US soldiers were killed in Taliban attacks.’
‘Afghanistan is not safe; Gulistan will not be safe.’ Said Breen
Call Chris 0403 013 183 or Amanda on 0423 013 245 from the Refugee Action Collective for further comment
below are pictures from protest on Sunday Dec 14 at Immigration Department against the deportation