Monthly Archives: December 2018

Refugee Detention, Torture and Abuse by Australia doesn’t STOP for holidays, New Year celebrations, Christmas Carols or Sporting events – #SanctionAustralia

While you are celebrating your end of year events, our community is being tortured, abused and murdered in Australian run detention centers in front of your eyes every single day. Have you forgotten?

This is a call by RISE eX-detainees to the Australian public and the International community to join our #SanctionAustralia Campaign and stand AGAINST Refugee/Asylum seeker Detention, Torture and Refoulement committed by the Australian government, during end of year events across Australia and Overseas.

What you are witnessing RIGHT NOW against Refugees in Manus or Nauru or any other Australian run detention camp is not something new. The systemic abuse against refugees coming on boats to seek asylum has been going on for over 26 years now. Australia needs to stop using us as political pawns and

– STOP REFOULEMENT
– STOP TURNING BACK REFUGEE BOATS
– END MANDATORY DETENTION

Furthermore, Australia’s state sanctioned refugee trafficking, detention, torture and abuse has been the laboratory for the world. It has given a green light to many across the globe who claim to “support” refugees including the European Union who recently made a major deal with Libya to intercept refugee boats.

RISE eX-detainees call for immediate pressure to be placed on Australia in the way of global sanctions that address their deliberate and inhumane mandatory detention process and refugee boat push back policies. Specifically, Australia should be excluded in participating in international humanitarian and human rights forums until mandatory detention and refoulement of asylum seekers is abolished in Australia.

We eX-detainees request all supporters of eX-detainees and current detainees held hostage by Australia to take a stand during end of year holiday events and bring to the forefront the forgotten people in our community being tortured, refouled and abused by this government while mainstream Australia celebrates this “festive” season.

What can you do?
Download our posters and display them at public places and send a strongmessage that you are no longer going to stand by idly while the trafficking inhuman misery is leveraged for political gain. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1r60uwWnM_bfC0nJAgNB13-plLFMvZPNz

Hand out our sanction Australia brochures https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ig4CRdnex38DHjprrWq_Yjc9P0BgMk8C/view

For more details about the #SanctionAustralia campaign initiated and run by eX-detainees visit the main page: #SanctionAustralia

We ask that you please make efforts to research the background of this campaign and take relevant

We should not wait until one more refugee is murdered, tortured or refouled by Australia.
RISE eX-detainee Team

#SaveHakeem Urgent Action Call: STOP deportation to Bahrain of Australian refugee Hakeem Al Araibi in Thailand

Hakeem Al-Araibi has been recognised as a refugee and granted permanent protection by the Australian government. Last week, while he was in Thailand, he was taken by the Thai authorities to an immigration detention centre and told he will not be sent back to Australia.

The Thai authorities informed him that due to an Interpol red notice, he would be deported to Bahrain instead.  Today there are reports in the media that the Interpol red notice has been lifted, yet there is no clear sign of guaranteed safety and protection for Hakeem Al-Araibi by Australian and Thai state authorities or International authorities in the UN or ICRC with a  protection mandate.

“I’m a refugee in Australia, I’m scared of the Bahraini government … They will kill me. I don’t know what’s going to happen there. My life will end if I go to Bahrain.” Hakeem Al Araibi who has been detained in Thailand.   

This is a critical case as it sets a further precedent of abuse and torture across the world, and makes us refugees more insecure about travelling outside Australia.  It violates our right to freedom of movement, life, safety and protection. RISE has emailed UNHCR Thailand, UN-CAT, The Asia Pacific refugee rights network and our team has contacted UNHCR in Thailand by phone.

We urgently request our supporters to contact Thai and Australian authorities and International agencies listed below and ask them to intervene and stop the deportation of Hakeem Al-Araibi to danger and provide him with proper support and safeguards for safe travel back to Australia.

1. Contact Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs – Marise Payne
Electorate office: (02) 9687 8755
Email: Senator.Payne@aph.gov.au
Foreign Affairs: Foreign.minister@dfat.gov.au

2. Australian Ambassador to Thailand. Paul Stephens 
Phone : 02 344 6300 (Thailand) or 1300 555 135 (Aus)

*[Also contact your local Australian embassies]

3. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) head office in Canberra
Contact numbers
Switchboard: +61 2 6261 1111
Fax: +61 2 6261 3111

4. UNHCR Australia
Phone: 1300 361 288 (within Australia)
+61 (0)2 9262 5377 (overseas).

5. OHCHR | Convention against Torture
Email: cat@ohchr.org

6. UNHCR Thailand
Phone : +66 2288 2180
Email : thaba@unhcr.org
Facsimile: +66 2280 0555

We should stop refugees from being deported to any country where they are likely to face harm and persecution.

RISE Team