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eX-detainees’ Message to the Refugee Sector in Australia

If you are wondering what we should do after Scott Morrison’s Liberal government winning the federal election 2019; Here are a few eX-detainees’ recommendations at RISE for you to consider. Our eX-detainee members have been saying this for years but it has been brushed aside by the whole refugee sector. Enough is Enough, regardless whether it is the Labor government or Liberal government, you have to fight for the abolition of detention centres not “small wins”.

  • Demand all refugees to be released from detention centres (offshore and onshore) to the community immediately and provide them with adequate services
  • Adopt eX-detainees’ demands http://riserefugee.org/exdetaineesdemands/
  • Do not focus on small wins and target the abolition of all offshore and onshore detention centres
  • Hold accountable those NGOs and refugee “experts” who have supported the Australian government to reopen offshore torture camps and benefited from the no advantage policy implemented in 2012 eg: Salvation Army, Save the Children, Paris Aristotle and other NGOs and Corporations listed here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8oBCLooH-ZDeWVYY1doVWFDZFE/view
  • Encourage Hospitals and Universities to Divest from security companies such as Serco and Wilson Security http://riserefugee.org/divestment-call/
  • Take action to reverse all unjust refugee laws such as refoulement, mandatory detention, temporary protection visas, boat turn-back policies and etc

Remember, refugees and asylum seekers in both offshore and onshore camps are distraught and traumatised, even those who are in the community in Australia who arrived after the no advantage policy. If everyone fought for our and their freedom without only focusing on a select group of people such as kids or specific families, we would not have been in this mess RIGHT NOW.

IF FOR OVER THE LAST 27 YEARS YOUR HIT LIST INCLUDES SMALL WINS THAT ARE BAND-AIDS FOR WHITE SUPREMACIST ANTI-REFUGEE POLICIES, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.   

Nothing about Us Without Us
RISE eX-detainee Team

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Nothing About Us Without Us’ – While you are reading our advocacy materials, media statements and following our campaigns, please remember RISE is entirely governed by and for by eX-detainees, asylum seekers and refugees. Furthermore, all of RISE’s hard work is managed and developed by eX-detainees, asylum seekers and refugees. Support self-determination of RISE: Refugees, Survivors and eX-detainees, by making a tax deductible donation TODAY via https://www.givenow.com.au /riserefugee

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YOU need to change, NOT US – Some points to take away from RISE eX-detainees’ campaign (Federal Election 2019)

Thanks to all volunteers and those who supported our Sanction Australia campaign during the Australian Federal Election 2019. Here are some points we have noticed during this period:

1. Stop Arguing with eX-detainees! Those folks who questioned us and left abusive comments, we ask you to go and talk to your xenophobic politicians and ask them to change. We only demanded our right to freedom, justice and protection. YOU need to change NOT us, or don’t label yourself as a refugee supporter, it is very cheap, insensitive, racist and xenophobic to undermine detention torture survivors and our self-determination.

2. Spending millions of dollars on billboard campaigns and hiring staff for election canvassing is not good for your health – give that money to the detainee and eX-detainee communities. While you are wasting money, our communities are suffering from poverty and torture.

3. Don’t be a secret Labor and Greens lover and pretend your “election scorecard” is neutral – that is, you tell people to vote for Labor and Greens. What is there to hide? Otherwise, this is cheating and misleading tactics. Whether people agree with us or not we were upfront about our opinions and supporting facts during the federal election 2019.  If we eX-detainees can, why can’t you?

Finally, we have to repeat this over and over: If you want to know what is our stance on issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees seeking protection from persecution, you will know this if you are LISTENING to us eX-detainees’ voices rather than listening to others who have never been forcibly locked up and tortured inside detention centres: We have been saying this for many years and here is the link to our demands http://riserefugee.org/exdetaineesdemands/

RISE Sanction Australia Campaign Coordinator

Overview of ALP’s Disastrous Record of Immigration Policies, Actions & Scandals While in Federal Government

RISE encourages the public to remind themselves that BOTH major parties have proven to be extremely willing to torture and punish refugees and asylum seekers for political gain while campaigning and while in federal government. This document contains a reminder of only SOME of the Australian Labor Party’s horrific record of refugee and immigration policies, actions and scandals during their last term in Federal government.

