Announcement: 8 Years in Detention. Don’t Look Away – Refugees Deserve A Home – Rally

Join us at 1pm on Sunday July 18th, north end of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, to rally for the immediate release and safe permanent settlement of all refugees and people seeking asylum held in detention for 8 years! Since 2013, more than 3,000 people have suffered in Australia’s offshore detention regime and 14 people have died. Over 230 people are still in limbo in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, and up to 140 people remain in locked detention in Australia.

There are over 1,000 people, medically evacuated from Australia’s offshore detention centres over the last 8 years, living in community detention or on bridging visas. Up to 30 000 people are in limbo and uncertainty on temporary visas. All because these people simply sought safety in Australia!

The impact of these cruel policies is far wider, with thousands of refugees and people seeking asylum stuck in Indonesia, in poverty, without any rights, living in extreme hardship.

This policy has stolen the lives, destroyed the hope, and crippled the health of people who simply wanted somewhere to put down roots and rebuild their lives.
But 8 years and $8.3 billion dollars later, the Government still has no plan to end detention and no idea how to resolve the cruelty it has engineered.

Covid safety will be followed – social distancing, masks, sanitiser and a CheckIn Canberra QR code.