Monthly Archives: November 2017

#SanctionAustralia – What Actions can international activists take?

1. Contact human rights and civil society groups within your region. Ask them to publicly sanction Australia for torture of refugees.
2. Pressure the UN to sanction Australia for refugee rights violations and from participating in any refugee/humanitarian and human rights decision making process.
3. Consistent presence at Australian embassies carrying Sanction Australia banners visibly!
4. Banner/ brochure – Sanction Australia banner drops in busy areas and brochure distribution at any events
5. Presence at sporting and other other events Australia participates in.
6. Boycott any events sponsored by security companies or private firms who ran detention centres in Australia such Serco, Wilson Security, Broadspectrum, Ferrovial Servicios etc.

NOTE:
– RISE has to authorize any fundraising events for the #SanctionAustralia Campaign.
– Respect eX-detainees running this campaign at RISE. Make sure you acknowledge our labour and leadership

RISE eX-detainee Team.

RISE eX-detainees Urgent Request : Protest against Detention, Torture and Rape : #SosManus #SanctionAustralia

This request is coming from RISE eX-detainees, calling for national and international wide action against the Australian Government for its inhumane treatment of refugees on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

Firstly we like to thank everyone for supporting our call for protests and other actions on Melbourne Cup day and for participating in our #MelbourneCup Twitter storm http://riserefugee.org/melbournecup-twitter-storm-to-bring-attention-to-the-crisis-faced-by-refugees-in-manus/ to bring the escalating hostage crisis faced by our people held by Australia in Manus to the world’s attention. But there is more work to do. Our people are still not free. We eX-detainees urge our supporters to keep up the pressure and continue the protests and actions with the collective goal of making sure all detainees held hostages on the island are evacuated and given permanent protection in Australia and if they choose, New Zealand.

At present refugee detainees are refusing to leave Australia’s detention camp in Manus simply because they are being moved to another form of Detention. The Australian Government has cut all resources including power and water to the camp. This disgraceful situation cannot continue and international agencies need to take urgent action to prevent mass atrocities against the Manus refugees. We should not wait for another refugee to be killed or maimed due to the Australian government’s racist policies. No refugee wants to be left in limbo, but the Australian government has consistently shown a lack of transparency and accountability, breaking faith with Refugees.

Australia should stop using us as political pawns and stop dumping its refugee responsibilities to less wealthy countries such as PNG and Nauru. Refugees in offshore camps on Nauru and Manus are not allowed to go to New Zealand and are permanently banned from resettling in Australia – What sort of cruelty is this? Stand up and take action against these xenophobic politicians and show the world we do not support human rights violations against refugees.

While you take action on this urgent matter, get involved in eX-detainees #SanctionAustralia. RISE eX-detainees call for immediate pressure to be placed on Australia from major international human rights bodies in the way of sanctions that address their deliberate and inhumane mandatory detention and refugee boat push back policies. Specifically, Australia should be excluded in participating in international humanitarian and human rights fora until mandatory detention and refoulement of asylum seekers is abolished in Australia.

RISE eX-detainee Members.

Former Australian PM Kevin Rudd dog’s breakfast on Manus

Kevin Rudd on Twitter: “Turnbull’s handling of Manus is inhumane. The 2013 Agreement was for a year. Turnbull has failed to resettle them, so they should come to Oz”

Who permanently exiled our people to PNG? ‬ Who froze asylum applications against Afghans and Sri Lankans? Who turned back the Oceanic Viking refugee boat to Indonesia? Who turned back the Jaya Lestari refugee boat to Merak, Indonesia? So basically Labor is mainly responsible for introducing the refugee boat turn back policy in Australia.

Even after reports of rape and abuse in 2013-then Labor Immigration Minister Tony Burke said ‘Manus can cope with more detainees’. Rudd is clearly normalising his crime against humanity. We should not forget that both Labor and Liberals support the abuse of refugees in offshore detention centres. Who is responsible for deaths and torture in Australian detention camps? Mainly the Australian Labor party and mandatory and indefinite detention founder Paul Keating. Asking “justice” from the AB– USER who violated our rights is a slap in the face of ‘rape and torture survivors’.

Now, don’t come and ask us for “proof”-do your own research and stop exploiting our labor. We are living proof of these facts.

Read more on Kevin Rudd’s cruel deceit – Australia deceives the pacific again by Ronny Kerani http://riserefugee.org/kevin-rudds-cruel-deceit-australia-deceives-the-pacific-again/

Note : Respect the intellectual property and hard work of ex-detainees and RISE members in creating this document and do not plagiarise.

Written by an ex-Detainee (offshore and onshore)

#MelbourneCup Twitter storm to bring attention to the Crisis faced by Refugees in Manus

#MelbourneCup Twitter storm to bring attention to the Crisis faced by Refugees in Manus

When
Tuesday, 7th of November 2017
(Time: 14:45 – 18:45 hours EST Australia )

What?

RISE:Refugee Survivors and ex-detainees call on our supporters to join a Twitter Storm by tweeting about the escalating crisis faced by Refugee detainees held hostage by the Australian government in Manus Island Papua New Guinea using the hashtag #MelbourneCup a corporate event that gets a lot of media attention in Australia. We are carrying out this action in response to an SOS call out by our ex-detainee members asking supporters around the world to carry out actions on Melbourne Cup day to inform the world about the Manus Crisis and to #SanctionAustralia for their evil refugee detention regime.

Right now hundreds of our community members are on Manus Island under siege with no food, water or medicine. There are reports that around 85% of detainees held hostage on this island are on medication. Australia is coercing the PNG military to block people including local Manusians from giving the detainees humanitarian assistance. The Australian government refuses to evacuate the detainees from the island and bring them here to provide them with permanent humanitarian protection – a bare minimum that will never compensate for the torture they have suffered in their hands. Australia even refused to let New Zealand to immediately provide them with permanent protection. Australia has bipartisan support to push back refugee boats into the sea and for over two decades has had a mandatory and indefinite administrative detention policy where refugees and asylum seekers (both adults and children) who arrive by boat are indefinitely and administratively detained, outside the law.

Currently hundreds of refugees who arrived by boat in Australia are being held hostage in the pacific islands of Nauru and Manus (in Papua New Guinea) after being abducted and trafficked there by the Australian government since 2012. There have been 10 refugee deaths so far on these islands in addition to many incidents of rape, sexual abuse and torture, with no end to the suffering and abuse in sight. There are some refugees in Manus and Nauru who have been brought to Australia for medical assistance but they too are living in a nightmare of detention limbo, without proper freedom of movement, any right to work or study, with no proper welfare support and the threat of again being refouled by Australia.

Who are we?
RISE: Refugee Survivors and Ex-detainees is the first entirely self-determined refugee advocacy and welfare organisation in Australia. We seek direction from the RISE ex-detainee group in carrying out this action.

Why?

Melbourne Cup Day a public holiday on 7th November 2017, is a day of horse races in Melbourne for the rich which will be attended by rich celebrities, the corporate elite and politicians from across the world to promote corporate interests. Mainstream corporate media in Australia are likely to provide more coverage for this event with a potential viewership of 3 million, than Refugees and Asylum seekers languishing in Australia’s onshore and offshore concentration camps. The prize money for the 3 minute Melbourne cup horse race at 3pm is in itself worth $6.2 million.

The refugee detention industrial complex in Australia also extends to the Melbourne cup with MSS Security sponsoring a race that lasts about 1 minute called MSS Sprint at 4:45pm on the day, with Prize money of about $150 000. MSS Security has a contract worth about $23 million with the Department of immigration and Border protection over 3 years. Ex-detainee RISE members have seen MSS Security coming into onshore detention camps with construction workers. Note: Ferovial (an Italian company which took over “Broadspectrum”, an Australian company formerly called “Transfield Services”) has profited from contracts with the Australian government worth about $2.5 billion to run Australia’s offshore refugee torture camps on Manus and Nauru. British Security company G4S also had a contract with the Australian government to run the Manus detention camp when a refugee detainee Reza Barati was bludgeoned to death by detention staff in 2014. The list of of profiteers from the torture of our community is extensive.