Excerpt from RISE eX-Detainees’ Federal Election Media Statement

“Institutional Rape, Torture, Xenophobia, Queer-phobia, Abuse and Refoulement MUST NOT be tolerated in any shape or form. It doesn’t matter if it is for one minute or one day or indefinitely. If you do so under the cloak of “border control” or “humane refugee policies” or “combating people smugglers” then you are an oppressor who is discriminating against one of the most persecuted people on the planet. This is what Australian politicians are advocating for during the 2019 federal election. eX-detainees in Australia, have the right to resist and request our supporters NOT to cast your votes those oppress our communities. We call for the abolition of detention centres and refugee boat push-backs during this Federal election.


RISE believes that this aggressive culture of xenophobia and fear of immigration prevails throughout Australia-perhaps attributable to Australia’s foundation of white colonisation including border control mechanisms of the ‘White Australia’ policy to police who comes into
this land, and the circumstances in which they come.  Due to Australia’s aggressive, racist mandatory detention policy, our eX-detainee members are permanently damaged, criminalised and made to feel unwanted. This has turned us into an underclass, where we are structurally disabled forever in Australia. Further, it is alarming that after the trauma of fleeing one’s homeland, the trauma of indefinite and prolonged administrative detention and the trauma of settling into an unfamiliar environment, people are expected to deal with such overt anti-refugee sentiments all over the country.”


Read the full version of RISE eX-detainees’ 2019 Federal Election Media Statement here.
Labor – A fair go for WHITE Australia

Below are SOME of the Australian Labor Party’s horrific record of refugee and immigration policies, actions and scandals during their last term in Federal Government:

Year 2010

Asylum Seekers Sew Lips Together in Protest of Detention on Christmas Island, 2010.

Rudd Ignores War Crimes to Boost Ties With Sri Lanka, 2010

Year 2011

Darwin Asylum Seekers Stage Rooftop Protest, 2011.

Malaysia Signs Refugee Deal with Australia, 2011.

Australian High Court Upholds Permanent Injunction Against Malaysia Refugee Deal, 2011.

Australian Human Rights Commission Media Release Expressing Major Concern Over Self Harm and Suicides in Immigration Detention, 2011.

Three Hurt in Scherger Detention Centre Riot, 2011.

Darwin Detention Centre Lease to Cost 74 Million, 2011.

RISE Submission to inquiry into Australia’s Immigration Detention Network, 2011.

Year 2012

RISE condolences for families of Christmas Island Tragedy, 2012.

The Charade of Australian – Sri Lankan Relations, 2012.

RISE Media Release on Deportation of Tamil Torture Survivor, 2012.

Update on Mr X Status in Detention, 2012.

Raid at Villawood Detention Centre, 2012.

Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers Puts Forward Government Desired Solutions, 2012.

RISE Statement in Solidarity with Hunger Strikers in Nauru, 2012.

RISE Letter to UN Human Rights Comissioner, 2012.

RISE Open Letter to Immigration Minister, 2012.

RISE Urgent Deportation Alert, 2012.

The Deteriorating Situation At Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA), 2012.

RISE – Our Views on Offshore Processing, 2012.

Protests are Democratic Actions, 2012.

Julia Gillard Defends Hardline Asylum Seeker Policy, 2015.

Year 2013

First Week of 2013, Asylum Seeker Commits Suicide. 2013.

Gillard Government No Advantage Policy, 2013.

Daily Humiliation for Women in Australian Immigration Detention Centres, 2013.

Australian Government Works with Pakistani Intelligence to Prevent Hazara People Fleeing to Safety, 2013.


eX-detainees do not support any form of detention, doesn’t matter 1 day or 30 days or 1 year. Say NO to abusive and institutionalised control of refugees during this federal election. Enough is Enough, RISE eX-detainees urge the Australia public NOT to vote for our oppressor or the parties supporting any refugee detention policies.


RISE eX-detainees’ 2019 Federal Election Media Statement : eX-detainees Urge The Australian Public NOT to Vote for Any Parties That Support Mandatory Detention Policies and Refugee Boat Push-backs During Federal Election 2019

RISE eX-detainee Team


Nothing About Us Without Us’ – While you are reading our advocacy materials, media statements and following our campaigns, please remember RISE is entirely governed by and for by eX-detainees, asylum seekers and refugees. Furthermore, all of RISE’s hard work is managed and developed by eX-detainees, asylum seekers and refugees. Support self-determination of RISE: Refugees, Survivors and eX-detainees, by making a tax deductible donation TODAY via https://www.givenow.com.au/riserefugee

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