STOP THE DEPORTATIONS!

STOP THE DEPORTATIONS!

*REFUGEE RIGHTS ACTION NETWORK EMERGENCY ACTION STARTING 5PM SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER AT PERTH DETENTION CENTRE (PERTH DOMESTIC AIRPORT)*

Two Sri Lankan men are to be forcibly deported with the first person to be deported on December 12 and the other on December 13 to Sri Lanka – where they fear for their lives. They believe this will have implications for their families and anyone who may support them once back in Sri Lanka.

December 10 was ruled out in terms of deporting them – as it is (United Nations) HUMAN RIGHTS DAY!

Their deportation smacks of Kafka like stuff – the worst of some of the 50s and 60s are back – far too many times during this last decade.

They were at Curtin Detention Centre and have been relocated to Perth Airport Immigration Detention Centre so they can be bundled out of Australia to Sri Lanka.

At this time there are various efforts being coordinated to prevail a last minute injunction preventing this inhumanity, and another stain of human rights abuses by the Australian government.

We are visiting them and they are frightened and anxiety ridden and do not understand why the Australian government is sending them back. Neither do we.

The racism must stop, the inhumanity must stop. Forcible deportation is immoral and unlawful – and where the laws of our nation support it then we must work to change these laws. If you, or I, or our children, or anyone we know or care about was in this predicament we would hope for the support of others – we cannot sit idle or lost in the passive – our investiture of faith and goodwill in our governments have long been shattered – let us be there in numbers and know that we have done what we could and maybe saved them and others from deportation – we do not want to someday learn that they lost their lives upon return, as some others already have.

Many will gather at Perth Airport Detention Centre come Sunday – if ever there was a time to bring on the numbers in this necessary vigil this is the time – this is the time to highlight a predicament so vile that the majority of the people will for its end.

Primum Non Nocere – First Do No Harm

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  1. STOP THE DEPORTATIONS!
    *REFUGEE RIGHTS ACTION NETWORK EMERGENCY ACTION STARTING 5PM SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER AT PERTH DETENTION CENTRE (PERTH DOMESTIC AIRPORT)*

    The Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN) are calling an emergency action to stop the forcible deportation of 2 Tamil asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka. Tamils in Sri Lanka are a persecuted minority: these men sought safety and protection in Australia, and instead the Australian government is deporting these men back to danger:
    According to the UN Secretary General, there are credible allegations and evidence that the Sri Lankan military, headed by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is guilty of war crimes, and crimes against humanity committed in its war against the Tamil Tigers in 2009;
    80% of the UN’s unresolved cases of government disappearances are from Sri Lanka;
    thousands of Tamils remain in government controlled internment camps from which the media and groups such as Amnesty International are excluded.
    The Australian government cannot guarantee the human rights or the safety of asylum seekers deported to Sri Lanka
    Join RRAN for an emergency vigil and picket-line to protest these deportations! The men are due to be deported sometime early next week. So we will begin our vigil on Sunday evening, and continue on over the next few days. Please come and join us whenever you are able.

    When: Vigil will begin Sunday 11th December, 5pm. Please join us at this time for the protest launch, and feel free to join us whenever you are able over the next few days. If you want to stay the night there with us, bring your sleeping bag!
    Where: Outside Perth Immigration Detention Centre, located cnr of Baker and McComb Rds, Redcliffe (at Perth Domestic Airport).
    For more information: Contact RRAN on 0417 904 329 or check out rran.org

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