Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

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Archives December 2018

6:30pm Mon Jan 21 | Forum: From Kids Off to All Off- How can we close the camps?

When: 6:30pm Monday 21st January 2019

Where: ANMF Vic Branch, 535 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

Facebook event here

In 2018 the campaign to get #KidsOffNauru won significant support, and put huge pressure on the Liberals to bring children and families from Nauru to Australia. But there are still 3 children and hundreds of refugees on Manus and Nauru. Come along to this RAC forum to discuss the nature of the crisis on Manus and Nauru, and what we can do keep momentum building close the camps for good.
Speakers TBA

For more info call Lucy 0404728104


4:30pm Dec 19 | Save Hakeem Urgent Protest

When: 4:30pm 19th December 2018

Where: Australian Federal Police, 383 LaTrobe St, West Melbourne, VIC

Facebook event here

Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi, a permanent Australian resident living in Melbourne, is being held in Thailand and faces deportation back to the threat of torture in Bahrian. He fled Bahrain because of persecution and torture due to his peaceful involvement in protest against the ruling family during the Arab Spring of 2011.

Hakeem asked the Australian government if it was safe to travel to Thailand, they told him yes. At the same time the Australian Federal Police, who report to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton informed Thai authorities of an Interpol ‘red notice’. A ‘red notice’ is a form of international arrest warrant.

Not only was the red notice only issue after Bahrain found out about Hakeem’s travel plans, not only is there footage of him playing soccer at the exact time he was accused of vandalising a police station, but Interpol is not allowed to subject refugees to red notices from the country from which they fled persecution.

Join us to protest the AFP decision to alert Thai authorities to the politically motivated bogus red notice. Join us to demand answers to the questions the AFP and the department of Home Affairs refuse to answer about the sequence of events and who was responsble.

Join the protest to demand Thai authorities release Hakeem.

Join the protest to demand the Australian government redouble its efforts to call for Hakeem’s release.


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Call Chris 0403 013 183 for more info


Action Alert: Human Rights Day Refugee Rally to call for end to offshore crisis

Action Alert: Human Rights Day Refugee Rally to call for end to offshore crisis

Refugee supporters will rally on Human Rights Day, 6.30pm December 10 in the Bourke St Mall, calling to end offshore processing and bring the refugees here.

The rally will also call on MPs to back the Phelps refugee bill when federal parliament resumes in February.

‘Morrison filibustered yesterday, but offshore processing is unravelling. Morrison escaped defeat on the floor of parliament only by using delaying manouevers. When parliament resumes he faces defeat over refugees, something he has staked his political career on.’ said Chris Breen for the Refugee Action Collective

‘Kerryn Phelps’ bill would have brought all children and families from Nauru, and allowed the medical transfer of adults to Australia from the offshore prisons.’

‘As Morrison delays, the medical crisis on Manus and Nauru worsens. A twenty-eight year old Iraqi refugee is dying in the Pacific International Hospital. Two more acutely ill refugees were medevacced from Manus to Port Moresby on Wednesday (5 Dec 5) joining 10 other refugees already in the Pacific International Hospital. Three more in Lorengau Hospital need urgent transfers. A refugee attempted suicide yesterday (Dec 6) and was transferred to hospital. Three refugees on Manus Island attempted suicide on Monday (Dec 3) this week.’

‘Labor’s support for Phelps bill was welcome and has exposed both Morrison’s callousness, and the precarious nature of his minority government. It is the first time since 2006 Labor has been prepared to vote against the Coalition on refugees. Morrison accused Labor of backflipping on the issue, but so too has he as he has brought children off Nauru under the pressure of the refugee movement.’

‘Refugee supporters are rallying on Human Rights Day, to keep up the pressure to end the offshore crisis, and close the hellholes. The rally will also call on Labor to shift policy at its upcoming ALP National Conference to abandon support for offshore processing. If Labor was to shift, it would signal the end for offshore processing, and ramp up pressure on Morrison to end the offshore medical crisis now.’

Speakers include:

David Manne – Refugee Legal Executive Director

Tris Maridiastuty – Board Member responsible for refugees and human rights at the Islamic Council of Victoria

Shawfikul Islam – Rohingya refugee

Aziz, live cross from Manus

Mehdi, live cross from Nauru

Pauline Brown, Labor for Refugees

Call Chris Breen from the Refugee Action Collective on 0403 013 183 for further comment