MEDIA RELEASE: NAURU ASYLUM SEEKERS APPEAL TO GILLARD AND THE MEDIA
The asylum seekers on Nauru have issued another statement (text below and document attached) appealing to the media to come Nauru and see directly the conditions in the Nauru detention centre.
“The Immigration Department has spent much time in recent days accusing asylum seekers and refugee support groups, like the Refugee Action Coalition, of spreading misinformation about the conditions in the Nauru camp,” said Ian Rintoul, spokespeson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
“The asylum seekers themselves have had to work hard to break the veil of secrecy that surrounds the detention centre. Access to phones and the Internet have been deliberately cut off or restricted in an effort to silence and censor the asylum seekers.
“The ball is in the Minsiter’s court – until the nautru detention centre is open to the media and independent observers, the suspicion will be that the government has something to hide.”
For more information contact Ian Rintoul on 0417 275 713.
APPEAL OF ASYLUM SEEKERS TO PM JULIA GILLARDs, MPs, NAURU GOVERNEMENT, HUMAN RGHTS COMMISSIONS AND REST OF THE WORLD
What are the facts of asylum seekers in Nauru, we left our homelands because our lives were in danger and having no freedom.
After taking risk of deep Indian Ocean, we reached Australia in a hope of new start of life.
We have lost our wealth and we are losing our health steadily.
This time our hands are empty and we have hoped to get in Australia for new start of life.
We request to PM Julia Gillard’s Nauruan government, PNG and rest of the world to save our lives and futures.
Responding to the statement given by Salavation Army, let’s invite the media to find the reality.
Who are living in tents without A/C and fans and who are living in A/C rooms?
We request to the Australian media to come and lets the world know about our conditions.
Why media is banned here because here we have the worst condition of lives, they want to hide the reality from people of Australia and Human rights commission.
Day by day asylum seekers in Nauru are effecting from diseases due to living in a wild environment of 40 Celsius.
Even some of the workers of Salavation Army are crying to see us in this condition why they are not telling the reality to the Australian people, some of worker of Salavation Army told us once they will back to Australia, they will not come again to this wild environment.
We asylum seekers believe in God and having hope of help from the people of Australia and Human rights commission.
Due to limited access, we are not allowed to have the same letter in scan form, to send it to the media with the signatures of asylum seekers.
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