5:30pm, 17th February 2015
State Library of Victoria 328 Swanston Street Melbourne
Meet at State Library for speak out, then we’ll cover the city with posters, stickers and chalk to demand an end to offshore detention.
Speakers: Arnold Zable, writer and human rights activist; Reza Yarahmadi, Iranian refugee
One year ago, PNG mobile squad, detention staff and locals launched an attack on the refugees held in the Manus Island detention centre, and killed Reza Barati. The attack left others with slit throats, lost eyes, and countless injuries and trauma. To date, no one has yet been convicted for his murder. Reza Barati was the first victim of Australia’s offshore detention hell.
Manus detainees who have made witness statements over the death of Reza Barati have been beaten and isolated. There are claims from Julian Burnside that some were offered a move to Australia if they would retract their evidence.
Since that night the crisis in offshore detention continues. Hamid Kehazaei lost his life due to medical neglect in August. Most recently, Wilson security guards have carried out reprisal attacks on hunger striking asylum seekers. Physical attacks, isolation and arbitrary arrest continue. The hunger strike stopped immigration from forcibly moving 50 people determined to be refugees to insecure accommodation at the Lorengau settlement on Manus.
But there will be no justice for Reza Barati, and certainly no justice for the refugees still on Manus and Nauru until the camps are closed and the refugees resettled in Australia.
*Material will be available at the State Library. Material will advertise Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees.