asylum seekers

Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) condemns sensationalist reporting from The Herald Sun on the age of asylum seekers

RAC Press Release 17th May 2011 The Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) condemns false, misleading and sensationalist reporting from The Herald Sun especially in the case of a piece from Anne Wright titled: 'Asylum seekers pretending to be teenagers for faster processing' posted online on Monday, May 16.


Oppose the Malaysian 'solution' - End mandatory detention. Rally and march - 13 May 2011

A few days after the Malaysian Bar Association issued a statement opposing the recently-announced refugee swap between the Malaysian and Australian governments (“Asylum seekers and refugees are not commodities to be traded” – full text given below), the Refugee Action Collective in Melbourne called a protest at the GPO in Bourke Street, followed by a march down to the steps of Flinders Street Station.


The ALP must breed a Petro Georgiou

I was sharing a coffee with Simon Mead, Secretary of the WA State Labor Party on the morning of the day that Kevin Rudd would enjoy his last full day as Prime Minister when I put to him a question that Simon would laugh off. Earlier that morning a trusted insider in the ALP told me that Kevin Rudd would be deposed as Prime Minister by the evening's end and that if he did not go quietly there would be a spill/vote the next morning. Though Simon and I met for other yarns I did put this to him in passing.

HRA media release: The frontiers are ugly, violence and deaths on the horizon

The Human Rights Alliance
Media Release:

Urgent Action Required to Stop Detention Centre Deaths in Custody and the rise of mental illnesses. DETENTION CENTRES AT CRISIS POINT. Violence on the horizon.

The Human Rights Alliance calls for a UN Special Rapporteur to enter the Curtin Detention Centre

The Human Rights Alliance
Curtin Detention Centre - UN Special Rapporteur must be called in. Independent observers must enter Curtin. The protests have ceased due to promises made by DIAC to the Asylum Seekers. The media must be allowed into Curtin Detention Centre.

ANZAC Day Villawood refugee rally

About 300 people marched on Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney's west on April 25 to demand an end to mandatory detention of refugees. The rally was in solidarity with all people caught up in mandatory detention but also offered specific support to the three detainees still up on the roof protesting on the roof of Villawood where they have been for six days without food. One of those on the roof Majid Parhizkar, a 24-year-old Iranian spoke to the crowd via mobile phone. His mother and sister and brother are already in the community and were present at the rally.


Photos: Villawood Detention Centre burns, April 20, 2011

Over 100 asylum seekers imprisoned within Villawood protested last thursday against unending detention. Nine buildings burned to the ground. Currently 3 detainees continue their hunger strike atop a roof in the Centre, while 22 detainees are being held in solitary confinement in Silverwater prison. now is not the time to turn back, let's keep on until we end the rotten detention system. Solidarity forever!