Archive for 'Refugees'
SERCO detention guards are not armed with guns but they are not the only guards with whom children in detention have to deal. Many of the others are armed with guns, batons, sprays and other pieces of equipment.
In 1939 the US turned back the boat the St Louis with 939 Jews on board. It went back to Europe. Estimates are that at least 250 of those Jews died in the Holocaust. It is the same logic that sees Australian ‘Border Protection’ Minister Scott Morrison return asylum seekers to the war criminals and human rights abusers in charge of Sri Lanka.
What can we do to stop this foul Government sending people back to death, torture, rape or imprisonment? We can’t wait two years to get rid of Abbott and his foul government, and then only to elect the ALP, another pack of refugee bashers. Maybe the time for mass civil disobedience is approaching. A little bit of civil disobedience is a small price for us to pay to help protect the lives of those fleeing war, execution, imprisonment, rape or torture and seeking our help. Stop the butchers in our Government now.
Tamil Refugee Council: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s claim that Sri Lanka is ‘a society at peace’ is not just baseless but a deliberate lie, cynically presented to the Australian public for one reason: to support his indefensible, illegal policy of sending back Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka.
Meryl Antica talked recently to an asylum seeker about his life. This is his story.
This is powerful investigative reporting from the ABC’s Four Corners on the Manus ‘solution’. Watch this 45 minutes of sheer hell about what our Governments do to asylum seekers. Here is the link to the Four Corners report.
‘Just following orders’ sums up the bigwigs in the Department of Immigration and ‘Border Protection’ in charge of implementing the government’s racist and reactionary asylum seeker policy perfectly. Here is my challenge to them. Threaten me with punitive action.
Nationalism acts as glue binding us to the very class that exploits us and demands that we work harder and for less writes Diane Fieldes in Red Flag. By accepting the narrative about border protection, we concede the legitimacy of the ruling class determining where workers can and can’t live, and therefore how we can live our lives. That’s why we need to recognise the right of all people to move freely around the world.
‘Operational matters’ is an Orwellian phrase to stop us learning the truth of what our political masters like Scott Morrison and those riding shotgun with them like Angus Campbell are doing to asylum seekers.
The purpose of this background note is to present information (in a simplified format) that may help address some of the popular misconceptions that surround asylum issues. It includes information on asylum claims, unauthorised arrivals and irregular migration in Australia and Europe.