World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Welcomes Release Of People From Indefinite Detention & Calls On Govt To Release All 200

The ASRC welcomes the release of every person seeking asylum and refugee from the harmful conditions of indefinite detention.

Many have long warned the Government of the abusive conditions and medical neglect in indefinite detention harming people’s mental and physical health, including the Ombudsman, Legal and Medical bodies and community groups.

In the past week, the Morrison Government has released a small group of people to live in the community after 6 years offshore and one year of being held in alternative places of detention (APODs) including at the Mantra and Kangaroo Point Hotels. And some being transferred by force between different facilities.

This welcome result of the release of people was won by tireless advocacy of a network of artists, musicians, grandmothers, community activists and friends, all supporting people in detention to be heard and to fight for their release.

Recently over 120 organisations have come together for the Time For A Home campaign, calling for the immediate release of people from detention.

ASRC Director of Advocacy and Campaigns, Jana Favero said: “We call on the Morrison Government to release all 200 people from indefinite detention urgently so they can recover their health, reunite with family and live freely in the community.”

”With the stroke of a pen Prime Minister Morrison or Minister Dutton could end the harm and release people from detention today. ”

“After seven years in Australia’s abusive detention system, its time for the Government to free people so they can have a safe, permanent home. Detention is unnecessary and cruel. ”

Artist, human rights activist just released from indefinite detention, Farhad Bandesh said: “‘I have received my freedom on my birthday. This is a gift after eight birthdays in detention. I thank all the people who supported me and fought for my freedom, and I wish for the freedom of all my brothers and sisters who are still imprisoned.’

Writer and advocate, Arnold Zable said: ‘The moment Farhad walked through the gates of MITA time stood still. It is a moment we will cherish for the rest of our lives.”

”We were elated and at the same time our immediate thought was for those who are still denied their freedom. But today we celebrate Farhad’s hard-earned freedom after eight long years, on his birthday.’

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


UN: As COVID Deaths Pass Two Million Worldwide, Guterres Warns Against Self-Defeating ‘Vaccinationalism'

With more than two million lives now lost worldwide to COVID-19, the UN Secretary-General appealed on Friday for countries to work together and help each other to end the pandemic and save lives. In a video statement , Secretary-General António Guterres ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Washington Riot And The Georgia Results

Hong Kong and Washington DC. On the same morning, the tyrants in power in Beijing and their counterpart in the White House have shown how they refuse to accept the legitimacy of any different points of view, and the prospect of losing power… More>>

UN: Violent Attempt At US Capitol To ‘overturn’ Election, Shocking And Incendiary

Unsplash/ElevenPhotographs The US Capitol building in Washington D.C. A group of independent UN rights experts released ... More>>

UN: Guterres To Seek Second Five-year Term
António Guterres will be seeking a second five-year term as UN Secretary-General, which would begin in January 2022.... More>>