asylum seekers

Converge 2011 Day 3: Protestors return to unlawful Curtin Detention Centre - DIAC and SERCO disgrace themselves

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has continued its criminality in its unlawful establishment under the instruction of the Australian government of Mandatory Detention Centres, such as the unlawful establishment that is the Curtin Detention Centre.

Hunger strikers, sit ins, petitions by brutalised souls cannot inspire the Government, DIAC and Serco to allow their visitors to meet them. The culture of secrecy and silence is unbelievable. The layers of racism in Australia continue unabated.

Villawood detainees held in solitary confinement at Silverwater prison - lawyers shocked at conditions

Refugee Action Coalition Press Release 24.4.2011 Solicitors visiting asylum seekers now incarcerated at Silverwater prison are shocked at what they have seen. Stephen Blanks, solicitor and secretary of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties briefly interviewed two of the 22 (mostly Iranians and Kurds) locked up there. He said: “They are in solitary confinement, locked down for 18 hours a day with no access to communication, either with each other or with the outside world.


Refugee protest spreads to Curtin, refugee supporters banned from visits

Press release Refugee Action Coalition 24.4.2011 A hunger strike and sit-in involving 300 and more asylum seekers at Curtin detention centre is expected to escalate overnight. The asylum seekers are asking that they be allowed to see refugee supporters who have travelled from Perth and cities to see them over the Easter weekend. Already hundreds of asylum seekers have asked Serco if they can meet the refugee activists.


Lies preventing visits at Curtin Detention Centre as hunger strike begins by 300 detainees: Refugees being driven to suicide and mental illness

By Gerry Georgatos

(I have not had the chance to proof this article, it has been written on a laptop powered by a generator with a limited power supply, from nearby the Curtin Detention Centre as we are in grip of divisiveness between peoples.... please read and circulate widely. Please.)


Refugee groups plan show of support for Villawood detainees on Easter Monday

Refugee Action Coalition Press Release Friday 22 April 2011Following this week’s unrest at the Villawood detention centre, refugee rights advocates will stage a mass show of support for Villawood detainees on Easter Monday, 25 April. Refugee supporters will meet at Chester Hill station at 12 noon, before marching to the Gurney Rd side of the detention centre for a rally in support of the detainees.


Another Villawood refugee roof top protest

Refugee Action Coalition Press Release April 20th:By 8.30pm Wednesday night, there were fifteen asylum seekers on the roof in Villawood detention centre. There are asylum seekers from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A large number of tiles have been torn from the roof and thrown into the grounds of stage 3 section of the detention centre.

“The asylum seekers have told us that they are protesting because they have been in detention too long,” said Ian Rintoul.


Video of direct action at Broadmeadows Detention Centre: Detainees escape, activists capsicum sprayed and arrested

The protest organized by the Refugee Action Collective of Victoria at the Broadmeadows Detention Centre currently houses 140 young asylum seekers from the ages of 13-18. The days event included a march and speakers attended by around 300 people but also witnessed some dramatic incidents of direct action and police repression which can be seen in the Youtube clip below.


Protest against children in Immigration detention at Broadmeadows

The Gillard Government made a commitment in 2010 to release all children from immigration detention by June 2011, but still 1000 children languish in the harsh environment of immigration camps around Australia. The Refugee Action Collective organised a protest yesterday outside the Broadmeadows Detention Centre which currently houses 140 young asylum seekers from the ages of 13-18.

Related: Melbourne Protests report | MITA demonstration - different activist responses | Video of direct action at Broadmeadows Detention Centre: Detainees escape, activists capsicum sprayed and arrested | Youtube Videos - speech by Nicole Mousely, Video by izzywombat | Flickr photos by Takver | Refugee Action Collective - Vic


Young Hazari man hangs himself in Qld detention centre

A 20 year old man was found dead at the RAAF Scherger detention centre near Weipa on the 16th of March 2011. According to refugee advocates, the young man of Hazari origin from Afghanistan has recently had his refugee application rejected and was very depressed. The Australian Government has over recent months taken a much harder line on Hazari's claiming that the situation for them has improved in Afghanistan. This is refuted by the Hazari community in Australia and the record number of civilian and military deaths in Afghanistan in 2010 would suggest otherwise.