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Archives April 2016

MEDIA RELEASE | ANOTHER DEATH: MORE BLOOD ON DUTTON’S HANDS – A CRIMINAL SYSTEM, A CRIMINAL DELAY

Refugee Action Coalition

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ANOTHER DEATH: MORE BLOOD ON DUTTON’S HANDS – A CRIMINAL SYSTEM, A CRIMINAL DELAY

Offshore detention has claimed another life – Omid’s name is added to the names of Reza Barati and Hamid Khazaie, who have been killed by the detention system.

The lack of experienced staff; the lack of medical supplies; the lack of attention; the shocking conditions in the Nauru hospital and the hideous delay in arranging for Omid to be medivacced from Nauru has cost him his life.

Malcolm Turnbull, Peter Dutton are immediately responsible for his death. Just like the case of Hamid Khazaie, who needlessly died of septicaemia in 2014, there will be a coronial inquiry that can reveal the shocking conditions and political decisions that led to his death.

“Offshore processing is criminal and there was a criminal delay in Omid obtaining the treatment and care he needed. Those responsible must be held to account,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“How many more lives and souls are to be lost before the government will face up to its hypocrisy of declaring that offshore detention is about saving lives at sea, hile lives are destroyed in their detention camps.

“The government must bring all those on Manus and Nauru to the Australian mainland.”

Asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru have yet another reason to maintain their protests and to maintain their rage at a system that took Omid’s life and just as surely systematically destroys theirs.

“We are so tired,” Omid said as he set himself alight, speaking for all the asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru.

Today will be the 41st day of protest by the asylum seekers in the family camp on Nauru.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

Media Release: NAURU IN MELTDOWN – TWO WOMEN MISSING, BUT THREE REFUGEES SNATCHED FROM BRISBANE: DESTINED FOR NAURU?

Refugee Action Coalition

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NAURU IN MELTDOWN – TWO WOMEN MISSING

 BUT THREE REFUGEES SNATCHED FROM BRISBANE: DESTINED FOR NAURU?

There are fears that three refugees taken around 3.00am from the Brisbane Transit Accommodation by Border Force officers have been sent back to Nauru. Two of them were seen being bodily carried out of the detention centre by their arms and legs.

The three, one Somali woman, an Iranian and a Sri Lankan, had been brought from Nauru to Australia for medical treatment.

The transfer comes as Nauru has gone into complete meltdown. The visit by the UNHCR has resulted in protest by refugees and asylum seekers. Today will be the 39th day of protests by the asylum seekers in the family camp.

Last night (Tuesday night) four people attempted suicide by drinking washing powder and have been taken to the IHMS clinic.

This morning (Wednesday 27 April), an Iranian refugee has attempted to self-immolate at Nibok Camp in front of UNHCR representatives. Protests against the UNHCR representatives following the incident have forced them to leave Nibok camp.

Two Iranian women, Marziyeh Faghih (28) and Amineh Shajira, (34) have been missing since Sunday. It is feared they may have disappeared at sea, in an attempt to flee the island or die trying. But no search attempt has been mounted by land or sea despite appeals to Connect case managers or police.

This morning’s transfer to Nauru from BITA seems to be a vindictive move by the Immigration Department to re-establish their authority following the PNG Supreme Court finding that Manus Island was unlawful.

“There is no justification for the forced transfers from BITA this morning,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. “It is sheer bloody-mindedness for the Minister to send these refugees back to Nauru just to show that he had that power. The use of Border Force officers has created panic amongst refugees and asylum seekers in the detention centre.

“Nauru is in complete social meltdown. The protests, and the attempted suicides reveal the sheer desperation of refugees and asylum seekers left in limbo for almost three years. Manus has to close; Nauru has to close.”

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

1pm 30 April | Rally: Manus is Illegal – now BRING THEM HERE!

When: 1pm Saturday 30th April

Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne

Speakers include:

Adam Bandt – Greens MP

Aran Mylvaganam – Tamil refugee and FSU organisers

Pamela Curr – Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Recording from &/or live cross to Manus Island

Margaret Sinclair – Refugee Action Collective

 

In a huge blow to the Coalition government the crowd-funded legal challenge to detention on Manus Island has succeeded. The Papua New Guinean Supreme Court has ruled that the Australian-run detention centre is illegal and unconstitutional. But Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has dug in his heels saying the 900 men “in the Manus facility will not be settled in Australia”. Join this rally to tell Dutton to Close Manus, Close Nauru and #BRING THEM HERE

The Let Them Stay movement, including protests, workplace ‘selfies’ and the stand taken by doctors and health workers at Lady Cilento hospital forced Dutton to backdown on immediately returning 267 vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees to Nauru. Following on from the#LetThemStay campaign we now must demand #BringThemHere.

The PNG Supreme Court decision comes as protests have been held by those detained on both Manus Island as well as Nauru, which is nearing 40 days of continuous protests. We stand in solidarity with those protests and join the demands for freedom, security and permanent resettlement. We join the calls for an end to the threat of torture, assault, and harm. We demand that those on Manus and Nauru all be brought to safety, to the Australian mainland, to be processed fairly in the community.
call Chris 0403 013 183 or Amanda 0423 013 245 for more info
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/697918910346783/