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 25 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 you can do
Download our posters and display them at public places and send a strong message that you are no longer going to stand by idly while the trafficking in human 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 actions to #SanctionAustralia within your region;

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

#SanctionAustralia: What can supporters located in ‘Australia’ do?

1. Contact human rights and civil society groups. 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. Presence at major sporting events that will garner international attention and media coverage
4. Banner/ brochure – Sanction Australia banner drops in busy areas and RISE brochure distribution at any events
5. Consistent presence at culpable organisations and individuals including: Australian Border Force, offices of ALP and LNP politicians with #SanctionAustralia banners.
6. Boycott any events sponsored by security companies, private firms and NGOs who ran and supported detention centres in Australia such Serco, Wilson Security, Broadspectrum, Ferrovial Servicios, Save the Children, Salvation Army and etc.
7. People with social capital, access to media outlets, large social media following, disposable income, social privileges), use your platform to promote and support the campaign.

Download #SanctionAustralia Brochure

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.

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RISE eX-detainees condemn today’s brutal attack on refugees and the forcible removal of refugees on Manus by Australian lead and funded authorities : 23/11/2017

Today refugee detainees on Manus informed us that they have been attacked by the Australian lead and funded authorities on Manus. According to the reports, this operation is a joint effort by the AFP and the PNG authorities. Refugees on Manus have been protesting the forcible removal to another refugee camp and have instead been pleading to end over 4 years of human rights violations against them by closing the camps all together and ending unjust mandatory detention of refugees. Over the last 23 days the Australian government has ceased all food supplies, power and medical services which has put an already vulnerable community at an even further risk of harm.

Today, Australian led authorities entered the Manus torture camp and destroyed the belongings of all held there and began removing refugees forcibly one by one. Additionally the police have arrested refugees so far including Kurdish journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani. Refugees are under attack; distressed and bashed while being forcibly removed. This Manus systemic designed torture operation MUST end and refugees who are held hostage on the island MUST be evacuated immediately and given permanent protection in Australia and, if they choose, New Zealand.

We eX-detainees condemn this this type of terrorist and illicit activity led by the Australian government. We also condemn all those who look to labour and Liberal MP’s for instruction as opposed to taking direction from those with lived experience such as eX-detainees.

eX-detainee and founder of RISE Ramesh Fernandez said “Manus is a designed operation, similar to operations carried out in Christmas Island and Cocas Island as well as in many other detention centres in mainland Australia. The Australian immigration officials are well recognised thugs who continue to function without any accountability in detention centres. Don’t be surprised because this has been going on for nearly 30 years now”

Furthermore, we eX-detainees believe that people should stop repeating slogans such as “not in my name”. These people have elected the politicians that support this torture of our communities and it is time to recognise the influence their vote has.

eX-detainees at RISE are calling for national and international wide action against the Australian Government for its inhumane treatment of refugees on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

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 policy and refugee boat push back policies. Specifically, Australia should be excluded from participation in all international humanitarian and human rights decision making processes until mandatory detention and refoulement of Asylum seekers and Refugees is abolished in Australia.

RISE eX-detainee Members.

#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.

Download #SanctionAustralia Brochure

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.

Download #SanctionAustralia Brochure
Back to #SanctionAustralia Web Page

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

RISE Exclusive media Release: Ex-detainees Launch #sanctionAustralia Campaign: 16/09/2017

#sanctionAustralia Campaign

Today RISE: Refugee Survivors and Ex-detainees launches the Sanction Australia Campaign. Initiated and driven by a group of ex-detainees, Sanction Australia calls for international human rights bodies and the United Nations to sanction Australia for its inhumane mandatory detention policies and explicit refugee boat push back policies and to exclude Australia from participation in international humanitarian and human rights decision making processes until mandatory detention and refoulement of asylum seekers and refugees by Australia is abolished.

For the past 26 years, Australia has been progressively implementing punitive and cruel policies against people seeking asylum by boat. These policies have been maintained by successive Australian governments resulting in systemic torture and abuse of refugee/asylum seeker adults and children, and deaths in custody. Since RISE was launched in 2010, we are aware of at least 36 people who have died in Australian detention centres and many RISE ex-detainee members have witnessed deaths in detention well before this time period. “How long,” asks Abdul Baig, RISE director and ex-detainee, “do we have to continue to face such cruelty in front of Australia’s eyes? Where is the justice?”

