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A 2016 World Refugee Week event
Saturday the 25th June 2016.
12 PM — Event start at Pioneer Reserve, opposite the Fremantle train station.
12:15 PM — Welcome to Country and speakers
1 PM — Walk
A rally to establish Fremantle with pride as a place of safety for asylum seekers and refugees, and a walk through the heart of Freo in solidarity.
Come check out the floats and the Border Farce Refugee Lottery.
6.00 pm Friday 6th of May, 2016
Perth Cultural Centre. James St. Mall, Northbridge.
Join us in calling for an end to the killing of Australia’s political prisoners.
We hold this vigil in memory of all those who have been brutalised, beaten and broken by the detention regime and call the government to account for brutal violence against people who have come to Australia in search of protection.
There should be no more deaths in our pacific black sites.
There should be no more temporary visas.
There should be no more anguish rendered invisible by the Australian government.
People who have sought asylum in Australia must have their protection claims assessed in Australia, the temporary protection visa regime must cease and refugees must be provided with permanent protection and resettlement.
Reza Barati was 23 years old.
He was brutally murdered on Manus Island.
Leo Seemanpillai was 29 years old.
He fatally self-immolated, fearing forced deportation to torture in Sri Lanka.
Hamid Kehazaei was 24 years old
He died after sustaining a treatable infection, he suffered medical neglect that proved fatal.
Omid Ali Avaz was 29 years old
He took his life, in the Australian community after living for year in limbo.
Raza was 25 years old.
He took his life, after suffering years of uncertainty on a bridging visa.
Mohammad Nasim Najafi was in his mid-20s.
He died under suspicious circumstances in the Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre.
Khodayar Amini was 29 years old.
He died by self-immolation in Dandenong, fearing redetainment by immigration authorities. Before his death he stated, “I ask you to stand up for the rights of refugees and stop people being killed just because they have become refugees. Humanity is not a slogan; every human has the right to live.”
Reza Alizadeh was 26 years old.
He took his life in the Brisbane airport, in fear of redetainment.
Fazal Chegeni was 32 years old.
He died on Christmas Island under suspicious circumstances, his decline in mental health was well documented and known to the Department.
Rob Peihopa was 42 years old.
He died in the Villawood detention centre under suspicious circumstances.
Omid was 23 years old.
He fatally self-immolated on Nauru, before his death he stated ,
“This is how tired we are, this action will prove how exhausted we are. I cannot take it anymore.”
Nauru’s political prisoners have asked “Who is next?”
We ask the government to put an end to this state violence.
Freedom should not be gained only in death.
Currently a 19 year old woman Somali woman named Hodan is in critical condition is a Brisbane hospital after self-immolating on Monday night.
We will gather on Friday to remember all those named and unnamed, known and unknown who have been beaten, raped, abused and killed by Australia’s immigration system.
Please join us.
One of the extremely important things that activists do is maintain direct communication with people detained on Manus Island and Nauru. It is literally the main and often the only way we know what’s happening in these places. Without this link, we would only hear the lies and misinformation that are provided by the Australian, PNG and Nauruan governments.
The only journalist to have been allowed to visit detention on Nauru is a self-acknowledged supporter of the government’s offshore detention policy. No journalist has been inside Manus detention centre. Pictures and information that journalists use to expose what is going on inside these hell-holes come via direct contact that advocates have with the brave men and women incarcerated in Nauru and Manus.
This article published in the Guardian this morning was only possible because of the contact RRAN advocates had last night with the men on Manus.
Phone credit also means communication with family can be done without every word spoken being listened to or every message sent being watched by guards. Lawyers can be contacted and even on occasion journalists spoken with. Most importantly of all, those seeking asylum have the opportunity to become friends with everyday Australians who do not agree with what is being done to them. We can share with them photos and videos of our protests and rallies. We can offer support and friendship. We can tell them we will never give up until they are free.
Smart phones are considered contraband as transparency is not something the Australian, Nauruan or PNG governments are keen on. The Australian government and opposition don’t want those in Nauru and Manus to know not everyone supports the policy of offshore detention. They want those who have fled persecution and asked us for asylum to give up and go home.
Phone credit in Nauru and Manus is expensive. Advocates pay for it themselves and we are finding it difficult to sustain. Please help us continue to provide an avenue for the voices of those incarcerated to be heard and for us to share the message of WELCOME by contributing to our communication fund.
$40 per month covers monthly credit for one person on Nauru and $38 per month covers monthly credit for one person on Manus. If you wish to make a regular donation towards phone credits you can set up a regular donation into an account set up to fund the regular credits RRAN does. Any amount is helpful and welcome.
Please make any contributions to the RRAN account with “phone credit” as the deposit description.
Account name: Refugee Rights Action Network (WA)
Bank: National Australia Bank
Account number: 53-142-9447
#LET THEM STAY #BRING THEM HERE
While the focus of the Palm Sunday marches this year will be the fate of 267 asylum seekers who are at risk of being returned to Nauru, we also remember the broader issues and other people who suffer under Austrlia’s asylum seeker policies.
The dissatisfaction with these asylum seeker polices has never been stronger. The policies have never been worse. Bi-partisan support for the current regime is almost total.
Men, women and children of all ages continue to be detained and ‘processed’ in the off shore black sites of Manus Island and Nauru. Places where they have been raped, assaulted and in one case murdered by staff.
