On this night like any other night
Maybe raining maybe clear
In a world exploding is any heart open
Can you hear us
Can you hear
—‘article 14’ words and music by tony mockeridge
The 4 am ABC news just announced an Iraqi man has taken his own life.
Not in Baghdad; in Sydney, Australia, the land of the great fair go.
Such deaths are preventable.
The report said that he had been detained for over a year.
So, just after midnight, 16 November 2010, in Villawood detention Centre, he ended his life.
An Iranian refugee at the centre said:
“They (detainees in Villawood) are very very upset and confused and they couldn’t sleep, they want to be awake until morning and they want to start the hunger strike” (ABC Report)
Second suicide in as many months at Villawood another hunger strike.
“We start to do the hunger strike for showing my protest against the act of Immigration, and we want to mourn for this man who died,” a refugee said. (ABC Report)
The dead man had asked to be sent back to Iraq to be with his wife and children.
Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition says he hopes this latest incident will lead to change.
What about the wife and kids this poor man had back home?
How will they cope? Isn’t the Australian government also responsible for his death?
Ian Rintoul went on to say:
“The fact is that there have been suicides and deaths inside detention previously and we haven’t seen a lot of change, but at some point the Government will have [to change],” he said. (ABC Report)
“The reality is we cannot keep presiding over the dysfunctional system that is mandatory detention.”
Iraq is in chaos, Australian governments help make it dysfunctional by following the United States to war. Iraq – still occupied by the US military and a huge private army to protect the oil cartels.
Car bombs, social decay, go on to this day.
Federal government policies are the killers of hope.
In Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Australia.
No more wars, no mandatory detention, no more deaths in custody are empty dreams while this mob govern.
My thoughts now so insightful
Too late to ease the pain
The crying of the children
The innocent the slain
And I’m up against your window
My face pressed to the glass
Please let me in
Please let me in
—‘article 14’ words and music by tony mockeridge © apra 2010 member no. 643913
Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.”
ABC Report: “Tensions rise after Villawood death”