Young Australians devastated over refugee treatment


Anger rises to fever pitch among the young, including High School students, as Villawood Detention Centre is emptied of its Asylum Seekers. Busloads were taken yesterday, and earlier this week, to the bleak and remote Curtin and Northam Camps in Western Australia; presumably, to be forgotten.

Australian High School students angry over Refugee Treatment

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has withdrawn the detainees’ rights to free legal assistance, and contact with the Australian public has been effectively terminated, since the refugees will be relocated well out of mobile phone range. There have been reports of self-harm from one refugee, Iman Najari, who had been told two years ago that he was going to be released. A fellow inmate tells his story:

“A tragic day for Australia. Human rights abuse of innocent asylum seekers just escalating. I have been visiting Iman Najari at Villawood for three years. He is stateless Kurdish Iranian, who fled Iran in fear of his life from religious fundamentalists.

He is a beautiful young man, gentle, respectful, helpful and liked by everyone, detainees, guards, and his friends. He has been in refugee prison in Australia for nearly five years and told me himself, he has seen seven people die in Villawood.

Serco authorities told him in April 2012 and then again around Easter last year, he was to be released. But it never happened. He went on a hunger strike for 14 days last year, simply to demand they explain to him why he was still in detention. They wouldn’t give an answer.

Iman only learned on Monday he was to be transferred to WA., ripping him away from his girlfriend Amelia and his whole support network of TEAR Villad people. He attempted suicide by cutting his wrists yet they still took him.”
Alexandre McCrae, refugee activist at Villawood Detention Centre

I'm devastated that we couldn't save the people that have been shipped out to the desert today

The young activists will be meeting again soon, on Palm Sunday, April 13th, at a Rally Hyde Park North in Sydney, where they will “Declare Peace on Refugees”. Join them. Their undiluted passion and empathy brings hope…

About CaTⓋ

Artist, musician, nerd
This entry was posted in LIVING PROOF, NEWS. Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Young Australians devastated over refugee treatment

  1. Peter Kemp says:

    It’s so disgraceful (and contrary to the Refugee Convention) how we treat asylum seekers, for political ends. We are so much better than this eg post WW2, post Vietnam war .

    • CaTⓋ says:

      And financial. Detainees are charged by the day for their stay in Detention Centres, and encouraged to pay whatever they can. [For the common good...] I have been assured by a senior employee from Morrison’s department, that those who pay (until their money runs out) do not get more speedy processing, nor better legal representation. His exact words were “We don’t discriminate”.

      Asked if those who paid thought they might get out more quickly, he replied: “Probably”. And most likely, we agreed, if bribes were commonplace in the country of origin.

      Of course, most refugees have no money to pay at the time, but the debt remains after they are released. It was explained to me that if not paid, this could bar the person from international travel; problems getting visas in the future… so there is pressure to pay.

      I’m sure Serco and Transfield services don’t come cheap, but one must draw the conclusion that the longer we keep them, the more money we make.

  2. Christina from WA says:

    If these people are being persecuted in their own country they should have the right to asylum where they will have the opportunity to build a new life and contribute to society who takes pity of their plight.

  3. Value Kennedy says:

    Thanks for all your hard work and support for Refugees. It’s so heartening to see you all out there sstanding up for what’s right.

  4. Marion Ferguson says:

    Thank goodness for young people like you. Never give up. Hopefully more will follow your example and together we can change this horrible situation and blot on our history.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>