Monthly Archives: March 2015

Fears that women and children on Nauru still at risk

There are fears that women and children on Nauru are still at risk of being sexually assaulted.

Hear the radio interview with ACRT Executive Officer Misha Coleman on Radio National this morning with Fran Kelly discussing the Moss Review and the situation in Nauru.

Read the Moss ‘Review into recent allegations relating to conditions and circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru’ here:

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Misha Coleman to speak at Palm Sunday Rally in Traralgon

Press Release: “Free the Refugees” Rally: March, from 12 noon to 2pm at Victory Park, Traralgon

A major rally is to be held in the Latrobe Valley to highlight the plight of people seeking asylum in Australia who have been put into indefinite detention in prison-like centres on Nauru and Manus Island. The “Free the Refugees” Rally is to be held on Sunday, 29th.

There are about 2,000 people, including men, women and children, who are being held in these detention centres for over 18 months. Existing Government policies could result in these people being forced to stay in these horrible detention centres for ever. Most, if not all, of these people have almost certainly fled from their homelands in order to escape from very difficult or dangerous situations. Their only “crime” is that they wish to seek asylum in Australia.

The Latrobe Valley Asylum Seekers Support Group, which is organizing the rally, wishes to provide an opportunity for people from throughout Gippsland to peacefully and publicly express their concern, and shame, about Australia’s indefinite incarceration of these people.

People coming to the rally are being invited to bring their own picnic. Music will be provided by a local ukulele ensemble. Speakers at the rally will include Misha Coleman, Executive Officer of the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce and Jeanette Gibson, a Gippsland psychologist , who has had experience working in a refugee detention centre.

Near the end of the rally, participants will be invited to help release some balloons to symbolize the hope that these refugees will soon be freed and able to seek asylum in Australia.

Released by: David Langmore

Convenor, Latrobe Valley Asylum Seekers Support Group


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