ASIO ASSESSMENTS: LEAVING REFUGEES IN LIMBO
Julian Burnside – AO, QC, barrister, author, and refugee advocate
Niromi de Soyza – (nom de plume) Author of Tamil Tigress
Harvey Stern – President Labor for Refugees
Greens speaker invited.
Around sixty refugees are facing indefinite detention on the basis of adverse security assessments from ASIO. This includes families with young children. None of them have been given the reasons for the assessments, there is no trial, and no right to appeal. Three Tamil refugees rejected by ASIO have attempted suicide in Broadmeadows detention centre. Refugees are threatened by persecution and danger, not a security threat. The case of Ranjini and her two children demonstrates ASIO assessments lack credibility. ALP national policy stating ASIO decisions should be reviewable has not been implemented. There is actually no law that says refugees with adverse ASIO assessments must be detained, the Immigration Minister has the power to release them all.
Come to a meeting to discuss how we can get the government to end indefinite detention and release the refugees into the community.
6.30pm WED July 11, 2012
The Multicultural Hub
506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000
Meeting organised by the Refugee Action Collective – contact refugeeactioncollectivevic (at) gmail (DOT) com, www.rac-vic.org or call Chris 0403 013 183 for more information.