Monthly Archives: February 2015

RISE Annual Report 2014

Dear Members and RISE’s Supporters,

We are pleased to release our Annual Report for the 2014 financial year. Once This year has been an extremely busy year for RISE as our membership base has grown beyond 2000 members. Members have registered with RISE to access advocacy, support and other services. RISE would like to acknowledge that while 2014 was another successful year, 2015 will prove to be another challenging year.

In 2013/14, with minimal funding, RISE has delivered some important services, workshops and projects for the community such as:

  • Advocacy and welfare support
  • The Food pantry
  • Resume clinics
  • Drop-in Centre 
  • Employment services
  • Housing services
  • ESL classes
  • Forums and workshops
  • Art and music workshops
  • Sexual health workshops

Further RISE has also launched three new projects for our members in 2015

  • LGBTIQ support services for asylum seekers and refugees
  • Art projects at public housing flats
  • Ability Rights Services for asylum seekers and refugees

These projects were designed based on feedback from our members and so far the projects have received positive responses

The Annual Report highlights these achievements and also discusses the various projects that were run during the 2014 year.

Download our Annual report here : RISE Annual Report 2014

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If you believe in the power of people and empowering community, we kindly ask for your donation. Your donation will assist our dedicated volunteers to provide services directly to children, adults and entire families in the refugee and asylum seeker communities.


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Letter to Reza Barati from his friends detained in Australia’s Manus Island Detention Camp in Papua New Guinea : RISE Media Release (17/2/2015)

This letter is from asylum seekers detained in Australia’s asylum seeker detention camp in Manus Island, Papua New Guinea where a 23 year old Kurdish man from Iran, Reza Barati, was killed on 17th February 2014 after attacks on the asylum seekers by detention staff. Many other asylum seekers were permanently injured during these attacks. Just a few months later, in September 2014, 24 year old Hamid Kehazaei another Manus detainee from Iran died after a cut in his foot which became septic.

The asylum seekers have asked that this letter be circulated widely.

Hello dear Reza,

how are you?

Are you in a good place?

Everyone is here and they are saying hi to you.

I’m sure you remember Mustafa! He is saying to you, “let’s play cards!”

Ali is saying, “do you remember you would always get 6-6 whenever we played backgammon?”

Hussain is saying, “do you remember whenever we played soccer, you would always be the goal keeper because you were tall?”

Behrouz is saying,”my mother goes to your mother every day and they cry together”. Hassan is saying, ” forgive me, when you departed, there was a bit of displeasure between us”.

Reza! Do you know anything about Hamid Khazaei?

Are you together?

Please say hi to him and say to him that we miss him.

Reza! It was hard to believe you had departed, we can’t believe it now either.

We would never think that they would kill the strong stocky Reza Barati, unjustly under stroke with their hand.  Reza, no court of law has been established for you yet!

Your murderers and their masters are walking freely and they are showing off, blocking the way which your blood is beside it.

Reza I don’t know if you know what they have done to us in this year that you weren’t here. It’s been really hard.  Reza, they shed the blood of those like you and Hamid Khazaei in the name of human rights and they did not even care.

Do you know what Scott Morrison said after your death? He said ” the way to stop these deaths is to stop the boats”. It is shameful.

Reza, they are more ruthless that the dictators of our own countries. They kill people at once there but here, they kill slowly and by torture.  They killed Hamid ruthlessly as well, maybe he’s told you himself or maybe his pride hasn’t let him to tell you that, how they did treat him ruthlessly. He died slowly slowly in front of our eyes in less than a week.

Reza, this is end of the world, no one helps us. They completed their racist confrontation by killing you and Hamid to show how mean they are.

But you don’t know that great people amongst them in Australia honoured you after your death. We can remember in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and many other places. Thousands of people shed tears for you and they condemned their government and that is your actual court.  You don’t know but thousands of kind people lit candles for you and sit in streets. They showed humanity has not died yet and the account of Australian people is separate from their racist government.  Today, we are hopeful in the aid of these people with their great souls to achieve our freedom.

You are closer to God there, so pray to God that we will be freed from this prison very soon. Reza, I know freedom was nothing more than a dream for you and Hamid, an unachievable dream that you did not achieve here but now you are completely free, so rest in peace!

Dear Reza, I don’t want to keep you busy for a long time, but you will be in our hearts and souls forever. If the tree of our freedom gives fruit, we will not forget the blood of you and Hamid by it.

We love you both!


RISE supports the call for JUSTICE and FREEDOM by our communities in Manus Island asylum seeker detention camp.

  1. #ShutdownManus
  2. Bring the asylum seekers in Manus onshore to Australia
  3. Process their claims fairly & humanely in the community