Archive for 'Concentration camps'
It is a necessary part of the duty we owe to history to call Australia’s immigration detention centres what they in fact are – concentration camps.
There is a growing recognition that Australia’s immigration detention centres are concentration camps, and no amount of denial by various apologists for the brutalisation of asylum seekers and refugees will change that reality. Hitler’s first concentration camps were set up soon after his election in 1933 to lock up and destroy the left in Germany. He imprisoned […]
The Refugee Action Committee in Queensland has called a solidarity protest in support of the brave staff at Lady Cilento Hospital for 12 pm on Saturday. If you are in Brisbane get along to this most important protest to let the 267 men, women, children and babies under threat of deportation to Australia’s concentration camps on Manus Island and Nauru stay and to begin the campaign to close down Manus and Nauru. Let’s spread the protests and build a people’s movement for the refugees. Make sanctuary a reality.
Refugee advocates have called on the parliamentary Labor Party not to support any Coalition legislation aimed at saving offshore processing from a successful High Court challenge. The Human Rights Legal Centre’s challenge seems to have exposed what so many felt for a long time – that offshore processing is illegal. It certainly has exploded the lie that offshore processing is the responsibility of Nauru and PNG.
Refugee Rights Action Network WA (RRAN) activists writing in Red Flag have pieced together the following harrowing account of events taking place on Manus Island. REFUGEE RIGHTS ACTION NETWORK – SYNTHESISED ACCOUNT OF THE ATTACKS ON MANUS The following account has been put together from multiple sources that various Refugee Rights Action Network activists […]
Immigration minister Scott Morrison has attempted to erect a wall of silence around the government’s treatment of refugees writes Ben Hillier in Red Flag. But the awful truth is the government’s worst kept secret: the Manus Island and Nauru concentration camps are hellholes.
Omid, the Iranian asylum seeker on Nauru who has now been on hunger strike for 47 days, is rapidly deteriorating. It is likely he will die within the next few days. There are also five other Iranians on their 27th day of a hunger strike and 30 others who joined them last Friday.
In short period we have seen asylum attempted suiciding, self-harming, mentally disturbed, stressed, naked themselves, protests and hunger strikes. So what will be result in the future?
We request to the government and people of Australia save our lives and future.
Asylum seekers on Nauru
Our task is great. Our struggle is important. To end the criminal refugee policies of our one percent we must build bigger and bigger demonstrations to force Labor to treat asylum seekers humanely and end the death trip it forces them into. While there are the various magnificent refugee groups working brilliantly for asylum seekers there is no significant revolutionary left in Australia that could defend refugees as part of its more general defence of workers and the oppressed.
Now more than ever we need a socialist alternative to give hope to refugees and those who support them and lead a real fight with a long term goal of having tens of thousands of people shutting down the centres of the major cities or striking to close down Australia’s concentration camps.
Labor plans ten years’ detention on Nauru or Manus Island for people who have committed no crime. All they have done is seek asylum.
In the age of truth telling we used to call these types of places concentration camps. It is time for that truth to be told again.
Close down your concentration camps Julia Gillhoward.