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RISE: Refugee Survivors and eX-detainees Invasion Day Solidarity Statement – 2020

RISE: Refugees, Survivors and eX-detainees – the FIRST self-determined advocacy and welfare organisation in Australia run by Refugees for Refugees – makes a public call for a boycott of “Australia Day”, for the eighth year in a row.  Even before making our first public statement our organisation has never “celebrated” this day.

As eX-detainees, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australia, we acknowledge that the land we seek protection on is the land of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples whose sovereignty was never ceded. ‘Always was, always will be Aboriginal land’. RISE fully supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ sovereignty and self-determination and stands in solidarity with them every day in our commitment to fighting for justice on this land on their terms.  RISE thanks the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across “Australia” who have been supporting refugee self-determination and standing in solidarity with our community groups every day.

We eX-detainees, Asylum Seekers and Refugees from RISE condemn any group or individual who claims to be pro-refugee but celebrates “Australia Day” on the 26th of January 2020. Instead, RISE encourages all Refugees, eX-detainees, Asylum Seekers and allies to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their actions against “Australia Day” and their self determination.

The systemic abuse of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a result of over 200 years of discrimination and continues to this day. The template is now being used against our own refugee communities who are coming on boats. It is impossible to dismantle refugee torture built within and outside detention without addressing the root cause of this ongoing criminal abuse of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To quote RISE founder and eX-detainee, Ramesh Fernandez “As survivors of occupation, rape, torture and oppression we should not undermine the struggle for survival that other oppressed community groups face. We should respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their sovereignty. It is not a day to poster yourself on a billboard, dance, sing or wrap a flag around yourself that represents occupation, colonisation and genocide of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia”.

RISE acknowledges the length of discrimination and ongoing systemic abuse that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia face and stand in solidarity with them every day. We believe that full sovereignty Freedom of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is the first step and the RISE team will always support and work hand in hand with First Nations communities as much as we can.

Donate / Amplify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples-led movements and organisations

Nationwide actions are being organised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Activists. Refer to WAR (Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance) facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/WARcollective/

The above list was given to us by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members who support/work with RISE. If you would like to add any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples-led organisations to this list please email admin@riserefugee.org

In Solidarity
RISE : Refugee Survivors and Ex-detainees

RISE Media Statement : ‘NO Bush fire evacuation plan provided by Peter Dutton and Refugee support groups for eX-detainee Refugees forced to move to regional Australia by the Department of Home Affairs’

RISE is highly concerned about the welfare of eX-detainee refugees in Australia who are forced by Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton’s government to move to regional areas on SHEV 790 subclass visa. The Department of Home Affairs is yet to provide or publicly announce a proper bushfire evacuation and safeguard for eX-detainees. eX-detainee Refugees are used as indentured labor in these regional areas and not a single word has been uttered by the media or Refugee “support” organisations regarding bushfire hazards to our community and our rights to flee. While we are constantly told we have to work or study full time in regional areas or be penalised, of course, our community members are scared to leave and don’t know what to do. If our community members flee from these areas during a bushfire what consideration will be given to them? Are our refugee community even discussed in the mainstream media regarding providing proper safeguards? Yet again eX-detainee Refugees are forgotten, and concerns seem to only be shown towards so-called citizens of this country or particular groups. To quote one of our RISE members “We ran from one oppressor to another.  We jumped from the frying pan and into the fire”

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From the Australian Home Affairs Website about the SHEV 790 Subclass Visa:

If you do not work or study in a SHEV regional area, for at least 42 months (3 and a half years) you will not be able to meet the pathway requirements to apply for other visas. You will be able to apply for another SHEV or a Temporary Protection visa if you still need Australia’s protection. https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/safe-haven-enterprise-790#When

Safe Haven Enterprise visa (SHEV) regional area https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/safe-haven-enterprise-790/safe-haven-enterprise-visa-regional-area