Ranjini and her two children aged 6 and 8 have been taken by the Australian government and placed in ‘indefinite detention’, without charge, without trial, without appeal.
Please find the link to the GetUp! petition which will be delivered to Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and Immigration Minister Chris Bowen demanding to ensure no person in Australia should be held indefinetely without charge, trial or appeal.
We urge all our members to sign this appeal and pass it on to family and friends.
Ranjini was verified as a refugee last year after fleeing the civil war in Sri Lanka. On Thursday night, she was told to pick up her kids from school in Melbourne and meet Department of Immigration officials. ASIO had given her an averse security finding. They were flown to Sydney and detained in Villawood detention centre, where they will stay indefinitely. They have no right of appeal.
46 other refugees are currently detained under the same circumstances. On Friday morning, one of them, Kumar, attempted suicide in a Melbourne detention facility.
No matter what, we mustn’t allow anyone – let alone children – to be detained indefinitely without charge, trial or appeal.
A Parliamentary Committee has already recommended that there should an independent review and appeals process for ASIO findings – a basic principle of justice.