Australia has one of the highest concentration of media ownership in the world and therefore less likely to expose the torture, abuse and murder of our community who are fleeing wars and conflicts that mainly serve capitalist interests. If we do not act, refugees in Manus will continue to be starved to death by the Australian government to force them to either self-deport or accept resettlement in Papua New Guinea, a country that is far less wealthy than Australia and has limited resources to even look after its own citizens. Detainees in Australia’s Manus torture camp have begun digging holes in the ground for water and are in immediate danger – surrounded by PNG military who are being pressured to act on behalf of the Australian government rather than on behalf of the local Manusians who are themselves being threatened by the military. The Australian government is using food, water and medicine as a weapon of war against Refugees to force them to move to another form of detention on the island with no end to their suffering in sight.

For more information on this disgraceful situation see the diary of Behrouz Boochani, a refugee and journalist caught up in this seige against our community in Manus.

Links to SOS call from the RISE ex-detainee group and their #sanctionAustralia campaign: http://riserefugee.org/urgent-request-by-rise-ex-detainees-for-protests-and-actions-on-melbourne-cup-day-to-bring-to-the-worlds-attention-the-escalating-crisis-faced-by-refugees-held-hostage-by-australia-on-manus/

SANCTION AUSTRALIA CAMPAIGN

More information including instructions will be added closer to the time

Urgent Request by RISE ex-detainees for protests and actions on Melbourne Cup day to bring to the World’s attention the escalating crisis faced by Refugees held hostage by Australia on Manus – 05/11/2017

RISE ex-detainees urgently requests protests and other actions to be held next Tuesday, 7th November 2017 on Melbourne Cup day, a high profile international event, to bring to the world’s attention the escalating crisis faced by detainees held hostage by the Australian government on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. We also ask our supporters to carry out protests and actions internationally on the day at Australian embassies across the world to show your solidarity with our community and #SanctionAustralia for their crimes against humanity.

In the last few days, detainees on Manus have had no access to food, water and medicine. These are basic needs to keep a person alive and they are being deliberately and systematically removed by the Australian government. No refugee wants to be left in limbo, but the Australian government has consistently shown a lack of transparency and accountability, breaking faith with Refugees.

Detainees refuse to leave Australia’s detention camp in Manus because they are simply being moved to another form of detention.The Australian government should immediately grant permanent protection in Australia for the Manus detainees as well as those who they trafficked to the Island of Nauru. Both the Australian and the New Zealand government should also ensure that all the detainees have the same option in New Zealand so they have choice and both governments should take immediate action to evacuate them after granting them permanent protection visas . Refugees brought to Australia from Manus and Nauru torture camps for medical treatment should also be given the same option. This is the bare minimum: visa status & a country to live in will never compensate for our community being held in Australian torture camps.

There have been many inquiries and many reports of rape, sexual abuse and torture in Australia’s refugee detention camps since they were opened more than 25 years ago, yet these abuses continue because not a single Immigration Minister or administrator in the Australian government has been held accountable. Depression, suicide, and other mental illnesses are pervasive within Australian detention centres, and are often a direct result of the experience of detention itself and we should not stay silent when it matters.

Please take action and #SanctionAustralia to send a strong message to the Australian government and show the world that you stand against Australia’s criminal administrative detention regime implemented more than 25 years ago against us refugees. The international community should also condemn Australia, a member of the UN Human rights council, for exploiting less affluent countries such as Papua New Guinea and Nauru and using them as proxies to carry out human rights abuses against refugees.

Regards,
RISE Ex-detainee Team
RISE : Refugee Survivors and Ex-detainees
#SanctionAustralia