The mass hunger strike by asylum seekers on Nauru enters its seventh day with around 300 people refusing food. The latest statement from the hunger strikers is pasted below.
Refugee groups have called solidarity protests for Thursday, 8 November in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Darwin – details below. The Sydney protest plans to make phone contact with the hunger strikers on
Nauru at the rally.
Around 10 of the hungers strikers required medical attention yesterday (Tuesday), but the figures for Wednesday were unknown.
Unconfirmed reports say that up to 50 the asylum seekers stopped drinking after midday yesterday.
There are also mounting concerns at the health of the Iranian who is now in the 27th day of his hunger strike. Asylum seekers on Nauru say he is very thin and getting weaker. “He stands for 10minutes, not
more,” one asylum seeker told the Refugee Action Coalition.
A Red Cross delegation visiting Nauru met with the protesting asylum seekers yesterday (Tuesday). It seems they are on a fact-finding mission and to meet with representatives of the Nauruan government.
They told the asylum seekers, “We cannot do anything about the Nauru or the PNG law. But we can send your message to the Australian and the Nauru governments.”
“We remain extremely concerned with the deteriorating conditions on Nauru,” said Ian Rintoul, from the Refugee Action Coalition. “The asylum seekers are in a desperate situation. They feel they have
nothing to lose. Over 6000 asylum seekers have arrived in Australia since 13 August. Dumping 377 asylum seekers on Nauru has done nothing but put their mental and physical health at risk. It is a disgraceful
abuse of human rights for them to be victimised for coming to Australia to seek protection. It is no crime to seek asylum.”
For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713
Solidarity Protests – Thursday 8 November
Sydney: Department of Immigration, 22 Lee Street, Sydney (near Central
Melbourne: Department of Immigration, cnr Lonsdale and Spring Sts
City, 12.30pm (Contact Chris: 0403 013 183)
Perth: 12.30pm DIAC office, 836 Wellington St, West Perth
Darwin: Darwin Airport Lodge Vigil, Thursday 8 November, 5:30pm
LETTER FROM ASYLUM SEEKERS OF AUSTRALIA ACCOMMODATED IN NAURU
We asylum seeker of Australia after too much difficulty and risk to
our life [in our country] arrived to Australia to seek asylum.
Uunfortunately, we were shifted to Nauru.
It is almost two months; we are living here with very basic needs of life.
Till now we are waiting for our asylum claims and we are hearing
Last time when the immigration minister visited here he said your
process will be started after seven or eight months and it will take
years. In case of rejection you will be deported to your country. If
you want to go back to your country IOM is present here to help you.
In a meeting held on 3/11/2012 with the DIAC explained us that in the
end of November we will start the project of a permanent detention
centre and your process will be start in six months and we were told,
“I have no answer how long you will be here.”
For constructing a camp which includes all the infrastructure and
accommodation, including electricity and rest of the facilities in a
faraway Island which is located in the last point of the world’s map.
Even the drinking water will have to be taken from Australia which is
also faraway from Australia. How much time the project will take?
The number of asylum seekers who had been arrived after 13th of august
to Australia are almost six thousands and number are increasing
Only 380 asylum seekers have been transferred to Nauru. How is it
possible to transfer more than six thousand peoples to two small
islands when no camp has been built?
How long we have to stay till the camp is prepared. Is this possible?
Is the sending of 380 asylum seekers to teach other [asylum seekers]
not to come to Australia, otherwise you will be treated in the same
Can human rights re respected when innocent and helpless asylum
seekers are being punished for others?
The moral of 45 days of protest and the sixth day of hunger strike is
that we need help.
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 0412 860 168. Fremantle RRAN meets at 6pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Contact Fremantle RRAN