SNAP VIGIL for Hamed Shamshiripour – another victim of Australian policy

1pm Thursday 10 August Parliament House

Thirty-one year old Hamed Shamshiripour, found dead on Manus Island on Monday, is the latest in a line of tragedies for which Australian government policy must be held responsible.

Documentary evidence, now published by the Guardian, has been provided by Hamed’s friends that they appealed to authorities for treatment for him for serious mental health problems. Instead, it appears that he was beaten by police.

Whether the death is found ultimately to be suicide or whether the circumstances are suspicious, the fate of Hamed Shamshiripour is yet another indication that the circumstances in which refugees have been put there are not suitable and that they should be brought to Australia.

The hostility of many of the local people in Lorengau to the refugees and the increasingly violent attacks on them in the last week alone illustrates why these people, who have asked for asylum from Australia, cannot settle in PNG.

Furthermore, the publication of the Trump-Turnbull conversation about the US “deal” to take refugees shows that this is far from a sure solution for the nearly 2,000 people on Manus Island and Nauru.

With the PNG authorities and Australian Border Force trying to force refugees out of the existing camp on Manus Island and into Lorengau and elsewhere in PNG, an explosive situation is building. The absolutely foreseeable result is that more tragedy is inevitable unless until the Australian government pursues a humanitarian policy and brings them here.

Join us for this combination of vigil for Hamed and protest at the policies which determined his fate. You can RSVP on Facebook.