Daily Archives: December 23, 2014

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ISIS does not represent Islam

If ISIS didn’t exist, anyone who wanted to promote hate against Muslims or have a poster boy for creating and fuelling Islamophobia would have to create them. The more we hear and read of statements made by ISIS members and … Continue reading

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Christmas cruelty

A visit to the MITA ( Melbourne’s family friendly detention camp) on the night before Christmas Eve. Yesterday six men awaited release after years of detention. Now two men remain, one looking at his seventh Christmas in detention. The other … Continue reading

Nauruan refugee girls attacked at School

Three refugee high school girls were confronted by around 15 teenage Nauruan boys around 11.00am, last Friday (5 December) at their class room at Nauruan College.

The boys came to the refugees’ English class, threatening and abusing them before physically attacking the three girls.

One young woman has been left with soreness and bruising to her nose and eyes after punches were thrown, and a door was pushed into her face. Windows were also broken in the melee.

The boys threatened to attack the girls after school.

The attack is the latest in a campaign of intimidation directed at number of physical attacks directed at refugees on Nauru. One of the attacks has left an Iranian refugee blinded in one eye.

Despite the girls being able to identify their attackers, no action has been taken against them.

“We are afraid to go to school now,” one of the girls told the Refugee Action Coalition.

“That an attack could take place in the Nauruan college is extremely worrying, and an indication that intimidation and attacks on refugees is becoming socially acceptable,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“This attack is yet another demonstration that Nauru is unsafe for refugees, and that neither the Nauruan government nor the Immigration department is able or willing to protect refugees.

“The Senate vote has given the government carte blanche to send babies and families back to danger in Nauru. Their vote has left asylum seekers and Nauru is the most precarious situation.

“The cross-benchers who voted for Morrison’s bill have turned a blind eye to the danger on Nauru and the willingness of the government to arbitrarily bargain the rights of one section of refugees against another.

“The asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru must be brought to Australia. And the pregnant refugee women kept on the bus in the Darwin heat after being brought to Australia to give birth must be released from Wickham Point.”

For more information contact Ian Rintoul mob 0417 275 713

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