Aboriginal passports issued to two asylum seekers incarcerated at Villawood
Sydney's Indigenous Social Justice Association president Ray Jackson tried to issue Aboriginal passports to two Tamil Asylum Seekers who are detained at the Villawood Centre.
Because he held a news conference outside the Villawood Detention Centre, he and three other gentlemen were denied a meeting with the two Tamil men, which had been previously agreed to, by SERCO's centre management.
Mr Jackson speaks to SBS: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/radio/episode/215387/Symbolic-passports-issue...
Mr Jackson said the two Tamil men have been facing indefinite detention because of an adverse ASIO security findings.
However little information has been released to the two Tamil applicants about the findings which is now normal practice for ASIO and DIAC officers.
"On behalf of the Treaty Republic we intended to issue the passports to these two men who continue to be unlawfully detained, and in contravention to UN Conventions and Aboriginal ways," said Mr Jackson.
"SERCO's mean spiritedness and persistence with fascism bent them in to reneging on allowing us our visit. Robbie Thorpe had provided us with the passports to present to the two men and these two men, brothers, in the symbolism of our freedom march for one another had prepared a meal for us to share, however SERCO, who we consider profiteers from the dark business of incarcerating innocent peoples, denied all of us this camaraderie, solidarity, brotherhood, symbolism, freedom. The brothers had been looking forward to this snippet of humanity to thaw a little the icey dark pall of inhumanity they have known for near three years."
He said the treatment by government of Asylum Seekers to this country smacked of the racism that had destroyed many Aboriginal lives.
The presentation of passports was to be made on Monday May 14 at just after noon at the Detention Centre. A presentation group from the Treaty Republic, the Indigenous Social Justice Association and the Refugee Action Coalition assembled at Centre's Miowera Road entrance at noon.
"We shall present Aboriginal passports to brothers Kokilakumar and Premakumar Subramaniyam. They have been in detention nearly three years," said Mr Jackson at the news conference just outside the Villawood Detention Centre.
"This is abominable, inhumane and inexcusable and indicative of the torment inflicted upon our Asylum Seekers by a government bent on political opportunism."
"These men arrived in Australia in June 2009. Kokilakumar was found to be a refugee in October 2009, however like so many others he had to wait over a year till November 2010 to be told that ASIO had stifled his application with a negative security assessment."
ASIO more often not than not does not explain its assessments, most which after another year's wait are overturned on appeal.
"These two brothers are two of around sixty remaining refugees who face indefinite detention because of a negative ASIO assessment," said Mr Jackson.
"This is not the Australia we want, one with Kafka like powers, and one that brutalises its humanity much in the same way those who he came in large numbers in the tall ships have brutalised Aboriginal humanity and its right to sovereignty and who continue to do so to this day."
"We stand alongside our brothers and sisters and they should be immediately be released from the trauma of detention."
Mr Jackson has called on Australians to send one letter after another, one petition after another to the Office of the Prime Minister, and that Prime Minister Julia Gillard must finally own up to the responsibilities that are demanded of and make up 'humaneness'.
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