Depression, suicide, and other mental illnesses are pervasive within Australian detention centres, and are often a direct result of the experience of detention itself. Recent Australian immigration department records reveal that over a period of just one year there were 188 incidents of self-harm involving asylum seekers on Nauru (roughly one every two days) and 55 incidents of self harm on Manus Island. The treatment of detainees within these camps, along with the indefinite detention they experience meets the definition of Torture under International law.

Further, he added “We believe that Australia’s anti-refugee policies are not going to end unless there are international sanctions against the Australian government. We therefore urge international human rights activists and the UN to actively sanction Australia for such cruel acts.”

US president Donald Trump has been widely criticised for his anti-refugee policies yet even he says that Australia’s policies are “worse” than the USA. Australia is the resource centre for anti-immigration policies in affluent liberal democracies around the world. Sanction Australia campaign coordinator and ex-detainee (unnamed) said “We should sanction Australia on human rights to send a strong message to others who are intent on following Australia’s lead on this. Australia is the place to start on human rights sanction among industrialised countries. How many more from our community will be killed to serve Australian political interests? We don’t need any more inquiries or reports, we need action NOW. We are calling for a human rights sanction on Australia.

There have been many inquiries and many reports of deaths and sexual abuse within these camps yet nothing has changed because not a single Immigration minister or administrator in the Australian government has been held accountable. People who support human rights everywhere should stand up and join the call to Sanction Australia. We should not wait until one more refugee is murdered, tortured or refouled by Australia.”

Read more about the #sanctionAustralia campaign here and take action against Australian refugee rights violations! http://riserefugee.org/sanctionaustralia

Media contacts – Abdul Baig 03 9639 8623 or admin@riserefugee.org

RISE OPEN LETTER TO RIGHTS GROUPS

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN,

Immediate action has to be taken on this, as Australia has become infamous as a resource centre for many other countries to shape anti-refugee policies.

On behalf of our members and governing staff from over 30 refugee and ex-detainee communities in Australia, Ex-detainees from RISE urge international human rights groups such as yours to sanction Australia and exclude Australia from participation in all international humanitarian and human rights decision making processes until mandatory detention and refoulement of Asylum seekers and Refugees is abolished in Australia.

Australia’s current offshore and onshore detention and boat turn back policies is not an overnight strategy. These are discriminatory policies systematically designed to murder, torture and exclude refugees who come to seek asylum by boat to Australia. When is this going to end? We question how Australia can be part of the UN human rights bodies or other global peace movements while continuing to commit crimes against humanity? We cannot ignore the fact that Australia has been arbitrarily detaining refugees who are seeking protection by boats.

There are over 65 million displaced refugees around the world. Many are languishing without proper protection in interim camps. Urgent action has to be taken on this, as Australia has become the resource centre for other countries to shape anti-refugee policies. Australia has been left off the hook and not held accountable for implementing laws that violate the human rights of our community members. These laws have been passed through parliament with bipartisan support by Australian politicians who continue to be elected by the Australian people.

Australia’s discriminatory, human rights-violating “offshore” processing system for asylum seekers who arrive by boat adds tally to interim camps and keeps refugees in isolation. Deterrence measures may lower the number of asylum seekers in Australia, but it is not a just and humanitarian solution for people trying to cross borders by boat, or any other form of transport, desperately seeking a place where they can be safe.

Lack of transparency and accountability in Australian run detention centres is something that has been widely reported and acknowledged by International human rights groups including the UN. There have been many inquiries and many reports of deaths and sexual abuse within these camps yet nothing has changed because the Australian government is not being held accountable.

Refugee cases have been mishandled, unfairly dismissed and processed without proper adherence to refugee rights protocol and this should stop immediately.

We should not wait until one more refugee is murdered, tortured or refouled by Australia.

We demand the permanent closure of all detention centres, the release of all refugee/asylum seeker detention survivors to the community for resettlement in Australia with proper support services and an end to refugee/asylum seeker refoulement.

RISE EX-DETAINEES’ TEAM
RISE : Refugee Survivors and Ex-detainees

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