4 Years of Shame – Wed 19 July National Day of Action

CLOSE THE CAMPS – BRING THEM HERE – Candlelight Vigil, 6pm Garema Pl, 19 July

On this 19 July, it will be four years since the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that people arriving by boat and seeking asylum would never be permitted to settle in Australia. Since then, people seeking help from Australia have been held in the detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru against their will, been subjected to terrible mental and physical stress and, in some cases have lost their lives – either murdered by guards or through medical neglect. Many of those in these centres today have been there for almost that entire period.

The Manus Island and Nauru centres have been condemned by the UNHCR, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, by the Australian Human Rights Commission, by Amnesty International and by many others. This is an anniversary of international shame for Australia.

Canberra RAC is proposing a series of actions throughout the day as part of this National Day of Action to raise awareness within the Canberra community about the situation on Manus and Nauru. With pressure intensifying on the men on Manus Island to return to their countries of origin and the threat of forced removal from the Manus centre, RAC is urging all supporters to get involved in the activities outlined below:

Candlelight vigil to mark 4 years of shame, 6pm, Garema Place, Civic
Along with cities and towns across Australia rallying at 6pm on 19 July, supported by the Australian Refugee Action Network and GetUp, Canberra RAC will be holding a vigil at 6pm in Garema Place. Please come to this vigil to show your support and call for the people who are suffering in Australia’s offshore detention regime to be brought here and for this shameful policy to end.

Lunchtime protest, 12.30-1.30, Dept. of Immigration & Border Protection, Chan St, Belconnen
Actions by key decision makers in the DIPB clearly demonstrate an overwhelming disregard for the safety or dignity of people seeking asylum. Join RAC at this lunchtime protest to send a message to DIPB Secretary, Michael Pezzullo, and his political masters, that their offshore detention regime is cruel and shameful, and calling for the restoration of compassion.

Morning peak hour sign holding, 8-9am:
RAC will be displaying signs at key intersections around the city highlighting this anniversary of shame :
– Barry Dr / Northbourne Ave, Civic
– Antill St / Northbourne Ave, Dickson
– Melrose / Hindmarsh Drs, Woden
Please put aside this hour, come along to one of these locations and be part of this action – let us know if you are available by flicking RAC an email at mail@refugeeaction.org.

Please email RAC at mail@refugeeaction.org if you want any more information about the National Day of Action and how you can be involved. RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends here.