Even those found to be refugees are not being offered durable solutions or realistic options to resettle and recover from their refugee experience. All at a cost of billions of dollars to the Australian taxpayer.
On shore there are still people being detained for periods of up to seven years or more. There are still thousands and thousands of people on bridging visas waiting for a decision on their asylum claims. The new ‘fast track’ process that they are subject to is patently unfair and unjust. The best that these people can hope for is some form of temporary visa if they are found to be refugees. They will have no certainty, no ability to be reunited with family or to bring their loved ones to safety.
And then there are those in increasing number who have been refused visas all together. Asylum seekers are in need of our protection, not more difficulty. We are inviting people from all walks of life to express their dissatisfaction with the current asylum seeker policy in a peaceful walk through the streets of Perth.
We have had very successful Palm Sunday peaceful walks in 2014 and 2015. We want 2016 to be the biggest yet!
Protest against sending families back to Nauru.
In the wake of the High Court decision on so-called ‘offshore processing’, there are dozens of children and hundreds of adults who are now vulnerable to being returned to the hell hole of so-called ‘open detention’ on Nauru. This includes children and adults who have been sexually assaulted, as well as physically and psychologically assaulted. None of the perpetrators have been held to account. Nauru is not a safe place for asylum seekers and refugees. Nauru is not offering permanent resettlement even for people determined to be refugees.
Join RRAN and other allied groups from a broad cross section of the Australian community to voice our collective disgust and absolute opposition with the government’s stated intention to send these people back to Nauru. They sought protection here. It’s Australia’s obligation under international law to consider those claims, not simply shunt people off to places where there is no protection to be had and no safety while they are subject to this farcical process.
Stand with us, stand in the way, let them stay.
6.30 PM. Thursday 4th of February.
Perth Immigration Residential Housing
97 Kanowna Ave East, Redcliffe.
‘Allen’ contacted us recently. He is back in Afghanistan. Sadly our airport action was not successful in preventing his deportation in spite of achieving a good turn out. We knew it was unlikely to succeed. The point is to not allow these deportations to occur without dissent and to build our campaign to the point that this sort of refoulement is not politically viable.
We lost this one, but we are not giving up. We continue the fight because we know that this is an issue with much broader consequences that just the welfare of the people suffering in front of us.
UPDATE: Latest information 10.30 am. This Deportation appears to be going ahead. Barring a last minute reprieve we will be meeting at Perth International Airport, terminal T1 from 6pm to flyer passengers and crew.
We deduce that he is going to be on Emirates flight EK421 departing at 22:10.
‘Allen’ is an ethnic Tajik from Afghanistan. Last month the Australian Border Farce (oops force), tried to deport him to danger. We hope that some brave souls on the flight will object to ‘Allen’ being deported on that flight. It is within the purview of the captain to disembark ‘Allen’.
Kabul is a war zone at the moment. There was a car bomb and deaths at the airport in Kabul only yesterday!
We believe ‘Allen’ will be in danger. He has refused to cooperate with his deportation. He has refused a repatriation package, even though he knows that this means indefinite detention in Australia. He has already spent three years in detention here. For him, detention is better than death. A fate already suffered by his brothers and father.
So join us at T1 from 6.00 pm.
No Deportations to Danger.
-Watch our for updates in case the deportation is cancelled … again-
Saturday the 20th of June at 13:00
Perth Detention Centre: Corner Baker st & McComb st Redcliffe
This Saturday RRAN will be putting mandatory detention on trial. If you can’t wait to see the likes of Abbott and Rudd in the dock for their abuses of refugees then join us in the people’s court for this creative protest outside Perth Immigration Detention Centre 1pm this Saturday.
We will be sharing testimonials of people detained on Nauru and Manus during the trial.
4.00 pm, Friday 22 May, 2015
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
836 Wellington Street
West Perth (Next to Harbour Town)
- Rescue the Rohingyan refugees
- End Boat Turn Backs
- Australia must resettle refugees from Indonesia
Having spent up to 3 months on boats, being turned away from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, up to 8000 Rohingyan asylum seekers are now stranded in the Malacca Straits and Andaman sea. 200 are already dead and more are at risk from dehydration and starvation.
It has become glaringly obvious that turn backs don’t save lives – they cause deaths.
Instead of calling for and joining a collaborative rescue effort, Tony Abbott has shamelessly stated his support for Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand in turning back Rohingyan asylum seekers. What’s more Tony Abbott has advocated for more resources to be invested in securing the Burmese border to prevent Rohingya refugees from being able to escape their abuse and persecution.
The stateless Rohingyans are victims of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Indonesia has offered support to around 600 Rohingyan asylum seekers who have landed in Aceh. Australia must immediately lift its ban on accepting UNHCR refugees from Indonesia and offer Rohingyan refugees safe passage to Australia.
The lives of the Rohingyan asylum seekers rest in the hands of regional governments of Australia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Every hour that passes without assistance puts more lives in danger.
RRAN MeetingsRRAN WA is currently meeting on Mondays from 6.30pm at the Activist Centre, U15/5 Aberdeen Street, Perth (just north of the McIver Train Station). For more details, send us a message via our Contact RRAN WA page, or call/text us on 0417 904 329. Fremantle RRAN meets at 6pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month at The Federal Hotel, 23 William St Fremantle. Contact Fremantle RRAN