Refugee Roundups

Dear Friends,

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY NICOLAS CHEVIRON  (FILES) An Iranian refugee Siavash stands on a terrace during an interview in Kayseri, on May 4, 2010.  Tortured in Iranian gaols or threatened with death, Iranian opponents to the regime Behzad, Siyavashi and Ali, like hundreds of their compatriots, found refuge in Turkey.  AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC
An Iranian refugee Siavash stands on a terrace during an interview in Kayseri, on May 4, 2010. Tortured in Iranian gaols or threatened with death, Iranian opponents to the regime Behzad, Siyavashi and Ali, like hundreds of their compatriots, found refuge in Turkey. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC

Yesterday a number of people- refugees and asylum seekers were picked up and put back into detention.

Because of the cone of silence surrounding all things DIBP (Dept Of Immigration and Border Protection) we do not have a precise explanation as to who is at risk of re-detention > or what exactly could bring down this extreme penalty.

Yesterdays victims were all different and naturally for privacy reasons the details are not available.

Asylum seekers on bridging visas or community detention are at high risk but refugees awaiting finalisation of process are also at risk.

Please tell our friends and spread the word that adherence to the most minor and stringent of regulations is needed to avoid re-detention.

We have a new government who are already in the spotlight for their own rulebreaking- how better to shift the focus from their extravagant use of tax payer funds to attend their weddings, races, sports, parties, anything lifestyle than to point the finger at refugees and asylum seekers.

We need to keep an eye on the detention centres to find out who has been flung in the back rooms. People will need legal advice urgently.

Pamela Curr
Campaign Coordinator
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
12 Batman st West Melbourne 3003
ph 03 9326 6066 / 0417517075

“AUSTRALIA. Built by boatpeople.”

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